Deer Management News This Week

Buck Fever: Dead bill didn’t kill captive-deer debate April 20, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... Indiana is no closer to a solution to the controversy created by its captive-deer industry...  legislative leaders who thought they had crafted a workable compromise were exasperated even before their bill failed Tuesday for the second year ...

An objective look at deer hunting in Texas April 20, 2015 Waxahachie Daily Light
... Deer herds across the state were all but eliminated during the first half of the past century by meat hunting and lack of laws that regulated management and harvested. In the fifties and sixties, restocking programs occurred and deer were once again reintroduced to areas where they had once thrived... Deer breeding today is all about improving the overall quality of the herd which in turn, produces bigger bucks with bigger antlers...

... The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Wisconsin officials who want to keep in place a decades-old ruling that bars Chippewa tribes from hunting deer at night...
... The justices' decision means that Madison Federal Judge Barbara Crabb will have to re-open her 1991 decision which upheld the night time ban...

Mountain lion quotas stir controversy in Bitterroot April 20, 2015 Montana, Helena Independent Record
... A three-year study by FWP in the Bitterroot Valley has shown that mountain lions take the biggest bite out of the area’s elk calf population. In the last year of the research — 2014 — lions were blamed for almost 20 percent of the known elk calf depredations. For another 20 percent of the elk kills, the predator or the cause could not be determined...

Deer Population Management April 20, 2015 Minnesota, Office of the Legislative Auditor
... From 1970 through 2000, deer population strategies generally aimed to increase populations in the state’s deer permit areas. This resulted in a greater number of deer and increased concern over their negative impacts. Goals since the early 2000s often sought to reduce deer populations.  Since then, the annual number of deer harvested has followed a decreasing trend with a high of 290,525 in 2003 and a low of 139,442 in 2014... Assessing DNR’s deer population estimates would require some technical expertise. ... such an analysis could be premature at this time...

State of the deer April 19, 2015 Arkansas, NWA Online
... "When you look at harvest trends in other states, it's been a downward trend," said Cory Gray, deer program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. "Ours is either flat-lined or climbing." ... In the recent past, a 50/50 buck-to-doe kill was inconceivable.  "It wasn't too many years ago that we were harvesting a 70-30 buck-to-doe ratio," ....

LDWF biologists conduct white-tailed deer studies April 19, 2015 Louisiana, KTBS
...  "some of the collection methods that we have is that we look at the kidneys for kidney fat to see how healthy that animal is. We will take a look at the liver and slice it open for liver flukes again as an indicator of health. If it is in the spring we can take those fetuses and measure them and see when that doe was bred...

Coyote predation on fawns may demand direct attack April 17, 2015 North Carlina, Penn Live
...  after spending a lot of time and money removing a lot of coyotes, did not measure a significant increase in fawn recruitment. Thus follows the advice: If fawn recruitment is falling, reducing doe harvest is easier, cheaper and possibly more effective than spring trapping."

If you find the remains of a dead fawn in the woods this summer, could you determine what kind of predator killed it? At the 2012 Southeast Deer Study Group meeting, QDMA talked to Colter Chitwood, a Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina State University. Colter is studying the effects of coyote and bobcat predation on fawn survival rates at Fort Bragg Military Installation. During his research, Colter has become skilled at reading the signs and determining whether a fawn was killed by predators or merely scavenged after dying of other causes. If predators killed the fawn, Colter can usually determine what kind of predator is guilty based on evidence at the scene.


Forest Lookouts: The inextricable -- but controversial -- ties among WNC economies and the national forests April 17, 2015 North Carolina, Carolina Public Press
... Hunters ... have said that a lack of timber management has impacted the populations of deer and other game favored by hunters, thus displacing potential spending by hunters to regions with larger, more stable game populations. They are concerned that more land protections, such as wilderness, will limit the Forest Service’s ability to effectively manage the forests...

Deer Hunters top 200,000 Harvest Mark Again April 17, 2015 Arkansas, Ammo Land 
... Arkansas hunters tagged 208,075 deer during the 2014-15 season, just short of totals for the previous two years...

