The Bashakill Wildlife Management Area


Kayaker with beavers swimming along side by Justin Schmidt 2015
– J. Schmidt

The Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

The WMA has grown to include approximately 3,107 acres.In 1972, the State of New York through the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), purchased over 2,000 acres of wetland and adjoining upland to create the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area (WMA). When possible as additional properties around the wetland have come up for sale, the state has added more acreage to the Wildlife Management Area.

Throughout all of New York, almost 200,000 acres of land have been purchased and are designated as Wildlife Management Areas. These lands are managed by the DEC to provide both quality wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Wetlands, including the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area, benefit the people and the environment of New York State. Wetlands contribute to: storm water control; surface and groundwater protection; erosion control; pollution treatment and nutrient cycling; healthy fish and wildlife habitat; and public recreational opportunities including fishing, boating,birdwatching, hunting and hiking.We are fortunate to live near the largest wetland in Southeastern New York State as they are vitally important to our environment.

As a multiple use area, hunting, trapping and fishing is allowed at the Bashakill WMA. Regulations for those activities fall under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. A license is required for each of those activities. In addition, a Special Use Permit is also required for hunting and trapping. Both must be obtained from the DEC. The Bashakill is located in the Lower Hudson Valley Zone under DEC regulations. All hunting, trapping and fishing in this zone are regulated according to guidelines set forth for that region. Hunting of waterfowl follows federal regulations for migratory waterfowl. No current spring Canada Goose hunt is allowed at the Bashakill. These regulations are updated annually and are subject to change each year.

DEC's newly constructed blind with handicapped accessibility by Maryallison Farley Dec 2016
– M. Farley
DEC Operations Crew works on new blind by Maryallison Farley Dec 2016
– M. Farley

Fall hunts take place on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the hunter, trapper or fisherman to be aware of the current regulations. Information about the guidelines is provided on the New York State DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/82727.html under the appropriate headings. As you take part in any regular hunting, trapping or fishing season, please utilize all safety precautions and enjoy your experience at the Bashakill.