Deer Management News This Week

State groups stepping up wasting disease control August 29, 2015 Ohio, Courier
...  regulations would apply within surveillance areas:   Required submission of harvested deer carcasses to inspection stations for examination and sampling during the deer gun and muzzleloading seasons. Prohibition of the use of feeds, baiting or attractants for deer or hunting with the aid of such materials...

A look at 2015 big-game hunting and furbearer seasons August 28, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
...  Overall, there is reason for optimism heading into this deer season. Preliminary field reports indicate a good fawn crop and healthy-looking deer. Last year an estimated 614,593 hunters spent 8.8 deermillion days afield, harvesting roughly 329,000 deer, a significant decrease from 2013. Some 41 percent of hunters successfully tagged at least one deer last year ... Michigan’s elk population, which was above goal for a number of years, has been reduced to a level more in line with management goals. As a result, fewer licenses are available than in some recent seasons...

DNR wants hunters to help with CWD assessment August 28, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... in Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties as biologists work to assess the spread of chronic wasting disease... Deer check stations will be opened in Williamstown and Lansing townships and at the DNR’s Rose Lake facility and will be open seven days a week ... Biologists will keep the head of the deer and allow hunters to take the rest of the animal...

DEC predicts "slightly lower' harvest numbers by deer hunters this fall August 28, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... due largely to "some deer mortality this past winter and resulting reductions (in the issuance this fall) in antlerless permits in parts of the state," the DEC said... However, deer populations in large portions of Central New York, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario Plains and a few units in southeastern New York remain above desired levels ...

DEP warns of possibility of rare deer disease August 28, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald 
... be aware of any white-tailed deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, and to report any suspected instances since outbreaks typically begin in August... igns of the disease this time of year are difficulty standing, drooling, foaming from the mouth or a carcass with no apparent wounds near water...

... board members voted to increase the number of cougar hunting permits from 460 to 492, starting with the 2016 hunt... the amount of suitable habitat in Utah suggests a population of 2,500 to 4,500 cougars in the state...
... The DWR wants to change the way Utah hunts cougars by factoring in mule deer and bighorn sheep populations when they choose how many cougars hunters will be allowed to kill each year... The Utah Director of the Humane Society of the US said killing off the predator population will not increase the prey population...

... Currently, post-mortem testing of brain tissue is the only form of CWD testing approved by the USDA even though an effective, non-lethal alternative test exists.  A results of a study of rectal mucosa testing for CWD in white-tailed deer published by the USDA’s National Veterinary Research Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, shows extremely high diagnostic accuracy ...

Kansas ponders raising hunting, fishing permit fees for next year August 27, 2015 The Kansas City Star
... Nonresident deer hunters would be the hardest hit by the fee increases. A permit for antlered deer would increase from $300 to $400. The combination two-deer permit (for one antlered whitetail and one antlerless) would rise from $315 to $415...

PGC mulls deer urine use ban August 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News 
... After hearing a presentation by Game Commission wildlife veterinarian Justin Brown on the role that deer urine use by hunters may play in the spread of chronic wasting disease, Commissioner Dave Putnam asked agency staff to prepare a regulation to ban deer urine use for the commissioners’ Sept. 28-29 meeting in DuBois...

Florida launches new deer hunt program August 27, 2015 Florida Today
... Biologists hope hunters see a noticeable increase in whitetail deer populations within five years under the plan ... Eight of the units will require antlers of at least three points on one side ... In the remaining four units, the requirement is a minimum of two points on one side...

Missouri deer hunting changes approved, most for next year August 27, 2015 Missourinet
... The firearms deer season in November 2016 has been reduced in Missouri from eleven to nine days ...  the deer population in Missouri has mostly stabilized or declined ... The number of bucks a deer hunter can kill has also been reduced from three to two ... 

Galena deer panel targeting impartiality? August 27, 2015 Illinois, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... Three of the committee's five members, however, signed their names to a petition in support of culling deer within the city... Citing a lack of manpower, the city in February suspended its controversial deer-culling program, drawing applause from residents who packed the council chamber to get an update and voice their opposition to the short-lived program...

... Hunters bagged 20,700 elk in 2014, which was 4,200 elk ... more than in 2013, and the largest harvest since 2005 ...  sold 93,100 elk tags last year, which is 4,400 more than in 2013 and the most since 2008... sold more than 90,000 elk tags annually between 1995 and 2008, then participation in elk hunting gradually declined. In 2009, tag sales dropped below 90,000 for the first time in 13 years and bottomed out at 82,950 in 2012...

