Deer Management News This Week

Vermont moose hunting permits could be cut down February 18, 2017 BurlingtonFreePress.com
... Wildlife officials in Vermont and New Hampshire are proposing sharp reductions in the number of moose hunting permits ... response to continued population declines thought to be caused largely by milder winters and infestations of small but deadly parasites...

Are predators real cause for declining mule deer? February 18, 2017 Colorado, Glenwood Springs Post Independent
... “From the literature, what we’ve seen is predation doesn’t typically have an impact on the whole population,” [George Wittemyer, a professor in the CSU Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology] ... he believes that habitat treatment would be a better focus for CPW research. By habitat treatment, he means ensuring that mule deer have enough shelter and food ...

Final deer harvest numbers pretty underwhelming February 18, 2017 Ohio, New Philadelphia Times Reporter
...  from a strictly numbers standpoint, it was the second-worst season of the last eight ... the coyote population has exploded.  ... The bottom line is this: the herd is undoubtedly smaller than it was with similar factors working against it ever getting much bigger... 

Advisory Board Updated on Game Check, Snapper Check February 18, 2017 Alabama, Outdoor Alabama
... Game Check data showed that there were slightly more bucks than does harvested. With that compliance figure, Sykes said the estimated deer harvest for the just-finished season was about 122,350 bucks and 101,000 does harvested for a total of 223,350 animals ...

State wildlife chief warns of catastrophic animal diseases February 18, 2017 Pennsylvania, Standard Speaker
... the executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission said in his annual report to the Legislature... he expects chronic wasting disease, which is always fatal to deer and elk, to spread exponentially in Pennsylvania as it has in states such as Wisconsin and West Virginia...

JA Moreno, GC Telling - Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine, 2017
... The unparalleled efficiency of the contagious transmission of the disease combined with high densities of deer in certain areas of North America complicates strategies for controlling CWD and raises concerns about its potential spread to new species. Because there is a high prevalence of CWD in deer and elk, which are commonly hunted and consumed by humans, the possibility of zoonotic transmission is particularly concerning.  ...

Winter kills wildlife in western Wyoming February 17, 2017 WyoFile
... watched the deer population near his home in Kemmerer begin to dwindle at the end of December. In early January, the fawns had all but disappeared...  Animals younger than 1-year-old die first. They haven’t had time to put on body fat ...

Study to focus on wolves' effect on other predators, prey February 16, 2017 Washington, Capital Press
... “It’s going to come down to, how much of an effect are we seeing on the ungulate population, and whether they’re able to maintain themselves or the level of depredation is forcing that population to decline,” ...

... “Currently, scientific research suggests that removal of coyotes during the spring and summer is the most advantageous time to reduce the impact of predation on native wildlife,” ...

Bill Aims to Protect Venison, Bald Eagles February 16, 2017 Minnesota, KEYC
... would prohibit the use of lead ammunition for deer  ... The aim of House File 1356 is two-fold: To protect the health of families who consume venison, and prevent the poisoning of our national symbol, the bald eagle ...

New DNR estimates show hunters took more deer in 2016 February 16, 2017 Wisconsin, Fox11online.com
... Updated figures the DNR released Feb. 7 show hunters took 202,338 deer during the season... Hunters purchased 598,867 [gun] licenses, down from 612,377 in 2015 ...

...  The pilot program is modeled after one that operates in Wisconsin.
In addition to local hunters, CDACs are expected to include representation from agriculture, forestry, local government, tourism, transportation, non-consumptive users, and a disease monitoring organization...

This winter started out fairly rough but has mellowed considerably since December. February 16, 2017 North Dakota


... The meeting was prompted after a deer harvested during the 2016 hunting season in west central Clayton County tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It was the first wild deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease outside of Allamakee County...

East Texas landowner revamps property for deer, ducks and bass February 15, 2017 Lone Star Outdoor News
... “There were fair numbers of deer when I bought the place ... But the quality of bucks was really bad ... quickly learned he had 10 does for every buck, and with help from biologists, permits were obtained, the doe population was reduced, and the quality of animals increased tenfold... “Now, the ratio is 1.5 does for every buck, and the average buck ranges from the high 140s to 160...

