March 6, 2009
Buck Harvest Increased 23 Percent in Oswego County During 2008 Season
Zack Jadus and his proud grandfather, Paul Cooper, with a 14-point buck taken in November 2008 in the town of Oswego. Zack took this trophy just four days after his 14th birthday.
Mike Lavenia with a 15-point buck taken in Redfield. Mike’s trophy is one of the 2,300 bucks taken last fall in Oswego County. (Photo courtesy of Troy Creasy.)
OSWEGO, NY - Oswego County is well-known as a world-class fishing destination, but hunters proved last fall that the county’s pristine environment makes it an ideal location for deer hunting as well.
Hunters harvested 2,349 bucks and 4,347 antlerless deer in Oswego County during the 2008 season, a 27 percent increase over the previous season, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s annual deer harvest report.
Statistics released this week by DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis show that the number of adult bucks harvested in 2008 increased nearly 23 percent over 2007 in Oswego County; while the antlerless deer harvest in Oswego County increased 29 percent over 2007.
“The increases in adult buck and antlerless deer are well over the statewide averages of 1 and 2 percent,” said David Turner, director of the county’s Community Development, Tourism and Planning Department. “Oswego County’s world-class fishery is well-established. The DEC numbers attest to the great opportunities that hunters also enjoy in Oswego County.”
Located on the southeastern edge of Lake Ontario, Oswego County contains 17 state forest and wildlife management areas with 40,000 acres of public hunting lands, making it ideal habitat for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and other small game.
Turner said several towns across the county produced more than 100 bucks during the 2008 deer season. Leading the way is Redfield on the Tug Hill with 222; followed by Sandy Creek, 192; Richland, 188; Granby, 147; Orwell, 136; Hannibal, 130; Town of Oswego, 128; Parish, 127; Williamstown, 125; Constantia, 108; Albion, 107; and Hastings, 106. 389 antlerless deer were taken in the town of Richland; followed by the towns of Sandy Creek, 373; Redfield, 316; Williamstown, 238; Granby, 228; Hannibal, 227; Constantia, 223; Parish, 214; and West Monroe 207.
Statewide, DEC records show that buck takes grew by 1 percent over 2007 (104,451) and 10 percent over 2006 (96,569). Antlerless deer takes grew by 2 percent over 2007 (114,690) and 26 percent over 2006 (92,539).
According to the DEC, deer harvest numbers across New York State increased slightly in every category -- bucks, antlerless deer, muzzleloading and bowhunting. However, the increases were smaller than the 5 to10 percent increase DEC projected, largely due to weather.
“Rough weather during the first week of the Southern Zone regular season seems to have kept overall take below expectations,” Commissioner Grannis said, explaining that steady growth of the deer population in the Southern Zone fueled predictions of a larger harvest.
Deer-harvest data are gathered from two main sources: harvest reports by hunters and DEC staff’s examination of harvested deer at check stations and meat processors. Statewide harvest estimates are made by cross-referencing these sources and are statistically accurate to within plus or minus 2 percent. The statewide 2008 deer take included 105,747 bucks and 117,232 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns).
The DEC’s annual deer harvest report also showed that more than 15,000 14- and 15-year-olds signed up for the new “Junior Big-Game License” and that researchers detected no cases of Chronic Wasting Disease.
For a breakdown by wildlife management unit and additional information on the DEC deer harvest reports, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42232.html. For visitor information and outdoor recreation activities in Oswego County, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com, or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).
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