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2013 deer harvest comparable to 2012

ALBANY - Hunters harvested approximately 243,550 deer during the 2013-14 hunting seasons, nearly equivalent to the statewide take last year, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced on Thursday. 

“Throughout the state, hunters play an essential role by helping to maintain healthy and ecologically sound deer populations,” said Commission Martens.

The 2013 deer take included approximately 128,850 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and about 114,700 adult bucks (1.5 years or older), both estimates being within 4 percent of the 2012 take (see table below).  Hunters in the Northern Zone walked out of the woods with roughly 32,300 deer, including 19,500 adult bucks.  In the Southern Zone, excluding Long Island, hunters took 208,300 deer, including about 94,200 adult bucks. To compare these harvest estimates with other past seasons, go to: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42232.html.