Thanks to a few birds transplanted from Pennsylvania nearly 45 years ago, New York has developed some outstanding turkey hunting. For hunters headed to the southern tier, Delaware and Otsego counties are key destinations. Roughly 40,000 acres of the Catskill Forest Preserve lands are located within Delaware County. Signs have been posted delineating the boundaries (which often adjoin private lands) and hunters may park along the roadside and access these state lands wherever the signs are encountered. A map listing road access points to Forest Preserve lands in the central Catskills can be obtained by calling the Department of Environmental Conservation office in New Paltz (914-256-3003). In addition to forestlands, fall turkey hunters can avail themselves of public hunting cooperative areas that vary in size from a few hundred acres to several thousand acres. The Bear Spring Mountain Wildlife Management Area offers nearly 7,200 acres of public access with good turkey habitat and populations in northern Delaware County. The Milford Cooperative area in Otsego County is another large tract located northeast of Oneonta. Route 28 bisects the parcel, which has productive turkey habitat and good access. Contact: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-4790; 518-457-4480).
Delaware and Otsego county