... options ... implement a multi-year culling program, hiring sharpshooters to kill a certain number of deer each year... cost about $25,000-$35,000 in the first year, and about $25,000-$30,000 annually in future years ... a non-lethal approach modeled after ... Rochester Hills ...  implement a citywide ban on feeding deer, and launch a program to educate residents about deer repellants ...

... The more coyotes you kill, the more you have... The economic impact of deer hunting in Virginia is estimated at more than $250 million annually, according to the state’s deer management plan...  Bobcats eat a lot of deer, and there may be more bobcats in the woods than biologists though ...

... City officials made that decision after an aerial count found six deer per square mile in Cleveland Heights, the lowest count among eight east-side communities that took part in the survey... Pepper Pike, which had the most deer, 37 per square mile, among the eight communities, has already announced that it will start a culling program ...

Drought affecting Nevada big game hunting this year April 16, 2015 Nevada, KRNV My News 4
... . "With mule deer we're starting to see numbers going lower, so we recommend fewer to be taken, what we're going to recommend with those other species will be decided next week at our meetings here in Reno." ...

Weak mining regulations damaging state's water, economy April 16, 2015 Nevada, Reno Gazette Journal
... The Nevada Department of Wildlife predicts the expansion of just one gold mine, Barrick's Bald Mountain, could decimate nearly one-quarter of the state's mule deer population.  It's past time to create a level playing field. We can do that by providing meaningful oversight on mine de-watering ...

... The survival rate of the deer in 2013 was fairly low at only 50 percent ... still higher than expected. In the second year, another 10 percent of the translocated deer from 2013 died, raising the mortality rate to 60 percent for the entire 2013 herd.  The 98 deer that were moved in 2014 had about 76 percent survival in their first year however, proving that translocation could potentially be a viable option ...

Xtreme Whitetail Adventures of Alabama's 832 acres of land sold for $7 million April 16, 2015 Alabama, AL.com
... The property operates as Xtreme Whitetail Adventures of Alabama, which offers deer, dove and quail hunting, as well as a 28-acre bass lake and a 4,500-square-foot hunting lodge...

Development forcing out more wildlife April 16, 2015 Delaware, Cape Gazette
... Everybody likes to see deer and fox in the wild - two of probably the most-photographed animals. Now, they’re being forced out, fields being dug up, woods being destroyed and both sides of the road for development... You build in their home and take away their food supply and a place to roam. They have to move around and then the home owners complain: “Oh, they ate my flowers and shrubs.” ...

Research tracks Wyoming wildlife migrations April 15, 2015 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise
... “We’re learning more and more about how important these migrations are to our big game herds,” said Kauffman, head of the Wyoming Cooperative Fishgand Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.  There is growing public interest in protecting key migration routes ...

Wisconsin's War on Deer Management – Part 2 April 15, 2015 Outdoor Channel
 ... predation has been the number one source of fawn mortality in the Northwoods. Survival has varied from a low of 22 percent to a high of 52 percent. At those lower survival rates, you can see why deer herds are not replenished ... In the Farmland region ... the number one cause was starvation and/or abandonment. However, the survival rate did not vary nearly as much in the Farmland region as in the Northwoods, ranging from 58 percent to 62 percent...

...The Indiana Senate has narrowly voted down a proposal to legalize high-fenced preserves where farm-raised deer are hunted, officially killing any movement on the issue for this session...
     Bill Regulating High-Fenced Deer Hunting Defeated Again April 14, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... “One of these operations has advertised in the past a 100 percent hit rate.  You come to their facility, you’re guaranteed to come out.  That’s not hunting. That is a slaughter, folks,” Miller said before the Senate vote on the issue...

A fish and wildlife wish list April 15, 2015 Maine, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
... In every deer plan for the last 30 years, lack of wintering habitat was cited as the most important issue. But we have done very little to address that critical problem, now cited as the principle reason we lost our deer herd in the North Woods...  We desperately need to begin marketing hunting and fishing again, to grow the agency’s customer base and boost our ailing outdoor industry...

