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Northern Zone hunters yield increase in deer take for 2013

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Northern Zone hunters harvested 32,369 deer in 2013, an increase of 1,526 deer or 4.7 percent over the 2012 take of 30,843 deer in 2012. The Northern Zone harvest figures for 2013 represent 13 percent of the statewide kill of 243,567 deer.

TAKE BY SEASON, TAGS

Hunters put their regular season tags on 14,268 deer or 44.1 percent of the 2013 Northern Zone take. Muzzleloaders accounted for 8,258 deer, a figure that amounts to 25.5 percent of the overall kill. Deer Management Permit (DMP) tags were placed on 5,368 carcasses or 16.6 percent of the 2013 harvest while bow hunters arrowed 2,340 deer or 7.2 percent of the deer taken. Finally, Deer Management Assistant Program hunters tagged 2,135 deer or 6.6 percent of the total.

TAKE BY SEX, AGE

Northern Zone hunters took 19,538 adult males in 2013, a figure that represents a 101-deer or 0.5 percent increase over the 2012 adult buck kill of 19,437. Adult bucks accounted for 60.4 percent of the total 2013 Northern Zone harvest. Hunters also harvested 9,763 adult females, which was a 942-deer or 10.6 percent increase over the 2012 take of 8,821 does. This doe take amounted to 30.1 percent of the 2013 total kill.

Hunters took 1,620 male fawns, and this was a 283-deer or 21 percent increase over the 2012 total of 1,337 deer. The button buck take accounted for five percent of the 2013 harvest. Too, hunters shot 1,448 female fawns, which amounted to a 200-deer or 16 percent increase over the previous year’s take of 1,248 doe fawns. The doe fawn harvest was 4.5 percent of the 2013 Northern Zone total.

TAKE BY COUNTY, TOWN

Hunters in Franklin County shot 1,617 deer in 2013, and 1,126 or 70 percent were adult bucks while 491 or 30 percent were antlerless. The top-producing towns in that county were Franklin (121 bucks and 32 antlerless), Harrietstown (96 bucks and 43 antlerless), Waverly (110 bucks and 24 antlerless), Malone (77 bucks and 50 antlerless), and Moira (66 bucks and 52 antlerless).

Jefferson County hunters harvested 8,058 deer, and 3,668 or 46 percent were adult bucks while 4,390 or 54 percent were antlerless deer. The best-producing towns in Jefferson were Ellisburg (538 bucks and 742 antlerless), Adams (315 bucks and 417 antlerless), Henderson (228 bucks and 370 antlerless), Brownville (245 bucks and 343 antlerless), and Rodman (275 bucks and 263 antlerless).

Lewis County saw 4,278 deer taken, and of that kill 2,608 or 61 percent were adult bucks and 1,670 or 39 percent were antlerless. The leading towns in Lewis County were Denmark (213 bucks and 337 antlerless), Croghan (330 bucks and 177 antlerless), Martinsburg (163 bucks and 134 antlerless), West Turin (177 bucks and 99 antlerless), and New Bremen (172 bucks and 103 antlerless).

Hunters in St. Lawrence County took 5,349 deer of which 3,452 or 65 percent were adult males and 1,897 or 35 percent were antlerless. The top-producing towns were Potsdam (215 bucks and 185 antlerless), Lisbon (222 bucks and 166 antlerless), Canton (194 bucks and 133 antlerless), Russell (176 bucks and 135 antlerless), and Parishville (165 bucks and 130 antlerless).

TAKE BY WMU

Here’s a brief look at the harvests in area Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 6A, 6C, 6F, 6G, 6H, 6J, 6K, and 6N. WMU 6A hunters shot 2,953 deer, and 1,921 or 65 percent were adult males. This 1,472 square-mile WMU produced 1.3 bucks per square mile. WMU 6C saw 3,218 deer taken, and 1,816 or 56 percent were adult males. The 977 square-mile WMU 6C yielded 1.9 bucks per square mile. WMU 6F produced 1,177 deer of which 920 or 78 percent were adult males. Covering 1,213 square miles, WMU 6F gave up 0.8 bucks per square mile. WMU 6G hunters shot 7,280 deer, and 2,995 or 41 percent were adult males. WMU 6G consists of 933 square miles, and the unit produced 3.2 bucks per square mile.

Hunters in WMU 6H took 435 deer of which 246 or 57 percent were adult miles. Covering 173 square miles, WMU 6H saw a buck kill of 1.4 per square mile. WMU 6J hunters shot 1,590 deer of which 1,175 or 74 percent were adult males. Covering 1,576 square miles, WMU 6J had a buck take of 0.7 per square mile. WMU 6K hunters harvested 5,827 deer of which 3,201 or 55% were adult males. WMU 6K consists of 1,161 square miles, and the unit produced 2.8 bucks per square mile. WMU 6N saw 1,247 taken, and 986 or 79 percent were adult males. WMU 6N has 491 square miles that saw a buck take of 2.0 per square mile.

Outdoors Calendar

May 13: Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of SLC meet at Canton Boces at 7 p.m.

May 15-18: Henderson Harbor Spring Classic Derby (938-5313; www.henchenmarina.com).

May 17-23: National Safe Boating Week.

May 24: Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce Spring Fishing Derby (654-2481).

May 24: Spider’s Basic Fishing and Fly Fishing Programs at Wellesley Isand State Park (482-2479).

May 27: SLC Fisheries Advisory Board meets at Canton Boces at 7 p.m.

May 31: Wild Turkey Season closes in NYS.

June 28-29: Free Fishing Days in NYS.

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