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    New York environmental officials encouraging hunters to kill ‘exotic,’ non-native sika deer

    New York environmental officials encouraging hunters to kill ‘exotic,’ non-native sika deer

    Conservation officials in New York are hoping to locate an “exotic,” non-native species of the elk family that has reportedly been spotted in the central part of the state and may have potential to infect the native white-tailed deer population with a deadly disease.

    The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has purportedly received multiple trail camera photos of a male sika deer, a species of small elk that is native to Japan and Eastern Asia, New York Upstate reported. At least two separate sources have sent the photos to officials.

    One man interviewed by the publication, Jerry Grigonis, of Fulton, said he first noticed the deer on his trail camera in Granby, a small town in Oswego County, in November.

    The sika deer has not before been found in New York except for on a private hunting reserve on Long Island, New York Upstate reported, citing a 2003 report from Newsday. Other states where the sika deer can be found include Texas, Virginia and along the eastern shore of Maryland.

    Officials are concerned the sika deer could carry chronic wasting disease, “a fatal, neurological illness occurring in North American cervids (members of the deer family), including white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose,” according to the U.S. Geological Survey. If it does, there is potential that this species could spread the illness to the local white-tailed deer population.

    Licensed hunters are now being encouraged to kill sika deer — which typically weigh 70 to 90 pounds and have a white-spotted dark brown or black coat — if they come across one. The deer, which is not a protected species in New York, can then be tested for the disease.

    More details on the policy can be found here.

    #2
    "asking" has a funny habit of becoming law.
    Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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      #3
      Non protected species . Does this mean I can carry a centerfire rifle in the woods anytime upstate claiming I'm hunting silka deer ?

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        #4
        According to https://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdo...ader-shot.html

        “Sika deer are not a protected species in New York. Unprotected species may be taken at any time. A hunting license is required, though, to hunt unprotected wildlife with a bow, crossbow or firearm, according to the DEC.”

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          #5
          Originally posted by Waffen1974 View Post
          According to https://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdo...ader-shot.html

          “Sika deer are not a protected species in New York. Unprotected species may be taken at any time. A hunting license is required, though, to hunt unprotected wildlife with a bow, crossbow or firearm, according to the DEC.”
          Good luck being in the woods in the summer with a bow on LI!!
          I am not armed out of fear of who's in front of me.
          I am armed out of love of those behind me.

          Anyone who says money doesn't matter to them is either a FOOL or a LIAR or BOTH!

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            #6
            Just because nys wants them dead, I’m going to feed them viagra laced corn.

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              #7
              But but but offica, he lookeda sicka.

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                #8
                I can tell you that there is a heard of Sika deer in Suffolk and they are NOT on a private hunting reserve.

                I see them with my own eyes almost every night. At least 20 of them

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                  #9
                  I just talked with someone who shot one had a picture of it. As stated there are a bunch by Grumman i think he said?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by mickeyblueyes View Post
                    I just talked with someone who shot one had a picture of it. As stated there are a bunch by Grumman i think he said?
                    The herd I see is not anywhere near any of the Grumman properties

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                      #11
                      Where the fuck is there a HUNTING preserve on Long Island?

                      NM they talking about Ridge....
                      Last edited by Diesel1; 01-11-2019, 11:48 AM.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by LazyLab View Post
                        Just because nys wants them dead, I’m going to feed them viagra laced corn.
                        Early vote for post of the year

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Diesel1 View Post
                          Where the fuck is there a HUNTING preserve on Long Island?

                          NM they talking about Ridge....
                          Not sure about that since it says PRIVATE hunting reserve but who knows since they are wrong anyway about them being the only herd on LI.

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                            #14
                            There WAS a private preserve that had sika for hunting.

                            I heard 2 version:

                            1- A bad storm damaged the fence and the deer got out.

                            2- The owner died and the preserve fell into disrepair and the deer got out.
                            I am not armed out of fear of who's in front of me.
                            I am armed out of love of those behind me.

                            Anyone who says money doesn't matter to them is either a FOOL or a LIAR or BOTH!

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                              #15
                              If they want them dead, you should not have to buy a license.
                              NRA Life member

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