Deer Management News This Week

... confirmation that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in the West Allis metropolitan area of Milwaukee County.  As required by law, this finding will establish a baiting and feeding ban for Milwaukee County effective Feb. 1, 2018...

... Hunters reported harvesting 105,544 deer in Iowa for 2017, which is an increase of more than 4,100 deer from 2016. Iowa’s deer seasons closed on Jan. 10..,

Hunters kill nearly 284,000 deer during the 2017-18 seasons January 16, 2018 Missouri, Columbia Missourian
... Hunters in Missouri killed a total of 283,940 whitetail deer ... The number was a significant increase from the 263,834 deer that were taken down during the 2016-17 seasons..,

CWD case confirmed with ties to Holmes County January 16, 2018 Ohio, Times Reporter
... Just when the mandatory Deer Surveillance Area for parts of Wayne and Holmes counties was set to expire for whitetail hunters, a new case of chronic wasting disease has been discovered out of a Holmes County breeding facility... Since October of 2014, when we first identified CWD in a captive herd in Ohio, over 80 escaped cervids have come into our possession ...

... hunters killed a total of 143,945 deer during the 2017-2018 hunting season. That's about a nine percent decline from the previous season and a 12 percent decline from the 10-year average of Tennessee deer harvests...  unusually warm weather during muzzleloader season ... also had a huge EHD outbreak in the eastern half of the state." ..,

Controlling white-tailed deer in soybeans January 16, 2018 Michigan, Morning Ag Clips
...  research by Rogerson et al. in 2014, mild to moderate damage has been shown to increase soybean yield in some cases by stimulating additional branching and pod set. Deer damage is more likely in small fields with a high proportion of forested edge, according to Braun in a 1996 study...

... While "natural" levels for deer are generally accepted to be approximately 8.5 per square mile, some areas of DeWitt have approximately 85 deer per square mile. [the state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile, more information] .. the goal is to reduce the crisis-level Lyme Disease problem, often attributed to the deer population [this type of cull not shown to be effective]  ...

State reports 15 cases of CWD in deer January 14, 2018 Missouri, News-Press Now
... The 15 new CWD positives bring the total number of CWD cases detected in free-ranging deer in Missouri to 57 with 10 found in Adair, one in Cedar, one in Cole, seven in Franklin, two in Jefferson, five in Linn, 25 in Macon, one in Polk, three in St. Clair, and two in Ste. Genevieve counties..,

Toledo, Some question the need for deer cull January 14, 2018 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... “I was seeing herds of deer 15 or 20 years ago, and it’s just not that way anymore,” he said while voicing his objection to the deer culls planned for Side Cut and other Metroparks properties. “All of my neighbors say the same thing. We don’t see that many deer, so it’s hard for me to understand why we need this cull.” ...

... the total crossbow kill was 47,086 deer in Wisconsin, while archers (using compound bows, recurves and stick bows) registered 45,034... Crossbow licenses increased from 69,022 in 2016-'17 to 82,660 this year (through Jan. 11), according to DNR records,  And archery licenses declined from 166,161 in 2016-'17 to 152,186 this year...

Chronic Wasting Disease found in Ohio captive deer January 13, 2018 Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
... The positive sample was taken from a single buck on a hunting preserve in Guernsey County ... The animal was transferred from a captive breeding facility in Holmes County just days before it was harvested. Both the hunting preserve and the breeding farm are under quarantine ...

Orange County couple raises 'pet' deer on farm January 12, 2018 Texas, Beaumont Enterprise
... They have two main types of customers, he said - those who want pets and those who want to let the deer roam free on their ranches.  The couple has a yearlong waiting list for people wanting bottle-fed fawns to keep as pets...

Big shuffle underway in deer and bear hunting seasons January 12, 2018 North Carolina, The Mountaineer
... deer gun season won’t open until the week after Thanksgiving under a proposal by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission... “The biological reason for this is to shift the majority of the buck harvest until after peak breeding season, so all the does get bred,” ... “It coincides so that fawns are born after the green up in the spring,” ...

