Final numbers on the 2011 deer tally will not be made available to the public until February, Reed said.
Reed attributed the lackluster deer take in the northern zone to a handful of factors, including milder than average fall temperatures combined with ample feed, keeping deer movement to a minimum.
He also said the region has experienced larger than normal snow totals in four of the last five winters, inhibiting deer travel and making it difficult for them to reach food sources, increasing winter mortality.
“Fawns are the first to go, because of their size and lack of fat reserve compared to adult deer,” Reed said.
“We haven’t witnessed any really large die-offs, but a few deer here and there starts to add up in the northern zone.”
The 2010 and previous year’s deer harvest by county, town, and wildlife management unit are available at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42232.html on the DEC website.
John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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