Talking about Schroon Lake
If you're a deer hunter—a serious deer hunter—you've probably heard about hunting in the vast Adirondack mountains. You've probably heard about the remoteness of it all, the solitude, the rugged terrain, and the chance of encountering the buck of your dreams somewhere up there in the high country.
The Schroon Lake region is a heck of a lot more than just the lake itself (although there's plenty of anglers who may disagree, but that's another story). This is big country; it's about as big as it gets in New York state. It's the kind of place where a deer can grow old, grow a rack you've always envisioned for your wall, and grow to approach that magical 200-pound field-dressed mark that the locals gauge as a true Adirondack trophy buck.
And it's where hardcore deer hunters make annual pilgrimages every fall, to trek deep into the backcountry, prepared to go one-on-one with that big buck, and also prepared to return safely without getting turned around in the big woods and losing their bearings. You have to know what you're doing up here, but the rewards can be great for the deer hunter who cuts a big track in the snow.
Pharoah Lake Wilderness
This is the kind of place where, with a little advanced preparation, you can hunt all day and still never leave state-owned land. Take, for example, the sprawling Pharoah Lake Wilderness in the towns of Schroon and Ticonderoga (and beyond, into neighboring Warren County). It's over 46,000 acres. If you pick up a good track, you can stay on it all day.
The same is true for the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, a 37,800-acre tract, part of which is in Minerva. The Hudson Gorge Primitive Area adds another 17,000-acre option. And there are more spots across the region where public hunting is allowed.
More than just a place to hunt
And if you want to accelerate the learning curve, you can hire one of our legendary Adirondack guides who will lead you into the wilderness and help put a buck in your crosshairs.
Sure the fishing in Schroon Lake is great. But right now the attention has turned sharply to the big woods and its big bucks. And for good reason. This is the place that can offer a kind of hunting experience not available elsewhere in most of New York.
This is the place you've heard about.
For specifics on hunting season dates be sure to check out the Guide Services page.
Leave No Trace
The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.