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Victory Mills Wildlife Management Area

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Victory Mills WMA Locator Map

The primary purposes of Victory Mills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. Victory Mills WMA comprises 47 acres of natural wetlands and a section of Fish Creek.

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Hunting and Trapping

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Wildlife Management Unit: 5R

General information on hunting and general information on trapping include how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules, and regulations.

Waterfowl entice hunters to Victory Mills, while muskrat and mink attract the interest of trappers. Please be sure to abide by all game laws (view hunting seasons and trapping seasons).

Fishing

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General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules, and regulations.

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Warm water fish are the primary target of anglers. This includes: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, bullheads, and perch. A hand launch is located a short distance from the parking area on Mennen Road and provides access to Fish Creek.

Wildlife

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General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Victory Mills Wildlife Management Area has a diverse array of birds and mammals. These include waterfowl such as wood ducks, mallards, teal, and black ducks, as well as other wetland-dependent bird species. Mammals may include muskrats, beaver, mink, and possibly river otter. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as wildlife viewing guides.

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Directions

From Schuylerville take State Route 32 south approximately 1.3 miles and turn left onto Mennen Road. The parking area is on right about 0.1 mile from State Route 32. It is an unimproved pull-off at the south-eastern corner of the Mennen Road bridge crossing over Fish Creek (43.0828°N,-73.5985°W) - Get Google Map Driving Directions (leaves DEC website).

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Victory Mills Wildlife Management Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Activity Rules & Regulations

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The following activities are not permitted in Victory Mills 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).

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How We Manage Victory Mills Wildlife Management Area

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Victory Mills WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing, and 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.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Web links below can provide information about other recreation, attractions, and amenities in this area.

Gas, food and supplies, dining, and lodging are available in the nearby communities Victory and Saratoga.

State Lands and Facilities

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.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions, and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories, or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.