Deer Management News This Week

Deer disease among top outdoors stories in 2014 December 21, 2014 New York, The Columbus Dispatch 
... Ohio became the 14th state in which an incidence of CWD [chronic wasting disease] has been confirmed in a captive herd. The disease has been identified in either wild or captive deer, elk or moose in 20 states.  Only time will tell whether the best efforts of government agencies, along with help from the public, can keep CWD from spreading into Ohio’s wild deer population... 

Vaccine for Deer Against 'Mad Cow'-Like Illness Shows Promise December 21, 2014 New York, US News Health 
... The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease, according to the report in the Dec. 21 online edition of the journal Vaccine.  . Chronic wasting disease is caused by mysterious infectious particles known as prions that go rogue...

Jim Brauker of Extreme Deer Habitat and Jake Ehlinger of Habitat Solutions gave a workshop on Hinge Cutting for deer habitat at the 2014 Quality Deer Management Association ‎( QDMA )‎ National Convention in Athens Georgia. Jake used a hand drawn aerial view of the property to show the plan he devised to improve deer bedding and movement on the property. - December 21, 2014



Wildlife Impacted by Bakken Shale Play December 21, 2014 North Dakota, Examiner
... The bison, antelope and mule deer that once roamed the Badlands of the Dakotas are now replaced by trucks, roughnecks and outright general chaos, according to North Dakota Wildlife Federation Mike McEnroe...  one of the biggest short term impacts from the oil boom is habitat fragmentation... 

Deer harvest tags for Mississippi? December 21, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... All the states bordering Mississippi have some form of harvest accountability system in place. But Mississippi basically relies on an honor system.  Mississippi annual harvest numbers are generated through surveys, state wildlife management area records and other sources...

Game Commission aims to settle controversy through study December 20, 2014 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... What predators are eating Pennsylvania fawns, how often are they doing it, and what's the impact of all that? ... The agency is launching a three-year fawn predation study next month. It will be conducted in two areas — Susquehannock and Bald Eagle-Rothrock state forests — at a cost of just more than $1.1 million... newborn deer will be outfitted with expandable radio collars ...

Game and Fish working to support sheep mountain mule deer December 20, 2014 Wyoming, Laramie Boomerang
... Statewide, mule deer populations have been in decline for years ... a public meeting Tuesday evening to discuss progress on the Sheep Mountain Mule Deer Initiative, a big-picture effort to increase the herd size ... disturbances such as controlled burns and aeration are tools land managers can use to improve habitat by promoting new growth ...

2014 good for NH hunters, who bagged more than 11,500 deer December 20, 2014 New Hampshire, Nashua Telegraph
... Hunters killed almost 11,500 deer in New Hampshire during this year’s hunting seasons, one of the highest totals in recent years and further indication that the state’s deer herd has rebounded from low points in the 1980s...

Deer harvest on record pace December 20, 2014 Arkansas, Baxter Bulletin
... current statistics show 189,102 deer have been taken through the assorted modern rifle, muzzleloader and bow seasons by Arkansas hunters. That comes on the heels of a record 213,487 harvest in 2012-13 followed closely by 213,215 in 2013-14...

... Early results show the deer harvest in the U.P. was down 30 to 40 percent compared to 2013... pretty severe winters ...

Redding Deer Population and Harvest Down 80% December 19, 2014 Connecticut, ReddingNews.com
... 2009 to 2014 we see the Redding deer population and harvest rate go down by approximately  80%. [321 to 63] ...They are no longer taking about ticks as reported cases of Lyme increased by 62.5% + over the last 4 years in Redding despite the significantly decreasing deer population... When will the CT DEEP step in and put a stop to the over kill of deer...

... "Whenever we have a good acorn year, our deer harvest drops because deer do not move as much in search of food... the harvest is down about 12 percent right now," " Brian Eyler, deer project leader ... Natural resources officials estimated a deer population of 227,000 when the 2014 deer hunting season began in September... 

Gun deer kill down nearly 10,000 December 18, 2014 Ohio, Outdoor News 
... 60 of Ohio’s 88 counties posted declines... Among these dissenters is Dennis J. Malloy Jr., a former wildlife division officer who now toils away as an official with Whitetails Unlimited.  In an email sent to Mike Tonkovich – the wildlife division’s point-man on deer management in the state – Malloy wrote that the state “has to stop the bleeding.” ... 

