Understanding Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in New York State

Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) are the fundamental geographic divisions used by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to regulate hunting and trapping. These units are carefully delineated to facilitate efficient and sustainable wildlife management across the state.

Key Features of WMUs

Geographical Boundaries

The WMUs are primarily defined by visible natural and man-made landmarks. Major County or State Highways, as well as significant water bodies like streams and rivers, typically form the boundaries. In instances where such natural demarcations aren't feasible, or for legal reasons, political boundaries such as county lines are employed.

Legal Descriptions

For precise legal definitions of each WMU boundary, refer to section 6 CRR-NY 4.1 in the Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York.

Accessing WMU Boundaries

Several methods are available for viewing the boundaries of WMUs:

  1. PDF Maps: View or print detailed maps showing WMUs overlaid on New York State cities and towns.
  2. DECinfo Locator: Utilize the DECinfo Locator's Wildlife Management Unit layer found under Outdoor Activities for an interactive experience.
  3. Google Earth: For a more dynamic view, WMUs can be explored using Google Earth, which requires installing an application on your device.
  4. ESRI Maps: Suitable for large screen devices, ESRI maps offer another alternative for viewing WMU boundaries.

Breakdown of WMUs by Region

The state is divided into nine regions, each containing multiple WMUs:

  • Region 1: WMUs 1A, 1C
  • Region 2: WMU 2A
  • Region 3: WMUs 3A, 3C, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3N, 3P, 3R, 3S
  • Region 4: WMUs 4A, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4G, 4H, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4W, 4Y, 4Z
  • Region 5: WMUs 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 5R, 5S, 5T
  • Region 6: WMUs 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K, 6N, 6P, 6R, 6S
  • Region 7: WMUs 7A, 7F, 7H, 7J, 7M, 7P, 7R, 7S
  • Region 8: WMUs 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8M, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y
  • Region 9: WMUs 9A, 9C, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, 9Y

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