Deer Management News This Week

2016 Hunting and Trapping Forecast August 25, 2016 Wisconsin, WDNR
... An extremely mild winter in 2015-16 and an early spring green-up in 2016 will have a big impact on deer populations across northern Wisconsin. Conditions during the winter of 2014-15 were much milder compared to the very severe winter we experienced in 2013-14. Winter health assessments conducted during late winter and early spring reinforce what we already suspected: body conditions of these deer were in good shape and there was good productivity of does...

CPW sees opportunity in latest mule deer study August 25, 2016 Colorado, High Plains Journal
... A negative relationship between residential development, oil and gas development and certain weather conditions and early winter recruitment of mule deer fawns (annual December doe:fawn ratios) was reported. As residential development increased, the association of decreasing early winter recruitment of young mule deer was about twice that of other factors like energy development or weather factors...


Chronic Wasting Disease detected near Tarpley August 25, 2016 Texas, Bandera County Courier
... CWD was first noted locally on a deer-breeding ranch on the boundary between Bandera and Medina Counties about six miles south of Tarpley. It has subsequently been found at two other ranches in northwest Medina County.  Ranchers and hunters have recently noted a perceived decrease in the deer population in this area...

Euthanized deer to be tested for chronic wasting disease August 24, 2016 Colorado, The Durango Herald
... A deer that was “acting strangely” was euthanized Wednesday in Durango, and is being sent as a precautionary measure to test for chronic wasting disease ... ound the animal covered in ticks and it was approaching people, so the decision was made to euthanize it...

The delicate balance of managing wildlife August 24, 2016 Colorado, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
... State wildlife officials want to reduce the number of bears and cougars in a 500-acre area of the Roan Plateau to see if survival rates of mule deer fawns improve... fawn weights going into winter have improved... But deer populations remain at about a third of what they were before a big decline in the 1990s ...

Seneca County's Deer Haven Park partners with ecologist to save rare white deer August 24, 2016 New York, Auburn Citizen
... Deer Haven Park, LLC, the newly created entity to protect and manage a rare herd of white deer on the former Seneca Army Depot land, has partnered with an ecologist to develop a wildlife conservation plan. For nearly 20 years Keith Tidball has worked in natural resources management ...

Study Shows Some Deer Genetically Resistant to Chronic Wasting Disease August 23, 2016 Wisconsin, deeranddeerhunting.com
... Thankfully, long gone are the days of Wisconsin trying to wipe out CWD by wiping out deer herds... University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Stacie Robinson ...  Statistical modeling showed that deer with a particular genotype were four times less likely to contract CWD, and if they did become infected, they lived longer ...

Area deer herd now on the rebound August 23, 2016 Nevada, The Ely Echo
... For the first time in 10 years we had back-to-back mild winters...  the number of fawns per doe is increasing ... he prediction for this deer season is an increase in the harvest, including bucks.  “But we’re going to be more conservative to allow for growth,” ...

... "In the bottomland hardwoods, most of the deer breeding occurs in December and January. In that area, we typically see lactation rates in the 60s. For that to drop into the 40s, that's eye-opening." ... Certainly predation is a consideration, but when you see a 30-point drop from one year to the next, that doesn't indicate predation ... disease could be the chief culprit ...

Study finds only 30 percent of fawns survive predators August 23, 2016 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... "If you live in the woods, your chances of predation are pretty low. If you live in or around a field edge, your chances of predation are pretty high." That would seem to be counterintuitive, but Bordelon said the thick growth along field edges and in young forested areas attracts rodents, which are like candy for predators...

... Results from birth site selection analysis indicates that females selected habitat characteristics that increase hiding cover, potentially decreasing mortality by reducing predation events at birth sites. A better understanding of how deer select habitat characteristics to increase survival as well as what factors increase susceptibility to mortality allows for better management of populations. Management strategies that account for factors influencing survival will be better suited to counter population declines across the west....

...  the state's proposal to ban all deer and other cervid carcasses from entering the Bayou State. ... "We're gonna lose a lot of money; it's going devastate our ranch and our business," said Dale Sharp, manager of Plug Nickle Ranch in Menard, Texas... 

