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Wildlife Management Units

Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) are the geographical units DEC uses to set hunting and trapping seasons in New York State. Wherever possible, the boundaries between units were placed on County or State Highways or large streams or rivers making them clearly identifiable on the ground. In the few cases where this was not possible, or for legal reasons, political boundaries (e.g., county boundaries) had to be used. The map below shows the general location of the WMUs and the links below the map provide written descriptions of each unit boundary. You can also print or download a map depicting WMU and town boundaries (PDF, 1.2 MB).

In 2009, DEC 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. See WMU Revisions for descriptions of the changes.

Finally, there is an interactive mapping application on our website which shows the WMU boundary lines and the local roads. This application can be very useful in determining the exact location of the unit lines in the areas where you will be hunting or trapping.

Wildlife Management Unit map for New York State

Click on unit number below to see legal description
Caution: attempt to print the description of one unit may result in printing the description of 10 or more units as they are all listed in one web page.

Region 1: 1A, 1C

Region 2: 2A

Region 3: 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 3R, 3S,

Region 4: 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z

Region 5: 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 5R, 5S, 5T

Region 6: 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K, 6N, 6P, 6R, 6S

Region 7: 7A, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7M, 7P, 7R, 7S

Region 8: 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8M, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y

Region 9: 9A, 9C, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, 9Y


More about Wildlife Management Units:

  • WMU Revisions 2009-10 - DEC has amended boundaries of wildlife management units (WMUs) to meet game species management needs. Read how the changes will result in changes to game species seasons (both trapping and hunting) incidental to the WMU boundary changes.
  • DEC Region 1 WMUs - Legal descriptions for Wildlife management units in Region 1 (Nassau and Suffolk counties)
  • DEC Region 2 WMUs - Legal descriptions of wildlife management units in Region 2 (new York City)
  • DEC Region 3 WMUs - Legal descriptions of wildlife management units in Region 3 (Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester, and Rockland Counties).
  • DEC Region 4 WMUs - Legal descriptions of wildlife management units in Region 4 (Delaware, Greene, Columbia, Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Schoharie, Otsego, Montgomery Counties)
  • DEC Region 5 WMUs - Legal descriptions of wildlife management units in Region 5 (Fulton, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Hamilton, Essex, Franklin, Clinton Counties)
  • DEC Region 6 WMUs - Legal descriptions of wildlife management units in Region 6 (Oneida, Herkimer, Lewis, Jefferson, St. Lawrence Counties)
  • DEC Region 7 WMUs - Legal descriptions of wildlife management units in Region 7 (Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Tompkins, Cayuga, Onondaga, Madison, Oswego Counties)
  • DEC Region 8 WMUs - Legal descriptions of wildlife management units in Region 8 (Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Yates, Seneca, Ontario, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne Counties)
  • DEC Region 9 WMUs - Legal descriptions of wildlife management units in Region 9 (Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming, Erie, Niagara Counties)
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