Deer Management News This Week

Deer season ends with total harvest over 290,000 statewide January 16, 2019 Missouri, Jefferson City News Tribune
... preliminary ... Of the 290,339 deer killed, 136,776 were antlered bucks, 30,116 were button bucks, and 123,447 were does... Deer harvest data for past seasons is available at short.mdc.mo.gov/Z3M ..,

More than 2 tons of venison donated to Community Food Pantry January 15, 2019 Missouri, The Marshall Democrat-News
... hunters donated 289,292 pounds of venison in 2017...

Battle Against Chronic Wasting Disease In County Continues January 15, 2019 Missouri, Ste. Genevieve Herald
 ... Seven deer had tested positive in the area from mandatory testing in the area from the fall 2018 hunting period ... three more from the culling effort in southern Ste. Genevieve County in the winter of 2018...

Alaska wildlife management threatens state's largest carnivores January 15, 2019 Alaska, UPI.com
... In a new paper published in the journal PLOS Biology, ecologists argue the state's management plan privileges moose, caribou and deer over carnivores.  By depressing carnivore numbers, wildlife managers can ensure moose, caribou and deer populations balloon ...

... I don’t believe there’s anywhere in Southeast that has a two-week season except for Petersburg.”  Deer hunting on Mitkof Island was closed in the 70s and 80s after the deer population crashed. It reopened in 1991 ...

... After a recent warning from University of Michigan police that yelling could land them in jail, Ann Arbor deer cull opponents taped their mouths shut at their latest protest...

Deer urine lures may be on the way out in Louisiana January 14, 2019 The Daily Iberian
... Natural deer urine scent can be a carrier of the chronic wasting disease that kills most deer species, including moose, elk, mule deer and whitetail deer... A public comment period has been scheduled for the state’s hunters to weigh in on the proposals for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 hunting seasons ...

Mule deer migration follows the melting line of snow and the greenup of plants in the wild Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Wyoming. Two wildlife biolgists explain how the deer you see along the highway are actually "surfing the green wave" of vegetation. This behavior helps mule deer to extract the most available resources from the landscape in spring, so they can grow antlers, nurse their fawns, and store up the fat they need to survive the next winter. Filmed along US 26/287 to Togwotee Pass. Many migration corridors like this take deer all the way into Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.


... Firearm deer-hunting licenses sold to Michiganders has dropped more than 20 percent in two decades, down to 621,000 in 2017 from a peak of 785,000 in 1998, according to a recent demographic analysis from Michigan Technological University...

North Dakota 2018 Year in Review January 2019, North Dakota Outdoors Magazine
... Deer populations, particularly mule deer, continued to do fairly well, following some difficult winters and declining numbers. Whitetail numbers, while on an upward trend, are still a bit below Department goals for most hunting units..,

Deer culling results in fewer incidents January 14, 2019 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... Results of the 2018 count show a 81:100 fawn to doe ratio...  increasing buck to doe ratio, which stands at 49:100 compared to 45:100 last year...  the goal in Cody is to reduce the number of deer hit by vehicles, dead deer incidents and deer nuisance calls to the police department...

... As of Friday, the statistics for the 2018-19 season showed a total harvest of 141,795 deer, or about 3,000 less than last year... The decreased harvest is on trend with recent years ... The state record harvest of 182,023 came in 2006-2007...

A deer disorder known as Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD has prompted the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to create an additional deer hunting season in three Tennessee counties until the end of the month. - January 14, 2019


Chronic wasting disease found in Peosta deer January 14, 2019 Iowa, KWWL
... A road-killed deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease near Dubuque...

Minnesota DNR forming new deer management committee January 13, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... Minnesotans interested in deer management can apply to serve on a new, statewide Deer Advisory Committee aimed at developing better communications between the public and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...

Chronic wasting disease battle heats up in Minnesota January 13, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
... 55 Wisconsin counties now identified as CWD sites ... In parts of southern Wisconsin, more than 50 percent of the wild deer are now infected ... "I do believe that it is not a matter of if, but when, CWD crosses to humans,'' [Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota] ...

Deer hunt still in need of a boost January 13, 2019 Maine, Portland Press Herald 
... In 2007, Maine hunters killed only 28,884 deer, a huge decline from the 38,153 deer taken in 2002, but only 2,000 fewer than were taken in 2018... ack of protection for winter habitat, a steady increase in predator (coyote) populations and several severe winters...

