New York Deer News

State Senate passes bill permitting rifles for deer hunting May 28, 2015 New York, The Daily News Online
...  S.1292, to allow the use of rifles for big game hunting in Genesee County has passed the state Senate by a vote of 52 to 4...

DEC proposes changes in deer management regulations May 26, 2015 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
... A suggestion of limiting hunting of antlerless deer — usually females — being suggested for upstate areas where deer populations are low ...  in Suffolk County, as in some other parts of the state, the DEC recognizes the problem and suggests a need to identify other methods of increasing the numbers of anterless deer culled...

DEC proposes hunting rule changes to lower deer numbers across NY state May 21, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... Areas that would be affected by these new rules would include the northern Finger Lakes areas of central and western New York, much of the Lake Plains area, portions of the Catskills and Long Island ... The DEC is seeking public comment until June 29... One area that does call for an additional rule change to increase the deer population ...  wildlife management unit 6A in the St. Lawrence Valley...

Westchester, Deer Defense Group Sues Westchester, Rye, Mamaroneck To Halt Hunting Plans May 21, 2015 New York, The Daily Voice
... A "notice of dangerous condition" was served on Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum ... hunting within a municipality "may cause serious injuries to the general public as a result of impaling, goring, shooting or death, along with emotional and psychological distress ... Animal Defenders of Westchester ...

... “Deer Management Permits (DMPs), often called “doe tags”, are a critical part of New York’s deer management program. By adjusting the number of DMPs available in individual Wildlife Management Units, we can influence the number of does that are taken by hunters and thus manipulate the population toward desired levels... New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Deer harvests holding strong May 19, 2015 New York, Buffalo News
... In Western New York, the northern counties of Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee totaled about 10 percent above average; the Southern Tier counties were at or just below 10 percent lower...

...  the idea of fencing off a section of land to keep the deer, as a pilot program, is “excellent”, as a means of seeing if would lead to the rebirth of the natural environment.
“It’s going to be costly, deer fencing isn’t cheap. But as a pilot, we can look at the impacts,” ...

'14 deer harvest down in Cattaraugus Co., up in Allegany Co. May 11, 2015 New York, Olean Times Herald
...  3,789 bucks were included in the total take of 7,777 deer in Cattaraugus County, down from 4,004 bucks and a total take of 8,248 in 2013. That’s a decline of 471 deer, including 215 fewer bucks...  “A lot of deer management units have been below the objective...

Hunters saw decline in deer harvest in 2014 May 10, 2015 New York, WatertownDailyTimes.com
... The 2014 statewide harvest of 238,772 deer marked a 2.0 percent drop from the 2013 take of 243,567 deer.  Still, this past season’s kill ranked higher than the previous five-year-average of 233,556 deer. Of the 2014 harvest, 108,604 or 45.5 percent were bucks, and 130,068 or 54.5 percent were antlerless deer...

Area youngsters among state's successful deer hunters May 10, 2015 New York, Observer-Dispatch
... More than 9,000 junior hunters, ages 14 and 15, participated in the third annual Youth Deer Hunt over the Columbus Day Weekend, with 1,182 deer taken ...

Southold, Town mulls DEC request to eliminate town permits for deer hunters May 8, 2015 New York, Suffolk Times
... The proposed legislation before the Southold Town Board would eliminate a 1960s law that requires hunters to receive a special permit from the town clerk’s office in addition to a state-issued hunting permit...
     ... the town board to discuss accomplishments over the past year, including working hard to get the setback changed from 500 to 150 feet for vertical bows and extending the season to January 31 for bowhunters...

Shelter Island, Wein plan would concentrate on culling deer herd May 6, 2015 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
... Mr. Wein ran into opposition when he said that between the permethrin on 4-posters and people spraying their yards, there could be thousands of gallons of the tickicide “seeping into our aquifer.”  The National Pesticide Information Center refutes that, maintaining that when permethrin  enters  an  aquatic  system, “some  is  degraded  by sunlight, but the majority binds tightly to sediment and is broken down without infecting the water.  “The  average half-life  range  for  permethrin  in  the  water  column  is  about  19 to 27 hours,” ...

Trumansburg: Aerial flyover shows more deer than initially thought May 6, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard
... started a deer culling program last fall using volunteer archers ... a total of 88 deer were taken ... following the cull there were still 44 deer within the village – and an additional 87 continue to hang around just outside the village limits... the village spend about $900 on the corn feeders near the treestands, and about $1,000 on the corn...

