Deer Management News This Week

Iowa’s 2014 Shotgun Deer Season Preview November 25, 2014 KIWA-FM 105.3
... Expect about 75,000 hunters across Iowa in the first shotgun season, December 6-10, and then another 50,000 head out December 13-21, during the second gun season... A decade ago, state lawmakers instructed the DNR to reduce the deer population ... 

Hunters Register 111,000 Deer in Minnesota November 25, 2014 FOX 21 News
... So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 127,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 144,000 ...

Hunters register lowest deer kill opening in recent history November 24, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... a lower deer population in northern Wisconsin, a lower number of antlerless permits statewide and opening weekend weather that included fog and rain.  The report showed hunters registered 48,926 bucks (down 9% from 2013) and 41,355 antlerless deer (down 27%)....

New Plan Gives Mexican Wolves More Room in New Mexico, Arizona November 24, 2014 Center for Biological Diversity 
... A new federal plan for managing endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest would expand the areas where wolves could be released and roam, including farther south, east and west in both Arizona and New Mexico. But the plan, released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, makes clear that wolves will not be allowed north of Interstate 40. As documented in a report recently issued by the Center for Biological Diversity, this runs directly counter to a draft recovery plan developed by a team of expert scientists in 2012, which determined that establishing additional populations in Grand Canyon National Park and northern New Mexico is critical to the ultimate recovery of Mexican wolves... The Fish and Wildlife Service also proposes to grant broad authority to state agencies to kill wolves, including for “unacceptable impacts” to herds of elk or deer. “Wolves are the engine of evolution, honing the alertness of deer and the strength of elk that evolved with them over thousands of years,” said Robinson..

Mt. Lebanon approves archery, trapping to cull deer population November 24, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 
... The plan, prepared by consultant J. Merlin Benner of Wildlife Specialists in Wellsboro, Tioga County, calls for culling as many as 200 deer per year at a cost of up to $80,000 until the vehicle collision goal has been reached, then move into a “stabilization and maintenance phase” of culling about 100 per year... with eight to 10 archers drawn from local police, firefighters and public works employees ...

... In 2014, the state of Wisconsin banned deer baiting in 35 counties impacted by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ...  potential to congregate animals in ways that increase the potential for disease transmission through food, feces and urine ... The deer bait market provides an outlet for this lower quality produce ...


White-Tailed Deer Harvest Up In West-Central Montana November 24, 2014 Montana, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
   White-tailed deer harvest picked up markedly at the Bonner Check Station in the fourth week of the general big game hunting season, and whitetail harvest remained higher than last year’s pace at the Anaconda and Darby Check Stations in west-central Montana.  FWP employees and volunteers kept busy checking 99 white-tailed deer on Saturday and Sunday at Bonner, raising the total to 294 white-tailed deer checked through Bonner so far this season, up 17 percent from last year and 14 percent above the four-year average.  The mule deer harvest of 52 was also up at Bonner, 10 more than at this time last year and more than any season since 2010...

Whitetail hunting: When is a buck a buck? November 23, 2014 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... Young bucks, little fellows, fawns of the year, are grouped with the females of the species and called "antlerless deer." ... If we really desire a more balanced buck to doe ratio, perhaps we should begin treating all bucks as bucks, no matter their age...

With help, deer herd will rebuild
 November 23, 2014 Maine, Portland Press Herald
...  the state’s deer herd dwindled ... In the north, it’s a combination of severe winters, predation and insufficient protection of winter habitat. In the south, it’s largely an artifact of population goals based on cultural rather than biological carrying capacity...

Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across U.S. November 23, 2014 Vermont, SavannahNow 
... The number of people holding hunting licenses nationally had dropped over the last 30 years starting in 1983 ... But hunting participation increased by 9 percent from 2006 to 2011, the latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s national five-year survey found, and wildlife officials around the country suspect that it’s local food connoisseurs — or locavores — partly helping to level it off...

Rut reports raise optimism for good deer gun season November 23, 2014 Oklahoma, The Pryor Times 
... Reports from this past weekend indicate that rutting activity was in progress in most areas. Deer were being observed moving more during daylight hours. And bucks have been seen chasing does...

Ballistic impact: How will new law impact gun season? November 23, 2014 Ohio, Lancaster Eagle Gazette
... the Ohio Wildlife Council passed a law allowing hunters to use rifles that fire straight-walled cartridges during gun season ... the cartridges are reminiscent of the early black-powder cartridges used in the 1800s...

Not everyone is a fan of E-check for deer November 23, 2014 Oklahoma, Oklahoma News
... all hunters must check in their deer within 24 hours using the Wildlife Department’s E-check system at www.wildlifedepartment.com...  I still know people that don’t have the Internet. Even if they have it at home, they may not have mobile Internet at their hunting camp. Count me as one of the people opposed to the new style of checking deer.” ...

Be responsible as crane, mule deer seasons open November 23, 2014 Texas, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 
... Chronic wasting disease was first found in Texas in Hudspeth and El Paso counties two years ago and the disease appears to be limited to those remote areas thanks in large part to hunter diligence, restricting unnatural movement of deer and ongoing measures to monitor and sample for evidence of the disease ... in that area ... present the unfrozen head of the deer to a designated check station ...

