The deer population is out of control out here. They jump in front of cars. They stare at you from abandoned fields. They chomp off your hydrangea heads, eat your veggies, and—some say—they killed Elvis. Residents of all five East End townships met recently to discuss how to curtail the exploding deer population. Many options were proposed. Some were deemed awesome. Some too inhumane. Some too ineffective. Some too costly. Everyone had an opinion, and it will probably take months and maybe even all of 2013 and beyond until anything takes effect.
In the meantime, New York State has opened a special firearms deer-hunting season and expanded the traditional game boundaries to enable hunters to eliminate more of the pesky mammals during the month of January. The usual deer season, which only permits bow-hunting, ended on December 31.