Mule Deer Poaching Duo Gets Revocations, Jail Time, Fines December 18, 2014 Idaho, kunamelba.com
... Convicted of poaching a mule deer buck this fall, a father/son duo from Kuna ... ordered to pay fines and civil penalties totaling more than $1,400... a 10-year hunting license revocation, two years of probation ... also received 180 days in jail (165 suspended), and was ordered to serve five days in jail immediately ...

Costs of CWD getting clearer December 18, 2014 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... When chronic wasting disease first showed up in the Keystone State, it appeared in captive deer on a small, but certified, herd in Adams and York counties ... In the Game Commission’s case, that surveillance cost about $517,000 in fiscal year 2013, said veterinarian Justin Brown...

Fewer deer, fewer hunters, lower harvest December 18, 2014 Michigan, The Times Herald ·
...  in the late-1990s ... There were about 2 million deer in the state then, and they were driving everyone crazy. Now, there are closer to a million, which is close to the goal of the DNR, farmers and every driver in the state...

... because the strategies are voluntary, deer are in trouble. Landowners ignored the last round of voluntary deer guidelines. Now, barely 1 percent of over 9 million commercial acres are fit for deer survival.  Deer yards used to be protected by law. Biologists documented them, and the old Land Use Regulation Commission made them off limits to harvesting...

...  The purpose of the proposals is to manage deer on a more local scale, tailored to habitat quality, characteristics of the local deer herd and preferences of local hunters and other stakeholders...  Many hunters surveyed wanted larger deer populations, more bucks in the population and a better chance to see and harvest heavier and larger-antlered deer.  
These new antler regulations would protect most 1.5-year-old bucks ...

Oh, deer GPS collar tracks one buck's intrepid journey December 18, 2014 Maryland, DC Military
... “The last GPS point we have on the St. Mary’s County side is at 8 p.m.,” Swift said. “The next point shows up at 10 p.m. in Calvert County. Sometime between those two hours, that buck swam 1.5 miles across the Patuxent River.”  Once on the other side, the deer moved through Jefferson Patterson Park and trekked over to Calvert Cliffs, where he spent the rutting season...

Holiday deer season boosts state doe harvest December 18, 2014 Oklahoma, Tulsa World
... Not long ago, in a place not far from here, deer hunters who considered themselves the most ethical of the breed would never, ever shoot a doe.  It just was not done... Now roughly 40 percent of Oklahoma’s annual deer harvest is made up of does...

Deer thrill kill suspects given trespassing tickets December 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Fox11online.com
... the citations are related to the incident last month in which at least 10 deer were killed in what police and wardens described as a “thrill kill” case...  they could pay the $295 citation ...

Should Indiana deer hunters be allowed to use high-powered rifles? December 17, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... a group of hunters is passionately opposed to using guns that can fire a bullet over longer distances... an unfair advantage over their prey ... Proponents of the rule change say that allowing high-powered rifles would be just as safe as the weapons currently allowed ...

Deer feeding starts to protect orchards near Pateros December 16, 2014 Washington, The Spokesman-Review
...  from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:  “Deer often concentrate during the winter near Pateros’ fruit tree orchards – independent of the effects of fire – and cause damage,” Brown said. “Until more deer fence is repaired, we are using feed to draw deer away from the orchards.” ...

... Not so fast, Wildlife Division research specialist Brent Rudolph said.  Much of the worst decline has happened in the Upper Peninsula, but statistics show it's on par with two other states in the northern region, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  “Certainly from the U.P. perspective we’ve been telling people since last winter that deer numbers are down,” ...

Keep Texas Wildlife Wild December 16, 2014 Texas, Gilmer Mirro
... There are less than 1,300 deer breeders in the state, and for the past decade, they have spent millions on lobbying efforts seeking more liberty with the people’s deer. Despite outcries from Texans and hunters alike, the breeders have gone largely unopposed... Current law allows for captive-raised deer to be “hunted” just 11 days after they are liberated from captivity...

