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Deer Management

This year marks the fourth year of our Town of DeWitt Deer Management Program. We have safely removed 247 deer since 2018. As a consequence, we have donated 7,333 pounds of venison to local food pantries; in 2020 alone 1,777 pounds of venison was donated, providing 6,828 meals to the greater community.

Food needs have significantly increased over the past year due to the pandemic and increasingly challenging economic circumstances for many families; the Town is honored to be able to help support the food needs of the local – and greater – community in this way. Click here for the results of the 2020 cull.

DeWitt’s Deer Management Program grew out of two key factors. First, the Town of DeWitt’s exceptionally high deer population. And second, community meetings and discussions with experts and local stakeholders, as well as review of deer management programs from other communities.  

Deer populations in a natural forested area average about 10-20 deer per square mile; it is estimated that populations in DeWitt are as high as 85 deer per square mile in some areas. Given our unusually high deer population, as well as a myriad of additional concerns – specifically regarding Lyme disease – the Town began addressing the deer management issue with meetings and discussions with local and regional experts and the local community, including: animal rights advocates, hunters, farmers, parents of young children, gardeners, Assemblyperson Pam Hunter’s office, SUNY ESF, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Town also reviewed deer management programs from other communities in order to better understand the complexities – and the spectrum of challenges - of safe, humane, effective deer management.

The Town continually updates its Deer Management Program to include new information that can positively and productively impact the on-going program and yield the most safe and effective results. Additionally, the Town works closely with the DEC in order to obtain the required Deer Damage Permits each year and to ensure all requirements are followed.

Key to the success of our Deer Management Program is gaining access to large parcels of land that meet the conditions of our NYS Department of Conservation permit. If you are a property owner interested in supporting the Town’s deer management efforts for 2022, please contact Nicholas Quilty-Koval at nkoval@townofdewitt.com, Planning and Zoning Dept., or at (315) 446-3910 x 137.

Also, important reminders, especially during the deer culling months, January to March:  

  • Be sure you have a property owner’s explicit permission before entering private property; it is always advisable to have permission to enter private property.
  • All Town parks are closed from dusk to dawn.

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Town of DeWitt Deer Management Documents8 documents

  • 2017 Public Hearing Press Release
    document Header 2017 Public Hearing Press Release
  • Adopted Deer Management Plan 2017-2018
    document Header Adopted Deer Management Plan 2017-2018
  • Background of Deer Management in DeWitt
    document Header Background of Deer Management in DeWitt
  • Deer Damage Management Program Summary Report 2017-2018
    document Header Deer Damage Management Program Summary Report 2017-2018
  • Deer Damage Management Program Summary Report 2018-2019
    document Header Deer Damage Management Program Summary Report 2018-2019
  • Deer Letter from the Supervisor
    document Header Deer Letter from the Supervisor
  • TNT 5 Deer Committee Report
    document Header TNT 5 Deer Committee Report
  • Updated Deer Management Plan 2018-2019
    document Header Updated Deer Management Plan 2018-2019

Additional Deer Management Resources23 documents

  • 2013 Eastside Density Map
    document Header 2013 Eastside Density Map
  • Assemblywoman Hunter Survey Results
    document Header Assemblywoman Hunter Survey Results
  • Basic Deer 101 by Christine Manchester
    document Header Basic Deer 101 by Christine Manchester
  • Cayuga Heights Community Attitudes
    document Header Cayuga Heights Community Attitudes
  • Cayuga Heights Survey Results
    document Header Cayuga Heights Survey Results
  • Co-Existing with White-Tailed Deer
    document Header Co-Existing with White-Tailed Deer
  • Contraception and Deer
    document Header Contraception and Deer
  • Dangers of Too Many Deer
    document Header Dangers of Too Many Deer
  • Deer and Ticks by Nick Piedmonte
    document Header Deer and Ticks by Nick Piedmonte
  • Deer Management: an Environmental Perspective
    document Header Deer Management: an Environmental Perspective
  • Deer Management: the Need for Intensive Commitment
    document Header Deer Management: the Need for Intensive Commitment
  • Deer Perspective by Brian Underwood PhD
    document Header Deer Perspective by Brian Underwood PhD
  • Deer Resistant Plants
    document Header Deer Resistant Plants
  • Detection of B. burgdorferi in Wild White-Tailed Deer
    document Header Detection of B. burgdorferi in Wild White-Tailed Deer
  • Dress to Repel Ticks
    document Header Dress to Repel Ticks
  • Ecology of Infectious Disease Effects of Host Diversity and Community Comp. on LD Risk
    document Header Ecology of Infectious Disease Effects of Host Diversity and Community Comp. on LD Risk
  • Living with Deer by Brian Underwood
    document Header Living with Deer by Brian Underwood
  • Onondaga Deer by Brian Underwood PhD
    document Header Onondaga Deer by Brian Underwood PhD
  • Tick Management Handbook
    document Header Tick Management Handbook
  • Trumansburg Deer Plan
    document Header Trumansburg Deer Plan
  • Village of Fayetteville Deer Management Plan Sept 2016
    document Header Village of Fayetteville Deer Management Plan Sept 2016
  • Village of Hamilton Plan
    document Header Village of Hamilton Plan
  • Wildlife Contraception by Dr. Allen Rutberg
    document Header Wildlife Contraception by Dr. Allen Rutberg

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