Roadkill hot spots identified in California April 15, 2015 Central Valley Business Times
... an interactive map showing how California's state highway system is strewn with "hot spots” where man has interacted with wildlife to the latter’s detriment and demise.  The report by the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis, is expected to help state highway planners take measures to protect both drivers and wildlife...

Satellites used to track, study Missouri deer April 15, 2015 The Springfield News-Leade
... Researchers are currently tracking 90 deer wearing collars using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology... learning more about white-tailed deer survival, reproduction and movement as a five-year study progresses ...GPS transmitters have a battery life of three or four years. Biologists can release the collar at any time from a deer via computer...

Bloomington, Candidates dodge Griffy deer cull; Linnemeier proposes urban deer solution April 15, 2015 Indiana, The Bloomington Alternative
... John Linnemeier ... offers a “novel approach” to the issue of urban deer: sedating and sterilizing them... a two-year study by a Joint City of Bloomington-Monroe County Deer Task Force ... deer in residential neighborhoods hadn’t reached the “biological carrying capacity – the number of deer the suburban environment could support,” their populations had reached their “social carrying capacity,” ...

Mule Deer Foundation awards $25000 to local project April 15, 2015 Utah, Plumas County Newspapers
... The Mule Deer Foundation, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, awarded a $25,000 grant to the local Mt. Hough Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest to improve habitat for mule deer...
... Deer poaching has become so common on Staten Island that the state DEC ... had tasked a three-officer team to investigating the practice.  The law currently prohibits hunting within the five boroughs, while bow-hunting only is permitted in Suffolk and Westchester counties...

Virginia Tech study shows adaptability of coyotes April 13, 2015 Virginia, Roanoke Times
...  one particularly surprising finding: Bobcats eat a lot of deer, and there may be more bobcats in the woods than biologists thought ... Kelly said that when a deer herd is already in decline, it’s possible that predator pressure, such as coyotes taking fawns, could have an effect. But coyote typically do not cause the population declines. Those are governed by larger factors, like food availability... 

Counting Animals Is A Tough Job April 13, 2015 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... Fish and Game’s Deer Biologist, Dan Bergeron, explaining the model they use to guess at deer population:  For deer, this is the two-year running average of the adult buck-kill. That’s kind of what we use as an index to the trend in the population. That’s kind of the best index we have...

Fewer winter ticks a good sign for moose in New Hampshire April 13, 2015 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
...  it's still too early to say with certainty if the 2014-15 winter will be better than previous winters but data so far show fewer calf deaths and fewer winter ticks being found on the animals...

...  the number of deer-involved crashes -- also down 7 percent from 49,205 to 45,690...

Indiana senator waters down captive-deer hunt bill April 13, 2015 Indianapolis Star... Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, added amendments to House Bill 1453 that cut out a provision that would have allowed any fenced hunting preserve larger than 160 acres to open. Instead, the amended bill would allow only the four hunting preserves now operating in Indiana to stay in business...

Coyote growth hindering deer population on Grand Strand April 13, 2015 South Carolina, WBTW 
... two bills are up for discussion. One would limit the number of deer hunters can shoot. The other bill involves a tag and release program, in which DNR would tag and release a coyote in each of the state's six game zones. If a hunter catches a tagged coyote, they'll get $10,000. Powell said the program aims to encourage trapping...

Under Bill, 84-Year-Old Could Get Another Shot at a Deer April 13, 2015 Minnesota, AM 1240 WJON
... A provision tucked in House Republicans’ budget bill for environmental and natural resource agencies would allow hunters 84 and older to kill a doe without a permit...

... cut the number of doe licenses to be issued this year by more than 30,000, from a total of 779,500 last year to 746,500 this year.  The number of doe licenses - also known as antlerless deer permits - issued is the commission's primary means of managing deer...

The threat of CWD in the Estes Valley April 13, 2015 Colorado, Estes Park Trail-Gazette
... a small biopsy of rectal mucosa tissue is taken and sent to a veterinary diagnostic laboratory for analysis. The elk is given a radio transmitter collar and released. If the animal tests positive for CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease), it is located and culled from the herd... This technology represents a significant advance in live field testing for CWD...

