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Eighty-five percent of the state is privately-owned and over 90 percent of all hunters will hunt on private lands during the hunting seasons. See "Hunting on Private Lands" below for more information. Written permission or permits are sometimes required to use state lands.
In addition regulations can vary, depending on the type of state land. Many state parks offer waterfowl, small game and big game hunting. See State Parks that Allow Hunting. For more information, visit the off-site link "New York City Watershed Lands" in the right-hand column. This area is open for deer hunting on a controlled basis during both the archery and regular seasons. Permits are required. The facility has an active outdoor recreation program that enhances the quality of life for soldiers, their families, military retirees, civilian employees and the general public.
Outdoor recreation includes hunting, fishing, trapping, birdwatching, primitive camping, hiking, and berry-picking. Fort Drum provides one of the largest tracts of land in the northeast region available to the general public for recreational use with approximately 69, acres available for hunting and trapping as well as other outdoor recreational activities, dependent upon current military training operations. Fort Drum requires special permitting. Call their outdoor recreation office or for information or visit the off-site link "Hunting at Fort Drum" in the right-hand column.
Small and big game hunting. No special hunting permits required. When deer management permit use is allowed, WMU 8J permits are valid. This area is open for deer hunting during both the archery and regular seasons. Hunting is not permitted within DEC campgroundsalthough some campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves allow camping during big game season.
DEC operates 52 public campgrounds in the Forest Preserves. Unloaded firearms are allowed on public campgrounds only during the spring and fall hunting seasons for hunting. A valid hunting is needed. Firearms cannot be discharged in the campground or day use facilities at any time.
For more information contact the Bureau of Recreation at For all campgrounds, reservations can be made by calling CAMP or on line at Reserve America see offsite links at right. Rights-of-way, such as power lines and railro that cross private property are NOT public lands, and trespassing on these areas without permission from the landowner is illegal.
Federal law prohibits hunting and possession of firearms on lands administered by the National Park Service, including the Appalachian Trail. Always ASK permission to hunt on private land, whether or not it is posted. Even landowners who post are likely to say "yes" to people who show their respect for private property by asking first. Most rural landowners are generous people who will gladly help visitors. Trees and other plants on private land are private property.
It is illegal to cut or remove them, or to cut limbs or damage bark such as from putting up blinds or tree stands, or cutting shooting lanes or trails without the landowner's permission.
Some landowners use ASK Permission stickers on their s. A poor image of outdoor recreationists is one main reason why access to some private property is denied. If recreationists demonstrate courtesy to landowners and respect for property, the situation could improve. If, however, trespassing, littering and vandalism occur, access will continue to be denied. Whether or not the land is posted, New York State General Obligations Law protects landowners from liability for non-paying recreationists engaged in hunting, trapping and fishing on their property. Because of this protection, recreational liability lawsuits against rural landowners are uncommon.
This protection does not apply in cases of willful or malicious failure to guard or warn against dangers. When using these areas, remember that you are a guest on private property and act accordingly. Hunters are strongly advised to contact the DEC Regional Office for current information about the status of these areas.
Following is a list of the areas arranged by county. Check out the Hunter Safety Basics for tips on firearm safety and reasons why wearing hunter orange can keep you from harm. Your browser does not support iFrames. menu. Private Lands Eighty-five percent of the state is privately-owned and over 90 percent of all hunters will hunt on private lands during the hunting seasons.
Many of Needing a place to hunt web s include easy-to-print maps. The DECinfo Locator can be used to create custom maps of trails and hunting areas on state lands. Regional DEC Contacts DEC Regional Wildlife staff can suggest possibilities for the county where you would like to hunt or trap, depending on the type of game you would like to pursue. Permits and Regulations Written permission or permits are sometimes required to use state lands.
Hunting in State Parks Many state parks offer waterfowl, small game and big game hunting. Hunting on Private Lands Rights-of-way, such as power lines and railro that cross private property are NOT public lands, and trespassing on these areas without permission from the landowner is illegal. Ask permission poster.Needing a place to hunt
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