We all know there are far too many deer on the North Fork, and that efforts to sharply reduce their numbers have had limited success. The spread of tick-borne diseases makes the deer — who carry the ticks — a public health menace, and they should be treated as such by county and state health officials.
Extended hours for the town deer cooler and a lottery to give local veterans the opportunity to hunt on Southold Town and Suffolk County land are among the ways the town’s deer management committee is hoping to encourage deer hunting this season, according to department of public works director Jeff Standish.
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New state regulations have opened an additional 110 acres for deer hunters in Southold Town this year. (more…)
A proposal to allow bowhunting on county property by non-Suffolk residents was recently withdrawn. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)
A short-lived plan to allow Nassau County bowhunters onto Suffolk County lands was quickly shot down last week.
At Wednesday’s Suffolk County Parks & Recreation Committee, chairman Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) pulled a bill he had sponsored personally after it was clear to him that the proposal had nothing but opposition from area hunters — and little support from those who suggested it in the first place.
Two deer grazing behind a Cutchogue home on Tuesday. Lawmakers hope looser setback regulations will help manage deer populations. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)
State leaders recently approved new regulations that will open up available land to bowhunters on Long Island, enabling them to target deer closer to structures than what was previously allowed. (more…)
Opponents — and supporters — of a deer cull being carried out by the United States Department of Agriculture are still waiting, and will continue to wait, for court proceedings to resume after a court date scheduled for last Friday was indefinitely delayed by a state judge, who sought more time to read up on the facts on the case before hearing both sides.
(Credit: Jim Colligan, file)
As the old saying goes: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
And so it went for opponents of a federal operation to cull deer across the East End — to a degree.
A state Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday that the Department of Environmental Conservation can no longer issue any deer damage permits in relation to the program, at least until March 28, limiting the number of deer that will be killed.
However, permits and deer tags that have been issued can be filled under the existing permits, the judge ruled.
USDA sharpshooters reportedly started culling the deer herd on private land early last week. (Credit: Mike Tessitore/Hunters for Deer)
After recent litigation against Southold Town was dismissed, opponents of a plan to cull deer on the East End using U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters — a plan that’s already underway — now intend to take the state Department of Environmental Conservation to court for allowing the program to move forward. (more…)
DEC COURTESY PHOTO | DEC is looking for people to care for day-old pheasant chicks.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications to participate in its annual Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program.