Public land hunting in the Whiteface Region
One of the more popular seasons here in the Whiteface Region is the turkey hunting season. Turkey hunting in the Adirondacks is growing, and here in the Whiteface Region, the story is the same. Bird numbers are up. They're showing up in areas where they've never before been seen. And they're offering some superb spring gobbler hunting in an unlikely locale, right here in the heart of the Adirondacks.
From the Ausable River valley right up to the shadow of Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, there are thousands of acres of public land available for hunters to pursue talkative toms. And because the Adirondack turkey hunting is a relatively new game in town, hunting pressure is generally low, especially mid-week and later in the season, which kicks off with a popular youth hunt (for 12-15 year olds) April 22-23, and is followed by a regular season that runs from May 1-31. The low hunting pressure tends to make the gobblers very cooperative and receptive to calling, so bring along your favorite box, friction, or mouth call and let 'em have it.
Other small game fowl pursuits, like grouse hunting, make for great wilderness area and wild forest public land hunting. There's great tradition and ethic here for hound hunting, and small game like grouse, woodcock, and even rabbit are great for running your dog. The Whiteface Region has rather large wilderness areas, like the Sentinel Range Wilderness Area, which has only a handful of trails and plenty of land to roam and not see any sign of humans. It's a reason the Whiteface Region is one of the best places to hunt in the Adirondacks. Consider hiring a local hunting guide and be sure to check the NYSDEC hunting season dates and regulations before you go.
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