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The 15 Best Hunting Clubs in the Northeast

May 1, 2015
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Maine

The Birche’s Resort and Lodge
Location: Rockwood, Maine
Type of Club: Resort (11,000 acres private hunting)
Game: Grouse, woodcock, whitetail, black bear
Description: The Birche’s opens a huge hunk of private Maine real estate to its hunting guests. Ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting will appeal to upland enthusiasts and opportunities for big black bear and large racked (and bodied) deer will have big game hunters drooling. Accommodations are second to none.

Libby Sporting Camps
Location: Ashland, Maine
Type of Club: Outfitter
Game: Black bear, moose, whitetail, ruffed grouse, woodcock
Description: Libby has a long history of producing trophy bear, moose and deer for their clients and grouse and woodcock populations are outstanding. Notable figures like Teddy Roosevelt and Jack Dempsey spent time hunting from these camps and, since then, things have only gotten better. Choose to stay in the main lodge or in one of the private cabins. Enjoy home cooked meals daily and even a trip in a float plane if you’d like.

Northern Outdoors
Location: The Forks, Maine
Type of Club: Outfitter
Game: Whitetail, ruffed grouse, woodcock, snowshoe hare
Description: This resort offers high quality deer, upland, and hare hunting opportunities, top notch lodging, a restaurant and bar (with their own brewery,) whitewater rafting in the summer, and snowmobiling in the winter. I can’t think of a reason not to visit.

Massachusetts

Ocean State Outfitters
Location: Raynham, Massachusetts
Type of Club: Outfitter
Game: Sea duck, goose, whitetail
Description: If you’re looking to add sea ducks like common eider, diver ducks, or scoter to your lifetime list of harvests, OSO is the place for you. Hunting takes place in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and capitalizes on these states’ prime Atlantic flyway habitat. Captain Jeremy Brooks strives to make sure all his hunters reach their goals, whether they want to take a rare sea duck for their trophy room or put the hammer down on some honking canada geese.

New Hampshire

Cabins at Lopstick
Location: Pittsburg, New Hampshire
Type of Club: Outfitter and lodge
Game: Ruffed grouse, woodcock, whitetail
Description: With 43 cabins to choose from, there’s something here for everyone. The ruffed grouse hunting in the area is unmatched and whitetails commonly tip the scales to over 200 pounds. Non-hunting family members can enjoy the area’s fishing, hiking, paddling, ATV riding, and snowmobiling while you’re out bagging some dinner.

New Jersey

Muddy Creek Outfitters
Location: Pleasantville, New Jersey
Type of Club: Outfitter
Game: Waterfowl (duck, goose, snow goose)
Description: Hunt flooded timber,creeks, bogs, cornfields, and wheat fields for ducks, canada geese, or snow geese. These guys have got waterfowl hunting down to an art. Their constant scouting and numerous hunt locations ensure that all of their hunters will be in for some good shooting.

New York

The Austerlitz Club
Location: Chatham, New York
Type of Club: Members only
Game: Pheasant, chukar, quail, whitetail
Description: Austerlitz offers over 500 acres of prime pheasant habitat to its members. Birds are raised on site to ensure fast flyers and exceptional table fare at the end of the hunt. Chukar and quail are also available for off season dog training and in season hunting. The club is limited to 55 members. Visit their website to learn more.

Battenkill Lodge
Location: Shushan, New York
Type of Club: Outfitter and resort
Game: Ruffed grouse, woodcock, whitetail, turkey, waterfowl
Description: The Battenkill Lodge sits on 1100 acres of private property specifically managed for ruffed grouse. The property boasts over 15 miles of trails and over a dozen 5-10 acre clearcuts. Selective timber harvests, aspen and berry shrub planting, and strategically placed drumming logs combine to make this a grouse hunter’s paradise.

Spring Lane Hunt Club
Location: Tyrone, Pennsylvania
Type of Club: Members, paying guests
Game: Pheasant
Description: Spring Lane offers everything a pheasant hunter could want. Fast flying birds are hunted on five private fields, guides and dogs are available, Continental hunts offer serious shooting, and lodging is available in two limestone farmhouses. Members receive discounts and first dibs on hunting fields.

Stuyvesant Outdoor Adventures
Location: Stuyvesant, New York
Type of Club: Outfitter
Game: Whitetail, turkey, pheasant, waterfowl, coyote
Description: With a 500 acre bird hunting preserve and an additional 2500 acres of private land managed for wildlife, this place has something for everyone. All hunts, whatever the season or species, include three meals a day and luxurious lodging in the Stuyvesant Manor lodge. Tower shoots, sporting clays, and corporate retreat packages are also available.

Turkey Trot Acres
Location: Candor, New York
Type of Club: Outfitter
Game: Turkey (spring and fall,) whitetail
Description: As the name suggests, the folks at Turkey Trot Acres love to hunt turkeys. They offer guided spring turkey hunts and semi-guided whitetail hunts in the fall. But what really sets this place apart is their fall turkey hunts. These hunts are conducted with the aid of Appalachian turkey dogs. If you never tried turkey dogging, you’re in for a treat.

Pennsylvania

Hill Country Hunt Club
Location: Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania
Type of Club: Outfitter
Game: Pheasant, hungarian partridge, chukar, whitetail
Description: Hill Country is conveniently located within a few hours of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Baltimore, and Washington. Upland hunts are guided with all the amenities or you can bring your own dog and take care of everything yourself. Whitetails are managed for trophy bucks and around 1/3 of the bucks taken on the property score over 150″ Boone and Crockett.

The Lodge at Glendorn
Location: Bradford, PA
Type of Club: Outfitter and resort
Game: Ruffed grouse, woodcock, chukar, pheasant, turkey, whitetail
Description: This historic Pennsylvania property was established in 1929. Visitors stay in “The Big House” or one of 12 secluded cabins. Upland hunting is conducted on thousands of acres of private land surrounding the ranch. Trap and skeet ranges are available along with expert shooting coaches to help you perform your best. Other available activities include trout fishing in 3.2 miles of stocked stream, hiking mountain biking, paddling, or receiving a relaxing spa treatment.

Sunrise Farm Rod and Gun Club
Location: Damascus, Pennsylvania
Type of Club: Members only
Game: Whitetail, black bear, turkey, ruffed grouse, pheasant, waterfowl
Description: Sunrise Farm offers members high quality hunting and fishing on over 6,500 acres of leased land in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York state. If your looking for some private land to hunt big game or birds in the Pocono mountains region, Sunrise Farm is for you. In the off season members enjoy fishing the Beaverkill and Neversink rivers.

Wing Pointe
Location: Hamburg, Pennsylvania
Type of Club: Private shooting club
Game: Pheasant, chukar, quail
Description: Wing Pointe lives up to its billing as a “sport shooting playground.” They offer quality wingshooting for pheasant, chukar and quail, as well as skeet and sporting clays courses. At the end of the day visitors can grab a drink at the Quail’s Nest bar then rest up for the next day’s shooting in one of the club’s luxury suites.

 

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