Legislator creates deer preserve January 13, 2019 Oklahoma, Enid News & Eagle
... “If there wasn’t a hunting market, there wouldn’t be a breeding market,” Wallace said.  The Wilderness Refuge, located on 500 high-fenced acres, draws in hunters from across the country, and even as far away as Hawaii, for their chance to take home a trophy white-tailed deer...

Ann Arbor, Yelling could land deer cull protesters behind bars, police warn January 12, 2019 Michigan, Mlive
... One officer said that, under a Michigan statute, they could face 93 days in jail for their actions ... he said to me, 'If I see you again, you will be cited,'" said Shapiro...a leader of anti-cull group FAAWN ...

... Closing antler collecting on winter ranges is critical to keeping wildlife safe, said Brian Nesvik, Game and Fish’s chief game warden.  Elk and deer eke through winter using fat reserves ... every time someone shows up and runs elk and deer off the winter ranges it causes stress ...

Constant vigilance keeps WV's elk out of poachers' hands January 12, 2019 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail
... “We’ve let people know that we can track these animals in real time, and that we get a mortality signal immediately when one of them dies,” Ballard said. “Poachers realize they won’t be able to get out of the hills with a poached elk before we can be there.” ...

Deer harvest numbers top 100,000 again this season January 12, 2019 Oklahoma, Tulsa World
... a total of 104,525 deer checked in as of Friday, slightly higher than the 104,022 on e-check at the end of the 2017 season ... 

... The department estimates the state's deer herd of about 500,000 ... About 223,000 people in Iowa held hunting licenses in 2018, a 14 percent decrease from 1988 ..,

More chronic wasting disease cases found in Mississippi, TennesseeJanuary 11, 2019 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... bring the total to six in Mississippi — three cases in Marshall County, one in Pontotoc County and two in Issaquena County.  Since the department found Mississippi's first case of CWD in Issaquena County in January 2018, Walsh said about 6,000 deer have been tested ..,

... Use of crossbows in Wisconsin has increased since a 2013 state law was passed to allow all license buyers ... to use the equipment for deer hunting.  For the 2018 seasons, crossbow hunters registered 46,750 deer while those using vertical bows ... registered 40,055...

34 amazing Upstate New York moose photos January 11, 2019 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... How many moose are there in New York and where exactly can they be found? ... Several agencies ... are working together on a multi-year research project to figure that all out... The DEC would like to hear from you and has a "Moose Sighting Report Form" on its website ..,

... bringing the total deer testing positive to chronic wasting disease in Iowa to 44 ... “The way that this disease moves, these results were not unexpected,”  ... More than 6,800 tissue samples have been collected during the 2018 deer season..,

.... would allow a hunter to apply for two of the six deer seasons in the first draw... Nonresident hunters would still be eligible for eight percent of the allocation for West River, Black Hills and Refuge hunting seasons during the first drawing... This proposal is now open for public comment until the next Commission meeting on Feb. 28, 2019...

... Yew, the toxic landscaping plant, has killed about a half-dozen elk in the Horseshoe Bend and Garden Valley areas this month ... 

No Cure For Chronic Wasting Disease, But Parks And Wildlife Is Confident About Containing It January 10, 2019 Texas, Texas Standard
... six new cases of chronic wasting disease had been discovered ... there isn’t really a cure for CWD, so most states have to have these containment zones to try to control the disease. “What we can do … is keep from inadvertently moving that disease out of that zone,” Wolf says...

Texas CWD Symposium: Report on Ante-Mortem Testing in Texas


Northern Wyoming range deer surveyed  January 10, 2019 County 10 
... the northern half of the Wyoming Range mule deer herd near LaBarge ...  at 59 fawns per 100 does, they’re still better than last year’s number of 54:100. The ten-year average is just 63:100 ...

Ann Arbor, Controversy abounds as Ann Arbor undergoes another deer cull January 10, 2019 MIchigan, The Michigan Daily
... Estimates of the size of Ann Arbor’s deer population vary due to methodological difficulties in getting an accurate count. A 2017 count indicated a 50 percent increase in the number of deer spotted from the previous year, but White Buffalo admitted in March 2018 it had significantly overestimated the size of the local population...