South-county wildlife feeding is going well February 15, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express
... feeding of deer and elk at 17 sites in southern Blaine County ... some deer have been dying by eating alfalfa hay at elk-feeding sites.      “Their stomachs are stuffed with alfalfa—they just can’t digest it,” ...

Passive response to CWD would devastate deer herd February 15 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... So far, eight wild deer have tested positive ...  The Preston/Lanesboro area is ground zero ... t there are areas in the state where nearly half the mature bucks killed by hunters have the disease ...

Hunters and anglers are paying enough February 15, 2017 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
... with the state's Game and Fish Fund poised to go into the red in 2019, Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a budget that would raise the cost of a fishing license from $22 to $25, and raise the deer license fee from $30 to $34...

... a mandatory chronic wasting disease (CWD) check on all deer hunted in three out of the state's four regions:  Southwest,  Northwest,  Northeast ...

... Since the 1960’s, Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) populations have declined
steadily in the Clearwater Basin in north-central Idaho ... The CBC has attributed declines in the Clearwater Basin elk populations to the loss of early-seral shrub habitat and subsequent limiting effects of summer-autumn nutrition. Based on this analysis, elk populations would be enhanced by converting areas of contiguous forest cover to a diversity of seral communities, particularly early-seral shrubs with adjacent forest stands...

Oregon ‘problem wolves’ proposal draws howls February 13, 2017 Register-Guard
... the state wildlife department is considering allowing members of the public — defined as licensed hunters and trappers — to kill the wolves ... proposal that wolves be eliminated for “causing major declines of ungulate populations,” such as deer and elk... environmental groups strongly oppose any public hunting of the state’s roughly 150 wolves...

A win for hunters as bad deer regulation proposals axed February 13, 2017 Maryland, Delmarva Daily Times
... several lawmakers were advancing the Farm Bureau's deer eradication agenda. SB953 ... and HB1111 ... called for greatly extended firearm deer seasons that would have included the present two week season, two new weeks in early November and all of January....

... license revenues for 2016 were at a high of $38.7 million ... Increased collaring of deer and elk is “paying off” he said, and is a “tremendous tool for dealing with those populations in real time. … But it’s expensive.” ...

... “We had some places on one of our wildlife management areas where people were throwing out things to attract the deer to them so they’d knock their antlers against fences and things. We thought, well this just doesn’t make any sense to allow people to go in and harass animals on these critical winter ranges in these extreme condition.” ...

... LD 341, sponsored by Rep. Wadsworth of Hiram, An Act to Promote Deer Hunting. This bill would limit hunters to bucks with 3 or more tines of one inch or longer along the main beam of either or both antlers...

DNR asks panel to relax deer-, bear-hunting regulations February 12, 2017 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail 
... Antlerless-deer regulations ... will become more liberal in 18 counties or parts of counties... the state’s deer-management plan calls for biologists to use the buck kill’s two-year running average as their measuring stick... “The 2014 [buck] harvest was poorer than the 2016 harvest,” ...

'Shed Hunting' Becoming Dangerous To Colorado's Wildlife February 12, 2017 Colorado, CBS Local
... especially this spring the animals are under extra stress. They are receiving reports of people on motorized vehicles chasing elk and deer herds in hopes of collecting a fresh pair of antlers dropped by a startled animal...

... “Any 2-year-old [buck] will have a 15-inch inside spread. We know that ... We could save almost 99 percent of the 1½-year-old deer by setting a 15-inch minimum inside spread.  But Gary [Alt, father of Pennsylvania’s deer management plan]  was right in promoting the APRs — three or four points on one side — instead, because there was no way he was going to get the 15-inch rule passed.” ...

Harsh winter hits Wyoming wildlife Februry 11, 2017 Casper Star-Tribune Online
... Wyoming’s wild animals, particularly on the abundant western side of the state, face more struggles than normal this winter due to heavy snowfall, strong winds and harsh temperatures... The Jackson region, for example, had between 150 and 200 percent of normal snowpack ... Fawn survival ... will be lower than recent years...