     Hunters harvested approximately 238,670 deer during the 2014-15 hunting seasons, slightly less than the statewide take the previous year, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today... The estimated 2014-15 deer take included 130,068 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and 108,604 adult bucks (1.5 years or older). Statewide, this represents a very stable antlerless harvest (up by 1 percent) and only a minor decrease in buck harvest, down 5 percent from 2013 and 2 percent from the recent 5-year average. Regionally, hunters in the Northern Zone took 29,075 deer, including 16,727 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, hunters took 206,106 deer, including about 90,702 adult bucks. The estimated harvest on Long Island (Suffolk County) was 3,491 deer, including 1,175 adult bucks....

Deer Harvest Numbers Take Slight Step Back from 2014, Antler Restrictions May 4, 2015 New York, Genesee Sun
... In 2014, only 52 percent of the bucks taken in areas without antler restrictions (48 percent statewide) were 1.5 years old, compared to 67 percent in 2000 and 72 percent in the early 1990s. As a result, even though the statewide buck harvest dropped slightly from the past few years, hunters in 2014 took an estimated 56,247 bucks aged 2.5 years or older, more than ever before....

QDMA Supports New York Bills to Increase Poaching Penalties May 4, 2015 AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
... Senate Bill 4727 and Assembly Bill A7171 ... Nationally, minimum fines are all over the board, and in QDMA’s opinion, these fines are well below the value of loss of that animal to the ethical sportsmen and women who follow the rules, as well as to all citizens who enjoy them...

Dough for doe: $1,500 fine for antlerless deer May 4, 2015 New York, Outdoor News 
... A 35-year-old Aurora man was fined $1,500 for taking excess antlered deer in connection with a hunting violation last November in Cayuga County, DEC officials reported...

DEC finally releases 2014's Big Game Harvest Stats May 3, 2015 New York, Press Republican
... , the 2014 statewide white-tailed deer harvest of 238,672 is down two percent compared to the 2013 figure of 243,567. That 2014 harvest, however, is about 5,000 above the five-year average of 233,556. The statewide buck take of 108,604 is down by more than five percent. ...

White Plains, Park Experts, Police Discuss Deer Management During County Center Forum May 1, 2015 New York, The Daily Voice
... Wildlife experts agreed it takes many years, even decades, to measure whether the "culling'' of deer herds helps restore a forest's undergrowth. [decades? really? ...]

White Plains, Experts discuss deer problem at County Center April 30, 2015 New York, Journal News Media Group
... Laura Simon, field director of the Humane Society's Urban Wildlife Program, said ... "The irony here is we've created a landscape that's a virtual buffet and then we get mad at them for coming to the buffet and that's not right," ...

Westchester, Killing deer, reducing numbers focus of forum April 29, 2015 New York, The Journal News | LoHud.com
... Since 2009, the county has issued limited bow-hunting permits resulting in 525 deer killed on parkland north of Interstate 287. Westchester is also considering a limited program ... 

NY's 2014 deer harvest gets high marks April 28, 2015 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... New York's deer hunting lands are very diverse, from the Adirondacks with a low deer population due to the forest, to high deer numbers on the outskirts of the Empire State's many cities and towns.  New York hunters harvested 238,672 deer at the end of the 2014 season, while last year, they killed 243,567 whitetails...

No chronic wasting disease found in New York deer April 28, 2015 New York, Lake Placid News
... none of the more than 2,400 deer tested for chronic wasting disease during hunting season showed signs of the disease ...

Niagra Falls, Some North End residents taking aim at herd of deer in the city April 27, 2015 New York, Niagara Gazette 
... individuals chase the animals with ATVs. In the same area, and on Rhode Island, there have been reports of bow hunters.  “My biggest concern is children,” Davis said. “You cannot kill things in my neighborhood, not while there’s kids in the area.” ...

Genesee legislators table vote on deer hunting plan for county park April 22, 2015 New York, The Daily News Online
... Several legislators expressed reservations about parameters of  the pilot archery program, particularly allowing the public in the park at the same time as hunters.
“My concern is the safety of the public,”  ...

NY deer managers should learn from Pa.'s mistake April 20, 2015 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... Deer hunters this past season in Pa. killed 303,973 whitetails, dropping precipitously from the previous year's tally of 352,920 in 2013-14, about 14%... it's deer population has spiraled radically downwards... At the end of the 2001-02 season Pa. hunters harvested 486,014 deer...

