New York Deer Population:  A mild 2015-16 winter increased deer populations into 2016, about 900,000 pre-hunt.   An estimated 680,000 deer in 2015 post-hunt, 880,000 pre-hunt.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical New York deer harvest data and news archive.

New York Deer News

DEC Invites Initial Feedback on Wildlife Regulations December 2, 2016 New York, DEC News
... DEC is inviting informal feedback regarding several issues:  (1) prohibiting feeding wild white-tailed deer;  (2) issuing permits for 4-Poster TickicideTM and 4-PosterTM deer treatment devices; (3) strengthening measures to protect New York deer from Chronic Wasting Disease ...

Manhattan, There's a one-antlered deer roaming around Manhattan December 2, 2016 New York, New York Post
... may have dashed over Hell Gate Bridge from The Bronx to Randall’s Island before swimming across a stretch of the East River. ... spotted in Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem ... 

Irondequoit man dealing with repercussion of deer herd thinning December 2, 2016 New York, rochesterfirst.com
... called police after seeing two bow hunters in his backyard last month. He was told they were working with police and not to worry. This didn't sit well with Libera, since he thinks of the deer as pets...

Asharoken mayor proposes limits on deer bow hunting  November 30, 2016 New Yrok Newsday
... proposing a law requiring that bow hunters stay 500 feet away from a neighbor’s house when shooting deer within the village ... follows a Nov. 13 incident in which a deer hit by a hunter’s arrow in the village ran away to die on the property of a neighbo ... who opposes hunting in the residential area...

6 hunters dead across New York state since deer opener November 29, 2016 New York, Olean Times Herald
... three hunters have been killed in accidental shootings since the state’s gun season for deer opened Nov. 19.  A fourth hunter died after falling out of a tree stand and two additional hunters have died as the result of medical emergencies in the field ...

DEC seeking input on possible hunting regulations November 28, 2016 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... One idea being looked at is clarifying and strengthening regulations that prohibit the feeding of wild white-tailed deer. That would include the regulations more explicitly defining bait or feed and clarifying that incidental feeding, such as the attraction of deer or moose to a birdfeeder ...

Staten Island, Big bucks no object for de Blasio's $3.3M deer vasectomy plan November 26, 2016 New York, Staten Island Advance
... For the plan to work, at least 90 percent of male deer on Staten Island have to get vasectomies.  Experts say about 40 percent of any deer population is male. So with 468 vasectomies already performed, that puts at least 700 in the herd... The city is paying White Buffalo $2 million this fiscal year for the effort...

Long Island town's deer hunting law causes division November 23, 2016 New York, Daily Star
... homeowner Cindy Gavel of Asharoken says on Nov. 13 she witnessed a deer with an arrow sticking out of its back leap over the fence surrounding her property before dying on her land...

Deer take tumbles in first days November 22, 2016 New York, Genesee County Express
... Deer harvests reported to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) through opening weekend show a 13-percent drop compared to a year ago.  The 2016 opening weekend had 5,879 deer taken. The 2015 opening weekend saw 6,739 deer harvested...

DEC Invites Initial Feedback on Several Wildlife Regulations Being Considered November 22, 2016 New York, DEC News
... DEC invites informal feedback regarding several issues: (1) prohibiting feeding wild white-tailed deer, (2) issuing permits for 4-Poster TickicideTM and 4-PosterTM deer treatment devices, (3) strengthening measures to protect New York deer from Chronic Wasting Disease, (4) eliminating the special permit for hunting and trapping bobcats in the Harvest Expansion Area, and (5) closing the season for take of diamondback terrapin. These ideas are not formal proposals at this time, just options being considered as potential changes for 2017. Please see http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/104785.html to read the details of each issue and to provide feedback.

Staten Island, More deer on Staten Island must get vasectomies than expected November 19, 2016 New York, New York Post
... has sterilized 450 bucks ... there are more than 2,250 deer in that area ... “You would have to get 90 to 95 percent of them for this to work,” White Buffalo’s Anthony DeNicola admitted to The Post last spring, due to the animals’ polyamorous habits...

At one time, whitetail deer eliminated from Western New York November 19, 2016 New York, Olean Times Herald
...  the last recorded deer sightings in the western Southern Tier region was in 1881 near Independence, Allegany County... [“History of the White-Tailed Deer in New York,” written in 1956 by C.W. Severinghaus and C.P. Brown] ... By 1910, while still rare, deer began to appear again in Western New York ...

Staten Island, Deer with city vasectomy found dead in Mount Loretto forest November 18, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... The same buck was seen stumbling around the forest that morning...  Deer number 360 was one of 13 male and female deer that have died after being tagged through the vasectomy program, and nearly all were hit by cars... 

Big-game season opens Saturday in New York November 17, 2016 Olean Times Herald
... “New York hunters should anticipate seeing a few more deer this hunting season compared to last year,” according to Jeremy Hurst, DEC big-game biologist. “Many of these deer will be young animals, as conditions were excellent for overwinter fawn survival and production this spring...

