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Rome Wildlife Management Area

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Rome Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Rome WMA are wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA and surrounding private lands consist of a vast area of forested wetland adjacent to the 1913 Barge Canal corridor. This large palustrine wetland complex is important to water quality and flood control for the city of Rome. Historically, much of the area was cleared and ditched for agricultural purposes. Agriculture was and continues to be an important aspect of the surrounding landscape.

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Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Rome WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 6P. The WMA is open to hunting and trapping during open statewide seasons and hunting hours. This WMA is one of three stocking sites for pheasant hunting in Oneida county. Deer hunting and turkey hunting are also popular on the area. No permits are required to use the area. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Wildlife Viewing

  • white-tailed deer
  • grey squirrel
  • songbirds
  • grassland birds


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Access to the area north of the railroad tracks can only be accessed via the parking area on Hoag Road near the railroad bridge overpass. The lands south of the tracks maybe access via Route 365 or Hoag Road. The Railroad tracks are private property and may not be crossed.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Rome WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • 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
  • 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)

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How We Manage

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Rome WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 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.

The wetlands of the Rome WMA provide significant habitat for a variety of wildlife and plants. Management objectives of the WMA include the maintenance of habitat diversity to benefit many different game and non-game wildlife species. Habitat management is directed at the upland portions of the WMA which consists of successional shrub land, northern hardwoods, old field/grassland, and agricultural fields. No management activity has yet occurred in the WMA's forested wetlands. Current emphasis is placed on the maintenance of old field / grassland habitat through cooperative agreements and mechanical mowing/brush hogging. An area of approximately 130 acres of old field habitat is currently targeted for management using mowing techniques. Resources and agricultural agreement trade-offs may only allow portions of this area to be mowed each year. The timing of mowing is critical. Grassland bird species can begin nesting as early as February or March and may nest into September. The best period for mowing is mid-August through early October when dry conditions normally persist. Mowing during this period results in minimal interference with nesting or wintering activities.

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.