Pelican Flyer • May 14, 2021
Bow hunting is like no other sport out there. Perhaps more than any other method of hunting, bow hunting feels timeless—probably because it’s been practiced for thousands upon thousands of years in some form or another. And while many of our ancestors could (and had to) go bow hunting at any time of year, modern humans have to wait until the start of bow season.
Bow hunters have an advantage: in many states, bow hunting seasons are much longer than rifle hunting seasons. It’s possible to greatly expand your hunting season by taking up a bow and arrow—and you’ll learn a lot about the art of game stalking and strategy while you’re at it.
However, every US state has its own laws on when bow hunting season starts. So, when does bow season start in your state? We’ve got the key information on bow season in all 50 US states—but first, let’s take a look at the basic elements of bow hunting season laws.
You’ll find that each state has a variety of special laws and circumstances that affect when bow season starts, including what kind of deer you can take and sometimes which regions you can hunt in. Some of the factors that can be important in determining your state’s bow hunting season include:
Disclaimer: Some states’ hunting season dates change from year to year. To make sure that you’re hunting in season, always check the latest information from your state government. In most states, you’ll want to contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, or a local equivalent.
Alabama Bow Hunting Season
Alaska Bow Hunting Season
Alaska is substantially different from most other states when it comes to hunting. The state is divided into 26 different hunting zones, each of which has its own highly specific hunting regulations. In some zones, big game hunters cannot use bows and arrows.
Arizona Bow Hunting Season
Arkansas Bow Hunting Season
California Bow Hunting Season
Colorado Bow Hunting Season
Connecticut Bow Hunting Season
Delaware Bow Hunting Season
Florida Bow Hunting Season
Georgia Bow Hunting Season
Hawaii Bow Hunting Season
Idaho Bow Hunting Season
Illinois Bow Hunting Season
Indiana Bow Hunting Season
Iowa Bow Hunting Season
Kansas Bow Hunting Season
Kentucky Bow Hunting Season
Louisiana Bow Hunting Season
Maine Bow Hunting Season
Maryland Bow Hunting Season
Michigan Bow Hunting Season
Minnesota Bow Hunting Season
Mississippi Bow Hunting Season
Missouri Bow Hunting Season
Montana Bow Hunting Season
Nebraska Bow Hunting Season
Nevada Bow Hunting Season
New Hampshire Bow Hunting Season
New Jersey Bow Hunting Season
New Jersey has two different types of bow seasons: “Fall Bow,” open to anyone with a valid New Jersey hunting license, and “Permit Bow,” restricted to those with a permit for hunting in their specific zone. Permit bow season also requires a separate permit for taking bucks.
New Mexico Bow Hunting Season
New York Bow Hunting Season
North Carolina Bow Hunting Season
North Dakota Bow Hunting Season
Ohio Bow Hunting Season
Oklahoma Bow Hunting Season
Oregon Bow Hunting Season
Pennsylvania Bow Hunting Season
Rhode Island Bow Hunting Season
South Carolina Bow Hunting Season
South Dakota Bow Hunting Season
Tennessee Bow Hunting Season
Texas Bow Hunting Season
Utah Bow Hunting Season
Vermont Bow Hunting Season
Virginia Bow Hunting Season
Itching to get your finger on a bowstring? It’s a good idea to start gearing up for bow hunting season well in advance so that you can have your broadheads sharpened and your bow tuned up when the day arrives.
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Looking for more bow hunting tips on some of America’s most exciting game animals? Check out our article, How To: Bow Hunting Hogs.
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