... Aside from being deceased, none of the deer lying across the tracks appeared to have suffered any physical injuries; no gunshot or arrow wounds were observed...

Westchester, Astorino announces deer management forum April 15, 2015 New York, lewisboroledger.com
... “Strategies for Deer Management in Westchester’s Suburban Communities” will be held on Thursday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains...

... Deer poaching has become so common on Staten Island that the state DEC ... had tasked a three-officer team to investigating the practice.  The law currently prohibits hunting within the five boroughs, while bow-hunting only is permitted in Suffolk and Westchester counties...

... A Dryden woman traveling on the west side of the former Seneca Army Depot last week was startled to see white deer outside the fence... “Recently, there was a car crash which broke through the depot fence,” ...

Shelter Island, Primed to deploy 4-poster units April 9, 2015 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
...  the effectiveness of the units is controversial, so, too, is the issue of what’s an effective number of deer to cull from the herd to reduce tick infestation. ...  most estimate the deer population here at between 1,200 and 2,000... various experts have determined is that to keep a deer population at a workable number year to year, at least 40 percent must be culled ... 

Humans and deer must co-exist April 1, 2015 New York, The Journal News | LoHud.com
... The county boasts that 525 deer were killed in six northern Westchester County parks, which includes Ward Pound Ridge Reservation ... deer numbers have rebounded in other communities where such culls were conducted...

More discussion on antler restrictions March 30, 2015 New York, Olean Times Herald
...  if that’s what the majority of hunters would like to see, there’s no reason for the DEC not to implement the new regulations for 2015.  I would suggest the DEC choose a 6-point minimum for Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. This would allow this year’s bucks, spikes and 4-points to live to the 2016 season....

How to maximize habitat for whitetails March 29, 2015 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... Chestnut trees are a great asset, and a mixture of red and white oaks are ideal... A similar philosophy can be taken with apple orchards, mixing in varieties that peak at different points of the calendar... it's all about providing what they need most — food and cover. 

Bethlehem looks to reduce deer and tick problems March 26, 2015 New York, Times Union 
... The committee made its first report to the town board on Wednesday and recommended:  Reducing public feeding of deer.  Teaching property owners landscaping techniques ... "We are not going down the road of 'kill the deer,' " ...

Neighbors upset after deer euthanized in Cambridge neighborhood March 25, 2015 New York, Fox23 News Center
... While the Short family says they will miss watching the deer running around the neighborhood, it’s how the deer was killed that has them upset... the officers came up, pet the deer in her lawn as it stood beside a snowman, then said they were going to shoot it. She says her father asked them three times to at least do it away from the home, since two children were inside...

Bridgehampton CAC Review Deer Management ... March 25, 2015 New York, The Sag Harbor Express
... Hunters for Deer is a not-for-profit corporation that came into being just last year, following the DEC’s decision to slacken mandatory setback laws for deer hunting on private property from 500 feet to 150 feet...  “This is a paramilitary organization that goes into Remsenberg,” [said]  Ms. Chamberlin ...

After a deer got stuck in our garden fence Gotti became so concerned about the deer he sat there with us for hours licking and comforting the deer until animal rescue came to take the deer to the hospital. - March 24, 2015



Shed hunting season is upon us March 20, 2015 New York, Lake Placid News
... Sheds are the result of adult male members of the deer family that naturally shed their antlers each year... In recent years, the popularity of shed hunting has soared ... the Boone and Crockett world record book for big game animals includes a category for record sheds...



De Blasio takes aim at urban deer hunters March 19, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance 
... Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn't think anyone should be hunting deer with a bow and arrow in New York City... 

Deer hunter with bow and arrow arrested in buck beheading March 19, 2015 New York, New York Post
... Oakes was caught in full camouflage gear, hauling a bow arrow near Schmul Park Playground , luring a deer with a pile of corn ...

... A bow-and-arrow wielding Staten Island man allegedly used a Travis park as his personal big game stalking ground, in what's believed to be the first illegal deer poaching case in New York City history...

Management of deer herds remain full of unknowns March 16, 2015 New York, MPNnow.com
... for more than a decade has limited hunters to taking only bucks with at least four points on one side. And now this state ranks second nationally in the percent of mature bucks harvested... will NY hunters go the route of protecting immature bucks in order to increase their chances of bagging trophy deer? I suspect that, in time, they will. The trend across the country is rapidly heading in that direction...

