Deer Management News This Week
Deer collisions down, deer harvest up, in Boone April 29, 2017 Indiana, Reporter
... Fewer Boone County drivers collided with deer in 2016, reflecting a statewide trend.  But the number of deer who could be involved in such crashes increased, based on the number of deer harvested by hunters... Boone County’s 141 crashes in 2016 were the second-highest in seven years ... More deer were taken in Boone in 2016 (454) than in 2015 (426) ...

Strong pregnancy rate, winter survival positive sign for deer numbers April 28, 2017 South Dakota, The Daily Republic
...After suffering big losses due to disease [EHD] in 2016 ... it's about average as far as what we see in white-tailed deer," said Regional Terrestrial Resources Supervisor Nathan Baker. "About two fawns per doe are going to be born and on the ground in the spring."  The study took place in the Lower James River area ...

MDWFP calls for more moderate doe limits April 28, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... the rules would reduce the take of does from the current five per annual season to three in all zones except the Southeast Zone. In the Southeast, the harvest of does would be limited to one per day, not to exceed two per annual season...

Kansas City Star
... Hunting of mule deer females was banned in North Dakota for four straight seasons beginning in 2012, to help the population recover following a string of harsh winters in the late-2000s. Last year, it was allowed in five of eight western hunting units. This year, doe hunting will be allowed in all but one of the eight units ...

... two projects that cleared encroaching conifers on more than 640 acres of mule deer winter range...  “CPW documented a drop in mule deer populations on the western slope of Colorado and recognized that habitat loss as well as the decline in quality of remaining habitat are key factors in this decline...

Virginia bear and turkey kills up, but deer kills down April 27, 2017 Virginia, Southwest Virginia Today
... Stable or declining deer kill trends over the past decade in Virginia were expected, but the ups and downs in recent years’ totals were in some part attributable to mast conditions and/or hemorrhagic-disease outbreaks. The department’s primary deer-management effort over the past decade was to increase the female deer kill over much of the state ...

TWRA Commission Presents 2017-18 Seasons Previews April 26, 2017 Tennessee, The Chattanoogan
... The total statewide reported deer harvest was 157,702 for 2016-17, with 86,007 bucks and 71,695 does taken by hunters... a continued positive trend in an increased age structure of harvested bucks.  Bucks 2.5-3.5 years old comprised the greatest proportion (57 percent) of those sampled ...

Wildlife Management Committee - Hunting and Trapping Season Preview


Ohio hunting season dates announced April 26, 2017 Farm and Dairy
... over the last few years Ohio’s deer herd has been systematically reduced and the new deer management program includes county-by-county strategies that in effect are simply to hold numbers as steady as humanly possible by juggling season bag limits...

State wildlife regulators are asking scientists for help in preventing chronic wasting disease from spreading among Michigan's whitetail deer. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently voted to form a team of experts to develop recommendations. Chronic wasting disease first turned up in the state's free-ranging deer two years ago. - April 26, 2017 Wisconsin


Chronic wasting disease a threat to Arkansas deer? April 26, 2017 Delta Farm Press
... We began testing elk for CWD in 1997 and whitetails in 2003... The first hit was a [elk] cow harvested in October 2015 and got the test results back in February 2016.  “At the same time, a sick deer showed up at our elk education center in Ponca  ... we found the disease in 206 whitetails and six elk. Those were found in seven counties, all in north Arkansas: Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Polk, and Searcy ...

... plans to cut more and larger swaths of trees are getting high praise. Wildlife biologists and others say more logging and more fire are the only hope for Minnesota's dwindling moose herd...

Ungulate Uncertainty April 25, 2017 Wyoming, Planet Jackson Hole
... In an unprecedented move in late February, the Montana Senate passed a resolution urging Wyoming to cease feeding on 23 sites across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Part of the resolution reads: “This practice results in artificially high populations of elk in these areas ...

Deer feeding ban and baiting penalties increased April 25, 2017 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... the committee amended LD 767 ... to prohibit deer feeding from June 1 to December 15... The current ban only covers the deer hunting seasons... amended bill ... will require a one year suspension of the hunting license for the first deer baiting offense ...