Drought, wildfires combine to impact region's wildlife August 27, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review
... In the 2014 Carlton Complex fires, we were very concerned about the impact to deer winter range and what the loss of so many deer fences would mean to crops. But some rains came last fall; we had a little green-up followed by a mild winter, so we came through better than many would have expected...

Hunters must deal with chronic wasting disease August 27, 2015 North Dakota, The Bismarck Tribune
... during North Dakota’s 2009 deer season, a hunter shot a mule deer in Sioux County that was later confirmed to have CWD. That set into motion some transportation rules for deer taken in that part of the state ... Hunters harvesting a big game animal this fall in North Dakota deer unit 3F2 cannot transport a carcass containing the head and spinal column outside of the unit ...

... The 280,000 acres burned by the fire are currently the BLM's highest rehabilitation priority ... a lot of life depends on it...  wildlife like pronghorn, mule deer, elk, golden eagles, and possibly soon-to-be-listed sage grouse...

Trail cameras provide deeper insight into wildlife habits August 26, 2015 Idaho, Idaho Press-Tribune
... “We’ve been studying deer for decades, but only recently have we identified a major whitetail deer migration route — and it’s within a half a mile or less from a paved state highway,” ... cameras out in rocky wilderness mountain passes that caught photos of (woodland) caribou last year ...

... herds knocked back by outbreaks of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) have rebounded to pre-2007 levels ... During the past five seasons, the overall number of deer reported taken has climbed from 110,376 in 2010 to 138,898 in 2014... During the past five seasons, the overall number of deer reported taken has climbed from 110,376 in 2010 to 138,898 in 2014 ... 

Fish and Game forecasts good hunting season August 26, 2015 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express
... Four consecutive mild winters have helped deer and elk herds grow ... Fish and Game sold 157,400 deer tags last year, which was the most since 1993, and the statewide success rate was about 40 percent for those who went deer hunting ... Biologists also said more than 95 percent of mule deer does that were radio-collared in the past two years survived each winter ...

... only 20 to 30 percent of the deer harvested in the state last season had the tags validated ... failing to tag a deer is a Class 3 violation which has a $250 to $500 fine with up to 90 days in jail. An unvalidated tag violation is a Class 2 offense, carrying a $100 to $350 fine with up to 60 days in jail...

Deer baiting survey: "no consensus" August 26, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... approve or disapprove of shooting deer over supplemental feed or corn without restrictions in Mississippi, and there is no consensus ...  Responsive Management wrote in the report. "While a majority approve (52%), there is a substantial percentage who disapprove (37%)...

State Deer Management Assistance Program Seeing Growth August 26, 2015 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Ag Connection ·
... Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance Program ... provides habitat and herd management assistance to private landowners and public land managers interested in improving habitat conditions for deer and other wildlife... 

Hunting and wildlife management in Colorado August 25, 2015 Journal Advocate
...  combination of on-the-ground work and computer analysis helped wildlife biologists recognize in the late 1990s that Colorado's deer population was struggling. In 1999, based on that information, the agency moved to limit the number of deer licenses every year. Deer herds recovered after that action...

Pa. Game Commission proposes increasing hunting license fees August 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, Allentown Morning Call
... or the first time in 16 years... would boost an adult resident hunting license by $20 over five years. The current $19 fee would increase by $10 in the first year and then by $5 in the third and fifth years, pushing the total cost to $39...

Response of native versus exotic plant guilds to cattle and elk herbivory in forested rangeland  BK Pekin, MJ Wisdom, CG Parks, BA Endress… - Applied Vegetation Science, 2015
... Cattle and elk have variable effects on different plant guilds at managed vs unmanaged forest stands. Overall, cattle grazing tends to have a larger impact on herbaceous plant guilds at managed stands, while elk grazing tends to have a larger impact on woody plant guilds at unmanaged stands. However, in contrast to findings from other ecosystems, grazing only has a minor impact on exotic plant dynamics in our study area, and cattle grazing does not favour exotic plants any more than grazing by elk or ungulate exclusion...

Tough hunting results in fewer big game trophies August 25, 2015 Virginia, Roanoke Times
... a 16-percent decline in the deer kill west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a 24-percent drop in the east... Biologists point to a number of factors, including disease in the herd, a massive acorn crop that kept deer scattered, predation, fewer hunters and liberal hunting regulations in previous years that trimmed the herd...

...  most Lyme-control measures focus on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) ... When Sam Telford, an epidemiologist at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts, and his colleagues cut the deer population on Great Island in Cape Cod by 50% in the early 1980s, they saw no drop in tick numbers — the number of tick larvae on the island actually increased ...  Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies ... Ostfeld and others contend that mice are a major driver for both the tick problem and the disease problem ...

