The total New York state deer take for 2014, released earlier this month, was 238,672, compared to 243,567 in 2013.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens said, “Regulated deer [take] reduces the negative impacts of deer on forests, communities and crop producers while also providing over 10 million pounds of high-quality local protein annually.”
In the Northern Zone, hunters took 29,075 deer, 16,727 of which were adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, 206,106 deer were taken, 90,702 of which were adult bucks. In Long Island (Suffolk County), 3,491 deer were taken, including 1,175 adult bucks.
The Deer Management Assistance Program take was 12,627, 342 higher than in 2013. The muzzleloader take increased from 14,970 in 2013 to 15,071 in 2014. Crossbow hunters took 5,535 deer, and youth hunters took 1,182, slightly less than the previous year’s 1,275.
It’s estimated 9,033 junior hunters participated in 2014 and took 618 adult bucks and 564 antlerless deer.
Bear hunt 2014
The 2014 black bear take statewide was 1,628 compared to last year’s 1,358 and showed increases in both zones. The Northern Zone increased from 380 in 2013 to 518 in 2014, the Southern Zone from 978 to 1,110.
“With bear hunting areas expanded throughout upstate New York and a special early season in portions of the Catskills and western Hudson Valley, hunters had unprecedented opportunity to pursue black bears this year,” Martens said.
“These were intentional management actions designed to limit bear population growth broadly and reduce the population in southeastern New York. We are pleased that hunters took advantage of the opportunities.”
The heaviest bear reported to the Department of Environmental Conservation dressed out at 646 pounds. It was taken in the Town of Wells, Hamilton County.
There was also a 613-pound dressed-out black bear taken in the Town of Jewett, Greene County. Three Ulster County bears dressed out between 500 and 550 pounds.
There were eight hunters who took two bears in 2014 by taking advantage of the final year when early bear seasons overlapped two license years.