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Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area

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Large meadow at Hanging Bog WMA in summer
Large meadow in Hanging Bog WMA

Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area is a 4,56071-acre area made up of rolling hills, forests, and small fields.

Featured Activities

Hunting & Trapping
General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

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

Wildlife Viewing
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state. The diverse habitat on the area is home to a variety of wildlife species.

  • Mammals: beaver, cottontail rabbit, gray and red fox, gray squirrel, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon
  • Birds: ruffed grouse, turkey, white-tailed deer, woodcock and a variety of song birds and waterfowl.


From Interstate 86: Take Exit 28 and head north on Route 305 to New Hudson Road. All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations:

The following activities are not permitted in Hanging Bog WMA:

  • Off road vehicular travel
  • Off road Vehicular Travel, including:
    • All-terrain vehicles
    • Snowmobiles
    • Cars
    • Trucks
    • Motorcycles
  • Swimming
  • Use of motorized boats

Outdoor Safety Tips:
Hunting Safety Tips
Hiking Safety Tips

How We Manage Hanging Bog WMA

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Hanging Bog 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.

The following highlights some of the principal management objectives and techniques for the Hanging Bog:

  • To maintain high quality habitat for ruffed grouse through a regulated timber management plan


The federal government became interested in the area in the 1930's. Under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture acquired the area and managed it as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. After 1940, the federal government leased the land to the state as a game management area. The land remained under federal government control until 1962 when title to this property was deeded to the State of New York. Also, additional acreage was acquired under the Park and Recreation Land Acquisition Act. The majority of the property was for game management, the remainder went to the Division of Lands and Forests.

Since, 1948, management practices have included conifer plantation establishment, thinning of plantations, selective and clear-cutting of hardwoods, leasing of croplands, planting wildlife shrubs and developing small marshes, ponds and potholes. All of these practices provide nesting, feeding and cover habitat for wildlife. Also, in 1951 a conservation camp was built, later becoming the Rushford Conservation Education Camp. Hanging Bog is a man made impoundment built by the CCC in the late 1930's. The 'Bog' is located on portions of the Hanging Bog WMA and the Crab Hollow State Forest. It is characterized by a floating mat of vegetation in the middle of the impoundment.

The area is named for the large natural bog on the property. The tract encompasses rolling hills, extensive forest lands and marshes.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

Allegany County Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area. 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.