Deer Season Update December 20, 2013 New York, NYDEC

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     The first weekend of the Southern Zone (SZ) regular season typically accounts for 25-30% of the total statewide deer take. This year, reported deer take during the opening 2 days of the SZ regular season ran about 9% below reported take during the opening weekend in 2012. Likely this was due to the warm weather and abundant natural foods which may have reduced deer movements. Typically, these opening weekend effects tend to wash out over time as the season progresses. However, the reporting gap widened during the week before Thanksgiving to about 15% fewer reports than 2012. Fortunately, following Thanksgiving, hunters closed the gap and we ended with harvest reports during the SZ season slightly exceeding the 2012 level (up 1%)...

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