Document Type

Technical Report

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"To research selected aspects of deer resource dynamics that have been identified as key components in the redefinition and/or implementation of deer management strategic plans and programs in northern New York."

Project Title

Deer Management Research in Northern New York Ecosystems

Project Title

Wildlife Ecology, Behavior and Habitat Improvement in New York


"A total of 666 archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunters participated in three years (1978-80) of big-game hunting on a 5437 acre tract of managed private forest land located in the central Adirondack region of northern New York. Hunting was by prior reservation only on a first come-first served basis until the established quota of hunters was reached. Hunter densities never exceeded 15 hunters/mi² and were generally below 5 hunters/mi². This hunting provided a total of 1975.5 recreational days of either sex, big-game hunting and camping. Hunters were charged fees ranging from $25.00 for a four-day hunt to $5.00/hunter/day. A total of $13,110 in income was generated from these hunting activities. Mean annual net income was $2419 or $0.44/acre/year. Annual costs to operate these controlled hunts averaged $1950 or $0.36/acre/year with insurance costs representing the largest single cost item (32%). Twenty six white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and 6 black bear (ursus americanus) were harvested during these hunts. The combined (archer, muzzleloader and rifle) hunter success rate for deer only, was 3.9%. Both the landowner and the participating hunters were generally pleased with the overall experience. However, the landowner's objective to achieve deer density control through a controlled fee hunting program was not realized due to failure to harvest adequate numbers of female deer."