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New York State DEC adopts deer management plan

Plan will guide deer management for five years

Editor John Gereau poses with a buck from a previous hunting season.

Editor John Gereau poses with a buck from a previous hunting season.

— DEC is committing to implementing a youth deer hunting opportunity. Details related to timing and structure of a youth hunt have been removed from the plan so as to allow continued discussion to identify the most appropriate option; and

DEC clarified that a special antlerless-only season for muzzleloader hunters will only occur as the 3rd phase of a multi-phase process, and only in WMUs where additional doe harvest is needed.

DEC intends to begin implementing strategies of the deer plan immediately. While many strategies will take several years to develop, DEC expects to begin rulemaking to implement a number of hunting-related aspects of this plan prior to the 2012-13 hunting seasons, including:

•Establishing a youth deer hunt;

•Starting the Southern Zone bow season Oct. 1;

•Allowing DMPs to be used during the bow and early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone; and

•Expanding mandatory antler restrictions into 7 WMUs in southeastern New York.

DEC strives to provide a deer management program that balances diverse public interests and values with the biological needs and ecological relationships of deer, for the benefit of New York’s white-tailed deer herd and the people of New York.

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