Deer Management News This Week

...  blames two emergency releases of natural gas along a major interstate pipeline for the deaths of nearly 40 trophy deer at a breeding facility near the Sam Houston National Forest... each with estimated worths in the tens of thousands of dollars ...

... studying 2,000 to 3,000 videos ... animals eat grass nearby for 10 minutes or so before entering the tracks, stayed on the rails for around 10 minutes and then returned... to lick the rails to ingest iron ...

Wisconsin deer hunt numbers were great, but news on CWD wasn't December 18, 2018 Wisconsin State Journal 
... Wisconsin is also on pace to verify more than 900 cases of chronic wasting disease in deer voluntarily submitted for testing ... 6.24 percent overall infection rate ... an increase of over 50 percent from the state’s record 602 CWD cases in 2017...

White Deer, Inc. Looks Forward to 2019 December 18, 2018 New York, Ithaca Times
... about 70 to 80 white deer on the site ... Marketing has been the big challenge... visit their website at senecawhitedeer.org ...

Hunters Harvest 31,000 Deer During Firearms Season December 18, 2018 Maryland, DNR News
... hunters reported taking 31,588 deer during the state’s most popular hunt, the two-week firearms season. The total was eight percent lower than last year’s official harvest of 34,502. Bad weather during the prime Saturday hunt days contributed to the decline in many parts of the state..,

Deer numbers plummet during special season December 18, 2018 Ohio, Morning Journal
... Ohio’s hunters checked 9,625 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2018 two-day deer-gun hunting season ... last year’s two-day December deer-gun season, 14,115 deer  ... rainy conditions ...

... "Our hope and plan was to try and eliminate the disease from the landscape by catching it early," DNR Wildlife Research Manager Lou Cornicelli said. "That appears not to be the case. I think our hope now is can we keep the infection contained ...

Deer management plan puzzling December 17, 2018 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
... I don’t see any initiatives in the plan that aren’t already in place, some of which have been implemented over the past 50 years as part of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s hugely successful deer-restoration project... My biggest concern in recent years is the growing emphasis on trophy hunting...

CWD detected for first time in deer in Valley, Keya Paha Counties December 17, 2018 Nebraska, Omaha 
... chronic wasting disease ... access the positive results posted at OutdoorNebraska.gov/cwd/... 131 positives from 1,208 deer sampled ...

... In the first year of the program, one senior scientist charged with “capture and sterilization” earned $375,000 for just 150 days of work... Two other wildlife biologists also tasked with capturing and sterilizing deer, together earned $558,000 for 150 days of work ... 

Colorado hunting by the numbers ... December 16, 2018 Colorado Springs Gazette
... 228,390 Tags sold for elk, by far the most hunted mammal in Colorado... 677 Mountain lions that can be harvested this season ... 88,710 Elk, deer and pronghorn tags sold to non-residents...

... With the preliminary detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer in western Tennessee, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds deer hunters of a new rule that prohibits the importation of whole deer carcasses and restricts the importation of specific carcass parts from anywhere outside of North Carolina..,

Lancaster County officers use robotic decoy to nab road hunter December 15, 2018 Pennsylvania, LancasterOnline
... The decoys cost about $1,800 each...  The antlers can be swapped out  ... Decoys have been used to catch lawbreakers by game wardens around the state for at least 30 years...

WV's buck kill 1 percent higher than last year's, DNR says December 15, 2018 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail
... firearm season for buck deer...  which ended Dec. 1, hunters killed 44,572 bucks, a 1 percent increase from the previous year’s total...

Ten West TN deer test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in prelim tests, TWRA enacts response plan. - December 15, 2018


... hunters are prohibited from bringing any deer from Tennessee into Kentucky unless the brain and spinal column have been removed first...

... three white-tailed deer in Hardeman County and seven in Fayette County tested positive for the disease in preliminary tests...  [these would be the first cases in the state]

Chronic Wasting Disease, which kills every deer infected, has been detected for the first time in Tennessee. - December 14, 2018


Deer hunt deferred: Natural resource or local control? December 14, 2018 Iowa City Press Citizen
... Last May, the commission denied Iowa City's initial request for a professional hunt, on the grounds that public comment had not been adequately gathered ... This time the request was rejected because ... sharp shooting diminishes the availability of hunting opportunities for residents...

