DEC Announces 2015 Deer Harvest Estimates April 15, 2016 New York

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DEC Announces 2015 Deer Harvest Estimates April 15, 2016 New York, DEC News
     Hunters harvested an estimated 202,973 deer during the 2015-16 hunting seasons, approximately 15% less than the prior year. The 2015 deer take included an estimated 103,401 antlerless deer and 99,572 antlered bucks.  Statewide, this represents a 20.5% decline in antlerless deer harvest and an 8.3% decline in buck harvest from 2014.  Over half of the bucks harvested in 2015 were aged 2.5 years and older, continuing a shift towards older bucks in the harvest. In most of the state, hunters are making this happen by their own voluntary decisions to pass up young, small-antlered bucks in favor of older deer...

No surprise...final deer harvest estimate shows decline April 15, 2016 New York, Elmira Star-Gazette 
... A decline in overall harvest was anticipated due to the harsh winter of 2014-15 and a reduction of antlerless permits in most wildlife management units. But the total numbers were even lower than expected, with hunter success most likely dampened by unseasonably warm weather and lack of snow....


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