Deer harvest surpasses 200,000 for sixth straight year January 12, 2018 Arkansas, Buckmasters Online
...  the consistent harvest numbers from recent years are a good indication that Arkansas deer populations are beginning to stabilize... we’re back to similar harvests from the four or five years prior to last..,

... A survey of deer in Chesterfield is being done during the evening and early morning hours... the first step in managing your herd is finding out how many you have and where they are living, because you might have problems in one side of town but not the other ...

Essex County Deer Cull Returns, 2158 Killed In Past Decade January 12, 2018 New Jersey, Patch.com
... Since 2008, "experienced and qualified" volunteer shooters have killed a total of 2,158 deer (1,343 adult and 815 unborn) in an effort to control the local deer population ... "Deer are social, intelligent, and gentle animals whose lives matter to them, their offspring, and to their family units," the League of Humane Voters of New Jersey stated prior to a protest of the Essex County hunt in 2017...

CPW Commission approves shed antler restrictions January 12, 2018 Colorado, Valley Courier
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to approve the creation of a seasonal closure on shed antler and horn collection on all public lands west of I-25 from January 1 through April 30 annually...

Celebrate 100 Years of Michigan's Wild Elk! January 11, 2018, Michigan DNR


Michigan DNR Doing Elk Count January 11, 2018News/Talk 94.9 WSJM
... “Elk had been known to be across Michigan in the late 1800s, but they had all disappeared due to over-harvest and a lack of habitat,” Keen said. “In 1918, there were seven elk brought from the western United States to Wolverine, Michigan. It took some years for that population to grow.” ..,

... Moose and deer took to ’em pretty much right away, not much hesitation at all,” Sturm said of the underpasses. “Elk were a little more reluctant at first, but they have sort of gotten used to them...

... a Tipton outfitter accused of leading illegal hunts and ripping off customers was convicted on two counts of felony theft ... "Right now, anybody who wants to be an outfitter can be one,” ...

...  in 2010, elk populations have increased from 1,716 to 2,850, so they’ve more than realized anybody’s vision for growing elk,” regional wildlife manager Mike Thompson said. “It’s so far above objective that we have to reduce this population or mathematically it’s going to get away from us.” ...

... With Montana surrounded on three sides by CWD — Wyoming to the south, North Dakota to the east, and Saskatchewan and Alberta to the north — the chances that a sick animal could migrate into the state make eradication a challenge. One thing in Montana’s favor, though, is that it does not have any game farms, many of which have seen outbreaks of CWD...

Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer disease found in Benton, Washington, Sebastian counties January 11, 2018 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
... A 2 1/2-year-old doe was harvested near Decatur, and a 5 1/2-year-old doe was taken near Springtown. A 1 1/2-year-old buck was shot near Prairie Grove. An adult buck was taken near Lavaca. ..,

... A white-tailed deer run over on U.S. Highway 87 between Dalhart and Hartley has tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... the first case in a Texas Panhandle white-tailed deer ..,

... Outdoorsmen would be able to use dogs when hunting deer and bear on Sundays under legislation introduced 2018 Virginia General Assembly by Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)...

West Virginia hunters harvest 108,160 deer in 2017 January 10, 2018, Division of Natural Resources
...  the number of white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the recently completed hunting seasons was down compared to a year ago.  The Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that hunters killed 108,160 deer in 2017. That's a 4 percent drop from the 112,384 deer killed in 2016, and a 15 percent drop from the five-year average...

Deer crisis deepens. Here's how we got into this mess January 10, 2018 New York, SILive.com
... the first photo we ever published of a deer on Staten Island... A dead deer was found beside the West Shore Expressway on September 23, 1994... how did the deer get here?  Simple: They swam over from New Jersey. At least some of them did...

A white-tailed deer coming to shore at Mount Loretto Unique Area after swimming across the Raritan Bay from New Jersey. November 8, 2014.


