Deer Management News This Week

Baiting’s byproducts cloud its success October 30, 2014 Virginia,  Fredicksburg 
... Deer baiting is permitted in 22 states nationwide, including all states bordering Virginia with the exception of Tennessee...  In South Carolina’s coastal plain, an estimated 13 million pounds of corn is placed annually to attract deer; in Texas, it’s a whopping 30 million pounds... an adult white-tailed deer requires 3–5 percent of its body weight in forage daily. ...

Deer, elk rifle season that opens Saturday is link to ancient humans October 30, 2014 Montana, Longview Daily News
... “It’s hard to say that we’re hardwired to hunt,” said Mike Neeley, a Montana State University anthropology professor who has specifically studied hunter-gatherer adaptations. “Certainly meat has been an important part of our diet … linked to the expansion of our brains” ... for at least 400,000 years, and maybe much longer, humans actively hunted animals ...

Disease monitor in deer continues October 30, 2014 North Dakota, The Bismarck Tribune
... The Game and Fish Department will continue its hunter-harvested surveillance program this deer season by testing for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis... the focus of the surveillance will be in the central part of the state ...  with the downturn in the state’s deer population, Grove said it’s possible there have been other deer that have died as a result of CWD, but not reported...  the deer density in that part of the state is about eight animals per square mile ...

Productivity measures of white‐tailed deer in New Hampshire: Assessing reduced recruitment  NL Fortin, PJ Pekins, KA Gustafson - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2014
... recruitment rates based on indices from harvested deer have steadily declined since the mid-1990s... Pregnancy rates were 97% and 100% in the adult and yearling age classes, respectively, but few (8%) fawns bred. All pregnant fawns carried single fetuses, while yearlings averaged 1.72 fetuses and adults 1.95... Pregnancy rate and fecundity of older deer were unchanged since the 1980s; fawn pregnancy rate declined but was always relatively low. Productivity of the population increased due to a greater proportion of adults in 2011–2013, suggesting that declining recruitment may be due to increased summer fawn mortality.

Drivers Use Caution:  Whitetails on Blacktop October 30, 2014 Pennsylvania, PGC News
... Deer become more active in autumn with the lead up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” Around this time, many yearling bucks disperse from the areas in which they were born and travel sometimes several dozen miles to find new ranges. Meanwhile, adult bucks more often are cruising their home ranges in search of does, and they sometimes chase the does they encounter... A driver who hits a deer with vehicle is not required to report the accident to the Game   Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass ...

... under a plan devised with hunter and landowner input, the DNR deliberately reduced the size of the herd. Today’s populations are close to the goal numbers we set some six years ago. The severe winters of the last two years have driven herd levels lower than where we’d wanted them...

Why Can't I Use My Dog? October 29, 2014 Bowhunting.Com 
... the use of dogs to recover wounded big game is still not legal in all or part of 15 states... around the beginning of the 20th century most of the rest of the United States outlawed the use of dogs in any way with deer hunting.  This coincided with those states formalizing their game laws as state game agencies began regulating hunting activities.  Over hunting of whitetail deer by market hunters using dogs to actually hunt, not just recover deer, is often cited as the cause of the ban...

Anderson County again proves it's big buck producer October 29, 2014 South Carolina, Greenville News
... "Anyway you look at it — all your deer populations, all of your antlers and all the quality deer management stuff, your trophy deer — it all goes back to your soil," Morton said. "Look at where your big deer are across the country — Illinois, Kansas, even over in Alabama. You've got a lot of agriculture. They've got that good, rich soil there." ...

... “The brand new White-tailed Deer Management Calendar is meant to help landowners, hunters and wildlife managers understand what, when and how to implement practices that benefit deer herds,” ... available on the iTunes store for .99 cents...

Grazing management benefits cattle and deer October 29, 2014 Drovers Cattle Network
... Cattle can be used as a tool to enhance deer habitat by manipulating plant diversity and structure. The main role of grazing in a deer management program is to reduce the quantity of grass. This allows sunlight to reach the lower growing forbs, many of which are important deer foods. Furthermore, this creates more structural diversity, which helps to improve habitat for other game and nongame species...