State releases 23 elk in Jackson County August 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Ashland Daily Press
... For the first time since the 1800s, elk can be found roaming free in the Black River State Forest.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released the 23 elk ... during the quarantine period, in which seven elk died and four calves were born... "In the little town of Clam Lake in northern Wisconsin where we put elk, they estimate that brings in probably $200,000 to that local community a year," ...

... Holden Arboretum ... a five-mile long, eight-foot tall deer-proof fence to protect the 233-acre central core gardens... "We're fencing them out so we don't have to shoot them." ... The $400,000 deer fence ... designed to replace the biannual erecting and tearing down of miles of temporary fencing around new trees ...

Deadly Disease Strikes Deer Herd: EHD



Deer hunters asked to consider copper vs. lead August 24, 2015 Minnesota, SC Times
... “If we wish to continue our image as hunters, as conservationists, we should not be causing collateral damage in connection to deer hunting,” ... fragmented lead can wind up in venison...

... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is concerned about this decision ...  The deer population in Ann Arbor is six deer per square mile, which is already extremely low... The City of Ann Arbor, just voted 8-1 in favor of killing 100 deer because some residents allegedly complained about the animals eating their vegetation...

Import of deer, elk parts into SC still limited by state regulation August 24, 2015 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
... To protect the state's extremely valuable white-tailed deer resource, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has maintained a regulation restricting the importation of certain carcass parts from deer and elk harvested in states with diagnosed cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...  There is evidence that movements of live cervids for commercial purposes may have impacted the current CWD situation as many cases have been linked to captive animals...

Energy Production Impacts on Colorado Deer August 24, 2015 Public News Service
... A new study confirms that oil and gas production in northwest Colorado is disrupting important winter habitat for one of the nation's largest herds of mule deer... A Bureau of Land Management report on Wyoming's Pinedale Anticline drilling area found a 60 percent loss of mule deer population between 2001 and 2009 – oil and gas boom years...

NY Officials Want More Public Input in Deer Management August 24, 2015 New York, Patch.com
... The internet and email will allow the DEC to gather more input from more people ... The old way—25 years old—has been to appoint a small committee of stakeholders, including hunters and homeowners, to canvass the community ... There will be an increased opportunity for public input ...

Local deer numbers similar to 2014 August 24, 2015 Minnesota, Fergus Falls Daily Journal
... deer numbers are up in general in the northwest region of Minnesota ... After several harsh winters, the DNR has been taking a conservative approach to deer management...

... even residents with bird feeders who inadvertently feed deer could be found in violation and fined in some cases... The City Council voted 9-0 to give initial approval to the feeding ban last week, calling it a complementary strategy to be implemented along with culling. he city is planning to hire sharpshooters to kill 100 deer this winter, followed by annual culls in future years...

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... Officials are considering revisions to an ordinance that currently outlaws hunting in the borough ... A few officials said last week there's little hard data on the local deer count. Environmental Commission member Jerry DeCrosta said he received little support for his idea of an aerial survey to more accurately gauge the population...

... reports of dead or ill deer showing the symptoms associated with epizootic hemorrhagic disease, also known as EHD, are filtering in from parts of the Clearwater basin... Deer with EHD may aspirate blood, but show few other signs...

Is the deer breeding industry worth the risk? August 23, 2015 Texas, San Antonio Express-News
... deer from this one breeder have been shipped to 66 Texas counties, and during that time, CWD (chornic wasting disease) went undetected in his pens... Texas is the only state in the U.S. that allows captive-raised deer to be liberated into the wild, and on top of that, no visible external identification, such as an ear tag, is required to differentiate them from wild deer and aid in disease tracking...
     State agencies get deer breeders up and running again August 23, 2015 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... the state’s 1,300 deer breeders ... state animal health officials and wildlife biologists developed a testing plan  ...  “Our math shows that of the 1,300 breeders, 1,123 would have to test three or fewer deer. Of those 518 don’t have to test any and 380 owe one to testing,” said Clayton Wolf, TPWD Wildlife Division director...

Deer disease at core of proposed rules August 23, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... The Ohio Division of Wildlife is seeking the right to establish “disease surveillance areas” at the discretion of the chief when chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in wild or captive deer...

Five deadliest things in Mississippi's woods, sort of August 23, 2015 Jackson Clarion Ledger
... For hunters ... It's the tree stand... , there were more than 20 tree stand-related injuries last year and four were fatal. That number of annual fatalities is about average ...there are only about 138,000 deer hunters in Mississippi and not all of them use tree stands, four deaths a year becomes significant... "They're climbing 20 to 25 feet." ...

