Information is NOT CURRENT!!
I HAVE NOT UPDATED ALL OF THIS SITE FOR THE 2011/2012 SEASON
THEY NOW CHARGE $5
All of this information
on this website is UNOFFICIAL and may change without notice or be out
of date. Check with Sterling Forest State Park for the current information.
- Fill out your application and have it turned
in by the Setember 30th, if you want to hunt during the first week
of regular deer season.
- Read and follow all of the rules and regulations
- Know where you are and do not hunt in non-hunting
- Follow all hunting safety rules
NOTE: 1/2 OF THE PARK NOW HAS ANTLER RESTRICTIONS
YOU WILL GET ALL OF THE INFORMATION WHEN YOU
GET YOUR HUNTING PERMIT
THIS PAGE NOT UPDATED FOR 2011-2012 SEASON
Call the park office at (845)-351-5907
between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.
If you have a picture
of your take or any picture of Steling Forest that you want me
to add to this web site, please send it to me.
Jeff Hutchinson is the current manager.
James R. Gell was appointed as the first manager of the
15,280-acre Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County in June of 1998.
With additional lands being added, the park is now up to 21,935 acres.
DEC and the Park's Rules & Regulations Apply
Sterling Forest® State Park 2007-2008 Hunting
(If you have had a permit
in the last 2 years. The permits are already filled out with
your name, number and other information.
Sterling Forest® State
Park 2007-2008 Hunting Permit Application
A Sterling Forest® State Park Hunting
Permit is required to hunt in Sterling Forest State Park.
If we can not read your
handwriting, or your application is
not fully filled out, it cannot be processed.
Check and correct all personal information printed
on this form.
If any information is missing fill it in.
We are asking for your e-mail
address. This is optional, but providing it will help us
serve you better in the future.
Sign your application. Hunters under
18 years of age must also obtain a signature of a parent or
Mail application to: Sterling Forest State Park,
116 Old forge road, Tuxedo, NY 10987
To reduce hunter crowding, only aplications received by September 15 to
obtain a permit that will be valid on the opening weekend of
the regular deer season (November 17 -18).
If you have any questions please call (845) 351-5907
between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, seven days a week.
- Additional land that was purchased last year will be open to hunting this season. A new map showing areas that are open will accompany your permit.
- We expect to mail permits byt the end of September to all applicatns who appby September 15. Applicants who apply later should get permits in about 2 weeks or less. Hunter sho want to be able to scout starting September 15th should bet applications in by August 15th. Please allow time for the mail in both directions and avoid calling us to ask about your permit unless you need it and it is really late. This will help us get everyone's permits returned sooner. Thank you.
- Permits are valid only on the
specific dates printed on them. When you get your permit
read your valid dates carefully to be sure you permit is valid on the dates you plan to hunt.
- Scouting is only permitted from September
15 through November 16, 2007, March 26 through April 25,
2008, and April 28 through April 30, 2008. Weapons
are not allowed while scouting. Your hunting permit vehicle stub
must be displayed on your vehicle dashboard and you must carry your permit
on you when scouting.
- If applying for DEC Deer Management
Permit, be advised that Sterling Forest State Park
has ben in DMU #3P in previous years. Please check your DMP application for any changes before applying for your DEC Deer Management Permit.
- All Department of Environmental Conservation
laws and hunting regulations must be obeyed. The
DEC "Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide 2006-2006" is
supplied when you purchase your NYS Hunting License. In addition to those regulations, Park rules must also be followed. Among
other provisions, Park rules limit when and where you may
hunt in the Park and what type of weapons you may use in
the Park at a given time. Park hunting regulations and a
hunting area map will be sent to you with your hunting permit.
(Right Click on the picture and
then click on VIEW IMAGE, then print.)
NOTE: Permit and Hunting Area Map will be mailed by
the later of August 31, or 10 days after receipt of your application.
From the 2004-2005 Season flyer that was left off the 2005-2006
flyer but still valid.
Please do not litter. Use only biodegradable paper tape or
toilet tissue to mark blood trails etc. and collect it after
use. Plastic ribbon lasts a long time and degrades the natural
beauty of the forest.