Mamaroneck, Wildlife deserves to live here, too March 10, 2015 New York, The Journal News
... a panel convened by Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum discussed the quickest, cheapest way to kill local deer. There was also talk of having geese and coyotes killed ... many residents state they moved here specifically to live among and see our fabulous wildlife...

Trumansburg, Deer carcass found at Trumansburg school had bullet in it, superintendent says March 5, 2015 New York, ithacavoice.com
... there are ongoing deer removal efforts in the area, but that those involve killing deer with a bow-and-arrow — not bullets...  someone left a dead deer with an “alarming note” on it at the school ...

Deer struggle to keep fed March 1, 2015 New York, Albany Times Union
... Leaving corn or other foods out can actually kill them because they can't digest it, Bifaro said.  "If you want to help the deer right now, cut down some soft maple tree so they can get to the buds...

... Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum said he plans to invite elected officials in neighboring towns to join a regional task force to devise ways to collectively control the rising deer population... Kiley Blackman, founder of Animal Defenders of Westchester, called Wednesday's meeting in Rye "the worst one I've ever been to,'' since it failed to include preservation as a point of view...

Bridgehampton CAC Discuss Deer and Development February 26, 2015 New York, The Sag Harbor Express
... a presentation on the town’s Deer Protection and Management Plan ... includes both lethal and alternative methods of stabilizing the deer population... “Deer in many respects represent the elegance and wild places in this town,” Mr. Shea said. “At the same time, they do present a host of issues ...

Coyote attacks deer in S. Nyack, leading to warning February 23, 2015 New York, The Journal News | LoHud.com
... a large coyote ran down a deer with the intent to feast on venison on the front lawn of a Shadyside Avenue house ...

Trumansburg has killed 81 deer using archers within village limits -- with more to come February 21, 2015 New York, Syracuse.com
... killing 81 since September using archers shooting over bait from tree stands, according to a report on the village's website... According to Blossey's recent report, 32 deer were taken in September; 16 in October; 11 in November; one in December and 18 in January. He noted deer traveled an average of 50 yards after initially getting struck by an arrow. The shooting took place on weekends and with the exception of one, only during the evenings. He added that 17 deer were hit, but not initially recovered...

Best way to feed deer is with a chainsaw February 15, 2015 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter 
... much of the lowest branches in our woods are already browsed by deer. By cutting down brush and trees, whitetails are able to gain sustenance from the tree tops. And it is the right food for them because they are geared up to eat buds... deer fed dried herbaceous plants like hay in the winter have been in fact known to "starve" because their stomach's chemistry is not able to quickly change from browse back to a herbaceous fare...

Southern Westchester deer-hunt hitch: More people February 13, 2015 New York, The Journal News | LoHud.com
... Since the county started a deer-management program in its parks six years ago, between 60 and 100 archers licensed at a time have killed 525 deer ...  Hastings-on-Hudson began a contraceptive program last year at a cost of roughly $10,000 a year.  "You just don't kill your way out of it," [Kiley] Blackman said...

Shelter Island, Hunters sought to eliminate 'nuisances' February 11, 2015 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... While no one has a take on deer population on the Island, he estimated the number of fawns at Mashomack were up 22 percent this year over last [common response to cull]... He reported 129 deer taken during the regular hunting season, up from 83 last year, with does accounting for 60 percent of the kills...

What will come of the Seneca Army Depot white deer? February 8, 2015 New York, Daily Messenger
...  the nonprofit Seneca White Deer Inc. ... Their goal is to preserve the world’s largest herd of all-white deer and capitalize on the site’s rich American history. This concept got a trial run over three different years when Seneca White Deer conducted tours in the depot’s conservation area... Dennis Money, president ... said the response to those tours — conducted in 2006, 2009 and 2012 — was explosive...
     Fate of deer herd turns uncertain February 7, 2015 New York, Buffalo News
... While the herd of white deer does not consist of a pure strain of albino whitetail deer, these animals have thrived, survived and propagated within government fencing put in place during World War II... SWD (Seneca White Deer) needs support to make certain the managing public or private agency that takes over the depot property can continue providing the open spaces these deer need to survive in the wild...