In the Wake of the Rim Fire, What Comes Next? A Story of Recovery, Restoration and Reforestation April 13, 2015 California, United States Department of Agriculture
... blackened portions of the Stanislaus National Forest, which were left by the Rim Fire that blazed through the Sierras in August of 2013, have begun to spring to life... a reforestation team is diligently working to bring forth a new forest... “Reintroducing fire into the forested areas early is one way the Stanislaus has of lessening the damaging effects of intense fires,” ... Deer are one species that rely on acorns during cold winter months. They are also an indicator species for overall forest health ...

Bullet-train backers meet resistance in rural Texas April 12, 2015 Texas, Corsicana Daily Sun
... Commissioners in nine counties along the route, who've recently passed resolutions against the plan, fear being railroaded into a project that will wreck land values, ruin the deer hunting and leave taxpayers holding the bag...

Afternoon of Deer and Yearlings April 12, 2015 California, Examiner
... the herd was held responsible for destroying lawns, shrubbery and property and even scaring residents with their aggressive behavior.  The threat was unfounded, of course, but the initial plan for thinning the herd called for using archers and killing them with bows and arrows ... Only when the “Villagers” vigorously and angrily protested the cruel plan was it abandoned...

NDGF revisits deer license goals April 12, 2015 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald 
... The challenge, he said, is to set license numbers at a level that maintains the 70 percent success rate North Dakota hunters have come to expect. Habitat loss resulting from expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts, more land being developed for agriculture and the oil boom out west means the landscape no longer can support as many deer as it could in the early 2000s ...

Deer discussion dominates meeting April 12, 2015 North Dakota, Minot Daily News
...  "We are doing our best to manage that herd and build numbers back up, but it is going to take some time." ... "deer are still declining" and that "this year will see a reduction in deer tags again."  "A lot of grassland is gone. Where we used to have whitetails popping up like popcorn we're just not going to have the whitetails that we used to have," ...

... commissioners reviewed the biologists' individual, tag-allocation recommendations for each of the state's 23 wildlife management units (WMU).  Only five were approved as requested.  In the 18 others, the commissioners unanimously voted to reduce the number of tags requested by the biologists...

Deer habitat improvement funding awarded to local conservation district April 12, 2015 Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News 
... The Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District has been awarded a Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative (DHIPI) grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Private landowners adjacent to public land owning 40 acres or more can partner ...

Medford ammends deer-fencing ordinance April 12, 2015 New Jersey, Burlington County Times
... Council gave final approval Tuesday night to an amendment to an ordinance that would essentially allow for the placement of 6-foot high, deer-mesh fencing in front yards ...

Post Oak region can produce quality deer April 11, 2015 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... As more hobbyist become landowners the desire to produce wildlife habitat instead of cattle pastures increases... landowners are going to have to overcome their fear of fire as a management tool as well as use of the bulldozer to thin timber and a disk to encourage native grass and weed growth...

In numbers, last deer season was near the top April 11, 2015 Arkansas, Log Cabin Democrat
... The notion of killing female deer, does, is wrong took far too long to diminish in Arkansas, and it has not entirely died out. There are hunters still who refuse to shoot at a doe.... Deer managers, however, are highly satisfied that the former out of balance buck-doe ratio in the state has been alleviated. The past three season ... the buck-doe checks have been virtually 50-50...

Ohio Wildlife Council approves 2015-2016 Hunting Regulations April 11, 2015 The Morrow County Sentinel
... Deer regulations have been trending toward reduced bag limits and restricted use of antlerless permits in recent years... Deer population goals will be revised this summer through a random survey of hunters and landowners. Participants in the survey will have the opportunity to provide input about the future of deer management in Ohio...

Wasting Disease Spreads Through More Kansas Deer April 11, 2015 Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan
... of about 600 deer tested, nine carried the disease... The disease now nearly stretches from Kansas’ borders with Nebraska and Oklahoma...
Game Commissioners reduce allotment of doe tags April 11, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... There will be fewer doe licenses, and presumably more deer, across most of Western Pennsylvania this fall... The unit seeing the biggest change is 5C just northwest of Philadelphia. ... making it smaller, and decreased the number of available doe licenses from 95,000 to 70,000...

