Every year, DEC wildlife biologists compile Deer Season Forecasts for each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) which help hunters plan hunts and keep up with what is happening with deer hunting in their area.
Across the state, deer hunting has been changing, with more hunters voluntarily choosing to Let Young Bucks Go and Watch Them Grow.
In 2019, for the first time, harvest of 2.5-year-old bucks exceeded that of yearling bucks. That’s good news for New York hunters and their families, because the average 2-year old buck generally yields 25-30% more meat and carries antlers twice as large as the average yearling. Just letting bucks age to 2.5 years old pays dividends.
Photo of recent deer takes graph provided by DEC.