... A public meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 tonight at the Bethany Town Hall, located at 10510 Bethany Center Road, to inform county residents about the proposed Archery Hunting program as a method for deer management at the Genesee County Park & Forest. All are encouraged to attend, listen, and make comments regarding the proposal...contact Paul Osborn, Genesee County Parks Supervisor at 344-8508, ext. 3904, or via e-mail at coparks@co.genesee.ny.us

... White-tailed deer were a natural part of Staten Island's wildlife at one time, but they had been absent for a century or more -- until recently... It's not established whether or not the deer on Staten Island have reached a naturally stable population...

... her team identified more than 15,000 breeding pairs across the state - with an average of nearly 2.5 per 10-square mile area in Central New York... We really don't have a total amount. The total is most likely double or more from what we found." ... Wolves. They're the only animal out that will keep coyote numbers down. Coyotes will avoid them ...

... A public information meeting about the proposed archery hunting program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Bethany Town Hall, 10510 Bethany Center Rd.  The meeting will be held to inform county residents regarding the archery hunting program as a method for deer management for the Genesee County Park & Forest...

Vassar, Deer cull successfully completed January 27, 2015 New York,  Poughkeepsie Journal 
... The cull yielded 40 deer ... The cull went forward just a few days after the state Supreme Court lifted a temporary restraining order that had been in place....

Hastings to Begin Deer 'Darting' Project Feb. 2 January 25, 2015 New York, Patch 
... Hastings-on-Hudson will begin conducting its second Deer Immunocontraception Study on Feb. 2, Mayor Peter Swiderski announced in an email to residents Sunday.  As preparations begin, the village is seeking the permission from residents to allow professional teams to come onto private property to carry out the process...

Vassar, Judge clears way for Vassar deer cull January 23, 2015 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... Judge Christine Sproat, of state Supreme Court in Dutchess County, denied a temporary restraining order from a group that sought to oppose the college’s plan to kill deer on its farm ... 

Mamaroneck mayor targets deer population January 23, 2015 New York, Journal News Media Group 
... Mayor Norman Rosenblum.... wants the county and state to use either relocation, birth control or hunting to reduce the number of deer in the area. Rye will host a "deer management summit" sometime in February ...

East Hampton deer sterilization spays 114 January 20, 2015 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
... Wildlife biologist Anthony DeNicola, of Connecticut-based White Buffalo, a leading nonprofit in deer management, ran the program for 10 days and 114 does were spayed. “That’s about 60 percent of the females in the herd,” Mr. DeNicola said. “We’ll be back in February for another 20 percent.” ... The cost is about $1,000 per deer if done by professionals, or about $500 when done by trained volunteers ...

Syracuse, DEC to Syracuse mayor: It's the city's responsibility to take lead in solving deer problem January 16, 2015 New York, Syracuse.com
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's ... request was summarized in a Dec. 15 letter sent to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. In the letter, the mayor said the DEC is the entity "best equipped to handle this multi-faceted problem." ... The DEC responded Thursday with a letter from Gordon Batcheller ... it's the responsibility of the city and the surrounding communities to reach a consensus on what approach they want to take ...

Deer poaching incident reported in Findley Lake January 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Westfield Republican
... along Route 426, just north of the Findley Lake exit off of Interstate 86, a mound of deer carcasses and heads lies rotting... Incidents of poaching or dumping can be reported anonymously to the New York DEC through a 24-hour tip line at 1-844-332-3267 (1-844-DEC-ECOS)...

... These are not albino deer... oldiers spotted a pair of white fawns roaming the woods. The depot commander was so taken with him that he gave special orders to his men. No one was to shoot any white deer. With the fence keeping predators out, and humans concentrating their hunting efforts on regular deer, the white deer population flourished...

...  Mayor Stephanie Miner's request ... implement a program to reduce the urban deer population in the City of Syracuse and the Town of DeWit ... A recent SUNY ESF study estimated there were nearly 220 deer living in the city's east end, with an average of 19 per square mile ... [well within recommended urban deer densities, optimal forest densities estimated at 15 to 28 per square mile]

Results bring some optimism for CWD vaccine January 11, 2015 New York, Buffalo News
... Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a vicious, always-fatal malady affecting deer ... captive deer in Central New York have been afflicted... The New York, Colorado and Saskatchewan studies all showed progress toward treatment and cures, but none are an immediate fix...

... "It may be the only hope," said Dennis Money, of Canandaigua, president of Seneca White Deer, Inc.  The goal, he, would be to turn the land (and the deer) into a "world-class wildlife and education center," ...  neither the DEC or state Parks Department has expressed any interest...