Wasting disease testing robust for elk, skimpy for deer December 15, 2018 Gillette News-Record 
... The amount of effort Wyoming wildlife managers put into monitoring the Jackson Elk Herd for chronic wasting disease is unparalleled among elk and deer herds roaming elsewhere in the state...

... The crossing spans six lanes above Interstate 80 at Parleys Summit and is intended to serve as an alternative path for migrating moose, elk, deer and other animals...

4 more deer test positive for CWD, including first 2 in Sheridan County December 14, 2018,  Montana, The Montana Standard
... Test results from the final chronic wasting disease surveillance samples sent after the close of Montana’s general hunting season showed four more deer along the Hi-Line suffered from chronic wasting disease ... 

Deer corn can kill neighborhood whitetails December 14, 2018 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Deer may succumb to acidosis, or grain overload, when they eat a lot of readily digestible carbohydrates... The first stomach shuts down, resulting in dehydration, diarrhea, hypertension, incoordination and death. Carcasses are found with stomachs filled with corn...

Hundreds Of Escapes From State Deer Farms Reported Since 2013 December 14, 2018 Wisconsin Public Radio News
... the state’s open records law show the agency recorded 181 escapes from deer farms and hunting preserves between November 2013 and November 2018 ... raising concerns about the potential spread of chronic wasting disease ...

Chronic Wasting Disease,  Deer hunting isn’t without risks December 13, 2018 Maryland, SomdNews.com
... In 2011, DNR announced that a deer harvested in 2010 was positive for CWD... CWD is confined, for the time being, to the westernmost part of the state... Last year, 749 deer were tested and 27 were positive..,

Veterinary lab cautions about chronic wasting disease December 13, 2018 Kansas, Manhattan Mercury
... as of Dec. 3, 184 positive cases of the disease have been identified in the state since 2009... “It is believed that in some areas where chronic wasting disease is prevalent, white-tailed deer populations will decline to unrecoverable levels in the long term if the disease is not adequately managed,” ...

Commission says no to sharp shooting deer, proposes bow hunt December 13, 2018 Iowa City Press-Citizen 
... Despite having received permission to hold special hunts nine times between 2000 and 2010, the members of the commission — a seven-member citizen committee that works with the IDNR to apply administrative rules — denied Iowa City's request, preferring instead a bow hunt open to all hunters...

Average Year Projected for Deer Harvest December 13, 2018 Massachusetts, The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News
... “The most important thing for Zone 13 [Martha’s Vineyard] is to keep the female harvest high so we can continue to reduce population growth,” Mr. Stainbrook said. Last year 457 male deer were harvested on the Island, while 387 female deer were taken...

Florida men plead guilty to poaching deer, pronghorn in Colorado December 13, 2018 Colorado, The Denver Post 
... claimed at least three mule deer and six pronghorn in the Limon area over a 10-month period ... DNA evidence against Draper was found in his truck ...

CDFW Releases Conservation and Management Plan for California Elk Populations December 13, 2018 CDFW News
... a Statewide Elk Conservation and Management Plan. ... builds on the success of efforts to reestablish elk in suitable historic ranges, and management practices that have resulted in robust elk populations throughout the state ... More information about California’s Elk Management Program

Bill dictates hunting, not sterilization to control deer populations December 13, 2018 Michigan, Detroit Free Press 
... The Michigan House of Representatives gave final passage Thursday to a bill that prohibits communities from adopting deer sterilization programs to limit growing deer populations in their towns...
     Bill freezing deer sterilization permits heads to Snyder’s desk December 12, 2018 Michigan, MLive 
... House Bill 5321 freezes the ability of the Department of Natural Resources to issue sterilization permits like the one Ann Arbor is operating under. It wouldn’t allow the DNR to issue sterilization permits again until 2022 ...

Mule Deer Foundation Applauds Congressional Approval of Farm Bill with Mule Deer/Sage Grouse Habitat Provisions December 13, 2018 Utah
... This legislation includes conservation and forestry provisions that are critically important to wildlife conservation throughout the range of mule deer and black-tailed deer in the West.   “We particularly appreciate inclusion of a provision to establish a categorical exclusion on Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior lands for forest management projects that will restore mule deer and sage grouse habitat...

... The male moose appears to have been shot and partially cut up, its meat harvested, by a troop of hunters who were camping in the Chesnimnus hunting unit ...