Fate of famous white deer in question after base closure December 16, 2014 New York, USA Today
...  the estimated 200 white deer roaming the property are not albino — they have brown eyes, not pink... "If something doesn't happen by 2016, we're going to lose a great crown jewel," said Dennis Money, president of Seneca White Deer, a non-profit group...  has been pushing a letter-writing campaign, trying to convince the state to buy the property and make it into a park or wildlife preserve ...

Conditions prove challenging for deer hunt December 16, 2014 Michigan, bcsn.tv
...  lower herd numbers in some areas of Michigan and Ohio ... Some parts of the western U.P. had 5 feet of snow for the opening day of deer season, so many traditional hunting grounds and deer camp sites were simply inaccessible ... Michigan’s early estimates point to this season’s U.P. harvest being down as much as 40 percent, while the northern reaches of the Lower Peninsula will likely show a drop of about 10 percent ...

TWRA Proposes Changes To License Fee Structure December 15, 2014 Tennessee, The Chattanoogan
...This license fee change proposal is the first since 2005, and only the second to be sought since 1990. It’s also the smallest increase in the TWRA’s 65-year history... “We employ 46 fewer people agency-wide now than we did eight years ago, and salaries and benefits such as health insurance have increased significantly,” ... 

Ohio deer gun season totals have been posted December 15, 2014, The Morrow County Sentinel 
... Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far in all 2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the same point last year. Hunters harvested 75,408 deer during the 2013 deer-gun season... The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists...

...  the harvest was down possibly as much as 10 percent in the northern Lower Peninsula and about 5 percent in the southern Lower Peninsula when compared to 2013... Firearm deer harvests were down approximately 30 to 40 percent across the Upper Peninsula...

MFF pledges $1.3 million to deer research project. The laboratory will be in Southwest Wyoming. This will benefit surrounding states and many others. The mule deer populations are in a record decline. - December, 2014


Deer gun numbers down in Ohio for many reasons December 15, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... Ohio’s deer gun week produced the lowest whitetail kill since 1987 ... the archery kill has increased dramatically. A year ago, Ohio’s bow harvest surpassed the gun-week total for the first time... Ohio has fewer deer than it had in the past ...

Response to CWD -- if it shows up in Pennsylvania elk herd -- is discussed December 15, 2014 Pennsylvania, OutdoorNews.com
... Chronic wasting disease has been found in captive deer at two game farms about 30 miles from the southern edge of the elk range, making officials nervous about it crossing over into free-ranging deer, who might carry it to the elk...

State Officials Nail Poachers With ‘Robo Deer’ December 15, 2014 Florida, Space Coast Daily 
... Fifteen minutes after, officers set up the deer and hid in a safe area, they heard a shot.  A poacher had driven up and fired at the robo deer...

... Under a new law, poachers face a $10,000 fine for illegally killing a buck deer with six points per antler, 12 total. The fine is $1,500 for killing a royal elk ... makes little sense, with less than 700 elk in Michigan, versus more than perhaps 1 million deer ...

Reid to keep pushing rural Nevada land withdrawal December 14, 2014 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal
... Conservationists describe the valleys as scenic and unspoiled basin and range that provide habitat for mule deer and Pronghorn antelope and contain ancient Native American trails and rock shelters... His bill would allow grazing but forbid federal land sales or leasing for mining or renewable energy development...

Deer harvest down December 14, 2014 Michigan, South Bend Tribune
... “I suspect the herd is trying to recover from EHD, but our deer got hit hard by weather last winter and that had some impact,” said Chadwick. “The herd is nowhere near where it was before EHD, but I would have thought there would have been a better season than what we saw.”... Two severe winters have impacted Upper Peninsula deer severely...

Deer hunters show little interest in licensing changes December 14, 2014 South Dakota, Capital Journal 
... about 41 percent of surveyed hunters support keeping the current system while about 33 percent said they didn’t have an opinion ...  Deer numbers have been declining in recent years, which led to far fewer licenses being made available to hunters...

Low harvest during the rainy rifle deer season may benefit late-season hunters December 14, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... in a miserable combination of rain, wind and cold, they're likely to bed down under cover and wait it out...  that was the state of deer hunting during much of the two-week firearm season ...  Successful hunters are required by state law to submit harvest reports, but reporting has dropped to 25 percent...

