Monday, February 25, 2008

NEW YORK NEWS: 2007 Deer Harvest Up 16% Over 2006

The state's hunters harvested about 220,000 deer during the 2007 season, a 16 percent increase over the previous season, said Pete Grannis, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation this week.

Speaking before a group of outdoor writers at a luncheon meeting Wednesday in Albany, Grannis said numbers rose in every deer hunting category the DEC tracks: bucks, antlerless deer (females and young males), takes by muzzleloaders and takes by bowhunters.

At the same time, he noted, the number of hunter-related shooting accidents hit a record low, 14, although there were five fatalities. Also, researchers detected no cases of Chronic Wasting Disease during the season, despite testing nearly 7,500 deer.


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