DEC: 2012 Deer Harvest Results Are Up From Last Year April 25, 2013 New York

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DEC: 2012 Deer Harvest Results Are Up From Last Year April 25, 2013 New York, NYDEC Press Release
     Hunters harvested approximately 243,000 deer during the 2012-13 hunting seasons, about 6 percent more than were taken the previous year, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.
     "Deer hunting is a long-standing tradition in New York, providing shared recreation and a valuable source of food for many families," said Commissioner Martens. "Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative expands hunting opportunities statewide for sportsmen and sportswomen for the growing population of deer. This past year's deer take reflects these efforts as well as deer population growth throughout much of the state."
     The 2012 deer take included approximately 124,000 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and an estimated 119,000 adult bucks. Increases were most pronounced in the Northern Zone where estimates of total take increased 15 percent from 2011. Estimated adult buck take of about 19,400 increased from 15,900 in 2011 and estimated antlerless take of 11,400 increased from 10,900 in the Northern Zone. In the Southern Zone, excluding Long Island, estimated adult buck take of 98,570 increased 6 percent and antlerless take of 110,900 increased 5 percent from 2011.

2012 Deer Harvest Comparison

2012 Total2011 TotalPrevious 5-Year Average (2007-2011)
Total Take242,957228,359224,675
Adult Male118,993110,002105,843
Anterless123,964118,357118,832
Adult Female86,64482,09081,509
Deer Management
Permits Issued
605,105534,207525,839
Deer Management
Permit Take
94,36787,43987,359
Deer Management
Assistance Program
Take
10,49710,76710,617
Muzzleloader16,10416,45417,732
Bowhunting36,20836,32333,765
Crossbow438491-
Youth Hunt1,411--



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