Your Adirondack Basecamp

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.

Minerva, New York
(518) 523-2445
This rugged 37,800-acre parcel is located in western Essex County in the town of Minerva. A big portion of the forest is also located in the Hamilton County towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake. Big-...
., Lake Placid, New York
(518) 523-2445
The largest wilderness area in the Adirondacks has it all, from rugged terrain to forest cover to wildlife. At 300 square miles, it covers portions of six towns and three counties – North Elba...
Minerva, New York
(518) 523-2445
The Hudson River Gorge is 17,000 acres of State Forest Preserve located in the town of Minerva. While the main attraction is the Hudson River Gorge, hunters will find a variety of terrain and...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
This large, 40,000-acre tract covers portions of two Schroon Lake region towns – North Hudson and Schroon. While the wild forest designation allows this area a higher degree of human...
Crane Pond Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
The 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is an outstanding part of the Adirondacks! The wilderness contains an abundance of lakes and ponds, the largest being Pharaoh Lake, at 441 acres. There...

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