Deer bait ends this squirrel hunter's hunt December 14, 2014 Minnesota, TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
... I didn't know the bait was there. My hands were clean... More practically, now I knew the area was baited, and the 100-yard rule meant I couldn't hunt within reach of it ... banned in Minnesota ... Many bait ingredients, including corn, can be harmful to a deer during the time of year when corn isn't a normal part of its diet... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as recently as 2009 supported a ban...

... This alternative includes a combination of lethal and nonlethal actions. Sharpshooting and limited capture/euthanasia would be used initially to quickly reduce deer herd numbers ... The complete final report can be found online at parkplanning.nps.gov/CUVAdeerplan

PGC keeping an eye out for CWD
December 13, 2014 Pennsylvania, Times-Leader
... Chronic wasting disease hasn’t been found in the northeast yet ... The PGC’s Northeast Region Office has conducted CWD sampling since 2005 ... The disease has been detected in three locations in Pennsylvania ...

When hunting isn't very sporting December 13, 2014 Texas, Waco Tribune-Herald
...  The “hunter” flies in on his corporate jet to a Texas ranch, hops in a Jeep and drives up to a genetically engineered trophy buck, released from captivity as little as 10 days prior. The “hunter” shoots the deer, loads up the antlers, gives the meat to whoever will take it ... Hunters and Texans agree, this is not hunting...

Hunters are now welcome in one of Wyoming national park's private land December 13, 2014 Wyoming, Bio & Tech Insights
... According to Game and Fish spokesman Renny MacKay, the new rule affects the hunting of elk and bison on private lands...  the National Park Conservation Association said they disagree with the reinterpretation of the rule...

Understanding the white-tail deer rut December 13, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... 30 to 35 percent of the breeding takes place during the 10 days surrounding the peak. In the five to 15-day period before the peak, about 30 percent of the breeding occurs ...  95 percent of the breeding taking place over 30 days ... MSU Deer Lab's Steve Demarais ...

Several area counties close to late-season deer hunt December 13, 2014 Illinois, Alton Telegraph
... Though up slightly from the 2013 total of 74,318, it still translates into better than a 20 percent reduction in harvest from 2012... Beginning in 2008, the IDNR adopted deer herd management goals based on recommendations of the General Assembly’s Joint Task Force on Deer Population Control... a 14 percent reduction statewide (from peak levels) in the rate of automobile accidents with deer...

Fewer deer taken in this year’s gun season December 13, 2014 Ohio, Journal-News 
... fewer deer during gun season ...  65,485 white-tailed deer in 2014, compared with 74,408 last year ... The first modern deer-gun season was held in 1943 in three counties, and hunters harvested 168 deer...
     Crunching hunting numbers helps keep deer population healthy  December 13, 2014 Ohio, Limaohio 
... People quickly can tell if more deer were harvested in one year compared to another... the relatively large declines in the antlerless harvest ... removing the antlerless permit protected the antlerless segment...  future populations will either be stable or perhaps slightly larger ...

Seeking the key to forest management by padlock December 12, 2014 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... the federal harvest has shrunk to less than 10 percent of what it was in the 1980s, sawmills have closed, jobs have been lost ... Blacktail deer populations have declined every year since Clinton’s 1994 forest plan was passed. Without timber harvest to open the dense forest canopy, there is less browse at deer level on the forest floor... 

Avon Lake deer culling program is ineffective, mayor says December 12, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... "We only had two people come forward and get the permits to shoot the deer (with bows and arrows) this year," Zilka said. "Each person killed one deer and one might have wounded another, though we are not sure. We had hoped for more public participation." ...One of the city's most famous deer was found dead recently. A mostly white piebald deer nicknamed "Whitey" ...

Deer Hunters in West Virginia harvest 37,277 bucks during the buck firearms season December 12, 2014 West Virginia, Huntington News Network
... lower than last year’s with decreases occurring in all DNR districts. The largest percentage decreases occurred in the western counties of the state, while the buck harvest in the mountain and southeastern counties had smaller decreases... 33 percent below the previous five-year average of 55,902... 

Buck kill plunges 34 percent, DNR says December 12, 2014 West Virginia, The Charleston Gazette 
... Snow and rain also played a part, but wildlife officials believe the 50-mph winds that whipped across the Mountain State on opening day contributed most heavily to a whopping 34 percent decline in the 2014 buck kill...

