5. Turkey and predator hunters must wear blaze orange headgear while walking to and from their hunting areas, but do not have to wear blaze orange while sitting in the woods if 144 square inches of blaze orange is placed in a tree within sight of their hunting location. Predator hunters with a Nighttime Recreation Pass hunting at night (after one-half hour after sunset and before one-half hour before sunrise) do not have to wear blaze orange. 6. Anglers actively engaged in fishing from a boat or
on ice do not have to wear blaze orange. Anglers walking to and from their fishing areas or fishing along streams must wear blaze orange headgear.
Crossbows are allowed on Fort Drum per New York State regulations.
The possession of firearms is prohibited in Training Areas 4A, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5D, and 6B during the big game season--these areas are open for archery and crossbow hunting only during the deer and bear season. Outside the big game hunting season, small game hunters may use shotguns or archery, and trappers are allowed to use .22 rimfire weapons to dispatch trapped animals. Fishing and other recreational activities are also permitted in these areas. Recreationists using these areas must follow normal check-in procedures.
Training Area 6A is open to all recreationists, but no rifles may be used. All other weapons including muzzleloaders and shotguns with slugs are allowed for hunting.
All weapons including bows and crossbows (except pistols and revolvers in accordance with Fort Drum Regulation 420-3 Paragraph 7(f)) transported in the passenger compartment of a vehicle must be unloaded and cased, or unloaded and in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle. If parked on a public highway but hunting on Fort Drum, this regulation still applies.
* An unloaded firearm is a firearm without ammunition in the chamber and/or magazine, if the magazine is in the firearm.
* A muzzleloader is considered unloaded if the percussion cap is removed from the firearm.
* A crossbow is considered unloaded if it is uncocked and the bolt is removed.
* A cased weapon is a weapon inside a case expressly made to contain and fully enclose that weapon in such a manner that no portion of the weapon is exposed when the case is zipped, snapped, buckled, tied, or otherwise fastened, with no portion of the firearm exposed.
Hunting with a handgun is allowed. Bearing an exposed sidearm is permitted only when the person is in possession of a New York State pistol permit, and in accordance with Fort Drum Regulation 190-6. While engaged in trapping activities, only a .22 caliber rimfire handgun or rifle may be used or lawfully possessed.
Only portable tree stands may be used on Fort Drum, but damage to trees must be minimized which includes no cutting of vegetation for shooting lanes. Portable tree stands may be left overnight, but the stands must be permanently marked with the name and phone number of the owner in such a way to be visible and legible from the ground.