Deer Management News This Week

Deer-hunting bill: Some proposals for a compromise March 29, 2015 South Carolina, Times and Democrat 
... In 2012 the deer herd stood at about 800,000 deer... During a period from 1988 to 1996, the deer herd increased from 900,000 to 1,200,000 ... S.454: “The DNR may now suspend the taking of DEER when the environmental conditions or other factors warrant.”... 

Increase proposed on hunting license fee March 29, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
...  Last week, executive director [Game Commision] Matt Hough asked state legislators to raise hunting license fees. The last increase was in 1999, when the price of a general license went from $12 to $19... “Today, 16 years later, we have fewer employees —714 total — yet our personnel costs have more than doubled ...

Public input leads to possible changes with deer hunting March 29, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... The juggling of the muzzleloader, gun and youth seasons might seem significant in terms of their impact on hunters. The impact in terms of managing Ohio’s deer population, however, should be close to zero, said wildlife biologist Mike Tonkovich, the division’s deer project leader.  “There’s no biology involved,”...

Proposed deer limit good for state March 28, 2015 South Carolina, Manning Live
... For many years, South Carolina hunters have expressed concern over the unregulated harvest of antlered deer in the state. There has also been an increasing interest in reducing
harvest pressure.  Many hunters feel that the current situation leads to an over-exploitation, resulting in a high percentage of bucks being taken by a small percentage of hunters...

...  the House passed a bill this past week that would require state government to give landowners the animal parts of wildlife illegally poached on their land ... The saga in question: Tim Nedeau’s quest to take ownership of antlers from a 14-point deer that he says was illegally shot on his land  .. worth thousands...

Mild winter should help boost deer population March 28, 2015 Minnesota, messagemedia.co
...  If mild conditions persist, those conditions combined with a conservative 2014 deer harvest could signal the start of a rebound in the state’s white-tailed deer populations... Following the two consecutive severe winters of the late 1990s, the deer population rebounded to pre-severe winter levels within two to three years ...

State drought and exotic deer lice March 28, 2015 Colorado, Sterling Journal-Advocate 
... the first deer to be found in Colorado with exotic chewing lice was discovered east of Denver. Chewing lice, Bovicola tibialis, is a species of lice that comes from Europe. ... For more information on the exotic chewing louse

... As part of the plan, night-vision-equipped sharpshooters hired through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will kill deer that have been lured onto city property near a wooded area that has been cordoned off ... a homeowners' association can also kill deer on their own property by applying for a deer-damage permit from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, which inspects the property and decides if deer are damaging plants or gardens ...

Ann Arbor, A cull is a kill, and it’s an overreaction to deer ‘problem’ March 28, 2015 Michigan, Bridgemi
...  The deer “problem” was identified through anecdotal evidence supplied by a neighborhood group concerned about their gardens, led by a landscape architect. In reviewing media reports about the process there is no indication of any scientific attempt to define the problem before a council member presented her resolution on managing the deer population. ...

Deer hunters share mixed reactions over possible changes March 28, 2015 Missouri, KOMU-TV
... Boone, Callaway and other mid-Missouri counties have seen their deer population drop up to 35 percent during the last 10 years due to hemorrhagic disease outbreaks, drought and high doe harvests, according to the a 2013-2014 Missouri Deer Season Summary and Population Status Report. ...  in general there might be some places where the population isn't as large, so reducing two days of deer season to have the deer population recover." ...

Elk from Kentucky have reached their new home near Black River Falls! March 27, 2015 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     Elk from Kentucky have reached their new home near Black River Falls, Wis. in the first year of elk reintroduction efforts in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and a number of other key partners.  In all, 26 elk were transported to Jackson County after completing a 45-day quarantine period in Kentucky as part of a five-year agreement between Wisconsin and Kentucky that will provide Wisconsin with up to 150 wild elk. In 2015, all elk will be released in Jackson County, while future years will see animals released in both Jackson County and Clam Lake.
     Special precautions are being taken to help make sure elk received from Kentucky become accustomed to their new home in Jackson County. A seven acre acclimation pen has been built within the Black River State Forest near Black River Falls, Wis., and all elk brought to Jackson County from Kentucky will be held in the pen for a minimum of 75 days to satisfy health testing requirements and allow the elk to become familiar with their new surroundings...

