Deer Management - Need help?
Posted in the South Hill Forum
#1 Jan 15, 2013
Do you have too many deer on your Tompkins County private property? If so please contact me (edatfb @ yahoo dot com) and I will use the newly established DEC Deer Management Focus Area to assist in reducing the herd until January 31, 2013.
Here is how the program works. You can find more details at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/82382.html :
DEC has established a Deer Management Focus Area in central Tompkins County to intensify use of hunting to assist communities in the Ithaca area with the burden of overabundant deer populations. The focus area program is established to reduce total deer populations within the focus area by providing more time and more tags to hunters who can gain access to huntable land. DEC plans to evaluate this new approach over the next several years and, depending on the results, will consider designation of other locations as deer management focus areas.
Within the DMFA, registered big game hunters will be authorized to:
• Take up to 2 antlerless deer per day using DMFA carcass tags during the general hunting seasons (regular season, and bow and muzzleloader seasons with appropriate special season privileges).
• Hunt antlerless deer only (limit 2 per day) during a DMFA season from the second Saturday in January through January 31. During the DMFA season, a hunter may use any hunting implement that is lawful during any other deer season in that area. Rifles are not authorized for big game hunting in Tompkins County.
• The January DMFA season is a firearms season, but rifles may not be used. Also, only bows (no crossbows this year) may be used in Robert H. Treman and Buttermilk Falls State Parks
DMFA Location and Available Hunting Lands
View a map and boundary description (PDF, 1.04 MB) of the Tompkins County DMFA. To read text of the boundary, see DMFA regulations.
Available hunting lands include (links leave DEC's website):
• Buttermilk Falls State Park (bowhunting only)
• Robert H. Treman State Park (bowhunting only)
• Hunters with legal access to private lands in the DMFA may also participate in the DMFA program.
• There are no state forests or wildlife management areas within the DMFA
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