This area encompasses over 4 million acres of mountainous terrain rising to 5,300 feet. Much of the vast forest preserve called Adirondack Park is wilderness, and the majority of it is open for public hunting. It is the best bet in the Empire State for a trophy, according to Big Game Unit biologist Kelly Stang, because large portions of it are isolated, allowing bucks to reach older age classes. Both the high elevations and the surrounding foothills, with their abandoned farms and brushy areas, are good.

B&C; bucks aren’t common but occasionally one is taken, such as the state’s No. 2 nontypical, a 2252/8 from St. Lawrence County. To tag a 125- to 145-class buck, though, is a realistic goal.

Backpack, take a boat across a lake, or canoe down a stream to gain access to lightly hunted land. In Hamilton County, several outfitters offer fly-in service to isolated areas. Stand hunting and tracking deer after a fresh snow are effective techniques.

Nonresident license: $110