New York Deer News

Hunters bag fewer deer, bears in region February 2, 2016 New York, Times Herald-Record
... The DEC’s Southern Zone ... most popular of the state’s four hunting zones... the 2015 deer take of 183,435 was down 11 percent compared with 2014 ... severe winter of 2014-15 resulted in a lot of what wildlife management experts call “fawn mortality,” and that left the herd smaller going into the 2015 hunting season...

Seneca, Survey shows white deer herd dwindling February 3, 2016 New York, Democrat and Chronicle
... between 75-80 white deer in the conventional area of the depot ... Those numbers are down from the last survey conducted by the Army that put the white deer herd at 185 to 200 animals...
     Seneca, Campaign launched for Seneca County to protect white deer herd January 31, 2016 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... The planning, development, agriculture and tourism committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to recommend the county take over the remaining 7,000 acres of the 10,587-acre former depot, with an eye toward developing that acreage into an eco-tourism facility based on the unique white deer herd within its fences...
     Save the Seneca White Deer’ petition now online January 31, 2016 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... Supporters have an opportunity to sign a “Save the Seneca White Deer!” petition online for submission to the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. The Care2Petition had 35,993 signatures as of Friday, with a goal of 40,000 names or more...   Read the petition...

Deer proposal comments sought January 31, 2016 New York, Niagara Gazette
... To help improve public awareness about ideas considered for future hunting rule changes, the Department of Environmental Conservation has created a new webpage called Public Input on Hunting Regulations... reducing the antlerless harvest in portions of Region 6; and rescinding the antlerless-only requirement during portions of the archery and all of the muzzleloader season in a dozen different WMUs  ...

DEC agrees to let 'Deirdre' and 'Lily' live under certain conditions January 28, 2016 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard
... She took in Deirdre as a two-day fawn after her mother was hit by a car nearly six years ago and has cared for her ever since. She took in Lily, who is blind, in 2014 as a fawn... The two white-tailed deer will be allowed to live – but under certain conditions... her promise "not to provide food, treatment of shelter of any kind to either deer." [one is a blind deer that will starve] ... "withdraw her application to renew her wildlife rehabilitation license" ...

... A county committee has recommended the county take over the property and make sure any potential buyer preserves the herd.  However, it doesn't appear it will be an easy sell as the county manager opposes such an action...

The DEC wants your feedback about the doe-only portion of deer season January 28, 2016 New York, eastniagarapost.com 
... their plans to control Niagara County’s oversized whitetail population by instituting antlerless-only (read “does only”) bookends to the deer hunt... The DEC is now admitting they made a mistake. In their own words: “From this preliminary assessment, the antlerless-only rule does not appear to have substantially improved our ability to reduce deer populations in the treatment WMUs as needed.” ...

Fewer deer-car collisions in 2015 doesn't make a trend January 28, 2016 New York, Staten Island Advance 
... The number of deer-related automobile crashes on Staten Island fell from 47 in 2014 to 31 last year, according to the New York Police Department. That's a dropoff of 34 percent... decision to erect deer warning signs on city streets in some deer-prone areas...

Town of Varick , Zoning Regs Could Protect White Deer January 24, 2016 New York, ithaca.com 
...  a large section of Varick’s portion of the [Seneca] Depot “is set aside for Conservation; it should provide ample space for the white deer population.” Several conservancy organizations are working to garner funds to purchase that area of the Depot to assure a safe refuge for the deer population...

North Country winter serves up whole menu of weather conditions January 23, 2016 New York, North Country Now
...In these conditions, deer will “yard up,” finding shelter in a conifer stand. These places have much less snow on the ground because the dense canopy intercepts a lot of the snowfall. The problem is that there is very little to eat, and they may starve to death...

... “During the antlerless-only portion of the early bow season in 2015, reported take of female deer was essentially unchanged from 2014 in both the treatment and control units,” the DEC said in a statement. “… From this preliminary assessment, the antlerless-only rule does not appear to have substantially improved our ability to reduce deer populations in the treatment WMUs as needed.”...

... new signs in place on city street, there has been a significant decline in deer-related auto collisions ... in December, the DOT installed its first-ever deer-crossing signs ...

