Hunters in New York State killed an estimated 203,427 deer during the 2017 hunting season, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Deer hunting in CNY is big business and provides millions of pounds of high-quality local meat to families throughout the state on a seasonal basis.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Through the careful work of our conservation experts, hunting is a sound wildlife management tool that benefits all New Yorkers by reducing negative impacts of deer on forests, communities, and crops.

The numbers for the 2017 season are as follows. Last falls estimated take included 95,623 antlerless deer and 107,804 antlered bucks - a 5% drop from last years total. There was a slight rise in total adult bucks killed compared to last year. The total antlerless deer take dropped 13.5% compared to 2016 numbers.

Geographically, hunters in the Northern Zone killed 25,351, including 18,074 bucks, according to the DEC. Hunters in the Southern Zone took 178,076, including 89,730 adult bucks.

[NYup]