State wildlife corridors rouse discussion August 23, 2015 Wyoming, Casper Journal
...   A new program to protect wildlife migration corridors raised concerns from the Petroleum Association of Wyoming ...  the Ungulate Migration Corridor Strategy ... to conserve and protect corridors being challenged by encroachment and development... 

Ranchers, Wildlife Groups Create Biggest Public Access in North Dakota August 22, 2016 North Dakota, Northland Outdoors
...  the single largest public hunting access in North Dakota ... PLOTS ... Private Lands Open to Sportsmen ... 20,000 contiguous acres ... In exchange for the PLOTS payment and other wildlife contributions totaling $664,000, Richard signed a 10-year deal ...

Idaho Super Hunt tag winners range from California to Texas August 22, 2016 The Spokesman Review 
... allows widespread access to hunting elk, deer, pronghorn and moose ... More than $168,000 was raised ... supports landowners who provide hunter and angler access to or across private land...

Hanover authorizes 5-month bow-and-arrow deer hunt August 22, 2016 New Jersey, NJ.com
... In a letter posted at the township's web site following a vote last month by the township committee, Joseph Giorgio, the township's business administrator and clerk, said the controlled hunt is being conducted "in order to reduce health risks related to the transmission of Lyme disease from deer to humans."... [A deer cull is not effective against Lyme, research] ...

DNR survey finds Minnesota wolf population stable August 21, 2016 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Minnesota had an estimated 2,278 wolves last winter ... statistically unchanged from the estimate of 2,221 in 2015 ... The average pack covered about 62 square miles ... As deer numbers dropped earlier in the decade “we’ve observed a decline in prey that translated into larger wolf pack territories ...

CPW to host license fee meeting Wednesday August 21, 2016 Colorado, Steamboat Pilot & Today
... CPW anticipates budget shortfalls, which could be offset by increasing resident license fees. The last increase occurred in 2006 after legislative approval the year before. Since 2009, CPW has cut or defunded 50 positions and cut $40 million from its operating budget...
Study hopes to prevent mule deer from eating crops August 21, 2016 Texas, Amarillo.com
... there is little information on the migration patterns of the mule deer population. While the main goal of the study is provide farmers, ranchers and hunters with the knowledge needed to protect their crops ... there is a new concern involved in the migration: Chronic wasting disease... If there were an outbreak among humans, Soto explained, there is little to be done ...

Predator pushback August 21, 2016 Colorado, The Daily Sentinel
... “Our deer population has really, really crashed,” ... The latest estimate of Colorado’s mule deer population is just under 450,000 ... The agency says the most significant decline has been in northwest Colorado’s Piceance Basin, home to the state’s largest migratory deer herd... deer populations remain at about a third of what they were before populations plummeted in the 1990s ...

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Coal leasing reform benefits wildlife and ranchers August 21, 2016 Wyoming, The Hill 
... Taxpayers could be left holding the bag for more than $3 billion in mine cleanup costs, without which important wildlife species, like mule deer, pronghorn, and sage grouse, will continue to decline due to degraded and fragmented habitat. ... Under the 40-year old Federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, many coal companies were originally permitted to “self-bond” ...

... Around the start of the current millennium, hunters in some parts of the state began to notice that new conservation-based hunting regulations had resulted in fewer deer... advisory panels were never intended to have an actual vote in management plans. Their role is to present public perceptions ...

What is wrong with that deer? August 21, 2016 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Idaho Fish and Game receives calls each year about deer with abnormal skin growths... Fibromatosis is a skin disease where deer develop large tumor-like growths ...  can be transmitted through direct contact ... Most of the time, deer with fibromatosis are unaffected unless the growths are located in spots that impede normal activities like eating ...

Deer and turkey management on in-common habitat August 21, 2016 Georgia, The Albany Herald
... it has been well documented that prescribed fire with dormant and/or growing-season burns enhances the production of herbaceous forages and removes invasive and undesirable woody plants. This is especially important in pine plantations and mixed pine-hardwood landscapes. Deer and turkeys live at the ground layer, where burning is most effective...