Pinehurst Rules Out Hunting to Control Deer Population December 12, 2014 North Carolina, The pilot 
...  recommendation to allow deer hunting in Pinehurst to control the animal’s population failed not because of anguished and emotional debate but a simple lack of sufficient “hard” data to justify such an extreme measure, Village Council members say...

Shale drillers scarce, deer scarcer December 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, Bradford Era 
...  a spike in natural gas drilling ... Statewide, some sportsmen’s groups have raised concerns about stomping grounds rendered unrecognizable by Marcellus Shale development, and others about the potential for deer meat contaminated by animals consuming toxic fracking flowback. ...
Statewide deer kill dips 15.5 percent December 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Outdoor News 
... the state saw a 15.5-percent decrease in overall deer harvest... poor weather, a drop in hunter numbers, and tighter restrictions in the north playing roles in that decline ... Preliminary figures show 191,550 deer were registered, compared with 255,003 during the same period last year...

Captive hunts give rise to deer disease December 11, 2014 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... Those captive deer were under a quarantine to prevent the potential spread of chronic wasting disease ...  the owner still violated the quarantine order placed on his farm, putting personal profit and greed above the health of Ohio’s wildlife, and forcing those captive deer to unfortunately pay the ultimate price...

FWP may bring back antlerless mule deer tags in some areas December 11, 2014 Montana, Independent Record 
... The proposed changes come after concerns last hunting season that the switch to buck-only seasons led to an overharvest of bucks and signs that mule deer have rebounded in several areas, said Wildlife Management Bureau Chief John Vore...

The face of deer hunting changing around Ohio December 11, 2014 Ohio,  cleveland.com
... It's easy to see why more deer are killed with bow-and-arrow. The season is four months long. The gun season is one short week... In the not too distant past, gun hunters killed 90 percent of Ohio's deer... sportsmen ... fear the size and scope of the Buckeye deer herd is shrinking far too rapidly...

Va. deer-kill numbers down greatly this year December 11, 2014 Virginia, Free Lance-Star 
... At least a dozen counties in Eastern Virginia are seeing a greater than 30 percent decline in the reported deer kill during the current hunting season.  And the overall statewide total is down 17 percent ... Deer in several counties around Fredericksburg were hit particularly hard by EHD in 2012...

Wisconsin deer research studies annual report 2013-2014 [PDF] December 11, 2014 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
... Fawn survival (to 6–7 months of age) was 44.8% and 57.8% in the northern forest and eastern farmland study areas, respectively.  Most fawn mortalities occurred during mid-May and June. Among mortality causes, predation (68.8%) and starvation (47.4%) were the
leading causes of mortality (6–7 month of age) in the northern forest and eastern farmland study areas, respectively.  Movements 30% and 55% of male deer (10–18 months old) dispersed in the northern forest (range: 1.5 – 22 miles) and eastern farmland (range: 1.0 – 20 miles) study areas, respectively.  Fall yearling male dispersal rates and distances were similar between study areas; however, spring dispersal in the northern forest study area occurred at ≤ 50% the rate of spring dispersal in the eastern farmland study area...

Deer hunt was 'rebuilding year,' DNR expert says December 10, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The 2014 harvest included 90,336 bucks (down 8% from 2013) and 101,214 antlerless deer (down 21%)... the lower deer harvest was linked to "very strong" DNR efforts "to help our northern forest herds recover from two years of hard winters." ...  sales of 608,711 gun deer licenses, a drop of 24,891 (4%) from 2013. The license sales total was the lowest since 1976...

Acorns cause deer hunters to struggle early across Texas December 10, 2014 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph 
...  in East Texas. “Everyone I am talking to said nothing is eating corn because the acorn crop is so heavy.”  The same is true in the Hill Country...  the entire harvest appears to be down, and that it will be difficult to catch up before the end of the year...

Shotgun deer hunters find early success with good weather December 10, 2014 Iowa, Radio Iowa 
... the first season’s harvest will be around 37,000 deer. “We’re similar to where we were in 2011-2012,” Suchy said. “We’re down substantially from the peak in 2006. Deer numbers are down.” ...