We’re all less likely to shoot a deer this year October 29, 2014 Minnesota, Twin Cities Blogs
... the “conservative” deer season the DNR has imposed this year through deer tags, which restrict the types and number of deer each hunter can shoot. The end result will be the fewer deer will be killed than have been in years.  It needs to be that way, Landwehr argues, to allow the population to rebound...

Deer hunters must heed several rules October 29, 2014 Texas, San Angelo Standard-Times
... Alan Cain, TPWD’s white-tailed deer program leader, said that from 2007-2013 the fawn survival rate has been above 45 percent each of the years, resulting in an abundance of animals. He is urging hunters to harvest not only bucks, but to thin herds of doe... bucks don’t reach maturity until about 5 years old ... 

A cool start to deer season, but challenges linger October 29, 2014 Texas, Chron.com
...  Texas' 700,000-plus deer hunters ... this past year, when almost 60 percent of Texas' deer hunters took at least one deer... "The eastern part of the Edwards Plateau saw more rain than the western part, so overall body condition and antler development look better the farther east you go," ...  South Texas, which saw good spring and summer rains over much of the region and a much milder-than-normal summer ...

Kentucky Deer Herd Status October 29, 2014 KYForward.com
... despite last winter’s prolonged cold “fawn survival should be comparable” to past years... , the management goals are: Zone 1, herd reduction; Zone 2, keep herds at present population levels; Zone 3, slow herd growth; and Zone 4, maximum herd growth...  53.8 percent bucks and 46.2 percent does last season. These skewed numbers are partly because hunters in Zone 3 and Zone 4 counties have limited opportunities to take antlerless deer with firearms...

Dog-deer hunting still banned at Kisatchie National Forest October 29, 2014 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
... A federal appeals court has upheld a ban on using dogs to hunt deer in the Kisatchie National Forest... "deer-dog" hunting was banned at the 360,000-acre forest in 2012 ...

St. Lawrence County hunters won't get deer management permits October 29, 2014 New York, North Country Now 
... Deer Management Permits, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific areas to control deer populations. However deer populations are below or at desired levels in St. Lawrence County...

Deer harvest down as second segment gets underway October 29, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... 20,218 deer were harvested across the state in the first segment of deer archery hunting season ...  3,659 fewer deer than were killed in the first segment of archery season in 2013 ...

Price County, CDAC makes preliminary decision to increase deer herd in Price County October 29, 2014 Wisconsin, Price County Daily
... At the October 21 meeting, there were five votes: four to increase the herd in Price County, and one to maintain.  “As far as I can see, deer damage has been drastically reduced,” said county forester Eric Holm, representing the forestry aspect of the council ...

DNR deer-management plan calls for maintaining herd size October 29, 2014 Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald
... The state’s plan for managing Georgia’s deer population, revealed Tuesday, calls for ample hunting and habitat to hold the herd size at 1.1 million...  a peak of 1.6 million in the late 1990s ...  harvesting 400,000 to 450,000 animals yearly ... 

Commission faced with big decision Thursday on state's deer farms October 28, 2014 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... At the heart of the discussion is the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease ... Supporters of deer-farming want the Commission’s existing strict sanctions against the movement of pen-raised deer relaxed so that more farms can be created ... The state chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association and the N.C. Wildlife Federation have weighed in against changing how deer farms are managed...

Game officials uphold 78-year old ban on hunting over bait October 28, 2014 Virginia, Roanoke Times
... Hunting over a pile of corn or other bait designed to attract wildlife is illegal in Virginia ... Following a recent hour-long presentation on baiting in Richmond, the board of the DGIF unanimously approved a position statement upholding the ban ...  about 60 percent of hunters in Virginia oppose baiting ...

... CWD presence has now been confirmed in the lab and visually in the field in all the hunting units adjacent to the core of the Greater Yellowstone in NW Wyoming. ... detailed in the Jackson Hole News and Guide, CWD keeps creeping closer to feedgrounds... It is hypothesized that wolves are as close to an ideal way of taking out infected deer and elk just beginning to show symptoms as any natural method possible. Wolves, disproportionately target sick ungulate prey...

