Re: Delaware State Forest, East Stroudsburg
My camp is in that section. Parking is allowed along the road, you can park along with the rest...
Every hunter that lives in Monroe lake will come thru Messing Nature center, except the guy that lives along the north east side of the development who hunts out his back door...
More people park on Woodale road where the log road came out on that side. Last year a bunch of guys came up there from an area where doe was not open the first week and stayed w/ relatives in Wilderness acres and took out a bunch of doe.
The cabins along the road are varied, some hunt by their camps leaving stands up all year and others drive off to other locations. Expect a decent amount of Archery hunters around the cabins and a crowd the first day unless the new doe regs change the locals habits.
After Tuesday/Wednesday it will quiet down a lot...until Saturday which WILL be crowded this year!
Above Otter Lake [I remember it being Ivan Swamp!] the State added the former Camp Girard, later Camp Wm. Penn property and has just demolished the camp buildings. They also logged a bunch of it during the past three years...
Continuing north [it turns into Snow Hill Road at the former camp] there is only three more cabins as you go up onto Dancing Ridge and there is a lot of land and the parking will be filled early for rifle.
The road that used to lead to the Dancing Ridge fire tower was extended south behind the former fenced area along the road and extends all the way back to the Easton Anglers line. I'd bet it shows on Google sat pictures..
Once you cross Dancing Ridge, the Anglers access road [dirt to the right as you enter Mt. Allen's property leads to a gated state forest road [sixteen mile run road] just before ending at the Anglers gate. The DCNR is in the 4th year of a 'deadwood recovery cut', from the Gipsy Moth damage, that extends back about 1.75 miles and is marked back another mile or so. The back gate is 3 miles in and the trail past Browns lake goes WAAAAY back and is hunted hard. in rifle.
This area is less used during archery but the gate will be open from Archery thru rifle.
This area is getting tough to hunt, that gipsy moth kill off had dropped all the smaller branches down into the scrub. Before HR/AR that scrub was never more than knee high, now it is crotch high and growing around those dead branches...tough walking and impossible to be quiet! This is the 'back yard' to Erich Fein's parents home as 16 mile run continues thru the private land to Upper Seese Hill Road, ground zero for the manhunt.
If you do your scouting and search for those out of the way places, you will find good places BUT you will never be 100% alone.
Every SFL boundary has an established path that gets some people further back and places like the snowmobile trail to Browns lake are always popular.
Google Thunder Swamp Trail. it has over 50 miles of trails on both sides of Rt 402 and crosses Snow Hill east of the Anglers property...they own the area where the road crosses the Bushkill. There is a ton of SFL cabins over on Rt 402
All things considered, there still is deer. The problem is finding them in the open forest. Wilderness acres & Monroe lake tend to hold a lot.
The private property on Woodale, west of Wilderness acres and on both sides of the road belong to the Scott Family who owns the old Mountain Mannor resort in Marshalls Creek. It extends behind Stony Acres back down Creek Rd on both sides behind the houses and log homes down to the first bridge as you come up from town. It is their 'private deer area' and they have multiple food plots. It can draw deer from the SFL and I'm sure a lot of the development deer head there instead of the SFL...
You will need to get out there and scout.
4th Generation @ Kamp.
3D - There are STILL a few deer left! You need to pry them out of the developments!