Stid Hill Wildlife Management Unit
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- Location: Bristol and South Bristol, Ontario County
- Dates of Operation: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 8 (Avon) 585-226-2466
- Maps: Stid Hill Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF) (1.2MB) || Stid Hill Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Stid Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Stid Hill WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 847 acre tract of land situated in the townships of Bristol and South Bristol in Ontario County. It is bounded by Route 64 on the west and Dugway Road on the north. Ganargua Creek, better known as Mud Creek, flows along Route 64. At one time, Stid Hill was productive sheep and cattle grazing land. Today the grazing has been eliminated.
Hunting and Trapping
Stid Hill WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 8N. Waterfowl entice hunters to Victory Mills, while muskrat and mink attract the interest of trappers. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)
The mixture of steep hills, ravines, gullies, gorges, woods, and open areas create scenic vistas and also provide varied wildlife habitats. Use both the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF) (85KB) and Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) (240KB) as wildlife viewing guides.
Located in the townships of Bristol and South Bristol in Ontario County and bounded by Route 64 on the west and Dugway Road on the north.
All links below leave DEC website.
- NY Route 64, large area - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- NY Route 64 - Get Google Map Driving Directions
Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations
The following activities are not permitted in Stid Hill WMA:
- Unless specifically stated, using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming or bathing
- Kindling fires
- Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or other property
- Overnight storage of boats
- Cutting, removing or damaging living vegetation
- Construction of permanent blinds or other structures such as tree stands
- Storage of personal property
Outdoor Safety Tips
NOTE: Ticks are active whenever temperatures are above freezing but especially so in the late spring and early fall. Deer ticks can transmit Lyme and several other diseases. More information on deer ticks and Lyme disease can be obtained from the NYS Department of Health (Leaves DEC website). Also, practice Leave No Trace (Leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts.
How We Manage
Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Stid Hill WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing/photography). Funding to maintain and manage this site is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration or "Pittman-Robertson" Act, which is acquired through excise taxes on sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment.
Tourism Information for Nearby Attractions, Amenities & Activities
Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.
Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
- Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (Leaves DEC website)