New ODFW director's challenges begin with fee increases March 27, 2015 Oregon, OregonLive.com
...  agency's $340-million budget and the need to backfill a $30-million-plus deficit with a combination of license and tag increases, a first-ever pitch for general fund money and the trimming of dozens of full-time positions...

... There are around 400 deer farms in Indiana, many of which breed whitetail deer to be sold in the interstate trophy hunting trade... HB 1453 ... set licensing standards, hunting seasons and minimum acreage requirements ...

DNR teams with lumber company to help deer herd March 27, 2015 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source
... the partnership focuses on improving and maintaining conifer cover, which is essential to winter deer survival in the area....

Dayton calls for felony-level penalties against poachers March 27, 2015 Minnesota, San Francisco Gate 
... Gov. Mark Dayton wants to crack down on poachers with tougher criminal penalties and longer license revocations ... a new felony-level penalty ...

Springbrook, Winter culling program thins Springbrook deer herd by 40 March 26, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Tribune 
... animal-rights activists targeted the program in the early 1990s, but most of the opposition has since ended... In nearby Will County an animal rights group has questioned the need for the Will County Forest Preserve District's deer culling ... "Surely we can do better than to simply slaughter innocent animals," the group's president, Steve Hindi said...

Coyotes filling wolves' niche in southeastern US March 26, 2015 North Carolina, Phys.org 
... Coyotes are native to western North America but moved to North Carolina only in the last few decades... Most impressive was the apparent top-down influence coyotes had on deer populations at Fort Bragg. A recent paper in PLoS ONE showed that coyotes killed one out of every two deer fawns born. "Only 14 percent of fawns survived for the first 16 weeks of life," ...

... 117 two- and three-person teams, totaling 294 hunters, fanned out all over northern Arizona to participate in a two-day coyote suppression hunt that is designed to remove coyotes from prime antelope fawning areas in northern Arizona...

A new N.C. Senate proposal would transfer oversight and regulation of deer farms from the state's Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Bill sponsor Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, said the measure would set "the stage for an entirely new agricultural industry to take root and thrive in this state." - March 25, 2015 North Carolina


... year 2013 there were 3 elk confirmed positive for CWD in New Mexico...  two positive cases to date in deer in the state of New Mexico early 2014...

Prevalence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Antibodies Among White-Tailed Deer Populations in Maine JP Mutebi, M Godsey, RP Smith Jr, MR Renell, L Smith… - Vector-Borne and Zoonotic …, 2015
... Forty-seven of the 332 (14.2%) sera were positive for EEEV antibodies, showing a much wider distribution of EEEV activity in Maine than previously known...  Our data suggest higher EEEV activity in central Maine compared to southern Maine, whereas EEEV activity in Maine has historically been associated with the southern counties of York and Cumberland...

...  A significant shift in Arkansas deer hunting has been the achievement of a virtual 50-50 ratio between bucks and does checked by hunters. This has put the state among the top states in the nation in this regard...

Senate seeks to expand deer farming in N.C. March 25, 2015 North Carolina, WRA
... A bill filed in the state Senate on Wednesday would expand captive deer farming in North Carolina.  The measure would transfer oversight and regulation of captive deer herds from the state's Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services ...
... the deer, which has been euthanized, was found struggling to survive by a Watkins-area rancher Feb. 13...

Utah's deer herds doing well March 25, 2015 Utah, Standard-Examiner
... After the hunts were over last fall, biologists saw an average of 21 bucks for every 100 does... biologists manage 14 of Utah’s 30 general-season units for 15 to 17 bucks per 100 does. The remaining 16 units are managed for 18 to 20 bucks per 100 does...

Legalize deer baiting? Let us look closer March 25, 2015 Alabama, Al.com 
... The bill would legalize baiting for deer deer and feral swine... Under the bill, every hunter using a feeder that would be used for baiting deer would be required to purchase a $50 permit each year for each feeder... 

