2023 – 2024 Hunting Seasons in the Adirondacks: A Sportsman’s Paradise

Why do hunters love owning hunting property in the Adirondack Mountains? The proximity to the vast array of wildlife is certainly one of them! As avid hunters ourselves, we know the thrill of the hunt–but you must make sure you’re following New York State law to help conserve Adirondack wildlife for future generations to enjoy.

As fall quickly approaches, locals know it’s time to make sure their hunting and fishing licenses are ready to go. We’re avid sportsmen ourselves and our clients who own hunting properties here in the mountains enjoy a wilderness experience every outdoorsman dreams about.

Below is an overview of the primary 2023-2024 hunting season dates for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Northern Zone, which covers the Adirondack region. For specific questions, refer to NYSDEC’s 2023-2024 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide.

Hunting Seasons in the Adirondack Mountains

Hunting seasons and restrictions in New York State are governed by region. The following are hunting seasons by species for the Adirondack Park only.


Early Bowhunting (All WMUs): September 27, 2023 – October 20, 2023, sunrise to sunset

Crossbow: October 11, 2023 – October 20, 2023, sunrise to sunset

Regular: October 21, 2022 – December 3, 2023, sunrise to sunset

Late Bowhunting (Only WMUs 5A, 5G, 5J, 6A, 6C, 6G, and 6H): December 4, 2023 – December 10, 2023, sunrise to sunset

Black Bear

Bowhunting: September 16, 2023 – October 20, 2023, sunrise to sunset

Crossbow: October 11, 2023 – October 20, 2023, sunrise to sunset

Muzzleloading: October 14, 2023 – October 20, 2023, sunrise to sunset

Regular: October 21, 2023 – December 4, 2023, sunrise to sunset

2023 Fall Turkey

October 1-14, 2023 from sunrise to sunset

Statewide Bag Limit: 1 bird of either sex

2024 Spring Turkey

May 1-31, 2023, ½ hour before sunrise to noon

Statewide Bag Limit: 2 bearded birds


October 25, 2023 – February 15, 2024.  After sunrise on opening day; and at any hour, day or night, for the rest of the hunting season.

Daily Bag Limit: None


October 1, 2023 – March 17, 2024, from sunrise to sunset

Daily Bag Limit: 6


November 1, 2023 – February 25, 2024, any hour

Daily Bag Limit: None


October 1, 2023 – February 29, 2024, sunrise to sunset

Cocks and hens allowed

Daily Bag Limit: 2

Good News for Adirondack Anglers

With all the lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams throughout the Adirondack region, keeping track of fishing regulations can be challenging.

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide provides a useful overview that covers specific regions throughout the State (Regions 5 and 6 are Adirondacks).

The guide includes:

  • Statewide species regulations.
  • General regulations (definitions, taking and possessing of fish, methods of taking fish, regulations for harvested fish, push and sale of fish).
  • Baitfish regulations.
  • Special regulations.
  • Fish health advisories.

For bodies of water with specific regulations, the guide includes information on species and uses easy-to-follow symbols to denote season, minimum length, and daily limit as well as whether ice fishing is permitted.

Hunt from Your Backyard in Your Own NY Hunting Property!

At Adirondack Mountain Land we’ve been telling hunting and fishing tales for decades. Call Mike Black today to learn more about how you can find an Adirondack property that any sportsman would be proud to call home. As hunters ourselves, we know just what features make Adirondack land great for a cabin. We have a handful of properties that would make great hunting land in sought-after locations throughout the Adirondacks. Browse our available Adirondack hunting properties today!