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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

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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