Nesslage, G.M 2000. An assessment of long-term trends in harvest of white-tailed deer from the Adirondack Park, New York. M.S. Thesis, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, 61pp.
 
 

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) population trends have not been characterized across the Adirondack Park since 1972. I collected catch-per-unit effort data from more than 80 private hunting clubs spanning 1975-1997.  Linear route regression and krigging identified increasing trends and high harvests in the eastern regions; western regions showed no measurable change.  The central Adirondacks experienced decreasing trends and low harvests.  Increasing trends occurred along the Park periphery where winters have been mild and where deer populations are likely to be influenced by increased amounts of open area outside the Park Boundary.  Decreasing trends were identified on clubs located close to aging public forests in the central Adirondacks where deer browse may be limited.  Given the recent decline in the central Adirondacks deer harvest, a single deer management regime should not be applied to all areas of the Park, and deer management units should be adjusted to reflect regional patterns in deer harvest.