Outlook improves for rare white deer herd in N.Y. August 21, 2016 New York, Toledo Blade
... the largest herd of pure white “ghost deer” in the world, and at their peak decades ago numbered close to 300 animals. The most recent aerial survey, conducted earlier this year, put the size of the white deer herd at 75, with the drop likely linked to habitat deterioration and coyote depredation... agreement with Martin will require that the white deer be protected...

Trail cameras offer information, so long as they are used wisely August 20, 2016 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... it takes one camera for every 50 to 100 acres. It's critical to leave them there for a long time, too. “Run your cameras for 10 days, you have a 70 to 90 percent accuracy rate on determining the total number of deer in your area. Bucks, does and fawns,” Winand said. “Do it for two weeks and it's 90 to 95 percent.” ...

Industry group expresses concerns about migration corridor effort August 20, 2016 Wyoming, Casper Star-Tribune Online
...  “Game and Fish has started researching possible corridors, and our concerns are the number of corridors, and how much land they will affect in Wyoming, is very unclear,” ...  its first review, involving the Red Desert to Hoback Junction mule deer corridor in south-central Wyoming ...

Weather big factor in deer mortality August 20, 2016 Minnesota, Hibbing Daily Tribune
... 2013 and 2014 had 40 inches and 30 inches of snow, respectively. Both years were of course poor deer years, and in 2013 the DNR even reported one of Minnesota’s worst fawn crops since 1996... The mix of woods and fields around the Iron Range is better for fawn survival than the dense forested regions of Lake County...

... you will not be able to “quarter” a deer and bring it back, and it will be illegal to return from an out-of-state hunt with a trophy to have mounted in Louisiana... an animal afflicted with CWD carries the disease in its brain ...

Underfunded wildlife enforcement in the Pacific Northwest fails to keep up with poachers August 20, 2016 Oregon, PRI
... officials have recently arrested several mule deer poachers, but the resources necessary to catch theses criminals are spread thin. Penalties aren’t strong enough to be much of a deterrent. Declining budgets have left Oregon and Washington with fewer US Fish and Wildlife officers than they had in the 1980s ...
Wausau Deer decisions August 20, 2016 Wisconsin, The Northwoods River News
... the Deer and Elk Advisory Committee met at the Grand Lodge in Wausau ... The resolution that was advanced asked that Earn-a-Buck be returned to the tool box for County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) as a tool to be used with a "decrease" deer herd objective... it was agreed that the broad concept of this type of regulation may be something that could be used as an effective tool in deer herd management...

Louisiana's deer harvest sees a rebound August 19, 2016 The Times-Picayune
... The department estimates that overall, Louisiana's hunters took 156,000 deer during the 2015-16 season. That's a nice rebound from the previous season's take of 140,000 deer, but it's significantly below harvest levels from 1990 through 2003. Every year during that time period, hunters took more than 200,000 deer... The 2009, 2011 and 2012 droughts could still be impacting deer populations ...

... An examination of the digestive systems of 104 pythons ... two deer ...  More than 1,000 would-be snake-killers participated in areas around Everglades National Park, the heart of the infestation but where hunting is prohibited... estimates range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands ... got here through the exotic pet industry ...
Utah archery deer hunt opens Saturday  August 19, 2016 Salt Lake Tribune
...  there are more than 384,00 mule deer in Utah.  There are 23 bucks to 100 does in that population...

Idaho hunters in for another great big-game season August 19, 2016 Mountain Home News
... an all-time record white-tailed deer harvest in 2015 and the highest harvests in more than a decade for mule deer and elk ...  deer hunters had a 43 percent success rate in general season hunts and a 61 percent success rate in controlled hunts. They took 68,768 deer ... two consecutive mild winters ...

Big challenges ahead as new big game management plans are created August 18, 2016 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... Our failure to protect critical deer wintering habitat played a big role in the loss of our deer herd in the north woods. In fact, in the history of deer management, DIF&W reported that in Wildlife Management Districts 1 – 11, to meet their long term populations goals for deer, about 780,000 acres of deer wintering habitat would be needed. Currently there is only 258,000 acres of deer wintering habitat ...

Proposed predator control study stirs strong opinions August 18, 2016 Colorado, Craig Daily Press
... mule deer population ... in the White River National Forest are down almost 50 percent from peak numbers roughly 25 years ago... The proposed Piceance Basin study involves monitoring fawn survival in two adjacent areas over three years. One of those areas, a small summer range on the Roan Plateau, would have controlled predator removal before and during the fawn birthing period in May and June...

