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NYS buck harvest sees increase

Joseph Abraham - Co-editor
Posted 4/6/20

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently released 2019 deer harvest statistics, revealing that an estimated 224,190 deer were taken.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently released 2019 deer harvest statistics, revealing that an estimated 224,190 deer were taken.

According to the DEC, the 2019 estimated deer take includes 103,787 antlerless deer and 120,403 antlered bucks, representing a nine percent decrease statewide in antlerless harvest and a six percent increase in buck harvest from the last season. Regionally, hunters took 30,236 deer in the Northern Zone and 193,954 deer in the Southern Zone.

Across the state, hunters continued to voluntarily pass up young bucks.

The portion of yearlings (1.5 years old) in the adult buck harvest dropped to 37 percent, the lowest level ever, and for the first time, harvest of 2.5-year-old bucks (41 percent) exceeded that of yearling bucks, demonstrating that New York hunters are adhering to the DEC campaign, Let Young Bucks Go and Watch Them Grow.

The DEC said that the 2019 season proved favorable for bowhunters, with an 18 percent increase in bow takes from 2018. The regular and muzzleloader deer take represented a six percent drop.

In Sullivan County, a total of 4,467 deer were taken, with 2,832 of them classifying as adults.

Here's the breakdown by town….

Town Adult Total

Bethel 324 571

Callicoon 287 483

Liberty 310 465

Neversink 227 440

Mamakating 214 327

Rockland 225 316

Fallsburg 206 316

Cochecton 191 309

Delaware 139 273

Fremont 167 244

Thompson 170 227

Tusten 140 196

Highland 92 136

Lumberland 73 83

Forestburgh 67 81

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