Hunting Regulations - 2018

Small Game


Daily Limit

Coyote 10/1 - 3/29 No Limit - hunted day or night
Squirrel 9/1 - 2/28 6
Cottontail Rabbit 10/1 - 2/28 6
Varying Hare 1/1 - 1/31 2
Ruffed Grouse 10/1 - 2/28 4
Raccoon/Fox 10/1- 2/15 No Limit
Pheasant 10/18 - 2/28 2 (Either sex)
Wild Turkey - Spring Always 5/1 - 5/31 1 Daily (2 per season)
Wild Turkey - Fall October Please check with DEC to confirm
Migratory Game Birds Dates are set in late summer. Please check witht the DEC to confirm 2018 dates.

Big Game


Whitetailed Deer Bow 10/1/18- 11/17/18 and 12/11/18 - 12/19/18
  Shotgun/Rifle 11/18/18 - 12/10/18
  Muzzleloader 12/11/18 - 12/19/18
Black Bear Bow 10/1/18- 11/17/18 and 12/11/18 - 12/19/18
  Shotgun/Rifle 11/17/18- 12/9/18
  Muzzleloader 12/10/18- 12/18/18

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.

  • Boutwell Hill State Forest

    Boutwell Hill State Forest

    Boutwell Hill Road , Cherry Creek NY 14723716.363.2052
    Boutwell Hill State Forest totals 2,944 acres and is located in the Towns of Charlotte and Cherry Creek. The major recreational activities include: hiking, mountain biking, horse back riding, and hunting.
  • Mt. Pleasant State Forest

    Mt. Pleasant State Forest

    Mt.Pleasant Rd. , Mayville NY 14757716.363.2052
    Mount Pleasant State Forest (Chautauqua #3) totals 1,522 acres and is located in the Town of Chautauqua. This forest provides opportunities for many outdoor recreational activities such as hiking and mountain biking. It is also home to a variety of wildlife species such as Whitetail deer, bear, and turkey. Mount Pleasant State Forest's marsh pond is a scenic location for wildlife viewing.
  • North Harmony State Forest

    North Harmony State Forest

    Route 474 , Panama NY 14767716.363.2052
    North Harmony State Forest provides many outdoor recreational opportunities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and hunting and totals 2,561 acres and is located in the southwestern area of Chautauqua County in the Towns of Harmony, North Harmony and Sherman, north of Panama
  • Panama State Forest

    Panama State Forest

    Goshen Road , Panama NY 14767716.363.2052
    Panama State Forest spans 1,224 acres in the town of Harmony. It is a perfect setting for numerous outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, picnicking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and birdwatching and provides habitat to a variety of wildlife species. Hunting is allowed within Panama State Forest, which is part of the 9J Wildlife Management Unit. When hunting, please be sure to abide by all applicable game laws. Access for People with Disabilities There are five access roads off of Goshen Road that make Panama State Forest accessible to hunters with disabilities. Special use permits can be obtaining by contacting the Dunkirk DEC office by phone at (716) 363-2052 . With this permit designated roads can be accessed using motor vehicles. Otherwise these access roads are closed to public traffic.
  • Western New York Guide Service

    Western New York Guide Service

    P. O. Box 549 , Bemus Point NY 716.499.2179