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Southold Deer Meat Draws Hungry Families and Butchers

Southold Town deer-management program coordinator says many people have traveled to the town's Peconic deer refrigerator to take advantage of free venison meat this year.

Since Oct. 1, hunters have killed 118 deer in the third year of Southold Town’s which will end Dec. 31.

And though the number of deer is smaller than last year’s so far, demand for the venison produced has increased, as has interest in processing the meat, says Jeff Standish, coordinator of the deer-management program.

At Southold Town Board’s work session on Tuesday, Standish passed around a picture of a man who had driven from miles west on Long Island in order to pick up a deer from the town. He put the carcass in the back seat of his car.

“This is a good indication that the program is well-received,” said Southold Town Councilman Vincent Orlando.

Standish added that two local butchers have reached out to him during the last two weeks with interest in helping to process meat as the program moves forward. Council man Al Krupski said that though he was enthused about creating an affordable food source, he said that the program is probably not making a dent in herd reduction.

“We have to start looking into creating incentives for hunters — paying for arrows and such,” he said. “We’re not meeting our goals.”

Standish explained that once the deer know that hunters are in the area, they know how to get out of those 14 parcels of town land that have been set aside as hunting grounds. Standish and land preservation specialist Laura Klahre said they will continue to work with Suffolk County to get

BOB GHOSIO JR. December 07, 2011 at 01:12 AM
I, for one, am proud that our town cares enough to have invested in refrigerated storage to provide this venison for food rather than letting it go to waste. I have also arranged for hunters to provide venison for my church's food pantry and believe me, it is always well received.
Ellen Shields December 07, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Since hunters hunt for the thrill of the kill and wouldn't touch deer meat with a ten foot pole they push it off on the poor and needy. The truth is that deer meat is not USDA regulated, certified and inspected and is not grown in a "contolled" invironment under strict guidlines designed to protect the puplic. Deer meat contains infected prions which causes Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal form of brain degeneration. Cooking the meat does not eliminate the risk of conrtacting CWD!
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 07, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Chris Cvac Colletti said on Facebook: "Glad to see (and know) that the deer meat isn't going to waste and that some people less fortunate can have some food for their tables!"
BOB GHOSIO JR. December 08, 2011 at 02:54 AM
Such a kill joy. I am not a hunter but most I know DO eat the venison. Making yummy jerky, sausage and roasts. And no one I know eats the lymph nodes, spine, eyes, brain or tonsils of the deer where the prions reside. (see below) "Although there have been reports in the popular press of humans being affected by CWD, a study by the CDC suggests that "[m]ore epidemiologic and laboratory studies are needed to monitor the possibility of such transmissions."[2] The epidemiological study further concludes that, "[a]s a precaution, hunters should avoid eating deer and elk tissues known to harbor the CWD agent (e.g., brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils, lymph nodes) from areas where CWD has been identified."[2] ^ a b Belay, E.D.; Maddox, R.A.; Williams, E.S.; Miller, M.W.; Gambetti, P.; Schonberger, L.B. (June 2004). "Chronic Wasting Disease and Potential Transmission to Humans". Emerging Infectious Diseases (CDC) 10 (6): 977–984. PMID 15207045. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
Concerned December 08, 2011 at 01:59 PM
We catch fish and eat it, and its not USDA inspected. In europe venison is a normal item in restaurants. I am not a hunter but we need hunting of deer to reduce the overwhelming herd. Many hunters eat the deer that they kill. Its also great that they give to the foodbanks.
BOB PALADIN December 08, 2011 at 03:50 PM
when all the deer are gone and the wild becomes the norm and we are 'Commack' who will come out here and stay.. the tourists for the wine? If we do not put in more housing controlled growth and stop planting ornamentals to make them look pretty [ deer desert] the population will balance off... btw some idiot hunters opened up w shotguns near me yesterday while i was walking my large dogs on the Bay Blvd in laurel if they had high powered rifles would i would have been on their spit?
Concerned December 08, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Deer will not be gone. They breed and migrate and adapt extremely well. In a balanced environment we would have deer's natural preditors such as bob cats and wolves. We do not have those preditors. They must be hunted 12 months a year
BOB PALADIN December 08, 2011 at 06:01 PM
why exterminate them 12 months a year 'give me a break' maybe we should harvest scallops too until there are none left too. the deer are like the scallops a great resource who cant hide from predators anymore.. 'the trouble ' concerned' is not in the stars but in ourselves' paraphrase from hamlet.. btw there are coyotes here i have tracked them this fall..they are vermin and need to be exterminated why not hunt them 12 months a year.. the reason is the deer are TAME and the coyotes are not. there is no honor in a deer kill with a high powered rifle and less with a handgun or the shotguns i hear near my home...go after the coyotes they are real and a menace
Concerned December 08, 2011 at 06:08 PM
I am not surprised to hear of the coyotes return, they will kill deer, so the deer hunt can be limited to say 6 months. The coyotes will flourish because of the plentiful food source. They will kill cats and dogs, and people will have to be careful with young children. The coyotes are here because of the deer population is out of control.
BOB PALADIN December 08, 2011 at 06:08 PM
btw i own a great pyr mountain dog and a blue tick coon hound both are natural predators of coyote the blue tick has found their den on this side of the peconic bay i no longer wonder what happened to the racoons and other land creatures that used to be near me . last month we found a chewed turtle shell and the teeth marks were canine type.my point is ...the deer have predators you just don't see them
BOB PALADIN December 08, 2011 at 06:16 PM
and now that the CITYOTS have fled one in particular on peconic bay blvd fed stray cats all summer.. now i see the cats huddled in the cold at their front door hoping for a scrap of food. should we hunt stray cats too.. i for one think it would be kinder...
steve koudakis October 14, 2012 at 07:31 PM
steve koudakis i am a 43 year old man who has been bowhunting since 14 i follow all rule and respect others . i would love the opportunity to hunt and donate deer meat to the neady
steve koudakis October 14, 2012 at 07:35 PM
if anybody has land and would allow please leave comment
BOB PALADIN October 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
steve i have a fred bear recurve bow with a 50 lb pull. its sporting where the deer have a fair chance.. compound bows are too easy sure i like hunting with my old M30 or M40 after you are dead you hear the shot from many miles away but thats reserved for varmints i wish someone would come to PBB and harvest the animal its going to waste and I wont dress it
nel chavez January 26, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Where can I buy some venison meat? Chavez
Art Binder December 30, 2013 at 08:18 AM
"Since hunters hunt for the thrill of the kill and wouldn't touch deer meat with a ten foot pole they push it off on the poor and needy. "... Ellen..., the only thing you're accomplishing with ridiculous statements ... is making a fool of yourself. Before you dig your own hole any deeper...get educated about hunting, the people, and the benefits to the environment and more important to the degree of conservation. And while you're at it...i'd skip that porterhouse steak on your dinner menu tonight, after all... someone had to kill it as you state..."for the fun of it".

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