Big-game season opens Saturday in New York November 17, 2016 New York, Olean Times Herald
...“New York hunters should anticipate seeing a few more deer this hunting season compared to last year,” according to Jeremy Hurst, DEC big-game biologist. “Many of these deer will be young animals, as conditions were excellent for overwinter fawn survival and production this spring...

Have a safe and productive hunting season November 17, 2016 New York, Oneonta Daily Star
... about 900,000 deer in New York ... Last year, an estimated 80,000 deer-vehicle collisions happened in New York state ... 

Regular Firearms Season for Deer and Bear Begins November 19 November 14, 2016 New York, NYDNR News
... The Southern Zone regular season is New York's most popular hunting season, with about 85 percent of New York's 550,000 licensed hunters participating. Harvests during this season account for nearly 60 percent of the total annual statewide deer take and 30 to 60 percent of the statewide bear harvest...  DEC is encouraging all hunters across the state to pass up shots at young, small-antlered bucks. In a multi-year study conducted with Cornell University, more than 7,000 hunters surveyed across the state reported wanting more opportunities for taking mature bucks without mandatory restrictions on antler size....

NY deer hunters urged to voluntarily let young bucks go this fall November 10, 2016 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... The rationale is that older buck are more challenging to hunt, yield more meat and bigger racks – and "create more rubs and scrapes and vocalize more – all things that enhance the deer hunting experience," ...

... Head of the Harbor Village trustees will move forward with a plan to control the overabundant village deer population with a birth control drug...

... They were eating her beloved hostas ... Now, the deer here look longingly at her lush backyard through a six-foot mesh barrier that has restored her landscape and sense of well-being.  “It cost $5,000, but it was a good investment,” ...

Cracking down on WNY deer poachers October 27, 2016 New York, WKBW-TV
... "Most of the poachers are head hunting.  They are looking for the very large antlers," ... minimum fine would increase to $500 and the maximum would go to $3,000...

Staten Island, 299 deer vasectomies on Staten Island so far October 21, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... ear-tagged 310 total deer so far ... The vasectomy plan is expected to eventually reduce the borough herd 10 to 30 percent... 

... Posters will begin appearing in the transit system and other public places, asking city residents to think of wildlife as fellow New Yorkers...
... Their deer management plan, for example, looks at many ways to limit the animal's population as well as educate residents on how they can co-exist. They'll work on an education campaign to teach drivers how to react to deer on the road, or which plants will detract them from homes and lawns. 

Baiting big game in New York? October 12, 2016 Press & Sun-Bulletin 
... In nearly 40 states hunters are allowed to bait big game and hunt over that bait... In Pennsylvania that can be punishable by a fine of as much as $800 and a month in jail... In Texas, hunters sit in elevated stands next to feed troughs or adjacent to electric feeders ...

... The deer, which appeared unafraid of human contact, had a dog collar around its neck that was roped to a steel rod in the ground ...

Southold, Protection of Long Island White-Tailed Deer October 11, 2016 New York, Animal Welfare Institute 
... The Animal Welfare Institute and its co-plaintiffs brought this suit under Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules in an attempt to enjoin the town of Southold from giving up to $25,000 to Long Island Farm Bureau (LIFB) for the East End Deer Management Project and/or a deer cull on agricultural farms within the town of Southold ...

For desperate gardeners, new idea to keep deer out of your garden October 4, 2016 New York, Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com
...  a deer grate, and he designed and built it himself. It’s modeled after a cattle guard, which is used to keep cows and other livestock from getting into roadways.  Dunn’s deer grate is basically metal tubes set into a recessed area of the concrete driveway. The tubes are spaced just a little farther apart than the length of a deer’s hoof....

DEC predicts success in 2016 October 3, 2016 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... New York’s 2015 deer ... harvest was off by 15 percent from the 2014 season ... Department’s biologists may be right about there being good fawn survival this past spring. On the other hand, my oak trees are producing a good crop of acorns, so there may be another good mast crop ...

Steuben Co. to See Another Plentiful Deer Season September 30, 2016 New York, My Twin Tiers.com
... harvested deer numbers reaching near 10,000 and more through the past couple of years... We have really good agriculture, which provides a lot of food ... A good mixture of forestry, timberland adjacent to that which also provides good food and cover ...

Meet 'Whitey,' a 10-year-old albino deer living in a Buffalo suburb (photos) September 30, 2016 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... Meegan said all the neighbors know Whitey... She's had all brown fawns over the years...She always seems to end up with more tagging along after her because she's a very maternal deer and she seems to babysit and take in orphans ... see Meegan's Facebook page, Theresa.Meegan.Photograpy. To buy a calender, go to squareup.com/store/Theresa-meegan...

Southern rebound? September 29, 2016 New York, Outdoor News
... the Southern Zone accounts for the bulk – about 85 percent – of the statewide harvest ... The same mild weather during last year’s deer season continued after, allowing whitetails to cruise through the winter with virtually no mortality and excellent fawn survival...

A Staten Island deer vasectomy up close September 28, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... About 200 bait sites are scattered around Staten Island, though only 50 to 60 are active on a given day... The vet then made a one-and-a-half inch incision to access the deer's vas deferens ... "Some people think we're doing a castration," DiSalvo said. "But the bucks are keeping their testicles." ...