Is there really a need for deer farms? November 23, 2014 West Virginia, theet.com
...  If the deer herd is crippled, rural economies will crumble ... state and federal officials in Iowa killed 356 deer at a deer farm suspected of harboring an outbreak of CWD. Of those 356 deer, 284 (79.8%) tested positive for CWD... If just one infected deer escaped and joined a wild population, the disease could spread and jeopardize the health of deer in an entire county or even a state...

NC deer farmers, hunters battle over regulation of growing herds November 22, 2014 North Carolina, The News & Observer
...  a statewide association of deer and elk farmers ...  has hired an influential lobbying firm in Raleigh. Smith ... has one of the state’s largest “captive cervid” operations; state records show he has almost 200 white-tailed deer and elk on 60 acres in Rowan County... They hope to persuade the legislature to allow new farms to open and to move regulation of the industry from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission ... 

Deer hunting was certainly different in the old days November 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, Evening Sun ·
... Back then there were no antler restrictions, and the buck season was a full two weeks ... Few hunters complained about not seeing deer ... Now, the "deer wars" are in high gear — the herd significantly lowered, and the likelihood of seeing the numbers of deer I had seen in the past a distant memory. Yes, the antlers are increasing in size ...

Commercial Deer Sales Bill November 22, 2014 New Jersey, WSAU News
... A bill was introduced this year that would allow the sale of deer meat. Some claim there are too many deer being hit by cars and this would help lower the heard... Why can't they just allow deer hunters two deer on each license instead of one? ...

Shenandoah National Park, Park seeks imput on deer disease plan November 22, 2014 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... “Our goal is to decrease the amplification of the disease if and when it arrives in the park,” Schaberl said. This is why, he said, the park is seeking to lethally remove deer from certain portions of the park...  the park is essentially looking at where the deer are located and calculating what percentage of the population would have to be removed in order to prevent the spread of the disease. [this percentage cannot be calculated, the effectiveness of killing deer to reduce the spread of CWD is still being debated in the literature even where the disease is already present.  Here is the link to the park's explanation for this program.  Although the public is invited to comment on the program from November 10 to December 10, 2014., the link to make a public comment was not active when we checked it on November 22]

Do We Really Need Deer Farms? November 22, 2014 New York, Post Journal
... earlier this year, state and federal officials in Iowa killed 356 deer at a deer farm suspected of harboring an outbreak of CWD. Of those 356 deer, 284 (79.8 percent) tested positive for CWD. This is a deer biologist's worst nightmare. If just one infected deer escaped and joined a wild population, the disease could spread and jeopardize the health of deer in an entire county or even a state...

.... The DNR Wildlife Division has created a clickable map that links to a report for each DMU in the state. Just click on a DMU number and you'll be taken to the biologist report, which provides the same background information that was delivered to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) with Department recommendations on public- and private-land antlerless license quotas and other regulations for each area ...

... Our objective was to test the sensitivity of WVC studies to underreporting using 2 species of large ungulates that experience substantial incidences of collisions but exist in different environmental settings: white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in agricultural-dominated central Illinois and moose (Alces alces) in forest-dominated western Maine, USA...  Prediction estimates for both species were also reliable until high rates of underreporting occurred (⩾75%). These findings suggest that predictive models generate reliable estimates about WVCs with large ungulates unless underreporting is severe; possibly because they occur in non-random patterns (i.e., hotspots) and variability in their environment influences is low ...
FWC looks to expand deer management units, new antler measures to the rest of Florida* November 21, 2014 FWC News
     At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 21, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rule proposals aimed at managing Florida’s white-tailed deer at a local level by establishing deer management units (DMUs)throughout the state, each with its own set of antler regulations and antlerless deer harvest days.  These proposals will be brought back to Commissioners for a final vote at their next meeting, in February. If passed, the changes would go into effect for the 2015-2016 hunting season. 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... [read more at link here or above]

Florida lifts ban on silencers for game hunting November 21, 2014 WJXT Jacksonville
...    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday agreed, with little comment, to issue an order that immediately removes a prohibition on the use of noise-suppressors, or silencers, with rifles and pistols.  Florida becomes the 33rd state to allow the noise-suppressors for game hunting...

Deer season begins Monday November 21, 2014 West Virginia, Point Pleasant Register
... in 2013, hunters in West Virginia harvested 56,523 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, an increase of less than one percent from the 2012 harvest. This is 3 percent less than the five-year average bucks-only firearm season harvest of 58,070 and ranks 27th among all past years...

Gun deer season 2014 begins, wolf impact November 22, 2014 Wisconsin,  The Northwoods River News 
... "Impacts of predators on white-tailed deer population growth and recruitment in Wisconsin," by Christopher Jacques, Bureau of Science Services, and Timothy Van Deelen, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The report concluded that, "Wolf effects, measured as the physical presence of a wolf pack territory in [deer management units], had no discernible impact on population growth rates or recruitment of deer in Wisconsin." ...

