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    04/15/2016 Believe it if you wish...or not.

    DEC Announces 2015 Deer Harvest Estimates
    Hunters harvested an estimated 202,973 deer during the 2015-16 hunting seasons, approximately 15% less than the prior year. The 2015 deer take included an estimated 103,401 antlerless deer and 99,572 antlered bucks. Statewide, this represents a 20.5% decline in antlerless deer harvest and an 8.3% decline in buck harvest from 2014. Over half of the bucks harvested in 2015 were aged 2.5 years and older, continuing a shift towards older bucks in the harvest. In most of the state, hunters are making this happen by their own voluntary decisions to pass up young, small-antlered bucks in favor of older deer.
    With the severe winter of 2014-15 and a reduction in the number of permits available for antlerless deer in most Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), a decline in deer harvest was anticipated. However, overall deer harvest was lower than expected, as hunting success was apparently also reduced by the unseasonably warm conditions and lack of snow during much of November and December. In fact, harvest reports were tracking on par with 2014 levels through early November, then started lagging behind 2014 once the regular firearms seasons began.
    As usual, deer harvests and populations vary considerably across the state, and in approximately 25% of New York, the 2015 harvest suggests that deer populations were unchanged or increased from prior years. Additionally, harvest data indicate that deer populations in portions of central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Lake Plains of western New York remain above desired levels and further population reduction is necessary.
    DEC’s 2015 Deer Harvest Summary report (PDF, 4.5MB) provides a suite of tables, charts, and maps detailing the deer harvest around the state.
    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 and calculating the total harvest from the reporting rate for each zone and tag type. A full report of the 2015-16 deer harvest, as well as past deer and bear harvest summaries, is available at Deer and Bear Harvests.

  • #2
    Lees than last year, I can see that. Spent 5 days in the woods, and saw nothing, there were 5 of us, no one took a shot. I think paying extra to hunt out of state is starting to look more and more like the way to go.
    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms."
    - James Madison


    • bigbore44
      bigbore44 commented
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      It's always a crap shoot Bobby, but I do understand your frustration. I have multiple trail cams out in the woods for months before the opener, and it helps, but is still in no way a guarantee to seeing OR shooting anything. Come opening day, and all bets are off!! lol.

  • #3
    Definitely has gotten worse.. Really think the Yotes are doing a bang up job of the herds upstate. No shortage of deer of Suffolk, and no yotes..
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    • #4
      Oh-yeah...absolutely. Delaware County has been pounded by the yotes for quite a few years now. Thankfully they haven't seemed to be as previlent up further north in Otsego where I am.