Hunting Land in Upstate NY

Hello New York hunters! Some of you have the luxury of already getting out and starting your hunting season.  Huge bucks and bears are taken in New York each year by hunters toting all means of hunting implements, including bows, muzzleloaders, shotguns, rifles and even pistols. But for decades deer hunting in this great and diverse state has been synonymous with “firearms season.” Nothing gets the blood flowing like the approach of “opening day,” with cars lined up along country roads, kids absent from school, and “sick days” at an all-time high at local businesses. Even for the hunters that enjoy time in the woods with their bows or muzzleloaders, no memories are as poignant as “opening day” of the firearms Century 21 Kellie Placeseason.         

State Lands are as abundant as the wildlife but nothing beats owning your very own piece of land to hunt, fish, hike, kayak, horseback ride or to create immense trails for ATV riding. Depending on your needs, there are tracts of land from a single acre near state lands to build your cabin or the ever popular ski resorts, to 50, 100 and even 1,000+ acres for your personal enjoyment!

A 3 hour drive from NYC puts you in the heart of the Upstate NY Catskill Region. Bring the family along as there are plenty of attractions, activities, recreation, arts and culture for them as well in the many wonderful nearby communities and small cities.

I would be glad to guide you in the direction that would best suit you and your family’s needs and wants. As a long time resident, a Top Multi-Million Dollar Producer and the “Areas Land Expert” let my experience and knowledge be your guide to the area’s best properties for sale!

Contact me, Kellie Place, at Century 21 Chesser Realty.

Natural Attractions

The Catskills boast some phenomenal wild ranges. The magnificent Catskill Forest Preserve is huge and includes 300 miles of marked hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and biking trails. For people who love the mountains, the Catskills have it all. Hike, bike, ski, paddle, peddle, gallop, cast, putt and more. There’s enough of the hard-core outdoor stuff to combine with the softer side of the mountains so you’re sure to find something fun for everyone! Add to that the magnificent beauty of the scenic Upstate New York countryside. And you have more than just a beautiful place to live!

Upstate New York offers some of the finest recreational opportunities in the northeastern United States. In particular, sightseeing, boating, kayaking and canoeing, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, swimming, bird-watching, and cycling are all popular activities in Catskill region. The Delaware River Watershed provides water to over 17 million people and supports a world-class trout fishery and bald eagles galore! The Cannonsville, Pepacton, Ashokan, East Branch and Schoharie Reservoir are all part of the NYC watershed and are well protected wilderness areas in Upstate New York’s Catskill Region.

Upstate New York provides out-standing views. Particularly impressive is the rock cut at the Hawks Nest in the Town of Deerpark, which features a view from river bluffs hundreds of feet high. The shores of the many fine Reservoirs and lakes that are abundant in the area, such as the pristine Otsego“Glimmerglass” Lake in Cooperstown, NY, the 80’ waterfall at Mine Kill State Park in Blenheim, NY and the Ashokan Reservoir in Woodstock, NY.  Discover the spectacular panoramic vistas and unique communities along the way.

Our communities offer year-round sporting activities, fairs, festivals, parades, ethnic celebrations, and arts programs to appeal to people of all ages. Whether it is opera music, from folk to rock or jazz, art exhibits or galleries.  Cooperstown is the town behind baseball. And so much more! Discover the place where heritage and natural beauty come together amidst rolling hills. Otsego County and Cooperstown are the cultural hubs of fine arts and hands-on history.

A trip to Upstate New York is a rich and unique experience that combines big-city excitement with small-town charm. Nearby Cooperstown you’ll find yourself immersed in charming villages; Oneonta, FLy Creek, Cherry Valey, Hartwick, Milford, Unadilla, Richfield Springs. Discover distinctive treasures from the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Glimmerglass Opera and Theatre, The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, many local art and music festivals, Fly Creek Cider Mill, Brewery Ommegang and Joseph L. Popp Butterfly Coservatory. You will find arts, heritage, culture, antiques, sports, countryside breweries and bountiful fall harvests. The inspiring setting of this timeless place thrives in the foothills of the northern Catskills.

