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DEC: East End Deer Take Holds Steady

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation releases 2011 deer intake numbers.

The numbers are in: The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has released deer harvest numbers, reporting that there was a steady deer take in 2011.

On the East End, 546 deer were harvested in East Hampton, 462 in Riverhead, 142 on Shelter Island, 641 in Southampton and 382 in Southold.

The numbers are up from 2010 in East Hampton, where 491 deer were harvested, and down in Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold.

In 2010, 493 deer were harvested in Riverhead, 189 on Shelter Island, 654 in Southampton and 394 in Southold.

Despite the lower overall number, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said in his address that he was proud of the town's evolving , which began in 2008. Participants in the town program harvested 163 deer and donated 101 to a food pantry, which feed dozens of East End families in 2011, the supervisor said.

Individuals can hunt deer on the East End, October through January, provided they have obtained a permit through the DEC.

According to Chip Hamilton, wildlife biologist for the DEC, the DEC has seen a steady increase in tag permits issued  — in 2010 1,300 tags were handed out. That number excludes nuisance permits that are given out to farmers.

There are about 200 nuisance permits handed out in Suffolk County each year, Hamilton said.

Hamilton said the rise in tags issued has a lot to do with the addition of locations to obtain the them; tags can now be obtained at town facilities in East Hampton, Shelter Island and Southold.

"We hope that Southampton will follow suit," he said.

Hamilton said there is no shortage of tags in Suffolk, which are managed by the number of kills the year before, because of its high deer population, which he said is starting to move westward because the size of the herd is expanding.

There are no accurate exact numbers on how many deer are on eastern Long Island, Hamilton said, though he added that the Village of East Hampton is working with the DEC on a project to count deer by using infrared cameras from the air.

BOB PALADIN March 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM
gee hunting deer with a scoped weapon should be outlawed such a sport like shoot ducks in a barrel...why dont we add some good old ddt to the water to kill off the ospreys hawks and owls lets put more fertilizer on our lawns to make them look green and the suffocate the fish in the bay...plant more ornamentals that wipe out the local plant sto while you are all at it. soon we will become COMMACK sterile and choked .....
Tom March 08, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Bob, do they actually hunt deer with scoped weapons in Southold? My understanding is that the hunters are only permitted to bow hunt, or use shotguns, neither of which use scopes.
Frank T March 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I think Bob prefers hand to hoof combat.
Barbara Nakelski March 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I just love the term "harvested". Takes away all the blood and violence done to these gentle animals...makes it almost seem acceptable. Barbara N.
forward thinking March 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I GUESS ALL "THEM" ARE VEG.' S EATERS - AND DONT EAT EGGS - I RATHER BE DEAD THAT A HEN EGG PRODUCER.... BUT THEN AGAIN THEIR HOUSES WERE NOT ON LAND THAT DEER NEED "MUST BE CLOUD HOMES.... .. LETS BLAME THE INDIANS THAT SOLD MANHATTAN ... TOM - SOME OF US NEED "SCOPES" AFTER ALL THE DEAR ARE SMALL AND MUST BE WITH IN 75 YRDS.... AND I CAN'T SEE LIKE I USED TO ... NOTHING LIKE A WINE SOAKED VENISON ON THE BBQ ....

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