Hunting rules adopted: 4-point rule dropped; baiting tabled April 11, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review 
... the panel adopted a slate of hunting changes including elimination of a four-point buck rule in Northeastern Washington...The commission did not adopt a controversial proposal to restrict the use of bait when hunting for deer and elk, even though neighboring states such as Idaho already prohibit baiting...

Woodland caribou populations continue downward trend April 11, 2015 Minnesota, DL-Online
... most of the northern third of Minnesota once harbored these gorgeous and gregarious members of the deer family ... historic caribou trails can still be observed crisscrossing through the Big Bog adjacent to the Red Lakes ... The last known caribou from this part of Minnesota are thought to have disappeared by the 1930s and perhaps lingering into the 1940s...

Deer harvest plummets statewide April 10, 2015 Virginia, The News Leader
... Statewide, the number of deer killed during the 2014 hunting season was down 22 percent from the previous year, with the most significant reduction in eastern Virginia... Disease, predators, a small acorn crop two years ago and extra doe days are some of the reasons ...

All ages can continue to hunt deer and turkey April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Daily American
... The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Friday gave final approval to a measure that will require any antlered deer or turkey harvested by a Mentored Youth hunter younger than 7 to be taken with valid harvest tags provided by his or her adult mentor...

White tail deer bag limits decreased by OWC April 10, 2015 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum 
...  A reduction in white-tailed deer bag limits and antlerless permit use during the 2015-2016 hunting seasons were among regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council ... Reduce the statewide bag limit of deer from nine to six...

... she's conducting experiments to find out if retinal tissue may be a valid means of surveillance for chronic wasting disease in deer.  She said she isn't ready to publish her results, but the data gathered so far looks promising...

State not doing enough about CWD April 10, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... Michael Samuel, a University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor of wildlife ecology who studies CWD, said in a telephone interview Monday that there has been “very little” research funding from DNR. ... If the spread of the disease continues, he said, the disease, which is always fatal, will reduce the deer herd in Wisconsin...

Prescribed burn planned on Basalt Mtn April 10, 2015 Colorado, Aspen Times
... The intent of the project is to promote nutrient recycling of fire-adapted vegetation communities, provide an improved food source for wildlife and create habitat conditions that will encourage wintering deer and elk to stay in the area rather than move onto lower elevation private land where they may become a nuisance...

Game Commissioners reduce allotment of doe tags April 10, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... There will be fewer doe licenses, and presumably more deer, across most of Western Pennsylvania this fall... The 746,500 total is 33,000 fewer — about a 4 percent decline — than last year...

Proposed laws should be shot down April 10, 2015 Texas, Denton Record-Chronicle
... Under HB 4064, youth hunters during the special youth-only deer season weekends would be exempt from antler restrictions. There are 117 counties with antler restrictions that define a legal buck as a buck with a minimum inside spread of 13 inches or greater. A spike buck or a buck with a spike on one side also is legal in those 117 counties...

More deer could mean more fall licenses from DWR April 10, 2015 Utah, Davisclipper
... Biologists are currently recommending that a total of 87,050 general deer permits become available for the fall hunting season. Last season there was a total of 84,800 permits ... “To be at a statewide average of 21 bucks per 100 doe is great news for Utah’s hunters,” Shannon said. “It means the herds will have plenty of bucks in them.” ...

...  survey respondents were divided, with 44 percent strongly in support of lethal methods, 43 percent against lethal methods, and 13 percent expressing moderate support for lethal methods...

Indiana Senate delays high-fence hunting bill April 9, 2015 Indianapolis Star
... The move sets up a possible vote early next week on House Bill 1453, which would allow the four fenced deer-hunting preserves in Indiana to continue to operate, but would also allow new preserves to open...

Audit likely after hunters challenge DNR April 9, 2015 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... A vote Friday by a Legislative Audit Commission subcommittee is expected to move a DNR deer audit plan forward ... Estimating deer herd size is at crux of dissatisfaction ...  hunters say DNR management is also to blame for the decline [in deer harvest] ...