Kentucky's elk program a tourism victory, too February 11, 2017 The Courier-Journal-22 hours ago
... Elk were native to Kentucky ... around the mid-1800s, they disappeared, victims of habitat loss and unregulated hunting ... first stockings were in 1997. During the following six years, approximately 1,500 elk were transported from six western states and released. Today, Kentucky’s free-ranging, self-sustaining elk herd includes an estimated 11,500 to 12,000 animals..,

Deer numbers drop, but not drastically February 11, 2017 Ohio, MyDaytonDailyNews
...Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists, who have been trying to slowly build up the state’s deer herd. The goal of Ohio’s deer management program is to provide a deer population “that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.” ..,

...  deer aren't necessarily there as much as they used to be," said said Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz). "Baiting and feeding was one way that they were able to at least see a deer." ...

Focus on feeding February 10, 2017 Oregon, Baker City Herald
... leading a campaign to feed about 1,000 elk and more than 1,000 deer in snowbound eastern Baker County ...  raised about $14,500 through a GoFundMe account over the past 21 days ... as much as 80 percent of the animals in some areas would have died ...

Modern Trapping More About Predator Control Than Furs February 10, 2017 Alabama, courierjournal
... Emphasis on deer management and turkey and quail management is a big thing. For people who own or manage property who are putting in the time through habitat work to produce food plots, supplemental feeding programs and herd management through selective harvest, trapping is just another tool in their arsenal of managing their property with predator control.” ...

Conservation groups propose alternatives to DNR cuts February 10, 2017 Wisconsin, Starjournalnow
... Fourteen conservation organizations have teamed up in support of raising Wisconsin hunting and fishing license fees to help close a DNR budget shortfall... Neighboring states of Minnesota and Michigan have increased hunting and fishing license fees in recent years but in Wisconsin no increase has been put into place since 2005 for most licenses and some have not changed since the 1990s...

Deer experts, DNR disagree on approach to CWD February 9, 2017 Michitan, Michigan Sportsman
...  Shipley said. "It's in the wild population. The genie is out of the bottle. Maybe you can eradicate it here for five years. Or 10 years. Or 20. But it's coming back. I can unequivocally guarantee that ... Cornicelli and Kroll agreed that when an outbreak of CWD can be narrowed down to specific family groups of deer in a small area, it's wise to attempt to eradicate those groups...

Montana Considers Banning Some Deer Urine Imports Over Disease February 9, 2017 CBS Sacramento
... would make it illegal for hunters to use deer or elk urine to mask their own odor if the urine came from one of the 23 states or two provinces with chronic wasting disease ... another bill that would ban certain animal carcasses and parts from those same states ...

Garden Valley plays hosts to deer and elk and both species gather at winter feeding sites. - February 9, 2017 Idaho


Aerial shots of deer and elk gathered around winter feeding sites near Dingle and Bancroft. - February 9, 2017 Idaho


USDA plans to use treated corn for ticks on deer February 8, 2017 Texas, Lone Star Outdoor News
... As part of the effort to control cattle fever ticks, the U.S Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to treat white-tailed deer with ivermectin, a broad spectrum anti-parasitic drug, to control tick vectors ...
Mamaroneck, Drones Fly Over Sound Shore To Hunt Down Accurate Deer Population Count February 8, 2017 New York, Mount Pleasant Daily Voice
... concerned about the overpopulation of deer in their   ...Williams said one wildlife biologist's "pellet count" method estimated there were 74 deer per quarter square mile which "translates to 1,800 deer in Mamaroneck! This was an absurd figure. . . The estimate only supports the belief that deer populations are inflated to encourage hunting activity." ...

