Your Guide to Hunting in the Catskills

Hunting is a huge draw to the Great Western Catskills. There is nothing like waking up to the crisp morning air and venturing into the woods in pursuit of a trophy buck. While over 85% of people hunt on private land, there are options for visitors who are looking to fill their freezer with turkey, venison or other game for the winter ahead.

Photo courtesy of Catskill Casts and Coverts

 

BEFORE YOU GO:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) offers a great resource page for all the things you need to know before heading into the woods. In New York State, it is necessary to obtain a hunting license and take specific hunter education courses before obtaining a license. The various hunting seasons are outlined clearly each year by the DEC. It is imperative that you hunt for the appropriate animal in the appropriate season. Following the current hunting regulations is not only important for safety but it is the law. Read up ahead of time so you can enjoy your hunt.

WHERE TO HUNT:
While the majority of hunters have access to private land, there is a lot of public use land available to visitors. The DEC provides thorough information on where to hunt. New York City Watershed Lands provide hunting access as well as Wildlife Management Areas. Some access points require permits for hunting access while others do not.

Bear Spring Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Located in Walton, Colchester, and Hancock in Delaware County

Wolf Hollow Wildlife Management Area
Located in Andes, NY in Delaware County

New York City Watershed Lands 
Many locations in Delaware County

FAQ’s Page from DEP 

WHERE TO STAY:
Delaware County is very hunter friendly but might we suggest some stays that will truly make you and your hunting crew feel right at home. Browse the highlighted few below or visit our sportsman lodging section for more.

Photo courtesy of Pepacton Cabins

Downsville Motel
(607) 363-7740
6964 River Road
Downsville, NY 13755

Dream Catcher Lodge
(607) 467-4900
383 River Road
Deposit, NY 13754

Old School House Inn
(607) 363-7814
28218 NY-206
Downsville, NY 13755

Pepacton Cabins
(607) 363-2094
348 Hood Lane
Downsville, NY 13755

West Branch Angler Resort
(607) 467-5525
150 Faulkener Road
Hancock, NY 13783

Browse all lodging options on our website.

WHERE TO EAT:
These are a few great places to eat or grab food that don’t require you to change out of your hunting gear.

Photo of the Old Schoolhouse Inn courtesy of Yelp

Andes Hotel
(845) 676-4408
10 Main Street
Andes, NY 13731

Dana’s Place
103 Main Street
Andes, NY 13731

Honest Eddie’s Taproom
(607) 637-7100
137 East Front Street
Hancock, NY 13783

Old School House Inn
(607) 363-7814
28218 NY-206
Downsville, NY 13755

Tremperskill Country Store
(845) 676-3244
1024 County Road 1
Andes, NY 13731

Explore more dining options in Delaware County on our website.

WHERE TO BUY GEAR:
There are a number of sports stores in the Great Western Catskills that will help you get set up for your hunt or help you out with gear you may have left at home. Don’t forget to bring home a locally made and Catskill themed keepsake for your loved ones from Catskill Outpost in Stamford.

Photo courtesy of Gifford’s Sports Supply

Al’s Sport Store
(607) 363-7740
6964 River Road
Downsville, NY 13755

Catskill Outpost (for souvenirs!)
(607) 214-4166
13 Harper Street
Stamford, NY 12167

E.R.’s Gun Sales and Repairs
(607) 643-3367
4515 Dryden Road
Walton, NY 13856

George’s Gun Shop
(607) 588-7653
1368 Jump Brook Road
Grand Gorge, NY 12434

Joe’s Sports Center
(607) 437-7797
34603 NY-23
Grand Gorge, NY 12434

Marino’s Outdoor World
(607) 637-3573
95 East Front Street
Hancock, NY 13785

Northhill Outdoors LLC
(845) 586-3006
916 Main Street
Margaretville, NY 12455

Ray’s Sports Shop
(845) 254-4951
46046 NY-28
Fleischmanns, NY 12430

FIND A GUIDE:
There are many guide services available in the Great Western Catskills. Look through our Guides & Services to find a guide that suits your interest. 

Photo courtesy of Catskill Casts and Coverts


Delaware County is home to great hunting, a friendly hunting community and great places to stay. The restaurants and bars are ready to welcome you and your hunting crew after a long day in the woods. We hope you find just what you are looking for to plan your hunting season in the Great Western Catskills.