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Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area

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Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area (WMA) - The primary purposes of the Partridge Run WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA consists of about 4500 acres of upland and wetland habitat in Albany County. The majority of the current WMA was transferred to the New York State in 1962 by the federal government. Numerous parking areas are located throughout the WMA. Partridge Run is located on the Helderberg Escarpment, and varies in elevation from about 1600' to over 1900'. Soils are thin and winters are typically long. Most of Partridge Run WMA is forested with natural stands of northern hardwoods comprised of maple, ash, yellow birch, as well as hemlock. Several hundred acres of spruce and pine plantations were planted during the 1930's and 1940's. There are several hundred acres of fields maintained throughout the WMA. In addition, there are numerous ponds, wetlands and beaver impoundments located on the WMA. In 2004, Partridge Run WMA was designated as part of the Helderberg Bird Conservation Area. A variety of habitats on the escarpment provide an important area for both resident and migrant birds.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping
Partridge Run WMA is located in Wildlife Management Unit 4H. Partridge Run WMA is a pheasant release site during the small game season. This WMA is a popular spot for ruffed grouse hunting, as well. Some waterfowl hunting does occur on the numerous ponds, beaver impoundments and lakes present on the WMA. During the big game season, numerous hunters pursue deer. An occasional black bear is shot on the WMA. Partridge Run is also open for trapping during regular trapping seasons. Species that can be found here include beaver, muskrat, mink, fisher, fox and coyote. (View hunting seasons and trapping seasons)

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Fishing
Warm water sport fish such as pickerel, yellow perch, bullhead, sunfish and bass can be found in the numerous ponds on the WMA.

Wildlife Viewing

  • white-tailed deer
  • black bear
  • wild turkey
  • ruffed grouse
  • gray squirrel
  • fox
  • raccoon
  • fisher
  • Canada geese
  • wood duck
  • mallard
  • herons
  • songbirds

Directions

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The WMA can be access from County Route 13, County Route 6 and a number of town roads.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

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Activity Rules and Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Partridge Run WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including
    • all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboat
  • Swimming or bathing
  • Camping
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or other property
  • Overnight storage of boats, canoes and other watercraft
  • Cutting, removing or damaging living vegetation
  • Construction of permanent blinds or other structures such as tree stands
  • Littering
  • Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
  • 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)

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How We Manage

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Partridge Run WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources 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.

Management at Partridge Run WMA is designed to maintain important freshwater wetlands and a diversity of upland habitat types so many species can exist on the site. Regular timber harvests occur on the property in order to maintain forest stand health and diversity of stand age and structure. Other habitat improvements include mowing, trail creation, and the placement of nesting boxes. Apple orchards found in upland areas are maintained to provide food for wildlife.

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.