Changes afoot for Missouri deer hunters August 23, 2015 Columbia Daily Tribune
... After 2015, Missouri is going to be a two-buck state.  ... Crossbows have been controversial for years... they’ll be legal for use during the entire archery season... urban zones weren’t accomplishing their goal of removing deer from the most troublesome urban areas. Hunters were mainly hunting the more rural, outlying areas of the urban zones ... 

Five deadliest things in Mississippi's woods, sort of August 23, 2015 Jackson Clarion Ledger
... For hunters ... It's the tree stand... , there were more than 20 tree stand-related injuries last year and four were fatal. That number of annual fatalities is about average ...there are only about 138,000 deer hunters in Mississippi and not all of them use tree stands, four deaths a year becomes significant... "They're climbing 20 to 25 feet." ...

Mt. Lebanon, Deer reduction redux: Mt. Lebanon tries managed archery to remove deer August 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... In July Mt. Lebanon voted to pay $15,460 to White Buffalo to organize and execute a managed archery hunt that will start Sept. 19 ...  The state archery safety zone is 50 yards from an occupied building ...  Mt. Lebanon commissioner Coleen Vuono ... is urging fellow commissioners to hire federal sharpshooters...

Even in 1542, Southern California's air quality was in question August 22, 2015 The San Luis Obispo Tribune
... During the 19th century, many recent arrivals from the East and Midwest thought the fires were deliberately started by Native Americans to facilitate their killing of wild game ...  historical documents, indicate that Native Americans employed extensive burning of chaparral and shrub lands as a means of land management. They sought to turn the former into native grasslands to promote the proliferation of deer, antelope and small game...

... Diane Nicholas believes a dearth of water and fresh vegetation in the Sierra Foothills is behind what's been the busiest year for her fawn rescue Kindred Spirits Fawn rescue ... she received more baby deer in April than in any other year and is on track to rehabilitate a record 200....

... The first zone would cover parts of Homes and Wayne counties where two captive deer tested positive last October at World Class Whitetails, a deer farm and high-fence hunting operation.  Triggering the proposal were 17 additional deer testing positive for CWD in June after the World Class Whitetails herd of approximately 300 deer was euthanized...

Deer Management: Prescribed Fire for Better Whitetail Habitat - August 21, 2015


... There is a unique research program going on over at Texas A&M Kingsville. It's an experiment to see whether deer eat better and are healthier if they are raised in an air conditioned environment...

... Prior to 1920, ranchers and hunters made it very difficult for the gray wolves to survive in California. Because they were a danger to livestock, ranchers would place bounties on the wolves. Hunters in the area also damaged the wolves’ feeding patterns by hunting so many deer that the wolves found it difficult to find enough food to survive ...

... in violation of quarantines imposed to manage the spread of chronic wasting disease ... She said she was not aware of the quarantine when she donated Prancer — a 4-year-old reindeer she raised  after purchasing it from a "reindeer seller" — to a nearby private sanctuary for lions and tigers... 

Cougar plan causes uproar among conservationists August 20, 2015 Utah, Standard-Examiner
... state officials will start taking populations of mule deer and bighorn sheep into account when they decide how many cougars hunters can harvest...

Is deer farming a threat to wildlife and deer hunting in NC?  August 20, 2015 North Carolina, Beaufort Observer
... one needs to go no further than the Cherokee White Tail Hunting Preserve in Robbinsville, where shooting a large buck commands $14,000 and up...  SB 513 would transfer control of farmed deer entirely to the Department of Agriculture, allowing him to control licensing and permits for deer farms and transportation of animals ...

NC Deer Farming Bill Threatens Federal Excise Gun Range Dollars August 20, 2015 North Carolina, Beaufort Observer
... North Carolina's 335,000 hunters provided the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission with $19,932,347 during the Fiscal year of 2014 alone. Should Deer Farming expand within North Carolina, causing our state to becomes CWD positive, and suffer the same percentage loss in licensed hunters as Wisconsin did on the year they discovered the disease, the state would face a conservation dollar loss of $2,132,761 in one year alone...

Land acquisition adds to Beartooth Wildlife Management Area August 20, 2015 Montana, Helena Independent Record
... the edge of the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area, a sprawling tract of game range home to nearly 1,700 elk... a sale with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, other conservation organizations and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks...

Chronic wasting disease in deer can be managed August 20, 2015 Texas, The Times Herald 
... Years ago, mule deer were taken from northern Colorado — ground zero for CWD — and used in southern New Mexico to help declining populations of the animal. The first case of CWD in Texas came from animals that entered from New Mexico... Testing more wild deer and elk for CWD is a good first step. But researchers are working on live-animal CWD tests and vaccines...

Mississippi wildlife commission passes deer baiting proposal August 20, 2015 Jackson Clarion Ledger
... In yesterday's Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks meeting, members voted unanimously in favor of baiting deer...