State bases Alaska game management on politics, not science August 18, 2016 Alaska Dispatch News
... state predator control is required if hunters aren't satisfied with the number of moose, caribou and deer they are harvesting ... The Alaska Legislature served up the Intensive Management Act. Reducing wolf and bear populations to artificially increase numbers of moose, caribou and deer for human harvest ...

Manage our forests with science, not ideology August 18, 2016 Oregon, The Register-Guard
...  butterflies, deer, elk and songbirds all thriving in open habitat created by clearcuts... Clearcuts provide real benefits: abundant sunlight is required to re-establish shade-intolerant Douglas fir forests, and clearcuts mimic natural disturbance such as fire...

Explaining the Differences in Deer Diseases: EHD vs. CWD August 17, 2016 wideopenspaces.com
... Droughts cause EHD because the mud of water holes creates a breeding habitat for these flies... One fly bites a sick deer, and then moves on to bite another deer ... chronic waste disease (CWD) ... 100 percent fatality rate... caused by prions, or bent proteins, that finds their way into soil. Plants then take on the proteins, and whitetails digest the plants which cause the disease to overcome them...

Elk are Back in Wisconsin August 17, 2016 News8000.com - WKBT
... 64 elk shipped in from Kentucky are a precious commodity in Wisconsin, as they are being reintroduced to the state some 150 years after disappearing from the landscape.
"Elk were a native specie not only throughout Wisconsin but throughout the lower 48 states. As European settlers kind of came across the continent... they over harvested Elk during the early to mid-1800's....

Deer with bovine tuberculosis found in Franklin Co. August 17, 2016 Indiana, WLWT 5
... bovine tuberculosis has been found in the wild in Indiana for the first time...  diagnosed in a white-tailed deer in southeastern Indiana's Franklin County ... 

... Colorado’s highest population estimate occurred in 1983, when deer numbers reached an estimated 625,000 and today the population is under 400,000... In the case of northwest Colorado, some suggest that on-going oil and gas development could be the cause in the recent deer decline. ...

Clemmons, Latest growing pain merits study, but it's no biggie August 17, 2016 North Carolina, Winston-Salem Journal
... council has asked staff to contact wildlife experts to gauge the deer population in the village. That’s reasonable. There’s no big problem now... “Some people have deer basically living in their backyard, and some don’t ever see a deer. I’m not sure how we determine the magnitude of the problem.” ...

Staten Island, Deer vasectomy plan for Staten Island gets state OK August 16, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Fertility control is only permitted by the state as part of a research study, which is what the city proposed. The Parks Department plans to sterilize hundreds of male deer over the next three years. Anthony DeNicola of White Buffalo is expected to start performing the vasectomies in September, in time for this fall's rutting season...

Remember When….No Deer, Bear or Bobcats? August 16, 2016 Indiana, WildIndiana.com
... The first deer I heard of in Madison County was along Pipe Creek near the old Ryan’s swimming pits in 1961... Deer were stocked in most military installations and the hills of Brown County. According to author Larry Lawson, “Our DNR got deer from several sources and there were about seven subspecies...

Big Game Forecast 2016 August 15, 2016 Montana, FWP News

With the help of 4,000 strategically deployed trail cameras, a suite of remote sensing satellites and a global crowd-sourced database, Wisconsin’s wildlife will soon have its prime time moment. Snapshot Wisconsin, an unprecedented collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), NASA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aims to provide one of the richest and most comprehensive caches of wildlife data for any spot on our planet. - August 15, 2016 Wisconsin


Hunters can extend their seasons with second tags August 15, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game - Idaho.gov
... Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the price for second elk tags if purchased during August ... The price reduction coincides with high populations of deer and elk due to a series of mild winters and good survival...

... statewide there are about 400 and 600 lions harvested each year... At least 20 people in North America were killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011, including six in California. Of those, two-thirds were children ... On average, a mountain lion will kill a deer every 10 to 14 days ...