Deer regs changes in motion January 8, 2015 New York, Outdoor News 
... expect to see some regulations changes in 2015 that will focus on the protection of yearling bucks... Antler restrictions – three points on one side – are now in place in 11 wildlife management units in southeastern New York, but that’s just one potential option that could emerge from the process ...

Lansing, Village Law Allows for Special Deer Hunt January 7, 2015 New York, ithaca.com 
... the Board heard again from Cornell biology professor Bernd Blossey ...  Cameras are used by the Deer Nuisance program to monitor the locations of automatic feeders which dispense bait for the deer at set times ... and keep them coming back regularly. Blossey explained that this allows for the program participants to target the deer during their two to three hours of maximum activity after the bait has been dispensed...

Deer cull up, but too early to judge hunter incentive program January 7, 2015 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
...  86 deer taken on the town-managed sites, up from 57, and 103 taken at Mashomack ... hunters received gift cards as a thank you for their past efforts in helping cull the herd and two hunters have received $100 incentives ...

DEC Region 5 Environmental Conservation Police 2014 Hunting Season Report January 7, 2015 New York, DEC News
     New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) ticketed numerous poachers ... charges include:  44 charges pertaining to the illegal taking of big game;  ... 8 discharges within 500 feet of a dwelling; ... 39 charges for hunting with bait or placing salt; ... 30 trespass on posted property; ... 6 spotlighting ...

Positive signs abound for outdoors world in 2015 January 4, 2015 New York, Buffalo News
... The biggest bang in hunting news was passage of permanent crossbow legalization, enacted this time without a sunset clause... 

Poughkeepsie, Protestors oppose Vassar culling of deer January 4, 2015 New York, Mid-Hudson News Network 
... Approximately 20 concerned citizens gathered in the snow Saturday afternoon to protest Vassar College’s decision to cull deer in the school’s Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve (VFEP)... “Just put up a fence,” McGuire said reading the sign she was holding...

Poughkeepsie, Protesters call on Vassar to halt deer cull January 3, 2015 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... A group of local residents and Vassar College students is calling on the college to seek alternate methods to control the deer population at its 527-acre farm and ecological preserve... The lawsuit claimed the state Department of Environmental Conservation did not conduct a full environmental review prior to issuing permits to Vassar...

Poughkeepsie, Group will protest Vassar deer kill January 2, 2015 New York, The Daily Freeman
... The group “Save Our Deer” will hold a rally Saturday afternoon outside Vassar College to oppose the latest deer cull conducted by the school on its Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve... Studies show that plant and animal communities have been greatly damaged at other Northeastern sites when there are more than 10 deer per square mile.” [a recent U.S. Forest Service study puts an optimal forest deer density at 15 to 28 per square mile]

East Hampton Village To Begin Deer Sterilization Program January 1, 2015 New York, CBS New York 
... Last year, both the town and village of East Hampton and other municipalities opted out of a plan that called for trained sharpshooters to kill deer across eastern Long Island ... within a 10 to 20 minute surgery, veterinarians will remove their ovaries and they’ll be put back out into the local population.” ...

Deer sterilization program in East Hampton set to begin Friday December 31, 2014 New York, Newsday
... White Buffalo Inc. intends to station a team of 10 biologists, veterinarians and other staff in the village for about three weeks in an experimental program aimed at reducing the deer population without resorting to gunfire...  about $1,000 per deer... the 5-square-mile East Hampton Village is larger and more populated with deer than any area the organization has worked...

No. 2 Story of the Year: Big deer cull falters December 31, 2014 December 31, 2014 New York, Suffolk Times
... Months of discussion had already taken place over the value of using $225,000 in state funding to hire federal sharpshooters to reduce the deer population on the East End... While some permits were issued, a state judge capped the number available and in the end, less than 200 deer were killed in three East End towns ... “It didn’t work,” ...

Suffolk County, Deer-hunting seasons extended in Suffolk to cull damaging herds December 28, 2014 New York, Newsday 
... Suffolk County's gun and bow hunting seasons will stretch through the end of next month, extended as part of a state effort to reduce eastern Long Island's deer population...  also allowed bow hunters to release arrows closer to homes, reducing the minimum setback from 500 feet to 150 feet...



