Busti Officials Apply To Participate In DEC Deer Management Program

BUSTI – Officials in Busti would like to lessen the damage done to personal property by the overpopulation of deer, again.

Last week, the Busti Town Board passed a resolution to apply for additional permits to be used by licensed hunters to harvest additional deer during hunting season. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s deer management assistance program was also used last year by town officials.

Town officials were given 50 permits to issue to licensed hunters to kill additional deer – aside from what state law already allows – during the open hunting season. Only deer without antlers or having antlers measuring less than 3 inches in length can be taken using the permits, according to the DEC’s website. Town officials reported 13 deer were killed using the permits in 2012.

“Last year, we received 50 permits,” said Jesse Robbins, Busti supervisor. “This year, I’m hoping for more.”

Robbins said the town has not been approved yet for the permits. He said town officials should know within a couple of weeks if they receive the permits for the program, again.

There will be one change to the program this year. Under the deer management assistance program, a specific block of land in the town is designated as the site where hunters are allowed to harvest additional deer. Last year, the area was east of Wellman Road to Trask Road and from Baker Street south to Cowing Road. Robbins said this year the northern border has been extended.

“I don’t know if they (DEC) will give it to us,” Robbins said. “Last year, the northern border was Baker Street. This year, we want the northern border to be Hunt (Road).”

Land owners in the designated area can apply to receive the permits to kill additional deer during hunting season. Also, people who don’t live in the specified area can receive the permits with written permission from land owners in the designated region. Last year, people applied for the permits by visiting town hall.