Ontario and Yates counties
Another record deer season is expected in New York this year, and hunters who intend to take part should focus on High Tor Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Region 8. Located in Ontario and Yates counties, the 6,100-acre High Tor is broken into three parcels at the southern end of Canandaigua Lake, just northeast of Naples. The largest section, 3,400 acres, is steep, wooded terrain intersected by truck trails designated as foot access only (the closest vehicle access is via Route 245 from the west, or Basset Road on the south side). Hike in on these trails to get to the more remote sections of the area and away from the majority of other hunters. Immediately north of this area is about 1,700 acres of huntable marsh bottlenecked between State Routes 21 and 245. This section is immediately below the southern end of the lake, and is bisected by Naples Creek and the West River. East of the southern end of Canandaigua Lake is the third part of the area, known as South Hill. This portion is composed primarily of 1,000 acres of overgrown fields with wooded hillsides. Vehicle access is via South Hill Road on the west side of the tract, or via West Avenue on the south side. All three sections teem with whitetail deer, and hunters’ odds for success are favorable. The DEC Region 8 office has maps with trails and parking areas clearly marked. Only slug guns are allowed. Contact: New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 8 (716-226-5380; www.dec. state.ny.us).