New York Deer News

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....

Pulaski's beloved 'Bella the Deer' continues to live a charmed life with villagers' help September 25, 2014 New York, The Post-Standard - syracuse.com
... The five-year-old doe continues to walks the streets of this Oswego County village with impunity and grace... Tom Jones said he gets up every morning and walks through the village with his neighbor's huskie. Often, Bella will come up and start walking with them. He said the deer and the dog get along fine...


Group Raises Money To Sterilize Deer On Long Island, New York - September 19, 2014



Shelter Island, Hunting for ideas at Town Hall September 17, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
... year 350 deer were taken on town property and at Mashomack and Sylvester Manor, a significant drop from 2006, the first year of the organized effort the program, when 478 deer were harvested.  The number of hunters registering to hunt on town property has also fallen ... 

... The East Hampton Town Deer Management Advisory Committee ... recommends that the Town Board use local, trained volunteers to do selective bow hunting ... Over the course of this year, the committee has met with researchers and experts on deer spaying, but for now said it simply will closely follow East Hampton Village’s planned doe spaying program this winter ...

... The odds drivers will hit a deer in New York in the coming year are 1 out of 154, compared to the national odds of 1 in 169 ... 

Challenges for Multilevel Stakeholder Engagement in Public Trust Resource Governance  EF Pomeranz, DJ Decker, WF Siemer, A Kirsch, J Hurst… - Human Dimensions of …, 2014
... The trend in wildlife management over the last two decades has been to develop locally based approaches for responsiveness to local conditions, but some state wildlife agencies are finding the amount of staff time required to service this approach prohibitive... We argue for comprehensive regional level effort to understand stakeholders augmented with local engagement processes where needed to deal with special circumstances in smaller areas within a region...

Twin Whitetail Deer Fawns eating acorns under White Oak Tree. Nissequogue River Woods - September 15, 2014



Southold, New regulations open more land for hunting September 13, 2014 New York, Suffolk Times
... The legislation, passed in April, decreases the distance bowhunters are required to stand away from structures from 500 to 150 feet... Since its implementation in 2008, hunters ... have harvested 863 deer ...

$100,000 Is Raised to Spay Deer September 11, 2014 New York, East Hampton Star
... “I’ve done a lot of fund-raising in my day, and I’ve never seen so much money come in so quickly,”  ...  culling is to go along with the program ...  The board authorized Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. to execute a contract with White Buffalo Inc...

Hastings-on-Hudson, A smart way to control deer population September 11, 2014 New York, Newsday
...  ready to hire someone to cull a local herd of deer... After considering the backlash from concerned residents, the village reconsidered. Instead, it has become a proving ground for one of two nonlethal techniques for managing deer numbers: PZP, a contraceptive vaccine that can be delivered through a dart. The method has been effective on Fripp Island, S.C., and at the Maryland campus of the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology ...

... In 1941 when the United States Army built a fence around the roughly 10,000 acres of the depot, they began a huge natural experiment. Several dozen white-tailed deer were inside the fence after it was built. The first white deer were seen in 1949... When overpopulation in the mid 1950s led to hunting to reduce the size of the herd, the Army selectively shot the brown deer, facilitating the spread of the white genetic trait...

Hanover Discusses Deer Herd September 9, 2014 New York, Valley News 
... Balch Hill resident, Ned Whittington, said that he had found an arrow lying on the ground near where his neighbor with small children lived, and complained that the town had advised residents that it was still safe to hike in the area. “There is no place you can stand with a bow and arrow that’s more than 75 feet from surrounding trails,” he said...

Long Island, Federal Sharpshooters Fail: Deer Celebrate Cull's Limited Success September 7, 2014 New York, Dan's Papers
... Last February, federal sharpshooters came to eastern Long Island to kill 3,000 deer...  it has now been revealed that they succeeded in killing only 192 deer  ... While they were here, I often encountered them at bars in local taverns, their guns leaning against the building outside, wallowing in their misery over drinks. The deer were too smart. They’d fire and miss...

Sampson State Park, Deer-hunting rules change at Sampson State Park September 7, 2014 New York, Auburn Citizen
... it will be archery only at Sampson State Park, and it will be year one of a five-year deer quality management plan involving antler restrictions... In 2003 an individual hunting the park with 17 other hunters was shot in the nose by one of the hunters in his group during a drive. Seven of the hunters were driving deer to the rest of the members ...

