Hunting in New York, a quick education, please.

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  1. Heritage

    Heritage Weekend Warrior

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    I live in Maine, and for the last 20 years have embarked southwesterly to OH every fall to chase deer. I usually go the third or fourth week of October to get some pre rut action, but avoid the masses that show up November. On our way home this year we saw more deer than ever coming through NY, which got me to thinking about trying there next year. OH is a long drive and the licence fees have greatly increased. I did a little research and see that Steuben county seems to be the county to hunt. We are more about quantity than we are about quality. I also see that Allegany National Park is in or near Steuben county.

    This brings me to my questions for anyone that may be able to help. The licensing seems a little confusing. What do I need for licenses or tags, and what are the bag limits? Am I correct that if I timed the hunt properly I could get more than one buck?

    We would hunt the public at first but want to reach out to landowners as we got comfortable. Is NY a state that leasing has become the norm? That would be out of the question for us. We've found Ohio landowners to be accommodating and appreciative of us taking out deer, and would hope for the same in NY.

    Lastly, has anyone spent a lot of time on the NY side of the Allegheny? I imagine it's much like the Park I'm accustomed to hunting in Ohio, wooded hill country.

    Any feedback is appreciated.
     
  2. whydidyousaveme41

    whydidyousaveme41 Newb

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    Welcome to NY. Archery tags are available over the counter. Proof of an archery-specific safety course is required. You might be able to get away with proof of an archery license from another state. I actually bought my first NY archery license around 10 years ago by showing the clerk the homework book for the WI hunter safety class I took as a kid. It had a specific archery section so she sold me the license. You should be able to buy online as well. Your archery tag is good for one deer of either sex. In order to buy the archery license you must first buy a general hunting license which includes a license for the regular season that is good for one buck only. So you can get two bucks per year. This page may help: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8305.html Depending on which WMU you hunt, additional Deer Management Permits (doe tags) are available by lottery but only until October 1, so you've missed out on this year. Non-resident hunting is $100, bowhunting is $30 more and doe tags are $10 for up to two. Very reasonable for the out of state hunter. I'm in Erie county and have heard of more leasing happening here, but I think it is a relatively new concept. Not sure about Steuben. I hope it helps. I have very fond memories of visiting my great-grandfather up in Aroostook county.
     
  3. Westfinger

    Westfinger Die Hard Bowhunter

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    There is tons of state land in that area. The dec web page had tons of info and maps on these lands. To hunt the park you need a permit. I think they were free or cheap. I'm sure you can probably get them online these days.

    I think about hunting over there but I have enough trouble trying to fill my OH buck tag.
     
  4. Fix

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    NY is tough but can be fruitful. I'm up in Orleans and Genesee counties. Leases are popular but finding them can be difficult.
     
  5. Heritage

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    Helpful answers guys. Thank you. With the leasing, I am hoping that not all the land is leased out, so I can get some old fashion permission.
     
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