Chronic wasting disease found in three more Arkansas counties January 9, 2018 THV 11
...Four white-tailed deer in Benton, Washington, and Sebastian counties recently tested positive ... CWD was detected in the state almost two years ago ..,

... Even after an annual take of about 80,000 ungulates by hunters, Colorado Parks and Wildlife estimates there are about 700,000 deer and elk in the state, he noted.  "We know in areas where human-caused mortality is low — in other words when people don't kill them — about 85 percent of the variability in a wolf population on an annual basis is explained by the abundance of food," ...

... Figures from Environment Yukon’s agriculture branch show a plan to compensate farmers for damage caused by the elk doled out $91,400 over the last three years... The Braeburn and Takhini River herds were originally introduced in 1951 with imported animals in an attempt to take pressure off of other game species in the region, but the population has never grown to levels which can be sufficiently harvested to have have the original desired impact...

Hunters kill 50 deer in the first weekend of Sage Creek CWD hunt. - January 9, 2018 Montana


Deer harvest during archery season stays up: Illinois deer hunting January 9, 2018 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times
... Through Monday, January 8, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 56,648 deer, compared to 52,263 for the same period in 2016.  Total harvest to date has consisted of 45% does and 55% males (25657:30991).  During the past 7 days, harvest sex ratios have been 59% female and 41% male...

Commissioners unite against proposed deer hunting changes January 9, 2018 North Carolina, Roanoke Chowan News Herald
...  “It changes the hunting area. It puts us, the Northeastern counties, in one section. They propose to shorten deer season by two weeks, which would be nine days shorter. Hunters are upset about that...

... The state's Conservation Commission first detected chronic wasting disease at a private hunting preserve in 2010...  it enacted regulations for importing and handling of the animals...  A circuit court in mid Missouri's Gasconade County determined in 2016 that the commission lacked the authority to enforce the regulations.  The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal ..,

Conservation bills in Congress could benefit Colorado January 8, 2018 Colorado, The Durango Herald
... Under current legislation of the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act, the federal government matches revenue states receive from hunting and fishing licenses... The Pittman-Robertson Act is credited with saving the white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and wood ducks from being hunted to extinction...

Latest deer season better than previous 4; CWD found in new counties January 8, 2018 MIssouri, Springfield News-Leader
... 280,563 and counting...  its intensive testing for chronic wasting disease among Missouri deer yielded 15 new confirmed cases out of nearly 18,400 test results..,

  Ann Arbor protesters spell 'Save The Deer' in lights outside city hall January 8, 2018 Michigan, MLive.com
... The protest coincided with the start of the city's third-annual deer cull ... City Council designated the Bird Hills Nature Area as a wildlife sanctuary in 1974, specifically prohibiting hunting and trapping of animals at Bird Hills...

Chronic Wasting Disease, States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer January 8, 2018 Montana, New York Times
... The emergence of chronic wasting disease here is a blow to Montana, a state that prides itself on world class deer and elk ... Montana will have to begin decades of surveillance in hopes of keeping the disease from spreading... Experts say mule deer can decline by as much as 20 percent a year and localized extinction of some herds is possible...

... The Habitat Stamp Program is a partnership between the state and federal wildlife agencies, including the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service, to enhance wildlife habitat... projects rejuvenate deer forage or reduce dense vegetation in desert bighorn sheep habitat through prescribed fire...

... A total of 54 ovariectomies were completed last winter and the goal was to do up to 26 more, working in three zones ... White Buffalo, which has conducted sterilization experiments in several communities across the United States, argues it can be effective and Ann Arbor could see a 10-20 percent annual reduction in deer population...

Female deer are brought into a makeshift operating room in a shed at the Huron Hills Golf Course in Ann Arbor for ovary removal on Jan. 3, 2018. The surgical sterilizations are being done as part of the city's deer management program.