East Hampton, Donors raise $100G for East Hampton Village deer sterilization September 4, 2014 New York, Newsday 
... The Village Preservation Society of East Hampton, a civic group, raised the money from more than 100 donors since mid-June ... The sterilization effort comes after a U.S. Department of Agriculture culling program on the East End, beset by lawsuits and protests by animal-rights activists and hunters, fell far short of expectations ...

Long Island, After deer cull flopped, USDA calls for ‘regional, integrated’ approach September 4, 2014 New York, Suffolk Times
... The farm bureau began lobbying more than a year ago to get East End communities on board with the idea. But after facing stiff opposition from a diverse group comprising hunters and environmentalists alike, Mr. Gergela said his organization won’t seek funds for another cull... The county’s deer population is estimated to be anywhere from 25,000 to 36,000...

Long Island, 2014 East End Deer Damage Management Report  August 2014 New York, Prepared by: United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Service
... White-tailed deer are a vector of several prevalent and serious tick borne diseases on the East End of Long Island, including Lyme disease ... [White-tail deer are not a vector for Lyme disease - research support. They are immune to Lyme and do not transmit the disease.] ...  To assist East End communities with managing the damage caused by white-tailed deer, Wildlife Services acquired access to more than two dozen properties on the East End to conduct a white-tailed deer damage management demonstration project. In all, WS removed 192 individual deer [at a cost of about $225,000 - over $1,000 per deer]

Fire Island, National Park Service proposes reducing deer herd on Fire Island August 28, 2014 New York, Newsday
... an estimated 300 white-tailed deer now living in about eight square miles ...  the National Park Service weighs options to control the increased population with lethal and nonlethal methods ...

Long Island deer cull deemed failure August 28, 2014 New York, Examiner 
... government sharpshooters hired to eliminate as many as 3,000 animals ... succeeded in killing just 192 does...  commented the Bureau’s executive director Joe Gergela, “It was a pilot project, but it wasn’t as successful as we hoped.”

Trumansburg,  T'burg Village Readies Deer Management Plan August 28, 2014 New York, ithaca.com
... If approved by the public at the September 8 hearing, a change in village law will allow limited bowhunting ... Hunting has been banned in the village since 1977.

DEC Finalizes Rule Changes to Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law August 27, 2014 New York, DEC News
     The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted final regulation changes to ensure that the crossbow is a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons, Commission Joe Martens announced today. These regulations are adopted under new state law which authorizes DEC to allow big game (deer and bear) and small game hunting with a crossbow under certain conditions...
     Crossbows may not be used for hunting any wildlife in Suffolk, Nassau, or Westchester counties.  Crossbows may be used only by licensees who are 14 years of age or older.With landowner permission, crossbows may be discharged within 250 feet of a home, school building or playground, public structure, farm structure in use, or occupied factory or church...

... Shooting at night from the back of trucks and tree stands over bait, Wildlife Services killed 132 deer on the North Fork and 60 deer on the South Fork... challenges that hampered the cull, including bad weather, legal challenges and "direct interference from individuals opposed to this project." ...

... Granted $200,000 from New York State and another $25,000 from Southold Town to hire United States Department of Agriculture sharpshooters, the Long Island Farm Bureau launched a program ...  the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island and Hunters for Deer — unsuccessfully sued Southold Town for its decision to allocate funds to the cull... 192 deer actually killed ...

Lansing, Hearing Set for Change in Bowhunting August 24, 2014 New York, ithaca.com
... hunters involved in the deer management program note that the deer have gotten smarter and seem to be keeping away from the stands... The change in the bowhunting law reduces the distance from a dwelling that a bow may be used from 500 feet to 150. The prohibition does not apply to the property owner ...

Suffolk, Lawsuit brings unintended consequence to deer cull August 22, 2014 New York, Suffolk Times 
... a state Supreme Court judge issued a restraining order in March as part of a lawsuit over a controversial deer cull program organized through the Long Island Farm Bureau ... the injunction has prevented the government from handing out nuisance permits to farmers... Nuisance permits allow farmers to hunt on their own land outside the normal hunting season using tags...

State expands January deer hunting to weekends August 13, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
... The new law is part of a three-bill package passed recently to enhance efforts to cull deer herds in greater numbers. The legislation was recommended by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and supported by East End town and village officials...