In early February 2017, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in partnership with the City of Scottsdale and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, began a survey on the area's mule deer. The project is being done to identify important wildlife movement corridors and seasonal habitat preferences of the mule deer population. The information will guide future wildlife managment on the preserve and assure the long-term stability of the deer population in the area. - February 7, 2017 Arizona


Dire winter spurs talk about feeding wildlife February 7, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A herd that started off winter in the West Bank neighborhood numbering 53 animals has dwindled to 20 or 30 elk ... Wyoming hasn’t fed deer on an emergency basis since the 1970s ... "I have deer literally sleeping up against my house..." [an online discussion about emergency feeding from Game and Fish] ... 

More deer expected to survive winter February 7, 2017 Michigan, Escanaba Daily Press
...People living in eligible areas who wish to help boost deer survival rates are currently able to apply for supplemental deer feeding permits ... “It increases survival by providing feed through winter,” Sexton said. The DNR authorized the ­issuing of feeding permits in the southern U.P ...

Illinois ‘managing’ deer population to keep CWD in check February 7, 2017 ilnews.org
... state sharpshooters will stay in the field until mid-March to try and stop Chronic Wasting Disease from spreading... about 1 percent of hunter-harvested deer in Illinois test positive for CWD ...

... The ability for hunters to use tracking dogs to recover deer ... require hunters wishing to use a tracking dog to find a wounded deer to “notify” a local game warden of their intent rather than to get “permission.” ... walk-in hunting ... the state essentially leases hunting and fishing areas from private landowners ...

     Hunters checked 182,169 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2016-2017 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 188,329 deer were checked during the 2015-2016 season...

Collaring Wild Deer to Estimate Populations - January 6, 2017 Idaho


Preliminary approval given to semi-automatic hunting rifles February 6, 2017 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror
... a proposal to permit the use of semi-automatic rifles for hunting big game, small game and furbearers ... According to Game Commission sources, “Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that currently has no hunting seasons during which semi-automatic rifles can be used.” ...

Our massive amounts of snow so far this winter are providing a nice white backdrop making it easier for big game biologists to get a better handle on the state’s deer herd. - February 6, 2017 North Dakota


2016 deer harvest appears strong February 5, 2017 Massachusetts, MassLive.com
... the preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2016 is 12,233... The harvest was likely low in 2015 due to unseasonably warm weather, lack of snow, and an abundance of food...

Montana farmers, wildlife biggest losers from CRP cuts February 5, 2017 Great Falls Tribune
... Conservation Reserve Program ... t its height in 2007, 36.77 million acres were enrolled ...  including important deer and elk forage areas  ... gradual decline to 24 million acres by 2018... the cost of the CRP has barely declined at all ... 

... Two southeastern Washington wildlife areas totaling 11,000 acres are closed to public access ... Deer and elk observed in this area have physical signs of undernourishment, including exposed hip bones and eating shrub bark ...

Deer population, harvest, increased in 2016 February 5, 2017 Oklahoma, Tulsa World
... “Great weather the past two summers put deer in great physical condition, more people are waiting and not shooting smaller deer ...

Research project seeks to understand coyotes' impact on deer February 4, 2017 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail 
... Over the past couple of decades, deer populations have declined throughout most of America’s southeast... West Virginia’s coyote population has risen in recent years while the deer population has declined... “There’s no question coyotes are having an effect [on deer populations,]” said Michael Chamberlain, a professor of wildlife ecology and management at the University of Georgia ...
Mild winter so far good news for northern deer February 4, 2017 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... for northern St. Louis and Northern Lake counties on Wednesday and so far the winter of 2016-17 hasn’t been much of a winter at all. That bodes well for the whitetail deer population in northern Minnesota, which finds itself in the midst of a third mild winter in a row ... 

Maine revising game management plan February 4, 2017 Lewiston Sun Journal
... research findings  ...  91 percent support coyote control programs... The most important reason deer hunters gave for hunting was for meat (50 percent). Another 25 percent said they hunted deer for sport and challenge... [see Maine's 2016 Big Game Management Plan]






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Deer in the News

Plane collides with deer in Charlotte February 15, 2017 North Carolina, CBS News
... PSA Airlines flight 5320, a subsidiary of American Airlines, attempted to take off from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport when the collision with the deer happened ...