... 72.2 acres on Cole Road leased for $4,776.99 to Cranford Rod & Gun Club ... Robert Becker, the chairman of the Deer Hunting Committee, said.  Becker said some hunt clubs are only interested in hunting for a “trophy buck” and are not abiding by the two doe for every buck rule the township has established.” ...

... across the U.S. coyotes are the No. 1 predator on whitetail deer. Some studies have shown that high coyote populations are to blame for dismal fawn survival rates, and in some areas they take up to 80 percent of the fawns each year. Coyote populations have expanded greatly across the eastern U.S... a fawn recruitment rate of 1.0-1.2 is ideal to have a healthy deer herd. Yet fawn recruitment rates are below 1.0 in most states ...

Coyotes and deer fawn depredation August 15, 2016 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... habitat improvement would help. With good habitat and thick cover, more fawns would survive. Also, if we improve the (buck/doe) balance in the breeding season, does would drop fawns at the same time. Predators can take only so many (fawns) at a time. We’d flood the market, so to speak ...

Hunters Reminded of Big Game Transport Rules August 15, 2016 North Dakota, NDGF News
     Big game hunters are reminded of requirements for transporting deer, elk and moose carcasses and carcass parts into and within North Dakota as a precaution against the possible spread of chronic wasting disease...  2016-2017 Chronic Wasting Disease Proclamation

Looking forward to another archery season August 14, 2016 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... many bow hunters and organized sportsmen actually campaigned against shooting does. It was only until later in the 90's when the rank and file deer hunter began realizing that deer management and the ecological stewardship of the woods necessitated taking does in most of the whitetail's range...

... The latest herd estimate – derived from harvest and age structure data – pegged the statewide population at more than 820,000 after the 2015-16 hunting season and before fawning this spring... 

... The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program — established in 2015 — offers payments through the MDC to private landowners for public access to hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. Other states are doing this, too. Kansas has more than 150,000 acres of private land open to hunting under its Walk-in Hunting Area program...

Import of deer, elk parts into S.C. still limited by state regulation  August 14, 2016 South Carolina, Index-Journal
... To protect the state's extremely valuable white-tailed deer resource, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has maintained a regulation restricting the importation of certain carcass parts from deer and elk harvested in states with diagnosed cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...

... no new fees or fee increases this year... About 98 percent of Texas is private property. The wildlife belongs to all Texas citizens, but the division of land is not so equitable... The last estimate of Texas deer hunters was roughly 600,000 ...




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Tiniest Victim Of Louisiana Floods Gets Pulled From The Water August 23, 2016 The Dodo
... "It was amazing to see this tiny fawn just lying in someone's lap," ... the baby had been taken to a local farm. He'd stayed in touch, and heard "it was being bottle fed," Black says. "And doing well so far." ...

There is the old saying: "You scratch my back & I will scratch yours". It applies to Deer, too! - August 24, 2016


Blind Fawn Rescued by Deputy August 22, 2016 Florida, Patch.com
... took the little critter to the Bearss Animal Clinic on Florida Avenue for help... it will be transferred to a local zoo ...

Challenging surgery on deer will be paid forward August 19, 2016 South Carolina, Charleston Post Courier
... a fawn she was fostering, which had broken it’s leg ... surgery was my only way through this problem ... connected with an acrylic bar, bridging the fracture and stabilizing the bone ... 



Moab man guides trapped deer back to mother August 8, 2016 Utah, fox13now.com
... The young deer was trapped in a fenced area while its mother was on the other side. [video] ... melanistic fawn ...



Teenager finds a new squad in some doughnut-lovin' deer -August 3, 2016 Pennsylvania, Mashable
... While most deer are afraid of humans, Money gladly eats from Kelvin's hand... After receiving criticism from fans for feeding Money processed food, Pena switched to a farm-to-table menu. Now, he serves the deer healthy fruits and vegetables, like strawberries....
... Kelvin is friendly with a group of local deer in his area, and when he’s not busy feeding his herd by hand, he’s clowning them on the court...

Albino deer spotted in Boise cemetery August 1, 2016 Idaho, NWCN.com
... Susan Briggs Tarbox sent these photos on KTVB's Facebook page of an albino deer. She says her husband took the photos at the Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise ...

... 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...