There is a chance that deer hunters will be getting a bonus week of hunting in the near future here in Western New York.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced a proposal to add what some are calling the "Holiday Hunt."

In an article posted on the sate's DEC website, the plan calls for:

The new season would provide an additional seven days of late season hunting with bows and muzzleloaders. Hunters must purchase the bowhunting or muzzleloading privilege to participate in the late bow or muzzleloader seasons and may use all deer carcass tags valid during those seasons.

Other states around the country have a longer hunting season as well.

I have seen so many deer moving in the winter time and have often wondered if there would ever be a chance to hunt them. The 2020 archery season for deer hunters is just a few days away here in New York's Southern Zone. If you plan to hunt, be prepared to see a lot more hunters in the woods. There has been a record number of licenses sold leading up to this year's deer season.

It comes as no surprise. There are a number of factors that are at play this fall. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to seek ways to stay busy and hunting seems to be the hobby of choice. It is also a great recourse for meat! Part of the initial COVID-19 lock down involved a shortage of meat and I have a feeling many families are planning ahead.

DEC encourages the public to comment on the proposed regulations through Nov. 8, 2020.