Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area
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- Location: Madison County; towns of Nelson, Georgetown, and Cazenovia
- Open: Year-round
- Fee: None
- Contact: DEC Region 7 (Cortland) 607-753-3095 Extension 247
- Maps: Tioughnioqa Wildlife Management Area Map (PDF, 1.6 MB) || Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area Map
- Interactive Maps: Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Tioughnioga WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA totals some 3,737 acres and is located in southwestern Madison County between the villages of New Woodstock and Erieville about six miles southeast of Cazenovia. Tioughnioga lies in the physiographic region of New York known as the Appalachian Highlands with the many hills and valleys of the region forming a rolling topography. The area is on a divide that separates the St. Lawrence River drainage from the Susquehanna River drainage and has an altitude ranging from 1500 to 2100 feet above sea level.
Hunting and Trapping
Tioughnioga WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 7M. White-tailed deer, waterfowl and variety of small game species offer ample hunting opportunities. The area is heavily used for big and small game hunting and is controlled by statewide regulations. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons).
Resident wildlife, especially deer and song birds, exist on the WMA. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guides.
Easy access is provided from NY Route 80 / 13 via County Route 52 east / Damon Road east or via County Route 60 / Dugway Road east. The 7 ½ minute topographic map covering the area is Erieville.
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- Dugway Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Damon Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Damon Road, more than 20 cars - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Irish Hill Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
- Peterson Hollow Road - Get Google Map Driving Directions
Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety
Activity Rules & Regulations:
- Hunting Regulations
- Trapping Regulations
- Fishing Regulations
- Public Use of Wildlife Management Areas Regulations
The following activities are not permitted at Tioughnioga WMA:
- Using motorized vehicles, including:
- all-terrain vehicles
- Swimming or bathing
- 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
- 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, Tioughnioga 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.
Current objectives for the area are to provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species and to permit wildlife related recreation. Management techniques to provide the food, cover and shelter requirements for various wildlife species are carried out with monies derived mainly from hunting license fees and federal taxes on sporting arms and ammunition. On Tioughnioga, the management efforts are directed towards maintaining the diversity of cover that has been established from past management, primarily through mowing and the sale of wood products. The sale of wood products also provides for improvement of the forestry resource.
View the Habitat Management Plan for Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area (PDF, 2.53 MB), approved in March 2017, which identifies the WMA-specific target species and habitat goals for the WMA. An overview of the Tioughnioga WMA plan (PDF, 2.31 MB) was presented at a public meeting in April 2017.
Prior to 1935, the area was used for dairy farming. However poor soils, harsh climate and difficult economic conditions resulted in much of the area being purchased by the US Department of Agriculture as part of a resettlement program. The land was later transferred to New York State. Early development work, utilizing WPA (Work Project Act) and CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) labor consisted of planting open fields to a mixture of trees and shrubs. Over 1,000000 conifers, hardwoods and food-bearing shrubs were planted. Woodland cutting was carried out, and a number of shallow water impoundments were constructed to provide habitat for waterfowl and other species of water birds.
Tourism Information for Nearby Attractions, Amenities & Activities
- Madison County Tourism Site (Leaves DEC website)
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