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Long Island Public Hunting Areas

Long Island offers a variety of hunting opportunities through access to public lands as well as through cooperative hunting agreements between the county, townships, and state parks. While hunting opportunities on state property often follow those set forth for individual game species, as noted in the current Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide, some properties may have more restrictive season dates or means of taking wildlife (e.g. archery-only). See the table below for what hunting opportunities and hunting implements are permitted on each property, as well as a brief description and hunting map for each location.

image of NYSDEC Managed Public Hunting Areas
2018 DEC Managed Lands Hunting Dates
Property Name Archery-Deer Special Firearms - Deer8 Small Game Turkey Waterfowl Trapping
DEC Owned Properties Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 216 KB) Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Archery Only Not Permitted Not Permitted
East Bartlett Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 1.28 MB) Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Archery Only Not Permitted Permitted
Kings Park Unique Area (PDF, 1.3 MB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Not Permitted Not Permitted Archery Only Not Permitted Not Permitted
Carmans River Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 1.06 MB) Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Archery Only Not Permitted Not Permitted
Ridge Conservation Area (PDF, 111 KB) Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Archery Only Not Permitted Not Permitted
Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 204 KB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 311,2* Permitted2 Permitted1,3 Permitted1 Permitted1,3 Permitted7
Westhampton Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve (PDF, 1.83 MB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Permitted2 Permitted3 Permitted Not Permitted Permitted
Henrys Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 123 KB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Permitted2 Permitted3 Permitted Not Permitted Permitted
Cooperative Hunting Areas Barcelona Neck Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 115 KB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Permitted2 Permitted3 Permitted Permitted3 Permitted on DEC land only
Brookhaven State Park Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 169 KB) Nov. 1 - Jan. 31 Not Permitted Not Permitted Fall Archery Only Not Permitted Permitted on DEC land only
David A. Sarnoff Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 458 KB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Permitted2 Permitted3 Permitted Permitted3 Permitted on DEC land only
East Hampton Cooperative Hunting Area Amsterdam Beach (PDF, 475 KB) Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Hither Hills (including Hither Woods & Koppelman Preserve) (PDF, 561 KB) Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 Permitted2 (weekdays only) Dec. 1 - Feb. 283 Not Permitted Dec. 1 - end of season3 Not Permitted
Montauk Point State Park (PDF, 915 KB) Nov. 1 - Dec. 314 Permitted6 (weekdays only) Dec. 1 - Feb. 283,4 Not Permitted Dec. 1 - end of season3,4 Not Permitted
Napeague State Park (PDF, 824 KB) Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 Not Permitted Permitted Not Permitted Permitted Not Permitted
Otis Pike Preserve Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 4.33 MB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 311,2* Permitted2 Permitted1,3 Permitted1 Permitted1,3,5 Permitted on DEC land only7
Southampton Cooperative Hunting Area
Barrell Hill (PDF, 1.25 MB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Great Swamp (PDF, 479 KB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Noyac (PDF, 642 KB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Permitted2,4 Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Southampton Hills (PDF, 1.12 MB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Tuckahoe Swamp (PDF, 588 KB) Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Wildwood State Park Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 1.32 MB) Nov. 1 - Jan. 31 Not Permitted Not Permitted Fall Archery Only Not Permitted Not Permitted

All properties require a Managed Land Access Permit (PDF, 1.51 MB), except when a Daily Access Permit is required, as noted above.
If no dates specified and hunting is permitted, then the property is open the entire hunting season. All state lands are closed on 11/24, 12/25 and 1/1.
All deer harvested at Brookhaven State Park or Wildwood State Park must be checked at the Ridge Hunter Check Station.