DEC invites feedback on several ideas for potential deer and bear hunting rule changes January 22, 2016 New York, DEC News
     To improve public awareness about ideas being considered for future hunting rule changes, DEC has created a new webpage (Public Input on Hunting Regulations). To kick this off, we invite feedback on a couple of ideas related to deer and bear hunting in 2016: (1) allowing junior hunters to take bears during the Youth Firearms Deer Hunt, (2) reducing antlerless harvest in WMUs 6F and 6J, and (3) rescinding the antlerless-only requirement during portions of the bow and muzzleloader season in a handful of Southern Zone WMUs.These ideas are not formal proposals at this time, just options being considered as potential changes for the 2016-17 season. Please see Public Input on Hunting Regulations to read more about the ideas and to provide feedback...

NY puts white deer population in jeopardy January 21, 2016 New York, The Register Star
... the 7,000 acre depot is up for sale, and if the state doesn’t take it over, some developer will and that could be the demise of the largest white deer population in the world...  the Seneca White Deer, Inc. (SWD) is having a fundraising drive to purchase a portion of the depot and transform it into the Seneca White Deer Park...

How a fence created an ecological marvel January 17, 2016 New York, bcsn.tv 
... former Seneca Army Depot ... There are approximately 200 of the pure white “ghost deer” roaming inside the vast former munitions base ... deer that are leucistic, lacking pigmentation in their coat...

... With Wildlife Services often paid for mass deer killings directly by municipalities, local taxpayers are expected to be burdened with a minimum of $300 per deer killed by the Federal Government. Moreover, according to the Federal Government, the impact of these mass deer killings, would only be temporarily effective in reducing local deer populations: " ...

... The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comment on proposed huntinng regulations changes that would allow the use of "big bore" air rifles for taking big game (deer and bear) at certain times and places in the state beginning next fall.  [Public comment through February 8, 2016]

... village officials worried about burnout among the volunteers: If they weren't successful after a night or two in a tree stand, they might give up. Also, village residents told Olson and others they prefer the silenced rifles as it seems more humane...

Vassar to complete next deer cull soon despite protests January 10, 2016 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
...   its fourth deer cull since 2010  ... the decision to bring professional sharpshooters to the school's 527-acre Farm and Ecological Preserve ... "Research shows that this amount of acreage can sustain 10 deer," Kosmacher said  [that's 12.1 deer per square mile, below a recent U.S. Forest Service recommendation of optimal deer density of about 15 to 28 deer per square mile, read the actual research]  ...

DEC reports lower harvest totals  January 9, 2016 New York, Irondequoit Post 
... Gefell believes the coyote factor is very real, and combining that with the brutal winter of last year made for fewer deer last autumn... Many hunters who wrote in also voiced frustration with the DEC management plan that called for antlerless only harvests in some regions ...

Preliminary NY Deer Harvest January 8, 2016 New York, NYDEC
... To date, reports of deer harvest declined by 13% in the Northern Zone and 11% in the Southern Zone in 2015 compared to 2014.  Overall, declines were more pronounced for reported take of female deer than male deer and during the regular firearms seasons and late bow and muzzleloader seasons than during the early bow or muzzleloader seasons.  Given the severe winter of 2014-15 and associated reduction in permits for antlerless deer in most Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), a minor decline in overall deer harvest was anticipated.  Too, unseasonably warm conditions and lack of snow during much of November and December also likely contributed to reduced hunter success in many areas.  As usual, deer harvest varies considerably across the state, and preliminarily it looks like deer hunters in western New York generally saw less harvest decline than in portions of central and southeastern New York...

... The archers are permitted to use bait (corn) and hunt at night with artificial light.  Mitchell said there's been no shortage of candidates wanting to participate in the program...

Hunters frustrated by lack of deer this season January 2, 2016 New York, Auburnpub
... According to DEC Region 8 Senior Wildlife Biologist Art Kirsch, the deer take this year will probably be down state-wide. Kirsch said that the worst winter in the last 35 years that we had last year, without a January thaw, was one of the contributing factors...  in the Finger Lakes region ... he would discover four or five piles of deer bones on a daily basis. He said it looked like the deer had just laid down and died...

... The preferred choice is to cull the deer herd to about 20 to 25 deer per square mile and then maintain the herd through approved contraception. In some areas, like Davis Park and Kismet, the density can be as high as about 265 deer per square mile.  Residents tell stories of deer eating their ornamental plants ...

