ALBANY – New York State deer hunters harvested 12 percent more deer this season than the season before, according to statistics from the Department of Environmental Conservation.
And once again, more deer were taken in Chautauqua County than any other county in the state.
State hunters harvested 227,787 deer, up from 203,427 the prior season and above the five-year average of 220,340.
Chautauqua County had the highest deer take this season, with 9,944 deer taken. Cattaraugus County also had one of the higher takes in the state, with 8,382 deer harvested.
“Hunting benefits all New Yorkers by reducing negative impacts of deer on forests, agricultural crops and communities, while contributing an estimated $690 million to the state’s economy through hunting-related expenses and license purchases, which helps support conservation and resource management efforts at DEC,” Commissioner Basil Seggos said.