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October 6, 2000

Contact: Geoff Ryan (718/595-6600)

New York City Announces Lands Open For Deer Hunting Season In 2000

Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E., of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today the locations of lands that the Department is opening for deer hunting in 2000 during both the regular and "muzzle loading" seasons.

"The City is providing public access to 17,846 acres of water supply lands this year, with over 3,500 acres open for the first time ever," said Commissioner Miele. "These lands are at 25 separate locations in 15 watershed towns on both sides of the Hudson River, and we think the variety of hunting opportunities will be of great interest to deer hunters. We are opening these properties, not only in accordance with the 1997 Watershed Memorandum of Agreement, but also with the expectation that reduced deer populations at these sites will improve forest health and water quality protection."

"We are particularly pleased to open several parcels in the Rondout and Neversink basins, a part of Ulster and Sullivan counties where the City has never before opened lands for hunting," said Commissioner Miele.

Included in these parcels is a 280-acre area on the south side of the Rondout Reservoir with a varied habitat of old meadows, hemlock swamps, and recently logged hardwood stands that are heavy with browse and slash. The City is also opening a 472-acre area on the north side of Rondout Reservoir and a 314-acre area northeast of the Neversink Reservoir at Blue Hill. All of these lands were acquired recently as part of the City's watershed protection program.

DEP Hunting Permits Required Including Cannonsville

DEP will continue to make over 10,000 acres at the Cannonsville Reservoir available to hunters, as it has for the last 24 years, but for the first time individual DEP Hunting Permits will be required. The four hunting areas at Cannonsville are known as Johnny Brook, Speedwell Mountain, Sands Creek, and Beerston. Access to most of these areas is from the public road. As in the past, separate permits for vehicular access to Johnny Brook are available by lottery at DEP's Beerston Police Barracks (call 607-865-4185 for more information).

Permits, issued by DEP at no charge this year, are required for access to hunt on any of the City water supply lands. Hunters interested in using the City properties must apply for a DEP Hunting Permit, have a valid New York State Hunting License, and agree to adhere to the conditions and rules for hunting on water supply lands. Detailed maps of properties open for hunting will be sent to applicants with their permits.

The properties open for limited deer hunting in 2000 are: in Delaware County - Johnny Brook (3,791 acres) in Deposit and Tompkins, Speedwell Mountain (3,665 acres), Sands Creek (2,011 acres), and Tower Mountain (102 acres) in Tompkins; Beerston in Walton (816 acres); Flynn Brook (2,200 acres) and Murphy Hill (520 acres) near the Pepacton Reservoir in the Towns of Andes and Colchester; and Pepacton Ledges (108 acres) also in Andes; in Ulster County - Big Indian (240 acres) and Sheridan Mountain (107 acres) in Shandaken; South Mountain (273 acres) and Piney Point Road (297 acres) in Olive; Warner Creek (156 acres) and Wittenberg (100 acres) in Woodstock; Yagerville Road (152 acres) and Red Hill Knolls (156 acres) in Denning; and Trout Creek (472 acres), South Rondout (280 acres), East Mountain (103 acres), and Lackawack Hill (103 acres) in Wawarsing; in Greene County - Westkill (245 acres) in Lexington and Maplecrest (116 acres) in Windham; in Sullivan County - Blue Hill (314 acres) in Neversink; and in Putnam County - Whangtown Road (1,010 acres) in Kent and West Branch Headwaters (509 acres) in Putnam Valley.

Applications for DEP's hunting permits will be mailed to hunters who write or phone:

  • Hunting Permit Manager
    NYCDEP Stewardship Program
    71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Applications are also available at:

  • DEP's Web site (
  • Town Halls in Andes, Colchester, Deposit, Tompkins and Walton (Delaware County); Denning, Olive, Shandaken, Wawarsing and Woodstock (Ulster County); Neversink (Sullivan County), Lexington and Windham (Greene County); Kent and Putnam Valley (Putnam County)
  • DEP's Permit Offices in New York City, which are open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday:
Customer & Conservation Services
1250 Broadway (8th Floor)
New York, NY 10001
One-Stop Center (First Floor)
96-05 Horace Harding Expressway
Corona, NY 11368


More Information

NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600