Deer Management News This Week

... A 2 1/2-year-old buck that recently died on a private deer farm near Denver had the dreaded chronic wasting disease ...  a deer from the same farm that had been sold to a hunting preserve in Wisconsin was shot by a customer and also tested positive for CWD ... 

...  there will be some loss of deer regardless of the type of winter. So far in the north the severity index falls in the mild to moderate range... “There has not been much stress on the deer here yet,” ... The massive hard mast crop in 2017 put the deer in most areas in fine shape ...

Mystery of Minnesota's disappearing moose closer to being solved February 16, 2018 Minnesota Public Radio News
...Of the 60 adult moose that died during the study, about 30 percent were killed by parasites like winter ticks and brainworm. Another 30 percent were killed by infections or other health issues.  Some 30 percent were also killed by wolves, although nearly half of those moose had serious underlying health problems ...

How the warm winter is affecting Utah's wildlife February 16, 2018 Utah, KSL.com
... Utah’s big game animals can travel the hills and mountains to find food rather than coming down to the valleys. The warmer winter has also kept Utah wildlife off the roadways, resulting in fewer animals being hit by cars. It has really been a quiet winter in that regard.” ...

... Maryland hunters harvested 86,542 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons from Sept. 8, 2017, through Jan. 31, 2018 ...  30,247 antlered and 53,135 antlerless white-tailed deer, and 1,423 antlered and 1,737 antlerless sika deer..,

Evaluation of a Buried Sensing Cable for Roadside Animal Detection [PDF] C Druta, AS Alden, BM Donaldson - 2018
... Data analyses indicated that the ADS, if properly installed and calibrated, is capable of detecting animals such as deer and bear with over 90% reliability. The ADS also performed well even when covered by 3 feet of snow and under various traffic conditions, showing no vehicle interferences during the same monitoring period...

This whitetail deer conspiracy is just too outrageous to believe February 16, 2018 Illinois, Northwest Herald
... a man who told me that IDNR sharpshooters had killed every deer in a particular county near Chicago. He claimed that every single deer was gone. He told me that the IDNR was responding to the deep pockets of the auto insurance companies ...

Saw Creek, USDA to cull 150 Saw Creek deer February 16, 2018 Pennsylvania, Pocono Record
... The cull has drawn some pushback from some residents inside Saw Creek. Two pages were created on Facebook – United Deer Hunters of Bushkill and Take back Sawccreek (sic) – each opposing and questioning the need for a cull... In 2015, 300 deer were killed. In 2016, another 122 deer were shot ...

Stop private deer industry from trucking CWD across state February 16, 2018 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
...Since CWD’s discovery in three wild deer shot during the November 2001 gun season, CWD has been detected on 18 Wisconsin deer farms, of which 11 were “depopulated.” DATCP has identified 242 CWD cases in captive facilities the past 16 years.  The state’s worst site remains the former Buckhorn Flats Game Farm ...

Bitterroot elk, deer regulations adopted by commission February 16, 2018 Montana, Ravalli Republic
... change allows for mule deer does to once again be taken in the East Fork in HD 270... Wilson opposed the proposal, saying that population hasn’t recovered enough ... “Those old matriarchs take care of the herd, they know the best food sources, the best place to have fawns and know when to leave the winter grounds...

Minnesota moose numbers low but stable February 15, 2018 Southernminn.com
... annual winter moose estimate came in at 3,030 moose, an 18 percent drop compared to 3,710 moose in 2017. The agency said the decline was statistically insignificant... 90 percent certain that the population is somewhere between 2,320 and 4,140 moose..,

Massive juniper removal project could help Idaho sage grouse February 15, 2018 Idaho, Jackson Hole News&Guide
...  warmer winters combined with fewer wildfires at higher elevations of sagebrush steppe have allowed junipers to expand into areas once filled with sagebrush and native grasses...  the juniper-removal plan,  ...  “It will benefit big game, including mule deer and elk, bighorn sheep and antelope.” ...

... A court ruling last fall upheld the authority of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to enact rules to curtail chronic wasting disease ... A pair of deer breeders who challenged the agency’s regulations ... are appealing ... 

... A deer that originated from a Lancaster County breeding farm now under quarantine tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease after being harvested in a Wisconsin hunting preserve, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture...

The wolves of Yellowstone February 15, 2018 Wyoming, Nouse
... Wolves were then trapped, shot or poisoned until the last packs were removed in the 1920’s ... Elk saw rapid increases in their populations ... wolves were finally released [into Yellowstone] in the winter of 1995 ... The main effect the wolves had on the deer population was not the amount they reduced it by but how they altered their behavior ... Changes to the grazing patterns allowed rejuvenation in the areas where the deer avoided...