Pulaski's beloved 'Bella the Deer' makes it through another hunting season December 26, 2014 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... Bella will be six in June.  "She's been walking better lately. It appears her hooves have been trimmed. And from what I hear, she's been getting flea and tick treatments year-round...

Deer Hunting Seasons Expanded in Suffolk County December 23, 2014 New York, Long Island
... The changes to the Suffolk County deer hunting seasons and permit requirements are summarized as follows: Extends the regular (bowhunting) season for deer in Suffolk County through January 31; Expands the special firearms season for deer in Suffolk County to run from the first Sunday in January (January 4) through January 31 including weekends...

Vaccine for Deer Against 'Mad Cow'-Like Illness Shows Promise December 21, 2014 New York, US News Health 
... The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease, according to the report in the Dec. 21 online edition of the journal Vaccine.  . Chronic wasting disease is caused by mysterious infectious particles known as prions that go rogue...

Miner to DEC chief: How about spending some bucks to control deer in Syracuse? December 20, 2014 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard
... After six meetings over more than a year, the task force recently issued its recommendations. The group asked the city and county to implement a pilot program, which it estimated would cost $100,000 for the first year... Task force members expressed a strong preference for humane, non-lethal methods to depress the deer population, such as surgical sterilization, which the group said costs $1,000 to $1,500 per deer...

Apparently deer hunting just isn't what it used to be December 18, 2014 New York, Niagara Gazette
...  suddenly I hear about 20 to 25 rounds go off within seven to eight seconds. OMG! It was close but not dangerously close to where I was sitting. Then about 45 to 50 minutes later, another round, same thing 20 to 25 rounds in a very short amount of time! This is not a drive, it’s a firing squad! ...

Fate of famous white deer in question after base closure December 16, 2014 New York, USA Today
...  the estimated 200 white deer roaming the property are not albino — they have brown eyes, not pink... "If something doesn't happen by 2016, we're going to lose a great crown jewel," said Dennis Money, president of Seneca White Deer, a non-profit group...  has been pushing a letter-writing campaign, trying to convince the state to buy the property and make it into a park or wildlife preserve ...

Trumansburg, Deer Management Program Extended in Trumansburg December 15, 2014 New York, Warner Cable News
... There are only eight sites and each site is baited. Selected bow hunters eliminate the deer at those sites.  Mayor Marty Petrovic said the goal isn't to kill off all of the deer ...

White deer advocate seeks support December 10, 2014 New York, Finger Lakes Times
...  the 10,700-acre former Seneca Army Depot in the town of Romulus have the potential to be a major tourism attraction with lots of positive economic impacts.  But so far, he said, the IDA isn’t buying the idea and the project is stalled, frustrating Money and the Seneca White Deer Inc. group he heads... Information on how to submit a comment can be found at senecawhitedeer.org...

...  The amendment to a local law being sponsored by Councilman Fred Overton would prohibit bowhunting on town-owned parkland during the month of January in an effort to prevent the overlap of bow- and shotgun-users while continuing to provide them both with the opportunity to hunt...

Beware the 'Curse of the White Deer' December 5, 2014 New York, Daily Star 
... I told him that anyone who shoots a white deer has angered the gods and will never have another successful hunt. Well, Tommy had a bunch of bad luck after that...

Some plants evolve tolerance to deer December 4, 2014 New York, Cornell Chronicle 
... An experiment with 26 populations of orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), a common wetland native plant, found that historically browsed populations tolerated being eaten by deer far better than historically protected plant populations...

Some hunters to get rewards December 3, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... The rewards will got to  those who have taken at least two deer during the year.Along with receiving a $100 gift certificate to purchase sporting goods  for future hunts, the hunters will get letters thanking them for their past efforts and informing them that future incentives are being explored....

NDA Support Continues to Pour In with Cabela’s Pledge December 2, 2014 New York, Ammo Land 
... The most important names in the hunting industry are lining up to support the National Deer Alliance (NDA)... Cabela’s recognizes the importance of what the NDA is doing and is excited to support these efforts.” ... 

Researchers assess Adirondack moose after die-offs Novmeber 30, 2014 New York, San Francisco Gate 
...  Moose die-offs in Minnesota and New Hampshire have led wildlife biologists in New York to launch a three-year study of moose in the Adirondack Mountains...