... Mayor Margot J. Garant said ... “The bow and arrow can be a very deadly weapon ... We just don’t want to condone that in the village.” ... some residents have reported seeing deer apparently wounded by arrows wandering the community...

NY may allow big bore air rifles for hunting big game December 25, 2015 New York, New York Daily News
... they’re not as loud as conventional rifles or shotguns, making them more acceptable in locations with higher human densities and overpopulations of deer...

Hunters frustrated over deer season results December 24, 2015 New York, WBNG-TV
... The deer population took a pretty bad hit last year ... One of the neighbors to my mother found 73 dead deer in a pine tree patch that all died over last winter because they couldn't get anything to drink ...

Hunters ask: Where were the deer this year? December 23, 2015 New York, Ithaca Journal 
... These people complaining about no deer are right. There are deer but it’s a very low population ... Actual deer harvest figures won't be available for a few months, but early indications are those numbers will likely be down, said Art Kirsch, senior wildlife biologis ... We did decrease the number of doe tags in places we thought the winter might have had an effect on population ...

Seneca County should support preserve for white deer December 23, 2015 New York, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
... 200 white deer at the old Seneca Army Depot ... As far as we can tell, no one else on earth has a herd like this. A handful of white deer have been spotted in Illinois and Ireland, but these creatures have really flourished here, behind the protective, chain link fence of the depot...

DEC Announces Proposed Rule Changes to Allow Big Bore Air Rifles for Big Game Hunting December 23, 2015 New York, DEC News
... Details of the proposed rule can be viewed in the December 23 publication of the New York State Register and on DEC's website under Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Proposed, Emergency and recently adopted regulations... Public Comments Accepted Through February 8 ...

Seneca, Preserve for white deer gets big financial boost December 22, 2015 New York, Democrat and Chronicle 
... The owners of Heron Hill Winery have offered $200,000 to kick-start a fundraising drive by the group trying to create a preserve for the rare white deer that live on the grounds of the former Seneca Army Depot...
     White Deer: Their New York State 'Preserve' Is For Sale December 21, 2015 New York, Nature World News
... they charmed a military commander back in 1941. That was shortly after a 24-mile chain link fence was built around the 10,000-acre Seneca Army Depot, according to a release... The military commander forbade hunters on the base from shooting them ...

Pulaski's 'Bella the Deer' survives her 7th straight hunting season December 21, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... Bella, the ... celebrated deer that walks the community's streets with impunity, got through her 7th straight hunting season unscathed and appears to be healthy and strong... her picture was taken when she managed to get on the roof of a dentist's building... Bella's mom got hit by a car shortly after she was born, Doyle said. A nearby farmer "kind of took Bella in." ...

Seneca White Deer Inc. offers holiday cards December 18, 2015 New York, Wayne Post
... part of a continuing appeal for public donations to help preserve the world’s largest herd of white whitetail deer, which have called the historic depot home since the early 1940s ... see senecawhitedeer.org

... prepared the EA to facilitate planning, program management and interagency coordination, to clearly communicate with the public the analysis of the impacts of managing deer damage across the State of New York, and to consider comments from the public on the proposed action. [Read the Environmental Assessment and comment by January 15, 2016]

Fayetteville, Onondaga County to help fund Deer Management Programs December 15, 2015 New York, CNYcentral.com
... The village believes limiting the number of deer per square mile will help the number of cases of Lyme disease decrease. [Deer density generally not related to Lyme risk, see the research] ...

Saving The Seneca White Deer, Ecotourism December 13, 2015 WGRZ TV 
... One needs only to travel a few hours south to see how an ecoutourism destination can have a major impact on the local economy."  The Elk situation down in Elk County Pennsylvania ... people have come by the tens of thousands there to photograph the deer nearly every month of the year, and cottage industries have sprung up down there, you have B & B's, you have wineries ...
     Let's Preserve our precious white deer December 13, 2015 New York, Finger Lakes Times 
... The protection of the depot could brand Seneca County as the home of the world’s largest herd of white, whitetail deer. No place else on our planet can make that claim. This is a niche that is unique. Tourism of the depot could be an economic engine ... To learn more about the depot and its white deer, visit senecawhitedeer.org.