Support legislation to preserve our hunting heritage March 25, 2015 Texas, Orange Leader
... A disturbing trend in Texas and across the nation is drawing attention from hunters and non-hunters alike – raising deer in captivity, much like livestock, and then releasing them to be hunted as little as 10 days later...  HB 2471, which would require that pen-raised deer only be released from captivity in the spring, when climatological and physiological factors are most conducive to a smooth transition to the wild...

In a multi-year effort to boost mule deer populations in parts of Far West Texas, biologists are capturing and relocating female deer, or does, to help replenish herds after the drought of the 1990s. - March 24, 2015 Texas


Influence of white‐tailed deer population density on vegetation standing crop in a semiarid environment BL Crider, TE Fulbright, DG Hewitt, CA Deyoung…Texas, - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2015... 
Diet selection theory predicts that selective foraging by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) may reduce palatable and nutritious plants when high-quality food resources are available or deer densities are high... Variable and limited rainfall had a more pronounced effect on variation in vegetation standing crop than white-tailed deer foraging regardless of food resource availability or deer density. Vegetation responses were more complex than can be predicted by traditional theory on diet selection in part because of the pronounced effect of variation in rainfall on vegetation standing crop ...

...  Deer were removed from areas of high concentration, including urban areas and locations where deer were negatively impacting agriculture, in a dual effort to also prevent human-wildlife conflicts. These deer were translocated to suitable habitats ... 390 deer were captured and translocated ...  After we adapted capture, translocation, and release techniques during the second year, survival jumped as high as 80 percent rivaling survival of native deer in New Mexico," commented Stewart Liley, big game program manager with NMDGF...

Mt. Lebanon Commissioners lament ‘divisiveness’ of Mt. Lebanon deer culling debate  March 24, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... John Lisowski, who said he's a hunter and a gardener, spoke during the comment session for residents and estimated that the commissioners would give themselves a D-plus grade for the cull.  “This firestorm in Mt. Lebanon was created by the corralling and assassinating of deer,” ...  Kristen Linfante, who was elected Ward 3 commissioner in 2011 and generally favored the deer culling initiative, resigned Monday ...

... All of the deer that have tested positive for CWD in recent years have been in the 3F2 hunting unit in southwestern North Dakota...

Deer-ly departed: Deer go where hunters aren’t March 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
...  A Penn State study into deer movement during the hunting season has shown whitetails react to hunting pressure by moving out of their typical home range... confirms what many hunters have long suspected: that deer “disappear” during the height of the hunting seasons ...

Ottawa Hills, Village panel considering all options to control deer March 23, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
... “We put together a standards subcommittee and found that the standard should be between 15 and 20 and we heard that from the nature conservancy that that is a healthy amount of deer,”  [U.S. Forest Service research puts an optimal at 15 to 28 for a forest, a suburban area can support more deer] ... Village councilmen had voted in late 2009 to hire a firm that specializes in selective deer-killing to thin the deer population...  However, opponents gathered enough signatures to place the matter on the November, 2010, ballot...

... Bow hunters who participated in Fargo's 2014-2015 annual wildlife management program harvested 35 deer ... Since the program started in 2006, 182 deer have been harvested...

New trend in hunting leases March 23, 2015 Texas, North Texas e-News
...  in the late fifties and throughout the sixties, the idea of leasing land for hunting was still a relatively new concept ... Here is the way the new deer lease plan works ... “We have found that most families can only hunt two or three times each season," continued Walker. "Most don’t have the leisure time to set up and keep feeders filled, etc... We plant the food plots and keep the feeders going ...

Prison ahead for illegal deer trafficker March 22, 2015 Ohio, Great Lakes Echo
... a 21-month prison term and a $125,000 fine... 12 charges in connection with his Valley View Whitetails breeding and high-fence hunting ranches in West Liberty, Ohio, and Live Oak, Florida ...

White‐tailed deer fawn recruitment before and after experimental coyote removals in central Georgia WD Gulsby, CH Killmaster, JW Bowers, JD Kelly… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2015
... Recent evidence from across the southeastern United States indicating high predation rates by coyotes (Canis latrans) on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawns has led some managers to implement coyote control...  Fawn recruitment on Cedar Creek WMA did not differ among years during the study, and was similar to that prior to coyote arrival. The differential coyote impacts and variable effectiveness of trapping we observed on nearby sites suggest coyote control may not achieve management objectives in some areas. Furthermore, transient behavior and the potential for coyotes to adapt to control efforts likely reduce efficacy of this management action ...