Kewaskum deer and elk farm depopulated due to chronic wastingDecember 12, 2018 Wisconsin, jsonline.com
... Forty-four white-tailed deer and 16 elk were killed Nov. 15 in the action at Tamarack Deer and Elk Farm in Kewaskum ... Subsequent testing showed 11 of the animals (8 deer and 3 elk) were CWD-positive...
... "DATCP’s policy of allowing CWD contaminated facilities to remain in business and in some cases continue to move animals is the single biggest threat regarding geographic spread of the disease," said Dave Clausen, a veterinarian and former chairman of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board...


... its largest wildlife bridge. The 35-foot-tall (11-meter), 66-foot-wide (20-meter)  ... a natural migration route from the Cascades to Keechelus Lake ... elk, move to the lower lands as the season change and the mountains get colder and snowier...

Washington state is finishing construction on its largest wildlife bridge. The structure will form two arches above busy Interstate 90 east of Seattle to allow elk, bear, wolverines, deer and other migrating animals to safely cross the highway. - December 12, 2018 Washington


Maine deer harvest tops 32,000, highest since 2002 December 11, 2018 Bangor Daily News
... The state’s largest deer harvest included in data going back to 1940 came in 1959, when hunters tagged 41,735 deer...

... She and others want ODFW to do something and take some control... She says she doesn't want them killed, which is now an option under Oregon state law to reduce the deer population.  “If they'd all be gone, part of Huntington would be gone,"  ...

Rapid City plans to take aim at 250 deer December 11, 2018 South Dakota, Rapid City Journal
... There hasn’t been a harvest this high since 2010, which marked the end of a six-year span where the harvest hovered at 300 deer. The past five years, it has oscillated between 100 and 150 deer. Deer have been harvested since at least 1996 ...

... near the North Pole ...Since the mid-1990s, the size of reindeer and caribou herds has declined by 56 percent... from an estimated 4.7 million animals to 2.1 million, a loss of 2.6 million. “Five herds,” out of 22 monitored “in the Alaska-Canada region, have declined more than 90 percent ...

Landowner hopes state program will get coyotes off her land December 11, 2018 North Dakota, myndnow.com
... "We have seen the deer carcasses out on the prairie here, when we have gone out to check the cows. . . so we know the coyotes are moving through," ...

... Twenty-two deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Montana, and cases were also found in Teton County, Wyoming... 

... By Monday afternoon, the harvest was 107,176. That is 4,750 fewer deer than were killed at the same point in 2017 ...

State officials confirm 11 CWD infections on deer farm December 10, 2018 Wisconsin, sfgate.com 
... 11 more cases of chronic wasting disease on a Washington County deer farm...

The deer research program in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University began in the mid-1970s. Collectively, and working with numerous graduate students, cooperating agencies, foundations, and landowners, our faculty have established the Deer Ecology and Management Lab at Mississippi State University as one of the premier deer management research units in the United States. - December 10, 2018 Mississippi


... test results from CWD surveillance samples taken during the last week of Montana’s general hunting season showed nine more deer to be suspect of chronic wasting disease..,
     More CWD in Montana Deer Tissue Samples December 5, 2018, klyq
... So far this year, 22 deer are strongly suspected of having Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks..,

Chronic Wasting Disease, called CWD, is a fatal brain disorder that can severely reduce herds of deer, elk, and moose. Now, it’s on the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park. December 10, 2018 Montana


FWP official says state in good position as threat of wildlife disease spreads December 10, 2018 Montana, Helena Independent Record
... As more cases of chronic wasting disease are diagnosed in hunter-killed deer in north-central Montana, the Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a larger deer harvest in the Carbon County area in an attempt to slow the disease’s spread..,

Nature Center trails reopen after four deer killed during third archery hunt December 10, 2018 Missouri, Springfield News-Leader 
... Five hunters high in tree stands managed to kill four deer during the third annual hunt, which is intended to help reduce an overabundance of deer in the area.  "They harvested two does, a button buck and a four-point buck," ...

Once-controversial changes improve deer hunting December 10, 2018 Pennsylvania, GoErie.com
... In 2002, Alt was the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s deer management section supervisor ... he recommended two major changes: a significant increase in the number of antlerless licenses being sold and the implementation of antler restrictions... Sixteen years later, I’m convinced he was right...

Deer predator study begins third capture season December 10, 2018 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... In looking at maps created by GPS data, one deer created a path of departure and then backtracked as though it were following the same curves and loops created when it ventured out.  “How do these deer navigate these routes?” ...