Deer count numbers continue decline November 21, 2014 Michigan, Mining Journal 
...  the number of deer checked so far at the Marquette station is 60 percent below a 10-year average and 55 percent below 2013, at the same point in the season... As of 7 a.m. today, there have been 1,228 deer logged at the Mackinac Straits crossing, down from 2,374 at the same time last year, a drop of 48 percent...

... The first gun season with dogs begins Saturday on a statewide level and will remain open through Dec. 1... The Mississippi deer herd is estimated between 1.75 and two-million across the 82 counties which has increased from 1.25 to 1.5 million a few years ago.  In 2013-24, Mississippi had 149,046 licensed hunters that harvested 263,705 deer. That breaks down to 1.8 deer – doe and bucks mixed – per hunter...

Hunters find a robust Michigan deer herd November 21, 2014 Toledo Blade 
... John Niewoonder, an MDNR biologist in southwest Michigan, reported that the whitetail populations in that area looked strong, so he expected the firearm season would be a productive one. The deer herd in the region was hit with an outbreak of the often fatal Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) a couple of years ago, but Niewoonder said the whitetail population has apparently bounced back quickly...

Hunters gearing up for deer season November 21, 2014 Wisconsin, The Stevens Point Journal 
...  not hearing positive things from the Northwoods in terms of deer population... "Everything from Merrill going north is not good," Schira said. "The guys all say that there are no deer ... 

Deer hunting forecast varies from north to south November 21, 2014 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune 
... The southern part of the state, especially the Central Farmland and Southern Farmland zones, features an abundant population, especially in La Crosse and surrounding counties. That is why additional antlerless permits are available in a number of zones in La Crosse area counties... 

East River deer season starts Saturday November 21, 2014 South Dakota, AberdeenNews.com
...  Harsh weather, disease and a reduction in habitat have all contributed to the deer population's downward trend over the past couple of years... the East River firearm season saw a reduction of 22 percent in licenses and a 41 percent overall reduction in actual tags — down over 20,500 from 2013's total of 50,635 tags... the West River deer season ... saw a reduction of 17 percent in licenses and a 56 percent reduction in tags...
Dealing with chronic wasting disease concerns November 20, 2014 Pennsylvania, The Sentinel
... “What we know is that it tends to spread outward and slowly increase prevalence over time,” said Dr. Justin Brown, a Pennsylvania Game Commission veterinarian. “We use the analogy of a brush fire ...  it has been found in six wild deer in the Bedford and Blair regions ...  10 captive deer were found to have CWD on the farms in Adams County (DMA 1) and north in Jefferson County (DMA 3)...

There's no better time to hunt deer across East Texas November 20, 2014 Texas, Longview News-Journal
... Nov. 22 is the apex of the breeding activity for deer in our neck of the woods... South Texas deer do not get into peak activity levels until around Christmas... fawns are born after an average of 200 days gestation period ...

No surprises with bucks-only season November 20, 2014 Minnesota,  International Falls Journal
... the trend we’ve had for the last several years of the population going down because of the bad winters ... “With a few more fawns spotted — that is a hopeful sign,” ... Severe winters often bring a poor crop of fawns ...

Biologist expects slightly higher deer harvest November 20, 2014 Illinois, Daily Register 
... In previous drought years hunters — especially archery hunters in October — have found deer killed by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, but Bozett said wet conditions over the summer along with an early frost have slowed that disease. EHD disease is spread by a biting midge, what we commonly call “no-see-ums,” ...

Deer decoy allows federal agents to make real arrest November 20, 2014 Missouri, KCBD 
... A 44-year-old convicted felon is heading to prison after conservation agents caught him firing at a deer decoy...

... harvest rates recorded at deer check stations across the region in the first few days of firearm season were down significantly from previous years as Southwest Michigan's deer herd recovers from disease outbreaks that decimated the population in 2012... "In the U.P., before firearm season opened, deer were already migrating into warmer micro-climates ...
  
Earlier supplemental deer feeding to be allowed November 20, 2014 Michigan, Lansing State Journal 
... State wildlife officials say they will allow for earlier supplemental deer feeding in the Upper Peninsula amid snow that’s already deep... 

Bill would let Ohioans keep deer in private sanctuaries November 20, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... A provision in House Bill 490, which passed the House yesterday, would allow private organizations to care for deer that are critically injured or unprepared to enter the wild... The state allowed private organizations to operate sanctuaries up until 2009, when Ohio outlawed rehabilitation ...

Deer season off to a slow start November 20, 2014 New York, Columbia-Greene Media 
... , the reported kill is down by about 5 percent from this time last year...  Southern Zone gun hunters have reported taking about 18,800 deer statewide since the opener...

Open season on deer in Connecticut November 20, 2014 foxct.com 
... Hunters in Connecticut can kill two deer per season, and only one of them can be a buck. But, due to overpopulation in Fairfield County, hunters there can take an additional two does for a total of four deer...

