Feb 28, 2006 — Fewer deer were killed this year. New York's hunters killed 14% fewer deer than the year before. It was the third straight annual decline. That's according to a new report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The deer kill was down 20% in St Lawrence County. Maureen Wren, of the DEC says that fewer hunting permits were issued last year. She told Gregory Warner, it's part of the DEC's management straty to stabilize the number of deer.