Regional Reports-East

Lewis County

The snowshoe hares have room to run in Lewis County, and you've got room to hunt-with 218 square miles of public hunting land, four deer management units, a forest preserve, a state forest and multiple-use areas that cover an astonishing 139,377 acres. Located in the Northern Zone of the state, the county offers an exciting variety of remote snowshoe hare hunting areas, ranging from rural to wilderness, where the hares don't get much pressure. Tug Hill Wildlife Management Unit, just west of Lowville, is the largest (4,985 acres) in the county and a snowshoe hunting hot spot. The Adirondack Forest Preserve and the Black River Valley east of Lyons Falls are also must-go hare-hunting grounds. Contact: Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 6 (315-785-2261; www.dec.state.ny.us).