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While Niagara County does not offer up a large parcel of public land to pursue big and small game, the land (and water) that is available is some prime real estate for hunting. Whitetail deer leads the way in the big game department and the county has an excellent reputation for producing monster racks thanks to a prolific agricultural base. The best areas for public access include the Hartland Swamp and the Tonawanda State Wildlife Management Area. The Tonawanda WMA is also part of a network of public lands that also includes the Oak Orchard State WMA and the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.
For small gamers, waterfowl has to be at the top of the list because of the excess of water available in Western New York. Many of the area state parks on the Niagara River and along Lake Ontario offer lottery blind drawings for prime locations for two different fall and winter seasons that exist. Winter sea duck hunting is a true test of shooting skill and stamina. Other small game opportunities exist for ringneck pheasant, rabbit, squirrel and more. More information is available on the Department of Environmental Conservation website at dec.ny.gov.