Study discovers new Jackson Hole deer migrations December 10, 2014 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... Grand Teton National Park biologists are in the early stages of studying at least three newfound mule deer migrations that link Grand Teton National Park and the Shoshone and Wind River basins... The process of protecting the mule deer migrations would require amending the Bridger-Teton forest plan ...

Deer Harvest Up Slightly From 2013 December 10, 2014 Nebraska, WOWT
...  As of Dec. 5, 44,379 deer have been taken in all seasons, compared to 42,562 by the same date last year.  The biggest change from last year is the mule deer buck harvest, which is up by 575 animals (9 percent). 

Deer are peaceful, but we kill them anyway December 10, 2014 California, San Francisco Gate ·
... we “cull” them, which is a nice way of saying we shoot them down and watch them bleed. In the ’60s, there were about 2 million deer in California. Now, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, there are 445,000. Deer in this state also have an invasive louse that leads to balding. Predation of fawns by mountain lions and bears has increased...
  Mt. Lebanon deer culling effort gets OK December 10, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 ... hunting on public land was a prerequisite for state game commission approval of other deer control measures Mt. Lebanon wants to use. ... Cornell had about the same number of deer on campus, because clamping or cutting does' fallopian tubes didn't prevent heat. That brought more bucks to campus, Curtis said. [ovariectomy would prevent the does from going into heat, Cornell used tubal ligation]  “I'd settle for a safe, legal, less effective program so we can move forward,” Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Dave Brumfield said...

Second firearms deer season harvest makes up some ground December 10, 2014 Illinois, Outdoor News
... the total 2014 firearms harvest at 76,547, a modest bump from the 74,318 deer harvested during the 2013 firearms season...

White deer advocate seeks support December 10, 2014 New York, Finger Lakes Times
...  the 10,700-acre former Seneca Army Depot in the town of Romulus have the potential to be a major tourism attraction with lots of positive economic impacts.  But so far, he said, the IDA isn’t buying the idea and the project is stalled, frustrating Money and the Seneca White Deer Inc. group he heads... Information on how to submit a comment can be found at senecawhitedeer.org...

... A new online survey being circulated by the city of Ann Arbor seeks public input on options for managing the local deer population, including lethal and nonlethal methods... three of the survey questions start out by stating:  "Research concludes that lethal removal measures are most effective for managing a deer population," ...






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Carl’s deer — a Christmas fare thee well December 21, 2014 Wisconsin, The Cap Times
 
  “This is my church — the deer, turkey, nature.” — Carl Drake, 82-year-old American Indian ... 
Carl was out searching for the young buck he had raised the year before. He had put a red collar on the little guy when he released him, hoping hunters would not kill a tame deer.  Carl had already visited the DNR offices in Madison to buy a deer license to tag the deer as his deer — but a living deer. The DNR staff laughed in his face... [Photo by Patricia Randolf]

The Odds of this Video on my trail Cam are Astronomical, It's rare enough to see 1 Deer with a half Rack and a stump on 1 side, But to see 2 Deer, each with a half Rack, with each half Racks on Opposite sides, and a Stump on the other side - December 20, 2014



Firefighters rescue deer floundering on thin ice December 20, 2014 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... "There was this little dog out there," Cook said. First, it went nose-to-nose with the stranded deer. Then, "the dog went around the back and pulled on the deer's tail."  She said the little dog disappeared, then returned accompanied by a larger dog. The big dog wouldn't go out onto the ice, but appeared to be rushing around in search of a human helper...

I've known this buck since he was born and I've watch him grow into a powerful little buck. I spent 2 hours in the cold and dark last night searching for him.. no luck but I'll keep looking. Sad day.. ‎‎[A buck can survive this injury, not a death sentence]‎‎ - December 20, 2014



Apparently deer hunting just isn't what it used to be December 18, 2014 New York, Niagara Gazette
...  suddenly I hear about 20 to 25 rounds go off within seven to eight seconds. OMG! It was close but not dangerously close to where I was sitting. Then about 45 to 50 minutes later, another round, same thing 20 to 25 rounds in a very short amount of time! This is not a drive, it’s a firing squad! ...

Mississippi man cited for drowning deer in La. December 17, 2014 Jackson Clarion-Ledger
... taking deer from a vessel while the deer was swimming.  A witness saw Hayes approach the deer in the river, wrap a rope around its antlers and drown the deer...