... The number of deer killed in Southold Town as part of the controversial federal cull that took place earlier this year was far outpaced by the town’s own hunting program, said Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell... the town’s hunting program was a success in killing 265 deer ...

All in on tick control: Multi-faceted approach discussed August 12, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
...  the expected $100,000 coming from New York State for expansion of the 4-poster program — feeding stands that brush deer with a chemical that kills ticks — is in many ways a game changer. The funds give the town the money to expand the 4-poster program while allotting more funds to cull the herd... Dr. Bill Zitek, a retired veterinarian and former member of the Deer & Tick Committee, said the 4-posters are “a very functional method of reducing ticks.” ...

A bounty on Bambi? Really? July 25, 2014 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... I am opposed to the concept — which is getting a lot of statewide conversation among hunters — that the state government should authorize commercial hunting of whitetail deer to lower the overall deer population...  why not just expand the existing hunting seasons and/or change the number of deer that individual hunters are allowed to kill each season? ... 

... His idea was to construct a makeshift "corral" ... I jumped on one of them and grabbed his leg and wrapped him in the blanket ... When the fawns were put down on the ground, the pair went running up a path, in the direction of the does...

...  just feet away from the busy Staten Island Expressway service road ... I've never seen the doe." ... Female fawns may stay with their mother for two years, males usually leave after a year," ...

Fawns are born into a dangerous world July 13, 2014 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
,,. Coyotes potentially caused up to 63 percent of mortalities in white-tailed deer fawns in an Alabama population (Saalfeld and Ditchkoff 2007) and 80 percent of mortalities in a South Carolina population ...  The long-held and cherished image of the big-racked buck that rules a harem and has exclusive breeding rights, due to his superior fighting equipment and size has been shown not to be the case ...

Tompkins County bowhunters dissatisfied with state's deer focus areas July 11, 2014 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... we disagree with the assertion that killing off deer in outlying rural areas will have a significant impact on the deer in suburbia, where hunting is not possible. Those suburban areas offer high-quality food and cover. Deer will live and reproduce there in numbers as long as that food and cover exist ,,,

DEC announces proposed rule changes to implement new crossbow hunting law July 6, 2014 New York, Plattsburgh Press Republican
... DEC is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes so crossbows may be a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons...  through July 21... Register and on DEC’s website ... a general summary of the law ...

Bucks getting older; here is how you can tell July 5, 2014 New York, Observer-Dispatch 
... the Department of Environmental Conservation said that 48 percent of the 114,716 bucks killed last year were 2.5 years old or older.  That is a record percentage, up from 33 in 2000 and 28 in the early 1990s... A few Wildlife Management Units in southeastern New York have antler restrictions – a buck has to have antlers of three inches or more on at least one side to be taken – and there are some Quality Deer Management efforts ...

Shelter Island Deer & Tick Committee seeks vision July 3, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... when Shelter Island participated in the Cornell University-Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-poster program and deployed 60 units, it effectively reduced the tick infestation. But ticks have increased since the town had fewer than 20 units deployed during the last two years. Returning to 60 units is a major part of the solution ...

Rochester, Deer carcasses dot highways July 3, 2014 New York, Democrat and Chronicle
...  it's because young deer are increasingly braving Rochester highways as they search for new territory.  While the deer population in Rochester, which consists only of white-tailed deer, hasn't shown signs of dramatic increase, this is the time of year when does chase their one-year-old sons away from their familiar territory to make room for more offspring ...

East Hampton, Sterilizing does seen as positive alternative to LI deer cull July 2, 2014 New York, Examiner 
... The town is now in negotiations with White Buffalo Inc. a non-profit group in Connecticut to perform the spaying operations, which they say can be completed in just 10-12 minutes per doe, making it possible to sterilize between 15-20 animals per night... 
... officials used hydraulic rescue tools to separate the rods which the deer was stuck between... Three legs were broken severely ... The deer was transported to the Blue Heron Park Nature Center by Park rangers ...

