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Hartson Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Hartson Swamp WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a 98-acre parcel located approximately two miles east of the village of Falconer.

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Hunting & Trapping
Hartson Swamp WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 9J. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

Wildlife Viewing
Deer, turkeys, black bears, squirrels, and a host of songbirds frequent the area. Use the Wildlife Management Area Mammal Checklist (PDF 453 KB) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF 240 KB) as a wildlife viewing guide.

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From Interstate 86: Take Exit 14 and turn right onto Route 62, then left onto Route 394. After 2.6 miles, the parking area will be on the left - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC Website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

Wetland in Hartson Swamp WMA in summer
Wetland in Hatson Swamp WMA

The following activities are not permitted in Hartson Swamp WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Swimming (no lifeguard on premises) or bathing
  • Camping
  • Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs 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) 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

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Hartson Swamp 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.

The principal management objective and technique for this WMA is to provide habitat for a variety of resident and migratory species and to permit compatible wildlife related recreational use.


The area was purchased in 1990 by the DEC with funds from the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act to ensure the permanent preservation of the diverse natural shrub swamp, emergent marsh and wetland open water. The area was acquired to ensure the permanent preservation of this diverse natural wetland.

Tourism Information for Nearby Attractions, Amenities & Activities

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.

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

Nearby State Lands

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.

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    Allegany NY 14706
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