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Chautauqua County

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Hunting

A diverse landscape and abundance of species make Chautauqua County an attractive destination for hunters. The region teams with whitetail deer and draws thousands of hunters each fall for bow, shotgun and muzzleloader seasons. Several area shops specialize in preparing deer for hunters to take home and store. The eastern wild turkey thrives in forested areas throughout the county which for ten years has ranked in the top three counties in New York State for the spring turkey harvest. Check the Hunting Regulations below for specifics on season dates and licenses. See the NYS D.E.C. website for new hunting license fee changes!

Hunting Regulations

Effective 10/1/2013 to 9/30/2014 unless noted.

 

Small Game Season Daily Limit
Coyote 10/1 - 3/31/14 No Limit
Squirrel 9/1 - 2/28/14 6
Cottontail Rabbit 10/1 - 2/28/14 6
Varying Hare 1/1 - 1/31/14 2
Ruffed Grouse 10/1 - 2/28/14 4
Raccoon/Fox 10/25 - 2/15/14 No Limit
Pheasant 10/20/13 - 2/28/2014 2 (Either sex)
Wild Turkey - Spring Always 5/1 - 5/31 1 Daily (2 per season)
Wild Turkey - Fall Dates are set in late summer Please check with DEC to confirm
Migratory Game Birds Dates are set in late summer. Please check witht he DEC to confirm 2014 dates.
Big Game Season  
Whitetailed Deer Bow 10/1/14- 11/14/14 and 12/8/14 - 12/16/2014
  Shotgun/Rifle 11/15/14 - 12/7/14
  Muzzleloader 12/8/14 - 12/16/14
Black Bear Bow 10/1/14- 11/14/14 and 12/8/14 - 12/16/2014
  Shotgun/Rifle 11/15/14 - 12/7/14
  Muzzleloader 12/8/14 - 12/16/14

Dates are always subject to change. For wildlife seasons not listed, please consult the NYSDEC Hunting and Trapping Guide, NYSDEC 128 South St., Olean, NY 14760 - 716-372-0645 or visit NYSDEC online.

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