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Wildlife Management Areas

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Like to hunt, trap, fish, or watch wildlife? Then visit any of the state's numerous Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and explore their forests, open fields, streams, ponds, wetlands and scenic vistas. These are your lands - owned by New York State and operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

More than 110 WMAs are scattered across the state for your use and enjoyment. Together, these areas contain nearly 197,000 acres - including 124,000 acres of forests and grasslands and 53,000 acres of wetland - providing enough room for a lot of us to get outdoors, have fun and not get in anyone's way.

Visit our list of the most popular WMAs by county, plus their allowable activities and available facilities. Check out a WMA - there's probably one near you!

Some activities may require permits and fees. We strongly advise you to call the appropriate DEC Regional wildlife telephone number prior to visiting any WMA. By doing so, you can quickly learn more about a specific area, its uses and facilities.

You may wish to purchase a good quality highway/recreation map at your local bookstore. These maps typically indicate the location of wildlife management areas, state parks and other outdoor recreation sites.

While there are no WMAs on Long Island or in New York City, there are public lands available for use in those regions.


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