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Deer-hunting figures released in Suffolk
Preliminary figures on the special state shotgun deer hunting season in January show that 147 deer were taken on state-controlled properties in Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton this year, compared to 131 in 2012 and 149 in 2011.
State Department of Environmental Conservation officials had thought the number might be reduced because of superstorm Sandy and the possibility that some hunters would not have time to spend in the field.
The final special shotgun season figures, normally released at the end of February, are likely to be higher than the preliminary numbers, which include only state properties. State officials said the hunt numbers were “consistent,” which they said could mean that hunting alone has not reduced the deer herds on the East End.
The main DEC properties used for deer hunting include preserves in Rocky Point and Westhampton, and the Otis Pike Preserve in Calverton.