Social media page in the fight against poaching October 27, 2014 Idaho, Newsbf.com
... Citizens Against Poaching offers cash rewards to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected poachers. Callers may collect a reward while remaining anonymous... Social media is proving to be a highly effective way to spread the word about these crimes...

Hunting and Fishing to Become Fundamental Right October 27, 2014 Mississippi, HottyToddy.com
[On the ballot for the November 4, 2014 Mississippi election]:   “This proposed constitutional amendment establishes hunting, fishing, and the harvesting of wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, as a constitutional right subject only to such regulations and restrictions that promote wildlife conservation and management as the Legislature may prescribe by general law.” ... 

Outbreak of Hemorrhagic Disease in Piedmont Deer Tapers Off Octoober 27, 2014 North Carolina, Stanly News & Press 
... After receiving multiple reports of dead, dying or sick deer in seven Piedmont counties, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said today that the outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) in white-tailed deer appears to be tapering off with the onset of cooler weather...

N.H. deer harvest down from 2013, but still ranks high October 27, 2014 New Hampshire, Brattleboro Reformer
... the number of deer harvested during the ongoing archery season is down 22 percent from last year ... the state's more than 61,000 hunters ...

...  A portion of Trooper's Law with some variations will be on HB490 this year!! This is a part containing deer & is called the Compassionate Ohio Proposal for HB490... The Compassion Proposal is part of/or close to parts of the Trooper's Law Proposal with some variations (it would fall under similar rules as do the deer farms with the Depart. of Agriculture...ie an 8 foot fence.. but still require private funding).  It's goal is to provide the injured, too tame for the wild or handicapped deer legal sanctuary.  They would also be able to obtain medical care. 

Illinois Drop In Archery Deer Harvest October 27, 2014 IDNR News
... Through Sunday, October 26, 2014, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 15,610 deer, compared to 16,553 for the same period in 2013. Harvest to date has consisted of 64.4% does and 35.6% males (10046; 5564). Top five counties are Pike (528), Fulton (481), Jefferson (405), JoDaviess (335), and Williamson (306)...

WDFW provided with three metal detectors October 26, 2014 Washington, The Spokesman Review
... The Mule Deer Foundation donated three metal detectors ... “If the bullet is still in the animal, we can quickly detect whether a bowhunter is telling the truth or whether he jammed an arrow into a bullet hole (during an archery-only season),” ... 

Hunters’ hopes are high for deer season October 26, 2014 Kentucky, Courier-Journal 
... the statewide herd estimated at 800,000 to 900,000 heading into the Nov. 8 opener of the modern gun season... Hunter numbers have been stable at around 270,000 for 20 years... “I would look for the harvest to be a little down because we have a fantastic mast crop,” ...

... the upcoming white-tailed deer season should be about average. ... surveys indicate better than average (above 45 percent) fawn survival in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013... In 2011, Texas deer hunting generated about $1.25 billion in retail sales, over $135 million in state and local taxes and more than $171 million in federal taxes while supporting 22,136 jobs. That’s based on a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ...

... Since 2002, the state has conducted surveillance throughout Ohio for the disease... Tissue samples from 753 deer killed on Ohio’s roads were collected from September 2013 through March 2014 and were tested for CWD. An additional 88 hunter-harvested mature white-tailed deer and nine deer displaying symptoms consistent with CWD were tested as well and were all negative ... 

Fenced-in deer hunts spark debate October 25, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... Pennsylvania has 1,127 deer farms — only Texas has more — but “it's very difficult to say” how many offer hunting because preserves need not be licensed ...  People tolerate hunting if the animal has a chance to escape, but “canned shoots” don't offer that (Keith Balfourd, spokesman for Boone & Crockett Club, America's oldest hunters group) ... 

W.Va. deer program a success October 25, 2014 West Virginia, The Inter Mountain
... In 1900, the white-tailed deer population in West Virginia was estimated to be around 1,000 animals. Today the state's game biologists estimate the white-tailed deer population in the state to be around three quarters of a million animals... 

Arizona Deer Population Down October 24, 2014 azcentral.com
... White-tailed deer in southern Arizona, big-horned sheep around Flagstaff, and prong-horn sheep around Prescott are all gone... "The overwhelming cause of population decline is transformation of the landscape," ...