Dear to their hearts: Gladwin family raises whitetails December 15, 2014 Ohio, Midland Daily News
... The couple has always been fascinated with whitetail deer, and decided they wanted to get into raising their own after a trip to a deer farm... guests can feed the cereal to the deer during their visits... bucks get aggressive during the mating season. Antlers need to be removed after their velvet covering drops ... There are about 300 whitetail farms in Michigan right now, but there used to be a lot more ...

Florida wildlife: White-tailed deer December 14, 2014 The News-Press 
... Their size varies depending on their habitat, but, on average, an adult male deer in Florida averages 115 pounds while the smaller females average 90 pounds...

Deer rescued from icy Kennebec River December 10, 2014 Maine, Bangor Daily News 
... rescued by firefighters and game wardens... After about 20 minutes of warming, the deer was able to stand and walk away ...

Richard Davis is a medical marijuana grower in southeast Oregon. When OPB went to interview him, they were surprised to find his pet deer helping on the farm. - December 9, 2014


The albino deer and questions on conservation funding December 9, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... After killing Cape Girardeau's albino buck ... Jason Sumner from the Missouri Conservation Department described the killing as, "Cool and unique … something he (Jerry) should be proud of …" ... the Missouri Department of Conservation's primary agenda is, and has always been, to promote hunting... Many don't realize that we pay sales tax to support the department's hunting efforts...

... A hunter killed an 8-point antlered doe over the weekend in Sedgwick County, Kansas. The man thought he was aiming at a buck when he pulled the trigger and shot the animal, but what he shot instead was a rare doe with eight antlers... something like one in about 10,000 will have antlers ...

Woman launches project to protect Va.'s white deer December 7, 2014 Virginia, Richmond Times-Dispatch
... Stith started Protect Virginia White Deer, an effort to exempt white deer from hunting. The project is just getting underway, but Stith has bumper stickers and a website,www.protectvirginiawhitedeer.org.

Beware the 'Curse of the White Deer' November 5, 2014 New York, Daily Star 
... I told him that anyone who shoots a white deer has angered the gods and will never have another successful hunt. Well, Tommy had a bunch of bad luck after that...

One of three piebald deer dies in Avon Lake December 4, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... The white buck became a legend over the years as citizens spotted him ... "“The police and many people throughout the town have watched out for this deer,” ... “I’ve got to tell you, it’s like losing a friend,” ...

...  doesn't regret his actions... a steady stream of curiosity seekers came to take pictures of the animal, which had been shot before but survived wounds to the shoulder...
Hunter faces backlash after bagging rare albino deer December 3, 2014 Missouri, Washington Post 
... Kinnaman wrote on Facebook. “Let the bashing begin!”  And it did. Kinnaman said in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday that it has gotten so bad, he has received death threats over the deer...
     White buck hunter says death threats aren't serious December 3, 2014 Missrouri, Southeast Missourian
... "I expected some [negative feedback]," he said Wednesday. "But not of this magnitude, no. I didn't realize how important that animal was to some people." ...
     Albino deer killed in southeast Missouri December 3, 2014 Missouri, KCTV5 News 
... A Cape Girardeau man has killed a 10-point albino buck that he says had eluded hunters for the past seven years... [video below]

Drayton, ND, family brings reindeer to Santa in Fargo December 2, 2014 North Dakota, Prairie Business
... the Hoselton Reindeer Ranch near Drayton, 36 miles south of the Canadian border ... the only reindeer farm in North Dakota ... “I consider them more as pets than anything else,” ...

Stepping out on the porch to a yard of mule deer and so happen to have my FLIR T640 Infrared Video Camera in hand - December 3, 2014



... "My younger son was standing next to the horse only about five feet away ... well when the gun shot went off the horse more or less hit the ground." ... a bullet intended for a deer that instead struck Cheyanne between the eyes ...

 A 35-point wild deer? Possibly November 29, 2014 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
...  a 35-point buck. The photos were posted on Scott's Quik Stop in Marlette and a picture was on Michiganbuckpole.com. ...  a debate raged on the Internet. The accusation that it came from a game farm drew the ire of Scott's Quik Stop ...

