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New York State has a great variety of big game hunting opportunities. Along with this are many regulations and occasional changes that hunters need to be aware of. Hunters can always call their local environmental conservation police officer with questions or call into the Watertown Headquarters Office weekdays at (315) 785-2231. Many of the basic questions about big game hunting are answered on a DEC web page at 8305.html called "Deer and Bear Hunting Regulations".

Brook VanBrocklin shot this 10-point at 100 yards with her muzzleloader on Oct. 16 on her family's land in the town of Watson. 190 pounds, 19.5 inch spread.

Ian Arnold, 14, shot his first deer a 6-point buck during the youth hunt weekend. He was mentored by his grandfather, Don Upcraft, on his property in Hannibal. Also pictured is his younger brother, Asher. 

Damon M. Towles, 15, Adams, got his first deer of the season. 

Miranda Bourgeois, 14, Boonville, took this 4-point on youth weekend with her father while hunting on family land. She shot at over 200 yards and had a perfect shot.

Brady Vosburgh, 15, took his first buck on Oct. 8 with a Winchester 30-30 during the 2017 Youth Hunt weekend in Lewis County County while being mentored by his step father, Charles Kraeger Jr.

Natalie White got her first doe in the town of Rutland. 

Sarah Byers got her first buck on a trip to Ohio with a crossbow. 

Sofia Perkins, 15, Dexter, shot her first buck Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at sunrise in the town of Theresa with her grandfather. 

Alyssa Shatraw, Watertown, shot her first deer during youth hunting weekend while being mentored by her grandfather, Gary Shatraw, on his property on Pillar Point.

Ed Ellis, Natural Bridge, took a 412-pound black bear on Sept. 18, 2017, in Carthage. His first time out this season. 





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