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New York big game season sees big success in 2018

Posted at 1:53 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 13:53:11-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — White-tailed deer hunters in New York are reporting a successful 2018 as most big game hunting seasons come to an end.

Through December 16, hunters reported taking 11-14 percent more deer this year compared to last. According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, reports are up 26-33 percent from 2016. The variation in percentages is due to reports being different in the Northern and Southern Zones.

The DEC says these numbers clearly indicate an increase in harvest over the past three hunting seasons. You can more detailed information on thestate's website here.

A final report on the deer and bear harvests for the 2018 big game hunting seasons is expected to be released early next year.