City contractor White Buffalo performs a vasectomy on a male deer at Blue Heron Park Nature Center on Sept. 27, 2016.


New owner steps up plans to save white deer at former Seneca Army Depot September 27, 2016 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... The new owner of the former Seneca Army Depot has made preserving the depot's celebrated white deer herd a priority ... the planting of more vegetation to make sure the deer have enough to eat, repairs to the fence ...  hiring of an ecologist to survey the land and to come up with an overall plan ...

De Blasio gets snippy over deer-vasectomy proposal September 23, 2016 New York, New York Daily News
... “We carefully worked through this policy with a host of wildlife experts. This is something we worked on with State and federal officials as well to figure out what was the most effective and most humane way to go about this.” ...

... The odds a New Yorker will hit a deer are 1 out of 161, which is a 4 percent decrease from last year. The national odds are 1 in 169 ...

Toxic Algae Impacting Local Deer Population September 19, 2016 New York, My Twin Tiers.com
... A toxic algae found in ponds in our area can be deadly to humans and animals... it's very likely that deer are killed by it ...

Staten Island, 70 deer vasectomies on Staten Island so far September 15, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Anthony DeNicola and his team at White Buffalo have ear-tagged 75 total deer so far, including five females. Those doe and five of the sterilized bucks were also given radio collars... Only 527 deer were found on Staten Island during the city's latest aerial survey of the herd... less than the last count ...

... just thirty seconds of video with a soundtrack of crickets of a few white-tailed deer I met fearlessly and peacefully grazing on the side of the trail this evening at the Ashokan Reservoir - September 13, 2016 New York


Buckle up! Staten Island deer vasectomies begin Labor Day September 2, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Anthony DeNicola of White Buffalo will begin sterilizing hundreds of male deer on Monday night in time for the whitetail rut this fall ... $2 million this year as part of the three-year plan ... The work will be done under the cover of darkness....

Participate in Citizen Science to Benefit Wildlife Management September 2, 2016 New York, DEC News
     Each year, thousands of hunters, trappers and anglers help the DEC monitor wildlife populations by recording their wildlife observations while afield. Information on how to participate in the Cooperator Ruffed Grouse Hunting Log, Bowhunter Sighting Log, Winter Wild Turkey Flock Survey and other Citizen Science programs is available on the Citizen Science: Wildlife Observation Data Collection web page on DEC's website.

... Although the group members had been selected to maximize the diversity of deer-related interests and perspectives as much as possible given the low number of volunteers, the prioritization of impacts identified by group participants differed markedly from that indicated by the survey of residents.  The number one priority for the input group, deer hunting opportunities, was viewed as least important by the surveyed residents; Lyme disease was identified as the number one management priority by the surveyed residents [deer population density is generally not related to Lyme disease risk], but was identified by the input group as least important for DEC to address, along with deer-vehicle collisions...

Fawn's death outside zoo in Binghamton sparks uproar August 26, 2016 New York, WBNG-TV
... In the Facebook post Thursday, Baer says he was with his daughter at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park earlier this month when he saw a fawn trapped in a spillway area just outside the zoo.  He says he alerted the zoo.  Baer says days later he returned to find the animal dead...


Trump's son shares photo after rescuing baby deer August 26, 2016 New York, The Hill 
... The son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump posted a photo on Instagram of a fawn he says he rescued from a pond in upstate New York...

Outlook improves for rare white deer herd in N.Y. August 21, 2016 New York, Toledo Blade
... the largest herd of pure white “ghost deer” in the world, and at their peak decades ago numbered close to 300 animals. The most recent aerial survey, conducted earlier this year, put the size of the white deer herd at 75, with the drop likely linked to habitat deterioration and coyote depredation... agreement with Martin will require that the white deer be protected...

Staten Island, Deer vasectomy plan for Staten Island gets state OK August 16, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Fertility control is only permitted by the state as part of a research study, which is what the city proposed. The Parks Department plans to sterilize hundreds of male deer over the next three years. Anthony DeNicola of White Buffalo is expected to start performing the vasectomies in September, in time for this fall's rutting season...

Looking forward to another archery season August 14, 2016 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... many bow hunters and organized sportsmen actually campaigned against shooting does. It was only until later in the 90's when the rank and file deer hunter began realizing that deer management and the ecological stewardship of the woods necessitated taking does in most of the whitetail's range...

DEC announces new deer and bear hunting regulations August 11, 2016 New York, Columbia-Greene Media
... deer populations in WMUs 6F and 6J have been declining, so harvest of antlerless deer is now prohibited during the early muzzleloader season in these units. Winter weather conditions are a primary driver of deer abundance in the northern part of the state, and the winters of 2013 and 2014 were especially harsh...

Shelter Island, Deer& Tick Committee dispute over money August 8, 2016 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation prohibits direct rewards to hunters for killing deer, but allows Shelter Island to award entries into a lottery for each deer taken and to conduct regular drawings among hunters with the chance of getting a gift card,.. 

