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Hunting in Cattaraugus County

Cattaraugus County is one of the top outdoor locations in the region for all sportsmen, including fishing, trapping, and hunting. In fact, in 2016 Cattaraugus County deer take ranked 5th in the State, with sportsmen harvesting 7,467 deer (source).

Hunting Supplies and Equipment

You need it? We've got it! Check out these local business for firearms, bows, ammunition, clothing, treestands and hunting accesories:

Want help with improving the health of your deer herd?  Irish Hollow Plotz in Cattaraugus is a food plot business whose goal is to help people improve the overall health of their deer herd and help grow bigger bucks! 

Hunting on Public Lands

Twenty three different public lands in Cattaraugus County are available to hunters, including Wildlife Management Areas, State Forests, Multiple Use Areas and Allegany State Park. 

Hunting in Allegany State Park

All hunters wishing to hunt in the park must obtain a permit (Allegany State Park Hunting Guidelines & Application), which is free, in addition to a NYSDEC Hunting License. You can download the application using the above link or at the Park Police station located in the Administration Building in the Red House area. 

The Allegany State Park (ASP) hunting permit outlines additional restrictions for hunting in the park: Hunting with centerfire rifles and handguns and Sunday hunting are prohibited in certain areas, and taking of bears is prohibited, etc. Crossbow hunting is allowed in ASP in accordance with the Department of Environmental Conservation's regulations.  For more information on ASP Hunting Regulations, view the permit application, available online here.

For a complete list of the state DEC rules and regulations, visit their Hunting Regulations webpage.

Interactive Outdoor Map

Take the places to hunt & fish with you using the Cattaraugus County Outdoor Map website.

Nonresident Hunters & Hunter Education Courses

New York State requires that all hunters take an IHEA approved course on hunting safety. If you are a nonresident and would like to buy a NYS hunting license, just show your course card to the License Issuing Agent. If you aren't sure if your card qualifies, contact the NYSDEC Region 9 Sportsman Education Office at (716) 372-0645.

Unlike many other states, NYS also requires bowhunters to take a bowhunting safety course. If you are a nonresident and want to bowhunt in New York, you must present a bowhunting safety course certificate when purchasing your bowhunting privilege. You can register for currently scheduled NYSDEC Bowhunter Education Courses here.

Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

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