Deer Forecast-East

Finger Lakes region

New York's biggest trophy bucks make their home in the remotest reaches of the state's Northern Zone. Some of the biggest bucks of 2000 were recorded in St. Lawrence County. According to Department of Environmental Conservation big-game biologist Dick Henry, "The age structure is definitely more mature in the Adirondack region." Big bucks were also taken in Franklin County. For those lucky enough to gain permission, Henry notes that a real "sleeper" area for big bucks is the New York City suburb of Westchester County, where hunting access is extremely limited and only bowhunting is allowed. Overall, New York is seeing increasing trends in its deer numbers, and Henry feels the 2001 season could see hunters break last year's record harvest of 295,000 deer. Hunters looking to fill the freezer should consider the Finger Lakes region of western New York or the areas surrounding the Saint Lawrence River Valley, both of which have some of the highest deer densities in the state right now. According to Department of Environmental Conservation big-game biologist Dick Henry, "The age structure is definitely more mature in the Adirondack region." Big bucks were also taken in Franklin County. For those lucky enough to gain permission, Henry notes that a real "sleeper" area for big bucks is the New York City suburb of Westchester County, where hunting access is extremely limited and only bowhunting is allowed. Overall, New York is seeing increasing trends in its deer numbers, and Henry feels the 2001 season could see hunters break last year's record harvest of 295,000 deer. Hunters looking to fill the freezer should consider the Finger Lakes region of western New York or the areas surrounding the Saint Lawrence River Valley, both of which have some of the highest deer densities in the state right now.