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White deer tours returning to the Seneca Army Depot

Seneca White Deer, Inc.

Under a new agreement reached between Seneca White Deer, Inc. (SWD), and Deer Haven Park, LLC, bus tours of  the world's largest white deer herd will be offered at the former Seneca Army Depot.

President of Seneca White Deer, Dennis Money, says weekend tours were offered in the past -- most recently in 2012 -- but a new licensing agreement will allow for bus tours year round.

"We're very excited about that because we've always  felt the Depot would be a fantastic tourist attraction and would be a great economic stimulus for the South End of Seneca County and the Finger Lakes."

The tours will feature the world famous white deer herd, along with military and historic artifacts found at the former depot in the Town of Varick, near Seneca Falls.

In a statement, owner of the Depot, Earl Martin, said he believed the survival of the white deer will depend on the success of the tours.

Plans for a new welcome center are also in the works, and the goal is to begin the bus tours in October.

Martin owns a company which makes equipment for the dairy industry, and now owns 7,000 acres of the former Army Depot.

He wants to preserve the white deer and also promote tourism in that area.

Denis Money, president of Seneca White Deer, set up his Browning trail camera recently on the former Seneca Army Depot in Seneca County. He recorded video of brown-colored deer as well as up-close footage of the depot's white deer.

Alex Crichton is host of All Things Considered on WXXI-FM 105.9/AM 1370. Alex delivers local news, weather and traffic reports beginning at 4 p.m. each weekday.