Theories are plenty for frustrating deer season December 13, 2015 New York, Gates-Chili Post
... Last winter was brutal. This spring we didn’t observe the large herds of deer in the fields behind the house and we didn’t see one fawn all spring.” ... Hunting recruitment is already severely depressed and growing more-so with each passing year...

East Hampton, Allege East Hampton Village Deer Sterilization Was Illegal December 10, 2015 New York, East Hampton Star
... A complaint alleging that those engaged by East Hampton Village to sterilize deer were not licensed to practice veterinary medicine in New York State has been referred to the state attorney general’s office ... Mr. DeNicola ... said those who have performed the sterilizations did so under the supervision of a state-licensed veterinarian, Dr. Steven Timm ...

Deer season disappointing for hunters December 9, 2015 New York, the Oneida Daily Dispatch
... two winters that were tough on wildlife  ... drastic lack of deer seen by hunters throughout much of Central New York this year. This applies to both northern and southern zones and under a variety of hunting conditions. Hunters and DEC both agree that there has been a significant reduction in the number of deer the past year or two...

Controlling deer population involves biology, society, and robotics December 9, 2015 New York, The Altamont Enterprise
...  “Citizen task forces hash out how many deer are acceptable per square mile,” he said. “It’s more social than ecological…Sportsmen like a lot of deer; it gives them more to shoot. But too many can cause problems.” ... The approach of managing deer with task force recommendations began in 1990 ...

Chittenango Woman Battles DEC to Save Rescued Deer December 9, 2015 New York Time Warner Cable News
... The love Cindy McGinley has for the two deer she's rescued knows no bounds ... Lily is blind and has bonded closely with the other deer ... the DEC told her she needed to either turn them over, euthanize them or release them ... It is unclear what the DEC plans to do with the animals ...

The next step in getting a handle on our deer herd (editorial) December 6, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance
... The federal report recommends and "adaptive integrated approach,".., it encompasses the non-lethal methods that are preferred by almost everyone ... deer-proof fences and barricades, supplemental feeding to reduce damage to greenery,  birth control, relocation and modification of the deer's behavior, such as by using visual stimuli and noise... [Read the plan]

Seneca Depot where white deer roam is for sale December 6, 2015 New York, Buffalo News
... herd numbers somewhere at 800, with about 200 having solid white coloration... Conservationist Dennis Money of Canandaigua has been a close observer of this herd and noted, “These are pure white deer with some of the mature bucks showing a patch of brown hair between their antlers. Otherwise, they are all white...

CNY deer hunters are experiencing an 'off' year -- why? December 4, 2015 New York, Syracuse.com
... "It's the worst season I've seen in 40 years," said the 69-year-old Sempronius landowner ... Many hunters are saying they're just not seeing any deer ... the past two harsh winters that appear to have knocked down deer numbers ...

... "Without the fence and strictly controlled hunting by the base commander, the white deer would likely be eliminated from the herd because of hunters' preference for these unusual-colored deer," ...

Hastings, New York Suburb Will Start Giving Deer Birth Control as an Alternative to Violence December 3, 2015 Clearly Veg
... working with Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy ... Dr. Rutberg ... is optimistic ... the town's population could see a drastic decrease within five years...

Staten Island, City launches Staten Island deer web portal December 3, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance
... The city on Wednesday launched a web portal to educate locals about living with deer. The site gives tips for "deer coexistence" and outlines what's being done to develop a plan to manage expanding herds on Staten Island and in the Bronx...

Group wants to 'save' Staten Island deer from slaughter December 1, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance 
... NYCLASS launched a petition Tuesday calling on the city to give the borough's female deer birth control as a way of controlling the expanding white-tailed herd... Hunting, birth control, sterilization, relocation, fencing and behavior modification are just a few of the options explored by a federal draft assessment on New York deer released on Monday

Kill or fence off? City probes deer damage control November 30, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance
... Staten Island's deer could be killed, sterilized or fenced off under damage control measures being explored by the city... The city's strategy for Staten Island's deer must be approved by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which regulates wildlife. The state will only agree to a management plan that's linked an environmental assessment...
     Federal deer management study released November 30, 2015 New York, silive.com
... Named "White-tailed Deer Damage Management in New York," the analysis looks at potential impacts of alternatives for Wildlife Services involvement in deer damage management ... The public can review on the draft assessment by Jan. 15, 2016. The assessment is here ...

