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Poverty Hill Wildlife Management Area

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The primary purposes of Poverty Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife viewing. This 950-acre parcel is located on the north side of Cattaraugus County Route 13, on Poverty Hill Road, and south of Hinman Hollow Road in the Towns of Ellicottville and Mansfield in Cattaraugus County.

The diverse wildlife habitat includes mature forest, brushland, wetlands and open fields. It will support a variety of wildlife species including wild turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, white-tailed deer, black bear, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, fisher, red and gray fox, and migratory songbirds.

Other non-wildlife dependent activities such as hiking and cross country skiing may be allowed as long as these activities do not impede or interfere with the primary uses of the area.

Featured Activities

Hunting and Trapping


Wildlife Management Unit: 9M

General information on hunting and general information on trapping include how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules, and regulations.

Hunting and trapping are allowed on Poverty Hill Wildlife Management Area.

Please be sure to abide by all game laws (view hunting seasons and trapping seasons).

Hiking and Cross Country Skiing


General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. Please stay on the designated trails to protect the diversity and richness of the plant communities found within this area.


Bird Viewing

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

Users of the area are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife species. Use the Wildlife Management Area Vertebrate Checklist (PDF) and the Wildlife Management Area Bird Checklist (PDF) as wildlife viewing guides.


The following parking areas are under development:

All Google links leave DEC website.

The south parking area is located on County Route 13 (Maples Road) in Cattaraugus County
(42.300616⁰ N, -78.706268⁰ W) - Get Google Map Driving Directions

The east parking area is on Poverty Hill Road (42.322434⁰ N, -78.690980⁰ W) - Get Google Map Driving Directions

The north parking area is on Hinman Hollow Road (42.328352⁰ N, -78.708167⁰ W) - Get Google Map Driving Directions

Rules, Regulations & 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 Poverty Hill 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 on Poverty Hill WMA:

  • Using motorized vehicles, including:
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • snowmobiles
    Swimming or bathing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Target Shooting
  • Camping
  • Using metal detectors, searching for or removing historic or cultural artifacts without a permit
  • Damaging or removing gates, fences, signs, or other property
  • 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).

How We Manage Poverty Hill Wildlife Management Area

Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Poverty Hill WMA is managed by DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife for conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing). 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 primary goals and objectives of Poverty Hill WMA are to provide habitat for a variety of wildlife and to permit compatible public uses of the land.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

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.

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