Deer Management News This Week

Drought hitting local farmers hard July 30, 2016 Georgia, Madison Journal Today
... “The deer are hungry, the foliage is not there in the woods for them so they’re out in the fields looking for food,” ... “Our current drought actually began in March when we had less than half of our normal rainfall,” Jenkins said. “Every month since has featured well below typical rainfall, averaging about one-half of normal...

Deer are fun to have around but destructive to ornamental gardens, shrubs and trees. The City of Royal Oak, with help from English Gardens presents safe alternatives to keep deer out of your gardens. - July 29, 2016


Voyageurs moose numbers remain stable July 29, 2016 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
... the park’s moose herd represents a relatively small sample, with the latest estimate pegged at just 41 animals, evenly divided between males and females.  Calves accounted for 16 percent of the population, with a cow/calf ratio of 0.46, an improvement over some recent years ...

Talking about deer is a yearlong activity July 29, 2016 Pennsylvania, Lebanon Daily News
...  While antler restrictions have brought forth rave reviews, the herd reduction program has not. Public lands, especially game lands, do not hold the number of deer they have in the past, and many hunters aren’t pleased with the lack of opportunities they have experienced... Plans also are underway for developing the next deer-management plan, slated to become effective in 2018...

... have checked 7,000-plus deer and have not discovered it. We are being proactive because it's in our neighboring states (Texas and Arkansas) and its close enough that we need to be on guard.''... An importation ban on carcasses of cervids harvested out-of-state was proposed [PDF] ...

Minnesota DNR Unveils Deer Season Framework July 28, 2016 Outdoors with Sam Cook - AreaVoices
... a somewhat more liberal season ... During the past two firearms deer seasons, few antlerless deer permits have been issued so that the deer herd can recover from several severe winters in recent years... 

Ann Arbor voters have important City Council races to decide on Aug. 2 July 28, 2016 MIchigan, MLive.com
... Leeser said he has seen photographs of triplet fawns in Ann Arbor... QDMA [Quality Deer Management] states on its website that as many as 15 to 20 percent of does will bear triplets when deer numbers are in balance with high-quality habitat... if we see triplets and at the same time we're saying, 'Oh, we have to kill these deer because they're starving and we're overpopulated,' ...

Chronic Wasting Disease discovered in one deer in Montrose County July 28, 2016 Colorado, High Plains Journal
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife says it found a deer that was infected with Chronic Wasting Disease just east of the city of Montrose in Game Management Unit 65.
The deer, found last spring, died on private property ...

No Elk Contingency Licenses Recommended for 2016 July 28, 2016 South Dakota, SDGF News
... at the August Commission meeting, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will recommend the Commission not authorize issuance of any contingency licenses... “After a discussion with the U.S. Forest Service earlier this week, we do not believe there is a sufficient enough need that exists to issue elk contingency licenses this year. Following the elk management plan, the Commission already increased the antlerless license allocation by a total of 839 to slow the growth of the Black Hills elk population,” ...complete details on the 2016 elk hunting seasons

Why Research Matters to Mountain Lions in Wyoming July 27, 2016 National Geographic
... Since 2007, Wyoming has been aggressively trying to reduce its mountain lions in many areas to support mule deer populations and reduce real and perceived risks to people... Research-driven management can help managers with tough decisions. In our study area, we’ve found that the local mountain lion population has declined by 47% over the last 8-10 years...

Kingwood, Still legal to feed deer in town July 27, 2016 West Virginia, The DPost
... Kingwood Council voted down an ordinance that would have made it illegal to feed deer in town...

Resistance emerges to plans for potential deer culling July 27, 2016 Virginia, C-Ville Weekly
... Jones says Kocka touted “killing for convenience” because the report showed that Charlottesville does not need to reduce the deer population for biological reasons, but because locals are irritated with the animals for trivial things, such as eating their plants...

... Why such the early season in the despair of this heat? Well, the rutting activity in South Florida takes place before most anywhere else in the state or the U.S. Responding to hunters’ requests to be in woods during this prime time, FWC opened a summer deer hunting season several years ago...

An examination of preference and bonus point systems for the Kentucky elk quota hunt July, 2016 Ky.gov
     Demand greatly exceeds supply for Kentucky elk permits. In fact, KDFWR received over 70,000 applications for 910 elk permits during the 2015 elk permit quota
drawing. Due to the difficult odds of drawing a permit, some applicants have
occasionally expressed interest in instituting a loyalty point system ...

Deer Lottery Held, Antlerless Licenses Remain July 25, 2016 South Dakota, KFGO
... The first lottery application process – deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner – had more than 102,000 applicants, and over 51,000 were unsuccessful...