New Mapping Project Details Big Game Migrations in Wyoming Wilderness November 19, 2014 University of Wyoming News
... The mapping project is part of the Atlas of Wildlife Migration, a comprehensive, ongoing effort to document the historical and current long-distance migrations of big game species between summer and winter ranges in Wyoming. Using modern GPS collars to follow the animals and new cartographic techniques, the Wyoming Migration Initiative, which Kauffman directs, conducts research ...

Deer Hunting Going Well; Bear Harvest Up November 19, 2014 New Hampshire, londonderrynh.net 
... Through November 16, 2014, hunters had taken an estimated 8,119 deer in New Hampshire. The statewide total to date represents an 11% decrease from the 9,122 registe
red at this point in the 2013 season...

Deer forecast mixed as hunters await season November 19, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... More than 600,000 hunters ... "In the northern counties, deer numbers are down. In the farmland regions we're anticipating a great deer hunting season." ... Even with few or no antlerless permits issued in northern counties in recent years, consecutive severe winters have kept the deer population lower than many would like to see...

2014 Deer Forecast November 19, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
    While deer populations are being tracked as stable or increasing in most of the state, many other factors influence deer hunting, said Chris Rosenberry, who supervises the Game Commission’s deer and elk section. The availability of food sources in an area plays a role in the deer harvest at a local level, he said.  This has been a banner year for mast crops in much of the state, said Dave Gustafson, the Game Commission’s chief forester. Production of soft mast crops, such as apples, berries and grapes, is very good this year, Gustafson said.  Meanwhile, he said, the availability of acorns statewide is good to great, with some areas –particularly in southcentral Pennsylvania – reporting bumper crops of red-oak acorns. Chestnut oaks and white oaks also are widely available, Gustafson said.  [See more here or at the link above]

...  hunters have registered 102,000 deer through the second weekend of the main firearms deer season... down 31,000 through the same period last year...

Chronic Wasting Disease Crops Up November 19, 2014 Wyoming, K2 Radio 
... found the disease in a doe mule deer from deer hunt area 123 northeast of Lovell. It also found it in a cow elk from elk hunt area 108, southwest of Rawlins...

Update on Progress of Deer Sterilization Program at the Villages in San Jose, California November 19, 2014 
     In 2007, the Villages, a gated community with semi-permeable fencing, proposed thinning their deer herd by usiing archers.  Protests prevented the plan from going ahead.  After discussions, it was agreed that the company White Buffalo would tranquilize the does and perform ovariectomies.  The process began at the end of January, 2013, and was completed in early February.  Below is a recent update on the success of this project.  Based on a prelliminary population estimate and two follow up estimates, there has been about a 20 percent reduction in the deer population in the first year with another reduction of about 20 percent in the second year based on an estimate done in November, 2014 -- about a 40 percent reduction in the population over less than two years.  The full report is available here or at the link above.

Deer gun seasons approaching; kill predicted at 180,000-plus November 19, 2014 Ohio, Aurora Advocate
...  [ODNR] predicting that 180,000 to 185,000 deer will be harvested during the state's 2014-15 hunting seasons... The total deer harvested during the regular gun season last year was 75,408....

... There were 74,191 deer taken during the seven-day firearms season in 2013, compared to 99,546 deer killed in 2012. In fact, it was the lowest harvest total since 1990... Already, the archery harvest total is exceeding last year's pace with 44,003 deer reportedly harvested. It's a slight increase over the 43,670 deer taken during the same time frame last year ...

Study: Non-hunters contribute most to wildlife November 18, 2014 Wyoming, Wyofile.com
... Wyoming Game and Fish Department says 55 percent of its budget comes from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and fees, and that hunters contribute even more through taxes on guns and ammo. Since 2005, however, the agency has received general fund money appropriated by the Legislature, now amounting to 6 percent of its budget. That opens the door for others to demand representation in wildlife management decisions....

Deer farmers accuse NC agency of stoking fear and raiding farms November 18, 2014 North Carolina, The News & Observer 
... deer farmers stood before state lawmakers to accuse the state Wildlife Resources Commission of targeting their industry, unfairly stoking fears about a disease fatal to white-tailed deer ... North Carolina has 37 farms that raise deer for their antlers and meat and to sell outside the state for hunting ...

Coming soon: deer season ...  November 18, 2014 Oklahoma, Tulsa World
... Deer populations seem to be bouncing back with a better summer after years of prolonged drought, especially in the eastern and central parts of the state. Portions of the drought-stricken west still are suffering, he said. ...  in muzzleloader season ... 2 percent lower than 2013, and last year’s fewer participating hunters and fewer kills put that total 30 percent lower than 2012. ...

Changes again greet Wisconsin deer hunters November 18, 2014 Gazettextra
... Gone is the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone. So, too, are the 130 deer management units based on roads and rivers... Also gone: Chances to shoot a doe in 19 northern units where consecutive bad winters have hit the herd hard...

Don't lift ban on commercial deer hunting November 18, 2014 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press
... National agricultural and other interests seeking to monetize public wildlife are testing the waters in New Jersey. A bill by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, to lift New Jersey’s ban on market hunting is a radical proposition that takes a sledgehammer to U.S. conservation law...

