Hunters bag record number of bears
Mar 02, 2012 12:02 am
New York hunters killed more than 228,350 deer and 1,250 bears during the 2011 hunting seasons, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens. Outside of the Adirondack region the 2011 bear total set new records, substantially exceeding previous record takes in central and western New York. In contrast, the bear take in the Adirondack region dropped to a level not seen since 1998. In 2011, hunters took slightly more than 118,350 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and just over 110,000 adult male deer (bucks). In the northern zone, the buck take (about 15,900) was essentially unchanged from 2010, though the antlerless harvest (about 10,900) was down about 13 percent from last year. In the southern zone, excluding Long Island but including the WGXC listening area, the adult buck take (about 93,100) increased nearly four percent over last year while the antlerless harvest (about 105,400) decreased by three percent. For more information, see the DEC's website.