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Hi guys,

This site has come up in pretty much every search I've done...figured I'd make an account and join the party!

We used to live down in Putnam county, sandwiched between a deserted state park and a huge farm....got pretty spoiled being able to shoot in my back yard! Anyhow, we just moved up to the Albany area and are now looking for places to shoot. We aren't particularly interested in clubs.

I spoke with DEC and they confirmed that shooting is allowed in state forests as long as posted regulations are followed. They did, however, suggest that I "just find an old quarry" as they weren't able to recommend a spot. I'm also coming up kind of empty on Google Earth, and have tried asking around at the various local outfitters with no success ("somewhere off exit17" "blah blah rod and gun" "

And so it is that I come to you, seeking recommendations for where the family can go shoot on public land. We always clean up, and are always responsible.


any friendly suggestions? I'll owe you a beer :)
 

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Hi guys, appreciate the input! I didn't think there'd be much of anything in the immediate Albany area, given that it's rather developed. I figured on a drive of at least 1-2 hours.

That being said, we did find a place (Daketown) about 45 mins away. It's not ideal, and previous shooters certainly have left plenty of junk (we walked out with a big bucket of 270, 223 and 12ga brass) but it was a decent spot for 50-100yd shooting.

We're still looking for a better place with more positive backstop and maybe a bit more clearing. Further suggestions still quite welcome!
 

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I wonder if there's a place to shoot somewhere at Partridge Run in southern Albany County. I went for a short hike there a while back, but didn't think to check if target shooting was allowed.
 

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I wonder if there's a place to shoot somewhere at Partridge Run in southern Albany County. I went for a short hike there a while back, but didn't think to check if target shooting was allowed.
Specifically forbidden at all of the WMAs in Albany County.
 

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Hey Guys - Just wanted to resurrect this thread some... I too am looking for a place to go shooting around the albany area. I like the OP, am more than willing to drive an hour or two. Does anyone know of anywhere else in addition to Daketown that was mentioned?

Thanks!
 

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Hey Guys - Just wanted to resurrect this thread some... I too am looking for a place to go shooting around the albany area. I like the OP, am more than willing to drive an hour or two. Does anyone know of anywhere else in addition to Daketown that was mentioned?

Thanks!
If you're willing to drive an hour or two, just join a club out of town. I'm a member at Oneonta, and as far as I know they are taking members.
 

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Also you could check the Clubs in the area to see if they have any open shooting such as Trap/Skeet and such! Then you will meet members that you may need as a sponsor, which a lot of Clubs require! Good Luck!!
 

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Where is Daketown? I know where there is a Daketown road but that is in Greenfield.
 

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Where in the Albany area? There are several clubs surrounding Albany . Most people including myself who have permission to shoot on private land aren't going to advertise it on the internet. you need to do a little leg work and door knocking same goes for hunting.
 

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Specifically forbidden at all of the WMAs in Albany County.
I know we have shot at PR years ago when a friend lived right near it. I just looked and target shooting isn't on there list of prohibit activities.

Rules and Regulations

Public use of Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area is governed by 6 NYCRR §51 (Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 11-2101).
The following acts are prohibited:

  • Use of vessels operated by mechanical power.
  • Overnight mooring or storage of boats, canoes and other watercraft.
  • Construction of structures, blinds, platforms or stands.
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Cutting, plucking, severing, damaging or removing trees or other vegetation.
  • Camping, littering, damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or other property.
  • Use of ATV's or off-road motorcycles.
  • Use of snowmobiles, except on designated trails.
 

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I know we have shot at PR years ago when a friend lived right near it. I just looked and target shooting isn't on there list of prohibit activities.
There have been signs there in the past. I'll check next time I'm out that way... maybe something has changed.
 

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I know we have shot at PR years ago when a friend lived right near it. I just looked and target shooting isn't on there list of prohibit activities.
I couldn't find anything on the website prohibiting it either. I'll check it out next time I'm down that way.
 

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Anyone know of any shop with ranges? I've heard of one in Brunswick, but it's indoors and they only allow small caliburs.
 
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