White deer group will bid on depot November 27, 2015 New York, Ithaca Journal 
... A group of conservationists and history buffs has kicked off an 11th-hour fundraising campaign to save the world's largest herd of white deer as well as the Cold War military installations at the former Seneca Army Depot in Seneca County.  Seneca White Deer ...

New York has work to do on deer management November 25, 2015 New York, Elmira Star-Gazette
... Heavy selective timbering of our state forests would allow the growth of young forest that is appropriate for sustaining not only deer, but populations of other wildlife as well. The outcry by some to “protect” our state forests from timbering is unfounded; an old, mature forest does absolutely nothing to support wildlife...

East Hampton, Deer sterilization effort stirs ire in Hamptons November 25, 2015 New York, Telegraph Herald
... Bill Crain, founder of the wildlife group, argues the village has yet to establish a need to cull the deer population on eastern Long Island. Estimates on the number of deer in the area vary widely; some say there are fewer than 1,000, while others have pegged the number at 3,000 or more...

Tonawanda, Blood pool leads to charges of illegal deer killing November 24, 2015 New York, Buffalo News
... The business owner called officers who followed a blood trail to Fillmore Avenue where a bloody arrow was discovered ... Video surveillance from a nearby business gave investigators a partial vehicle license plate number ...

White deer escaping through hole in depot fence November 23, 2015 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... white deer that have escaped from their protected habitat at the former Seneca Army Depot because of a large opening in the fence along Route 96A. ... caused by a vehicle crashing into the 8-foot-high chain link fence last February...

The Ghost Deer @ Tifft Nature Preserve November 23, 2015 New York, Buffalo Rising
...  a close up photo of the deer, which many locals refer to as “The Ghost Deer”. What a magnificent creature he is. Even the young buck’s antlers appear to be white...

Fayetteville approves bait-and-kill deer management program; first in county November 23, 2015 New York, Syracuse.com
... will use a bait-and-kill approach to reduce the numbers... See how the village plans to organize the killing of the deer.
     Fayetteville Approves Deer Management Plan November 23, 2015 New York, CNYcentral.com
... hunters will be allowed to bait and kill antlerless deer ... The only people to be issued a permit to cull the deer will be Fayetteville residents who pass a rigorous application process ...

Southold, Plans for town’s new wildlife manager take shape November 23, 2015 New York, southoldlocal.com 
... despite a lot of research, there was no description of the position that had already been defined by civil service... Councilman Bob Ghosio and John Severini of the North Fork Deer Management Alliance were onhand to discuss the issues...

Deer Sterilization Effort Stirs Ire in NY's Tony Hamptons November 22, 2015 New York, ABC News
... One backs an ongoing program to perform sterilization operations on deer them rather than kill them. And one is trying to shut it down, believing the surgeries are carried out in such a sloppy manner that they end up killing deer anyway...

Experts: Harsh '14 winter culled area deer November 19, 2015 New York, Daily Star
... Statewide, DEC officials are expecting this year's deer harvest to be lower than last year's because of deer mortality during the harsh winter and resulting reductions in antler-less permits in parts of the state ... “The coyote and bear populations are up, and we had a hard winter,” ...

Southern Zone deer season opens Saturday November 19, 2015 New York, the Oneida Daily Dispatch
... It is probably true that there are less deer in northern areas this year due to the hard winter in the northern zone where deep snow came in early January and lasted well into March. By contrast the southern zone had a normal snowfall last winter so numbers should be about the same or slightly increased...

Deer hunters prepare for firearm season November 18, 2015 New York, Democrat and Chronicle
... Deer hunting season thus far "has been relatively slow," said Art Kirsch, senior wildlife biologist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Sightings have been down during bowhunting season, as have the number of harvested deer reported, a decline around 8 percent over the same time period last fall...

