Hunting

Ben’s Gun Shop

Located at 328 Spaulding Hill Road, Owego, NY 13827.

Hunting Info

Tioga County produces some of the top whitetail deer, wild turkey and small game in New York State. We also offer hunting on numerous professionally managed, and private, wildlife hunting preserves. In terms of statistical trends, however, there’s little doubt that the happening place in the region is Tioga County, where hunters killed 12.8 deer per square mile in 2001. The countywide harvest of 6,660 deer included 2,632 bucks.

Turkey: The turkey hunting season in New York opens around the first of May. Hunting enthusiasts claim 10:00 a.m. to be the best time to bag your bird. Although New York does not require blaze orange hunting gear for turkey hunting, it is a safety precaution to wear the hat.

Deer: Tioga County is one of New York State’s top producing whitetail deer areas. Our large, healthy deer population is due to the excellent habitat found here. Large tracts of state land and readily accessible private land provide excellent whitetail deer hunting opportunities.

Small Game: Small game is considered to be rabbits, squirrels, game birds (pheasant, grouse, quail), turkey, etc. Seasons vary depending on the animal. Rabbits are from Oct-Feb, squirrel is Sept-Feb, turkey is Oct-Nov and in the spring (bearded birds only), May.

Thunderbird Atlatl

Located at 90 Main Street, Candor, NY 13743 607-659-3854.

Thunderbird Atlatl is a world reknowned manufacturer of atlatls (spear-throwing weapons), darts, and accessories. Open by appointment.

Counter Strike Paintball

Located at 371 Halsey Valley Road, Tioga Center, NY.

Your hometown paintball field. Two new air fields. All new rental equipment.

Turkey Trot Acres & Hunting Lodge

Located at 188 Tubbs Hill Road, Candor, NY 13743.

Since 1987 Turkey Trot has been one of America’s premier wild turkey hunting destinations. We also offer fair chase hunts for Whitetail deer. Accommodations include private rooms in our 3,500 sq. foot log cabin lodge and home cooked meals. Hours of operation, all NYS Deer & Turkey Seasons.

Ringneck Preserve

Located at 56 Olkowski Road, Candor, NY 13743.

Ringneck pheasants, Bobwhite quail and Chukar partridge are released in various types of cover to offer the sportsman a very challenging hunt. Deer and turkey hunting is also available in season. Over 400 acres of prime natural and farmed habitat. Bring your own dog, or our dogs and guides are available. Corporate hunts are welcome. No hunting license required. Open Sept. 1 – March 31. Reservations required. Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm daily. Lodging is available at nearby Turkey Trot Acres.

Whitetail Valley

Located at RD # 2, Box 207-1, Rome, PA 18837.

A unique hunting area offering prime whitetail habitat which is 90% wooded. Specializing in whitetail and elk but also offering wild boar. Trout and bass fishing along with spring and fall turkey hunts and small game in season are also available. Hunts do require the appropriate NY & PA licenses. Hunting dates secured on a first come, first served basis.

The Pine Lodge

Located at 106 DelMauro Road, Candor, NY 13743.

Fair chase hunts available for whitetail deer, turkey and pheasant. Taking reservations now for both bow & arrow and rifle/shotgun seasons. Hunt daily or stay in the beautiful log cabin and hunt longer on 300 acres of natural habitat and fields planted with corn, clover and soygum.

Owego Archery Association

Located at 1518 Day Hollow Road, Owego, NY 13827.

Membership – $10/year. For recreational target archers or hunting purposes. Retail shop, open to the public, sells bows, arrows, tree stands, etc. Classes on the proper use of the bow and arrow are free of charge to members. Open MTWF, 12-9, Th 4-9, Sat 12-5; closed Sundays.