Deer rescued from frozen pond February 16, 2016 Rhode Island, NBC4i.com
... [video] Barden Reservoir... noticed the deer in the water, hanging onto the ice and called for help... what are you going to do? Stand here and watch a deer die?” ...

Aging Bucks by Body Traits February 13, 2017 sportingclassicsdaily.com
... Bucks older than 4 years appear to have legs rather short compared to their trunks. Study nearby does or young bucks with slim, graceful legs and bodies for comparison. An old buck’s legs aren’t any shorter; its chest and belly have just gotten deeper...

Cherokee man offers reward for information on poaching case February 11, 2017 Iowa, Siouxland Matters
... Someone used a power tool to decapitate a trophy buck in Cherokee, during Iowa's January deer hunting season.... 

He took one shot. And now two deer are free. February 7, 2017 Kansas, Wichita Eagle
 ... came across two buck deer with their antlers locked together ... took careful aim and shot where the antlers were tangled and the bucks ran away free...

Shed Antler Hunting February 5, 2017 www.nrafamily.org
... An individual deer can shed one or both antlers seconds or days apart. A shed hunter's mission is to find the discarded antlers... Some creative shed finders make chandeliers, knife handles, cabinet knobs, wine bottle holders, wreaths ...

Several deer spotted on Main Street in Pocatello February 4, 2017 Idaho, The Smithville Herald
... a half-dozen deer nibbling on shrubs ...  they’re just in shock and awe because this weather hasn’t happened in years, ... Pocatello has a fairly large population of mule deer that reside on the fringe of residential areas year-round ... 

... a white-tail deer, drowning in the middle of the lake...  he was under water at the time and he went under about three times before I could grab him ...

  Firefighters rescue deer trapped in icy Erie Canal February 2, 2017 Oregon, Democrat and Chronicle
...A buck fell through ice Thursday and the animal's hind legs became trapped underwater about 15 feet off shore ...

... “successfully freed the deer from the container” and “monitored him for more than an hour until he recovered,” ...
  Md. community takes to Facebook to save 'Jughead' deer January 26, 2017 Maryland, WTOP
  ... a deer with a plastic snack container on its head...  can’t eat, it can’t drink, and now going over a week since he was first spotted ...


Moose falls through window into Hailey family's basement January 29, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... tranquilizers to sedate the animal.  “With all hands on deck, the sleeping giant was carried up the stairs and out the front door. It woke up in the snow-covered street, groggy and confused, but free ...

... 
DNR officers say the doe lost one of its legs several years ago and was a familiar sight to residents of Deming and the surrounding Hamilton County area. She had even successfully raised several fawns over the years...

Avon loses protected Piebald Deer to car January 19, 2017 New York, News 10NBC
... A deer that hunters vowed not to shoot was killed by a passing car ... The piebald doe was seen many times ...

This deer has been sighted 3 days straight in our backyard. Today she brought a younger deer with her. My son has named her "Daily". - January 21, 2017


Hudson Valley Man Charged for 'humanely' Killing Deer Hit By Car January 17, 2017 New York, Hudson Valley Post
... The unnamed man admitted to shooting the deer with his .380 pistol to “humanely end its life,” ...

Man spends thousands feeding deer in retirement January 17, 2017 Maine, wwlp.com
...  A retired man in Maine who used to hunt and eat deer is now spending thousands of dollars to feed them instead... spends $4,500 a year buying oats ...

Feel-Good Scene Where Cops Work Together To Free Deer Caught In Fence. ometimes, our friendly woodland creatures need a helping hand just like everyone else. A deer in Wisconsin who got stuck in a wrought-iron fence was rescued by two sheriff’s deputies recently. - January 17, 2017


  Battling bucks die after antlers lock together in Missouri woods January 17, 2017 Springfield News-Leader
... Lying on the ground were two huge whitetail bucks, their antlers locked together, with torn-up ground and trampled grass giving evidence of a relentless battle...

