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New York State officials are striving to control the deer population in the Finger Lakes area.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says a special deer hunting season is open until January 31 in and around the City of Ithaca in Tompkins County

During the special January season, in the Deer Management Focus Area, registered hunters can take two antlerless deer per day using a shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun or bow if they have bow-hunting eligibility.

The Focus Area encompasses 60,000 acres around Ithaca including the city and town, the villages of Cayuga Heights and Lansing and parts of the towns of Danby, Caroline, Dryden, Lansing, Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses.

Information, including a map of the zone and description of available hunting lands is available at www.dec.ny.gov.