Oneonta, NY “City of the Hills” can be characterized as a friendly community and its Main Street complements the small town ambiance. Red brick sidewalks and turn of the century style street lamps suggest the disarming feel of a simpler, more genteel era. Relax and take in the ambiance of Oneonta’s downtown and the panorama of century old architecture and timeless rolling hills. Downtown Oneonta is an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind specialty shops and great restaurants where arts and culture flourish. Two colleges, the State University College at Oneonta and Hartwick College are a major part of the community. Oneonta is the heart of the retail shopping industry in the region and offers a wide range of shopping options from big box stores to locally owned and operated specialty shops.

State Land Hunting Areas in New York I want to do this! What’s This? whitetail buck image by Bruce MacQueen from

New York hunters chase whitetail deer from the Adirondack Mountains, the Catskill Mountains to the northern suburbs of New York City.Hunting areas on state land in New York run the gamut of habitats, from mountain woodlands teeming with deer to wetlands rich in wildfowl. Hunters can pursue many different kinds of game in season. Written permission or permits may be required to hunt or trap on some state land, and rules vary regionally.

State Forests

Hunting and trapping are permitted in some state forests outside the Adirondack and Catskill     Forest Preserves. Outside the Adirondack and Catskill State Parks, about 600,000 acres of land designated as State Forests provide recreation opportunities including hunting, fishing and trapping. The majority of this land is managed by the New York State Division of Lands and Forests. It includes reforestation areas, multiple use land and areas of special natural beauty.  DEC Regional Offices and NYS Forest Rangers can provide Information about camping and permits.

Otsego, Chenango, Schoharie and Delaware Counties are inundated with State Forests such as the Catskill’s rugged mountains of Arctic China State Forest, Burnt-Rossman State Forest, Plattekill State Forest, Hunter Mountain State Forest and South Mountain to the gentler northern foothills region of Otsego County’s Cherry Valley State Forest, Chenango County’s Beaver Meadow State Forest to Madison County’s Brookfield State Forest.

Forest Preserves

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Hunters can chase black bear in parts of New York’s Forest Preserves.The Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves, which cover most of theAdirondack and Catskill State Parks, include nearly 3 million acres of state-owned lands where hunting and trapping are allowed. These lands were protected by being designated “forever wild” in the New York State Constitution at the turn of the 20th century. They encompass mountains, remote lakes and virgin forests crisscrossed by almost 2,000 miles of trails. Besides deer and small game animals and birds, black bear and turkey can be hunted.

Wildlife Management Areas

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Wetlands full of wildfowl form about a quarter of New York’s WMAs. New Yorkhas 85 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), covering more than 200,000 acres of it uplands and wetlands. Hunting and trapping, in the appropriate seasons, are allowed in many of these state-owned areas. WMAs are managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

A great family oriented WMA is the Roger’s Environmental Center in Sherburne, NY which is also home to the Wolf Mountain Nature Center, a wildlife preserve that is a hands-on.  The magnificent grey wolves and arctic foxes are thehighlight of the center!


In addition to the abundant state forest, preserves and wildlife management areas there are thousands of state and county parks, lakes, ski resorts and more!


Fishing, Boating and more!

Otsego Lake

Otsego Lake, Otsego County, Cooperstown, NY: is a beautiful and pristine lake with 9 miles of shoreline and 7 square miles (4,000 acres) of lake and a max depth of 1164′. It is not unusual to pull in a 10 lb lake trout. It is full of large and small mouth bass, trout, salmon and pickerel. Otsego Lake serves as the headwaters to the mighty Susquehanna River which flows 444 miles into the Chesapeake Bay, the longest river on the east coast, drenched in history of the Civil War and American Revolution, and its ancient geology, makes the Susquehanna River a truly historic landmark. Otsego Lake is fondly nicknamed “Glimmerglass” Lake from the “Deerslayer” novels of author James Fenimore Cooper. Located in the center of Cooperstown, NY in Otsego County, with all it has to offer, makes buying land in this area into a fabulous family vacation resort!