Legislature moves toward putting limit on bucks March 22, 2015 South Carolina, The Times and Democrat
... Under the proposed legislation, the first limit on antlered deer in South Carolina would be enforced by restricting hunters to four bucks a year. The limit on antlerless deer also would be four per season...  needed in part because of a 30 percent reduction in deer harvesting since 2002, which he said represents a decrease in the overall statewide deer population...

Deer tagging based on false conclusions March 22, 2015 South Carolina, The Times and Democrat
... Our Department of Natural Resources has repeatedly told us that our deer population has been falling. They say it was a million, and now it’s 700,000... coyotes may grab a few fawns, and people who kill more than eight deer a year will easily find tags from someone else to continue killing deer...

TPWD looks to revamp MLD, LAMPS programs March 22, 2015 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph
...  the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Managed Lands Deer program has been a success would be a huge understatement. Involving 10,000 properties, about a third of the state’s deer habitat is enrolled in the program... “What we are talking about doing is doing away with MLDs and deer harvest assistance program (LAMPS) and going to an automated program...

The cat-deer connection also affects humans March 22, 2015 Ohio, Goerie 
... peer-reviewed study published in the journal Eco-Health found that a large percentage of white-tailed deer in the Cleveland area is infected with toxoplasmosis ... When one animal, say a human, eats an animal, say a deer, which has tissue cysts, and tissue which contains the cysts is eaten, the human becomes infected.  Ironically, it is very unlikely that a person would be infected from a cat ...
Council recommends zero antlerless quota in 2015 March 22, 2015 Wisconsin, Hayward WI
... The low deer herd in the county, approximately under 14,000 (typically the herd population has been closer to 25,000), was the primary reason for recommending no antlerless tags, as happened in 2014... also recommended increasing the take of deer predators ...  removing baiting during all deer hunts as a way to encourage deer to disperse versus congregate, when the animals are more vulnerable to predators and hunters...

Mild winter's timing could not have been better for deer March 22, 2015 Minnesota, wadenapj.com
... After two straight winters of of tough conditions, the winter of 2014-2015 got off to an early and chilly start ... in the second week of March hollered "spring." ... Schultz is expecting good deer reproduction this spring...

U.S. Forest Service Slaps Hunters in the Face March 21, 2015 North Carolina, The Tribune Papers 
... We know the deplorable state of wildlife habitat on the National Forests...  using the public input process they designed, identified wildlife habitat as the number one public concern and the draft plan reflected that. We did what they asked. To ignore that effort by those who really care about a healthy forest and wildlife is a slap in the face...

Yearling buck kills alter state's deer herd March 21, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Yearling bucks made up 61 percent of Wisconsin's antlered-deer kill in 2013, ranking state hunters dead last in the nation for passing up 18-month-old males ... By shooting so many juvenile bucks, Wisconsin hunters prevent deer herds from producing well-balanced age structures and buck-to-doe ratios...

Fight EHD during Drought Conditions with Clean Water March 20, 2015 Minnesota, Banks Outdoors
... With droughts forecasted for the upper Midwest, Southwest and Pacific Northwest, a clean water source for deer is more important than ever to fight the risk of EHD... spread by a small, flying insect called the midge. For more information on the disease, read Can We Prevent EHD? ... 

... The biggest proposed change is lifting antler-point restrictions in several general-license deer areas southeast of Lander...  according to Game and Fish data presented at the working group's meeting in December. With such a rule, hunters pound the older males and those animals' portion of the population shrinks...


