The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that, starting this year, they will be extending the deer hunting season between Christmas and New Year’s for muzzleloaders and bowhunting.
The extension will only be for Southern zone counties such as Livingston, Ontario, Genesee and several others. Biologists limited the extension to the Southern zone because at that time, deer in the northern habitat are already starting to “winter down” and could easily be overhunted. The issue of overhunting is also why the extra week is limited to bow hunting and muzzleloader.
A special permit will be needed to hunt during the extension, but “leftover” deer tags may be used during the extension, also.
Actual hunting dates for gun, bow, and muzzleloading in each zone will be announced later. The picture below lists 2020 dates, and shows which counties are considered northern zone,