- Hello Jeff - Some of the regular yearly hunters have
begun to show up in the field across the road ready to go up the mountain
and hunt for deer.
- One hunter, who comes here every year, asked me "where
are all of the deer?" He was amazed that in the two days he spent
here, over 8 hours a day, he saw NO deer.
- I told him I think they all died with the exception of
a few. The only original deer left is Mamma and her triplets. I noticed
that the hunter did not return. I told him that he might see some as there
are a few newcomers to the area however he chose not to return. Guess
he thought it over and taking deer from an area where 9 or more perished
of disease just wasn't worth the risk for him.
- I did see three new females and one buck in the area.
This area used to be awash in deer. I had an estimated 15 regular free-rangers
during winter, and even more free-ranging deer coming in for an occasional
handout. This is amazing.
- The skunk population seems to be repopulating as I now
have four who eat here regularly. There are two new, very healthy looking
fat raccoons who come around. That is about it, however.
- When the hunters notice that there is something odd...and
there is an absence of deer...then I would say Fish and Wildlife's excuse
of deer 'moving on' is bogus. Sure, some do move on but most stay because
they have food and water all winter. They even have winter forage area
on my property.
- If any hunters do get deeer in my area, it will be interesting
to see if any are positve for CWD or rabies. Hunters in NY State now must
submit deer heads for testing as part of the CWD testing.
- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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