Mt. Lebanon, Controversial Mt. Lebanon deer cull ends March 20, 2015 Pennsylvania, Observer-Reporter 
... Merlin Benner, president of Wildlife Specialists said the township's decision to trap deer in corrals – which had never been used in Pennsylvania – led to a delay in starting the deer cull. Only six deer were killed ... Benner acknowledged the protesters played a role in his decision to end the contract. ... Despite the handful of deer that were killed, Morgans [town public relations officer] said the program was not a failure...
      Mt. Lebanon Deer Culling has officially ended March 20, 2015 Pennsylvania, WTAE
... The deer corrals came down on Thursday.  At the beginning of this operation, it took 11 shots to kill three deer ... they' have only killed six deer... had hoped to cull 150 ...
     Milder weather working against deer cull effort in Mt. Lebanon March 20, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... With just six deer killed since the first shots were fired in the Mt. Lebanon deer cull, the program will not reach commissioners’ goal of significantly reducing the whitetail population ... Tom Fazi, spokesman for the Game Commision’s southwest district, says the bait, trap and kill corral method continues to seem viable despite the unsuccessful Mt. Lebanon experiment, and may have applications elsewhere in the state...
     Weak ammunition delays deer cull in Mt. Lebanon March 19, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... The operator of Mt. Lebanon's controversial deer culling program cut short the first night after contractors needed 11 direct shots to the head to kill three deer at close range ... Mt. Lebanon spokeswoman Susan Morgans referred comments to the state game commission, which could not be reached...

Yearling buck kills alter state's deer herd March 20, 2015 Arkansas, Green Bay Press Gazette
... The 2013 national average for the yearling buck percentage was 36 percent ... Although a yearling-buck harvest percentage of 61 is high by today's standards, it was the norm 25 years ago ...

Listen to the people; protect wolves March 19, 2015 Minnesota, SC Time
... Former Wisconsin DNR biologist Adrian Wydeven stated, "Wolves are not driving deer numbers down to dangerous levels. The biggest factor that affects our deer herd are winters and the hunting harvest. When wolves have established themselves, deer are going to be more elusive...

CWD remains in Hueco Mountains — One positive test this season March 19, 2015 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... Chronic wasting disease was detected in only one of 222 tissue samples that were collected from hunter harvested deer and elk from the Trans-Pecos ...  The disease has been detected in only seven animals, all within the Hueco Mountain area, indicating a disease prevalence of 10–15 percent within that population...

Conservation bank eyed as solution to sage-grouse woes March 19, 2015 Wyoming, Summit County Citizens Voice
... The country’s first-ever sage grouse conservation bank will manage a vast expanse of central Wyoming for sage-grouse, mule deer and other wildlife as a hedge against impacts to greater sage-grouse in energy development zones...

A Brief History of Tule Elk on the Point Reyes Peninsula
 March 19, 2015 California, West Marin Citizen
... the tule elk (Cervus elaphus nannodes), a subspecies of elk found only in California ... summer day of 1576 when Sir Francis Drake and his weathered crew landed at what is now Point Reyes ... first caught a glimpse of this stoic, and remarkably abundant grazer, as described in a journal entry: “... very large and fat Deer ...  " ...  tule elk are making a comeback thanks in large part to extensive management and reintroduction efforts...

'Unified' PGC board appears intent to decrease opportunity March 19, 2015 Pennsylvania, Citizen Standard
...  the board plans to create a 5-7 split for the firearms deer season, with the first five days for antlered hunting only and the last seven days concurrent antlered and antlerless hunting ... an email apparently sent by Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania president Randy Santucci suggesting antlerless tags be reduced because of the "harsh" winter...

Shed hunters under scrutiny in Washington Legislature March 19, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review
... HB 1627, which so far has huge support among lawmakers, would black out the gray area of shed-antler hunters unleashing a dog to chase deer and elk on private property to cause the antlers to fall off...
     Washington bill seeks to limit antler collecting March 19, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review
... Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax and the bill’s sponsor, said it’s an attempt to rein in the practice of training dogs to chase elk, deer or moose, pick up the antlers they shed and go onto private property if that’s where the racks happen to fall...

... The Julia Butler Hansen Refuge is home to the Columbian White-tailed Deer ...  the Refuge has planted native trees including alder, willow, spruce, red-osier dogwood ... to enhance the chances for the survival of the Columbian White-tailed deer...

Deer hunter with bow and arrow arrested in buck beheading March 19, 2015 New York, New York Post
... Oakes was caught in full camouflage gear, hauling a bow arrow near Schmul Park Playground , luring a deer with a pile of corn ...

