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Late-season deer hunts available

Deer season is closed in most of New York State. However, there are some big game opportunities for whitetails if you want to make the extra effort.

From Jan. 13 to Jan. 31, there will be a special antlerless deer season in Tomkins County’s Deer Management Focus Area (DMFA) near Ithaca. The 60,000-acre DMFA was formed in 2012 to help control the over-abundance of deer. Registered hunters may take up to two antlerless deer per day. Any legal hunting implement may be used during the hunt, but rifles are not allowed in Tompkins County.

Bows and crossbows must be used exclusively in Robert H. Treman and Buttermilk Falls state parks. Hunters are required to carry a DMFA permit and DMFA carcass tags. Any hunting must also be recorded on an activity log with all information submitted to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) by Feb. 7, 2018. For more information on the DMFA visit the DEC website at

Meanwhile down on Long Island, the regular bowhunting deer season continues through Jan. 31 in Suffolk County. Crossbows are not a legal hunting implement in Suffolk County. In addition, the 2018 firearms deer season runs from Jan. 7 through Jan. 31.  Special permits are required in the towns of Southampton, Islip and Smithtown. For more information on hunting Long Island deer visit

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