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Baxtertown Woods Wildlife Management Area

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The primary purposes of Baxtertown Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. The WMA's 250 acres contain a blend of upland and wetland forest communities. A utility right-of-way running through the center of the WMA provides some transitional and early successional habitat, dominated by woody shrub species and herbaceous vegetation. The diverse habitats make this a good hunting area and also a good place to view or photograph wildlife.

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Hunting and Trapping

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Wildlife Management Unit: 3F

General information on hunting and general information on trapping include how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules, and regulations. Please be sure to abide by all game laws.

Big game and wild turkey hunting are restricted to bows and crossbows only. Rifles are prohibited. Hunters are reminded that the adjacent Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center remains closed to hunting and trapping. Hunting access is from the three small designated parking areas, two on Baxtertown Road and one on Cynwyd Drive. Trappers will find fox, raccoon, and opossum (view hunting seasons and trapping seasons).

Wildlife

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General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state. 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.

Open water and surrounding wetland
Wetland at Baxtertown WMA

Directions

The WMA is entirely in the Town of Fishkill and is east of Route 9D and south of Baxtertown Road. There are three small parking areas. Two are on Route 34/Baxtertown Road on the north edge of the WMA. The other is on Cynwyd Drive.

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All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Baxtertown Woods Wildlife Management Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Activity Rules & Regulations

The following activities are not permitted in Baxtertown Woods WMA:

  • Use of motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    • motorboats
  • Parking of motor vehicles beyond the limits of a posted quota or outside the designated parking areas.
  • Camping
  • Construction of structures, blinds, platforms, or stands
  • Cutting, plucking, severing, damaging, or removing trees or other vegetation.
  • Kindling fires
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs, or other property
  • Littering

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).

How We Manage Baxtertown Woods Wildlife Management Area

Utility Right-of-Way at Baxtertown Woods WMA
Utility Right-of-Way at the WMA

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Baxtertown Woods WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing, and 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 options for active habitat management at the WMA are limited by lack of access and the significant amount of wetlands on the area. The utility right-of-way through the area is maintained in low-stature vegetation to prevent interference with the utility lines. No additional habitat management is currently planned for the area.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

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

State Lands and Facilities

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