Coyotes today, super coyotes tomorrow August 8, 2016 New York, The Times and Democrat
...  The Eastern coyote has gray wolf DNA ... Dr. Roland Kay of the New York State Museum has noted that the East Coast hybrids have the jaws, skulls and teeth of wolves and their diet, which is composed of up to 33 percent deer, bears this out. These animals are powerful enough that a couple of them can easily take down an adult deer as opposed to the Western coyote that has to prey on fawns... 

Cougars Against Deer Is Not a Solution August 5, 2016 New York, MPNnow.com
... a group of researchers from Washington State and Idaho are quantifying “the economic and social impact of bringing back large carnivores” to address the car/deer problems ... a fantasy that can only exist within figures on sheets of paper and/or in the minds of “researchers” who do not possess even a modicum of field experience, especially in more densely populated areas of the East...

... Most of Western New York is now under a drought warning ... “The deer are pretty hungry,” ... 

DEC Announces New Deer and Bear Hunting Regulations August 3, 2016 New York,  DEC News
... deer populations in WMUs 6F and 6J have been declining, so harvest of antlerless deer is now prohibited during the early muzzleloader season in these units. Winter weather conditions are a primary driver of deer abundance in the northern part of the state, and the winters of 2013 and 2014 were especially harsh...

East Hampton, Deer Sterilization In East Hampton Village Is Stalled August 2, 2016 New York, 27east.com
... “We’re currently in discussion with White Buffalo and other groups to explore other deer management programs in continuation with the sterilization plan,” Ms. Molinaro said. “The Village Board has been approached by other groups to pursue other programs like immunocontraception, but the board hasn’t decided yet.” ...

Seneca,  Deer Haven Park LLC formed August 2, 2016 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... Martin is in the preliminary stages of creating a social media plan for Deer Haven Park. He wants to provide the community with a public forum to engage and share ideas for the development of the 7,000 acres ... 
     New owner of Seneca Army Depot to open Deer Haven Park August 1, 2016 New York, 13WHAM-TV
... The future owner of the Seneca Army Depot has named the new space ... Deer Haven Park... to preserve the rare white deer herd living there... to provide all wildlife within the depot property with the sustenance to thrive ... [white deer from Seneca]

... Under the 2016-17 budget, Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative provides $3 million for State land access projects and $4 million for hunting and fishing infrastructure. The 2015-16 budget also created a new capital account, leveraging federal funds to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats - an initiative that will improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation...

Staten Island, City flubs on Staten Island deer. Again July 18, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Just 527 deer were found on Staten Island during twin aerial surveys of the borough in February. That's less than the 763 that were found during the last survey in 2014... Given procreation rates, experts estimate that the number could be more than 1,000. They've been saying it for a couple of years now...

Staten Island, D'oh! Just 527 deer on Staten Island in latest city count July 14, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Only 527 deer were found on Staten Island during the city's latest aerial survey of the herd -- 236 less than the last count two years ago and well below what the city expected...

Shelter Island, Tempers flare over extending deer hunt July 13, 2016 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... Mr. Amann raised the issue of liability should anyone be injured during either April or September when the Island’s [deer] population is higher than it is during the winter months.  Who would be responsible for a hunting accident — the property owner or the town, Mr. Amann asked.  There was no clear answer...

Changing ideas and shifting whitetail rut dates July 4, 2016 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... A growing number of deer hunters and researchers subscribe to the theory that there are really three ruts each year, an early rut when mainly old does come into estrus, the rut itself, usually 26 days later when the bulk of the mature does come into season, and the third rut, approximately 26 days later when about 25 percent of the female fawns of the year come into their first season.  This new study validates the third rut as the time when the female fawns are bred...

The Growing Deer Debate The video below is from a conference sponsored in the fall by the Catskill Forest Association ‎(CFA)‎. See more of the conference on their Youtube channel 

Moose Spotted Wandering Through Westchester County July 2, 2016 New York, CBS Local
... xperts say there are only about 800 moose in the entire state of New York, and they prefer the woods up near the Adirondacks...

Seneca, Plans to protect Seneca white deer include soybeans and upgraded security June 30, 2016 New York, Auburn Citizen
... Bolstering the Seneca white deer's food supply will be one way Earl Martin plans to support the dwindling population... "The last few winters have been very harsh on the white deer population," ...

... After hashing out alternatives, the city hired DeNicola to bring the population down. His solution: birth control. More specifically, vasectomies. DeNicola says it's surprisingly easy and can be done much faster than sterilizing females...

... generous consideration of the white deer at the Depot. Martin is considering leasing a minimum of 1,500 acres at the northern end of the Depot to Seneca White Deer, Inc., and/or other organizations... as outlined plans to create an eco-tourism visitor's center ...

Avon to consider OK'ing deer hunting June 24, 2016 New York, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
... "They're eating everything in our yards,"  ... A proposal still in the works would suggest modifying the ordinance to allow targeted deer baiting and hunting, or a “controlled deer cull,” in certain village areas by proficient bow hunters ... not meant to completely eradicate the deer population ...