... A bow-and-arrow wielding Staten Island man allegedly used a Travis park as his personal big game stalking ground, in what's believed to be the first illegal deer poaching case in New York City history...

Hunters, scientists dispute deer count March 18, 2015 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot
... In 2012, four Redding neighborhoods were selected to be part of the research project to reduce the risk of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases... Mr. Sanford, a Redding resident, and Mr. Ekstrom, a Newtown resident, paid ... to do a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) flyover survey...  Based on Dr. Williams’s numbers, there are 29 to 30 deer per square mile, and Mr. Sanford said based on Vision Air numbers there are 7.42 deer per square mile. [see related stories on the Connecticut page] ...

... A bill to repeal the state law restricting the use of corn or other bait as an aid in deer hunting passed a Senate committee today with an endorsement from country music legend Hank Williams Jr...

Some Kansas deer hunters to see reduced opportunities this year March 18, 2015 Kansas.com
... Residents and non-residents will see tighter restrictions on how many antlerless whitetails they can kill ... Kansas' eastern mule deer zone, which includes management units 3,4,5,7 and 16 will see sizable permit reductions ...l esser reduction of resident permits for mule deer bucks and does in Kansas' western mule deer zone  ...

Mule deer population in Pine Ridge drops March 18, 2015 Nebraska, Nebraska Radio Network
... Wildlife managers have become concerned by a drop in the number of mule deer even though habitat seems adequate and hunting has been restricted. Hunters have not been allowed to kill mule deer doe since 2013...

Mt. Lebanon, Vandals steer deer from Mt. Lebanon corrals, help some escape March 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... The contractor reported five incidents since March 11, when someone put deer feed outside the Bird Park corral, presumably so deer would be less tempted to enter what opponents call the “killing cage.”  On Thursday, someone removed a corral feeder ...

Hillsboro Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plan [PDF] N Atwell, J Hilterbrand, C Kaffka, A Lauber, E Shore - 2015 Oregon
...Deer rarely find their way past the security fence and onto the airfield at HIO, and do not
need to be dispersed if they are outside of the airfield security fence. If there is a need to
remove deer from within the security fence, Airport staff may gently coax them to a place
where they can exit the airfield or they will be lethally removed following the Port’s Oregon
Department of Fish & Wildlife permit...

Wildlife officials want to ban use of deer urine in hunting March 18, 2015 Virginia, Roanoke Times 
...  has been asking hunters not to use doe urine to mask their scent or attract a buck, because the commercially sold commodity has potential to spread the deadly chronic wasting disease.... are considering a proposal to ban the use of the product...

Nohre talks state of local deer herd March 18, 2015 Minnesota, Echo Press
... We need a real accurate survey done on the deer herd in the state of Minnesota... We’ve got a lot of members that put in food plots. We’re getting probably 1,600 pounds of seed corn, 1,100 pounds of soybeans and I think about 500 pounds of sunflowers...

Deer harvest data compiled March 18, 2015 Nebraska, Wahoo Newspaper 
... No changes to deer hunting regulations in the Wahoo Unit ...  the number of dear harvested in the Wahoo Unit in the past two seasons is a fraction of what it had been in previous years...  largely because epizootic hemmorhagic disease (EHD) devastated the unit’s herd in 2012 ...

Are Crops Contributing to the Whitetail Decline? March 17, 2015 North American Whitetail
...one herbicide in particular— glyphosate — catches most of the fire from critics ... With “Roundup Ready” (RR) crop varieties, glyphosate can be used to kill many annuals and perennials ... A North Carolina friend recently told me deer had all but quit using a local bean field since the farmer switched to RR beans... The consequent deficiencies of those minerals cause fetal hypothyroidism and a wide variety of birth defects....

... Three Arizona legislators ...  recently sent a letter to President Obama asking him to designate 1.7 million acres of federal lands, both north and south of the Colorado River, as the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.  The action was at the bequest of a number of environmental groups including the Sierra Club ... 