... the DNR has come under the budget knife. Among other changes and position cuts, the agency’s science bureau faces a 30 percent reduction in staff...  “Long-term data sets are so incredibly rare ...“And now a lot of that monitoring, such as with the deer herd, is up in the air.”  ... Timothy Van Deelen, a University of Wisconsin ecologist ...

Debate over deer numbers goes on April 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, TribeLive.com
... Chris Rosenberry, the biologist who heads up the commission's deer and elk section, presented board members with his recommendations. That antlerless license allocation would allow the deer herd to increase in one unit (3A), bring it down in two others (3C and 4B), and maintain it at existing levels everywhere else, including all of Western Pennsylvania...

Animal activists spur review of deer culling April 9, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Tribune 
... Steve Hindi, president of SHARK, raised issues about the culling based on video from Dec. 11 to Feb. 5 in McKinley Woods near Channahon, Goodenow Grove in Crete Township, and Hickory Creek, near Mokena. He said it showed deer being shot, but not necessarily killed. It also showed "few deer if any" at the bait sites – even in areas where the food supply was minimal ... [see video a few stories below]

Union County deer meet draws crowd April 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor New
... hunters complained about the use of the Deer Management Assistance Program on the state forest, the long deer seasons, poor habitat in the Bald Eagle State Forest, high numbers of predators and the Game Commission’s antlerless deer license allocations...

Two tales of timber: Managing your trees can help your wallet, wildlife April 9, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... Logging activities stimulate succession and growth of grasses, shrubs and saplings ... deer will begin to flood the area, munching on the tender, young vegetation. This brushy, early succession phase provides three to four times the bio-energy production of a mature stand... 

... The mule deer are browsers and feed on a different set of vegetation than do livestock, with some overlap. Elk are grazers, and are in direct competition with livestock for forage... many of the country's extensive rangelands are severely disturbed landscapes, suffering from a long history of overgrazing, current drought and desertification, and an increasingly changing climate...

Coping with South Texas summers — How deer deal with the heat April 9, 2015 Lone Star Outdoor News
... They don’t have sweat glands ... They can pant, but that involves a loss of water and South Texas summers are often short on water...  two main ways ... through decreased movement and the other by picking cooler spots on the landscape ...

Sportsmen's group calls for drone ban in Wyoming April 9, 2015 Wyoming, Sioux City Journal
... Backcountry Hunters and Anglers wants the department to ban hunters from using drones to track and scout game.  “Believe it or not, people actually do use drones to scout and look for wildlife from the air...

Shelter Island, Primed to deploy 4-poster units April 9, 2015 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
...  the effectiveness of the units is controversial, so, too, is the issue of what’s an effective number of deer to cull from the herd to reduce tick infestation. ...  most estimate the deer population here at between 1,200 and 2,000... various experts have determined is that to keep a deer population at a workable number year to year, at least 40 percent must be culled ... 

Mt. Lebanon, 
Deer cull called off in Mount Lebanon April 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... In trying to explain why it took 11 shots to kill three deer, Benner said the bullets may have been faulty... “All options are on the table,” she said, noting that even sterilization might be considered ... A controlled archery hunt next fall is a definite possibility ... 

... Award-winning author/TV host Steven Rinella, international conservationist Shane Mahoney, and wildlife biologist Gary Alt headline a robust lineup of speakers for the National Deer Alliance’s 2015 North American Deer Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, May 6-8...

... still plenty of seats available ...  topics ... Captive cervids and their impact on free-ranging deer ... Impact of EHD on deer across North America ... Impact of predators on deer ...

Arkansas deer hunters again take more than 200,000 deer April 8, 2015 Knoxville News Sentinel
... 208,075 deer were tagged during the 2014-15 deer season - just more than 5,000 short of the state's record deer harvest...

... Researchers are currently tracking 90 deer wearing collars using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology...  will provide deer herd trends statewide for both agriculture and forest areas...

... One of the primary benchmarks that North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists use to assess deer populations and hunter satisfaction is the success rate by gun hunters...  a success rate of around 70 percent means hunters are generally satisfied ... archery license holders...  a success rate of 30 percent...

