Military personnel and their Families, Department of Defense civilian employees and members of the general public are all welcome to hunt, fish, trap and pursue other recreational opportunities on Fort Drum training lands.
Participants in any recreational activity must first obtain a Fort Drum recreation permit and access pass. Current recreation permits and access passes will expire Sept. 30. Permits and access passes that are valid beginning Oct. 1 are now available in person or through the mail.
The garrison commander has waived all fees for 2010-2011 recreation permits on post. Fort Drum recreation permits and access passes are still required for access and safety considerations. New York state licenses are still required to hunt, trap and fish on Fort Drum.
Permits are available in person at the Natural Resources Permit Office, Bldg. S-2509, off Route 26 between Great Bend and Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Beginning Sept. 20, the Natural Resources Permit Office will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays through Oct. 29. Office hours will revert back to 11 a.m. to 4 pm. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Nov. 1-24.
To obtain a Fort Drum recreation permit in person, applicants must present a photo ID and current New York state hunting, fishing or trapping license (if applicable).
Permits are also available through the mail. To receive a 2010-2011 permit through the mail, send in a completed application; signed hold harmless agreement; a photocopy of a government-issued photo ID; a photocopy of your 2009-2010 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation fishing, hunting and/or trapping license (if applicable); and a recreation survey.
Application instructions and forms are available to download from Fort Drum’s Fish and Wildlife Management web site at www.FortDrum.isportsman.net. They can be picked up at the Natural Resources Permit Office, Bldg. S-2509, or Fort Drum’s Fish and Wildlife Management Office, Bldg. T-4848.
New York state licenses are now available for purchase at the PX on Fort Drum. State licenses also are available at sporting goods stores, town clerk offices and some major discount stores. Licenses are not available at the Natural Resources Permit Office.
Before entering the training areas, all recreationists must first check in daily with Range Division by calling the Sportsman’s Hotline at 772-7153. The Sportsman’s Hotline is updated at approximately 6 p.m., listing training areas that are open the following day. Upon leaving their permit number, recreationists may access any training area that is open for recreation that day.
For more information about access, permits or recreational opportunities, visit Fort Drum’s Fish and Wildlife Management web site at www.FortDrum.isportsman.net.
Fort Drum Fish and Wildlife Management