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New York Grouse Suggestions

This spring, I attended an outdoor film festival in Bethlehem, and one of the films was grouse hunting in New York. They also offered a guided grouse hunt on the auction, but it went for a lot of $$. I'm curious if anyone has hunted grouse in New York and had much success if seeing birds. If so, could you provide any advice on parts of the state (counties or whatever information you're willing to share)? I'd like to head up with my English Setter and Brittany this fall, and since they allow hunting on Sundays, it makes it a little more attractive than driving 3 hours from my house up to northern PA for a 1 day hunt.

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How far do you want to travel? I've heard some good things about the Catskill region along with the area around the western side of the Adirondacks. I've never hunted those areas as i try to stay within 3 hours of home for day trips to NY. Generally, the wildlife management properties have more habitat work done than the state forests, although I've had some good hunts on their SFs.

If you do a Google search for NY hunting, you'll find an interactive map showing all the state lands available for hunting. You'll then need to overlay that with Google earth to see where habitat work is being done. Also many of their lands have old reverting farms that are tucked away that will hold grouse. The grouse are there if you put in the time and effort, and a pre-season scouting trip will pay off once the season starts.

You'll find a few people hunting on Saturdays, but on Sundays you'll be all alone as all the other hunters are at home praying to the football gods.
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Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.

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Virginia and West Virginia have good grouse hunting in the National Forests...
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Thanks for the info, I'll have to do some checking as you mentioned. Being in Eastern PA, I'm a bit closer to NY than West Virginia, but I'll have to look at it because if there are better conditions there, I'll have to look into it more.

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Lewis County, northern Herkimer County, and Hamilton County, in New York all have grouse up in the big woods.

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Thanks again - I'll do the research and appreciate the tips.

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I've never heard anyone claim Va has good grouse hunting in their NF's. I have a friend who lives down there and the only time he hunts Va is when he doesn't have time for a trip to WV. WV does have some good pockets of grouse hunting on their NF's but you'll have to do some research to find them. And get in shape, those mountains are steep and rugged.

From Schuylkill county, you should he able to get into some fair grouse hunting in NY within a 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
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Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.

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Jay Y,
There are grouse in New York, I grew up hunting them in southwestern NYS. That was mostly in the 1960's however.
I'm sure my old favorite spots matured out fifty years ago. I have a very good friend who lives in Saranac Lake, he's a runner and hiker. He's often told me that he flushes grouse regularly on his runs in the Adirondack park. He used to hunt them with me back when we were teens so he knows one when he flushes it.
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Virginia and West Virginia have good grouse hunting in the National Forests...
No they don't. the Southern Appalachians are dead.
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That's my hope 2.5 - 3 hours, but whatever it takes! Found a couple pockets of them last year in Lycoming during deer season, hoping they fared out well. Still almost 3 hours to that area.

Thanks again - something to look forward to and research during these hot, boring days.

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