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Hunters encouraged to target older deer

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will not tighten antler restrictions on harvesting young male deer, but instead will encourage hunters to voluntarily pass them up in order to increase the number of more desirable older deer.

Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said that a multi-year study of buck deer management by the DEC and the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University determined that hunters prefer to take older bucks. The DEC plans to work with leading sportsmen’s groups across the state to educate hunters on deer management.

“DEC staff concluded that promoting voluntary restraint was appropriate, given the high level of hunter support for increased availability of older bucks,” Seggos said.