Landowners launch fight against illegal hunting March 17, 2015 Tennessee, Elk Valley Times
...  legislation that would establish a restitution scale with increased fines for those who illegally kill white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bear or wild elk... : for an antlered wild elk or antlered white-tailed deer with at least eight but not more than 10 points, $500 for each point; for an antlered wild elk or antlered white-tailed deer with 11 or more points ...

Research to focus on how deer respond to changes in moon phase, weather March 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, Phys.org
... The Deer-Forest Study, currently funded through 2017, is a collaborative research project studying how deer, soils and vegetation interact to affect Pennsylvania forests. Penn State is partnering with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state Bureau of Forestry in the research.  The Deer-Forest Blog, where researchers share their findings with the public, is online ...

Missouri hunters passionate about proposed regulations March 17, 2015 Columbia Missourian
... A regulation that would allow the use of crossbows during archery deer ... Hunters against the proposed regulation agreed that crossbows were too accurate and had an advantage over traditional bows ...  proposed regulation to reduce the limit of the antlered deer harvest during archery season from two bucks to one...

... officials estimate there are between 3,000 to 4,500 cougars in New Mexico... This would effectively start an open season on the cats in which they could be hunted or trapped at any time without harvest limits... 



Searching the internet to find and conserve deer information

Deer in the News

... A YouTube video has transformed a laid-back deer named Sugar Bob that lives on the grounds of the Applegate River Lodge into a late-night television star... Sugar Bob and Davis stole the show Wednesday night on the satirical "Daily Show" program ...

Two Watkinsville men charged with killing deer 8 months ago March 27, 2015 Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald 
... The deer, a buck with 10-point antlers, was a common sight along the well-traveled road that motorists often take to Athens. Allen, on whose pasture the deer grazed with his cattle, had nicknamed the deer “Bucky,” because it never ran from him and seemed content spending time in the pasture...

Neighbors upset after deer euthanized in Cambridge neighborhood March 25, 2015 New York, Fox23 News Center
... While the Short family says they will miss watching the deer running around the neighborhood, it’s how the deer was killed that has them upset... the officers came up, pet the deer in her lawn as it stood beside a snowman, then said they were going to shoot it. She says her father asked them three times to at least do it away from the home, since two children were inside...

Invincible Deer? March 25, 2015 Massachusetts, Massachusetts News
... a driver struck a deer with his car... Animal Control arrived and quickly determined the deer didn’t need to be put down ... so the animal control officer just stayed in the area and kept an eye on the deer for at least a half an hour before deciding to just let it go on it’s way unmolested...

Let's help stop the worst among us March 24, 2015 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... on March 10 in Bingham County when a sportsman stumbled across the remains of a pregnant mule deer that had clearly been poached.      Alongside the deer’s remains were two nearly fully developed fawns — ripped from her womb by whoever killed her...

Hunting horns the new outdoor craze March 24, 2015 Oregon, The Register-Guard
... Seeking shed deer or elk antlers has become Southern Oregon’s second hunting season ... becoming more of a family affair in recent years ... Southern Oregon’s black-tailed buck deer are entering the prime shedding period ...

Shed hunting season is upon us March 20, 2015 New York, Lake Placid News
... Sheds are the result of adult male members of the deer family that naturally shed their antlers each year... In recent years, the popularity of shed hunting has soared ... the Boone and Crockett world record book for big game animals includes a category for record sheds...


Man uses truck to run down deer March 20, 2015 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald 
...  intentionally running into a nine-point buck with Burich’s Chevrolet truck in 2013. And that wasn’t the only time ... Burich talked about running down deer as the easiest way to hunt ...



De Blasio takes aim at urban deer hunters March 19, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance 
... Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn't think anyone should be hunting deer with a bow and arrow in New York City... 

Deer jumps from ice floe to ice floe in Boston Harbor March 17, 2015 Massachusetts, Myinforms
... the animal was jumping from one ice floe to another, twice sliding into the frigid water ... it jumped and swam to the rocks... remarkable ...

Hastings firefighters rescue deer from Mississippi River March 15, 2015 Minnesota, Hastings Star Gazette 
... The deer was attempting to get out of the water, but was unable to get back on top of the ice.  Three firefighters used a boat ... the deer panicked at first, Schutt said, but settled down when he realized they were trying to help him...

