FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE05-06
Hunting On City Water Supply Lands Brings Hunters from a Wide
Traveled to Catskills with DEP Hunting Tags
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner
Emily Lloyd announced today that deer hunting on DEP lands brought
thousands of visitors to the watershed region in 2004, with hunters
from as far away as Florida and the Carolinas obtaining DEP hunting
“Recreation on City water supply land contributes to the
local economy and helps to bring in tourists from a wide area,” said
Commissioner Lloyd. “Most of the 9,767 hunters who received
deer hunting tags from the DEP in 2004 listed their residence as
outside the watershed. These visitors spent heavily in the region,
purchasing gear, filling their gas tanks, eating at restaurants
and staying in motels and inns.”
The top areas for DEP hunting tags were Mid-Hudson with 2,985;
Westchester 2,068; New York City 1,276; Long Island 1,175; Syracuse
1,027; Albany 520; and New Jersey 321.
Over 200 more tags were issued to hunters in Pennsylvania and
Connecticut . Other hunters received DEP tags in Massachusetts,
Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina
and South Carolina.
“While there is a trend of more private lands being closed
to hunters, the City continues to increase the amount of land available
and helps make the area more attractive to outsiders,” said
Lloyd. “This past season the DEP had 32,000 acres open for
hunting in seven counties.”
According to 2001 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service statistics,
deer hunters in New York State spend approximately $803 each year
just on retail sales.
Only 6,377 tags were issued for the 2003 hunting season, representing
an over 50 percent increase for 2004.