To help Fort Drum’s fish and wildlife personnel manage deer on post, archery hunting is allowed only in specific areas in the fenced-in cantonment area. Only bow hunters who have Department of Defense identification cards and who have shown their shooting proficiency are allowed to hunt in these areas.
To increase safety, all hunters in the cantonment area are required to hunt from portable elevated tree stands or tripod stands a minimum of 10 feet off the ground.
In addition, no still-hunting, stalking or deer drives are allowed, and arrows may not be nocked until bow hunters are safely in their stands.
The largest hunting areas, 53 and 54, are part of the local training areas north of Iraqi Freedom Drive. Historically, these areas have been open to hunting only on weekends, federal holidays and training holidays.
These areas are now open for daily use through the end of the archery hunting season on Dec. 15.
All other designated areas remain open for daily use.
Hunters are reminded that they must check in all deer harvested in the cantonment area with Fort Drum’s Fish and Wildlife Management Program during regular business hours.
For deer harvested when the check station is closed, deer must be brought in on the next business day. If the meat is in danger of spoiling before it can be reported, the meat may be processed, but the head must be brought in for aging.
Persons must call the Fish and Wildlife Management Program at 772-9303 to make other arrangements if necessary.
For more information about archery hunting in the cantonment area, see Fort Drum’s Fish and Wildlife Management Program website at www.fortdrum.isportsman.net.
In addition, hunters are encouraged to submit photographs of their harvested game. See the “Photographs” section of the website for deer taken during previous years.
Fort Drum Fish and Wildlife Management Program