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New York Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Updated as of 3/11/2020 -  "Muzzleloading firearm—is a firearm loaded through the muzzle, shooting a single projectile and having a minimum bore of .44 inch. Scopes or fiber-optic sights may be used at any time. You must possess a New York State Pistol Permit to hunt with a muzzleloading pistol.

It is unlawful to use double-barreled muzzleloaders or percussion cap revolvers during the special muzzleloading seasons.

Muzzleloading firearms may be used during the muzzleloader and regular seasons, and during the January Firearms season on Long Island.

• Hunters must possess a current muzzleloader privilege to participate during the muzzleloader seasons.

• The muzzleloader privilege is not needed for hunters to use a muzzleloading firearm during regular seasons.

• Muzzleloaders may not be used in WMUs 3S, 4J, 8C, and may only be used in 1C during the Special Firearms season in January.

• Bow/Muzz either-sex or antlerless-only tags may not be used during the regular seasons, except in WMUs 1C and 3S.

• Hunters participating in the muzzleloader season shall not have in their possession, or be accompanied by a person who has in his or her possession, a bow or firearm other than a legal muzzleloading firearm or crossbow."




Muzzleloader Deer Season

Season Dates Bag Limit Weapon Zone
Oct 19th - Oct 25th See Regs Muzzleloader Only Northern
Dec 9th - Dec 15th See Regs Muzzleloader Only Northern
Dec 9th - Dec 17th See Regs Muzzleloader Only Southern



  • In-line muzzleloaders are legal
  • Muzzleloaders must be a minimum of .44 caliber
  • Scopes are legal
  • Pelletized powder is legal
  • Double-barreled muzzleloaders are prohibited
  • Percussion revolvers are prohibited


This information is subject to change, for more information visit: New York Hunting & Trapping Guide


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