Hunting Opportunities On Military Bases


Published: October - 1998

For the past couple of months, we have been reporting on hunting opportunities that can be found on military bases across the country. Another we just turned up is on Fort Drum, a 107,265-acre Army base near Watertown, New York. It offers hunting for whitetail deer and black bear on most of its property. The base supports a large deer population, and body weights for bucks range from 140 to 150 pounds, with some over 200 pounds. The rut usually occurs during the second week of November. Only one or two bears are taken on base every year, ranging from 150 to 300 pounds, but base biologists say there is an abundance of bears in the area this year. Hunting with dogs or baiting are both prohibited on base.

As regards when to go, Fort Drum lies in New York Game Management Area 6H, where hunting gets underway with archery season, which runs from September 27 to October 23 this year. There is a one-week muzzleloader season for antlerless deer only from October 17 to 23 in Area 6H. Regular season for Area 6H runs from October 24 through December 6. During this season, hunters may use rifles, shotguns, handguns, muzzleloaders and bows. Finally, Area 6H also has an either-sex muzzleloader season from December 7 through 13. The total bag limit on base is two deer, one of which may be taken during archery season, the other during rifle season.

Bear hunting gets underway with an any-weapon "early" season, which runs from September 19 through October 16 this year. Archery season for bear runs from September 27 to October 23, muzzleloader season runs from October 17 to 23, and regular season runs from October 24 to December 6.

To hunt during any of these periods, hunters must purchase a $10 annual Fort Drum hunting permit, which is good from October 1 to September 30 of the following year. To obtain this permit, hunters must have already purchased a state deer hunting license ($100 for non-residents). Bear tags cost $25 for non-residents. Archery........(continued)

 
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