New York State hunters have been more successful in 2017 than last year through the first several weeks of big game seasons, according to information released by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Early reports from New York hunters through December 3 show that hunters reported taking approximately 18% more deer in the Northern Zone and 14% more deer in the Southern Zone (including Cortland County) compared to the same period in 2016.
Through the third weekend of the Southern Zone regular big game season, hunters reported 69,550 deer in 2017, compared to 61,184 through the same period in 2016.
Similarly for the Northern Zone, hunters have reported11,349 deer in 2017, compared to 9,417 deer in 2016.
For bears, hunters have reported taking 814 bears so far in the Southern Zone, compared to 775 taken at this point in 2016, but harvest is lagging in the Northern Zone with only 291 bears reported in 2017, compared to 450 bears at this point in 2016.
DEC also observed a slight increase in reporting via the web and wildlife app in 2017 compared to 2016.
A final tally of the seasons’ deer and bear harvests will be compiled and released early in 2018.