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yah there are a bunch of threads that come up every year for Sterling. If you do a search in top right of the main page you should come up with some info

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Just remember to apply for your hunting permit early if you plan to hunt deer opening weekend there.

 

No guns until after Nov. 1 in Sterling.

 

When you get your Sterling Forest permit, they provide a map of the allowed hunting areas and restricted areas (either no-hunting, or archery-only areas).

 

I recommend purchasing a trail map - it provides more info on the terrain (elevations, streams, swamps, etc) and shows the trails, roads, and parking areas (including the seasonal parking areas as in deer season and Spring Turkey).

 

Every year, there are a few bears taken during Deer gun season, saw one opening morning not far from where I had spotted a 6-pointer while pre-scouting last year.  Since the bear went through - no deer came through that spot :(

 

Depending on where you go there, you may see hikers and dogs off-leash, so be aware.  Same day I saw the bear and I was heading out for lunch, I had to pause a watch the trail as something tall and black-looking was upright by a tree - turned out to be a hiker in a navy blue coat and black knit hat.

 

A week later saw someone let yellow labs off-leash during deer season (never-mind the 6-ft leash required at all times law that is posted).

 

We may cross paths there some time.

 

Good luck.

 

 

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I tried to get the ranger job down there years ago. A no go--but stay away from Orange Turnpike. That area gets really hit!  Try checking out the (LONG SWAMP). When you park-- walk down the road and up the highline and take a left. Take another left at the fenced in mining pit. Follow woods road as it cut right . A number of 600,000 plus homes are right next to the State Land!! A brand new hiking bridge goes over the swamp!! Go up trail and take a right at the rockwall-red arrow points right. Walk that and you are OVER the LONG SWAMP----luck--Bill.

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Note the traffic may be heavy getting there this time of year on the weekends - nice weather means people hitting the trails and the Renaissance Fair is on (RT 17A in Sterling Forest). I suggest going to the visitor center by cutting over in Sloatsburg.

 

NY State Thruway Exit 15.  at bottom of ramp turn left.

take exit ramp off of Rt 17 just after Davis Sport Shop.

a few miles down the road turn right onto Long Meadow Road (at  a traffic light "T" intersection)

 

A few miles up the road on the left is the entrance road to the visitor center.  Think the second right takes you to the visitor center lot.  FYI  It looks like a private road in the woods.

 

If you have you hunting license with you, you can fill-out the form for the hunting permit while you are there at the information desk.

 

Take a peek at the 3D table map with the trails on it.  Might provide helpful for navigation later.

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I'm going to be in southern Sterling Forest all this season.  There's definitely tons of hunting space if you're willing to hump in a bit.  I usually park over at East Shore Road on Greenwood Lake and go in from there and set up close to the Jersey state line.  Last year I saw a couple of bucks, I passed them in the hope they matured some for this season.  I also saw a ton of does and maybe half dozen yotes.   Saw a good amount of bear tracks but didn't actually see the animal.   There were a couple of guys on quads coming over from the Jersey side some late afternoons but they didn't bother me none.

 

Good luck to everyone hunting there :)

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Just go deep almost to Jersey... this is still decent land....


Bad day of hunting beats a good day at the office

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I heard lots of hunters & hikers in that area, and am one of them. ;)

 


ULL – one of the Aesir known for his beauty, and skill with bow & skis.

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spend $250 on a nice garmin handheld gps. Best money I ever spent to hunt public land. Also a good light climber is a must.


"Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching, even when the wrong thing is legal"

-Aldo Leopold 

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spend $250 on a nice garmin handheld gps. Best money I ever spent to hunt public land. Also a good light climber is a must.

What's the model of your Garmin?


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What's the model of your Garmin?

 

http://www.basspro.com/Garmin-GPSMAP-64s-Handheld-GPS-Unit/product/1401291127/

 

I have the st though not the s. So it includes terrain. Had a great sale last year which included the aerial maps 1 year subscription and a protective case for $250. They seem to go on sale regularly so wait for a good sale, or do a google search to find it cheaper. I've used it for a deer and turkey season plus some scouting this summer and wont leave home without it. it's an amazing tool.

 

You can probably get an app for  your phone for cheaper, but it'll be useless with a dead battery or poor cell service.


"Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching, even when the wrong thing is legal"

-Aldo Leopold 

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The LAKE TO LAKE TRAIL goes from the Blue Lake to East Shore road---Black Bellamy is right---it is a good area! The Sterling Ridge Trail is back in that area as well. Alot of black bears back there!!

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http://www.basspro.com/Garmin-GPSMAP-64s-Handheld-GPS-Unit/product/1401291127/

 

I have the st though not the s. So it includes terrain. Had a great sale last year which included the aerial maps 1 year subscription and a protective case for $250. They seem to go on sale regularly so wait for a good sale, or do a google search to find it cheaper. I've used it for a deer and turkey season plus some scouting this summer and wont leave home without it. it's an amazing tool.

 

You can probably get an app for  your phone for cheaper, but it'll be useless with a dead battery or poor cell service.

 

 

Thanks Belo, will check it out.


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2 minutes ago, Michael baez Sr said:

Any one had any luck for opening day regular season 2019 in sterling state forest park 

I live very close to Sterling Forest State Park. Plenty of cars and Trucks pulled off everywhere  from what, I see in my travels.

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8 minutes ago, Michael baez Sr said:

Any one had any luck for opening day regular season 2019 in sterling state forest park 

Yes  one member on here got a buck at sterling  I think 6 point don't remember  his name exactly  , bongee  I think 

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