... The Southern Zone Regular Season is New York's most popular hunting season, with participation from about 85 percent of New York's 550,000 licensed hunters. Harvest during this season accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and 30 to 60 percent of the statewide bear harvest ... a large portion of the Southern Zone, from Niagara and Erie counties, across the northern Finger Lakes and Central New York, into the Mohawk Valley, and in the further southeastern New York area, current deer populations are higher than desired... no new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) have been found in New York deer since 2005 ...
     Most New York deer hunters would enjoy seeing more, older, larger bucks when they go afield each fall and many are doing what they can to make that a reality, by choosing to voluntarily pass up shots at young, small-antlered bucks... Hunters may report via DEC's online game harvest reporting system ...

Deer Season Opens Saturday November 17, 2015 New York, Journal News Media Group 
... “The mast crop is excessive ... Most every tree has nuts, and it seems like if deer find a tree yielding feed, they are not moving much until that food source is exhausted.” ... Because of the ubiquitous food supply, deer have been moving less than usual...

... as local officials seek to put the old Seneca Army Depot up for bid next month, there is concern that the sale could also mean the end of the line for the white deer. A group of residents [ Seneca White Deer Inc ] dedicated to saving the animals has proposed turning the depot into a world-class tourist attraction ...

Too many deer? Too few? Depends whom you ask November 15, 2015 New York, Star-Gazette 
... "When I was growing up, if you didn’t see 100 deer a day, you had a bad day. Now it’s tough to see 100 deer in a season," ...From 2010 to 2014, the total number of deer harvested in New York State was up just under 4 percent, to 238,672  from 230,100.  But most Southern Tier counties saw a decline in deer harvest numbers ...

Culling may not be sound deer management November 14, 2015 Albany Herald
... “Determining the cause of a free-ranging buck’s antler ‘abnormality’ or ‘deficiency’ by looking at the live deer on the hoof is practically impossible,” Cook said. “Deer are subjected every day of their lives to many things that carry a potential impact on antler development. Injuries, drought, and poor habitat quality all can cause a buck’s antlers to develop abnormally. ,,

...  the fence that keeps the unique deer herd, is expected to leave at the beginning of next year. The white deer are intermixed with regular brown-colored, white tailed deer on depot land... the local Amish community ... have expressed an interest in partnering with Seneca White Deer ...

Deer signage finally coming to Staten Island November 13, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance
... The Department of Transportation (DOT) will provide signs at 21 locations to alert drivers of possible deer sightings as the Island's white-tailed herd grows.   A 2014 aerial survey found 763 deer roaming Staten Island ...

Senaca, All-white deer herd may be on chopping block November 11, 2015 New York, Penn Live 
... the former Seneca Army Depot ... no intentions ..., to maintain the fence, and no plans for the unique all-white, white-tailed deer that number roughly 200.  It's the largest herd of its kind in the world ...

North Haven Village Hires Deer Consultant November 10, 2015 New York, 27east.com
...his goal is to create a detailed database that includes recent statistics that can be shared with residents, including deer population figures and the results of permitted hunting efforts... North Haven’s discreet culling program has been in place for about 20 years...

East Hampton, Wildlife Advocates Sue East Hampton Village Over Deer Sterilization Effort November 10, 2015 New York, 27east.com
... "In January they sterilized does in unsanitary conditions," said Bill Crain, vice-president of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife ... In the spring at least a half-dozen female deer were found dead in the village, apparently suffering from infections and bleeding after giving birth to still-born babies ... as many as 19 of the deer, identified by white tags placed on their ears, may have died...

Fayetteville, Hearing set on Fayetteville's proposed deer bait-and-kill program November 6, 2015 New York, Syracuse.com
... Area residents can voice their opinions on Fayetteville's proposed deer bait-and-kill program at a public hearing Monday... village residents who applied and completed an archery proficiency test to be selected to use crossbows or compound bows to kill the deer...

Moose study continues to gather info November 4, 2015 New York, Lake Placid News
... In moose-populated states like Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, moose are vanishing across the landscape... "I think most people think the moose are going to be up there in the dark woods of the Adirondacks, but really the moose are more in places where we're cutting trees," ... "By collecting scat at different locations across the landscape, we can detect these individuals at more than one site," ...

Deer Control: DEC Plan Is Not Reducing Numbers Yet November 4, 2015 New York, ithaca.com 
...  a program which allows hunters to take up to two antlerless deer per day and added a two-week, antlerless-only season in January.  ...“When you have more does than bucks, things go awry,” Edwards said. “The inferior bucks have the opportunity to breed as much as they can. When the herd is even, one buck for one doe, the dominant buck is going to be spreading his genes.” ...