... The hunting preserve has been under quarantine since April 24 because the Pennsylvania captive deer farm where the male deer came from had another deer test positive for CWD earlier this year... the Ohio Division of Wildlife was quick to stress no wild Ohio deer has ever been documented with the disease...

Ohio warns hunters about rare deer disease October 24, 2014 Herald-Dispatch 
... Chronic Wasting Disease ...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hunters should avoiding eating meat from deer or elk that look sick, or have their meat tested by the state...

... The Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed Thursday the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio, an always-fatal contagious brain disease that has killed deer and elk in 19 states... a Holmes County deer farm and hunting preserve where the infected deer subsequently tested positive for CWD ...

New hunting season means new hope October 23, 2014 Montana, Great Falls Tribune 
... Region Four ... elk numbers are still strong and mule deer are stable though still below long-term averages.  Whitetail deer numbers are showing signs of recovery after being devastated last year by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD ... In one area they noted a doe-to-fawn ratio of 61 fawns per 100 does...

 Vassar College's deer cull permit was valid October 23, 2014 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal 
... Citing previous case history, the court noted that any review of the DEC's decision is dependent on whether the agency identified the relative areas of concern, took a hard look at them and made a reasoned elaboration of the basis for its determination...

Growing bigger trophies October 23, 2014 Texas, Brownwood Bulletin
... Restrictions in East Texas counties are leading to better antler production...  Fragmented property lines and a small deer population that allowed for only a single buck harvest per hunter in most counties . ... Prior to antler restrictions many hunters in the area would shoot any buck just to harvest a deer ...  the department suggested that a buck whose antlers have a spread that grows beyond both ear tips meets the minimum width requirement ...

Fall’s arrival means prime deer season October 23, 2014 Florida, Myrtle Beach Online 
... the time period from Oct. 6 to Nov. 15, somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 percent of the doe deer we’ve [studied] actually conceive during that period ... If hunters want to talk about the peak of the rut, during the last week in October and the first week in November, the highest percent of females are conceived ...

... The average hunter came close to taking one deer...  used a rifle and had a primary objective of shooting a quality buck... used private land and did not hunt over bait... likes the three-point rule, the regulation adopted in 1998 that defines a legal buck as a deer having at least three points on one side of its antlers...

Translocated deer survive on Ridgfield October 23, 2014 Washington, waheagle.com 
... we have seen remarkable strides toward the recovery of the Columbian white-tailed deer, mainly as a result of translocations ... 58 deer were moved, and a total of seven deer died as a result of the move. These deaths could be attributed to direct (capture stress known as myopathy) or indirect (predation, vehicle strikes, etc., soon after release) ... A sustainable deer herd is considered 50 deer or greater ...

Missouri officials, hunters seeing fewer deer October 22, 2014 Rolla Daily News
... Missouri wildlife officials are considering more restrictions in whitetail deer hunting to reverse a continuing decline in the deer population, caused mostly by an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease and liberal hunting regulations...

Hunting season delivers big bang for the bucks October 22, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Some claim that Wisconsin's deer hunting season contributes more than $1 billion to the economy through spending on things such as gas for the pickup truck, food and beverages, firearms, ammo, lodging, a new trailer, hunting property or land access fees... that figure could be overstated ... 600,000 hunters ... has an enormous financial impact...

Minnesota DNR: Leslie McInenly, big game program coordinator, talks about the upcoming firearms deer hunting season. - October 22, 2014


Deer season forecast looks promising October 22, 2014 Virgina, The Daily Progress
... The mast crop appears to be excellent, there is no indication of widespread Hemorrhagic Disease (HD)  ...  Included in the 2013 harvest were 106,230 antlered bucks, 20,082 button bucks and 116,304 does.,, The goal of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to keep the herd at a steady and sustainable level ... 

... deer populations in Oregon are mostly decreasing. Although black-tail populations "are more stable," any increase would be insufficient to account for the large increase in collisions ... That leaves the state's growing population, which means more cars on road, as a primary suspect...

