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More Hunters Pass On Young, Small-Antlered Bucks

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released its deer hunting end of the season report.

Hunters harvested nearly 202,973 white-tailed deer, down 15% from  the total take in 2014.

As part of the report, conservation officers noticed that hunters are passing on young small-antlered bucks in favor of older deer. The antlerless deer take was down 20-percent from a year ago.

In Cortland County, the harvest totaled 2,616, including 1,249 bucks.

Hunters in the town of Homer had the highest total harvest, at 278, and Truxton hunters took the most adult bucks at 140.

Other points from the report: When measured by the take, November 22 was the best day for hunting in the Southern Zone, where we are.

Bowhunters did well November 3 and 16.

The harvest from young hunters aged 14 and 15 put Cortland County among the leaders during the special mentoring weekend last October.

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