Wisconsin gun deer license sales lagging November 18, 2014 Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... Department of Natural Resources data shows hunters had purchased 565,663 licenses as of Monday. That’s down about 11,175 licenses from the same point last year...

DNR gears up for deer hunt starting Saturday November 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... The past two harsh winters, in addition to habitat and predator challenges, have thinned out the herd, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said. That’s particularly true in the northern forested areas ...The DNR has taken steps to address the issues up north, while the population is still healthy in the central and southern zones, said Stepp, a former state senator ...

Hunters divided on benefits of antler point restrictions November 17, 2014 Michigan, Cadillac News
... The Natural Resources Commission enacted antler point restrictions in 12 northwest Lower Peninsula counties ... hunters are required to ensure antlered deer have at least one antler with a minimum of three points, with each point at least 1 inch long. A total of 1,000 surveys were sent out in 2012 ... The survey returned with a 68.5 percent approval rate...

The first weekend of deer hunting season was a success November 17, 2014 Missouri, Heartland Connection 
... hunters checked 91,460 deer during the opening weekend of the 2014 November Portion of Firearms Deer Season this past weekend. That's up 30,000 from last year ... 

Ban on silencers could be lifted for Florida hunters November 17, 2014 Florida, Atlanta Journal Constitution 
...  Advocates say the rule change would be good for a hunter's health. According to hunters, manufacturers, and the National Rifle Association, a suppressor can protect a hunter's hearing  ... opponents say the silencers could endanger lives... 

Ohio on watch for deer wasting disease November 16, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... CWD outbreaks in the wild often are associated with captive deer, such as those propagated for hunting preserves. A single infected deer, originating from a Pennsylvania captive herd, was identified at the World Class Whitetails of Ohio ranch, near Millersburg.  At last count, about 20 Ohio facilities that received Pennsylvania deer remain under close scrutiny...

... while there are fewer people hunting deer in Michigan than there were 10 years ago, the amount of money that hunters spend in the state has skyrocketed... The majority of the spending increase came in non-firearms categories such as outdoor equipment like tents and hunting clothing, and equipment such as boats and vans, according to the federal survey...

Deer cooperatives catching on in Oklahoma November 16, 2014 Oklahoma, NewsOK.com
... His idea was to have everybody with adjoining properties manage the deer herd with the same goals.  He proposed that everyone would refrain from shooting young bucks (except for kids and first-time deer hunters) and only harvest mature whitetails. They would also attempt to keep a balanced buck-doe ratio in the herd by harvesting more does...

A tradition continues, deer licenses fall November 16, 2014 North Dakota, Minot Daily News
... In 2008 the state issued 149,500 deer gun licenses. By 2010 the number had dropped to 117,000 and by 2012 to 65,000. Only 48,000 deer gun licenses were issued this year. Those 48,000 were further reduced by the issuance of 13,065 landowner gratis tags, leaving 34,945 licenses available by lottery to the state's deer gun hunters. It is the smallest number of deer licenses issued in 30 years...

Nearly 85,000 deer checked by Kentucky hunters November 15, 2014  Courier-Journal 
... Through Thursday – six days into the firearm season – gun hunters had checked 63,062 deer. The overall checked kill totaled 84,881 and included 13,625 downed by archers, 1,906 taken by crossbow hunters and 6,288 muzzleloader kills...

Balanced deer herd takes time and perseverance November 15, 2014 New York, The Albany Herald
... Populations with a history of heavy buck-only harvest will be heavily skewed toward does... . Does in an unbalanced herd will have to ‘recycle. and be bred over a two- to three-month period or even longer.” ...  Bucks that have to participate in a prolonged rut ... must use their energy recovering from the previous rut, instead of developing bigger bodies and antler ... This is important because of the timing of fawn births. If a fawn is born 4 or 6 weeks earlier, its chances of surviving and developing to its potential are much improved...

Committee Hears Efforts to Control CWD in PA November 15, 2014 Pennsylvania
     Efforts to control the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania’s deer population was the subject of an informational meeting of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), on Thursday.  “Since it was first discovered on a captive deer farm two years ago in Adams County, additional cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been identified in both free-ranging deer and other captive deer farms in the state,” said Causer. “Given the potentially devastating impact the disease could have on the population of deer and other cervids in Pennsylvania, it is important for members and the public to know what is being done to help control the disease.”  [watch a vido of the meeting at the link above] ... 

Deer’s death may result in sanctuary for others November 15, 2014 Ohio, Times-Leader
...  a tame deer ... was put down by a Monroe County wildlife
HB 490, Trooper's Law, provide the injured, too tame for the wild, or handicapped deer legal sanctuary in Ohio.  Support Petition.
 officer ... The deer's death sparked outrage ...  "People find an injured fawn, what are you supposed to do? The only option, for the average person, is to let them die." ... If House Bill 490 were to pass through both the house and senate, the amendment would permit deer sanctuaries in Ohio, through the Department of Agriculture. The sanctuaries, which would follow strict guidelines, would rely on private funding and donations, not public tax dollars...

