2021 – 2022 Hunting Seasons in the Adirondacks: A Sportsmans’ Paradise

There’s a reason why hunters love owning hunting property in the Adirondack Mountains: there’s a vast array of wildlife you can see right from your Adirondack property! As avid hunters ourselves, we know the thrill of the hunt–but you must make sure you’re following New York State law to help conserve Adirondack wildlife for future generations to enjoy.

As fall quickly approaches, Adirondackers know it’s time to make sure their hunting and fishing licenses are ready to go. We’re avid sportsmen ourselves and our clients who own hunting properties here in the mountains enjoy a wilderness experience every outdoorsman dreams about.

Below is an overview of the primary 2021-2022 hunting season dates for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Northern Zone, which covers the Adirondack region. For specific questions, refer to NYSDEC’s 2021-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide.

Hunting Seasons in the Adirondack Mountains

Hunting seasons and restrictions in New York State are governed by region. The following are hunting seasons by species for The Adirondack Park only.

Deer

Early Bowhunting (All WMUs): September 27, 2021 – October 22, 2021, sunrise to sunset
Crossbow: October 13, 2021 – October 22, 2021, sunrise to sunset
Regular: October 23, 2021 – December 5, 2021, sunrise to sunset
Late Bowhunting (Only WMUs 5A, 5G, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6G, and 6H): December 6, 2020 – December 12, 2021, sunrise to sunset

Black Bear

Early Bear September 18, 2021 – October 15, 2021 sunrise to sunset
Bowhunting: September 18, 2021 – October 22, 2021, sunrise to sunset
Crossbow: October 13, 2021 – October 22, 2021, sunrise to sunset
Muzzleloading: October 16, 2021 – October 22, 2021, sunrise to sunset
Regular: October 23 – December 5, 2021, sunrise to sunset

2021 Fall Turkey

October 1-14, 2021 from sunrise to sunset
Seasonal Bag Limit: 1 bird of either sex

2021 Spring Turkey

May 1-31, 2021 from one half-hour before sunrise to noon
Seasonal Bag Limit: Two bearded turkeys (one bird per day)

Bobcat

October 25, 2021 – February 15, 2022. After sunrise on opening day and then at any hour day or night for the rest of the open hunting season.
Daily Bag Limit: None

Rabbit

October 1, 2021 – March 15, 2022 from sunrise to sunset
Daily Bag Limit: 6

Fox

October 25, 2021 – February 15, 2022, any hour
Daily Bag Limit: None

Pheasant

October 16, 2021 – February 28, 2022, sunrise to sunset
Youth hunt dates are September 25, 2021 – September 26, 2021
Cocks and hens allowed
Daily Bag Limit: 2

Good News for Adirondack Anglers

With all the lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams throughout the Adirondack region, keeping track of fishing regulations can be challenging.

This year, the New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide features a new format that provides a useful overview that covers specific regions throughout the State (Regions 5 and 6 are Adirondacks).

The guide includes:

• Statewide species regulations.
• General regulations (definitions, taking and possessing of fish, methods of taking fish, regulations for harvested fish, push and sale of fish).
• Baitfish regulations.
• Special regulations.
• Fish health advisories.

For bodies of water with specific regulations, the guide includes information on species and uses easy-to-follow symbols to denote season, minimum length, and daily limit as well as whether ice fishing is permitted.

For example, under Raquette Lake you’ll see ice fishing is allowed, Lake Trout can be fished all year with a minimum length of 21-inches, and there’s a daily limit of 2 fish.

Hunt from Your Backyard in Your Own NY Hunting Property!

At Adirondack Mountain Land we’ve been telling hunting and fishing tales for decades. Call Mike Black today to learn more about how you can find an Adirondack property that any sportsman would be proud to call home. As hunters ourselves, we know just what features make Adirondack land great for a cabin. We have a handful of properties that would make great hunting land in sought after locations throughout the Adirondacks. Browse our available Adirondack hunting properties today!