Balancing the deer herd is often a thankless task January 7, 2018 Maine, Press Herald
... Clearly we need to grow the herd in northern and Downeast Maine. The biggest obstacles toward that end are winter severity, which we have no control over; predators, which we have limited control over; and habitat, which we simply fail to do enough about... a maximum sustained yield is best accomplished by maintaining the population at around 50 percent of K – half what the land safely can support...

... Oklahoma's total deer harvest will be above 100,000 for the first time in five years... Beginning in 2008, the total number of deer killed by Oklahoma hunters easily exceeded 100,000 for five consecutive years. But it dramatically dropped in 2013 due to the drought, and widespread flooding across the state in 2015 produced similar results..,

By: Capt. William E. Simpson II,  January, 2018
... Under recent historic conditions in and around forests and grasslands, deer had kept the ground fuels under control, which significantly mitigated wildfire frequency and severity; but that has changed. Research shows that whenever an herbivore population is depleted, catastrophic wildfires take over... the relationship between the ecosystems of North America and native wild horses is one that is mutually beneficial and is a true mutualism resulting from co-evolution over many millennia...

Northwest Wyoming deer, elk hunting challenges fall hunters January 6, 2018 WRAL.com
... Wildlife managers point to the severe winter of 2016-17, which killed many fawns, for the dearth of hunter-killed mule deer.  Elk, which are fed during winter in northwestern Wyoming, fared better as a population but also proved to be difficult to find..,

... The deer are covered in a real pelt and officers hiding in the bushes remotely control them.  The mechanical animals can bend down, move their legs and even wag their tails...

... to further work against chronic wasting disease... the goal is to both continue data gathering and thin the deer population in the area... through the firearm seasons, six confirmed cases of chronic wasting were found in the permit area 603 and two in deer taken from a farm in Winona County..,

... An adult buck harvested northwest of Warren and a female mule deer fawn harvested northeast of Belfry returned positive lab results... This latest count brings the total number of deer with chronic wasting disease, or CWD, to eight in Carbon County...

More than 10K deer harvested with alternative methods January 5, 2017 Missouri, Jefferson City News Tribune
 ... hunting by methods such as muzzleloading or cap-and-ball firearms, centerfire pistols or revolvers, air-powered guns, longbows, crossbows and atlatls...

Krumm bags first elk since 1997 January 4, 2018 Wyoming, Helena Independent Record
... hunt areas along the east side of the Bighorn Mountains had elk populations above objective levels. The Game & Fish offered a liberal number of cow/calf permits and started to offer seasons in December off the national forest...

... considering extending the general deer season in the North Zone by an additional two weeks ... since bucks start shedding their antlers in late January and early February in Texas ... might potentially result in some hunters accidentally shooting bucks that have shed their antlers after mistaking them for does...

Does shooting coyotes affect deer populations? January 5, 2018 grandviewoutdoors.com
... “A number of studies have shown that the alpha female is very good at defending her territory and keeping other coyotes away. If you kill her, others will move in and fight over the territory. You may actually end up with more coyotes than you had to begin with,” ...  says Mississippi State University assistant professor Dr. Marcus Lashley...

The New Year starts with deer, increasing fee revenue January 4, 2018 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily News
 ... an additional way of trying to generate funds ... a second buck permit ...initial thought was to award 10,000 or so tags ... cost between $100 and $150... would generate approximately $1 million to $1.5 million, for an agency that hasn’t seen license fees increase since 1999...

DeWitt, CNY man boasts on Facebook after killing deer, now faces $11500 in fines January 4, 2018 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... illegally shooting three bucks with a bow and a crossbow.  Two of the deer were reportedly killed in his backyard over bait... Meanwhile, DeWitt officials in late October approved a plan to use federal sharpshooters to hunt and kill deer in targeted areas of the community...

