Deer harvest down 5 percent in New York state

Hunters harvested an estimated 203,427 deer during the 2017-18 hunting seasons, down about 5 percent from 2016-17.

The 2017-18 estimated deer take included 95,623 antlerless deer and 107,804 antlered bucks. Statewide, this represents a 10 percent decline in antlerless harvest and nearly identical buck harvest as in 2016.

According to a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation news release on Friday, April 6, there were two items of note from the season – hunters took a greater percentage of older bucks and the portion of successful hunters who reported their harvest increased.

With 53.3 percent of the adult buck harvest 2.5 years or older, hunters took an estimated 57,494 older bucks, setting a record in total number and greatest percentage of older bucks in the harvest. Many hunters are choosing to voluntarily Let Young Bucks Go and Watch Them Grow.

The portion of successful hunters who reported their harvest as required by state law increased from 44 percent in recent years to 50 percent in 2017. Along with the Take It · Tag It · Report It campaign, the DEC has made the process of harvest reporting substantially easier for hunters, providing phone, internet, and mobile app options, the release said, adding that harvest reports are critically important for accurate monitoring of deer harvests.

For more harvest details, click here.

— New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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