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West Cameron Wildlife Management Area

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West Cameron Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the West Cameron WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. The area consists of 165 acres of wooded land that provides habitat for a variety of woodland creatures. Access to the Wildlife Management Area is from Angel Road, which runs between County Road 119 and Swale Road. Close by, 3,000 acres of state forest land near Cameron is also available for your enjoyment.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
West Cameron WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 8T. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Wildlife Viewing
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. Use both theWildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 KB) and Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as wildlife viewing guides.

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The West Cameron Wildlife Management Area is located in the Town of Cameron in Steuben County, two miles northwest of the Village of Cameron.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in West Cameron WMA:

  • Unless specifically stated, using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
  • 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
  • Littering
  • 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.

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How We Manage

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, West Cameron 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.

View the Habitat Management Plan for West Cameron Wildlife Management Area (PDF, 1.92 MB), approved in December 2016, which identifies the WMA-specific target species and habitat goals for the WMA.

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.