Canandarago Lake, Otsego County: This lake is a pretty 1900 acre lake featuring a shoreline of 14 miles. The water of this lake encompass some good fishing and is often referred to as “the best ice fishing” in upstate New York!

Schoharie Reservoir and Mine Kill State Park, Schoharie County: Home of the magnificent 80′ waterfall in Blenheim, NY. An area so serene, that it seems like a time warp!

** Lke whitewater rafting…. get your pulse rate up on the fine whitewater of Kortright Creek!


Contact the “Area’s Land Expert” for all your real estate needs. Kellie M. Place at    CENTURY 21 Chesser Realty  607-432-7653 ext 110.

Century 21 Kellie Place


Curious Facts:

· Otsego County is located within a 750-mile radius of 50% of the North American population.

· The Otsego Golf Club, est. 1894, is one of the nations’ oldest. Located at the northern end of Otsego Lake, it was the scene of the adventures of the Deer Slayer.

· Leatherstocking Golf Course is considered by many to be one of the East’s most scenic and challenging resort golf courses.

· America’s oldest existing covered bridge, built in 1825, sits quietly on the grounds of the stunning Hyde Hall estate. This National Historic Landmark is a 50-room neoclassic country mansion with a commanding view of Otsego Lake.

· More than a century ago eight Delaware & Hudson brakemen founded the Brotherhood of Railway Brakemen in Oneonta.

· The D&H roundhouse in Oneonta was once the largest and its turntable the longest in the world.

· The region has more than 25 museums and galleries featuring remarkable collections of American Indian and Folk art, along with a circa 1845 living history farming village.

· The Village of Cherry Valley is located high above the Mohawk Valley where, on a clear day, there’s an 80-mile view of Vermont’s Green Mountains.

· The Busch family, of Anheuser-Busch fame, first came to the area in the 1880s to purchase hops for its beer. The Busch family still owns estates in the Cooperstown area.

· The Cooperstown Beverage Trail is New York State’s first official cuisine trail winding along 23 miles. World-class beverages are produced at a farm winery and an historic water-powered cider mill.

Kellie M. Place “The Land Expert”   607-434-5263

“Upstate New York’s Real Estate Development Expert”

Century 21 Chesser Realty

About Kellie M. Place Century 21 Upstate NY

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson UPSTATE NY'S REAL ESTATE & LAND EXPERT "MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR TOP PRODUCER" Specializing in LAND, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, MULTI-FAMILY/INVESTMENT PROPERTIES AND NATURAL GAS LAND ACQUISITIONS. VOTED "BEST of the BEST" REALTOR IN PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS! WINNER OF THE QUALITY SERVICE AWARD! HOT POINTS: Upstate NY's Real Estate Development Expert * 30 Yrs of Development/Planning Experience * Multi-Million Dollar Top Producer * 30 Yr /Chairperson of Oneonta Planning Commission * Leading Agent with Proven Results * Knowledge of Upstate NY Communities * Aggressive Marketing with International Exposure * Member Otsego County Chamber of Commerce * Proudly serving Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Madison, Schohari and Broome Counties. My name is Kellie Place and I am a Multi-Million Dollar TOP Producer with CENTURY 21. I serve as the Chairperson of the Oneonta Planning Commission of which I have been a member for over 30 years. Having worked with developers and engineers on both sides gives me an edge above other agents in all types of real estate. Co-Founder and Director of Administration of the internationally renowned New York Summer Music Festival at Oneonta State College. Chairperson of the Mayor's Arts & Events Task Force. Executive Board Member of the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Calcio Soccer Club and a member of the Broome County Soccer Association. I have coached youth soccer and hockey for over 20 years. I was the recipient of the "Volunteer of the Year" Award at the National Soccer Hall of Fame Co-Founder of the grassroots organization, Oneonta Community Alliance for Youth. Serve on the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Business Action Committee as well as active in local, county and state politics. In short, an active community member that has...... "Served the Community for over 30 years!"
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