Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DEC Region 5 Invites Public to Deer Management Meetings

Public meetings that focus on the state’s whitetail deer herd management have been scheduled for around the state this fall. The meetings seek public input and an opportunity to participate in New York’s long-range deer management planning. According to a recent press release the goal of the meetings will be, “to identify and prioritize the issues that are most important to hunters and other people concerned with or impacted by deer.”

The two meetings are scheduled in DEC’s Region 5. According to the DEC, each meeting will include an informal discussion with DEC deer biologists and other staff, a DEC presentation on current deer herd status and management issues and options, a question-and-answer session during which DEC staff will respond to written questions to clarify the information presented.

Public comment response cards will be made available and can be given to DEC staff at the meetings or forwarded by mail later. The public may also provide comments through the DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/57795.html

DEC says they “will review the comments, then craft a survey for deer hunters to get additional feedback on potential ways to address the key issues. Results from the survey will guide DEC in future changes to the deer program, most likely in 2011 or later.”

The two Region 5 are:

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6:30-9 p.m., Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, 7530 Court St. (Rt. 9), Elizabethtown, Essex County.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30-9 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, Saratoga County.

Meetings are also being held in the other eight DEC regions. A complete listing of dates, times, and locations of the meetings can be found online at: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/57795.html

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