WDFW Conducts Aerial Mule Deer Study January 4, 2018 Washington, Waitsburgtimes
...  Internal study plans for the survey and capture follow objectives outlined in the Statewide Mule Deer Management Plan... By 2021, develop new or refine existing survey designs for each of the seven MDMZs to estimate population levels or trends, pre- and/or post-hunt age and sex ratios, and/or spring fawn to adult ratios ...

... Forest fires caused by lightning once played a major role in forming and maintaining much of Florida’s palmetto-pine flatwoods, sandhills, scrub, prairies and wetlands ... Safely-controlled prescribed fire techniques to improve and maintain habitats for deer, quail, turkey and many other wildlife species, have been used on lands within the wildlife management area system since the establishment of Florida’s first wildlife management areas ...

Wasting disease shifted in Michigan's deer herd January 3, 2018 Michigan, The Detroit News
... In all, 50 cases have now been identified in Michigan since the first emaciated, confused deer was killed by police east of Lansing in 2015. Three others were found from two penned deer farms or ranches in Mecosta County...  numbers appear to indicate we have a new epicenter ..,

... the study will provide DNR wildlife managers with valuable information needed if chronic wasting disease ... “Limiting the spread of CWD is difficult, but even more so here in the U.P. where winter severity results in increased deer movements and yarding behavior that concentrates animals,” ..,

...  preliminary numbers show 15,949 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2017 deer hunting seasons ... The legal buck harvest of 9,477 was 8 percent more than the previous three-year average of 8,760 ... The relatively high harvest was primarily due to the mild winters of 2016 and 2017 which allowed more deer to survive ..,





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Pet deer charms hearts in Cache January 11, 2018 Oklahoma, KSWO
... "It just walked right up to me, and I got down to take a picture with it, and it kinda nuzzled my neck... her brother-in-law rescued Ben around two years ago while hunting and bottle fed her...

Orphaned fawns are doing well, adapting to mule deer habitat at Keepers of the Wild January 9, 2018 Arizona, Kdminer
... Fawns that are raised by humans cannot be released into the wild. Jameson and Brandi will live their lives at Keepers... The first fawn (Jameson) had been “kidnapped” from its mother by a person that found the fawn in the desert near Salome... The man took the fawn to a local tavern to show to his friends...

... Four Roosevelt elk ...were dead on the south side of the two eastbound travel lanes. Another four or five elk were in varying stages of catastrophic injury on the north side of the road near a grassy median, and another animal had dragged its broken body another 200 feet down the highway east toward Portland...

A baby deer is back running through the woods after a Cabot teen saved it from being stuck on a small pond. - January 5, 2018


Tame doe visits area with her dog January 3, 2018 Texas, Texarkana Gazette
..."Rudolfina" the deer with a colorful collar  ... She comes out of the woods and will wait until her dog buddy gives the OK, then both of them will come forward to meet you and maybe take some food from your hand...

PGA Tour Won't Drop Effort To Avoid Deer Antler Spray Case January 2, 2018 Law360
... The PGA Tour is appealing a New York judge’s ruling to sustain a lawsuit by former No.1 ranked professional golfer Vijay Singh alleging the tour harmed his reputation by trying to punish him for purportedly using illicit performance-enhancing substance deer antler spray, despite Singh’s claims that the tour is dragging out his now nearly five-year-old case with “frivolous” arguments...

Woman Leaves Back Door Open As Storm Approaches And Later Finds 3 Baby Deer Seeking Shelter January 2, 2018 LittleThings
... I raise orphaned wildlife. Recently, the back door was open as a storm was coming. The deer were nowhere to be found. Went inside, was heading to the front door, only to see them next to an end table in the living room... According to Amsoclie, deer show their gratitude just like dogs, with lots of exuberant kisses to show their appreciation!..

Despite dramatic rescue, deer dies after falling through ice in Wakefield December 28, 2017, Massachusetts, The Boston Globe
... A deer in Wakefield was euthanized after it fell through the ice and broke its leg on Crystal Lake, despite a dramatic rescue by first responders ... we put it on a sled and got it to shore ...

