Deer population too high after hunting season

By Anna Norris

Deer population too high after hunting season

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) With deer hunting season in the rear view, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said the intake was about equal to last year, but there are still too many female deer.

Approximately 243,550 deer were harvested during the 2013 to 2014 hunting seasons, 128,850 of which were antlerless deer (adult females and fawns).

“Governor Cuomo’s New York Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative offers many hunting opportunities statewide for sportsmen and sportswomen for the growing population of deer,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Throughout the state, hunters play an essential role by helping to maintain healthy and ecologically sound deer populations.”

This year’s harvest showed a continuing trend of concern to DEC deer managers.

According to the DEC, even with high number of opportunities for antlerless deer, not enough females are being taken to reduce populations to desired levels, particularly in the southeastern region of New York and the Lake Plains region of western New York.

In these areas, the DEC and hunters must consider new ways to increase the antlerless deer take in order to achieve deer populations that are compatible with ecosystem health and consistent with the public’s interests.

More information on the 2013 to 2014 deer harvest is available on the DEC website.

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