Antler restrictions to be topic at March 29 meeting in Delhi

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The Delaware County Department of Economic Development has invited the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to give a presentation on antler restrictions on March 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the high school auditorium at Delaware Academy in Delhi.
Featured at this informational meeting will be a presentation from the DEC Region 4 big game biologists. They will be discussing the details of the antler restriction issue and also reporting on the first three years of the pilot antler restriction program in Ulster County.
Antler restrictions mean for a buck to be legal it would have to have three points on one side instead of the current regulation of a single antler of three inches to be legal. Youths 16 and under would be exempt from this change. The purpose of this change of regulation would be to allow more bucks to reach maturity thus improving the buck to doe ratio and creating more interest in deer hunting in Delaware County and to improve the economic importance of hunting for businesses in Delaware County.
The presentation will include statistics on age composition and deer take and also a survey on hunter satisfaction conducted by Cornell University. After the presentation there will be a question and answer period. If you have an opinion on antler restrictions in Delaware County’s wildlife management units this is the time to be heard.
For information or directions please call Bill Willis at 607 746-8595 or e-mail william.willis@co.delaware.ny.us