New York State Bureau of Wildlife Deer Management Unit Deer Management Program Correspondence and Subject Files

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This series documents the Department of Environmental Conservation's evaluation, designation, and mapping of deer management units in New York State. Records also document the department's relationship with interested citizens' groups (such as animal rights organizations and hunting associations), individual residents, and medial outlets.
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Administrative History

The Bureau of Wildlife, within the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), carries out the department's responsibilities relating to the protection, preservation, and when possible, restoration of wildlife populations to maintain the balance of ecological relationships in New York. In this series, the maintenance of deer populations is managed through the use of deer management units (DMUs), which are designated according to habitat similarity and analyzed by deer kill calculations. The DEC has the authority to issue the number of deer permits that has been deemed fit to properly manage regional deer herds, taking into account recreational opportunities, deer-vehicle collisions and other public safety issues, and the effect of overpopulation on other wildlife populations within the same ecosystem.

Scope and Content Note

This series relates to the creation or maintenance of deer management units (DMUs) as a means of deer population control. The DMUs were mapped by Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials and categorized according to region. The DEC assigns hunting season beginning and ending dates and authorizes special seasons, according to the need for deer management as determined by its biologists' studies of malnutrition, winter kill, nuisance reports, and degradation of environment by over-browsing.

Records consists of reports and studies, maps, information tables, graphs, incoming and outgoing correspondence, bills and laws, news articles concerning hunting and rifle restrictions by local governments, memorandums, meeting minutes, and numerous records tracking deer management permit and party permit sales and sportsman education firearm class enrollment.

Records also include reports that calculate deer kill and are ultimately used to analyze the effectiveness of hunting to manage increasingly intolerable deer populations in various counties; press releases and news articles outlining regular and special seasons for hunting designated by the DEC; and correspondence between local governments and DEC regarding bills that might interfere with hunting as a means of deer population control.

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This series includes records from RDA 22900.

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