Hunters for Deer (HFD) is a 501.(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to effectuating a conservationists agenda through the promotion of bowhunting. While other groups profess to be "bowhunting specialists" or provide "solutions" to LI deer issues only HFD is a state and federally registered not-for-profit and the first pro-hunting organization to provide property owners with a FREE hunter based deer management program that we coined as our "Need-A-Hunter" program. 

Southold and East Hampton townships have replicated HFD's Deer Management Program (DMP) for their "locals only" program, but they are unsuccessful because they are limited to a smaller number of successful hunters, that live in their area. HFD continues to help municipalities and deer managers to recruit successful hunters and provide training and support for their local DMP. 

With our involvement, the white-tailed deer in Suffolk County will no longer be considered a public health threat to our residents. The population will maintain healthy levels through proper hunting practices, deer management and conservation- while at the same time, fostering better communication and education with the community.

HFD answered the concerns of property owners by creating our Certified Bowhunter program, which puts vetted archers through our "Bowhunting in Sensitive Environments Course" consisting of a criminal background check and an archery proficiency test. Those that pass our Certified Bowhunter course and participate in our Need-A-Hunter program are considered to be the top residential bowhunters in Suffolk County.  All of our Certified Bowhunters (CBH) are also insured.

Our Need-A-Hunter program couples our Certified Bowhunters with participating property owners, to target nuisance deer, that are coming into conflict with people. The relationship between a private property owner and a vetted CBH is essential in reducing local deer populations. 

In addition to our Need-A-Hunter program, HFD has a network in place to donate venison to those seeking an alternative protein source and we also donate to the NYS Venison Donation Coalition. 

It is the goal of HFD to be at the forefront of utilizing deer as a renewable resource, while working with communities to tackle deer overpopulation conflicts and gain property access for all bowhunters.

HFD also runs a youth hunter mentoring program that introduces youngsters to the thrilling sport of archery and the great outdoors.  Archery is an essential skill in building confidence, strength, and friendships, while preserving the tradition of hunting.  To get your youth involve please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to help contribute to the appeal for Hunters For Deer v. Smithtown please click the donation link below.  All money received is used to fight to open and protect hunting opportunities.  Thank you for your support!!