Long Island big game hunters brought in more deer during the 2010 season than the previous year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced yesterday.
Hunters shot 2,991 deer in 2010, up about 200 more from the 2009 total of 2,777. And the state DEC is thrilled to hear it.
“Deer hunters play a crucial role, benefiting all New Yorkers by helping to maintain deer numbers at levels that are ecologically and socially appropriate. We appreciate their participation,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said in a statement.
Deer hunting season runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.