Shed Deer Antlers a Buried Treasure March 15, 2015 Wisconsin, Valley News
... Like thousands — perhaps millions — across North America, we were hunting for shed deer antlers... Shed hunting is close to the perfect outdoor activity. You learn the land and gain insights into animal behavior. It provides low-impact exercise and lots of fresh air...

To the rescue: Pekin cops save drowning deer March 13, 2015 Illinois, Morton Times News 
... a young doe thrashing in the deep, frigid waters ... had to wrestle with the deer to secure the rope around its neck and a leg ... Their reward was the pause the deer gave to look back, as if in thanks, before disappearing into nearby woods ...

... After several deer had perished as vehicles crashed into them, authorities decided to take action and block the roadway for the deer to cross...

Deer downing a common occurance March 10, 2015 Massachusetts, Wareham Village Soup
... Of the 12 deer presumed to be on the ice, only two were believed to have survived... two deer were pulled out of the icy waters were still alive and brought to shore, where emergency personnel put blankets on the deer to heat them up, but to no avail.  "The [Environmental Protection Agency] made the determination to euthanize the animals," ...
     Several Deer Die Trying To Cross Wareham Bay March 9, 2015 Massachusetts, CBSBoston
... While rescuers were on scene, a second group of deer became stranded when they were spooked by people walking a dog in the area...
     Wareham firefighters rescue deer after fall into icy ocean March 9, 2015 Massachusetts, Capecode Today 
... Firefighters used hovercrafts from the Onset and Middleboro Fire Departments to rescue the animals. Donning survival suits, firefighters managed to rescue several of the deer... [see video below]

Sebec, Maine Life-Deer Rescue March 6, 2015 t.Dow Photography
...  a small deer made the mistake of getting out too far on the thin ice...  residents of Sebec Village passing by the scene had stopped their everyday lives and began to work together to figure out a way to get the deer out of trouble... Pulled to safety...


Shed Hunting: One Of Mother Nature's Most Beautiful Art Forms March 6, 2015 South Dakota, Yankton Daily Press
...  Sheds are the buck’s antlers from the previous year shed or dropped after the rut... , deer in the upper Midwest will shed their antlers in February and March... A good trail to start looking for sheds would be those resembling a hard packed cattle trail...

... Over the years, Wheeler has set out hidden cameras and recorded thousands of images of wildlife: deer, elk, bear, cougar ... got a nice photo ... of a two-point buck deer looking over its shoulder, seemingly posing...

Shed hunt responsibly to protect big game March 3, 2015 Oregon, My Eagle News
... Biologists say shed hunters using motor vehicles can put wildlife on the move just when these animals need conserve their energy reserves. Pets and people on foot or horseback can also disturb big game... Rob Tanner, co-founder of Oregon Shed Hunters, the sport of shed hunting is gaining popularity...

Deer hunting has gotten away from its traditional roots March 1, 2015 Missouri, News Tribune
... What was once about gathering nourishment for your body and soul has been manipulated into a quest for chest thumping based only on the size of the rack atop a deer’s head...  In many states, including Missouri, a captive deer industry exists to cater to those who just want to shoot a “trophy buck.” These properties are surrounded by a high-fence, so the deer have absolutely no chance of escape ...

Piebald deer visits rural Duluth family’s feeder February 28, 2015 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune 
... “I saw what I thought was a moving snowbank,” ... The deer came to some feed that Parker’s family had put out... Sometimes piebald deer don’t just show coat color differences but also have physical deformities...

Video: A Twist on the Live Deer Cam February 27, 2015 Ohio, OutdoorHub
... meet Dillie the deer. Dillie is a blind farm deer that was rescued by veterinarian Melanie Butera in 2004 and now lives with her adopted family in their house in Canal Fulton, Ohio...

‘Snuff flicks’ spoil reverence of deer hunting for profit February 26, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman-Review
... Deer hunting shows are the worst – “snuff flicks” I call them, where a wild animal dies for entertainment and profit... true deer hunting is a personal thing with equal amounts of elation and misgiving, reverence and even dejection. Hunting shows ... almost make me ashamed to admit I’m a deer hunter...