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Hunting

Northern Zone Hunting Season Dates for 2011-2012

White Tailed DeerThe following dates are specific to the area around the Great Sacandaga. If you are looking for hunting season dates in other areas of New York, you can find them on the DEC Hunting Seasons Summary PDF.

The Great Sacandaga Lake is located in the Northern Zone. The Southern Zone begins directly south of the lake, so be aware if you are hunting in this area. You can check to see if you location falls in the northern or southern hunting zone on Google Maps.

Deer Season Dates Hunting Hours Bag Limit
Regular Oct. 22 – Dec. 4 Sunrise to Sunset
Bowhunting Sept. 27 – Oct. 21 Sunrise to Sunset
Muzzleloading Oct. 15 – Oct. 21 Sunrise to Sunset
Black Bear Season
Early Sept 17 – Oct 14 Sunrise to Sunset
Regular Oct 22 – Dec 4 Sunrise to Sunset
Muzzleloading Oct 15 – Oct 21 Sunrise to Sunset
Bowhunting Sept 27 – Oct 21 Sunrise to Sunset
Fall Turkey Season Oct 1 – Oct 21 Sunrise to Sunset One turkey of either sex
Spring Turkey Season May1 – May 31 30 min before sunrise until noon Two bearded turkeys (one per day)
Bobcat Hunting Oct 25 – Feb 15 After sunrise on opening day; and at any hour, day or night, for the rest of the open hunting season. No Bag Limits
Weasel, Opossum, Raccoon, and Fox Oct 25 – Feb 15 Day or night No bag limit
Coyote Oct 1 – Mar 25 Day or night No bag Limit
Small Game
Cottontail Rabbit Oct 1 – Mar 18 Sunrise to Sunset 6 Daily
Varying Hare Oct 1 – Mar 18 Sunrise to Sunset 6 Daily
Grey, Black, and Fox Squirrel Sept 1 – Feb 29 Sunrise to Sunset 6 Daily
Pheasant Oct 1 – Feb 29 Sunrise to Sunset 2 Daily
Pheasant Youth Hunt** Sept 24 – Sept 25 Sunrise to Sunset 2 Daily
Ruffled Grouse Sept 20 – Feb 29 Sunrise to Sunset 2 Daily
Bobwhite Quail Oct 1 – Feb 29 Sunrise to Sunset 4 Daily, 10 Season
Woodcock Oct 1 – Nov 14
Crow Sept 1 – Mar 31 (Friday- Monday only)
Snipe, Rails & Gallinules Sept 1 – Nov 9