Game and Fish puts focus on growing mule deer herds here July 25, 2016 Wyoming,  Wyoming Tribune
... Platte Valley ... the herd was estimated to have about 13,000 members during the winter. The objective is set at 16,000... growing since 2011-12 ... a higher ratio of fawns to does due to a series of mild winters and a habitat with sufficient moisture... more conservative hunting seasons have also played a part...

Rise in fawn deaths evens out good years; all other game thriving July 25, 2016 Colorado, Rio Blanco Herald Times
... the amount of snow that fell throughout Northwest Colorado... an increase of 10 to 15 percent in still-born deer and fawns that just didn’t survive ... That’s pretty much attributable completely to the heavy snows ... The elk are doing just fine ...

... landowners in the agricultural industry and sportsmen who do not welcome competition with another predator in securing elk or deer each hunting season. On the other are those who champion the wolf and its right to be in its prior location and desire a return to a historically more realistic and native ecosystem... Colorado Parks and Wildlife remains opposed to a (wolf) reintroduction ...

Biologists, hunters react to hunting season extension July 24, 2016 Alabama, Decatur Daily
... North Alabama hunters will get 10 additional days of deer hunting ... The mature bucks are typically more active later in the season, so the extra 10 days gives hunters a better chance to harvest a mature buck ... Alabama was one of the remaining three states not to have mandatory harvest reporting systems until this year...

Area antlerless quotas unchanged July 24, 2016 Indiana, South Bend Tribune
... Several northern Indiana hunters have complained that the herd is shrinking and that too many antlerless deer are being harvested... Bonus antlerless quotas are the primary tool the DNR uses to manage deer populations ... 

...  a rules change that indicates municipalities and other political subdivisions have to try using recreational hunting to control whitetail populations before they can seek a permit allowing for other methods... Laroche said ... The number of deer with wasting disease may still be manageable now, he said. In five years, it may not...

Laramie Boomerang
...  the herd was estimated to have about 13,000 members during the winter. The objective is set at 16,000.  That number has been growing since 2011-2012, Schultz said, which he credited to a higher ratio of fawns to does due to a series of mild winters and a habitat with sufficient moisture. He said more conservative hunting seasons have also played a part...

Increases in residential and energy development are associated with reductions in recruitment for a large ungulate HE Johnson, JR Sushinsky, A Holland, EJ Bergman… - Global Change Biology, 2016
... Using linear mixed models, we found that increasing residential and energy development within deer habitat were correlated with declining recruitment rates, particularly within seasonal winter ranges. Residential housing had two times the magnitude of effect of any other factor we investigated, and energy development had an effect size similar to key weather variables known to be important to ungulate dynamics. This analysis is the first to correlate a demographic response in mule deer with residential and energy development at large spatial extents ...

...  in Michigan's Upper Peninsula ... Wildlife biologists say nearly every single fawn died after the harsh winters of 2012 and 2013, further hurting a struggling herd. In fact, the population has been on the decline since 1995...  the lack of high-quality deer wintering complexes seems to be the main factor in plummeting deer populations...

2016-17 Georgia Hunting Seasons July 22, 2016, Georgia Outdoor News
... For the second consecutive Georgia hunting season, more than half the state will experience periods of buck-only hunting during firearms deer season ...  hunters complaining of seeing fewer deer in the woods...

Hunters Working to Improve Deer Hunting July 22, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission is bringing several hunting groups together to expand the agency’s goal to improve deer hunting in Pennsylvania.  The groups will work collaboratively as the “Deer Management Working Group” to discuss ideas and develop workable solutions to benefit Pennsylvania’s hunters...

Game Commission addresses technology issues July 22, 2016 Pennsylvania,  Timesonline.com
... the number of cases increased where drones have caused concern for wildlife... The board voted unanimously to prohibit the operation, control, launching or retrieval of drones on commission-controlled property...  use of drones to aid in hunting is already unlawful ...

Chronic wasting disease discovered in deer east of Montrose July 21, 2016 Colorado, The Durango Herald
... Chronic wasting disease has been introduced to Southwest Colorado ... Southwest Colorado has evaded it until now ... Chronic wasting disease has been detected in 77 of Colorado’s 186 game management units...

A light year for disease in deer July 21, 2016 Virginia,  Roanoke Times
... Last year was a “quiet” one in Virginia for hemorrhagic disease (HD) ... herds in some areas continue to be impacted by the heavy dose of HD that occurred in Virginia and other states in 2012 and again, to a lesser degree, in 2014...

Deer causing soybean losses across state July 20, 2016 South Carolina, Manning Live
... “We hope to identify effective deer-repellent strategies that are feasible for South Carolina growers and that can be easily incorporated into the crop management program,” ... five commercially available deer repellents will be included in the trials ...

...  Comparison of the deer-management programs and processes in eight states, including Pennsylvania, indicated that, while there were a few differences in procedures and techniques among the states, all eight addressed management of white-tailed deer "in a very similar manner," Feudale wrote in his ruling...