Battlefield conversions: Hunters see climate changing their traditions April 7, 2015 Virginia, Environment Energy Publishing 
...  In some counties, deer populations were down 40 percent, but connecting those changes to climate change for a conservative constituency -- now, that's a challenge... Conservation Hawks, has set out to explain the science and communicate that climate change is responsible for the changes they are seeing ...

The Wyoming Game & Fish recently returned to western Wyoming to assist in a study that is trying to determine what effects drought, habitat quality and development activity are having on mule deer numbers in that region. - April 6, 2015 Wyoming





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... the Animal Protection and Rescue League OC carried signs in front of the District Attorney’s office calling for the two animal control officers to be criminally indicted.  “What they did was felony animal cruelty,” said Dina Kourda, chairwoman of the national group’s Orange County chapter...

Deer rescued from ice in St. Albans, but doomed April 16, 2015 Maine, Centralmaine
... Hours after several people saw firefighters rescue a small deer stuck on thin ice in the middle of Weymouth Pond, the animal was killed by a game warden who saw it suffering and deemed it unlikely to survive...

... Aside from being deceased, none of the deer lying across the tracks appeared to have suffered any physical injuries; no gunshot or arrow wounds were observed...

Oh deer — a look at the Milwaukee Bucks new logo April 14, 2015 Wisconsin, Sporting News 
... A change such as this is always accompanied by marketing-speak, but the really significant thing here is the fact that team has cribbed Alice Cooper’s famous explanation of Milwaukee’s name from the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World.” ...

Kids learn about deer at Youth Antler Hunt April 13, 2015 Illinois, Pantagraph
... Fifty-six children participated in the first-ever antler hunt, the first sponsored by the association to raise awareness about nature and white-tailed deer herds. The antlers, which are shed over the fall and winter ...



... Two dogs are believed to have gotten into the area and chased the deer until they died. Two deer also escaped the enclosure...

Don't adopt a 'lost' fawn, it's illegal and likely not abandoned April 12, 2015 South Carolina, The Times and Democrat
... "It’s part of nature’s plan for a doe deer to leave her fawn or fawns alone for their first few weeks of life," Ruth said. "The reason for this unusual maternal action is that the fawn at this age is better protected away from the doe. The presence of the doe nearby would attract predators ...

Meet the New State Mammal April 12, 2015 Georgia, Patch
... Recently, the white-tailed deer have been honored as the official state mammal by the Georgia General Assembly... a group of Boy Scouts made the gray fox proposal. Enter in the state Department of Natural Resources which “convinced” the boys and eventually the Georgia General Assembly to change the recognition to the white-tailed deer...

...  Sadly for the poor deer, the video ends with the deer still trapped inside the neighborhood maze of yards. Hopefully the man filming the creature’s failed attempt to escape went outside and opened a gate...

Moose spotted around Western Nebraska April 10, 2015 Nebraska, PerfScience
... the latest recorded sighting of the moose was in Morrill County in Nebraska.  What makes the moose sighting in the area rare is that moose typically prefer habitats with cooler climate...

DNR encourages public to enjoy springtime baby animal sightings, but remember to leave wildlife in the wild April 9, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
...The animals most commonly rescued by well-intentioned citizens include white-tailed deer fawns and raccoons... “Fawns rely on their camouflage coat to protect them from predators, while their mother stays off in the distance,” Vaughn added.  “The mother will not return if people or dogs are present.  It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected from nearby predators...

Two Watkinsville men cited for killing deer out of season April 1, 2015 Georgia, Oconee Enterprise
... Cavorting with cows in the urban pasture on Simonton Bridge Road, a buck sporting 10 velvety points attracted no small amount of interest last summer... When he was shot illegally in July, the outrage was immediate against the unnamed perpetrators...


Dead deer found on third-floor apartment porch at Davidson March 31, 2015 North Carolina, WSOC-TV 
... Martin Court, and then across campus another student found what appeared to be blood inside the elevator of Belk Residence Hall...

