Grade Breakdown by Resident and Nonresident
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Flying Dog (resident)
Typical year. 25 days bow hunting seeing 0-10 deer per day with 90% of bucks being yearlings.
I see plenty of deer every season, and never fail to harvest at least one, and often more than one.
Been hunting in NY for 32 years. 2017 was by far the worst season for buck sightings. Gun season is way too long. Lots of Coyotes.
Peter Contendo (resident)
DEC is not working for interest of hunters in our state. Its been at least six years of very low deer numbers ... coyotes and "doe permits" have reduced then herd to less than a third.
Salvatore Pezzolla (resident)
Saw three 3 year old bucks this year, a handful of 2 year olds and tons of spikes and button bucks. On average would see 15 does to 1 buck even while hunting thick cover and bedding areas
I saw more and better bucks, and saw them throughout the season. Typically if I didn't get a buck during bow season, I'd be out of luck. Change of owner of adjacent land may have helped
Jim Elwell (resident)
Private land owners are doing a better job of quality deer management than the nydec.
Very low and young buck numbers. 7 Week gun season kills everything.
The bucks I saw were of good quality, see few deer on trips out in the woods, management seems to be run by the insurance companies. Kill them all mentality less claims to pay.
Stephen D. Smith (resident)
WMU's need to have boundaries reshaped. More education on what bucks to shoot vs. letting pass
No program in place to protect young bucks. Too eager to grant nuisance tags without hunters helping out.
Wayne Beilman (resident)
Too long of a firearms season ,poor buck survival ,soft on poachers, ignores surveys that show majority of hunters favor QDM.
dave eder (resident)
My cameras showed more deer than ever before and more P&Y deer than ever before
Mike Prete (nonresident)
Too many does. Very few permits allotted. Positive us you see a ton of deer. Negative buck quality is terrible
People have to know how to get the older deer out of the herd and let the young ones go
Lauri T (resident)
After hunting all season 2017 I may have to take next season off. Just not worth the time and effort.
John Davendonis (resident)
NY is one of the last states to initiate quality guidelines. There’s a lot of deer and a lot of hunters but not many truly understand even the basics of a healthy deer herd.
Scott Overholt (resident)
Gun season is to early and to long.
DEC is guided by politics not science. Antler restrictions should be a personal choice.
GARY L ALFORD (resident)
Buck to doe ratio is off. The seasons are too long, people do not report their harvest & over kill, DMU permits should only go to residence or property tax owners that would fit land owner specs.
DEC is trying their best to eliminate the deer from Long Island. Not what it used to be.
Tim Bishop (resident)
My needs a point restrictions and shorter seasons so deer are able to grow older,most bucks in ny are 1 and a half year olds
Jim hines (resident)
Mismanaged deer program and gun season way to long
Eric Hastings (nonresident)
High quality bucks and good buck to doe ratio. Herd numbers seem low and the Dec really doesn't do anything for herd management.
Daniel cella (resident)
I see deer every time I hunt, bow season is amazing and rifle just sucks completely, the. Muzzleloader is good, if there snow
Mike Wolfe (nonresident)
More deer than Pa.
John frogging wayne (resident)
Amish kill too many deer and aren’t regulated
Bob Denny (resident)
Shot by biggest buck ever but saw way less total than normal
Andy Johnson (resident)
The control of the deer heard needs to follow modern day management practices. The control needs to be turned over to the dec. not the state legislature. The Conservation council needs more imput.
Blake Davis (resident)
Age us improving. I have ample deer , even on my public ground. Hunters policing themselves is far more effective than mandates.....it is working.
Oak Duke (resident)
We are living in the good old days of deer hunting in Western NY.
We have plenty of deer in certain areas and few in others, The state has to do a better job of taking a census of the deer population through out the state!
Tim Brown (resident)
I’ve been hunting since I was 13. I am now 51 and I would say that the quantity and quality has to be as low as I’ve seen it in 6f and 6j
many solid deer where i hunt but not the same statewide
N.Y. needs to find a way to protect 1&1/2 yr old bucks and cut down on doe population. 1 buck per year regardless of weapon of choice.
Craig Semrau (resident)
It comes down to certain areas being really good & others being poor. The state DEC needs to do a better job of drilling down into more specific areas. Do more micro managing. On private land it's go
Saw plenty of deer, but limited antlers. Took a 4-pointer and a doe this season. I’m happy.
Kyle kirk (resident)
John Ruchar (resident)
Too many does in my unit, gives the coyotes too many buck fawns to chew on.
Deer herd is way down in area 3H. Very little or no DMP's. Yet speaking with other so called hunters they are getting tag from surround areas and using them in 3h. Don' be so quick to blame the DEC,
I do manage to see more deer in NY than I do in my home state of MA...however, I do see and get pics of more less mature deer. I see quite a few more does.
