Welcome to the Basha Kill Wetlands, a special place of beauty and adventure. Consisting of 3,000 acres, the Basha Kill is home to over 200 species of birds, 30 varieties of fish, including the remarkable, “prehistoric” bowfin; and many plants, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects. It is an unforgettable experience to be present when the birds return to the kill in the Spring. The cacophony of sounds is extraordinary. It is always an adventure to watch a Great Blue Heron lift off and fly across the water. In addition to providing flood control and cleansing drinking water” the Basha Kill” the largest freshwater wetland in Southeastern New York, provides a unique and peaceful place for boating, photography, bird watching, painting, hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildflower discovery, cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities.
Hunting, trapping and fishing at the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area 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 activities related to hunting, trapping and fishing in this zone are regulated according to guidelines set forth for that region. In regard to waterfowl, these guidelines are in accordance with the federal regulations set forth 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. 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 in regard to the activity they partake in. Information about the guidelines is provided on the New York State DEC website at 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 .