Deer season good time to forget about CWD November 14, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... the DNR continues to downplay CWD, and assures us that “Wisconsin is managing CWD to prevent its spread rather than to eradicate the disease.”  ...  While introducing its new deer-management program 10 months ago, the agency made this concession: “The proposals contained in these rules are not likely to result in a reduction in the rate of infection in deer or geographic location of infected animals.” ..

... “It’s come to my attention that there is a section in this permit application called long term management plan, and it seems to authorize up to ten years of deer killing. It sets deer killing as the default position based on how many plants grow and don’t grow, and it also seeks the possibility of on going public archery hunts to maintain deer population. This begs a lot of significant questions. Were you aware of this stated ten year plan? Who reviewed and authorized this? ...

... A Nevada poaching ring put itself in the crosshairs of game officials when one member posted a photo on Facebook of a mule deer killed out of season...In addition to the illegally killed deer in Hiko, authorities found evidence of illegal deer killing in Elko County, Nev., and fraudulently obtained hunting licenses and tags...

     Loss of migratory corridors has been identified as an important ecological issue among species that exhibit long-distance migration worldwide. Increased mineral exploration and development has raised the level of concern over the protection of terrestrial migration routes for ungulates...  mule deer migrating through the mine complex avoided the highest disturbance levels by spending the majority of their time in undisturbed habitat patches within the mine complex. These results suggest an increase in energy expenditures of mule deer navigating the highly disturbed areas, which may negatively affect migratory movements. Such increases in energy expenditure during migration may decrease survival or productivity of migratory populations of large terrestrial mammals.

Buck & Bear Club has new book, magazine November 14, 2014 Wisconsin, The Marshfield News-Herald
... Decades ago, a 10-pointer with a rack scoring 110 to 130 inches was a rare monster ... The "let 'em go, let 'em grow" mentality spread rapidly after hunters saw what happened after the first earn-a-buck season in 1996...

County’s first mule deer season opens Saturday November 14, 2014 Texas, My Plainview
... Hale, Castro and Lubbock counties would have their first mule deer season in modern times starting Nov. 22-30 ... Shawn Gray, of the TPWD mule deer and pronghorn program, told the Herald that he believed the mule deer populations were healthy enough and could support a buck-only season ...

Wildlife officials studying effect of snow on deer November 14, 2014 Michigan, Petoskey News 
...  State wildlife officials say they could allow for earlier supplemental deer feeding in the Upper Peninsula if snow depths continue to quickly climb...

Deer hunting season opens Saturday at sunrise November 14, 2014 New York, Democrat and Chronicle
... with abundant food supplies, deer went into last winter in good condition. Almost half of last year's total buck harvest consisted of more mature animals (2.5 years and older).  "It was a cold winter but not an overly snowy winter ... Those deep snows are killers and we didn't have that.'' ...

Standing corn factor in firearm deer opener November 14, 2014 Michigan, Sherman Publications Inc
...  the statewide harvest of corn is at only 21 percent—it should be at 51 percent this time of year ...  deer hang out more in the corn and just don't come out. It's hard to see deer moving and hard to get them out ...

Reduced deer herd greets hunters Saturday November 14, 2014 Indiana, Pal-item.com
... The herd is recovering from the 2012 outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EPH) ... Historically, deer herds tend to rebound quickly from outbreaks of hemorrhagic disease, but that hasn’t been the case in northern Indiana ...

Counting the deer November 14, November Rhode Island, The Block Island Times 
... three fly overs to count the current number of deer on the island. The cost of the service, which will be conducted by Vision Air Research Co., out of Boise, Idaho, will cost $13,215... “We all agree that we need to see the results of the fly overs and [to assess] how the tail initiative is going,” said Chair Ruth Perfido. The latter program authorizes each local hunter to be paid $150 for each deer tail turned in ...

Forest Food Plots or Tragedy of the Commons November 14, 2014 New York, Watershed Post 
... Food plots can be a great way to increase both the nutritional density of vegetation on a small acreage of land, while enhancing wildlife diversity and abundance. For this reason, managers of deer, grouse, quail, bear, turkey, and others continue to implement food plots...

Deer season opens Saturday; Firearms season runs November 15-30 November 14, 2014 New Hampshire, Greene County Daily World 
... New Hampshire hunters have taken an estimated 5,102 deer statewide as of November 9 ...  under new regulations this year, the deer baiting season ends on November 19 in all Wildlife Management Units except WMU M and on Governor’s and Long Islands ... 

... Texas' Managed Lands Deer Permit program has become a victim of its own success ... One problem is the explosion of program participation and the resulting overwhelming of the modest corps of state wildlife agency staffers charged with its administration and monitoring ...

DNR deer decision: Bad for hunters, good for deer November 13, 2014 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin
...  in an effort to rebuild the herd, the DNR is limiting hunters in most of the state to one deer. The goal is a total deer kill of 120,000.  By way of comparison, in 2003, Minnesota hunters killed nearly 300,000 deer ... 

