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Rick Brockway

November 22, 2013

DEC makes deer season even better

This deer season has been great. A lot of hunters are taking some beautiful bucks. Well not all of us, but that’s a different story. All fall, my friends have shown me the bucks they've captured on their trail cameras, and some of them have made it to the freezer.

I know that many of you in Delaware County were not happy with the three-point antler restriction, but now you are seeing that it works. I was talking to a fellow the other day who lives on Long Island but owns property off of Walton's East Brook.

"This is the first time in 20 years that I've seen any decent bucks around," he said. "I was skeptical of having the antler restrictions, but it actually works. It's going to be just like old times."

Yes, it works and more of the state should be under the same program.

New York always has bragged about the number of deer harvested each year instead of the quality of the deer. It's not because of the biologists and game managers, though. It's because politicians only think of the almighty dollar and insurance companies lobby to have more deer taken to reduce car/deer collisions.

Another of my pet peeves is the doe permit system. I was talking with a farmer the other day about deer. He has told me over the years that when he spreads manure at night, there are 30 or 40 sets of eyes in his meadows eating his crops.

Finally, he asked the Department of Environmental Conservation for nuisance permits. I think he got 11 last year. But he laughed and said: "My brother-in-law bought his license the other day, paid $10 for a doe permit and got a preference point. He didn't get a permit."

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