DEC moves on doe-only plan

Albany — DEC officials have moved forward for this season on a plan to limit bowhunters to taking only antlerless deer during a portion of the archery season in several wildlife management units.

The proposal, which has been met with solid opposition among many hunters, also creates an antlerless-only late archery and muzzleloader season in those units.

The units involved in the proposal that was enacted for this season are WMUs 1C (Suffolk County), 3M, 3S, 8A, 8C, 8Fm 8Hm 8N, 9A and 9F. DEC wildlife biologists say deer numbers are too high in those units and the antlerless-only restriction is an effort to trim whitetail numbers.

DEC officials initially indicated the plan couldn’t be put in place until 2016, but moved forward with the regulatory process in time for this season.

The public comment period drew solid opposition from hunters.

This story will be updated in the Aug. 21 edition of New York Outdoor News.

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