Cornell surveys deer hunters for New York June 15, 2011 New York



Cornell surveys deer hunters for New York June 15, 2011 New York Management Ithaca Journal

The Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell conducted a series of surveys concerning the state's first venture into deer hunting antler restrictions.  Final reports are available at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27663.html and include DEC's evaluation.
     The surveys found that the program substantially reduced the proportion of yearling (1 1/2 year old) bucks killed and shifted the composition to older bucks. A majority of hunters in the pilot AR units prefer that the program continue. Deer management population indices were compromised by the restrictions, which means that the DEC must develop additional methods for monitoring deer populations to manage effectively with antler restrictions.  For related surveys on hunter attitudes about antler restrictions in New York, see www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/74971.html.


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