Deer season is here December 10, 2018 New York, Westside News ·
... Each year, more than 500,000 deer hunters contribute nearly $690 million to New York State’s economy through hunting related expenses, the purchase of hunting licenses and federal excise taxes. Hunters generate over $35 million to support the management activities of NYSDEC...

NJ considering these ideas to reduce ‘deer epidemic December 9, 2018 New Jersey, WKXW
... farmers are screaming for something to be done about deer ... increases cases of Lyme disease [mice are the main drivers of Lyme disease risk] ... Suydam says hunting alone can’t solve the problem, though he suggested it would help if hunters were allowed to sell their venison...







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Deer in the News

... 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...

... One reason for a deer to have velvet this late in the season is a lack of testosterone, often caused by damage to the buck’s testicles caused by an injury (think barbed-white fences) or a rare birth defect known as cryptorchidism ...

Deputy Rescues Deer - December 17, 2018 Nebraska


Multi-year poaching probe nabs four SW Missouri family members December 14, 2018 Springfield News-Leader
... a multi-year poaching case where authorities say hundreds of deer were killed illegally... Court records show the defendant "is to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter, during Defendants incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail." ...

... A small community in LaGrange County is horrified after a deer they grew accustomed to seeing around their homes was shot by an Indiana Department of Natural Resources officer, and they say children witnessed the entire incident unfold...

... “It was a pretty large trap and you could see the leg was swollen compared to the other one.”  The traps use a footplate and curved jaws ...


Deer illegally shot with a fishing arrow December 11, 2018 Montana, KXLH
... Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said in a press release that it is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally with a fishing arrow over the weekend in a Lockwood residential area...

A few guys out fishing in West Virginia suddenly heard loud barking coming from down the creek. The fishermen found a young buck stuck in the water and surrounded by a pack of dogs. After chasing them away, the men helped the deer get to safety. - December 12, 2018 West Virginia


  Albino deer spotted in Hibbing December 11, 2018 Minnesota, KBJR 6
... the deer has been visiting the area for the last four years...

Kayakers Help a Swimming Deer Escape From a Pack of Dogs December 10, 2018 West Virginia, WKRG News 5
... Three people in kayaks hear barking and discover a pack of dogs in the water going after a deer in a West Virginia waterway  They paddle over to help and chase the canines away.  The scared, exhausted and shivering deer stays close ...

... DNR officials used a net and blanket to tie up the deer and remove it from the construction site.  The deer did have some facial injuries from running into the concrete, but nothing severe enough to need to be rehabbed or euthanized...

Parma police rescue deer from icy pond December 10, 2018 Ohio, Cleveland 19 News
...  help a scared deer that had been stranded on the ice for an “extended period of time.”  Eventually they were able to pull the poor thing to safety...

Two Fort Ann men arrested after strange deer poaching case December 5, 2018 New York, The Post-Star 
... illegally shot a four-point buck from the passenger window of a pickup truck ... placed it in the back of the truck.  But the buck was not dead, regained consciousness and bolted from the back of the truck...


Dramatic video shows hunters rescuing buck deer from frozen lake November 28, 2018 Pennsylvania, Fox News
... f
ound the eight-point buck laying helplessly on the ice of Greeley Lake “over 100 yards” from shore on Saturday, just two days before hunting season...

...  someone reported one shot and killed on the side of the road ... the white deer was like a local celebrity...

...   extremely uncommon to see in the middle of town...  "They ended up having to remove one horn from the deer and they did so with a saw." ...

Rocky Point,  Rescuers help deer with plastic pumpkin stuck on its head November 26, 2018 New York, News 12 Long Island 
... Rescuers helped free a deer in Rocky Point that had a a plastic pumpkin stuck on its head...
     Rescuers Searching For Baby Deer With Container Stuck on Head November 25, 2018 New York, USA Patch 
... "She will die if not caught and the container removed," Save-A-Pet said. "We do not know how long she has been without water or food ...

... arrow stuck the deer in its shoulder blade... limping around Oak Hills in Salt Lake City ...

... The opportunistic canine set its sights on a deer and – after a lengthy battle – finally brought its prey down in Strong's front yard...

Albino deer spotted in Middle Tennessee November 21, 2018 WVLT.TV
... TWRA says that it is illegal to harvest albino deer in Tennessee...

...  A buck had broken through the ice and was up to its neck in icy water that would soon kill him.... pulled a buck deer out of the Eagle River and away from a gruesome, icy death...