The NYS DEC has announced the opening of late season deer hunting in Central New York to address problems with deer populations. (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos says “it’s a great opportunity for hunters to fill their freezers, donate venison to the less fortunate and help bring ecosystems back into balance.”
From Jan. 13 to Jan. 31, there will be an antlerless deer season open in the Deer Management Focus Area (DMFA) in Tompkins County. To participate, hunters must register with the DMFA program and download a permit, tags, and a hunting activity log from the DMFA webpage. Registered hunters may take up to two antlerless deer per day using any hunting implement that is legal during any other deer season at the site where they are hunting.
For regulations, places to hunt, and more information, please visit the DEC’s website or contact the DEC Region 1 Wildlife Office at (631) 444-0310.
To learn more about the Venison Donation program, visit dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8351.html.