Seneca, Writer still believes not enough will be done to save the white deer June 24, 2016 New York,Finger Lakes Times
... So who is spending the $600,000 needed to repair the perimeter fence to keep the deer in? Mr. Martin isn’t; he’s building a new factory... even after I asked them to suspend hunting, they filled 28 doe tags, leaving 70 white deer...

Animal rehabbers sue DEC over wildlife kill or release policy June 23, 2016 New York, Albany Times Union
... A deer named "Jane Doe" is at the heart of the first suit on Long Island, challenging a requirement that injured deer must be released or killed within two days.  In May Virginia Frati, director of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Suffolk County, claimed Jane Doe was not fully rehabilitated or ready for release. She obtained a temporary restraining order ...

Moose hunting bill moves forward June 22, 2016 New York, Lake Placid News
...  bill comes at a time when other states with moose populations are cutting back significantly on moose hunting. New Hampshire's moose population has dropped nearly 50 percent in the last 15 years, from about 7,000 to only 4,000... n the past, the DEC has estimated that there are between 600 and 1,000 moose, the vast majority of which live in the Adirondacks...

Binghampton, Three deer die trying to jump over cemetery fence June 17,
2016 New York, WBNG-TV
... ... this year he has found three deer trapped on the fence ...  a sharp metal fence ...

Staten Island, Deer killer's new approach for Staten Island bucks June 17, 2016 New York, SILive.com
...  Sterilizing males instead of females is meant to be faster, cheaper and more humane... "It's easy to say, 'Just kill them,'" [DeNicola] said. Hunting is illegal in New York City. More than 50 tons of tainted meat would have to be disposed if the deer were caught and euthanized. Any traps might be vandalized by animal rights activists ...

...  After nearly three months of closed negotiation sessions, the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has selected Earl Martin's bid for the approximately 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot property. ... has plans to protect the rare herd of white, white-tailed deer that currently calls the land home...
... There are plans for wildlife preservation and eco-tourism, goals to be achieved by working with SWD to sustain the white deer herd there...Martin’s bid also drew the support of Seneca White Deer Inc. President Dennis Money. Money said he was “delighted” Martin was chosen... [see Martin inteviewed below]

Deer myths ... June 16, 2016 New York, Buffalo News
... Quality Deer Management Association experts have provided a list of five of the most popular myths ... Fawns are odorless. Mothers find their fawns with unique scents produced when they urinate on tarsal glands when just a few days old...

Batavia, Then and Now: Deer roamed the city 60 years ago, too June 13, 2016 New York, The Daily News Online
... Sixty years ago, residents, patrolmen, the dog warden, and the game protector came together to capture a “bounding deer” who appeared in the city on June 13, 1956... The deer was finally captured, given a ride in the game protector’s car to a location near Alexander, and released. ...

New York Deer Vasectomies - June 13, 2016


Staten Island is so overrun with deer, city officials have green-lit giving the males vasectomies. It's estimated as many as 1,000 deer are roaming Staten Island. The animals are causing frequent car accidents and destroying plant life. Officials this week approved a $2 million emergency purchase for contracting services to sterilize the bucks. When the vasectomies start, each are expected to take about 15 minutes. According to WTTG, the measure is expected to reduce the deer population by 10-30 percent. - June 9, 2016


Staten Island, $2M deer vasectomy plan leaps forward June 7, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... If the city's plan works, all male deer roaming the borough would be sterilized starting with a $2 million effort during this fall's rutting season. Hundreds of bucks would be tranquilized, captured, given vasectomies and released back onto Staten Island parkland over the course of the three-year study... city's chosen contractor, a wildlife conservation nonprofit called White Buffalo Inc...

... The New York Conservation Council called the bills "well meaning," but does not support them. The bottom line, said the group, is that unless village, town and other justices across the state accept the principal of higher penalties, it's unlikely that that higher fines will be handed out...

State DEC ruling harms deer hunting sport May 31, 2016 New York, The Journal News | LoHud.com
... Instead of expanding a comprehensive program to protect immature or “yearling” bucks with antler restrictions, thereby ensuring a herd of older, larger and more mature bucks, the DEC is now reversing course, saying it will push for optional self-policing or “voluntary” restraint for hunters in most of the state...

... Felicia Keesing, a Bard College biology professor who has researched the distribution of ticks and Lyme disease since 1999, said culling some deer hasn't been shown clearly to cut the risk of Lyme in communities. She said many of the studies that indicate culling deer could help have been found to be unreliable....

DEC curbs hunting of young bucks May 25, 2016 New York, Catskill Daily Mail
...  the agency has reinstated an antler point restriction on bucks for hunting...  in Greene, Ulster and Sullivan counties ... “The point is to reduce the harvest of yearling bucks,” ...

Batavia,  Deer task force planned May 25, 2016 New York, The Daily News Online
... the DEC has offered to facilitate a management plan in Batavia, beginning with a survey to determine the deer population, but the city would be involved as well...

... DeerTech, A SavATree Company, launches the next generation of ultrasound devices to deter deer browsing on landscape plantings. Called the 2020s, the new ultrasound units draw on over a decade of research, field evaluations, testing and the latest technological advancements. Deer deterrence was improved by 64% over the previous devices to more effectively protect landscape plantings and keep them looking their best year round...