Provo, Provo Municipal Council votes on plan to clear urban deer herds July 20, 2016 Utah, Daily Herald
... [approved] a plan to take care of the issue by using a combination of two options that includes relocating and harvesting. The plan by resolution gives city administration the responsibility to determine the best combination ... “They are completely domesticated,”  ... Up to 300 deer in a three-year period can be harvested ...

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Houses, drilling take toll on deer July 19, 2016 Colorado, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
... a study by Colorado Parks and Wildlife ... biologists have watched deer ranges get encroached by new homes, roads, and gas and oil wells, at the same time as deer numbers have declined... Housing had more than twice the magnitude of effect of any factor investigated ...

... "In this case, one of our benefits is agriculture and deer habitat. Deer grasses and maple saplings that deer feed on really benefit from having fire." ...

Super Tag raffles winners announced, over $664000 generated for Wyoming wildlife July 19, 2016 Wyoming, KGWN
... separate raffles are held for bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat, elk, wild bison, deer, antelope, black bear and mountain lion licenses...

... From 2009 to 2015, the number of resident hunters in in Michigan dropped 10 percent, from 769,875 to 695,747...  “The hunting and fishing generation was a lot about family, going away to deer camp together. The millennial generation is much more about weaving activities into their daily life.” ...

Commissioners Emphasize Deer Control Through Hunting July 19, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News    
     Provision requires deer-control permit holders to consider hunters first.  Municipalities and other political subdivisions that request permits to manage deer populations will need to more strongly consider managing deer through hunting before gaining approval to use another method...
   
Block Fish and Wildlife Service refuge rule: Agency proposes to limit some hunting practices in dispute with state July 19, 2016 Alaska, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
...  the state has an intensive game management law ... that it uses to achieve management of moose, caribou and deer for human consumption. The Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t allow predator control programs on any federal refuges in Alaska... both the Senate and House versions of the Interior Department budget contain language thwarting the Fish and Wildlife Service rule ...

... The fee increase would be the first for CPW since 2006 ... would increase the cost of a regular fishing license to $50 and adjust the cost of hunting licenses for the rate of inflation. According to a flier distributed at the meeting, the proposed cost of an elk license would be $88...

Greenwich, CT. FLIR Deer Survey 2016 July 18, 2016 Connecticut, Bowsite.com, Glen Ekstrom [see also Redding News]
      In 2016 Vision Air Research was contracted to perform a Forward Looking Infrared survey to determine the deer population in Greenwich, CT. The survey was conducted between 1600-0200 hours; February 27-28, 2016. The results of this survey showed a total of 313 deer  located in 111 groups. Group size ranged from 1 – 10 deer with most deer groups in the 1 – 3 size range.
      The FLIR survey for Greenwich averaged 7.27 deer per square mile and should be compared to the estimated 22.4 or 44.8 corrected deer per square mile claimed by the DEEP for 2015 in Zone 11. The 2016 FLIR survey covered 43 square miles in Greenwich, 90% and therefore represents a true census of its whitetail deer population. In contrast, the DEEP transect surveys for 2015 are based on surveying only .3% of Greenwich. 
      By sampling only fractions of the town, the DEEP surveys can only reliably report the number of deer in those fractions. The CT DEEP attempts to extrapolate the results as town-wide numbers and as a result their numbers are grossly overstated. Wildlife seek out preferred habitat in a town and will never be equally distributed in any town. The repeat surveys merely demonstrate that anyone can repeat the same error multiple times and get the same wrong answer.   In the last six years Fairfield County, CT; Zones 11 and 12 have lost 50% of the deer through over harvest do to unlimited doe tags, baiting and the January harvest.

Staten Island, City flubs on Staten Island deer. Again July 18, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Just 527 deer were found on Staten Island during twin aerial surveys of the borough in February. That's less than the 763 that were found during the last survey in 2014... Given procreation rates, experts estimate that the number could be more than 1,000. They've been saying it for a couple of years now...

Kill a Marked Coyote, Get a Lifetime Hunting License July 18, 2016 South Carolina, Edgefieldadvertiser
... South Carolina has a new predator control initiative aimed at coyotes across the state; kill a marked coyote and get a lifetime hunting license... decrease the coyote population ... The agency specifically hopes to have the program in place by this coming deer season...

Deer Guns: Goodbye to Slugs? July 18, 2016 Field Stream
... I can remember back in the 80s reading predictions that some day, every state east of the Mississippi would be slug-only. We are going the other way instead...  there isn’t much demand for them...





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... The word animal derives from a Latin word for a breath or soul, anima ...  first appeared in English in the late 14th century ...  beast itself took over from deer, which was used fairly loosely in Old English to refer to any wild animal...