The life of an elk November 27, 2014 Pennsylania, Te Middlesboro Daily News
... Elk were once native to the eastern United States, but over hunting and loss of habitat pushed them west and north. There is a reference to the last far eastern elk being killed in Pennsylvania in 1869 ... averaging a length of 6 to 8 feet and a height at shoulder of 4 to 5 feet. Males weigh in at 700-900 pounds and females 500-600...

Injured Deer Seeks Refuge in Flour Bluff Backyard November 27, 2014 Texas, KZTV Action 10 News
... his left front hoof missing ... Her grand niece and nephew have become friends with the deer and now feed it...

Eight points about antlers November 25, 2014 New Hampshire, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript 
... Antlers are among the fastest growing bones in the animal kingdom.  Antlers start forming in the spring and keep growing through summer, a living tissue that’s circulating blood and nerves and encased in a soft velvet. If you could touch that developing antler, you’d suddenly find that it’s hot, with blood rushing through it ...

Three illegal pet deer are removed after standoff in Kingwood Township November 25, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... Mr. Oakes explained, "My wife has been raising and releasing deer for the past 15 years. These fawns were brought to her by police officers, animal control officers and others... He asked that she be granted a wildlife rehab permit because of her extensive experience helping deer and her volunteer work with veterinarians...

Think you know deer? Here’s the scoop November 23, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... Deer don’t travel far, sticking to familiar ground. Does hang with their mothers for two seasons, young bucks for a year. Once a buck has established a territory, it will stay until forced to leave by humans, predators or another buck... 

Family Fights to Keep Pet Deer: Michigan Law Prohibits Wild Animals in Home - November 23, 2014


Light that is invisible to humans may make hunters 'glow' in the eyes of deer November 23, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...  in 2013, researchers at the University of Georgia focused on aspects of ultraviolet perception in white-tailed deer... deer cone cells absorb light from the lower blue spectrum, which humans cannot see, and pass those signals to the brain, which interprets the object in some form of blue...  UV light that humans can't see. But the deer can see it, and to them it probably glows blue ..

Buck evades veterinarian's attempt to remove arrow November 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Herald 
... “He was born in that pasture. His mum and his sister left and he stayed.”
Bucky, sporting his first full set of antlers, has become a local fixture ...  the girls come to him. What’s the point of leaving?” ...

Rare trophy: A doe with antlers? November 21, 2014 Arkansas, WPTV 
... Officials with Arkansas Game and Fish visited the family to document the rare kill and confirmed the deer was a doe, but tagged it a buck because it has antlers...

Deer rescued after discovered in 10-foot deep storm drain November 20, 2014 Florida, Fox Orlando 
...  injected it with a sedative, and about 15 minutes later, the deer fell asleep.  Hurd went into the hole, hog tied the deer, then those above pulled it to safety...

Detroit suburb fawns over orphaned deer November 17, 2014 Michigan, MLive
... Her mother was killed by a car on Woodward last spring ... residents who tend to the orphan ... have left gourds, pumpkins in the grass and other food in a makeshift dish ...

The rut is all around us November 16, 2014 Oklahoma, Stillwater News Press
... Female white-tailed deer (does) are coming into estrous for the first time of the season and males (bucks) are in overdrive ... During the breeding season, or rut, bucks leave scent deposits from various glands (such as tarsal and preorbital) on their body. These scent deposits serve as olfactory communication between bucks ...

'Give us a brake' sign attached to dead deer in Oakland Twp. November 14, 2014 Michigan, KTVU Station
... homemade sign has recently appeared, attached to a dead deer by the side of the road. It reads, "Give us a brake."  In the past three years 347 deer have been killed on roads in the township ...

... a deer hanging upside down from a fence... impaled its left hind leg ...  veterinarian Kathleen Johnson ... offered her abilities to provide a painless solution for the deer... After slitting the animal's throat the officers also used the knife to cut the deer's leg ...
... Veterinarian Kathleen Johnson recalls the night she found a deer "hanging upside down frantic." It's leg impaled on a fence in Anaheim Hills... "The second officer that was there pulled out a knife and was talking to the first one about where to cut the leg off to get it down from the fence," ...  the veterinarians who performed the necropsy called what the officers did "a barbaric and improper method of euthanasia," ...