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— Maps from DEC Deer harvest Summary 2023

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is concerned that hunters are killing fewer  antlerless deer, that is, adult females and fawns of either sex. “Harvesting antlerless deer helps ensure deer populations remain in balance with available habitat and do not exceed levels of public acceptance that can lead to increased crop damage, deer-vehicle collisions, and other potentially negative deer-related impacts,” the DEC says.