• A summary of the season’s deer take can be found online at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/90368.html.
• The full report is available at www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/2012deerrpt.pdf.
CAPITAL REGION New York hunters killed 14,598 more deer during the recent big game season than they did last year, a 6.4 percent increase, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported Friday.
The DEC announced final tallies from the 2012-13 hunting season, which depict a healthy increase in the Northern Zone’s deer population, primarily in the Adirondacks.
In a news release, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens attributed the increased deer take to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“Deer hunting is a long-standing tradition in New York, providing shared recreation and a valuable source of food for many families,” he said. “Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative expands hunting opportunities statewide for sportsmen and sportswomen for the growing population of deer. This past year’s deer take reflects these efforts as well as deer population growth throughout much of the state.”
The 2012-13 season marked the first time the state held a Youth Deer Hunt for 14- and 15-year-olds. The 7,800 junior hunters accompanied by licensed adults bagged 1,411 deer, according to the DEC.
Other details in the report:
• Statewide, hunters killed a total of 242,957 deer. The biggest parts of that take were adult bucks (118,993) and adult does (86,644).
• Hunters in the Capital Region found the greatest number of deer in Saratoga County — 3,399. Total deer take in other counties include: Schoharie, 2,713; Albany, 2,389; Montgomery, 1,391; Fulton, 1,031; and Schenectady, 662.
• Capital Region deer take numbers are dwarfed by western New York counties, where the greatest number of deer are taken. These counties include Yates, Wyoming, Genesee, Cayuga and Ontario, according to the DEC. The total in Wyoming County, for example, was 8,626.