New York Outdoor News Calendar – October 2, 2020

Season Dates

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. 12: 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.


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

Oct. 17: WTU East Worcester Fish & Game Banquet, 4:30 p.m., East Worcester Fish & Game Club. Info: 607-397-1740.

Oct. 24: WTU Tobehanna Creek Tailgating with the Ducks, 1 p.m., Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club, Penn Yan. For more info call Mike Van Zile, 315-679-6336.


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.

New York State Outdoor Writers Association. Virtual membership meeting to be held Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Info:

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.)

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.


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.


New York Kayak Bass Fishing Fall fishing tournament. Info: 585-749-6469, or email:

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