New York Deer News

... 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...

Do We Really Need Deer Farms? November 22, 2014 New York, Post Journal
... earlier this year, state and federal officials in Iowa killed 356 deer at a deer farm suspected of harboring an outbreak of CWD. Of those 356 deer, 284 (79.8 percent) tested positive for CWD. This is a deer biologist's worst nightmare. If just one infected deer escaped and joined a wild population, the disease could spread and jeopardize the health of deer in an entire county or even a state...

Staten Island politician mocks city's deer awareness Twitter campaign November 22, 2014 New York, Staten Island Advance
... In 2007, Assemblyman Michael Cusick was instrumental in getting the New York State DOT to install deer crossing signs on the West Shore Expressway. Borelli doesn't understand why it's taken the city so long to begin installing its signage on local Island streets...

Deer season off to a slow start November 20, 2014 New York, Columbia-Greene Media 
... , the reported kill is down by about 5 percent from this time last year...  Southern Zone gun hunters have reported taking about 18,800 deer statewide since the opener...

How I made some small back wood food plots to legally attract deer to my wood lot in upstate NY. I would welcome any ideas or suggestions from viewers. - November 21, 2014



The hunt is on for deer and bear November 18, 2014 New York, Catskill Daily Mail
... ll successful hunters are required to report their harvest of deer and bear within seven days. Failure to report harvested deer or bear is a violation of NYS Environmental Conservation Law. Hunters may report via DEC’s online game harvesting reporting system at https://aca.dec.accela.com/dec/or by calling the toll-free automated reporting system at 1-866-GAME-RPT (1-866-426-3778).

East Hampton, Deer Rescued in East Hampton November 17, 2014 New York, East Hampton Star
...  firefighters on Thursday helped remove a live deer that had been trapped in a generator pit on an East Hampton Village property...

Hunter shoots house on first day of gun deer season November 16, 2014 New York, WGRZ-TV
...  A stray bullet broke a first-floor window and lodged in the desk of a home office at 3006 River Road on Saturday, the first day of hunting season ...

White Deer Advocates Focus on Open Space Plan November 16, 2014 New York, ithaca.com
... The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is required to update its Open Space conservation plan every three years: the current draft of the plan is available for public review and comment until Dec. 21.  Seneca County’s white deer advocates are hoping the plan can help them save the white deer herd ...

Seneca whitetail deer need help November 16, 2014 New York, Niagara Gazette 
...  the world’s largest population of white deer calls home. These are not albinos. And we could lose these animals forever if the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has its way... For more information www.senecawhitedeer.org

Balanced deer herd takes time and perseverance November 15, 2014 New York, The Albany Herald
... Populations with a history of heavy buck-only harvest will be heavily skewed toward does... . Does in an unbalanced herd will have to ‘recycle. and be bred over a two- to three-month period or even longer.” ...  Bucks that have to participate in a prolonged rut ... must use their energy recovering from the previous rut, instead of developing bigger bodies and antler ... This is important because of the timing of fawn births. If a fawn is born 4 or 6 weeks earlier, its chances of surviving and developing to its potential are much improved...

Deer hunting season opens Saturday at sunrise November 14, 2014 New York, Democrat and Chronicle
... with abundant food supplies, deer went into last winter in good condition. Almost half of last year's total buck harvest consisted of more mature animals (2.5 years and older).  "It was a cold winter but not an overly snowy winter ... Those deep snows are killers and we didn't have that.'' ...



Forest Food Plots or Tragedy of the Commons November 14, 2014 New York, Watershed Post 
... Food plots can be a great way to increase both the nutritional density of vegetation on a small acreage of land, while enhancing wildlife diversity and abundance. For this reason, managers of deer, grouse, quail, bear, turkey, and others continue to implement food plots...

Predictions for deer takes around region November 13, 2014 New York, Times Union 
... In Saratoga County Unit 5R, The buck harvest decreased to 2.1 per square mile in 2013, still well above the buck take objective. The adult female take was high due to readily available DMPs last fall, which should continue to decrease the population. The buck take is expected to decrease again this year...

Shelter Island, Committee focuses on action to cull deer November 14, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
... discuss specific incentives that could motivate increased culling... Another initiative is to explore allowing off-Island hunters to hunt on town property. Police have already implemented an outreach to residents to volunteer more properties for hunting...

Regular NY deer and bear season begin Saturday November 14, 2014 New York, Times Herald-Record 
... The Southern Zone season is New York's most popular hunting season, with participation from about 85 percent of New York's 550,000 licensed hunters...