Rehabbing injured deer is illegal May 23, 2016 New York, Fox5NY
...  the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center  ... has been treating injured white-tailed deer ...  now according ...  it's illegal ...  they have to call law enforcement now to shoot them ...

Fairport-E.Rochester Post
... A drop of around 15 percent in the deer harvest ... in approximately 25 percent of this state, the 2015 harvest suggests that deer populations were unchanged or increased from prior years. Additionally, harvest data indicates that deer populations in portions of central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Lake Plains of western New York remain above desired levels ...

Fire Island, FI deer management plan approved May 19, 2016 New York, Suffolk County News
... still includes ... a hunt to kill deer ... Beqaj explained that in 1995, she and volunteers from the island’s 17 communities had been involved with a cooperative experimental study with the Fire Island National Seashore. Special permit had been given for the use of the contraceptive PZP (procine zona pellucida) to control the deer population that she says was very successful...

... This new condition is not only inhumane and cruel, it goes against our purpose as wildlife rehabilitators," she said. "If deer are injured or hit by a car, we don't argue about the deer population. We just try to help all animals." ...
... State Department of Environmental Conservation officials on Feb. 10 sent the state’s 1,400 licensed wildlife rehabilitators a notice that the treatment of adult white-tailed deer is “prohibited.” It also states that fawns may be rehabilitated only between April 15 and Sept. 15.  DEC officials did not cite a reason in the notice ...

Spinning deer numbers in the harvest reports May 16, 2016 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... as Pa.'s 15 percent increase in buck take from the previous year is true, New York's deer take dropped the same percentage. ...  the record warmth of October and November in the Northeast last year repressed deer movement, coupled with New York's opener landing in between the two major rut peaks, while Pa. hit the second rut peak with its opener and had perfect hunting conditions...

... vasectomy plan to sterilize the borough’s male deer   ... with bucks shooting blanks, the does will go into heat repeatedly throughout the fall and winter... “Every 30 days or so for up to six months, right into March,” said Dr. Bob Warren of The Deer Laboratory at the University of Georgia...

... The New York State Whitetail Management Coalition announced yesterday that it strongly disagrees with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) decision to halt the expansion of a policy to protect yearling bucks and better manage the state's deer population...

Shelter Island, Nothing new under the Shelter Island sun: 100 years ago a massive effort tried to cull deer herd May 13, 2016 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
...  100 years ago this week...High-powered rifles ...  they would kill every deer they could sight... Pratt’s plan prompted outrage from animal lovers around the nation and from sportsmen who hated to see game wasted...  thousands of protest letters and telegrams swamping his Albany office, Pratt issued a reprieve and, ignoring expert advice that deer could not be herded, ordered they be rounded up ...

Staten Island, Experts slam city's Staten Island deer vasectomy plan May 12, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... The Parks Department plans to sterilize all male deer roaming the borough ... Most of what is known about deer sterilization focuses on controlling female fertility, so what the city is planning has never been attempted at this scale..."It is very consistent with, I think, the most modern thinking of how we deal with animal issues," de Blasio said ...
... Staten Island’s multifaceted approach will include sterilization, education, and the protection of natural resources ... The HSUS has really pushed for this kind of forward thinking ...

DEC Proposes Hunting and Trapping Rule Changes for 2016 May 12, 2016 New York, DEC News
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting public comments on several regulatory proposals for hunting black bear and white-tailed deer ... DEC proposes to rescind the antlerless-only requirement for portions of the bow and muzzleloader seasons in WMUs 1C, 3M, 3S, 4J, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8N, 9A, and 9F, again allowing take of antlered and antlerless deer during the entire bow and muzzleloader seasons in these units... For more detailed explanations of these proposed regulations ... Comments on the proposed deer and bear hunting regulations must be received by June 25, 2016... 

DEC shuts down illegal venison slaughterhouse May 12, 2016 New York, Albany Times Union 
... Environmental Crimes Investigation Unit found more than 3,600 pounds of illegal venison meat and products after showing up with a search warrant at at butcher shop called Farmers Place, on 256 County Highway 20 ... 

... plan ... includes sterilizing the males... Staten Island’s deer problems are believed to have begun when a small group of the animals swam over from New Jersey ... Owner Joseph Leonard, 73, also known as “The Deer Man,” was arrested ...

... The Parks Department plans to sterilize hundreds of male deer ... The procedure is uncomfortable and time-consuming for female deer while a buck's vasectomy only takes about 15 minutes ... Sterilization was chosen because Staten Island's herd is mostly growing through reproduction, not migration ... decided to only use lethal methods as a last resort because of pushback during public outreach ... The city will also install fences ...

Deer kills at highest levels in a decade May 11, 2016 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... beginning in 2008  ... Since 2012, when the town reported 240 deer killed, the number has risen steadily and 2015 had the most reported kills since 2006...  From October 31, 2015 through March 31, 482 deer were reported killed on Shelter Island...  up to 50 percent of all deer kills go unreported...