Previewing the 2015 big game seasons August 20, 2015 Oregon, St. Helens Chronicle
... Baker City, mule deer numbers are stable to increasing and buck-to-doe ratios are at a decent 15:100, although fawn-to-doe ratios are a little low at 30:100 ... The mule deer situation in the High Desert Region around Burns is less rosy, with the deer population below management objectives in all area units... Black-tailed deer buck ratios are at or above management objectives in much of the western Cascades ...
Habitat Management Helpful For All Wildlife August 20, 2015 Alabama, courierjournal
... Fire is your friend if you’re managing land for a variety of reasons, especially for wildlife habitat ... it’s a common fallacy that the thicker the better for fawn-dropping and fawn-rearing areas... Deer and turkey hunting have a huge economic impact in Alabama to the tune of an estimated $1 billion annually...

Collaborative conservation easements are win-win for Idaho August 20, 2015  The Idaho Statesman
... The Tyler conservation easement ... protects winter range for elk, mule deer and other animals that move across public and private lands looking for food and cover...  helps ranchers keep their working lands working, ensuring a legacy for future generations...

Logan city council holds decision on ordinance for trapping deer August 20, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal 
... “any city that lives within 30 miles of an animal that has been tested positive for wasting disease, the city cannot approve a trap and transport program,” ... The alternative ... would then be to kill the deer ...

... The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting an additional 25,000 acres of land in the state into programs under the Conservation Reserve Program ... protects water quality and restores significant habitat for ducks, pheasants, turkey, quail, deer ...

State mandated killing of Texas breeder deer ongoing August 19, 2015 Lone Star Outdoor News
... Piles upon piles of dead white-tailed deer with their heads chopped off. The reason for the killing is state-mandated testing for Chronic Wasting Disease...

Follow Illinois, not Wisconsin, to slow spreading CWD August 19, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Although the Wisconsin DNR initially attempted to eradicate the disease with aggressive measures, including sharpshooters and longer hunting seasons, it now uses only monitoring and surveillance... Novakofski said after Wisconsin officials changed their strategy, the CWD prevalence rates increased ...
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Private deer operations find new life in ruling by circuit court August 19, 2015 Missouri, The Kansas City Star 
... a Missouri circuit court issued late last week blocked enforcement of new regulations ... including prohibiting the importation of captive deer and other cervids into the state ... campaign to control the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ...

Missouri deer hunting season could be shorter in 2016-17 ... August 19, 2015 The Kansas City Star
...  Missouri Department of Conservation ... outlined changes that will reduce season length, cut limits and add one new weapon to the hunters’ arsenal for the 2016-17 season... deer numbers are either stable or declining in much of the state...

... Senate Bill 454 ... proposes a limit of four antlered bucks per year and that all deer harvested are tagged...  the overall population has decreased ... habitat changes related to forest management, extremely liberal deer harvests over the last two decades, and the colonization of the state by coyotes since the turn of the century." ...

Elk habitat protected, public access expanded in Montana August 19, 2015 Great Falls Tribune
... The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a conservation-minded family and a group of partners to permanently protect 2,810 acres of elk habitat in the Big Belt Mountains adjacent Beartooth Wildlife Management Area...

Victoria, Council members talk deer population issues August 19, 2015 Texas, Victoria Advocate
... A nonlethal option ... would be to put up fencing, but he said that wouldn't be conducive to the layout of Riverside Park...

Fish and wildlife task force finishes early, waits for more information August 18, 2015 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
... Task force members also suggested the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, instead of the Wyoming Legislature, be given authority to raise or lower license fees for fish and game...

Shorter deer seasons, lower limits eyed by LDWF August 18, 2015 Louisiana Sportsman
... One of the main factors Durham said is a primary driver in the crash of the deer population is loss of habitat as rural areas have been either opened for farming or eaten up by urban development.  The end result is fewer forested acres in the state — and it’s those forests that support deer herds...

Sunday Bow Hunting To Be Allowed Oct. 1 August 18, 2015 Connecticut, Courant
... The last time DEEP experts attempted to make a statewide estimate was in 2006 when they put Connecticut's deer population at about 126,000. Some hunters dispute those figures as inflated ... some areas containing more than 40 deer per square mile. [40 deer per square mile is the target deer density for the state of Delaware] ...

Judge OK's Federal Range Work in Nevada August 18, 2015 Courthouse News Service
... The Bureau of Land Management can continue improving 600,000 acres of wildlife habitat in northern Nevada after a federal judge found it properly assessed potential environmental impacts... Western Watersheds Project's lawsuit ...  claimed the plan would harm sage grouse, elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, desert bighorn sheep and 31 sensitive species by fragmenting and destroying habitat ...