Manistee, City likely to proceed with deer cull January 10, 2019 Michigan, Manistee News Advocate
... council approved a cull with up to 50 permits issued by the DNR for the taking of deer by local law enforcement. However ... The USDA and the Michigan Municipal League advised the city to not proceed with the cull, within city limits due to safety reasons... “I would recommend using a firearm,” said city manager Thad Taylor. “With a bow they are going to run and last thing you want is them laying on someone’s front porch.” ...

  Have you see this ‘exotic’ deer? DEC wants this invader shot January 10, 2019 New York, Upstate New York
... discovered pictures of the sika stag on his trail camera in November on private land in the town of Granby in Oswego County ... native to Japan and Eastern Asia ...

...  In 2016 around 260 elk were killed ... nearly 14 percent of them were found to be infected... “Endemic chronic wasting disease causes mule deer population decline in Wyoming," published in October 2017, found that the mule deer herd in Converse County, Wyo., was shrinking at about 21 percent a year, largely due to CWD...

... Chronic Wasting Disease, is the biggest reason for moves taken by state Wildlife Division biologists and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour for a proposed ban on the use by Louisiana hunters of deer urine as an attractant for whitetail deer...

New nonprofit seeks to be 'RAND Corp. of hunting' January 9, 2019 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
...Hunters should be prohibited from blasting a rifle at an elk that’s any farther away than 300 yards to give the animal a fair shake, says a Jackson bowhunter who wants to make hunting more ethical. Same goes for bowhunting: Letting arrows fly more than 50 yards should be illegal...

... the city gave no public indication there would be any firing of rifles in Ward 3 as part of this month’s deer cull... the city isn’t disclosing individual private properties where city-hired sharpshooters are firing guns...

Public Meetings on Chronic Wasting Disease January 8, 2019 Vermont, Vermont Fish and Wildlife
... “Chronic Wasting Disease is the most serious threat to Vermont’s wild deer herd and our state’s tradition of deer hunting,” said Nick Fortin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s deer biologist...

... State officials have conducted extensive predator control ... to increase populations of moose, caribou and deer.  Managers of federal refuges have rejected predator control measures  ...

... “The deer population in Vermont is largely set by the severity of our winters,” ... in an era of climate change, white-tailed deer are a species that does well ..,

Lake Fork, Deer netting operation underway in Lake Fork neighborhood January 8, 2019 Texas, KLTV
... “We trap the deer under nets,” Russell said. “They are taken out, put in a trailer and then transported to a processor.”...

... “It takes generations and generations for herds to learn migration corridors,” Kauffman says. “If you wipe out a herd that has knowledge of a specific migration, then you lose all the knowledge that those animals have of how to make that migration.” ...

Let the Pa. Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission set license fees January 8, 2019 Pennsylvania, York Daily Record/Sunday News
... Taxpayers have a right to question how their money is being spent. Problem is, this situation involves no tax dollars. Hunting and fishing are self-sustaining ... my trust is in both agencies to act responsibly when given the right to set the price of a license...

... anti-cull activists have demonstrated in recent days at multiple sites where city-hired sharpshooters are killing deer ... City Council voted 6-5 Monday night, Jan. 7, to reject a proposal by Council Member Jane Lumm, who believes protesters are violating state law by interfering with the cull...

... The 11 deer testing preliminarily positive were from Fayette and Hardeman counties. There were six males and five females, ranging in age from 1 ½ to 3 ½-years-old. All were from within a few miles of the original 13 positive deer...

Wyoming outlines chronic wasting disease plan January 7, 2019 LocalNews8.com
... The department has provided supplemental feed to elk during the winter months for more than 100 years ... 22 feedgrounds... "When CWD is found on elk feedgrounds, we will all be faced with some difficult discussions ...

... In recent weeks the disease was found in deer from Tennessee and Mississippi around 40 miles from the Alabama state line. That prompted the first-ever remote sampling station to be set up in Alabama...

Early numbers show strong hunting season January 6, 2019 Maine, GazetteNET
... Recent mild winters have allowed the deer population to grow and a lack of food in the fall caused the animals to be more concentrated, with snow making it easier for hunters to find them ..,

... Despite plummeting prices, MDHA reached an 11th-hour agreement with a Wisconsin company, North American Trading, to buy hides at a price that was high enough to justify continuing the program.  The Thief River Falls chapter sold its hides for $4.50 a hide, the lowest it's ever gotten ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, TWRA has plan in response to CWD January 6, 2019 Maryville Daily Times
... Any deer killed in Fayette, Hardman and McNairy counties must remain in the counties, except meat with all the bones removed, antlers with no tissue attached, tanned hides, cleaned teeth and finished taxidermy products...

