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WMU Revisions 2009-10

DEC has amended boundaries of wildlife management units (WMUs) to meet game species management needs. The changes result in a reduction from 96 WMUs to 92 WMUs. All changes are in effect for the 2009-10 Hunting and Trapping seasons.

Previous Wildlife Management Unit Boundaries
Revised Wildlife Management Unit Boundaries

You can view or download a presentation detailing the Proposed WMU Revisions for 2009-10 (PDF, 852 KB) and the impacts to game species or review the information in the table below.

Description of WMU boundary changes and impact to game species.
Species WMU Revision DEC Region Location Impact of Change
Deer Dissolution of WMU 4X, incorporation into WMU 3A
Dissolution of WMU 4N, incorporation into 4F
4 Greene/Otsego Counties Combine similar WMUs; no changes to seasons; DMPs for 4N now in 4F
Deer Dissolution of WMU 4M, eastward expansion of WMUs 4K and 4L into former 4M 4 Rensselaer County Combine forested WMUs; Keep a separate "agricultural" WMU; no changes to seasons
Deer Dissolution of WMUs 5K, 5N and 5P, thereby creating new WMUs 5T and 5S 5 Washington County Combine similar WMUs; DMPs for 5K, 5N, 5P now in appropriate portions of 5S & 5T
Deer Expansion of WMU 5C into 5A 5 Clinton/Franklin counties Better division between agricultural and forested areas
Deer Expansion of WMU 5H into 5J 5 Hamilton/Fulton Counties More uniform habitat conditions; no late muzzleloader season in former portion of 5J now in 5H
Deer Northward expansion of WMU 6K into the southern portion of WMU 6G 6 Tug Hill Area; Jefferson & Lewis counties WMU 6K expanded to north side of Tug Hill; DMPs for former portion of 6G now in 6K
Deer Southward expansion of WMU 6C into WMU 6J 6 Black River Valley, Jefferson & Lewis counties Expand WMU 6C into Black River Valley to better manage deer in the agricultural area; DMPs for 6C will now be available in portion that was formerly 6J; Addition of a split Muzzleloader season in the affected portion of WMU 6J (October and December)
Deer Creation of new WMU 7P from southeast portion of 7M and northeast portion of 7S 7 Chenango & Broome counties Divide WMU 7M into two units to address deer hunting pressure and create flexibility for bear management; DMPs for former portions of 7M and 7S now in 7P
Deer Eliminate WMU 8K 8 Seneca Army Depot, Seneca County Deer management permits are no longer used; DMAP used instead
Black Bear Change boundary of WMUs 4O, 7P, and 7S from the Susquehanna River to State Highways 7 and 79 4 & 7 Chenango & Broome counties Season dates for affected area will align with the bear hunting seasons of the Catskill bear hunting area to the east
Wild Turkey Southward expansion of WMU 6C into WMU 6J 6 Black River Valley, Jefferson & Lewis counties Small part of WMU 6J will become 6C and go from a 1-bird fall bag limit to a 2-bird fall bag limit
Wild Turkey Northward expansion of WMU 6K into the southern portion of WMU 6G 6 Tug Hill Area, Jefferson & Lewis counties Small part of WMU 6G will become 6K and go from a 2-bird fall bag limit to a 1-bird fall bag limit
Ring-necked Pheasant Change boundary of WMUs 4O, 7P and 7S from the Susquehanna River to State Highways 7 and 79 4 & 7 Chenango & Broome counties Regular season would start Oct. 1 and youth hunt would be last weekend in Sept. in portion of WMU 4O west of Susquehanna River
Canada Geese Creation of new WMU 7P from southeast portion of 7M and northeast portion of 7S 7 Chenango & Broome counties Southern portion of new WMU 7P (formerly 7M) will reduce the season from 80 to 45 days and daily bag limit from 5 to 3
Beaver Southward expansion of WMU 6C into WMU 6J 6 Black River Valley, Jefferson & Lewis counties Small part of WMU 6J will become 6C creating two weeks of additional trapping
Beaver Change boundary of WMUs 4O, 7P, and 7S from the Susquehanna River to State Highways 7 and 79 4 & 7 Chenango & Broome counties Season would close March 15th in portion of WMU 4O west of Susquehanna River
Mink/Muskrat Change boundary of WMUs 4O, 7P, and 7S from the Susquehanna River to State Highways 7 and 79 4 & 7 Chenango & Broome counties Season would close March 15th in portion of WMU 4O west of Susquehanna River
River Otter Dissolution of WMUs 5K, 5N and 5P, thereby creating new WMUs 5T and 5S 5 Washington County Will open season in portions of new WMUs 5S and 5T (formerly 5K)
River Otter Southward expansion of WMU 6C into WMU 6J 6 Black River Valley, Jefferson & Lewis counties Small part of WMU 6J will become 6C creating two weeks of additional trapping
Marten Southward expansion of WMU 6C into WMU 6J 6 Black River Valley, Jefferson & Lewis counties Season will close in the small part of WMU 6J that will become 6C
Bobcat Dissolution of WMUs 5K, 5N and 5P, thereby creating new WMUs 5T and 5S 5 Washington County Will open season in portions of new WMUs 5S and 5T (formerly 5K)
Bobcat Northward expansion of WMU 6K into the southern portion of WMU 6G 6 Tug Hill Area, Jefferson & Lewis counties Season will close in the small part of WMU 6G that will become 6K