Whitetail deer harvest numbers are up in New York state and opportunities still remain to get venison in the late season.
There has been around a 9 percent increase in the whitetail harvest throughout New York says the Department of Environmental Conservation in it’s bulletin release.
Even with the hunting ending in the Northern Zone 11 December, and bow and muzzleloader only in the southern zone, hunters are still expected to harvest another 15,000 to 20,000 deer.
For those hunters who have not bagged a deer yet the late muzzleloader and bow dates run from December 12-20; and some opportunities will continue until December 31 in Westchester County and Tompkins County in January 14-31 as part of a deer management focus area.
By the end of the regular season, approximately 97-98% of the harvest was complete in the north and 88-89% in the southern zone. Late season usually sees more does taken than bucks as hunters wish to get venison into the freezer.
For more information on the late season hunt and opportunities be sure to see the Department of Environmental Conservation hunting season page.