... "There is a large volume of scientific and anecdotal evidence demonstrating chickens' pest control ability as they love to eat tick ... chickens can help reduce the density of the tick population. As a deer committee member, Cassel said he's committed to trying management techniques such as this.  "We don't want to keep killing deer ...

...  stuck in a streetlamp light globe... flung his coat over the light globe, grabbing it in a bear hug ... Finally the deer managed to slip its head out ...

Deer are well known to get stuck in headlights, but an incident in Suffolk County, New York puts a whole new spin on the proclivity. A deer somehow got its head stuck in a light globe.


Fire Island deer plan for hunts, birth control wins final OK May 2, 2016 New York, Newsday
... The National Park Service has given final approval to a Fire Island National Seashore plan that includes fencing off areas, hunting and possibly administering birth control to reduce white-tailed deer populations ...

Legislative proposal would boost poaching penalties May 2, 2016 New York, Outdoor News
... Currently, the minimum fines for the illegal taking of deer sit at $250. Under the new legislation, that minimum would jump to $1,000. For those with prior poaching convictions, the minimum would be $2,000 and they would lose hunting privileges for five years...

New wildlife regulations take effect May 1, 2016 New York, 13WHAM-TV
... Some of the new regulations started Sunday; any adult deer in rehab centers must be released ... how the public will react when they call about an injured deer only to hear a rehabilitator can't help... 

State's hunters took significantly fewer deer in 2015 May 1, 2016 New York, Utica Observer Dispatch
...  hunters weren't seeing a lot of deer, or enough deer, or, in some places, any deer at all...the decline is not unique to New York ... two heavy winters took a toll on the population... Deer Management Permits were reduced by about 45,000 (6.8 percent) and about 25,000 fewer deer were taken with them than in 2014...

Northern Zone hunters see drop in number of deer harvested May 1, 2016 New York, WatertownDailyTimes.com
... the Northern Zone decline was more significant than the rest of the state.  The statewide kill of 202,973 deer marked a 15 percent drop from the 2014 ... The 14,850 adult bucks taken made up 63 percent of the total Northern Zone harvest ... 1,102 button bucks ...

DEC to Host Public Meetings on Deer Management April 28, 2016 New York, DEC News
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a webinar "New York Deer Management Update" the evenings of May 10 and May 12. Both nights will have the same content. Any member of the public can participate on either night by connecting online from the comfort of their own home or by joining DEC staff at locations throughout the state....

State hunters deer take drops 15 percent April 24, 2016 New York, WatertownDailyTimes.com
 ... DEC issued 626,389 DMPs in 2015, and that figure represents 45,393 fewer permits than 2014 or a nearly seven percent decrease ...  While many areas, particularly in the Northern Zone, harbor too few deer in the eyes of hunters ... DEC faces the task of population reduction, particularly in portions of central New York, the Finger Lakes, and the Lake Plains of Western New York...

Ithaca, NY - April 24, 2016


New N.Y. rules irk wildlife rehabilitators April 22, 2016 New York, Democrat and Chronicle
... New York’s wildlife rehabilitators, who nurse injured hawks and rescue abandoned fawns, are up in arms over tight new license conditions from Albany.  The license conditions issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation forbid rehabilitators from giving anything more than the most basic assistance to adult deer, and limit their interaction with fawns...

Notable Number from the 2015 Deer Harvest April 22, 2016 New York, DEC News
... 52,581 --- estimated number of bucks taken in 2015 that were 2.5 years old or older. Only 47% of bucks taken statewide were yearlings (52% in units without antler restrictions). Bucks don’t get older if they get shot when they’re young. Consider passing up shots on young, small-antlered bucks... 15.9 and 0.6 --- number of deer taken per square mile in the units with the highest (WMU 8N) and lowest (WMUs 5C and 5F) harvest density...

DEC to Host Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Ashland Flats Wildlife Management Area  April 21, 2016 New York, DEC News
      Current management practices at Ashland Flats WMA include creating and managing habitat for grassland birds, waterfowl, and other wildlife species. Beaver, muskrat, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey can also be found on the WMA. ... The habitat management plan for Ashland Flats WMA can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/35474.html .

Fewer deer killed in Suffolk this winter, report says April 21, 2016 New York, Newsday
... Hunters in Suffolk County killed ... 3,397 deer this past hunting season ... about 100 fewer deer than the prior hunting season ... more deer than the prior seven seasons, when the average harvest was 2,709 deer ...

Lessons to be learned from low deer harvest  April 18, 2016 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... One explanation from DEC wildlife managers for the statewide falloff was the particularly harsh conditions during the winter of 2014-15. But that does not ring true for the Hudson Valley, where conditions could only be described as being routine ... The Dutchess County harvest ... was off by more than 25 percent ... most common report from hunters was that they simply were not seeing deer at all or they were seeing far fewer deer...

DEC Announces 2015 Deer Harvest Estimates April 18, 2016 New York, Long Island
... an estimated 202,973 deer during the 2015-16 hunting seasons, approximately 15% less than the prior year... Deer harvest data are gathered from two main sources: harvest reports required of all successful hunters, and DEC staff’s examination of nearly 14,000 harvested deer at check stations and meat processors.  Statewide harvest estimates are made by cross-referencing these two data sources ...