... State hunters reported 149,811 deer killed during the 2016-2017 hunting season, down 7.8 percent from the 2015-2016 season... The statewide deer estimate is around 1 million ..,  deer kill by county

Changes to reduce doe harvest possible April 25, 2017 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
...  the commission’s deer biologist, said, “We’ve killed a lot of does and that was by design, but there may be places where the decline has gone farther than hunters wanted to see. The most effective thing is to pull back on the doe harvest in some places and that’s where we’re at now.” ...

2016 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary Available April 24, 2017 Outdoor News Daily
...  a total harvest of 10,675 deer, a decrease of 1% from 2015... a deer population in good physical condition and below the biological carrying capacity of our deer habitat ... [full report]

DNR to create scientific panel on chronic wasting disease April 24, 2017 Michigan, State of Michigan
... The purpose of the resolution is to have scientists and experts “advise the NRC, the DNR or other applicable agencies on further steps and actions which could be implemented to substantially mitigate or eliminate CWD in Michigan.”  Chronic wasting disease – first discovered two years ago in free-ranging deer in Michigan – is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose...

ODFW Commission hears wolf plan testimony April 24, 2017 Oregon, Capital Press
... Wolf advocates pleaded for stricter conservation measures while ranchers asked for quicker determinations on suspected wolf-caused livestock losses and hunters pushed for controlled hunts when wolf populations threaten deer and elk populations...

Spring Mule Deer Survey Complete April 24, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News
... western North Dakota’s mule deer population has increased 16 percent from last year.  Biologists counted 3,349 mule deer in 306.3 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule deer density in the badlands was 10.9 deer per square mile, which is up from 9.4 deer per square mile in 2016...

DNR falling short on service to deer hunters April 23, 2017 Wisconsin, Journal Times
... In the south-central and southwestern regions of Wisconsin, the percentage of deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease surpassed 10 percent for the second straight year ... 447 deer tested CWD-positive in 2016 ... It’s 90 deer, or 25 percent more, than the previous high, 357 in 2013, even though the DNR tested 567 fewer deer ...

     ...taken away 2,900 bonus Antlerless Only Whitetail tags and 500 permits for two antlerless only whitetails. The objective is to decrease the antlerless harvest to increase herds as they rebound from a devastating outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in 2012...

Letter Support Fee Increases from Ohio Wildlife Council [PDF] April 22, 2017 Ohio Valley Outdoors
... the Ohio Department of Natural Resources / Ohio Division of Wildlife is funded by user fees that have not been adjusted since 2003, the longest stretch in the agency’s history ... nonresident deer hunters that visit Ohio pay far less to enjoy Ohio trophy bucks than any other high quality deer hunting state in the country...

... Native porcine zona pellucida (PZP)-based contraceptive vaccines have shown their utility in the management of the population of both captive and free-ranging wild horses and white-tailed deer. Long-term use of the PZP-based contraceptive vaccines has also demonstrated their safety. Ideally single injection of the contraceptive vaccine should elicit long lasting immune response and desired contraceptive efficacy, which will require development of novel vaccine delivery platforms and more potent adjuvants...

Commission adopts big game recommendations April 21, 2017 Nebraska, outdoornebraska.gov
...Antlerless-only whitetail permits were reduced in several eastern units.  Permits in southwest units were changed to increase mule deer doe harvest...

... The harsh, cold winter of 2016-2017 heavily impacted the wildlife in Western Wyoming, especially deer. Recent surveys of the Sublette and Wyoming Range herds showed mule deer fawn mortality rates of at least 80 percent... wait to go out on public lands near big game and especially deer...

... MDC tested more than 25,500 deer during the past season and found nine cases of the deadly disease, as previously reported: one in Adair, three in Franklin, one in Jefferson, two in Macon, and two in St. Clair counties.  The two cases in St. Clair County were the first CWD detections found in the western part of the state...

...  “Highway 17 bisects undeveloped, wildlife-rich land in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and for the safety of deer, mountain lion, and motorists, too, we need to connect this habitat with a safe corridor,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird... Senate Bill 1, the transportation funding package, includes $30 million for advanced mitigation strategies for projects similar to the creative Highway 17 project...