East Hampton, Plan to surgically sterilize female deer OKd in East Hampton June 30, 2014 New York, Newsday
... The village board budgeted $30,000 for the experimental program, but the society said that is not enough and is seeking to raise $100,000 more in donations by the end of the summer. The cost of the program is estimated to be $1,000 per deer... Does tend to travel within a relatively small "home range," so it's possible to sterilize all the does in an area without many outside ones moving in ...
DEC Announces Proposed Rule Changes To Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law, Public Comments Accepted Through July 21  New York, DEC
     With new state legislation authorizing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow taking of big game (deer and bear) or small game by the use of a crossbow at certain times and places in New York, DEC is now accepting public comment ... Specifically, the law changes authorize DEC to: Allow the take of deer and bear by the use of a crossbow during a limited portion of the early bowhunting seasons ... The new law prohibits all hunting with crossbows in Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester counties or in the archery-only portions of Albany and Monroe counties, and DEC's proposed rule reflects these restrictions.
      Details of the proposed rule can be viewed in the June 4, 2014 publication of the New York State Register and on DEC's website under Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Proposed, Emergency and recently adopted regulations . For a general summary of the law, see DEC's information on crossbow hunting . DEC's position on crossbow use for deer hunting is provided in Appendix 5 of the NYS Deer Management Plan (2.45 MB, PDF).

Mid-May fawns point to late October rut June 23, 2014 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter 
... it appears to be a good thing that whitetails drop their fawns at close to the same time because predators are overwhelmed with all the fawns.  If fawns were born in a trickle, say at a steady pace through a six-week or two month period, predators would key on them and put a severe dent in the whitetail population.  Instead, whitetails overwhelm predators such as coyotes and black bears by dropping all their fawns at virtually the same time ...

Shelter Island, Brain storming a deer management forum June 16, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
... “We are still quick to offer hunting as a solution without clearly assessing how it needs to be managed to be successful,” said Anthony DeNicola of Connecticut-based White Buffalo, a leading nonprofit company in deer management... “Just letting hunters do their thing in a non-organized way with little coordination effort is not the way to go about it,” Mr. Blossey said...

Seneca, New York's Herd of White Deer Could Lose Protections June 9, 2014 Outdoor Life Magazine 
     Believed to be the nation's largest white deer herd, these Seneca County deer have thrived on the fenced-in, 7,000-acre land plot since 1949... The towns of Varick and Romulus are already discussing plans to build a road through the middle of the property, which would expand possibilities for residential and commercial construction...

Are the white deer at the former Seneca Army Depot doomed? June 6, 2014 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
...  the property will likely be "sliced and diced" as new zoning being currently discussed by the towns of Varick and Romulus ... There are no intentions, though, to maintain the fence, and no plans for the unique all-white, white-tailed deer that number roughly 200. It's the largest herd of its kind in the world ...For more on the white deer herd at the depot, see senecawhitedeer.org. ...

... The depot, which was hurriedly built back in 1941 as World War II loomed, was fenced in for security reasons. And within that 24 miles of fenced in land were several dozen, regular brown-colored white-tailed deer and numerous other wildlife...  1949, when the depot's commander, Col. Franklin Kemble, was first alerted of their presence and gave orders not to shoot them...

... While fawns are able to walk shortly after birth, they spend most of their first several days lying still. During this period a fawn is also usually left alone by the adult female (doe) except when nursing. People occasionally find a lone fawn and mistakenly assume it has been orphaned or abandoned, which is very rare...

Greenwich woman shot mechanical deer decoy June 5, 2014 New York, Glens Falls Post-Star
... A Greenwich woman who shot a mechanical deer decoy last November as part of a poaching sting has been fined $250 and lost her hunting privileges...

Resist the urge to help an 'abandoned' fawn May 20, 2014 New York, The Daily News Online 
... Many people do not understand that does intentionally leave their fawns to protect them. Whether a fawn is in a front yard, back yard, field, doorstep, park, playground ... The mother deer does not stay with her fawn because she does not want to alert predators to her baby’s location...  be concerned when a fawn that is wandering around crying out...

World's Smallest Deer Born at Queens Zoo May 16, 2014 NBC 4 New York
... Pudu are an exceptionally unique deer species; they bark when they sense danger, and although they're only about 12 to 14 inches tall, they can jump high and run fast...

Suffolk, Proposal pulled to permit Nassau bowhunters on Suffolk land May 12, 2014 New York, Suffolk Times 
... Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) pulled a bill he had sponsored personally after it was clear to him that the proposal had nothing but opposition from area hunters — and little support from those who suggested it in the first place... Mr. Barbato, who said he’s been hunting in the county for the past 27 years, said earlier this week that there is enough competition as it is in the Suffolk parks system to get a hunting spot ...