1 - From Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 a Daily Access Permit is required for all parking spots North of the Long Island Expressway, except at archery only parking areas, where a Managed Land Access Permit can be used.
2 - Daily Access Permit required.
2* - Archery deer hunting is permitted with a Managed Lands Access Permit during the firearms deer season at the following archery only spots: Rocky Point 7A and 33A; Otis Pike spots 13A, 16A, 38A, 56A, 57A or 66A.
3 - Small game and waterfowl hunting not permitted during the days of the January Firearms season.
4 - No hunting on weekends or holidays. Weekend archery hunting is allowed at Montauk Point State Park Spots 15 and 16.
5 - During the January Firearms season, waterfowl hunting is only permitted at Otis Pike Preserve parking areas 17, 18, and 51W.
6 - Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
7 - No upland trap sets shall be operational on weekends or holidays between November 1 and January 2. Traps must be sprung or removed by sunset on days preceding weekend or holiday.

8 - For more information go to January Firearms Deer Hunting Season in Suffolk County.

NYSDEC-Managed Hunting Areas

*Daily permits are required for all properties during the January firearms season.

Applications for seasonal access permits (PDF, 463 KB) may be downloaded from this link. Seasonal access permits are free and valid for three years.

Barcelona Neck Cooperative Hunting Area

500 acres of coastal and pine barrens habitat. Take Route 27 east to East Hampton, then head north on Route 114 for about five miles. The property can be accessed from multiple parking areas on Barcelona Neck Road.
Map - Barcelona Neck Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 115 KB)

Brookhaven State Park Cooperative Hunting Area

Comprised of State park land, County park land and NYSDEC property, Brookhaven State Park Cooperative Hunting Area is 1,550 huntable acres of mixed oak and coastal pine barrens managed through a cooperative management agreement. Take I-495 to exit 68, then head north on the William Floyd Parkway for about 5 miles. Parking areas are located west of the property on the William Floyd Parkway and south of the property on Middle Country Road/Route 25. All deer taken must be checked at the Ridge Hunter Check Station.
Map - Brookhaven State Park Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 169 KB)

Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest

94 huntable acres of mostly mixed oak and pine barrens forest. Take I-495 to exit 68, then head north on the William Floyd Parkway for about 4 miles. Turn right onto Middle Country Road/Route 25 and continue about 3.5 miles to Kay Road on the left. There are two one-car parking areas on Kay Road/Hidden Acres Path.
Map - Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 216 KB)

Carmans River Pine Barrens State Forest

Approximately 25 acres of pine barrens. Take I-495 to exit 66, then head north on Sills Road for half a mile and turn right onto Gerard Road. There is one parking area on the left with space for one car.
Map - Carmans River Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 1.06 MB)

David A. Sarnoff Cooperative Hunting Area

More than 2,700 acres of oak-pine woodland. Take I-495 to exit 71, then head east on Route 24 for about 4.5 miles to the Riverhead traffic circle. Head south on Route 104/Riverleigh Ave. Parking areas for the property are located on either side of this road.
Map - David A. Sarnoff Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 458 KB)

East Bartlett Pine Barrens State Forest

Approximately 99 acres of mixed hardwood habitat. Archery hunting only. From Middle Country Road/Route 25 in Middle Island, head south on Bartlett Road. After half a mile, turn left at the fork for East Bartlett Road. After one mile, turn left to stay on East Bartlett Road. The entrance to the property will be on the left. Go north on the narrow roadway to the parking area at the end with space for one car.
Map - East Bartlett Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 1.28 MB)

East Hampton Cooperative Area

4000 acres of coastal and pine barrens habitat that includes Napeague, Hither Hills and Montauk Point state parks along with town and county land under a cooperative agreement with NYSDEC. There are special season dates associated with the cooperative area. These dates should be determined prior to hunting by calling the Bureau of Wildlife at 631-444-0310. There are various access points along Route 27/Montauk Highway east of Amagansett in the Town of East Hampton.
East Hampton Cooperative Hunting Area - Dates and Procedures and Maps

Henrys Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest

A cooperative agreement with Suffolk County Parks allows access to 275 acres of state land. The area is located in Hampton Bays. Take exit 65 from the Sunrise Highway and head north on Route 24/Flanders Road. In about a mile, turn left on Bellows Pond Road and continue for about a mile. The parking area is on the right just south of Sunrise Highway and has space for two cars.
Map - Henrys Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 123 KB)