New York Data Hunting data.  A mild 2015-16 winter increased deer populations into 2016, about 900,000 pre-hunt.  Deer forecast for 2016.  Significant population declines in 2014 and 2015 after harsh winters.  About 680,000 deer in 2015 post-hunt, 880,000 pre-hunt.  Antlerless permits, reduced by  20 to 30 percent in parts of the state to grow the herd.  The 2015 deer harvest fell by 15 percent.  About 750,000 deer in 2014 post-hunt, 1,000,000 pre-hunt. The 2014 harvest fell by about 2 percent.  Estimated post-hunt population of 800,000 deer in the state in 2013, pre-hunt 1,050,000.  A little over a million deer in 2004.  Increasing coyote predation.  Relatively stable population with some good forest managment, logging, and habitat projects.  Population density is mixed with some areas down such as the Adirondacks due to mature forests and in some areas due to coyote predation.  
     In 2015, the DEC curtailed the harvest of antlerless deer in portions of Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Franklin counties to increase the population, and increase the harvest of antlerless deer in  all or portions of Suffolk, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, Westchester, Albany, Niagara, Erie, Wyoming, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Steuben, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca and Cayuga counties to reduce the population.  Two harsh winters in 2013-14 and 2014-15 reduced deer populations in the north and central regions.  The graph below comes from the New York deer hunting forecast for 2016.  "Statewide, we are anticipating deer harvests to be slightly lower in 2015 than in 2014, largely due to some deer mortality this past winter and resulting reductions in antlerless permits in parts of the state."
    In 2014 deer populations were above goals in 35 percent of the state so the DEC encouraged hunters to take does in central and western New York.  In much of the state, deer are below target populations.  A mild 2011 - 2012 winter resulted in a greater survival rate for fawns and an abundance of apples and nuts in 2013 provided food for many types of wildlife.
 From 550,00 to 500,000 hunters take about 220,000 deer per year, about 25 percent on opening day. The state has increased antlerless harvests to reduce the population, but the harvest still favors bucks over does so a population increase is not unexpected.  
     Chronic wasting disease was last reported in the state in 2005.  It was apparently brought to New York after a taxidermist disposed of infected tissue from a trophy head brought from out of state.
     In 2014, bucks accounted for 45.5% of the harvest.  In 2014, 52 percent of the bucks in areas without antler restrictions were 1.5 years old compared to 48 percent statewide.  In 2013, 48 percent of the herd was 2.5 years or older, up from 28 percent in 2000.  48 percent of the bucks killed in 2013 were 2.5 years or older, up from about 28 percent in the 1990's.  Antler restrictions have been imposed in some areas, Quality Deer Management and other factors have influenced hunter decisions to help normalize herd demographics. About $35 million in license sales and federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition.  
     Deer were nearly exterminated from New York by the 1860s, reappearing around 1910.  The last recorded deer sightings in the western Southern Tier region was in 1881 near Independence, Allegany County.  The deer popultion rose to an estimated 450,000 in 1978 and 800,000 in 1988.  Harsh winters in 1948-49 and 1983-84 killed a large percentage of the deer herd, reportedly 80 percent in some areas.  The winter of 1978-79 was also severe.
     Suburbs provide ideal deer habitat where deer thrive and have caused conflicts in areas such as Long Island and Cayuga Heights where deer management strategies are a matter of public controversy.  Although deer were native to Staten Island, they were hunted to extinction by the early 1900's.  The press often makes an issue of the population growth, citing percentage increases from the very low numbers in recent history. Since 1990 that state has used a citizen task force to manage the deer in each management area.
     Moose About 800, mostly in the woods near the Adirondacks. 
     Bears  About 2,500 brown bears

DEC's Management Plan for White-tailed Deer in New York State, 2012-2016.

Report Sick Deer:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. Report sightings to its office in Ray Brook by calling 518-897-1200. Or report it to your nearest DEC regional wildlife office (www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html).
Other useful links:
-  New York Department of Environmental Conservation.   General Mission:    DMP Quota Setting   - Google map of Wildlife Management Units (WMUs)   - Public Input on Hunting Regulations    - Citizen Science: Wildlife Observation Data Collection 
-  Cornell University Integrated Deer Research and Management Study: The goal is to reduce deer associated complaints using fertility control research, fencing, and repellents.
CayugaDeer,org information about deer management in the city of Cayuga Heights.
Senecawhitedeer.org proposes a tourist facility at the former Depot that would feature not only the white deer, but the fascinating military history of the site and the other wildlife “beyond the fence.”      -  Animal Defenders of Westchester
East Hampton Group for Wildlife: promotes respect for all species of wildlife and explores humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts. 

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     The history of white-tailed deer in New York is tied closely to the patterns of human land use and development. In their 1956 document, History of the White-tailed Deer in New York (3.8Mb PDF), former DEC biologists C.W. Severinghaus and C.P. Brown describe the distribution and abundance of deer in New York in pre-Colonial times and from the Colonial Period through the mid-1950s. 

Late Winter Deer shot in Mendon Ponds Park