Chronic wasting disease found in another captive deer in PA October 22, 2014 Pennsylvania, Live Trading News
...  the positive test for a deer kept on a farm in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County... It is the 10th captive deer in Pennsylvania to test positive for the always-fatal disease since CWD was first detected here in 2012...

Sportsmen seek room for wildlife amid drilling push October 21, 2014 Colorado, Environment Energy Publishing
... in the 1980s ... Mule deer were plentiful in the Piceance Creek Basin between Rangely, Meeker and Rifle, numbering upward of 30,000 animals ... mule deer numbers are only half as large ... As deer numbers shrank, oil and gas companies -- aided by new drilling technologies and rising demand -- boomed... fragmented habitats, fouled mountain air and more traffic...

... A moratorium is now in effect for hunting deer in Ellisville... The call for the practice to stop came after a child found an arrow on his property. The Mayor backed the moratorium, saying allowing residents to hunt the deer really wasn’t curbing the over-population problem...

Sportsmen irked over DEC deer management plan October 21, 2014 New York, Ithaca Journal
... how many deer are too many?  ... parts of Tompkins County as a Deer Management Focus Area, to see if more liberal harvest limits and hunting season lengths would help put the brakes on burgeoning whitetail numbers... “While it does include Ithaca and Cayuga Heights, I believe that they are decimating the population of deer in a doughnut around the City of Ithaca,” ...

DNR: Minnesota hunters will bag far fewer deer this season October 21, 2014 Minneapolis Star Tribune 
... our total harvest this year may end up coming in around 120,000 ... far below the 170,000 bagged last year... Hunters can only pursue bucks in some parts of Minnesota, fewer antlerless permits were offered and a one-deer bag limit rules most of the state. [response to decline in deer population] ...
Deer season outlook: Good in Ozarks October 21, 2014 Missouri, Baxter Bulletin 
... Unlike other areas of the state where deer numbers are declining, deer populations in the Ozarks and southeast regions are stable or slightly increasing ... "Deer in those areas were not hit as hard with hemorrhagic disease in 2012 as in other parts of the state ... And the mild summer we've had will allow deer to go into fall in healthy condition." ...

Chronic wasting October 21, 2014 Missouri, Pittsburg Morning Sun
...  a disease spread by organisms called prions ... To a doctor, mad-deer disease or mad-cow disease is known as ‘Creutzfeldt-Jakob’ disease ... and it is an absolute fact that humans can get it if they eat meat from an animal with the disease, whether it is a cow or a deer, or an elk... 
Moon phase has no impact on deer-breeding, studies show October 20, 2014 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
... At least two research projects, both of which had enormous sample sizes, showed the phase of the moon influenced deer breeding not at all.  The first was published in 2007 by Rod Cumberland, deer management biologist for the Canadian province of New Brunswick...

Utah bounty hunters kill 7041 coyotes in a year October 20, 2014 Salt Lake Tribune
... Utahns killed slightly fewer coyotes in the second year of the Mule Deer Preservation Act, but the $50 bounty paid for each animal is only one piece of the state’s effort to remove the predator... "It may take several years of implementation of this program before improvements in fawn/doe ratios statewide may be observed ...

... The red wolf disappeared from North Carolina before the first shots of the Civil War...  coyotes and red wolves can, and often do, interbreed. Without keeping the species separate, the small wolf population would be absorbed by coyotes... Wildlife studies indicated nearly half of their diet is deer... 100 wolves should scarcely have an effect on deer population ...

Missouri officials, hunters seeing fewer deer October 19, 2014 St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
... the state limited hunters in some counties to only one deer ... "Typically, it takes several years for a deer herd to recover," ... A combination of three years of drought, land coming out of CRP (the federal Conservation Reserve Program that compensates landowners for idling marginal crop land), and some outbreak of hemorrhagic disease ...

Wildlife officials, hunters out and about for Utah’s deer hunt October 19, 20014 Fox 13 Now - Salt Lake City 
... About 95,000 deer permits went out this year, but only about a quarter of those will be harvested... “Up here in the north we’ve had some good winters, so the fawn survival has been great ...