Interesting facts about deer you may not know July 29, 2016 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... "Everybody always thought the big dominant buck would tend the doe and that was it," Strickland said. "In reality, there are additional copulations going on. On average, about 25 percent of the twin litters have two dads." ...

A drowning fawn. Gators in the lagoon. Sea Pines caddy jumps in July 28, 2016 South Carolina, Island Packet 
... From the clubhouse the men could see the deer was tiring. And trapped. Wooden bulkheads surrounding the water hazard kept it from escaping... we all know there is one huge gator in that lagoon ... Hoisington emptied his pockets, save for a 3  1/2-inch pocket knife, and jumped in... saved the fawn ...


Shasta County, Woman wants answers about tied-up deer left to die July 26, 2016 California, Redding Record Searchlight
... Its front and hind legs had been bound with white and blue nylon rope ... "I made seven phone calls and got nowhere," ...  neighbors told her, some people tied up the yearling and its mother on Sunday night. They threw the adult deer in the back of a pickup and drove away...

... at an Elizabethtown deer processor  ... hearing noises and finding deer parts strewn on the ground.  They went out to investigate, and when they opened the dumpster were shocked to find a woman inside gathering deer parts ...


Biologists caution against moving deer during fawning July 23, 2016 New Mexico, Silver City Daily Press and Independent
... a baby deer left alone is actually safer, and is very rarely abandoned... The mother has a very strong smell after she’s given birth ... she purposefully stays away, because a predator can find her but she can run from that predator a lot better than the little fawn. So the baby has this instinct to stay down on the ground and not move ...


... the best thing to do would be to return it to where it was found ... It was fine when we turned it loose ... Fawn are sometimes left alone for up to 12 hours...

Monterey Bay Area’s Native Amah Mutsun Seek Return to Lost Way of Life July 21, 2016 California, 90.3 Kazu
... The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band wants to restore ecosystems that once flourished here: from the deer herds that roamed the land to the medicinal plants that sustained the tribe...They may use controlled burning to maintain grasslands ...

... Dutch scientists analyzed 90 mammal species for pet "suitability" and came up with five animals ... starting with the best suitable, are:  Sika deer, Agile wallaby,  Tamar Wallaby, llama ... published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science ...
...Experts at Wageningen University in the Netherlands ranked 90 species by the following criteria: Biology, needs, danger to humans and well-being when kept in captivity ... The top spot is taken ... by the sika deer [not dog or cat] ...


I got footage of a group of very nice bucks and couldn't believe it. No feeding or baiting or anything occurred. StealthCam P18 July 2016.


Jefferson County woman learns fate of pet deer July 15, 2016 Illinois, WSIL TV
...The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has granted Rhonda Crawford to the ability to keep her two pet deer, Jude and Dude, after a legal battle over ownership rights...

she's a survivor! This mama deer had her leg broken 3 years ago! - July 16, 2016


St. Clair man fights to save lives of deer herd at farm July 14, 2016 Wisconsin, Fox 2 Detroit
... He's been helping his neighbor care for the herd for years and continued, even after his neighbor passed away.  Now the farm is for sale and the deer are at risk of being put down by the state at the deer farm in Clyde Township.  But the time for the deer time here may be ending soon if these folks can't get some help...

... The horns [antlers] discarded by white-tailed bucks, elk, moose and caribou are the trophies in a small but growing pastime... The business of training dogs to find horns has increased with the popularity of the sport, which peaks in late winter and early spring ...

Fawn euthanized after being adopted by Cheyenne family July 9, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle News
... Animal Control believed the fawn was the offspring of a doe that had been killed by a car nearby, and an Animal Control officer helped the family retrieve the deer to keep temporarily, as the agency didn’t have a place for the fawn... KGWN-TV did a story on the family caring for the deer, and that’s when Game and Fish came in ... said Lucky had to be euthanized...


TWRA rescues deer stuck on fence in Powell July 5, 2016 Tennessee, WATE 6 On Your Side
... deer hanging on the fence and decided the best thing to do would be to tranquilize it...

Don’t touch the deer: Grand Canyon officials July 5, 2016 Arizona, Gulf News
... they’ll likely cite visitors who thought they were rescuing a baby deer by wrapping it in a T-shirt and bringing it to rangers ....
     Canyon visitors scolded for helping fawn June 29, 2016 Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun
... ranger answered the doorbell to a couple standing with a young fawn ... Luckily, the fawn’s story had a happy ending, with it ending up reunited with its mother... handling wildlife is a Class B misdemeanor ...

... the deer was disoriented and in need of help, as it was suffering from a broken leg... nothing I could do for him. Tears were flowing from many of the shoppers and workers ... 

Great swimmers, deer use water for transportation, safety June 25, 2016 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
... swimming in Lake Winnipesaukee ... Some lake residents have seen entire herds leaving points and islands and swimming together as a group ...