A new, early bear hunting season is set to start September 6 and extend through September 21, in the Catskills and southern New York west of the Hudson River. This new season was established by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation after public input on the department’s Draft Black Bear Management Plan.
The Trail Conference argued against this early season, noting that it coincides with a time of high use by non-hunting recreational visitors to the Catskills and southern New York region.
This early Bear Season is in addition to the traditional bow, muzzleloader, and rifle hunting season for bear and deer that occurs later in the fall.
The Trail Conference recommends that all hikers wear blaze orange during this time period to ensure safety.
For more information on this year’s hunting seasons in New York and New Jersey, please visit our website http://www.nynjtc.org/news/hunting-seasons-2014.