... may hold a public hearing next month... recommends expanding the range of public lands where hunters can kill deer ... an experimental technique that uses dart guns to administer vaccines that stop reproduction could work in areas inaccessible to hunters.  It also says the town could study "4-Poster" stations ...

Southampton Officials Develop New Plan For Addressing Deer Problem. First, federal sharpshooters took aim at Long Island's ever-growing deer population. But that failed amid protests and lawsuits. Now there's a new "game" plan. Southampton officials, looking for common ground between hunters and animal lovers, have created a new proposal to thin the herd of tens of thousands of deer. CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reports. - November 11, 2014



DEC to hunters: Take more deer November 9, 2014 New York, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
... With deer populations above acceptable target points in 35 percent of the state, particularly in central and western New York ...  The most recent five-year average is 233,557 per year, which includes 110,546 bucks and 123,011 antlerless deer. That effort keeps the overall herd at an estimated 900,000...

... survival of seedling transplants of 15 native understorey plants in 5 forests in New York State. Earthworm biomass was negatively correlated with survival of 12 of 15 species. We found no interactive effect of deer and earthworms, but did find a positive, non-consumptive effect of deer on Geranium maculatum and P. virginianum survival. Deer and earthworm presence/absence indirectly influenced other trophic levels: earthworm presence increased the likelihood of insect attack, and deer exclusion increased the likelihood of rodent attack disturbance of transplants...

... The long-awaited plan recommends that as a first step the town create a deer management advisory committee ...  some local efforts to put hard numbers on deer populations have been inaccurate and largely pointless...  Individual deer are healthy and not suffering for lack of food or onset of disease that typically accompanies an over-population of deer ...

Deer hunting permits availble for Beaver Meadow State Forest November 7, 2014 New York, Evening Sun
... Deer Management Assistance Permits (DMAvP) available for use this hunting season on Beaver Meadow State Forest in Chenango County... DEC foresters have determined that browsing by deer is negatively impacting the state forest beyond what traditional hunting and forest management can address....

...  designated 461 of the state park’s 772 acres for archery-only hunting of deer from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31...

DEC Amends New York's Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Regulation in Response to Discovery of Disease in Ohio November 3, 2014 New York, DEC News
... Hunters who plan to hunt white-tailed deer, elk or moose in Ohio, Pennsylvania or any other state where CWD has been confirmed must remove the following parts from the animal before the carcass can be imported into New York: brain, eyes, spinal cord, tonsils, intestinal tract, spleen and retropharyngeal lymph nodes (located deep in the head, between the windpipe and base of the skull). Hunters who plan to hunt outside of New York are urged to check DEC's website for additional information about CWD and importation restrictions. Complete information and updates on CWD are available on the Department's website...

Never saw a deer cross a swamp. Tilman Swamp. - November 3, 2014



St. Lawrence County hunters won't get deer management permits October 29, 2014 New York, North Country Now 
... Deer Management Permits, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific areas to control deer populations. However deer populations are below or at desired levels in St. Lawrence County...

Vassar College's deer cull permit was valid October 23, 2014 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal 
... Citing previous case history, the court noted that any review of the DEC's decision is dependent on whether the agency identified the relative areas of concern, took a hard look at them and made a reasoned elaboration of the basis for its determination...

Northern Zone deer season opens with high hopes October 22, 2014 New York, Oneida Dispatch
...  northern woods have less deer per square mile, bigger territory and less hunters afield ... Your odds of getting a deer in the northern zone are perhaps half of what they will be in the southern zone ... 

Sportsmen irked over DEC deer management plan October 21, 2014 New York, Ithaca Journal
... how many deer are too many?  ... parts of Tompkins County as a Deer Management Focus Area, to see if more liberal harvest limits and hunting season lengths would help put the brakes on burgeoning whitetail numbers... “While it does include Ithaca and Cayuga Heights, I believe that they are decimating the population of deer in a doughnut around the City of Ithaca,” ...

Help save the Seneca white deer October 15, 2014 New York, the Oneida Daily Dispatch 
... The Army is scheduled to leave some time in 2016 and that will mean the end of maintenance (primarily the fence which is sliced by poachers) and the management of the deer herd which has been happening for nearly 50 years... If you need ideas on what to say please take a look at the website www.senecawhitedeer.org ... Comments can be submitted by email to LF.OpenSpacePlan@dec.ny.gov ...

