Deer Hunting Program

Cornell relies on dedicated volunteers and other conservation partners to participate in and support our highly managed deer hunting program, and annually accepts responsible hunters into the program. This is not only an opportunity to help preserve the integrity of these unique habitats, it is a privilege that is earned and maintained. 

The application period is now CLOSED.

Overview of the Deer Hunting Program

All new and returning hunters must apply for a permit each season. To access the hunting permit application, each applicant must review all rules, regulations, and updates and then pass a short test.

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Program Rules and Regulations

Review all program rules, regulations, news, and updates and access the test and hunting permit application.

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Resources for Approved Hunters

Hunting areas span three different wildlife management units. Learn more about these locations, our reservation and harvest reporting system, information on Department of Environmental Conservation land adjacent to Cornell Botanic Gardens natural areas, information on deer processing, dog tracking services, and more.

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Deer Management Program Closures

Natural areas that allow firearm deer hunting and management are closed to the public annually to ensure visitor safety. This year’s firearm deer seasons are November 18 through December 19, 2023 and January 13 through January 31, 2024. Other deer management activities occur February 1 - March 31, 2024.

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Support This Program

Your support—of any amount—will help us continue to preserve our irreplaceable natural areas and make them available to the public for hunting, hiking, learning, and enjoyment of the great outdoors.

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