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DEC: Deer Take Up in East Hampton

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation releases 2011 deer intake numbers.

The numbers are in: The New York Department of Environmental Conservation reported the number of deer harvests in East Hampton was up in 2011.

On the East End, 546 deer were harvested in East Hampton, 462 in Riverhead, 142 on Shelter Island, 641 in Southampton and 382 in Southold.

The numbers are up from 2010 in East Hampton, where 491 deer were harvested, but down in Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold.

In 2010, 493 deer were harvested in Riverhead, 189 on Shelter Island, 654 in Southampton and 394 in Southold.

Individuals can hunt deer on the East End, October through January, provided they have obtained a permit through the DEC.

According to Chip Hamilton, wildlife biologist for the DEC, the DEC has seen a steady increase in tag permits issued  — in 2010 1,300 tags were handed out. That number excludes nuisance permits that are given out to farmers.

There are about 200 nuisance permits handed out in Suffolk County each year, Hamilton said.

Hamilton said the rise in tags issued has a lot to do with the addition of locations to obtain the them; tags can now be obtained at town facilities in East Hampton, Shelter Island and Southold.

"We hope that Southampton will follow suit," he said.

Hamilton said there is no shortage of tags in Suffolk, which are managed by the number of kills the year before, because of its high deer population, which he said is starting to move westward because the size of the herd is expanding.

There are no accurate exact numbers on how many deer are on eastern Long Island, Hamilton said, though he added that the Village of East Hampton is working with the DEC on a project to count deer by using infrared cameras from the air.

Mauro Filicori March 06, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I am not pro or against deer hunting, but I found it amazing that over 1,300 deer were killed in the South Fork, including Shelter Island, and that I never heard a shot during my daily wandering around Amagansett or read reports of any hunting accidents. Not the same case in Italy or France where the not hunting "civilians" have to wear red or orange vests in their outdoor activities and making it look like everybody is working for their town's Highway Department.
Deborah Klughers March 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
The method of harvest for deer between October 1 and December 31 is bow and arrow. That could explain not hearing guns during that time. Even so, there is hunting for other species with guns at that time...
todd March 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Remember the Deer Summitt of 2-3 years ago? Nothing came of it. Controlling the deer will save me and every other taxpayer more than the $20 the town board boasted of last year.
PJ Delia March 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
So much bloodshed. What are these nuisance permits?
Erica Jackson (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
PJ Delia, According to the DEC, "The licensee is permitted to take, temporarily possess, transport, and release wildlife, at any time whenever the wildlife becomes a nuisance, destroys property, or menaces an individual or domestic animal." You can find out more here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/28635.html
Chris Pi September 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Deer problems! Looking for my help. I would like to help/hunt anywhere in suffolk county that is overpopulated with deer.I would meet with you any time for discussion. I have all the paperwork that will protect the landowners from any liabilities. With this paperwork there is no liability to the landowner. Please feel free to e-mail me at deer_deer@aol.com Thanks you can contact me anytime Chris.
John F August 09, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Hello, I have found numerous articles about the deer nuisance on the east end of long Island including East Hampton. I am a professional and licensed bow hunter with over 25 years of experience on the east end of Long Island. I have several associates who have similar credentials. Together we have helped numerous property owners greatly reduce their deer nuisance problem. We treat the property as if it were our own and leave it the way we found it. We are very responsible and ethical. I would like to discuss this further to assist property owners. My cell is 516-313-6325 The email is jforsyt1@verizon.net Thanks, John Forsyth
PJ Delia August 10, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Deer are lovely creatures. not a nuisance. YOu, Chris and John are bloodthirsty people who take pleasure from killing
John F August 12, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Okay, let's stop the name calling and deal with some facts. First of all there are more deer per square mile in suffolk county than in any other part of New York State. The reason? In upstate NY there are coyotes and black bear which are natural predators to the whitetail population. The DEC has a well managed program. They will only issue a certain amont of doe permits in these upstate WMU's (wildlife management units) because the natural predators are already "checking" in the whitetail population. The deer in suffolk county are way over populated. There are no natural predators. They either starve to death in the winter or they wind up in road acidents where they have maimed and killed drivers every year. Then there is the issue of lyme disease and property damage. Many of the towns and villages on the east end have been convening special committees and meetings to find ways to reduce the deer nuisance problem. Lyme disease has grown exponentially in recent years on Long Island. Hownowners have seen millions of dollars in expensive landscaping destroyed by the deer herd which again is out of control. A deer herd left unchecked will double in size every two to three years! That is a staggering reality. Bowhunters have been in the vanguard of assisting the people on eastern Long Island to help manage the population. But unfortunately there are not enough of us. Every year thousands of pounds of venison is donated to food pantries and veteran related food pantries. Venison is fat free, growth hormone free, and steroid free unlike the beef that people buy in the supermarkets. It is very healthy and in every way superior to beef. I have not eaten beef in years. And by the way hunting IS conservation. You have to take the emotion out of it and start educating yourself about how hunting helps wildlife management.

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