Preliminary deer harvest numbers for 2016 at about 214K in New York

Preliminary harvest estimates indicate that New York hunters took approximately 214,000 deer in 2016, up about 5 percent from 2015.

Hunters took an estimated 109,000 adult bucks (10 percent increase from 2015) and 105,000 antlerless deer (1.5 percent increase from 2015). These preliminary numbers are consistent with patterns of hunter reports during the seasons and biologists’ expectations for the harvest.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, it continues to work to generate final harvest estimates, with associated summaries by season and Wildlife Management Unit. However, progress has been slowed, the DEC says, as it’s upgrading the harvest calculation system. It anticipates the transition will speed analysis in future years.

According to the DEC, it’s investing substantial time now to ensure that the harvest reports submitted by hunters and biological check data collected by DEC staff are being recorded properly, and that the calculation programs are performing correctly.

The DEC added that it’s optimistic that final harvest numbers will be available later this month. In the meantime, the DEC said, reports of deer and bear harvests from prior years are available at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42232.html.

— New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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