I follow the DNR guidelines closely for recreational feeding. - December 30, 2017


A full-scale rescue of a deer stranded on the Scioto River this morning ended with the deer being put down.


... the WDFW planned to remove all of the deer and elk under the care of For Heaven’s Sake in one fell swoop ...  officials were unable to capture all of the deer that they had previously deemed too tame for wild release... WDFW’s report implies that Wolf Haven had prior knowledge of the events that transpired...

Doe rescued, fawn dies after falling through ice December 26, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  the heads of two deer poking through a thin layer of ice on the water’s surface in the Portneuf River ... In addition to a few more Fish and Game officials, the Pocatello Fire and Animal Control departments arrived on the scene within minutes ...

Trail cam spots apparently black deer in Topeka December 23, 2017 Kansas, Topeka Capital Journal
... Melanistic deer are rare, range from having dark spots to being completely jet black... The spike buck does indeed appear to have a darker tint to parts of his coat  ... At its head, it becomes pure black in areas...



Deer freed from antler-lock with dead rival December 21, 2017 Arizona, Nogales International
... freed a deer whose antlers had become locked with a dead rival’s ... wo volunteers cut away the branches of the antlers that were holding the deer together...

North Canton's unofficial deer park December 18, 2017 Ohio, Canton Repository
... herd of deer call the field between Kmart and Stratavon Drive  ... The Stark County Department of Health hasn’t had any complaints from the city or residents about the deer since July... Not only are people feeding deer, they’re supplying an excessive amount of food...

An interesting story that I was reminded of when watching The Killing of a Sacred Deer. - December 21, 2017


A place in Willacy County is a sanctuary for deer. - December 29, 2017 Texas


... after helping the animal when it broke its leg ... she gave Irene some water and a bail of straw to lay down on - and Irene eventually had her babies in Jones' backyard... she does like to have her head scratch ...

Rare animal haunts Minnesota River bottoms December 16, 2017 Mankato Free Press
... a whitetail deer fawn that wore a coat of dappled brown and white, with white socks and face to boot! ...  piebald. You could even call it calico for its resemblance to domestic cats of like coloration...

After a deer walk right into their store, the employee who encountered the animal was quite amused. However, the same employee who witnessed the deer incident would be left utterly stunned at what else showed up later. - December 16, 2017


'Jughead' the deer rescued from plastic container in New York state December 14, 2017 United Press International
... One member of the search party threw her body on the deer to hold it down while the others worked to pull the jug off its head "with some difficulty." ...


Story behind 31-point, Upstate NY 'Deer of the Year' changes: It was shot at a fenced preserve December 13, 2017 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... he did shoot the deer this fall in late October, but that it was actually taken at the private, fenced-in ... Ranch in Norwich ... paid for the hunt and took the deer with a cross bow...

  Port Townsend,  Deer in the Christmas lights December 13, 2017 Washington, Port Townsend Leader
...The black-tailed deer seen in Port Townsend generally shed their antlers – along with any attached decorative lighting – starting in February...

Joseph, Man who shot deer ordered to pay fine, costs December 9, 2017 Michigan, Herald Palladium
... Some people called for harsh punishments for the man who did it, and others mourned the loss of the white-tailed deer that had been wandering the area for several weeks...

... solid black white-tailed deer fawn standing off the side of U.S. 64 Business... first noticed the young fawn standing with an older white-tailed doe and an albino fawn as they were driving by ...

Gig Harbor, Hunting of any kind now prohibited in city limits December 6, 2017 Washington, The News Tribune
... After a beloved neighborhood deer was shot and killed in city limits in October, city officials passed a new ordinance that makes it illegal to hunt in Gig Harbor...

Slippery Slope December 6, 2017 California, Kaweah Commonwealth
... 122 mule deer have been confirmed dead near two mountain passes due to icy conditions that have remained on the steep slopes since last winter’s snowfall. The deer lost their footing while attempting to navigate the ice ...