... The culls are expected to be carried out at night by trained shooters who will lure deer using bait piles ... Mayor Christopher Taylor cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he's convinced there is a deer problem but there's not community consensus around culling...
     Growing deer population sparks debate in Ann Arbor August 17, 2015 Michigan, Click On Detroit 
... The room was packed for this issue ... Representatives from the group Ann Arbor Residents For Non-Lethal Deer Management say they will take steps to launch a citywide campaign to amend the charter and put the question the ballot for the fall of 2016 to let the residents decide...
... Mi-PACA argues there's no scientific evidence of ecological imbalance or great public health dangers to support culling in Ann Arbor, accusing council members of "pandering to the small but vocal and well-off group of citizens who want remedy for landscape concerns." ...

Maine hunters ready for reduced Sept. 9 deer permit drawing August 18, 2015 Portland Press Herald ·
... Maine is issuing 28,770 deer hunting permits, down from 37,185 permits last year...

Elk Raffle Raises Record Amount for Conservation August 18, 2015 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Officials on Saturday conducted a random drawing for the 116 elk licenses – 21 for antlered elk, or bulls, and 95 for antlerless elk, or cows – that have been allocated for this season... The raffled license not only allows the winner to hunt during an extended season, but also provides a free guide service and lodging to be used during a one-week period, the opportunity to have the hunt filmed by a professional crew, and a free shoulder mount of the hunter’s bull, if one is harvested.   That raffle raised for KECA $157,150, all of which will stay in Pennsylvania to benefit Pennsylvania’s elk... [full story]

Archery season at risk near cities August 17, 2015 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... New York has an extremely diverse whitetail herd population...  hunters in Unit 8T (east of Hornell in central Steuben County) rarely get a doe (antlerless) permit... Contrast that with DMU 8N ... (Southern Ontario County and parts of Yates and Livingston.) ... getting 28,500 doe permits for this year ... If archers there do not meet the management objectives in the next couple of years they risk losing their exclusive archery season to more effective hunting methods ...

Deer Prices Drop Following New Chronic Wasting Regulations August 17, 2015 Texas, Texas Public Radio
... this season’s CWD panic may have caused a 20 to 30 percent drop in the price of deer ...

Texas Deer Breeder Movement Standards Plan finalized August 17, 2015 Lone Star Outdoor News
... Key elements of the plan include:  A framework giving breeders who met previous movement qualified standards an option to move and liberate deer ... Details of the plan are on this page at TPWD

Numbers show most Louisiana hunters don't report their deer August 17, 2015 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... During the most-recent deer season, only 65,081 deer were reported by hunters, which is fewer than half the department's estimated statewide harvest of 139,900...   must still rely on antiquated mail-survey data with low participation rates to make estimates about the health of the state's herd  ... more than 273,000 sets of deer tags for the 2014-15 season.

Bethel Park, Dees Bethel Park have a deer plan? August 17, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... Don Harrison reported the number of deer harvested by archers in Bethel Park for the last 19 years. This is only a numbers report.  ... There are no goals, quota, or guesstimates for the size of the herd...

... The Northern Sierra Partnership ... joined with the Nature Conservancy ... Home to black bears, mountain lions, deer ... starting roughly 100 years ago, the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies began putting out the fires ...  Now ... some evergreen forests have five times or more trees per acre as they would naturally ... if these forests are thinned it could increase the amount of water flowing from the Sierra Nevada [thinning these forests will also provide better habitat for California deer - thick forests reduce deer forage]

Record heat wave stresses deer August 16, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledger 
... "The hotter the temperature, the less deer eat," ... with less food, fawn weights could remain low enough to put them at risk... having multiple water sources during future periods of drought will also help avoid predation ...

Chronic Wasting Disease's gradual spread worries wildlife biologists August 16, 2015 Missouri, The Spokesman Review
... Increasing numbers of harvested deer in Missouri have tested positive for CWD. In the 2014-15 season, 15 afflicted deer were taken in the core area. More troubling to officials was the discovery of CWD in one deer taken far from that hot zone...

Salem man wants to sell animal trophies; state says no August 15, 2015 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... Among the dozens of deer, sheep, fish and fowl mounts is a full-size stuffed cougar and a 10-foot Alaskan brown bear rug... game wardens for ODFW, that I couldn't sell the mounts of animals that are indigenous to Oregon ...

4th case of chronic wasting disease confirmed in South Texas August 15, 2015 Washington Times
... A fourth case of chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in deer in South Texas... Texas is limiting release of captive-raised deer to properties enclosed by high fencing to protect against spreading the disease ...

