Hunting & Trapping

From big game to small game

Get outside, breathe in the crisp Adirondack air, and enjoy the best of what nature has to offer.

Whatever your game, be it white-tailed deer, black bear, waterfowl, wild turkey, or grouse, Tupper Lake has an abundance of wild game to offer. Located in the heart of one of the largest wild areas in the Northeast, Tupper Lake's deep woods and isolated lakes, ponds, and rivers make it a hunting and trapping paradise. From big game to small, the thrill of the hunt is calling you to the Adirondacks.

 

Tupper Lake bear hunting trips

With thousands of acres of public lands at your disposal for hunting and trapping, plan your next hunting trip to Tupper Lake. There are estimates that up to 60% of the black bears in New York state call the Adirondacks home, and Tupper Lake’s proximity to prime hunting grounds makes it the perfect basecamp for your next destination bear hunt. Don’t live in New York? Fourteen percent of 2021’s total bear harvest was claimed by out-of-state hunters that traveled to New York for their dream hunt. Hunters and trappers frequent many of the area’s wide variety of lodging properties during hunting season, and there are plenty of warm meals to be had at nearby restaurants.

 

Waterfowl hunting

Tupper Lake is a premier destination for waterfowl hunting in the Adirondacks. This picturesque town offers hunters a blend of natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and modern amenities unmatched by other destinations. Thanks to healthy populations of ducks, mergansers, and geese in the lakes surrounding the village, hunters will have plenty of opportunities to bag their limit. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-time hunter, Tupper Lake offers a hunting experience like no other. Start planning your stay today and experience the waterfowl hunting adventure of a lifetime.

 

Big Buck contest

The Big Buck contest at Raquette River Brewery is an annual hunting competition where participants compete to see who can take the biggest buck in the Adirondacks. To enter the contest, participants must bring their harvested buck to the brewery during the hunting season. The brewery will then weigh the buck to determine the winner. Every entrant receives a free beer and the heaviest bucks receive cash prizes with the grand prize typically being a new rifle. There is also a “lucky buck” drawing each year where one random contestant also receives a reward.

 

Hunting in the Adirondacks

Whatever type of game you’re after, one of the best ways to ensure your hunting trip is successful is to hire one of the hunting guides near Tupper Lake. There are plenty of things to know before any hunting trip, but careful planning is required when hunting in an unfamiliar area. Before testing your equipment and packing your lucky bib, it’s recommended that you familiarize yourself with New York’s hunting regulations along with any relevant information below provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Game harvest reporting

Current New York hunting season dates

Future New York state deer and bear hunting seasons

Eastern Adirondacks State Recreation Land locations

 

NYS Hunting license purchases

Begin your next great hunting adventure by picking up your New York State Hunting or Trapping License today. Licenses are available at:

Fortune's True Value

66 Main Street, Tupper Lake, NY (518) 359-9471

Tupper Lake Town Office

120 Demars Boulevard, Tupper Lake, NY (518) 359-8193

Online or by phone

You can also order your license online through the DEC’s hunting license portal or by calling 1-866-933-2257


 

Love Your ADK

By taking the Love Your Adirondacks Pledge and practicing Leave No Trace ethics you can help ensure that the forests, waterways, and communities of the Adirondacks remain beautiful and unique for generations to come.

 
The Love Your ADK pledge banner with a hiker in the foreground and mountains in the background