New York Outdoor News Calendar – August 21, 2020

Season Dates

Sept. 1: Early goose season opens, upstate. 

Sept. 1: Squirrel season opens on most of New York. 

Sept. 1: Crow season opens.

Sept. 8: Early goose season, east and central Long Island.

Sept. 12: Early bear season opens, certain Southern Zone WMU’s. 

Sept. 19:  Early bear season opens, certain Northern Zone WMU’s

Sept. 19: Early archery bear season opens (Northern Zone)

Sept. 19-20: Youth Waterfowl Days, Northeast and Southeast Zones. 

Sept. 20: Northern Zone grouse season opens. 

Spet. 26: National Hunting & Fishing Day. New York Free Fishing Day.

Sept. 26-27: Youth Waterfowl Days, Lake Champlain Zone.

Sept. 27: Northern Zone archery season for deer opens.

Sept. 27: Early bear season closes (portions of Southeastern NY)

Sept. 30: Frog and turtle seasons close.

Oct. 1: Southern Zone archery season, Northern Zone turkey season and numerous small game seasons open in New York. Coyote hunting season also opens in most of the state. Check the New York Hunting & Trapping regulations guide and DEC’s website for season  dates as many vary per region.

Oct. 10-12: New York’s Youth Big Game Hunting weekend (Columbus Day weekend)

Oct. 14: Fall Turkey season closes (Northern Zone)

Oct. 15: Trout season closes. 

Oct. 14: Northern Zone crossbow season opens. 

Oct. 16: Early bear season closes (portions of Northern Zone)

Oct. 16: Northern Zone archery deer and bear season closes.

Oct. 17: Fall turkey season opens (Southern Zone, tentative)

Oct. 17: Northern Zone muzzleloader deer and bear season opens. 

Oct. 23: Northern Zone muzzleloader deer and bear seasons close.

Oct. 24: Northern Zone big game (rifle) season opens. 

Oct. 25: Fisher, marten bobcat, raccoon, fox, coyote, weasel, & opossum trapping opens (parts or all of state, tentative.

Oct. 25: Fox, raccoon, skunk, weasel, & opossum hunting season opens (except Long Island)

Oct. 25: Bobcat hunting/trapping, & mink/muskrat trapping seasons open (parts of state, tentative)

Oct. 30: Fisher trapping season closes (portions of state)

Oct. 30: Fall turkey season closes (Southern Zone, tentative)

Nov. 7: Crossbow season opens (most of Southern Zone)

Nov. 20: Crossbow season closes (most of Southern Zone)

Nov. 21: Southern Zone big game (rifle) season opens.


Aug. 29-30: Tupper Lake Archers Mountain Challenge XXVI. Info:

Sept. 12: Mountain Trail Bowhunters, 3D Shoot, Castle Creek. Info: 607-296-0648, or visit

Sept. 19: WTU Southern Tier Chapter Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Howard Community Center. For more info call Dan Cornish, 607-329-2563.


Note: Many events have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus situation. Should they be rescheduled, we will list them here.

Aug. 28: Cortland County WTU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Elks Lodge 748, Cortland. For more info call Bill Bailey, 413-244-2304.

Sept. 19: WTU Southern Tier Chapter Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Howard Community Center. For more info call Dan Cornish.

Sept. 26: Finger Lakes American Freedom WTU dinner, 5 p.m., American Legion Hall, Horseheads. For more info call Shawn Bell, 607-343-3614.

Oct. 17: WTU East Worcester Fish & Game Banquet, 4:30 p.m., East Worcester Fish & Game. For more info call Dave Lorette, 607-397-1740.


NY Shooter Supply Reloading Classes, 6 p.m., first and third Tuesday of the month. Info: 518-456-6383.

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(DEC has established a website where registration for sportsman education programs can be made online. To find a course near you, go to:


Central New York Izaak Walton League meets last Tuesday of the month 7 p.m., Fayetteville-Manilus Rod & Gun Club, Manlius. Info: 315-420-9209.

Cortland Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Homer. Info: 607-849-6718.

Utica Chapter Izaak Walton League meets monthly, MWP Arts Institute, Utica. Info: 315-853-1066.

Keuka Lake Chapter Izaak Walton League meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Branchport. Info: 315-536-0539.

Rome Chapter Izaak Walton League meets second Thursday of the month, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rome. Info: 315-336-2460.

Orange County Trappers meets monthly, 7:30 p.m., Shawangunk Fish & Game Association. Info: 845-406-8916.

Oswego County Trappers meet the first Tuesday of the month (except July and November) at 7 p.m. at The Leatherstocking Club, Route 104, New Haven. Info: 315-591-0581 or 315-591-3525.

Warren County Conservation Council meets the first Wednesday of each month, 6 p.m., Warren County Municipal Center on Rt. 9 (Exit 20), Queensbury. Info: 518-761-0447.


(Note: some shows may now be postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 situation.)

Sept. 4-5: Herkimer County Fair Association Sportsman’s and Trapper’s Flea Market. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Info: 607-222-8554.

Oct. 11: Midstate Arms Collectors and Shooters Club Lisle Knife and Gun Show, Lisle Fire Co., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 607-748-1010 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Oct. 25: North Eastern Arms Collectors Association Antique and Modern Gun Show, American Legion Hall, 22 Grove Place, Babylon, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 631-669-0094.

Nov. 8: Midstate Arms Collectors and Shooters Club Oneonta Gun and Knife Show, Quality Inn, Route 23 Southside, Oneonta, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 607-748-1010, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association, Trap Shoot, Thursday evenings 6 p.m. Info: 607-692-4843.

Nov. 11: Whitney Point Sportsmen Association Sight in Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Club. Info: 607-423-4746.

Special Events

(Note: some special events may now be postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus situation.)

Aug. 28-29: Fourth Annual Northeast Call Maker’s Summit. Turkey Trot Acres, Candor, NY. Info: 607-659-7849,

Sept. 6: Earlville Conservation Club youth fishing Derby at Madison Lake. Info: 315-893-7281.

Sept. 12: Lower Adirondack Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Gun Bash. Hudson Falls Fish & Game Club. Info: 518-524 -0215.

Sept. 26: National Hunting & Fishing Day. Info:

Sept. 26-27: 34th Annual NYPA Wildlife Festival held on the grounds of the Power Authority’s Visitor Center in Lewiston. Info: 716-286-6661


New York Kayak Bass Fishing (NYKBF) has several multi-day kayak fishing tournaments this season. Info: 585-749-6469, or email:

Aug. 21: This 5th Annual Reelin’ for a Cure Tournament, Ladies-Only event. info: 716-481-6388. 

Aug. 21 – Sept. 7:  Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby. Info: 888-REEL-2-IN,

Aug. 22-23: KBF Trail, Lake George. Info:

Aug. 22-30: 44th Annual Greater Niagara “Fall Classic” Derby – 2020: A Fish Odyssey. Info: 877-FALLS US or visit

Aug. 29: NY Kayak Bass Fishing (NYKBF) Keuka Lake. Info: 585-749-6469, or email:

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