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Kabob Wildlife Management Area

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Kabob Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Kabob WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This is a 38-acre parcel located approximately 15 miles north of the city of Jamestown.

Featured Activities

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

Kabob WMA is open to fishing; please visit DEC's website for more information about fishing.

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 Cassadaga: head south on County Route 71, then west on Waterman Road. The WMA parking area (unpaved) will be on your left - Get Google Map Driving Directions (Leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations & Outdoor Safety

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Kabob 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, Kabob 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.

Some of the principal management objective and technique for this WMA is to demonstrate forest habitat management techniques for relatively small acreage to private landowners, which will create and improve ruffed grouse and woodcock habitat. Future use of Kabob WMA includes a cooperative agreement with the Ruffed Grouse Society for landowner workshops to demonstrate and conduct wildlife management habitat programs.


The area was acquired as a gift to the State of New York in 1978 and is comprised of wetland along with some brushland and woodland.

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.