Dwayne Johnson Kicks Ass as 'Bambi' in This Hilarious 'SNL' Spoof March 30, 2015 Moviefone
... Johnson, who hosted "SNL" for the fourth time, starred as the titular baby deer, whose image was remade as a cigar-chomping vigilante with an axe to grind against the hunters who murdered his mother...

Disney's latest live action film stars Dwayne Johnson as Bambi, Vin Diesel (Taran Killam) as Thumper, Tyrese Gibson (Jay Pharoah) as Flower and Michelle Rodriguez (Cecily Strong) as Faline. - March 29, 2015


The Deer God: Oh deer March 30, 2015 The Star Online
... Getting turned into a deer to redeem yourself for your sins as a hunter sounds like a fascinating premise, but does the game deliver in terms of story or gameplay? ...There was no end goal – only new horizons to chase as we lived the life of a deer and enjoyed the charming artwork of the world... [see video below]

... A YouTube video has transformed a laid-back deer named Sugar Bob that lives on the grounds of the Applegate River Lodge into a late-night television star... Sugar Bob and Davis stole the show Wednesday night on the satirical "Daily Show" program ...

Two Watkinsville men charged with killing deer 8 months ago March 27, 2015 Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald 
... The deer, a buck with 10-point antlers, was a common sight along the well-traveled road that motorists often take to Athens. Allen, on whose pasture the deer grazed with his cattle, had nicknamed the deer “Bucky,” because it never ran from him and seemed content spending time in the pasture...

Neighbors upset after deer euthanized in Cambridge neighborhood March 25, 2015 New York, Fox23 News Center
... While the Short family says they will miss watching the deer running around the neighborhood, it’s how the deer was killed that has them upset... the officers came up, pet the deer in her lawn as it stood beside a snowman, then said they were going to shoot it. She says her father asked them three times to at least do it away from the home, since two children were inside...

Invincible Deer? March 25, 2015 Massachusetts, Massachusetts News
... a driver struck a deer with his car... Animal Control arrived and quickly determined the deer didn’t need to be put down ... so the animal control officer just stayed in the area and kept an eye on the deer for at least a half an hour before deciding to just let it go on it’s way unmolested...

Let's help stop the worst among us March 24, 2015 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... on March 10 in Bingham County when a sportsman stumbled across the remains of a pregnant mule deer that had clearly been poached.      Alongside the deer’s remains were two nearly fully developed fawns — ripped from her womb by whoever killed her...

Hunting horns the new outdoor craze March 24, 2015 Oregon, The Register-Guard
... Seeking shed deer or elk antlers has become Southern Oregon’s second hunting season ... becoming more of a family affair in recent years ... Southern Oregon’s black-tailed buck deer are entering the prime shedding period ...

Shed hunting season is upon us March 20, 2015 New York, Lake Placid News
... Sheds are the result of adult male members of the deer family that naturally shed their antlers each year... In recent years, the popularity of shed hunting has soared ... the Boone and Crockett world record book for big game animals includes a category for record sheds...


Man uses truck to run down deer March 20, 2015 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald 
...  intentionally running into a nine-point buck with Burich’s Chevrolet truck in 2013. And that wasn’t the only time ... Burich talked about running down deer as the easiest way to hunt ...

De Blasio takes aim at urban deer hunters March 19, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance 
... Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn't think anyone should be hunting deer with a bow and arrow in New York City... 

Deer jumps from ice floe to ice floe in Boston Harbor March 17, 2015 Massachusetts, Myinforms
... the animal was jumping from one ice floe to another, twice sliding into the frigid water ... it jumped and swam to the rocks... remarkable ...

Hastings firefighters rescue deer from Mississippi River March 15, 2015 Minnesota, Hastings Star Gazette 
... The deer was attempting to get out of the water, but was unable to get back on top of the ice.  Three firefighters used a boat ... the deer panicked at first, Schutt said, but settled down when he realized they were trying to help him...

Shed Deer Antlers a Buried Treasure March 15, 2015 Wisconsin, Valley News
... Like thousands — perhaps millions — across North America, we were hunting for shed deer antlers... Shed hunting is close to the perfect outdoor activity. You learn the land and gain insights into animal behavior. It provides low-impact exercise and lots of fresh air...