Dalton Gardens, Downside to deer trapping in Dalton August 15, 2015 Idaho,  CDA Press
...  the City Council is seriously considering continuing the "trial" trap and transfer program again this year... Last year's program trapped eight does and two bucks. One doe miscarried as a result of the process and "her blood loss, extreme exhaustion and stress made it evident to me (the trapper) her survival was unlikely." ...

Region still tops for trophy bucks August 15, 2015 South Carolina, The Times and Democrat
... Deer hunting begins Saturday in The T&D Region, which is still a top place for trophy bucks in the state... According to statistics released this week by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, 2015 antler-measuring sessions revealed 176 new records ... Statewide population estimates put the deer herd at about 730,000 animals ...




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Activists petition state to save deer with arrow in face August August 29, 2015 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press 
... Activists from around the world are calling on state officials to save a doe named Grace.  For at least nine months, the deer has roamed the township with an arrow lodged in her face...

Kill Order Put on Deer on Belmont County August 29, 2015 Ohio, The Intelligencer
...  the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered that a tame deer in Stewartsville be killed.  Jodi Proger has owned her pet deer, Wheezer, for two years, and she says in all
that time she has never heard a complaint about the animal from neighbors.  
"He's basically like a big dog," ...

Ohio Woman Fighting to Keep Pet Deer August 28, 2015 Ohio, fox45now.com
... Jodi Proger says Wheezer's mother had been hit by a car. She's had him now for two years... Proger has started an online petition to keep Wheezer ...

Woman campaigns to save pet deer from ODNR August 28, 2015 Ohio, Dayton Daily News
A campaign to save an Ohio woman’s pet deer is quickly gaining attention online. Jodi Proger took to Facebook after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) visited her home on Wednesday. …

Deer rescued from Nags Head surf August 27, 2015 North Carolina, HamptonRoads.com
... The fisherman rescued the exhausted animal, and bystanders wrapped it in blankets and a towel ... Deer will swim in the ocean to rid themselves of parasites ...



Bellingham, Deer found shot by crossbow bolt in Bellingham August 24, 2015 Washington, Bellingham Herald 
... A deer had to be euthanized after it was found with a crossbow bolt in its neck ... they are processing the bolt for fingerprints ...

My buddy met a guy with a deer. - August 26, 2015


Rally Held in Support of Wildlife Rehabilitator Fighting to Keep Deer August 23, 2015 New York, time Warner Cable News
... Cindy McGinley rescued a malnourished fawn that was just hours old. Then in 2014, she rescued another fawn. That one was blind...  the DEC told her she should have euthanized the blind deer, Lily ... If you'd like to sign the petition, head here



Born Free: Stories from the heart August 23, 2015 Colorado, Steamboat Today
... Flag was a fawn that was picked up by a hiker ... Bye “soft” released Flag behind her home, but the deer kept coming back ... so she decided to load the animals in a trailer to take them to a refuge near Meeker ... Four years later ... I could not believe I was seeing her again and knowing that she was okay. Her mate called to her from the hillside and off she went. She came back many times that fall...

... “The Deer God is a karmic journey through a beautiful but hostile world. For your sins against deerkind, you have been reincarnated as a tender fawn. While your new path is fraught with danger, it also provides an opportunity to redeem yourself.”...

Dog and fawn form friendship in West Michigan August 21, 2015 Michigan, WWMT-TV
...  they’ve captured hearts all over West Michigan and literally stopped traffic in the streets... For the last month, the two have been inseparable, the dog, Nala, has been caring for the fawn, who showed up without a mother...


MJ fire chief nearly skinny dips to save a life August 21, 2015 Tennessee, Wilson Post
...  a baby deer that somehow got stuck in a swimming pool, and by the time I got there she was almost a goner ... when I put my hand on her back, she just rolled over onto her side and she never kicked once ...


... Park rangers believe the buck jumped off a 60-foot cliff before getting stuck in the popular sea caves below... " ... I talk and do deer calls, and later he just calmed down a little," ... swimming right by my kayak ...


On his own land, lion hunter is tough on poaching August 20, 2015 Minnesota, The Bulletin
... Long before he was accused of poaching an African lion named Cecil, Walter Palmer was stalking suspected poachers on his private hunting land ... Over the years, Stetz and his friends and relatives would wrangle with Palmer over property lines, deer stands and trails of deer blood...

... the deer was becoming something of a celebrity  ... It is with a heavy heart that we must report the albino buck pictured in numerous Musselshell County Sheriff's Office posts was discovered deceased on the side of US Highway 12 this afternoon...

