Here let me check above. Long range hunting. Hmmm.
My one friend bailed on me so I gotta wait till next year. I need a good place to enter/park. Live in Ohio. Be nice to know what most of terrain is like also. Is it super thick? Probably get big game license and bear tag.
The Adirondacks is a huge area. It is heavily wooded with some farm land. Being heavily wooded, deer populations are low because food is scarce and winters are hard. You will find most deer on and near farm land. Lot's of National Forest/Public Land. I hunted an area just South of Keesville near Lake Champlain with good access. Hunted that area about 3 years and never saw a shootable buck. Good bear country, but didn't see any of them either.
Don't know why you're going to the Adirondacks, but If I lived in Ohio, I would work on securing a hunting place there or look Westward for deer hunting.
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Took two does this year. 378 and 420 with kill permits. Will do same next year. Wanting chance at bear. Would shoot deer if I came acrossed it. Want to camp for 3 days in remote location. U know the good life.
I live in NY and have been all over. What Montana guy above said is true. There is basically NO LONG RANGE HUNTING HERE, unless you know someone with land. If you are on public land your farthest shots will most likely be in the 200 yard range or much less. Deer hunting is strange here...it seems in the heavily wooded northern zone, as montana stated, there are very little deer compared to southern zone HOWEVER, all the big bucks I have seen hunters take over the years tend to be more from the northern zone. Beer hunting here is a crap shoot. You cant bait, so you simply need to be lucky enough to come across one. If you like hiking/camping, then you are in for a treat as it is quite beautiful, especially in the fall. As stated, Ohio has MUCH better hunting, but if you are simply coming here for a trip to get away then you will have a good time. Just dont be too upset if you dont get something.
Being from the adk mountains, and hunting here my entire life, I would suggest to you to stay in the southern most, more "open" areas to go after whitetails. It would be a shame to buy the license, drive all that way just to go home empty handed. There are very few places to shoot farther than 100 yards in the northern parts also.
This will give you an idea of how the Adirondack Park really is.
The Adirondack Park is a publicly protected, elliptical area encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of Upstate New York, United States. It is the largest park and the largest state-level protected area in the contiguous United States, and the largest National Historic Landmark.
The park covers some 6.1 million acres (2.5×106 ha), a land area roughly the size of Vermont and greater than the National Parks of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains combined.
When I had a camp on Great Sacandaga Lake the deer seemed to move in an area that took them a week to return to the place I saw them the first time. Behind my camp it was about 30 miles over small mountains to the next road. It isn't called the North Woods for nothing. IT IS REALLY BIG.
I grew up 4 miles north of North Creek, on Rt28. The Hudson River was on the other side of the road. The Delaware and Hudson RR went up the base of Gore mountain behind our farm and I spent all my growing up years riding the trains with my best friend - his dad was a railroader. Yes, I know you can't even take a picture of a train today without some fed trying to put you in jail.
This was in the 1950s and 60s. The largest black bear taken east of the Mississippi was shot 2 miles from my house. It was out of season, shot by a panicked fisherman as he was stealing the guy's fish. The bear was over 9 feet and 700 pounds on Waddell's grain store scales. There were lots of other large bear taken in the area around the Warren - Hamilton county line.
The fishing on the Hudson was great in the 50s and I even caught a 39" Musky just below my house. With the bike handlebar through the gills, the tail dragged on the road. Some folks from NYC stopped me and took a picture... mailed a print to us later.
The deer hunting back then was poor. I went to school with some 'poor' folks and they reported that the illegal deer hunting was very poor. We got rid of our outhouse in 1954 and got running water. Still no water heater, just heated water in the reservoir at the back of our Kalamazoo wood stove for our big cast iron bath tub.
Even the city folks who hunted the area used open sights and a (rare) long shot was less than 200 yards. The Moose pond area always puzzled me... never saw a moose, even though they are seen all the time in Vermont, in the Lake Champlain basin and farther east.
As was mentioned by someone else, there was very little new growth and very few farms in the northeast Adirondack high peaks area where I grew up. When I was a student of physics at Union College in Schenectady, I worked on the Northway (interstate 87 today) construction between Chestertown and Schroon Lake. We cut the right-of-way right through the forest and the swamps. Again, a few deer lived there and this was the early 60s.
The Adirondack park was ramped up in the late 60s. The econazis were just starting up and the mountain men (me) were the target. Since we lived next to the Hudson river, you couldn't even get a permit to paint your outhouse. After a trip overseas for the big party, TET '68, I left the farm behind and moved to Vermont.
Lyme disease, etc., caused by the econazis' mismanagement of the Adirondack park, changed it into something I could hardly recognize by the 1990s. The lack of logging caused old growth forests and deep beds of pine needles, which turned the rain into acid as it filtered down the mountains and ruined the rock-bottomed lakes. No forest fires to sweeten up the soil, either. "Acid rain" is a con dreamed up by the ecofreaks, as anyone who ever tried to grow anything green under a bunch of pine trees knows. All rain is acid, since it encounters CO2 on its way to the ground. It needs the soil to buffer it - like when the farmers put lime on their fields.
The gun laws in NY SUCK. I repeat, the gun laws in NY SUCK. Actually, I think the whole state SUCKS. We sold the farm in 2000.
I wouldn't give that worthless state any money, if I were looking for a place to hunt.