Kings Park Unique Area

69 acres of mature coastal oak and pine forest in the Town of Smithtown. From the Sunken Meadow Parkway, take exit SM5 and head east on Route 25A. After about a mile, turn right onto Indian Head Road, then left on Meadow Road. One archery parking spot is available on the north side of the property off of Meadow Road.
Map - Kings Park Unique Area (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Otis Pike Preserve Cooperative Hunting Area

Approximately 5,400 acres of mixed oak, pine barrens and open habitat. The cooperative hunting area includes DEC's Otis Pike Preserve and Eastport Pine Barrens State Forest as well as county lands. The Peconic River runs through the area, and there are many small ponds. Pheasants are stocked on Otis Pike Preserve in November and December. Otis Pike is located in the Towns of Brookhaven and Riverhead. There are many parking areas on the property - see the map for locations.
Map - Otis Pike Preserve Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 4.33 MB)

Ridge Conservation Area

65 huntable acres of varied habitats consisting mostly of forest and reverting farm field. Take I-495 to exit 68 and head north on the William Floyd Parkway. After about 3.5 miles, take the exit for Middle Country Road/Route 25 and head west. Turn right on Randall Road after a half mile. The entrance to the property will be on the left.
Map - Ridge Conservation Area (PDF, 111 KB)

Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest

More than 5,700 acres of oak-pine forest with some fields and small forest openings. This includes the nearby Longwood Pine Barrens State Forest. Pheasants are stocked in November and December. Take I-495 to exit 68 and head north on the William Floyd Parkway. Take the exit for Middle Country Road/Route 25 and head west to access the southern part of the property, or continue north and take the exit for Route 25A and head west to access the northern part of the property.
Map - Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest (PDF, 214 KB)

Southampton Cooperative Hunting Area

430 acres of Southampton town owned land cooperatively managed with the state for hunting, consisting of five properties (Southampton Hills, Noyac Preserve, Tuckahoe Swamp, Great Swamp and Barrel Hill). The properties are located in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, all north of Route 27.
Southampton Cooperative Hunting Area - Dates, Procedures and Maps

Westhampton Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve

420 acres of dwarf pitch pine and scrub oak. The area is located north of the Suffolk County Airport and south of Sunrise Highway/Route 27 between exits 63 and 64.
Map - Westhampton Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve (PDF, 1.83 MB)

Wildwood State Park Cooperative Hunting Area

A cooperative agreement with Suffolk County Parks allows access to 461 acres of state land. The area is located in Wading River on Sound Ave, north of Middle Country Road/Route 25. All deer taken on the cooperative area must be checked at the Ridge Hunter Check Station.
Map - Wildwood State Park Cooperative Hunting Area (PDF, 1.32 MB)

For assistance with PDFs on this page, please call 631-444-0310.

Tidal Wetlands Areas

These are primarily waterfowling areas, although there are small game and archery opportunities on some of these areas.

Tidal Wetlands Areas and Hunting Maps
Property Name Waterfowl Archery-Deer Small Game Map (PDF)
Babylon Marshes Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Babylon Marshes PDF (1.47 MB)
Bellport Bay Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Bellport Bay PDF (1.95 MB)
Fireplace Neck Permitted Permitted Permitted Fireplace Neck PDF (1.92 MB)
Flax Pond Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Flax Pond PDF (111 KB)
Havens Point Permitted Permitted Permitted Havens Point PDF (1.57 MB)
Johns Neck Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Johns Neck PDF (2.06 MB)
Long Beach Bay Permitted Permitted Permitted Long Beach Bay PDF (1.74 MB)
Ludlow Creek Permitted Permitted Not Permitted Ludlow Creek PDF (914 KB)
Northwest Harbor Permitted Permitted Not Permitted Northwest Harbor PDF (2.43 MB)
Timber Point Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted Timber Point PDF (1.14 MB)