The Role of Foreign Plants on Whitetail Habitat February 15, 2018 North American Whitetail Magazine
... In much of the South, privet has become a dominant understory plant, crowding out key deer forages. It’s difficult to eradicate once established, as its prolific berries are spread by songbirds.  Privet now occurs in over 450 U.S. counties. It’s proven to have caused the extinction of some native plants preferred by deer...

Massive decrease in deer numbers February 14, 2018 Idaho, Clearwater Tribune
... An overwhelmingly large number of whitetail deer hunters have noticed a massive decrease in deer numbers and age class across North Idaho.  The IDFG has been using out of date informational surveys, and weak data to manage our deer... extreme loss of security cover and canopy protection due to timber harvest on Idaho State, and private timber company lands ...

... More than 50 new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been detected in free-ranging white-tailed deer in the Keystone State, bringing the total to nearly 100 since the disease was first discovered in 2012... 48 of the animals were harvested in the state’s CWD Disease Management Area (DMA) Zone 2 in the southcentral part of the state, while three came from DMA 3 in the northcentral region..,

... The elk jumped into the chopper’s tail rotor as the aircraft flew about 10 feet  above ground in a mountainous part of eastern Utah, with its crew trying to drop a net on the elk ...

Predator control returns to Grant County February 13, 2018 Oregon, Blue Mountain Eagle
... 2,000 deer wintered on his ranch when the county had a Wildlife Services agent keeping predators under control, but the deer population dropped to about 100 after the program ended...  the Wildlife Services agent had removed about 40 coyotes a year from his 5-square-mile property...

... Minnesota's leading authority on chronic wasting disease (CWD) [Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager] said he knows some hunters are upset with the herd reduction in southeastern Minnesota. But it's the only workable strategy to keep disease-management zones from expanding ... "We have acknowledged short-term reductions'' in prevalence of the disease ... a greater herd reduction is needed ...

... So far, this disease only affects animals and not humans. However, health officials say it could be spread to people if they ate an infected deer...

10 things to know about chronic wasting disease in Mississippi February 13, 2018 Jackson Clarion Ledger
...The infected buck was spotted by a hunter on private land in Issaquena County on January 25. According to Larry Castle,  ... also explained that there are no plans to kill deer for the sole purpose of containing the disease. He said that method was tried in Wisconsin, but ultimately it failed..,

Deer feeding banned in 6 counties due to CWD February 12, 2018 Mississippi, Mississippi Sportsman
... suspended on Feb. 9 in six west-central counties of Mississippi after a lab in Iowa confirmed the Magnolia State’s first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a free-range buck from Issaquena County... implemented its CWD Response Plan ..,

... two additional captive deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania, bringing the total to 46 since the disease was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2012.  The disease was confirmed in one white-tailed deer on a hunting preserve in Bedford County, and one at a Lancaster County breeding operation ..,

In Michigan Whitetail Deer are dependent on the calendar and not so much the weather. - February 12, 2018


...  Tom Crawford and Derek Delacourt from the city's administration deserve credit for going to Lansing last month and testifying before the House Natural Resources Committee, making the city's case for sterilization as a way to complement lethal methods... an effort in Lansing to ban the sterilization of deer in Michigan...

...  Under the cover of darkness, trained sharpshooters hope to take down between 125 and 150 ... will be suppressed rifles ...  will cost the city $50,000...

Research to focus on deer in northwest Kansas February 12, 2018 Kansas, Hays Post
...  Kansas State University and Kansas Wildlife ... Especially concerning are recent observation indices of mule deer, suggesting that the range of this iconic Kansas plains species is contracting westward and the population could be declining..,

Hillbilly Wildlife Survey February 11, 2018 Washington, Hunting Washington
... deer herds are down across northeast Washington ...this winter was not bad , but winter 2016 was really bad ... have made numerous trips over Sherman and Boulder pass. It is amazing the absolute lack of any deer what so ever on the southwest slopes. It is also void of any game trials in the snow ..,

Princeton readying lethal force to deer overpopulation February 11, 2018 New Jersey, NJ.com
... Over the last several winters, Princeton has relied upon a group of volunteer bow hunters and a team of hired hunters ... Residents have protested ... Central New Jersey holds particularly dense deer populations relative to the rest of the state because of its natural ecology and abundance of private wooded land...

2-week showdown to protect deer, stop poachers February 10, 2018 California, San Francisco Chronicle
... by the end of February, most of the bucks will have shed their antlers. That gives the poachers two weeks to illegally kill a trophy buck... the Department of Fish and Wildlife established a law ... Poachers who take trophy deer, with antlers 3x3 or better face a minimum fine of $5,000 ... up to $40,000 per animal...

