Northern New York offers some beautiful scenery—and beautiful hunting grounds.

The Adirondacks especially, are home to such a wide variety of game that there's practically always an open hunting season (Click here for more details from

When it comes to private hunting land, though, not all parcels are created equal—and more acres doesn't equal better hunting. Experienced hunters know they need places for game to eat and drink. They need safe sight lines from deer stands and tree stands and they need trails to take them to their favorite places.

Before you even buy a hunting property, there's a local company that can help you evaluate the parcel and what work (if any) it needs to be a great hunting retreat for you, your friends and family: Heritage Logging.

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Gerry, Heritage Logging's owner who has been hunting since he was a kid, is kind of like a landscape architect for the woods. He can offer advice about what trees need to be trimmed or removed, which are valuable enough to consider harvesting, and what parcels just require too much work to be converted into successful hunting plots.

He'll also consider if you want to use the land to hunt deer, rabbit, pheasants or other game. Each prefers a different habitat, so of course, you might have to adjust how you care for the land accordingly.

Here's how he and his team handled one job:

His approach is a little different: Many loggers will harvest anything and everything that would catch a good price, but Gerry takes the care to consider how the surrounding trees will grow and develop 10 or 20 years in the future. Maybe a smaller tree would be far more valuable if given more time to grow or maybe removing several smaller trees would affect hunting, deer and wildlife.

Gerry and his team of four also provide other important services:

  • Emergency tree removal: If a storm knocks over part or all of a tree in your backyard (or onto any of your structures,) his team will remove it safely. They also can provide temporary repairs to any damaged portions until those repairs can be permanently made.
  • Equine logging: This is a very specialized practice, but in some situations, the best method for removing high-quality timber without damaging the surrounding vegetation involves draft animals.
  • Residential tree and stump removal: Whether you need one tree removed or have a dozen or more to remove to make way for a pool or other improvement, Heritage Logging can handle the job. They'll also evaluate the timber to see if it's worth selling it.

Ready to get started? Call Heritage Logging at 315-796-2941 or fill out the contact form here.