The Perfect Location

Nestled in the backwoods of Columbia County, New York.

Established in 1928, the Austerlitz Club is one of the oldest private hunting preserves in the United States. The Club provides some of the best pheasant hunting habitat in New York State. We are proud to carry on the hunting and wing-shooting traditions.

A Premier Hunting Club

Upland Hunting at its Best

Located in beautiful northern Columbia County in upstate New York, the club is easily reached by major roads from the New York City Metro area (2.5 hours), Saratoga/Capital Region (about 1 hour), Western Massachusetts (45 minutes) and Southern Vermont (about 1 hour). The club has 455 acres of groomed fields, wooded hedgerows, and forest all specifically maintained for upland bird hunting.

Each year we raise just over 23,000 pheasants from day-old chicks both for member use and for sale to other preserves and stocking programs in the Northeast. Our bird program allows for very reasonable dues/fee structure, financial security, and the resources to keep all the fields, physical plant and equipment in top-notch repair. The club has a full-time manager/game keeper living on the property. Along with his staff, they raise the birds, groom the fields, and ensure each member has an outstanding hunting experience.

A Home Away From Home

The Clubhouse

The 2,400 square foot wood paneled clubhouse has a floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace, full kitchen, two half and one full bath. On the second floor is a bedroom that can accommodate up to four. Members and their guests can enjoy the roaring fire while taking in views of the pond and fields or watch the large screen TV. Two decks, one with a gas barbecue, allow you to cook a steak while smoking a cigar. The clubhouse is open all year and can be reserved for special events. It is a welcoming environment to spend a moment whether you are headed home locally, or you have made a full daytrip ‘from away’ enjoying shooting/hunting sports.

Master Your Marksmanship

Improve Your Shotgun, Rifle and Pistol Shooting Skills

The Club offers members a variety of ways to have both fun and bring home more game. Bring your favorite shotgun and shoot a round, or several rounds, of skeet. Our skeet field was built to National Skeet Shooting Association standards. Great fun with a fellow member or bring a friend. There is also wobble trap, a challenging game where the trap is computer controlled to throw the clay up, down, left, and right each time with the target going in a different direction each time someone yells “pull”. You can also combine the wobble trap machine with an additional trap machine hidden just over the rise. With this game the two machines are each throwing a target… some time as a single, sometimes simultaneously. This makes for an exciting round of clay target shooting. Getting ready for deer season or making plans to go west to shoot antelope? Our 400-yard rifle range will give you a chance to sight in your rifle and improve your chances of bringing home a trophy.

Trout Pond

A Stocked Pond

There is a two-acre pond situated next to the club house. It is spring fed and more than 25 feet deep at one end. Each year it is stocked with trout and all members, their families and guests are welcome to fish, swim or ice skate in the winter.

Enjoy the Club all Year

A Place for More than just Hunting

After a season of successful hunting, enjoy the trails, pond, and other shooting sports. The skeet field, wobble trap and flurry are open all year for your enjoyment. The exception being that hunting takes preference during the season. Try hiking in the fields and then relax in the air-conditioned club house. There is a gas barbecue on one of the two decks next to the club house for member use. Bring family and friends.