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So my current hunting land is more than likely getting sold this summer and I am searching for a new property to hunt.  I am looking to stay within a 45 min of Watertown.  I am open to partnering with others on a lease or purchase.  I am a responsible hunter willing to put in the time and money to secure and improve some good land. 

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13 minutes ago, cbyzerman said:

agree with virgil.......  Be careful and make sure you have good lawyer........  Can NOT trust anyone...  That being said there are a ton of properties on landandfarm.com

Thanks for writing about landandfarm.com! Dirtpoor here-- but, I am enjoying viewing alot of these Hunting Land for sale posts.  A Dollar + A Dream...

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agree with virgil.......  Be careful and make sure you have good lawyer........  Can NOT trust anyone...  That being said there are a ton of properties on landandfarm.com

How many of those properties on landandfarm do you think are actively used? I wonder if those are good places to start for a “knock and ask” for permission. Your access may be short lived but it’s something...maybe


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3 hours ago, crappyice said:


How many of those properties on landandfarm do you think are actively used? I wonder if those are good places to start for a “knock and ask” for permission. Your access may be short lived but it’s something...maybe


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I would say probably close to 99 percent of those properties are being hunted on by current owners or hunted on by someone leasing........

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I should have read this prior to posting, copied and pasted the majority of it from a hunting page for Wisconsin where Im originally from and I am looking for land to buy there for when I retire. I am only looking for a lease since I am in the Army and only stationed here for a short time. I've looked on several of the hunting lease pages and only found a handful of properties in Jefferson county, and given my job my hunting time is limited to the evenings and weekends so I don't want to have to drive a long way to hunt. Ive gone with the knock and as option around here and have gotten permission to hunt waterfowl but a lot of the landowners around here are pretty protective of their properties. With that said I am also looking for some places to hunt geese in the early season.

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There is a ton of stateland in Lewis county which is not far outside of Watertown. Unfortunately there isnt a ton of deer.  Deer hunting is pretty tough up there although there is a decent bear take near croghan/Watson area.   Def would use the early muzzleloader season as an advantage.  I have family in Adams but they don't own enough land for hunting. For areas of decent deer numbers might want to look to the st. Lawrence county area as if I recall deer numbers are better there. I have also heard that fort drum itself has hunting opportunities there.  

For waterfowl or geese there are a lot of ponds in Lewis county that are public.  

My SIL has family that own farms in lowville area but also a large family that is big on hunting.  

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1 hour ago, Robhuntandfish said:

There is a ton of stateland in Lewis county which is not far outside of Watertown. Unfortunately there isnt a ton of deer.  Deer hunting is pretty tough up there although there is a decent bear take near croghan/Watson area.   Def would use the early muzzleloader season as an advantage.  I have family in Adams but they don't own enough land for hunting. For areas of decent deer numbers might want to look to the st. Lawrence county area as if I recall deer numbers are better there. I have also heard that fort drum itself has hunting opportunities there.  

For waterfowl or geese there are a lot of ponds in Lewis county that are public.  

My SIL has family that own farms in lowville area but also a large family that is big on hunting.  

I live in 6a in St Lawrence county.  Deer #s are hit and miss. The state hasn't issued a dmp for the area in years.. There is a ton of state land around though and some phenominal duck hunting.

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  I have a 100 acre plot very close to fort drum I would be able to lease for hunting purposes.  Let me know if your still looking I would expect $20-$30 per acre depending on the amount of hunters for exclusive year round hunting .

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  I have a 100 acre plot very close to fort drum I would be able to lease for hunting purposes.  Let me know if your still looking I would expect $20-$30 per acre depending on the amount of hunters for exclusive year round hunting .
I might be interested in taking a look at the land if he has already got a place.

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12 hours ago, Gerry said:

  I have a 100 acre plot very close to fort drum I would be able to lease for hunting purposes.  Let me know if your still looking I would expect $20-$30 per acre depending on the amount of hunters for exclusive year round hunting .

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Fort Drum itself has thousands of acres open to hunting. From what I understand it is minimally hunted and has a great deer and turkey population. Have you explored that at all? Sure is close to you. Within 30 miles of Watertown there are probably a couple hundred thousand (not an exaggeration) acres of public land...some very productive. Drum itself offers a nice website on hunting/recreational opportunities to the public ( I have no idea what enrolled service members may have on top).

Also south of you is the Mad River River Club? They have a website, and have listed 17000 acres of owned and leased land in northern NY. 

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