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Section 1.13 Deer Management Focus Areas

Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 11-0303, 11-0903, 11-0907, 11-0911, 11-0913, 11-0929 and 11-0931

[Effective date: July 11, 2012]

Contents:

Sec.

§1.13 Deer Management Focus Areas

(a) Purpose. This section provides for the establishment of Deer Management Focus Areas to enable intensive management of over-abundant deer populations in defined areas of the State, consistent with the Department's Management Plan for White-tailed Deer.

(b) Delineation of Deer Management Focus Areas.

(1) Deer management focus area #1 - Those parts of Tompkins County beginning at the mouth of Glenwood Creek near Duboise Corner and southerly along the west shore of Cayuga Lake; thence easterly and all other variations thereof along the south shore of Cayuga Lake; thence northerly along the east shore of Cayuga Lake to the mouth of Salmon Creek near Myers; thence northeasterly along Salmon Creek to Ridge Road (34B); thence easterly along Ridge Road to Auburn Road (34B) in south Lansing; thence easterly along Auburn Road to Peruville Road near Terpening Corners; thence easterly along Peruville Road to Scofield Road in Howland Corners; thence southerly along Scofield Road to Asbury Road, thence southeasterly along Asbury Road to Dryden Road; thence easterly along Dryden Road to Hanshaw Road; thence southerly along Hanshaw Road to State Highway 13; thence easterly along State Highway 13 to Dryden Road (State Highway 13); thence easterly along Dryden Road (State Highway 13) to Ringwood Road; thence southerly and southwesterly along Ringwood Road to Ellis Hollow Creek Road; thence southerly along Ellis Hollow Creek Road to Ellis Hollow Road; thence southeasterly along Ellis Hollow Road to Slaterville Road; thence easterly along Slaterville Road to Boiceville Road; thence southerly along Boiceville Road to Valley Road; thence westerly along Valley Road to White Church Road; thence westerly and southerly along White Church Road to Caroline Depot Road; thence westerly along Caroline Depot Road to Coddington Road; thence southerly along Coddington Road to Miller Road; thence Westerly along Miller Road to Nelson Road; thence northerly and westerly along Nelson Road to Danby Road; thence northerly along Danby Road to Comfort Road; thence westerly and southerly along Comfort Road to Jersey Hill Road; thence westerly along Jersey Hill Road to King Road; thence westerly and northerly along King Road to Jersey Hill Road; thence southerly and westerly along Jersey Hill Road to Blakeslee Hill Road; thence westerly along Blakeslee Hill Road to Danby Road; thence northerly along Danby Road to Decker Road; thence northerly along Decker Road to Elmira Road; thence westerly along Elmira Road to Van Ostrand Road; thence westerly along Van Ostrand Road to Butternut Creek Road; thence southwesterly along Butternut Creek Road to Douglas Road; thence northwesterly along Douglas Road to Stone house Road; thence northwesterly along Stonehouse Road to Woodard Road; thence westerly along Woodard Road to Hines Road; thence northerly along Hines Road to Enfield Falls Road; thence northwesterly along Enfield Falls Road to Enfield Main Road; thence northerly along Enfield Main Road to Bostwick Road; thence easterly along Bostwick Road to Sheffield Road; thence northerly along Sheffield Road to Krums Corners Road; thence northerly along Krums Corners Road to Perry City Road; thence easterly along Perry City Road to Glenwood Road; thence southeasterly along Glenwood Road to Glenwood Creek; thence easterly along Glenwood Creek to the point of beginning.

(c) Deer Management Focus Area permit and carcass tags.

(1) Any person currently licensed to hunt deer may obtain a free Deer Management Focus Area permit and carcass tag(s) from the Department.

a. The Deer Management Focus Area permit and carcass tags are not valid unless a Department-issued registration number is written on the permit.

b. Both the Deer Management Focus Area permit and carcass tag(s) must be carried while hunting in the focus area.

(2) A Deer Management Focus Area permit and carcass tag is valid only within the area(s) defined in subdivision (b) of this section.

(3) Immediately upon taking a deer, the hunter must fill out the Deer Management Focus Area carcass tag in the manner described in the Environmental Conservation Law 11-0911.

(4) Hunters must submit to the department a hunting activity log and reports of all deer harvested in a Deer Management Focus Area, and any other information as directed on the Deer Management Focus Area permit, no later than seven days following the close of the Deer Management Focus Area season. The procedures for reporting a harvested deer shall be described on the Deer Management Focus Area permit.

(d) Hunting in a Deer Management Focus Area.

(1) In addition to the deer hunting seasons listed in section 1.11 of this Part, the Deer Management Focus Area season will also be open, for taking of antlerless deer only, from the second Saturday in January through January 31 in any area designated as a Deer Management Focus Area.

(2) Within a Deer Management Focus Area, a hunter may use any legal hunting implement lawful for deer hunting during the respective seasons established in section 1.11 of this Part. During the Deer Management Focus Area season, a hunter may use any implement also lawful during any other season in that area.

(3) Any regular or special season tag, Deer Management Permit valid in that Wildlife Management Unit, or Deer Management Assistance Program tag valid for a property within the Deer Management Focus Area may be used within the boundaries of a Deer Management Focus Area during their respective valid season. The manner of taking and tagging requirements for deer taken on regular or special season tags, Deer Management Permits, or Deer Management Assistance Program tags shall be as described in Environmental Conservation Law 11-0911. Reporting requirements for deer taken on any such tags within the Deer Management Focus Area shall be the same as for other areas of the state. Reporting requirements for deer taken on Deer Management Focus Area tags shall be fulfilled by submitting the activity log described in paragraph (c)(4) of this section.

(4) In addition to deer taken pursuant to paragraph (d)(3) of this section, during any open season in the Deer Management Focus Area, a hunter may take up to two antlerless deer per day using Deer Management Focus Area carcass tags described in subdivision (c) of this section.