There needs to be compromise in wolf management April 20, 2017 Oregon, NRToday.com
... Hunters are worried wolves will take a bite out of the big game populations – deer and elk – that they enjoy pursuing. Some Oregon areas already have depressed numbers of those two game animals ... If hunters become frustrated by an increased presence of wolves in future years, they’ll pass on buying licenses and tags and that is the money that goes into wildlife management of all animals...

Idaho fawn survival April 19, 2017 24hourcampfire.com
... in Idaho's unit 48, the Wood River Valley. One of my partners has friends with the ID Fish & Game and they're saying that fawn survival in that unit this winter is zero. They had 200% normal snowfall...

Captive deer must retain tags April 19, 2017 Texas, mySanAntonio.com
... House Bill 2855 by Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, requests removal of the visible ear tag on captive deer. ... The deer industry survives on manipulating extra label use of pharmaceuticals to enhance antler growth... Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, proposed House Bill 3723, which would allow deer breeders to sell the meat of rejected deer that routinely have been jacked up on drugs...

College student wins $50,000 deer farm April 19, 2017 Texas, lsonews.com
... The package consisted of: Materials and labor to construct up to a one half acre size deer pen ...  Two mature white-tailed does and two straws of semen provided ...

     Check out these up close photos of wildlife using new highway crossings April 18, 2017 Colorado, 9NEWS.com
... the Colorado Highway 9 Wildlife Crossing Project, is nearly complete ... mainly mule deer; 7,000 of the deer used the crossings between December 2015 and March 2016...

Saddle River vet: Neutering deer will reduce population April 18, 2017 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Dean Cerf, a local veterinarian leading a committee to research deer population control, said Monday that a two-pronged approach of neutering male and spaying female deer would be an effective way to reduce the animals’ presence in town...

Delafield, State's new permit rules complicate Delafield deer harvest April 18, 2017 Wisconsin, Lake Country Now
...  this year’s DNR permit ... stipulates that the deer cannot be shot in the head ... DNR wants the deer heads preserved for research into chronic wasting disease.  The city’s deer harvesting contractor, Wildlife Management Services, will not shoot deer at the designated site under the conditions required ... When deer are shot in the head, they die instantly ...

Salt Block Study For Cows And Deer April 18, 2017 Michigan, BlackburnNews.com
... Salt blocks shared by cows and deer are sites for transferring diseases like tuberculosis ...

Predator reduction plan hits resistance April 17, 2017 Colorado,l Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
... its new Piceance project is intended to determine if predation is limiting fawn survival rates in spring and summer. It plans to have Wildlife Services remove five to 10 lions annually there over the next three years, and 10 to 25 bears a year over the same period...
... to reduce the population of deer that threatens Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal national historical parks... details of the plan ... comment until May 16, 2017 ...

Poaching becomes felony in New Mexico April 17, 2017 The Spokesman-Review 
... legislation elevating the wasting of game from a misdemeanor to a felony ... poaching an elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, deer ...

... would prohibit taking deer that do not have at least 3 tines of one inch or more along the main beam of one antler ... 2016 survey conducted by Responsive Management found that a majority of hunters in northern, eastern, and western Maine supported an APR law ...

Deer Decimated April 17, 2017 Oregon, Baker City Herald
... The hard winter killed hundreds of deer in Baker County, prompting Oregon wildlife officials to cut in half the number of buck tags for this fall’s hunting season... The long-term average for Baker County is about 35 fawns per 100 adults.  This spring the average across the county was 11 fawns per 100 adults...

DNR won't tell you, but CWD-infected deer numbers surging April 17, 2017 Wisconsin,
Madison.com
... the DNR isn’t lying about CWD, but it’s sinning through omission by not explaining the plague’s spread ... disease rates again set records across ... much of south-central to southwestern Wisconsin. Of 3,730 deer that hunters submitted for testing there, 442 – 12 percent – were infected...