January 4, 2019 Tennessee, Paris Post Intelligencer 
... As of New Year’s day the harvest across the state among 95 counties showed the total to be 132,851... For more information on CWD visit CWDinTennessee.com...

Game Commission investigating mysterious deer deaths
 January 4, 2019 Pennsylvania, WPMT 
... “As far as we could tell, dehydration seemed to be the primary cause of any complications that led to that deers death,” said Lau.  It’s unusual, he says, and while they don’t know what it is, they know what it isn’t...

New farm bill will boost conservation efforts in Nebraska January 4, 2019 Scottsbluff Star Herald
... increases acreage available for the Conservation Reserve Program to 27 million acres, up from the current 24 million... pays ... for planting perennial cover on environmentally sensitive cropland and is important in protecting habitat for pheasants, quail, deer...

Chronic Wasting Disease, Texas Parks and Wildlife: Cases of brain-eating disease in deer confirmed in state January 4, 2018 Times Record News
... Cases of disease have been found in three white-tailed deer in in Medina, Dallam and Hartley counties, and in three mule deer in Hudspeth, Hartley and El Paso counties..,

Chronic Wasting, Fatal disease similar to mad cow spreading in America's deer January 4, 2019 Colorado, Upi.com 
... Scientists are seeing major impacts in states like Colorado, where the disease has been present for several decades. One large herd there has been cut nearly in half. Across the state last year, up to 16 percent of animals tested had the disease ...

Essex County Deer Cull Returns To South Mountain, Hilltop January 4, 2019 New Jersey, USA Patch 
... Since 2008, more than 2,000 adult and unborn deer have been killed as part of an effort to "revitalize the forest ecology," ...

Volunteer scientists play important role in wildlife research project January 4, 2018 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch
... a camera-trap project at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve  A network of 120 trail cameras was deployed in in 2017 across the site’s 5,400 acres. So far, the cameras have captured almost 1 million images of animals, including whitetail deer ...

Moose on the move January 4, 2019 Washington, Methow Valley News
... For the past five years the WDFW has been tracking 67 collared adult female moose in northeastern Washington ... Based on aerial surveys, the WDFW estimates there are roughly 5,169 moose in the area north of Spokane to the Kettle Mountains ..,

... People who helped with grabbing and holding the deer are called “muggers.” ... Seeing how many fawns don’t make it through the winter, that helps us with our population to know our success rate of how many were recruited into the population for the upcoming year.”...

Members of Idaho Fish and Game spent Wednesday collaring deer. The agency uses a helicopter to herd fawns into nets. Volunteers and biologists then measure, weigh, tag, and collar them. The GPS collar allows them to track the animals until there death helping scientists to determine the general health of the herds.


Friday Last Chance to Comment on BLM Sale of Public Land for Mining January 3, 2019 California, Public News Service
...a controversial land deal in which the Bureau of Land Management wants to sell some sensitive land to a company accused of polluting it ... The land is part of the California Desert Conservation Area and is considered an important wintering area for mule deer... 


Hunters hit deer harvest records; Chronic Wasting Disease now in six states January 3, 2019  Kentucky, North Kentucky Tribune
... An increase in the bag limit, allowing four deer to be taken on statewide and youth deer permits ... While the harvest in the season’s first 10 days was average compared to recent years, there was a significant increase in the final six days, due to the lengthening of modern gun season to 16 days in all 120 counties..,

Hunters took 18845 deer during 2018 January 3, 2019 Vermont, Addison County Independent
...  preliminary numbers show 18,845 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2018 deer hunting seasons, the highest total since 2000... recent mild winters have allowed the deer population to grow throughout Vermont. Additionally, lack of fall foods caused deer to be more concentrated and snow helped hunters locate them ...

DNR plans late-season deer hunts to address spread of CWD January 3, 2019 Minnesota, Star Tribune
... The additional late-season hunts come on the heels of a wild adult male deer in Houston County testing positive for the neurological disease. The buck was shot during the opening weekend of the 2018 firearms deer season, and its CWD was confirmed in December ...

Hunters report mysterious deer deaths January 3, 2019 Pennsylvania, ABC27
... at least 21 deer that dropped dead in Carsonville. Other Midstaters are adding to that tally on Facebook... Morgan first found a dying fawn that couldn't control its legs ... he found three more the next week...