... Fawn mortality reached 43 percent based on sampling ... The bucks-only harvest this year is a management technique used to rebuild herd numbers...  the most commonly taken deer during the gun season in a bucks-only area is a 1.5-year-old male ...

Row crops are important part of GF&P habitat management plan November 13, 2014 South Dakota, AberdeenNews.com
...  there are manicured portions of row crops in some public hunting areas. 
"Crops on game production areas are there principally as a food source for wildlife," said Paul Coughlin, habitat program administrator for GF&P. "They could be something as common as a winter food plot utilized by upland game or deer ... 

Deer hunters slow to trade risks of lead ammunition for safer alternative November 13, 2014 Missouri, Columbia Missourian
... Prompted by studies showing widespread and often unseen traces of lead in venison, several Minnesota hunting and conservation organizations are trying to fund more clinics and other education resources about lead and copper bullets.  There is no similar effort in Missouri ...




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Deer in the News

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," ...

...  after watching an adult female deer die in traffic.  They recognized a young fawn left behind. It's news in their neighborhood because deer don't usually spend anytime there. Now, you won't believe the bond the young deer has made with the neighborhood... [see video below]


... the agency knows whether "Buckley" the baby deer was relocated or killed after being relocated from a Sussex County home in 2012. But it has no plans  to share that information...
     State won't say if it killed 'Buckley,' the orphaned baby deer November 14, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... a court ruled that the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife didn't have to produce any records regarding the deer's fate...  "I would like to believe they at least made the effort to find an appropriate facility. If they did, they might be happy to release that." ...
     Did NJ kill 'Buckley' the baby deer? Activist fights to find out November 13, 2014 New Jersey, NJ.com
... a woman in Sussex County found a newborn buck near where its mother had been killed by a vehicle... Wildlife officers followed up on an anonymous tip that the deer was being held captive, and took possession of it ... conservation officers told the woman that should Buckley be placed in a zoo, she would be able to visit him ...
     Judge rejects suit on behalf of deer rescuer November 13, 2014 New Jersey, KWWL 
... A Superior Court judge has dismissed an open-records lawsuit filed on behalf of a Frankford woman whose rescue of an orphaned fawn led to the woman's arrest and to the confiscation of the animal by state wildlife officials two years ago... the DEP and Division of Fish and Wildlife ... violating the Open Public Records Act by denying her repeated requests for records that would have indicated the final disposition of the animal, which the woman named Buckley...



'Unicorn deer' found on two continents November 13, 2014 Texas, KHOU 
...  a hunter shot an elderly roe deer bearing a single, centered antler in the forests of Slovenia ... both antlers had fused into one ... in Washington state in mid-October ... it turned out to be a doe with a single antler...

Teen rescues deer with head stuck in plastic bucket November 11, 2014 Ohio, USA Today
... The deer's entire mouth was enclosed in the plastic contraption...
     Officials find deer with plastic pumpkin stuck on its head November 10, 2014 Ohio, WKYC-TV
... Cameron Merritt, whose mother runs Birds in Flight sanctuary in Trumbull County said he hid in a hunting blind and jumped out and attempted to tackle the deer, and the pumpkin fell off...

... 
 A plastic Halloween pumpkin bucket stuck on a deer's head in Mentor is preventing it from eating and drinking ... neighbors say they've made several calls to authorities ... However, they've been unable to find anyone who can help...

A plastic Halloween pumpkin bucket stuck on a deer's head in Mentor, Ohio is preventing it from eating and drinking.


Hunter finds scarce 8-point antlered doe November 10, 2014 Maine,  WCSH-TV
... an 8-point antler female deer -- or doe. The deer was unique because of its gender. The doe weighed in at 244 pounds, and the dressed weight was 185 pounds... "The feet of the deer had the big dewclaws and the tracks that were leaving the marks were completely typical of a buck." ... 

Beginner's guide to reading deer signs November 7, 2014 Mississippi,  Meridian Star
... Rubs are what we call markings on saplings and trees where buck deer rub the annual velvet from their antlers or later conduct mock fights using the trunk of the plant as the enemy...  A scrape is the name we give a pawed place on the ground made by a buck to mark territory, attract does and probably to establish dominance over other bucks...

Piebald deer was also a beloved neighborhood icon November 6, 2014 Ohio, The Newark Advocate
...  they put food out for the deer, which their granddaughter named Bambi... started a Facebook group, "Bambi — The Real Life Tale of a Piebald Deer" to share memories and pictures of the deer ...

W.Va.’s whitetail rut sparks myths, misconceptions November 1, 2014 West Virginia, The Charleston Gazette 
... “What they refer to as ‘The Rut’ is really just the ‘chasing phase’ that is really intense for a few weeks. The actual rut is a very complicated three- to four-month process.”  Crum said rutting behavior begins in September, when bucks begin to rub the velvet off their antlers and polish that bony headgear for upcoming mating-supremacy battle ...