...  a doe and its fawn ... near the whirlpool in Munising... They were exhausted when we got out there ... crews used heating packs and blankets to warm the deer ...

Magnolia residents concerned after deer seen with arrow... January 13, 2017 Texas, KPRC Houston
... People who live in a Magnolia neighborhood are trying to determine who shot a deer with an arrow after the deer as seen waking around with the arrow sticking straight through its neck...

Bucky the deer did not have rabies January 13, 2017 Virginia, WDBJ7
... Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries made the decision to euthanize a deer that a hunter in Riner tried to rehabilitate, out of fear of paralysis and possibly rabies. The rabies results came back negative...

  Deer Rescue 'A Real Community Effort,' Brick Police Say January 12, 2017 New Jersey, 
Patch
... a pair of deer that fell through the ice on a lagoon ... firefighter Ron Gaskill put on a dry suit and jumped in with a tethered line ... You could tell the deer knew we were trying to help ...

Deer being rehabilitated by Riner hunter put down Tuesday January 11, 2017 Virginia, WDBJ7... Despite an agreement Parsons believed he had with the officer that the deer could live for seven days to see if it would get better, they decided to kill the deer. VDGIF and the Health Department took the deer before Parsons could get home...
         Montgomery County hunter caring for found injured deer January 10, 2017 Virginia, WDBJ7
...  found the young deer after it had tried to jump a fence and hurt itself.  "He was laying pretty much lifeless ... He feeds it, works out its legs, and even set up harnesses to build up strength in its legs...

Unlikely couple: Liaison between a Sika deer and a Japanese snow monkey January 10, 2017 Science Daily
... Japanese monkeys ... comfortably live side by side with Sika deer ... The deer often eat food that the monkeys drop from trees ... The male mounted the deer and displayed some copulation behaviors ... saw the male try to mount a second female deer without any success ...

Port Mansfield Holds First Deer Festival January 10, 2017 Texas, KRGV
...  A few years back the residents of Port Mansfield found themselves surrounded by deer. They recently decided to have a festival to show appreciation for the animals...

...  a Boone and Crockett panel of four judges measured the 47-point rack ... larger than the non-typical current net world record ... had 38 points... deer antlers could be worth $100,000 ...

Case exposes rift over caring for deer January 8, 2017 New York, Lexington Herald Leader
... Recent guidelines by New York state officials mandating limited intervention by wildlife "rehabilitators" stirred heated debate and a lawsuit even before last month's case of the white-tailed buck that became a celebrity for about two weeks when it appeared in Harlem's Jackie Robinson Park...

... the deer was initially shot in the “body cavity.” ... “They shot several more times because at that point it was moving away from them ... So it took several shots to put it down finally... the deer’s mother was shot, and Taryn says her mother instantly connected with her...
     Kansas Family's Pet Deer Shot by Game Warden January 6, 2017 ABC News
... A western Kansas family is outraged after game wardens killed a deer that was allowed inside their house and took walks with the family... Taryn Mcgaughey filmed the wardens herding the animal toward where it was shot... video
     Kansas family's pet deer shot by game warden January 4, 2017 Wichita Eagle
... There was no reason for her to be killed ... She chose to stay. I never kept her from going away and being with other deer.” ...

Meanwhile In New York: Somebody Really Shot And Killed A Deer, Then Threw It In The Trash! - January 6, 2017


  Rare albino deer seen roaming county’s woods January 5, 2017 Pennsylvania, Sun Gazette
... first saw the albino deer as a fawn in the spring standing in his backyard — its vibrant white coat sharply contrasting with those of the others ...


  Marshfield Zoo 'Deer Video' Gets 6-Million Views January 3, 2017 Wisconsin, 
WSAU News
... a video of deer enjoying a unique "Christmas Feast" at Marshfield's Wildwood Zoo... [watch the video on their Facebook page]

Deer illegally killed, left to waste December 30, 2016 Tennessee, WBBJ-TV
... the buck grew up on their property and got along with their livestock, and many people in the area knew the buck as “the community deer.” ...