East Hampton, Deer Sterilization Effort Begins Again In East Hampton Village November 3, 2015 New York, 27east.com
... Last year White Buffalo tranquilized and surgically sterilized 114 does in East Hampton Village. This past spring, several of the sterilized deer—identifiable by the white plastic tags affixed to both ears—died after aborting babies.  Critics of the sterilization program pointed out that the work was done in December and January last year, after the deer had likely bred and the does were already impregnated...

... Things look dark for the herd estimated at more than 200 on the former Seneca Army Depot in the middle of Seneca County. No one has stepped forward to save them. A meeting scheduled for this Saturday could be their last chance...

Syracuse, Deer task force did its job; now act on its humane recommendations November 1, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... a number of things in the media which have contributed to misinformation ...  misinformation involves a figure of $5,000 per doe for surgical sterilization. That amount is way out of line of any actual cost estimates ... Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon would still have a push poll up on his website, containing not only the $5,000 per doe figure (which he was informed weeks ago was incorrect) but also a bias for lethal and against sterilization so obvious that it should be seen as a way to influence public opinion, not as a genuine survey for input from county residents...

Seeing the Forest for the Deer October 30, 2015 New York, Watershed Post 
... The NYS DEC is charged with managing the deer population  ... some of the southern Catskills and mid- Hudson Valley are listed as an area whose deer population should be “increased.” But, is there enough food to do that? Are there enough tree seedlings; herbs, forbs, shrub-layer, grasses, etc.? ...

2 deer hunting treestands found in cemetery near Syracuse University October 30, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... While the city of Syracuse and the surrounding towns debate about how to control the excessive numbers of deer within their borders, it appears someone is taking the matter into their own hands...

Officials asking public for help catching deer poachers on Staten Island October 27, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance
... currently investigating three separate incidents of poaching ... in recent years, residents have reported roughly two dozen dead deer — many with their heads and antlers cut off as trophies ...

Injured deer wanders into Rochester hospital emergency department October 27, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
...  this one was pretty obviously struck by a car ...It was in pretty bad shape, but still mobile enough to get inside the emergency department." ...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: New York October 21, 2015 Game & Fish
... Nearly half of the deer harvested in New York last season were antlered bucks (deer with antlers over 3 inches in length) ... the western portion of the state produces high numbers of bucks as well as high overall deer harvest numbers...

East Side Gathers to Discuss Deer Control Ideas October 20, 2015 New York, time Warner Cable News
... "Lyme disease is growing in our community exponentially, and part of the problem associated with Lyme disease are deer," Syracuse Common Councilor Nader Maroun said.  [Deer density generally not related to Lyme risk] ... 

CWD among whitetails gaining steam October 18, 2015, New York, Henrietta Post 
... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is now spreading across parts of the U.S. and Canada at a horrific rate. Biologists in Wisconsin have even given the infected deer a name, “droolers and shakers.” ...  most experts familiar with this disease agree that we will probably never get rid of it... If somebody does develop a vaccine that is 100 percent effective, how does anyone distribute it to wild, free-roaming deer ...

Seeing the Forest for the Deer October 17, 20115 New York, Mother Earth News
...  New York State owns the deer herd, but not its food supply, or forest in this case. So, when DEC decides to increase receded deer populations in portions of the Catskills/Hudson Valley – like where I live – I have to wonder if they’re looking at the available food sources; they don’t exist...  The DEC does not know for sure how many deer there are. Deer numbers are estimated via last hunting season’s buck take...

Hamilton/Colgate 'bait and kill' deer culling program starts Dec. 23 October 16, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard
... The village of Hamilton, which includes Colgate University, will begin culling the community's large white-tailed deer population on Dec. 23, using a bait and kill approach with volunteer archers ... If someone won't allow us to pursue an injured deer on their property, that's their choice...

Future of Seneca white deer, ex-depot land at stake October 15, 2015 New York, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
... Seven thousand acres of largely undeveloped land in Seneca County ... , Seneca White Deer, is attempting to raise $2 million to purchase a portion of the depot for a deer preserve... land for a white-deer preserve ...

