Greene County Hunting

Find some of New York's best black bear and small game in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County. Home to deep forests, tall mountains and scenic river valleys ideal for small and big game hunting, Greene County is situated within the Catskill Forest Preserve, providing easy access to more than 250,000 acres of pristine hunting land with wildlife hunting across vast stretches of mountain wilderness.

Waterfowl are plentiful in Greene County, with many of the region's lakes, ponds and creeks – including the Hudson River – falling within the Atlantic Flyway. This migratory route makes for an incredible duck and geese hunting season. Waterfowl seasons tentatively being in September and last through October in the Great Northern Catskills.

Catskill Hunting Guides and Preserves

Greene County is home to several Catskill hunting guides specializing in big and small game hunts, fly fishing expeditions and more to ensure that each hunting trip is epic.

Saenger Outdoor Sports, LLC offers hunting trips in the Catskills for turkey, deer, bear, coyote and small game. Saenger's licensed guides specialize in Eastern Wild Turkey hunting for all abilities, from first-time hunters to experienced marksmen. Based out of Elka Park, rates start at $200 for a one day, one-on-one guided hunting trip.

Hull-O Farms Pheasant Game Preserve in Durham offers a true camp experience for modern sportsmen and sportswomen, complete with cozy accommodations and farm-fresh meals. With 300 acres of countryside to explore, the farm's experienced staff provides a unique Catskill hunting trip, including stalking and tower shoots for pheasants, turkey and white-tailed deer.

Bow hunters can hone archery skills at the Coxsackie Gun and Bow Shop's simulated indoor archery range called TechnoHunt, which allows archers to use their own bow and arrows for shooting at a screen of animals.

Catskill Mountain Guide Service in Jewett specializes in Catskill Mountain turkey hunting, large and small game hunting, as well as coyote tracking.

Greene County Hunting Seasons

Regular & Bowhunting Deer Season:

  • Early, October 1 – November 15
  • Regular, November 16 – December 8
  • Late, December 9 – 17

Muzzleloading Deer Season:

  • December 9 – 17

Black Bear Season:

  • Early Bowhunting, October 1 – November 15
  • Regular, November 16 – December 18
  • Late Bowhunting, December 9 –17
  • Late Muzzleloading, December 8 – 17

Turkey Season:

  • October 1 – November 15
  • May 1 – 31

Additional information on hunting can be found on the DEC website, or view a map of places to hunt in Greene County.

New York State Hunting Regulations

All first time hunters are required by the state to complete a 10-hour Hunter Education Course. Find courses in your area, or sign up for courses held in Greene County and contact the county coordinator's office at (518) 622-3795 or visit: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28182.html. Purchase hunting licenses at Town Clerks offices in Ashalnd, Athens, Cairo, Catskill, Coxsackie, Durham, Greenville, Halcott, Hunter and Jewett. 

Greene County hunting license are available for purchase from several locations, including:

  • Arthur J. Young & Don, 101 Washington Street, Prattsville (518) 299-3426
  • Frank Schnare Gun Shop, 1418 County Route 51,Hannacroix (518) 207-1394
  • Henry's Trap & Skeet Shop, 88 Route 54,Hannacroix (518) 731-6588
  • Hunter Mountain Expeditions/Orvis, (518) 263-4666
  • N&J Market, 670 Route 145, Cairo (518) 622-8565
  • River Basin Sports Shop, 66 W. Bridge Street,Catskill (518) 943-2111
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 265 West Bridge Street, Catskill (518) 943-9423