West Ga. parks cultivated for wildlife viewing October 19, 2014 Georgia, Associated Press
... workers last weekend planted seeds to grow deer-attracting vegetation on three acres of the bottom fields at McIntosh Reserve in the southern end of the county... We're going to put up signs in the park, identifying the wildlife viewing areas ...

W.Va.’s October antlerless-deer season catching on with hunters October 18, 2014 West Virginia, The Charleston Gazette 
... “From a biological perspective, when you remove females before they have a chance to engage in breeding activity, you compress the breeding cycle,... Does will drop their fawns at the proper time of the year, and that ensures that the fawns will have the entire summer to grow ... having the fawns drop all at once will reduce the impact of predation ... predators can only eat so many in such a short time frame...

Utah’s deer population healthier than in other states October 18, 2014 Salt Lake Tribune
... Biologists for Western states say there are plenty of reasons why mule deer populations are generally shrinking, but most agree there are two things that maintain and grow stable herds: Mother Nature and a robust salad bar.  In Utah, wildlife managers have focused on rebuilding mule deer habitat, spending more than $125 million over the past eight years...

Missouri's 2014-15 deer season forecast October 18, 2014 Lake Expo 
...  this year’s mild summer will send deer into autumn in good physical condition. Hot, dry summers, like those of 2012 and 2013, cause physical stress on deer ... Deer populations in central, northern, and western Missouri have decreased steadily over the past decade partially as a result of regulations that allowed hunters to shoot more does...  More information on the status of Missouri’s deer population and regional trends in deer populations is available in the 2013-2014 Missouri Deer Season Summary and Population Status Report

Courier-Journal 
... The Missouri Conservation Commission's vote comes in the wake of a four-part Indianapolis Star investigation this spring titled "Buck Fever." The series uncovered evidence that suggests the interstate trade in captive deer has contributed to the spread of various diseases across the country... a wild herd estimated at 1.4 million deer and more than 500,000 annual hunters... more than 200 licensed breeders and 44 hunting preserves...

Deer harvest should rebound this season October 17, 2014 Illinois, The Southern
... The record deer harvest in Illinois -- 201,209 -- occurred in 2005...  “As to whether we get back up to the 180-200,000 range, I’m skeptical we would do that... There is no question the Illinois deer population is down from its peak. Standards adopted in the last decade called for a 14 percent overall decrease...

Questionable deer opener provides early season answers October 17, 2014 Washington, Methow Valley News
... On the heels of the state’s worst wildfire ... “There’s a hunting ranch there, 15,000 acres,” Thomson said, “and in years past I would see 300-400 deer a day. We didn’t see one.”  Fire has now denuded much of that land, Thomson added, and left lots of dead deer as testament to its passing.  “That fire was moving at 50 miles an hour,” ... 

TPWD: Prospects good for deer season October 17, 2014 Texas, Your Houston News
... Texas hunters should see deer in good condition and above average numbers of mature bucks when the general season kicks off Nov. 1 statewide... wildlife biologists use rainfall as a barometer for gauging hunting season because of the direct correlation between rainfall and impacts to habitat ... mast crops (acorns, mesquite beans, etc.) ... in good supply this year...

TPWD reminds hunters about proper deer carcass disposal October 17, 2014 Texas, News Center 23 KVEO 
... CWD (chronic wasting disease) was first found in Texas in Hudspeth and El Paso counties two years ago ...  “One possible way that disease can spread is by the transportation and improper disposal of carcass parts.”  Deer can become infected with CWD if they come into contact with other infected deer or an environment contaminated with CWD prions ...




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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 ...

HB 490, Trooper's Law, provide the injured, too tame for the wild, or handicapped deer legal sanctuary in Ohio.  Support Petition.

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...

This 2 year old deer buck from our local herd walked into our yard with an arrow shot through his back. The tree branch, caught on the arrow, probably broke off a tree and got attached as he ran through the woods after being shot. After we first saw him shot ‎(the first scene in this video)‎, he walked into the woods, and we did not see him until five days later when we saw him laying behind our garage in a safe place that fawns often like for hiding. He still had the arrow through his back ... October 19, 2014



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," ...