Calling Deer Search? Follow proper etiquette October 14, 2015 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... Hearing a hunter justify a bad shot by explaining that it was the only shot he or she had is enough to want to turn their request for help away. But the fact is, just as there is a moral obligation to make an attempt to recover every wounded animal, there is a moral obligation to pass up a shot that will likely result in an animal not getting solidly hit....

... "This legal proviso excludes every single humane non-hunting state resident from serving on their board [state Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB)] ...

Friendly Deer Hangs Out With Locals At Shinnecock Inlet October 13, 2015 New York, 27east.com
... The small deer, who is no stranger to the local paparazzi, was first spotted near the western side of the inlet about two weeks ago ... officials from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center ... [will try to] find a forever home for the deer—perhaps, a licensed sanctuary or a game farm ...

Fayetteville, Residents voice their opinions on Fayetteville's deer management proposal October 12, 2015 New York, WRVO Public Media
... The goals are to reduce the deer and tick populations but some residents, such as Mario Mason, were concerned with how they would determine those numbers.  “I have a problem that the measure of success of this program is to reduce the deer population," Mason said. "We don’t know what the deer population is, correct?” ... [deer density not correlated to Lyme Disease]

Are new deer regulations accomplishing management goals October 10, 2015 New York, Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
... Requiring bow benders to only take antlerless deer, though, was counterproductive. It just removed two weeks of hunting from some sportsmen’s calendars ... The bottom line is that hunters, if given the option to hunt antlerless only or take a chance at harvesting a buck or doe (or both), will pick the latter almost every time...

Hastings deer control project looks for long-term results October 9, 2015 New York, Journal News Media Group
... have tagged 30 or so does and injected them with a contraceptive vaccine that renders them infertile for at least two years... The program cost $13,724 in 2015, with much of that covering a one-time cost for field cameras ...

Deer control: Rye, Mamaroneck go back to drawing board October 9, 2015 New York, Journal News Media Group 
... Mamaroneck's mayor said he'll consider a non-lethal contraception program - if paid for through private fundraising... Local officials say they’re limited in options for their own programs because the village and city don’t own large swaths of land where hunting can take place...  members of Animal Defenders of Westchester ... opposes killing deer and favors a sterilization program...
 
Mystery Deer Species Shows Up In North Country October 8, 2015 New York, WWNY TV
... The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has been notified and a wildlife biologist will be working with the Tribe's Environmental Technicians on identifying the deer species...

Staten Island, City inches toward management plan for Staten Island's exploding deer population October 5, 2015 New York, SILive.com
... Hunting or relocating deer off Staten Island are both illegal.   ... Buck's Hollow got a $100,000 fence installation as part of the city's experiments with using barriers to keep deer out of plantings. Roughly 10 percent of forest restoration plantings have impacted by deer, according to 2015 inspection data cited by Drury in a letter to Oddo...

Village Of Lansing Steps Up Deer Population Management Program October 2, 2015 New York, The Lansing Star Online 
... Cornell University Department of Natural Resources' Dr. Bernd Blossey presented a proposal ... The idea is to forego the regular hunting season in favor of a  focused nuisance season that allows baiting the deer and night hunting... The Village program was established eight years ago...

It's that time when deer/motor vehicle accidents spike October 2, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard
...  the odds in New York State of a driver hitting a deer are 1 in 159. Compared with other states, New York is currently ranked 28th ... New York's figures went down ...

No deer hunting in the Rye Marshlands yet October 1, 2015 New York, The Journal News
... Westchester County won’t allow deer hunting at the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye despite the requests of city and Mamaroneck village government officials...

Meandering moose creates fanatical following in new Henderson home October 1, 2015 New York, WatertownDailyTimes.com
... “People have been intrigued by this moose since it came about,” said David A. Winters, a member of the Henderson Fish and Game Club, which nicknamed the moose and is tracking its movements on its website.  “This moose is very energetic and very personable.”  .. 

New York Data Hunting data.  About 680,000 deer in 2015 post-hunt, 880,000 pre-hunt. Down from 2014 from winter deer mortaility and fewer antlerless permits, down 20 to 30 percent in parts of the state to grow the herd.  About 750,000 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.  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 2015.  "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.  
     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 deer popultion rose to an estimated 450,000 in 1978 and 800,000 in 1988.  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.
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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
-  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