2016 Deer Season Summarized April 17, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News
     A total of 44,140 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 29,300 deer during the 2016 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department.  Game and Fish made available 49,000 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 66 percent ...






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Deer in the News

... the botulism illnesses may be connected with drinking deer antler tea obtained in March...

   N.C. officer helps deer with leg stuck in fence April 24, 2017 North Carolina, 
KHOU
... Heavy rain and mud caused this deer to get her foot stuck in a fence. Officer Cruise was able to cut some limbs to free her!..

Four deer die off Route 219 bridge near Meyersdale April 22, 2017 Pennsylvania, Daily American Online
... a bridge being built for the new section of Route 219  ...  "Anytime something changes their course of pattern," he said incidents like this can happen...

Trooper Gets Selfie With Deer April 19, 2017 Kentucky, LEX18 Lexington KY News
... responded to the call and noticed that children were petting the friendly animal... couldn't resist taking a selfie with the deer...  helped the animal find its way back into the woods ...

... AZGFD wildlife managers had received a tip that a deer fawn was being kept inside a single-wide home and yard with three dogs.   While being watched by the wildlife managers, the residents were seen placing the deer in their vehicle and leaving the home...

Deer assisted fly fishing. - April 15, 2017


  
  Protecting America’s Smallest Deer April 14, 2017 Florida, medium.com
...When Key deer were listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1967, there were fewer than 50 remaining in the wild...  Today there is a sustainable population of 800 -1,000 Key deer ...

New Jersey Frozen Deer April 4, 2017 Amigo-play
... This newest online game is based on the real incident happened in New Jersey. A deer is trapped in a frozen lake. This place is fully surrounded by ice water [click link above to play]


Second Suspect Turns Himself In For Deer Burning March 31, 2017 New York, inkfreenews.com
... struck the deer... It is believed the parties poured gasoline on the deer, set it on fire and left the area ...
...  the case of a deer found in February that had been set on fire while it was still alive... arrested on a count of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, which is a felony ...

... Baker and his family had been caring for the deer since it was a fawn ... Baker was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries ... Baker's wife shot the deer ...


Investigation continues into deer set on fire March 23, 2017 Indiana, Greensburg Daily News
...  sheriff's deputies who responded reported the deer was still alive upon their arrival before it was put down at the scene. Accelerant is suspected to have been poured on the animal ...
     PETA offers reward to help solve burned deer case March 22, 2017 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... up to $5,000 to anyone ... for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those believed to have set a deer on fire after striking it with a vehicle last month in Fulton County...

... it is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected by nearby predators. While fawns may seem abandoned, they rarely are...

Black River Falls firefighters rescue deer trapped on ice March 21, 2017 Wisconsin, News8000.com - WKBT
... Rescue crews located the whitetail deer about 300 yards from the boat landing, partially submerged and unable to get to land...

... was seen running in the pharmacy section ... able to safely release the uninjured deer back into the woods...

... She ran off with the herd, apparently accepted by the other deer, later on... the deer has been eartagged and the herd stays on the sanctuary property; there is no fencing but the deer are basically locked in by farms...
     Rescuers only saved deer from ice because residents were going to risk themselves March 20, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
... “We were really concerned it would turn into a good Samaritan going out trying to help the deer and falling in the water and putting life at risk,” DiGiralomo said.
The deer was not able to get any traction for more than 20 hours ...
     Deer rescued from frozen pond as neighbors cheer effort March 19, 2017 New Jersey, NJ.com
...A wildlife workers expressed optimism that the deer would recover, stating that it had no broken bones and appeared exhausted by an icebound adventure starting Saturday....
     Stranded deer pulled from icy pond after rescue boat overturned March 19, 2017 New Jersey, News 12 New Jersey
... Amid the action, the deer darted further away from its would-be rescuers on the pond.  Crews eventually caught up to it and dragged it off the ice, but once on shore, the creature appeared to have a leg injury...

... The case started with a tip from a concerned Wyoming citizen who watched the two defendants on a hunting show called “Hunting in the Sticks” that aired on national television. In the episode “Western Redemption,” Mills and Duncan are seen harvesting two bull elk ...