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Deer Management
Deer Management Program
2016/2017 Deer Management The dramatic increase in the white-tailed deer population within the Town of Southold has resulted in widespread landscape damage and crop losses, as well as an increase in Lyme disease and deer/car collisions.  Southold Town's Deer Management Program is the most efficient and effective means currently available for reducing Southold's deer population.  In cooperation with the State, Southold participates in the NYSDEC Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and the NYSDEC Deer Damage Permit "Nuisance" Program (DDP).  Through both of these programs, additional anterless deer tags are issued and only licensed resident bow hunters are eligible to participate. 

From the initial 2008 hunting season through the 2015 Nuisance season, over 1100 deer have been harvested.  In 2014 a total of 288 deer were taken with 165 donated.  Since 2008 our program has donated over 30,000 pounds of venison for Venison Coalition, feeding the hungry at local pantries across Long Island. 


Information for Hunters
The 2015/2016 Southold Town Deer Management Packet includes an overview of the program and information for hunters, including rules of conduct.  The Southold Town Deer Management Assistance Program currently spans 28 parcels totaling over 646 acres and the Deer Nuisance Program is conducted on a subset of these properties.  The Southold Deer Management Program abides by all NYSDEC rules and regulations.

In total, there are 830 acres of government-owned lands within the Town of Southold that are periodically opened for deer management.  For more information on hunting lands not owned by the Town of Southold, please contact Suffolk County and the Village of Greenport.

Season Dates and Management Areas
* Town-owned properties in the Deer Management Asistance Program are open October 1- January 31 and properties jointly owned by the Town and County are open November 1- January 31 (see map).
The Town has prepared an interactive map that can be accessed from any computer, smart phone or mobile device that has an internet connection.(see map)
All Town-owned parcels in the Deer Management Program are open for hunting seven days a week.
* Sound View Dunes Park (Peconic), Arshamomaque Preserve at Chapel Lane (Southold), and Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond (East Marion) are jointly owned by the Town and County.  Hunting and hiking are allowed concurrently.
* The Deer Nuisance Program allows for continued hunting on select parcels after the open deer hunting season is closed.

Local DEC Check Station
In cooperation with the NYSDEC, the Southold Town Recreation Center on Peconic Lane is a designated DEC Check Station (see hours of refrigerated truck below).  To increase hunter participation and anterless deer harvest, bonus permits are available at this station, saving you the trip to Ridge.

Venison Donation Program
ALL hunters can donate their harvest at the Town’s refrigerated truck located at the Recreation Center on Peconic Lane, Peconic.  Deer must be field-dressed and cleaned properly.  The Town transports the donated deer to a facility where the meat is processed and distributed to local food pantries.  Residents can also pick up a whole deer from the truck for free and have it butchered privately.

This year donated deer not going to individuals will be going to the Harry Chapin food bank.  If requested, the Harry Chapin food bank will provide you with a donation receipt.  The donation will be valued at $4.00 per pound for every pound of usable meat the food bank receives.  By way of example, if the harvested deer yields 35 pounds of usable meat, you will receive a donation receipt for $140.00.

You may be able to use the donation receipt as a tax deductible donation in an amount allowable by law.  For more information about charitable donations, please consult your tax professional.  You may also learn more about charitable donations by visiting

Refrigerated Truck hours
Monday-Friday 8am-2pm (Please call 765-1283 to make sure someone is there to meet you during the weekdays)
Saturdays & Sundays 12-3pm
Closed October 12th.

Monday-Friday 8am-2pm (Please call 765-1283 to make sure someone is there to meet you during the weekdays)
Sundays only 12pm-3pm
Closed: Nov 3rd, Nov 11th, Nov 25th in afternoon, Nov 26th, Nov 27th

Monday-Friday 8am-2pm (Please call 765-1283 to make sure someone is there to meet you during the weekdays)
Sundays only 12pm-3pm
Closed: Dec 24th in afternoon, Dec 25th, Dec.31st in the afternoon

Monday-Friday 8am-2pm (Please call 765-1283 to make sure someone is there to meet you during the weekdays)
Sundays only 12pm-3pm
Closed Jan 1st and Jan 18th

Private Property Deer Management
As much of the land in Southold Town is privately owned, deer management by private landowners is extremely important in reducing the local deer population.  If you have a parcel that routinely hosts a number of deer and you are interested in having a hunter hunt your property, please call us at (631) 765-1283 and we can assist you with contact information.

For additional information regarding Deer Population Management please visit the USDA website at  New York Wildlife Services.

Long Island White-tailed Deer Damage Management Demonstration Project Report

Information Concerning Ticks

Deer are the only large mammal present on the east end of LI in sufficient numbers to provide the several days of blood meal required by the ADULT female tick in order to mate and lay its eggs. Smaller hosts can not do this and the other possible host, humans, can pick them off. One deer can host enough adult ticks to produce 1.5 to 3 million eggs and subsequent larva which then go on to become nymphs and adults during the 2 year life cycle. To ignore the key role of the adult tick and its dependence on the deer is to ignore the key to interrupting the life cycle and effectively eliminating ticks and their diseases.

Connecticut Coalition to Eradicate Lyme Disease

Tick Management Handbook

Ticks and Lyme Prevention

Tick and Lyme Prevention - Town of Southold Deer Counts