NOTE: For the 2004-2005 season, a new restricted zone
on the west side of South Gate Road in the Maplebrook
area has been established. The parking area opposite Buttonwood
Road is still available to hunters. However, as you walk
into the forest stay on the marked wood road and do not
load your weapon until you reach the "Hunting Area"
signs. Hunters planning to hunt in that area may call
us at (845) 351-5907 or stop at our Visitor Center between
8 AM and 4:30 PM for additional guidance.
2005 - 2006 REGULATIONS
Hunters are responsible to read,
understand, and obey these regulations. Violations may result
in revocation of park hunting privileges for one or more
years and/or legal prosecution.
1. A valid NYS Hunting License, and an officially issued
Sterling Forest® State Park Hunting Permit, signed by the
permit holder, are required to hunt in the Park.
2. Permits are valid only on the specific dates
printed on them. Read dates carefully! Only permits
issued on or before September 12, 2005 will be valid November
19- 20, 2005.
3. Hunters must carry their permit, along with
a hunting license and photo I.D. on them while hunting
or scouting in the Park. They must be produced on request.
Any unauthorized alteration will void your permit. The
permit is non-transferable.
4. One non-hunter may accompany each permit holder. The non-hunter
does not need a permit as long as they are without a weapon
and stay with a hunter with a permit.
5. The vehicle stub portion of the permit must be displayed
on the dashboard with the permit number visible. When more
than one hunter arrives in a vehicle, they all must display
their vehicle stub portion of permits in that vehicle..
6. Scouting without weapons is permitted September
15 - October 31, 2005, April 1 – 21, 2006, and April
30, 2006. Permit vehicle stub must be displayed on dashboard
and permit carried with you when scouting or hunting.
7. Only areas posted with “Hunting Area” signs
are open to hunting. Hunters shall not hunt in the Doris Duke
Wildlife Sanctuary, the Appalachian Trail corridor, any other
established restricted zones, or within 500 feet of any building.
Notify Park staff if wounded game enters restricted areas or
when game will need to be retrieved after hours. Call the Park
office at (845) 351-5907. If you do not get a person there,
call the Park Police at (845) 786-2781.
8. The Park may be closed to hunting during periods of severe
forest fire danger. Area newspapers and radio stations will
be notified and signs will be placed at major access points.
Call (845) 351- 5907 for current information.
9. Vehicles are not permitted on any trails or interior roads
unless specifically designated by a sign or by written permission
from the Park. Special access privileges will be considered
for nonambulatory hunters. Requests must be received in writing
at least 30 days in advance. ATV’s are prohibited in
all New York State Parks at all times.
10.Wood roads leading to interior parking areas may be closed
due to weather or road conditions.
11. Cutting, placing nails or screws into, or otherwise damaging
trees or other vegetation is prohibited.
12.Portable tree stands are permitted provided they do not
damage trees. Building, or using, a “permanent” tree
stand is prohibited and may result in revocation of hunting
privileges and/or restitution for damages.
13.No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall
hunt in the Park, and no person may carry or possess alcohol
or drugs in the Park.
14.Tuxedo has parking restrictions on shoulders of town maintained
roads. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas and off
the pavement on most road shoulders in the Park which are not
posted “No Parking” by the local governments.
15.Vehicles blocking gates or another vehicle will be towed
at the owner’s expense.
16.Target and promiscuous shooting is not permitted in the
17.Camping and fires are prohibited.
18.Permits obtained by fraud or while the hunter is suspended
from using the Park shall be void.
19.All NYS Fish and Wildlife Laws and Rules and Regulations
of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission also apply.
We strongly suggest:
sure of your target and beyond; always wear orange.
CLICK ON MAP TO SEE THE LARGER MAP. (It will take several minutes.)
The best thing to do to get the full size map is to RIGHT CLICK on the picture
and then click on SAVE AS then use your own program to print out a full
Inside the Visitor Center is a great display of the area and history of Sterling
They even have a gift shop.
Sterling Forest® is a registered trademark of Sterling Forest LLC.