Hunting season is here and the weather has finally turned to our favor. with the cooler temperatures in the evenings and the crisp fall air in the mornings, it finally feels like Whitetail deer season in the western New York area.

Steuben County is the clear winner for success with 15,452 deer reportedly taken by hunters.

A few years ago, the New York State Department of Conservation changed the rule and allowed those of us who love to hunt with a bow and arrow to start October 1 as opposed to October 15. As someone who loves to hunt with a bow and arrow, I have to say that being in the woods when it’s 80° and mosquitoes flying around is not ideal. Thankfully the weather has cooled off and the deer are on the move.

I found the list of the counties where hunters were most successful in 2020 in the Western New York area. Chatauqua and Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties seem to be where most deer are taken across the region. Steuben County is the clear winner for success with 15,452 deer reportedly taken by hunters.

If it’s bucks that you want, the best success that hunters have is also Steuben County with 6,546 taken in 2020.

In Erie County alone, 6,990 Whitetail deer were taken in 2020. With the majority of those being female deer with 3174 doe reportedly killed by hunters.

The opening day for the gun season in our region is November 20 this year. Best of luck to anyone who is getting out in the woods and remember that safety is the priority for anyone hunting!

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