Shelter Island, Deer & Tick Committee budget to get more Town Board attention October 15, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... “We don’t know how to spend money on deer management,” Mr. Scheibel said, because, he added, no one has yet to suggest an effective methodology for deer management...  Shelter Island rejected use of federally trained sharpshooters offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this year.  The program that had only limited success in Southold, Riverhead and Southampton...

Westchester County, Deer Hunting Season Is Under Way In Westchester October 14, 2014 New York, The Daily Voice
... The program began in Westchester County in 2009 following a task force and report and has since expanded to different parks ... Pound Ridge's 2013 Deer Management Report shows that 52 deer were culled last year, including 35 females and 17 males. Since the program's inception, there have been 489 deer culls in a 2.5-square mile area, the report shows...

Archers taking good number of deer, bears in state October 13, 2014 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal 
... Based on the steady number of calls for help coming in on the Deer Search dispatch line, there are good number of deer and bears being taken so far this season ... The season opened in the Southern Zone on Oct. 1 and it remains open until Nov. 14 for archers using compound, as well as traditional bows...

Rare White Deer at the Core of Army Depot Debate October 11, 2014 New York, Warner Cable News
... the largest herd of white, white-tailed deer on the planet. ... taking down the miles of fencing ... "All the animals would disappear, and you would no longer have that white deer attraction," ... Money, a hunter himself, has proposed turning the remaining 7-thousand acres into a conservancy, using the deer as a draw for tourists...

Seneca White Deer group supports possible depot designation October 10, 2014 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... Seneca White Deer is recommending the state acquire a major portion of the depot with EPF money and operate it as an eco-tourism center under the control of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation... “Experience has shown that tours can be successful with minimal state investment, while the spillover effects of the tours to other businesses is significant,” ...

North Haven Village Explores Future of 4-Poster Program to Fight Ticks October 8, 2014 New York, The Sag Harbor Express
... . The 4-Poster is a deer feeding station armed with a insecticide, permethrin, which is rubbed onto the deer that feed at the station, effectively killing the ticks on that animal... Mr. Sander said the village belatedly received a state grant to help fund the 4-Poster program. With the grant only approved in late summer ...

New York State hunting licenses now purchased ala carte October 4, 2014 The Daily News Online
... The most significant modification is hunting licenses are now purchased ala carte. Purchasers ages 16 to 69 buy a standard $22 hunting license that is good for both big game and small game ... Hunters can add extras to a license at any time, such as a turkey tag, $10; archery tag, $15; or muzzleloader tag, $15...

LI bow hunters get additional freedom October 2, 2014 New York, Newsday
... In a move that opens significant new properties for bow hunting in Suffolk County, NYS recently change the set-back shooting distance of 500 feet from an occupied dwelling to 150 feet. The new rule applies to bow hunters only...

This fall's 'bow season' will feature three distinct groups of deer hunters October 2, 2014 New York, The Post-Standard - syracuse.com
... The youth deer hunt has been a controversial issue among the regular bowhunters, who originally raised concerns about safety and that the youngsters might be shooting trophy deer that in the past would fall prey to their bows...

Teatown, Deer Hunting Turns Neighbor's Walk into Killing Field October 2, 2014 New York, Patch
... Deer, baited by Teatown during last years’ difficultwinter weather and during an especially hard time to find food, wandered into familiar land which recently had boasted “deer snacks”, pristine areas familiar to the deer as resting places, suddenly turned into deer-killing fields... We didn’t know how many young deer, lost and orphaned,were suddenly alone during the monumental storm ...

DEC increasing deer management permits by nearly 8 percent in Region 7 this fall September 30, 2014 New York, The Post-Standard - syracuse.com
...  the process for calculating deer management permits for each wildlife management area is a complicated one, but added the previous year's "buck take" as reported by hunters from the previous year the best index of overall population in an area... the numbers of deer are still above the DEC's wildlife management objectives, in some areas as much as 15 percent ...

NYC to issue permits for additional deer kills near reservoirs September 26, 2014 New York, The Daily Freeman
... For the past two years, the program had only been available on 3,473 acres near the Ashokan Reservoir. It will be expanded to 4,175 acres near the Cannonsville Reservoir and 4,300 acres near the Neversink Reservoir... City officials in a press release contend the special permits are being issued to control an increasing deer population....

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. Generally increasing deer population, but down in some areas attributed to coyote predation.   Going into the 2014 hunt, deer populations are above goals in 35 percent of the state so the DEC is encouraging hunters to take does in central and western New York. 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 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.”  
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