Wilderness expansion bills will allow our wild spaces to remain wild February 10, 2018 Colorado, Vail Daily News
... The Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness, and Camp Hale Legacy Act will add nearly 100,000 acres to the National Wilderness Preservation Act. Importantly, many of those areas, including the Spraddle Creek addition adjacent to Vail, are lower-elevation areas crucial for the long-term survival of deer, elk and bighorn sheep...

Food, females and adults bright spots in hunting recruitment efforts February 10, 2018 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Sociologists have predicted the decline in hunting for several decades. Wisconsin is doing better than most states.  From 2011 to 2016, for example, gun deer hunting licenses in Wisconsin fell just 4% ...

Doe harvest key to deer management February 10, 2018 Alabama, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
...  a balanced gender ratio is important because all the does in a disproportionate population will not be bred in a timely manner or not bred at all. ... wildlife biologist Kevin Holsonback ... Late-born fawns often come out of their first winter in poorer condition ... a prolonged breeding season will wear bucks down ...

...  a trail cam captured footage dating back to late December of a buck dragging around the decapitated head of another deer in its antlers near Walhalla...The cause of both deer deaths is subject to speculation...

Essex County, Activists protest hunt to cull what others consider a suburban nuisance — deer February 10, 2018 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Their signs said, “Birth control for deer, not killing,” and “It’s their home, let them roam,” and “Stop the cruelty.”  They were protesting the annual effort by Essex County to cull the deer population ... “Hunting the deer in the nature preserves just pushes them further into developed areas,” ...

...  a white-tailed deer found dead Jan. 25 in Issaquena County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It's the first deer found in Mississippi with the disease..,

Interior secretary touts effort to improve big-game habitat February 9, 2018 Utah, Washington Post
... U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday that he’s taking steps to study and preserve habitat and migration corridors in Western states for big-game animals such as elk, mule and deer ... researchers using advanced technology can now precisely document migration corridors and the roads, fences and housing developments that impede them...

Key deer poachers get 6 months February 9, 2018 Florida, FL Keys News
... Two young men who admitted capturing and hurting three Key deer last July will each serve six months in the county jail on top of federal sentences that were already handed down ... Erik Damas Acosta, 19, has already started serving one year in federal prison ...

... A presentation by an advocate of gray wolf reintroduction in Colorado spurred howls of protest among numerous ranchers and some sportsmen ... concerned that wolves will follow elk and deer herds out of secluded areas and into subdivisions and ranches during winter months...

... The DEC said city residents can use crossbows to remove deer but must obey state and city ordinances, which outline a number of strict guidelines including restrictions on using the weapon near public highways, within 250 feet from homes, farms, schools ... eligibility for the permits include "demonstrated impacts and the lack or failure of other practical alternatives to alleviate the problem." ...

... Fourteen white-tailed deer had the disease in Frederick County, while two were found carrying the disease in Shenandoah County ... Since 2009, 38 have tested positive: 35 from Frederick County and three from Shenandoah County..,

Sen. Davis seeks to amend penalties for hunting deer over bait February 8, 2018 Maine, observer-me.com
... Under the new law, a second-time offence of hunting deer over bait during hunting season will result in a permanent ineligibility for that hunter to obtain a hunting license in Maine. Davis would like to lessen the penalty to a two-year ineligibility period...

Deadly deer disease identified in southeast MO February 8, 2018 MIssouri, KFVS
...  first known cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been confirmed in Southeast Missouri ... 20,000 deer were sampled in Missouri last year and the two deer in Ste. Genevieve County are part of the 15 confirmed cases of CWD in the state ..,

... Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is sounding a call for the public to join a new advisory group that will be responsible for reviewing state rules governing the operation of licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities ... [after] WDFW made the decision to euthanize a handful of deer fawn and one elk calf after they were deemed “too friendly,” despite a lack of formal evaluation protocol...

...  (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease)... 66 reports were received from concerned landowners and hunters totaling 169 deer from 32 counties ... 2012 was the worst year for EHD in Illinois with 2,968 dead deer reported to IDNR from 87 counties..,

Northern Idaho Whitetails Forever February 7, 2018 Idaho, Clearwater Tribune
...  An overwhelmingly large number of whitetail deer hunters have noticed a massive decrease in deer numbers and age class across North Idaho. The IDFG has been using out of date information, and weak data to manage our deer. ...

... In the last test, less than 1% of the deer in the Grand Mesa National Forest tested positive for the CWD... "There appears to be a pretty solid species barrier for chronic wasting disease between deer, elk and moose and human beings." [Brad Petch, the senior biologist for the Northwest Division] ...

