Hunters in New York are reporting more deer in 2016 than in 2015. 

Through this past weekend, New York Hunters reported about 5% more deer taken during the southern zone regular season than through the same period in 2015.

Statewide and across all deer seasons, hunters have reported about 9% more deer than at this time in 2015.

With the Southern Zone Regular Season and all deer hunting in the Northern Zone ending this Sunday (12/11), many hunters will make a last push to secure some venison for their families during the next couple days.

If you're looking to extend your time afield, deer hunting opportunities continue in Westchester County until  December 31, 2016. In Suffolk County until January 31, 2017.

Remember the basics of hunter safety while you're out there:

  • Assume every gun is loaded
  • Control the muzzle. Point your gun in a safe direction
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
  • Be sure of your target and beyond
  • Wear hunting orange