Northern Zone hunters yield increase in deer take for 2013 May 11, 2014 New York, Watertown Daily Times 
... Northern Zone hunters took 19,538 adult males in 2013... Adult bucks accounted for 60.4 percent of the total 2013 Northern Zone harvest. Hunters also harvested 9,763 adult females ... amounted to 30.1 percent of the 2013 total kill...  1,620 male fawns ... The button buck take accounted for five percent of the 2013 harvest... 1,448 female fawns ... The doe fawn harvest was 4.5 percent of the 2013 Northern Zone total...

Watertown Daily Times
...  portions of southeastern New York and the Lake Plains region of western New York, harvest trends indicate that deer populations are too high ... Even with very liberal opportunities for take of antlerless deer, not enough females are being taken to reduce populations to desired levels. In these areas, DEC and hunters “must begin considering new ways to increase the antlerless deer take ...

Older bucks showing up in deer harvest May 3, 2014 New York, Observer-Dispatch
... because of antler restrictions in 11 Wildlife Management Units in the southeastern part of the state.  But the DEC also feels that many hunters are choosing to not take young bucks... Very dedicated hunters will pass on young bucks, but there are many thousands of hunters who are able to get out there only a few days a season. For the majority of them, the first thing they see with horns is going to get shot at...

Deer harvest on par with previous year May 3, 2014 New York, Adirondack Daily Enterprise 
Hunters harvested about 243,550 deer during the 2013 hunting seasons ... Older bucks becoming an increasing portion of harvest ... about 55,300 bucks aged 2.5 years or older in 2013, which was a record... for 48 percent of harvested adult bucks statewide in 2013, compared to only 33 percent (45,350) in 2000 when New York's deer population peaked, and only 28 percent (about 33,000) in the early 1990s...

... Mike Tessitore, founder of the Hunters for Deer organization, added, "The NYSDEC’s tactics of stonewalling and dragging its feet in producing the documents necessary to evaluate both the scope and need for the deer culling program, makes one question whether the agency is just plain incompetent or has a blatant disregard for accountability." ...

Trumansburg Rolls Out Deer Management Plan April 28, 2014 New York, ithaca.com
... Village leaders have rolled out a deer management plan ... The first draft states that only archery hunting by property owners or others approved will be allowed within the borders of the village, excluding certain areas such as the grounds of the Trumansburg Central School District. All hunters must be approved by the Deer Management Committee ...
... One more trend continued: more hunters shooting older deer and practicing voluntary antler restriction. Of the total 2013 harvest, approximately 55,300 deer were aged at 2.5 years or older. That accounted for 48 percent of the buck harvest compared to 33 percent in 2000 and 28 percent in the early 1990s...

... The total deer take in St. Lawrence County during the most recent hunting season was 5,349 which continues a small downward trend.  The year before, in the 2012-13 season, 5,456 deer were taken ...

DEC: 2013 Deer Harvest Comparable to Last Year April 24, 2014 New York, DEC News
     Hunters harvested approximately 243,550 deer during the 2013-14 hunting seasons, nearly equivalent to the statewide take last year, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.  
    The 2013 deer take included approximately 128,850 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and about 114,700 adult bucks (1.5 years or older), both estimates being within 4 percent of the 2012 take (see table below). Hunters in the Northern Zone walked out of the woods with roughly 32,300 deer, including 19,500 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, excluding Long Island, hunters took 208,300 deer, including about 94,200 adult bucks. To compare these harvest estimates with other past seasons, visit the DEC website.
2013 Deer Harvest Comparison

2013 Total2012 TotalPrevious 5-Year Average
(2008-2012)
Total Take243,567242,957229,439
Adult Male114,716118,993108,752
Antlerless128,851123,964120,687
Adult Female88,63486,64483,565
Deer Management Permits Issued650,472605,105544,530
Deer Management Permit Take98,94594,36789,507
Deer Management Assistance
Program Take
12,28510,49710,689
Muzzleloader14,97016,10417,511
Bowhunting36,67636,20834,795
CrossbowNA438
Youth Hunt1,2751,411

New York 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.  Hunting data
      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