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Archery: is it working? ( Archery: will it work?). Mark Weckel PhD candidate; CUNY Mianus River Gorge Preserve. Deer densities are high. 60 deer sq mile Every 200 yards, there’s a deer. The decision to manage deer. What do about high deer densities is contentious

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Archery: is it working?(Archery: will it work?)

Mark Weckel

PhD candidate; CUNY

Mianus River Gorge Preserve


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Deer densities are high

  • 60 deer sq mile

  • Every 200 yards, there’s a deer


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The decision to manage deer

  • What do about high deer densities is contentious

  • How to manage deer in suburbia is hard


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Suburbia + a lot of deer + archers

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Is archery working in the short-term?

  • Don’t look to forest. . . Slow recovery with time lags

  • Look at the deer population


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Mianus Deer Management Program (DMP)

  • 6 years of archery

  • 1000 acres of MRGP and private land



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Deer Density Estimates

39 deer/sq mile


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Preliminary Results

32% Reduction

60 deer/sq mile

39 deer/sq mile


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Is archery working in the long-term?

  • Question of deer population dynamics

  • Question of hunter satisfaction, recruitment, and retention


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Deer population growth

  • Survival – monitoring marked deer

  • Birth rates - cameras

  • Immigration – DNA


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The core of the DMPs: Hunters

  • Are harvests sustainable?

  • Do we have enough hunters?

  • Do hunters want to participate in controlled DMPs?




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Age of Archers

48 years


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Age at first hunt

60 % of current DMP hunters started hunted before age 25




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Are hunters satisfied?

  • Despite the fact that of returning hunters,

    • 63% have seen less deer since starting the DMP

    • 50% find harvesting female deer more difficult


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Conclusion

  • Short term – Archeryseems to be working.

  • Long term:

    • Hunter recruitment

    • Hunter satisfaction


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  • AMNH

  • Bedford Audubon Society

  • CUNY

  • Dr. Jason Munshi-South (Baruch)

  • Dr. Robert Rockwell (AMNH)

  • Dr. Marc Siddall (AMNH)

  • Dr. Page West (AMNH)

  • Camp Fire Club of America

  • Greenwich Audubon Society

  • Greenwich Sportsman Land Owners Association

  • Mianus River Gorge Preserve

  • Mianus Deer Council

  • Pound Ridge Land Conservancy

  • Pound Ridge Police Dept.

  • Stan McGuignan

  • Rod Christie

  • Town of Redding

  • Westchester/Putnam QDMA

  • Westchester Bow Hunters

  • Westmoreland Sanctuary

  • Westchester Parks

  • Anastasia Wincorn



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