...  Deadline for comments is December 8th. You are urged to email (WildlifeRegs@dec.ny.gov) and then print out the letter and send a hard copy as well... The Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island

Growing Deer Herds Unwelcome at New York City Parks November 27, 2014 New York Times 
...  deer were scarcely seen in the five boroughs before 2000 ...  ... The plan is to keep the fence around the four plots of land, called exclosures, until the saplings are 10 feet tall or big enough to survive the deer’s voracious appetites...   on Staten Island put their numbers at just 24; the animals were believed to have swum from New Jersey. But that number has exploded: An aerial count of the herd last winter, using infrared technology, put the number of deer in the borough at 763...

East Hampton, Red Nose! A Solution to the Hamptons Deer Problem, Four Poster System November 26, 2014 New York, danspapers.com ·
... The deer would come over to eat ... would cause one of their ears to get between two rollers sticky with pesticide. ....  One test was conducted in a 96-acre fenced in wildlife management area near Kerrville, Texas. After three years, there were 92-97 percent fewer ticks on the deer. Another study was done for three years at a 600-acre fenced-in woods at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, which found a 96 percent to 98 percent reduction in ticks...

Whitetail hunting: When is a buck a buck? November 23, 2014 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... Young bucks, little fellows, fawns of the year, are grouped with the females of the species and called "antlerless deer." ... If we really desire a more balanced buck to doe ratio, perhaps we should begin treating all bucks as bucks, no matter their age...

New York Data Hunting data.  About 900,000 deer in 2014.  Estimated 1,000,000 deer in the state in 2013, pre-hunt. Post-hunt, 800,000. The 2014 harvest fell by about 2 percent. Population density is mixed with some areas down such as the Adirondacks due to mature forests and in some areas due to coyote predation.  The DEC is suggesting restrictions on antlerless deer in 2015 to increase the population in upstate areas. In 2014 deer populations were above goals in 35 percent of the state so the DEC encouraged hunters to take does in central and western New York.  In much of the state, deer are below target populations.  A mild 2011 - 2012 winter resulted in a greater survival rate for fawns and an abundance of apples and nuts in 2013 provided food for many types of wildlife. From 550,00 to 500,000 hunters take about 220,000 deer per year, about 25 percent on opening day. The state has increased antlerless harvests to reduce the population, but the harvest still favors bucks over does so a population increase is not unexpected.  
     In 2014, bucks accounted for 45.5% of the harvest.  In 2014, 52 percent of the bucks in areas without antler restrictions were 1.5 years old compared to 48 percent statewide.  In 2013, 48 percent of the herd was 2.5 years or older, up from 28 percent in 2000.  48 percent of the bucks killed in 2013 were 2.5 years or older, up from about 28 percent in the 1990's.  Antler restrictions have been imposed in some areas, Quality Deer Management and other factors have influenced hunter decisions to help normalize herd demographics. About $35 million in license sales and federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition.  
     Deer were nearly exterminated from New York by the 1860s, reappearing around 1910.  Suburbs provide ideal deer habitat where deer thrive and have caused conflicts in areas such as Long Island and Cayuga Heights where deer management strategies are a matter of public controversy.  Although deer were native to Staten Island, they were hunted to extinction by the early 1900's.  The press often makes an issue of the population growth, citing percentage increases from the very low numbers in recent history. 
      About 2,500 brown bears

DEC's Management Plan for White-tailed Deer in New York State, 2012-2016.

Report Sick Deer:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. Report sightings to its office in Ray Brook by calling 518-897-1200. Or report it to your nearest DEC regional wildlife office (www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html).
Other useful links:
-  New York Department of Environmental Conservation.   General Mission:    DMP Quota Setting
-  Cornell University Integrated Deer Research and Management Study: The goal is to reduce deer associated complaints using fertility control research, fencing, and repellents.
CayugaDeer,org information about deer management in the city of Cayuga Heights.
Senecawhitedeer.org proposes a tourist facility at the former Depot that would feature not only the white deer, but the fascinating military history of the site and the other wildlife “beyond the fence.”      -  Animal Defenders of Westchester
East Hampton Group for Wildlife: promotes respect for all species of wildlife and explores humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts. 

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     The history of white-tailed deer in New York is tied closely to the patterns of human land use and development. In their 1956 document, History of the White-tailed Deer in New York (3.8Mb PDF), former DEC biologists C.W. Severinghaus and C.P. Brown describe the distribution and abundance of deer in New York in pre-Colonial times and from the Colonial Period through the mid-1950s. 

Late Winter Deer shot in Mendon Ponds Park