Deer season amendment proposed

Staff reports
The Chronicle Express

To promote the management of the wildlife in New York State and maintain desirable wildlife species in ecological balance, while observing sound management practices, the N.Y. State DEC has proposed amending deer season to provide additional opportunities for deer hunters and their families. The proposed amendment would create a second portion of the late bow and muzzleloading deer seasons in the Southern Zone by adding the holiday week of Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

Regular & bowhunting deer seasons.

During the Christmas to New Year holiday week families gather, many people are off from work, and students are on school break. This provides time for families to hunt together, share memories and make new ones, and gather venison for the next year. This new opportunity is consistent with the department’s efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate New York hunters.

The additional season is proposed for the Southern Zone only because in many years and in many parts of the Northern Zone deer may already be moving to wintering areas by Christmas. Hunting seasons that occur when deer are migrating or already concentrated on wintering areas can result in over harvest.

“Expanding opportunities for hunting and fishing are top priorities for DEC,” stated the agency’s press office, “and we were excited to see the interest this proposed extension of the late bow and muzzleloader season generated.  With thousands of comments provided by stakeholders, DEC is in the process of evaluating the comments received before taking further action regarding this proposal and we will continue to keep interested stakeholders apprised of any changes to the 2020-2021 hunting season.”