Fanged deer spotted in Afghanistan, first sighting in 60 years October 31, 2014 United Press International
... After an absence of more than 60 years, a handful of rare fanged deer have been spotted in Afghanistan -- just in time for Halloween. The sharp-toothed mammal known as the Kashmir musk deer hadn't been seen in the country since 1948... 


Deer gets state pardon, can remain at Vermilion farm October 29, 2014 Ohio, The Plain Dealer
... A privately owned deer the state ordered destroyed has been granted a pardon.  Baby, the deer rescued by Debbie Parker five years ago, will be allowed to live and stay at her farm...

Ease up on the boy who shot albino deer October 28, 2014 Michigan CNN
... Gavin took down a rare albino buck ... when this father and son stumbled onto the albino buck, they should have just taken a moment to admire it and let it go on its way... The little boy is being pilloried with hurtful language and even getting death threats ...

A very friendly deer in the bottom of the snake river canyon says hello with a surprise on his antler, most likely the doughnut was placed there by another camper. October 29, 2014


Connecticut's Extremely Efficient Deer-Killer October 27, 2014 Connecticut, CT Now
... DeNicola estimates he's been responsible for the deaths of about 10,000 deer since he began his Connecticut-based nonprofit wildlife control company in 1995... He does not consider what he does to be hunting ...  plastic bag was placed over the head of the animal to keep blood and brains from spreading across the park playing field where the deer was killed...

Nothing wrong in rare albino deer hunt  October 24, 2014 Michigan, WZZM 13 
... Despite a popular backlash against an 11-year-old Hartland boy, there was nothing wrong with shooting a 12-point albino buck with a crossbow, the state says.
... Five states - Illinois, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee and Wisconsin - have laws which protect albino deer ... Now, the albino buck 11-year-old incident is facing criticism on social media, and the boy is reportedly receiving death threats...
... on the boy’s side are fellow big game hunters, impressed at the pre-teen’s “rock star” kill …while many are outraged at the “murder” of this rare creature... “The whole neighborhood is familiar with it. Quite a few of the guys in the neighborhood were trying to get it,” ...

Spokane woman shoots 'Unicorn Deer' October 22, 2014 Washington, KHQ Right Now
... a doe, with one large horn stemming from the middle of its head, coining the name “Unicorn Deer”. Although this sighting is extremely rare, it has been seen before. Amy found that the horn occurs from a hormone imbalance in the deer...
Deer Sanctuaries in Ohio October 21, 2014 
... My name is Sandy Potts, I am the woman from Clarington, Ohio, that was fighting to save Bucky the deer that was killed in August by the ODNR.  I am now part of a group called Compassionate Ohio and am happy to announce today that deer sanctuaries are to be an amendment on House Bill 490. We have the support of Representative Jack Cera, Representative
David Hall, Representative Andy Thompson, and Representative Andrew Brenner as well as Dr Tony Forshey our state veterinarian for the Department of Agriculture. Any calls made to representatives would be appreciated to show other representatives and members of Ohio's Senate that will have to vote on this as well to get it approved. We are one step closer. 

Animals sensing the world around them October 19, 2014 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... published research has confirmed that deer do indeed see color after all. During the day deer discriminate colors in the blue to yellow-green range as well as in the orange and red wavelengths. At nighttime deer can decipher colors in the blue to blue-green range, but can also detect some colors of longer wavelengths... We humans have about 12 times better visual resolution than deer do...

How much scent can deer really detect? October 17, 2014 Norwich Advertiser
... The average modern human has around 5 million olfactory receptors ... a dog has around 220 ... a deer has over 295 million...

Cody, G&F frees deer with stuck cage October 15, 2014 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise 
... A mule deer wandering around with a tomato cage stuck in its antlers received assistance from Game and Fish on Tuesday... They were able to dart and tranquilize the yearling buck...

There's a reason why I don't bow hunt October 15, 2014 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
...  I gave up bow hunting in the mid-1960's after I shot a little buck, it ran off and died, and I couldn't find it. I made an apparent perfect shot at about 20 paces, burying the arrow up to the feathers behind the deer's shoulder. But the triple-bladed broadhead didn't kill the deer... About a week later another hunter in the area found the dead buck by following circling buzzards...

Trouble the deer reunites with his best friend October 14, 2014 Minnesota, fox10phoenix.com
...  the deer was pretty much presumed dead after someone snipped his pen and set him loose or took off with the 4-year-old prized deer... I talked to him and he licked me on the cheek like he has the whole time I had him. I asked him if he was going to give daddy a kiss, he did ...

Deer hunters' antler obsession all nonsense October 13, 2014 Connecticut, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
... "You can't eat antlers," Nishan often explains. He hunts to stock his freezer and could care less if a deer made the Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett record books. In fact, he'd prefer a doe, yearling, or button buck for superior flavor and tenderness... We develop obsessions for big antlers, which are barometers of our skills. Old deer are smart deer — usually outwitting us at every turn...

Four deer make wrong decision October 12, 2014 Ohio, Athens News
...  four deer carcasses lying in the middle of the highway exit lane ... "Several years ago I had seen one who jumped off the exact same bridge, but that was only one," ...