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Old 07-15-2012, 09:48 PM   #1
nh_hunter
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Question Hunting Western Adirondacks

Hello All,

I am new to this forum here and, as such, please accept my apologies if this is not the right place to post such an inquiry, but I am hoping that someone out there may be able to share some information.

First of all, I live in New Hampshire where the deer are somewhat few and far between in the area that I hunt. So, it is not uncommon for a guy to go all season without seeing a single deer or 1 or 2 at best. Usually, I get a deer up here, but it is the first and last one that I see for the season and that is often after hunting archery season, muzzle season and rifle season. It has been only on a very rare occasion that I have ever tagged more than one in a season up here.

At any rate, after many years of going to Pennsylvania, I have decided that I want to try something different and go to New York. My dad is retiring in August after 47 years of working for the same corporation and I would really like to take him some place extra special. So, I have invited a small group of friends to help defray the cost of the trip and we are looking at booking some place in the Western Adirondacks. We need lodging and an area to focus our hunt.

The only reason that I have chosen this particular area is that it seems to be the most likely to host a fair amount of deer population and also for decent sized deer. We don't mind working hard for our deer at all, since, I typically will walk about 30 miles in a season just to find the one that I am after. However, seeing deer is also crucial to the experience.

So, here is my question. Given the stated objective to hunt somewhere between Utica and as far north as Brasher Falls in northern New York during the early muzzle season in October, what location or area is likely to be my best bet for seeing deer?

We will probably be hunting State Forest lands unless someone has a private piece that they would not mind leasing for a week to a small group. Therefore, I also need input on what to expect there. I have heard mixed reports that the State Forests are packed and I have even known a few guys who will never go back to New York for that exact reason. So, I am trying my best to avoid that.

If you or someone you know may be able to share some useful information I would greatly appreciate it. Also, if you feel that the information is too personal to post in the forum here, that is okay too, feel free to email me. I genuinely understand and respect that.

We are a group of no more than 4-6 guys who are safe hunters and who are respectfully looking for a little bit of insight into an area that we are simply not familiar with. I am trying to do my homework here by researching the state DEC website, using forums, calling foresters, etc. So, we need to know what to expect when we get out there.

There are many, many state forests in NY and, as such, if there is one that is home to many, many deer, but not as many hunters, then that would be great too. Obviously, if you posted that here, everyone would hunt there. So, use caution, but please try to understand where I am coming from. I am going out completely blind and strictly based on harvest data. Where we typically hunt, you never see a hunter in the woods, but we realize that this is probably not going to happen in New York.

Any information that you can provide with my mission would be most gratefully accepted and appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Tim
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