Bruce S (resident)
Buck quality is slowly getting better.
Ace of Spades (resident)
Haven’t seen as many nice bucks the last few years (120”+) and deer numbers are down. DEC has been publicly making pleas for hunters to not shoot smaller bucks yet rifle falls in rut.
Bobby Kowalski (resident)
They lock all the land down on the bowhunters. They want to get rid all the deer on Long Island but keep our hands tied.
Patrick Mosko (resident)
NY does not try to manage the deer heard. Due to the DEC being understaffed, underfunded. Poaching runs wild. Average deer killed is 1.5 yrs. To many tags. Rifle season is to long but N has potential
Ed. L (nonresident)
in 4o, very few deer. 3 weeks of rifle hunting , few doe tags, non-resident- none. 1 week of inline ml, gun tag becomes either sex, ml tag is either sex, doe slaughter in ML. Herd can't bounce back
Got two nice 8’s and a doe. Saw over 100 deer.
Matthew wood (resident)
Good bucks and does every year.
bow shot (resident)
DEC allows farmers to shoot deer all summer (nuisance permits). I've been hunting my area 35 years, and know how to assign weight to the variables... it's out of control.
I keep track of buck sightings,this year 37. Mostly young bucks ,shot a six pt.during rifle.Saw a monster during late MZ season(have trail cam pics)
Brian Yetter (resident)
didn't see any bucks during the season and very few does.
Salvatore Giannino (resident)
3-1.5 year old bucks are considered trophy due to lack of deer quality, went from seeing 40 deer in a field a night to maybe 4-5 in a span of 10 years, to long of a rifle season, to many tags given
Mike Grober (resident)
Alot of deer. No big bucks in 35+ hours of the week hunting.
Ron Cammarata (resident)
AR in areas in the southern zone have put 3 1/2 yr old deer in areas they were rare Hunter Participation sling w landowners who have passed on 2 1/2 yr old deer Rifle/muzzleloader season way to long
More NZ gun hunters voluntarily passing yearling bucks. But, still need some sort of mandate to protect yearling bucks. Winter feeding ban needs to be lifted.
Mark VanHorne (resident)
I believe NY is average.
Ralph Silano (resident)
I hunted almost 3 months and only saw 2 does. Nothing else. I have been hunting for 40 years in NY and this is the worse I have ever seen it.
Craig Giancola (resident)
Thank goodness hunters are starting to pass on young bucks. The state is doing nothing to improve the hunting experience.
Jan Brown (resident)
Getting better all the time seeing more deer. Larger body size is noted! More shooter bucks all season long!
Michael Yacopino (resident)
There should be Antler restrictions (like P.A.did years ago). I have seen populations dwindle every year. NO DOE permits for at least 5 years. Longer predator trapping season.
Paul M. Romanych (resident)
Deer numbers down. Over 80 hours in woods, both public and private land to see only 2 mature shooters. 2 buck tags, no ARs in most of the state, long seasons, this "management" is a joke.
Ken Skibinski (resident)
Southern zone archery was a bust. No large bucks on camera, saw several coyotes.
only see 2.5 yo deer and very few older
Ryan B (resident)
Too many doe permits. Too many secret nuisance permits. Slaps on tge wrist for poachers. As there are fewer deer seen, the percentage of does shot will increase as a percentage of total deer. no win
Fred W (nonresident)
NY is the joke of the deer management community. They don't care about the herd, they only care about appeasing a mob.
Northern Zone Hunter (resident)
NY Is the worst. No clue what they are doing. Coyotes running rampant and they still have a short coyote season. Winter is bad and they let guys shoot 2 bucks. Big survey and nothing changed. Lost.
James Fowles (resident)
Insanely long regular season during the rut. Two buck tags in NY is a huge detriment to quality and quantities of bucks.
Poorly managed state in my opinion. Too many buck tags and gun season is too many days and too continuous . Could be more 4+ yr old bucks if changes were made.
NY State does a good job of controlling doe numbers in the zone I hunt.
Better deer quantity than Mass, my home state. 150ft setback allows more areas to be hunted. Regulations are too varied by hunting area.
Zero mature bucks with 115 hours on stand. Usually see multiple each season. Only young deer this year.
Jim Anders (resident)
Public land versus private land. Antler restrictions are working but access to good land is tremendously difficult to obtain.
T Mac (resident)
Too many does in my area but makes for target rich environment
T Mac (resident)
Too many does in my area but makes for target rich environment
Pat Lefemine (nonresident)
NY has good potential but their deer management program is a mess. Way too much pandering to traditional rifle hunters and virtually no attempt to control predators. A real mess.