... The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets big game season structures in five-year increments ... The public comment form specifically asks for input on issues including season length and timing ...

Deer-vehicle collisions continue on upward trend in 2018 January 3, 2019 New York, Staten Island Advance 
... In April, the city announced the Island’s deer population dropped by 8 percent from 2,053 in 2017 to 1,884 in 2018...  the Island’s deer population stands somewhere between 1,793 and 1,975 and that the city contractor performing the vasectomies needs to sterilize just 74 to 125 more deer to reach its goal of sterilizing 98 percent of Island bucks by the end of the three-year program...








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Maine couple feed deer and feeds their own soul January 15, 2019 NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ
... feeding the local wildlife behind their store, "Raymond's Country Store," since 1978... begins at the start of December and runs until April Fool's Day...

... volunteered to take one of the deer home to try and save it, posting a Facebook update of the deer lying covered in blankets... the deer did not survive ...

Nature up close: White deer January 10, 2019 New York, CBS News
... 
part of the largest known population of white deer in the world, which is centered at the old Seneca Munitions Depot in Seneca County, New York,] ... White deer can result from two primary genetic mutations, leucism and albinism...

...  shows the moose browsing around some greenery near an entrance before ... sauntering out through an open door...


... This species of deer, from the Morenelaphus genus of which only fragmentary remains had been found until now, could reach up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds)...
 

Bodycam footage posted on the Chesterfield Police Department Facebook page showed how the responding officers tackled the problem after the animal's antlers became hooked into the backyard netting. - January 7, 2019 Missouri


... County Game Warden Cannon Harrison said he was talking to a woman on a dating app when she revealed she had killed a "bigo buck." ...


Hunters rescue deer trapped in crevasse January 7, 2019 Pennsylvania, Watertown Daily Times
... They tried until dark to extricate the deer, making multiple trips back to Queensbury for jacks and other tools... In a last-ditch effort, they decided to lasso the deer’s hind legs and try to pull it out upside down. “I pulled and there he was, lying in my lap,” ...

... surprisingly uninjured after falling into a concrete manhole ... The deer was tranquilized and then examined in the hole ...

Teens, neighbors work together to save drowning deer January 2, 2019 New York, WKRN-TV 
... chipping of the ice scared the deer farther into the center of the pond... I put my drone up in the air ...  scare it that direction toward the shoreline...

CBS to feature Seneca White Deer segment Sunday morning December 28, 2018 New York, Finger Lakes Times 
...  “CBS Sunday Morning” visited the former depot to take video of the famous white deer herd for the program... Seneca White Deer, with headquarters and a welcome center on Route 96A, conducts 90-minute, narrated bus tours ...

You know Dasher, and Dancer. But Dunder and Blixem? December 27, 2018 Farm and Dairy 
...  In North America we call them caribou. Europeans call them reindeer... Caribou distribution in North America is limited almost exclusively to Canada and Alaska. European reindeer roam northern Scandinavia and Russia.   Much of the European herd, though, is domesticated ...

Elk (wapiti, Cervus canadensis), one of the largest species within the deer family, Cervidae, in the world, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals in North America and Northeast Asia. - December 27, 2018


Reindeer in the Red Dirt State December 24, 2018 Oklahoma, High Plains Journal
... the only person to own and display reindeer in Oklahoma ...  To beat the heat in the summer, Ledbetter says he uses industrial-size fans ... a male could probably be bought for $10,000 while a female would be around $12,000 ...

Smithsonian's baby Eld's deer makes her first appearance December 20, 2018 Virginia, virginiafirst.com
... The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal celebrated the birth of an endangered deer this fall ... with just 34 Eld's deer living in North America outside of the Institute. Keepers are hoping that the breeding program will allow for eventual reintroduction of the species into the wild...

Deer rescued from frozen Michigan lake December 19, 2018 WNEM-TV 
... 
 authorities urged people not to attempt to rescue ... A doe and her babies ... two friends ... just wanted to help...

... didn't possess the deer ... attempting to trick people into wiring him money via a cash app for the deer who's the picture he found online...

Residents report goat joining elk herd near Loveland December 17, 2018 Colorado, FOX31 Denver
... A little black goat appears to have joined an elk herd near the Devil's Backbone, causing wonderment and a bunch of photo snapping among residents in the area...