Writer, naturalist Joe Hutto guest for science program October 11, 2014 Florida, Tallahassee.com
... His most recent book, Touching the Wild: The Mule Deer of Deadman's Gulch, chronicles his seven-year study of wild mule deer living near his current home of Lander, Wyoming. A film based on the book aired nationally on PBS stations last March...

Steer clear of deer October 11, 2014 Ohio, The Daily Advocate 
... “Nearly 50 percent of all vehicle/deer collisions occur from October through December ... October marks the beginning of deer mating season...

Watch out for deer October 6, 2014 North Dakota, Devils Lake Journal 
... October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents... Most deer-vehicle accidents occur primarily at dawn and dusk when deer are most often moving around...

... I received a game cam as a gift. Since I am not a hunter, the gift-giver thought I would enjoy using it to spy on the wildlife around our 90 acres. And so I did, and I have to say, it has been fun. Retrieving the camera and slipping its disk into the computer is like being a kid on Christmas morning ... 


Teatown, Deer Hunting Turns Neighbor's Walk into Killing Field October 2, 2014 New York, Patch
... Deer, baited by Teatown during last years’ difficult winter weather and during an especially hard time to find food, wandered into familiar land which recently had boasted “deer snacks”, pristine areas familiar to the deer as resting places, suddenly turned into deer-killing fields... We didn’t know how many young deer, lost and orphaned,were suddenly alone during the monumental storm ...

Oh deer. Recommendations for co-existing with deer October 2, 2014 New Jersey, Morris County Daily Record 
... “Fawns in New Jersey, however, will often breed at six months and give birth to a single fawn,” [If you believe this, we have a bridge in New York we would like to sell you] ...

Tale of a Buck - The life of a male deer through the seasons October 1, 2014 Arizona, WMI central 
... In spring our buck is at ease and happy to be alive. He is munching on new sprouts ... Summer has our bucks’ antlers pushing skyward with greater growth... [Fall] Our buck is in a frenzy only known to wild creatures ... Winter quickly shocks our buck into sobriety...

... it appears that two men were "red-tag hunting" for deer on a neighboring property when a stray bullet entered a window of the home, seriously wounding the baby and grazing his father...

Neighborhood wants answers after beloved pet deer is killed September 27, 2014 Alabama, 8 ABC kait8.com 
... Their beloved pet was Bo the deer... “He was so gentle,” Lisa Edwards said. “Loved our kids. All the neighbors adored him.”  On Saturday, Bo was shot and killed with a bow and arrow. The neighborhood wants answers...

White-tailed deer: A reason to stay home from school September 25, 2014 Illinois, The Southern
...  in the culture of Southern Illinois that some schools suspend classes for the opening day of deer season... A couple of generations ago, white-tailed deer were virtually extirpated from the region. In the 1950s and '60s, seeing a deer was something of a novelty...

Police investigate killing of an albino deer at a Hagerstown cemetery September 23, 2014 Maryland, Herald-Mail Media
... The deer was shot and killed with what appears to have been a bow and arrow at Rose Hill Cemetery at night ... Nardi said that deer are among the main draws to the cemetery.  "So many people come out here in the early morning hours and later in the evening just to see the deer," ...

... from about the first of October to January, deer are most active, because it’s breeding season.  “They have other things on their mind besides being cautious ... unfortunately, deer are most active when you are most likely to be driving home from work, or driving back in to work in the morning... Drive with extreme caution ... in areas with deer-crossing signs ...

... A Wisconsin father and his 5-year-old son woke up Thursday morning to find two white baby deer in their backyard. “He was all excited ...Then he goes, 'I thought they were statues, Dad.'”

Fawn to be ambassador for species September 17, 2014 Florida, Florida Keys News 
... A mother was killed and her male fawn was injured and orphaned...  the fawn has bonded with humans and will not be able to be released back into the wild.  "He will now become an ambassador for the Key deer, and people will not have to stop their cars and rattle a bag of Doritos to see them," ...

Pa. Drivers Rank 2nd Among Most Likely To Hit Deer September 16, 2014 Pennsylvania, CBS Pittsburgh 
... October, November and December are especially dangerous because deer are out looking for a mate, and hunters are invading their territory.  They’re also more active during dusk and dawn, meaning they’re more likely to cross into traffic during those times. They often travel in groups...