A baby deer struggling to swim across a Columbia river has been saved by a man who jumped from his boat. YouTube user Lyle Walsh uploaded footage taken from a boat which showed him swimming in the Columbia River in North America to rescue the real-life Bambi. “Careful, Lyle, he’s probably aggressive,” another man on the boat warned. Wearing a lifejacket, Mr Walsh apprehended the squeaking animal and handed it to a man on the boat. “Poor guy,” he said. After reaching shore, he then dries the fawn with a towel before releasing it, where it shakes briefly before taking off into the bushes. Deer are generally accomplished swimmers, however babies need to build their strength before they can take on long stretches. - August 17, 2015



Officer shoots deer in front of Middleburg Heights church August 17, 2015 Ohio, Fox 8 Cleveland
... The officer responded to the church after a young deer collapsed on the front lawn with an injured leg... In a letter to the city, the woman said she and her daughter are traumatized by what happened... the officer also did not turn on his body camera ...

Last May, SHARK discovered that a deer in Marlboro, NJ, had been shot in the face by a bowhunter, and that she had been living with the arrow impaled in her face since last November. Our investigator found the deer, who we named Grace, filmed her, and we took her plight to the media in order to get her help. This video updates her situation - including that she has given birth - and how we hope she will soon receive the medical care she needs. Please contact the Director of NJ Fish and Wildlife and ask that they follow through and save Grace. David Chanda, Director 609-292-2965 dave.chanda@dep.state.nj.us - August 17, 2015


Animal abuse can lead to more serious crimes August 17, 2015 Wisconsin, The Oshkosh Northwestern
...  the illegal “thrill killing” of 15 deer near Green Lake reminds us that Wisconsin can do more to prevent the illegal killing of wildlife... Animal abuse committed by young people is a serious threat and it is often a precursor to violent crimes against people...

Albino deer is a legend for the Chickasaw Nation August 14, 2014 Virginia, WWBT-TV NBC 12 
... young warrior for the Chickasaw Nation fell in love with the daughter of a chief... "Bring me the hide of the White Deer," ... Bright Moon would often see the white deer in the smoke of the campfire, running, with an arrow in his heart...

A Department of Natural Resource ranger rescued two deer hanging from a fence at a Hall County cemetery. A photo shows the young deer stuck in a wrought-iron fence inside the cemetery. The deer almost made it through the fence, but their back legs wouldn’t fit through the opening. August 14, 2015 Georgia


Buck's antlers won't be getting any larger August 14, 2015 Pennsylvania, Beaver County Times 
... as far as antler growth goes, what you see is what you get. In fact antlers stopped growing back in mid-July... antler tissue is the fastest growing tissue known to man ... Antlers, like trees, grow from the tip (not the base) and it takes about 160 to 170 days to complete antler growth ...



Last call for moose? NH biologist fears for its future August 8, 2015 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
... The saddest thing she's encountered in her work are moose calves whose mothers have been killed by cars or disease ... They have the saddest call in the world. They are completely naive so they will come right up to you. ... They sit in your lap and make these little noises...” ... in 1901, moose hunting was banned. And it was logging for the paper mills that helped the moose recover ... 

Our friends Steve and Vicky Johnsen, volunteers at YMCA of the Rockies' Estes Park Center, captured this adorable video of a baby deer and bunny rabbit playing together in front of the Lula W. Dorsey Museum. August 12, 2015


The Idaho Statesman
...  the deer didn't shed his antlers every year like most bucks do. Some fans called him Brillo, as in Brillo Pad, because his scraggly antlers  ...  lacked testicles and never went into rut ...

Memory of first deer seen never fades August 5, 2015 Kansas, Kansas.com
... Fifty years ago the sight of a deer, in Kansas was worthy of mention in small town newspapers and good for at least five minutes of excited conversation at the barber shop. Most over 50 still remember the specifics of where and when they saw their first deer in Kansas...

Albino deer turning up in Musselshell County August 5, 2015 Montana, Independent Record
... Residents have been seeing quite a few white deer recently, especially between Roundup and Melstone... illegal to hunt albino deer since a rule in 1997 went into effect to preserve the uniqueness of the white animals....

... a beeline for the young doe struggling to keep its head above water. As he hugged it, the fawn went limp ... On the Internet, they discovered Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation ... A few hours after the deer arrived, Browning sedated it, took it back to Buxton and released it ...

White tail adults are pretty cool, too July 31, 2015 Minnesota, Worthington Daily Globe
...  white tail deer were hunted down to a U.S. population of only about 300,000. Today with proper management they now number in the range of 30 million.  The smallest of these lives in Florida, and as we move to the northern part of their range, which is Minnesota and Canada, they get bigger... about 70 percent of the bucks get harvested every year in the farmland zones of Minnesota...