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Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau
Chautauqua County is the land of big game hunting opportunities for whitetail deer and black bear. There were 7,739 whitetail deer harvested last year, including 3,756 adult bucks greater than 1.5 years old – about four bucks per square mile. Approximately 40 percent of these with bow. Review of bowhunter logbooks show that hunters viewed six deer for every 10 hours of hunting. There were 32 black bear harvested, 13 during bow season and 19 during the regular firearm season.
Rolling hills and fields are dotted with apple orchards, corn fields and vineyards. Nature’s mix for big healthy deer. Tall dark pine and cedar trees mingle with white oak, beech and hickory trees to provide sweet acorn and nut stock for deer. Berry bushes and vineyards provide sweet breakfast for the bear. Strong locust trees provide the perfect anchor for your ground level tree-mount chair, a fix ladder stand or your climbing tree stand.
The scenic setting of Chautauqua County offers more than 1,060 square miles of country land with public access to 14 state forests that are specifically managed by the New York State Fish and Wildlife to provide hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing and photography. It’s a win-win for hunters. Handicapped hunters have access to 13,000 acres in eight of those 14 state forests here.
Big Game Early Archery Season Opens Oct. 1, ends Nov. 17, 2017
Crossbow Season Opens Nov. 4, runs through Nov. 17
Firearm Season (Shotgun, Handgun, Rifle) Opens Nov. 18, ends Dec. 10
Muzzleloader, Late Archery Season Opens Dec. 11, ends Dec. 19
Add the aroma of pumpkin pie and apple sauce in this magnificent land built by glaciers and you can understand the welcome feeling that hunters have who travel here from near and far. Big game hunting is very good in Chautauqua County. The deer and bear population is increasing and hunters are a welcome and necessary resource in Chautauqua County.
Successful hunters are typically in the woods, on stand – where they would like to hunt, about one-hour before sunrise. The hunting day ends at sunset, by law. The deer and bear are here. With archery or firearms, please be sure of your target and beyond before discharge. If you are climbing vertically in any manner, please be sure use a full body fall-arrest harness system. Be safe. Join us for the adventure and excitement of big game hunting in Chautauqua County, New York.