October Hunting Season: A Comprehensive Guide to What You Need to Know


Fall is finally here! The leaves are changing colors, the temperature is dropping, and pumpkin spice lattes are back in stock. For some individuals, fall has a different meaning- hunting season. Hunting regulations may vary by state and animal species; however, October tends to be an exciting month for hunters across the United States.

Deer hunting

Deer hunting season generally starts in October and ends around January or February depending on your location. During this time of year, bucks tend to leave their summer range and enter into their rutting phase where they seek out mates. This makes it easier for hunters to track them down as bucks’ guard is lowered during this period.

Small game hunting

Small game animals such as squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, skunks also have a designated hunting season that runs concurrently with deer season in most states. Small game animals can be hunted using various techniques including traps or firearms depending on what’s legal within your area.

Waterfowl Season

Waterfowl seasons start around early September through late January/early February depending on which flyway (geographic region) you are located in. The opening of duck-hunting season varies based on bird migration patterns since ducks typically migrate southward during colder months.


Hunting can be both challenging and rewarding for those who enjoy it! It’s essential to check local regulations before heading out since laws may differ from one place to another.
Whether you’re an experienced hunter or planning your very first trip – happy hunting this fall!