Hunting season runs from October 1 to January 1.
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Hunting on RPA Lands
Please review Steps to Hunt on RPA Lands, then read the following information.
Hunting is allowed on RPA lands as follows:
Hunting is permitted at Albert Family Community Forest with pre-registration on a first come, first served basis. We restrict the maximum number of hunters on any one day. Hunting at Albert Family Community Forest is permitted for Big Game (Deer / Bear) only.
Follow the steps at the bottom of this page to apply for hunting privileges at Albert Family Community Forest.
Hunting is not permitted at Barberville Falls.
Hunting at Chestnut Hill is allowed by special arrangement only as per the wishes of the donor, Ken James. Public hunting on this land is not permitted.
Grafton Forest is now owned by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Please contact NYSDEC for more information about hunting policies for Grafton Forest.
(Co-owned by Rensselaer Plateau Alliance and Rensselaer Land Trust)
Hunting is not permitted at Poesten Kill Bends.
Poestenkill Community Forest
Hunting is permitted at Poestenkill Community Forest with pre-registration on a first come first served basis. We restrict the maximum number of hunters on any one day. Hunting at Poestenkill Community Forest is permitted for Big Game (Deer / Bear) only.
Follow the steps at the bottom of this page to apply for hunting privileges at Poestenkill Community Forest.
Hunting applications for 2021 will be open from August 15 until October 15. Requests will be accepted beginning August 15 on a first come, first served basis in advance of the specific season / dates requested.
Steps to Hunt on RPA Lands:
Read RPA Procedure for Hunting Privileges (PDF)
Read RPA Hunting Regulations (PDF)
Submit a Hunting Privilege Application Form
Text or call to request the days that you wish to hunt
Click the button to fill out our quick Hunting Interest Form.
We'll keep you posted with RPA news and updates about hunting on RPA lands. You'll also get reminders about registration, which begins every year in mid-August.