Looks like another mild winter for deer February 7, 2018 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News
...  the North Country deer population looks poised for a fourth-straight milder-than-usual winter ... “Four consecutive mild-to-moderate winters is the prescription for northern forest deer population recovery from the severe winters of 2012-13 and 2013-14.” ..,

... The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 10 deer cases ... To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov

Council Bluffs,  Fewer does harvested, but interest by hunters remains steady in Bluffs February 7, 2018 Iowa, The Daily Nonpareil
... Bow hunting for does on specific city property began in the autumn of 2008 as a way to reduce of number of deer roaming freely within the city limits ... Unfortunately, the number of deer found dead for whatever the reason within the city remains high, even increasing...

... Carter was in possession of seven illegal parts. One case was dropped because the state from where the deer was received was not CWD positive when Carter accepted the deer...

... a new deer management program that would privately lease public land in Sussex County has area hunters up in arms. “Our tax money buys this land,” said hunter Guy Pusey of Greenwood... [according to the Delaware Forest Service]:  The main goal of this program is to help control the deer population...

... In the last couple of years, Key deer have been hit with an outbreak of screwworm, the first in the continental U.S. in three decades, and Hurricane Irma. Now federal wildlife managers are quietly reviewing their protected status...

... A Pennsylvania man who owns a trophy-hunting company has pleaded guilty to illegally importing deer into Kansas...  importing deer that weren't from an accredited herd ...

No antler hunting allowed until May February 5, 2018 Colorado, Rio Blanco Herald Times
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife voted to restrict shed antler hunting ... to reduce the recreational impacts from shed hunting on wintering big game animals during the time of year when deer, elk, pronghorn, and moose are most vulnerable to stress...

West Virginia House opposes wasting hunters' prey February 5, 2018 Kansas City Star
... The West Virginia House has voted to make it a crime to waste game by leaving carcasses or just taking trophies such as heads, claws or feathers...

More about moose February 5, 2018 North Dakota, KFGO 
... In the last 12 years, moose numbers have declined in the Pembina Hills area... “The primary reason for the decline in moose populations on the eastern side of the state is brain worm,”  [Jason Smith, Game and Fish big game management biologist] ..,

...Chronic wasting disease is caused by a prion, a sort of mutant protein ... the amount of clay in a given soil was a major determining factor to predict where the disease was more likely to persist... Soils with more than 18 percent clay were associated with a steep drop in cases of the disease...

Mass. has record deer harvest in 2017 February 5, 2018 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram
... Statewide, the deer herd is estimated at 95,000 and MassWildlife’s management goal is a deer density of 10 to 15 deer per square mile... the 2015 season saw a harvest decline, most likely related to warm weather that season and an abundance of food... [Marion Larson, chief of information and education at MassWildlife] ..,

Kentucky Deer Population Challenges February 5, 2018 WEKU
... hemorrhagic disease hit particular hard in Appalachia. “Deer in east Kentucky do not repopulate as quickly as they do in other parts of the state. So, right now, I’m not sure we’re prepared to forecast how quickly they might return to the population numbers, prior to blue tongue,”  said Johnson..,

Winter Spares ND Wildlife Thus Far February 4, 2018 North Dakota, Wahpeton Daily News
... this winter has been a vast improvement over the previous one ...  things are going well for the state’s deer herds and healthy animals have a good chance of making it through the year. ...

AZ Conserving Wildlife License Plates Provides Grant Money February 4, 2018 Arizaona, Prescott eNews
... Every time someone purchases or renews one of these specialty license plates through the state of Arizona, AZSFWC receives $17 of the $25 cost... An Arizona Deer Association (ADA) project is a landscape-scale habitat project near Payson ...






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Rare deer causes a stir February 18, 2018 Michigan, South Bend Tribune
  ... 
Many piebald deer are born with other conditions or deformities that can affect their survival, including malformed spine or legs ... This particular deer appears to be extremely healthy ...

Deer pictured with rival's severed head on its antlers February 17, 2018 North Dakota, Metro
... ‘My guess he ripped it (head) off,’ Mr Brown said. ‘I can’t imagine the coyotes got him and not the one that was alive ...

Game warden's goal? Save this poor deer February 17, 2018 Oklahoma, Kansas City Star
... a young button buck tangled up in a soccer net... the deer was freed unharmed ...

Man charged with abuse of deer in Clay County February 2, 2018 Mississippi, WTVA
... investigators received tips and complaints about social media posts concerning the animal... he deer was tied up with a strap like a dog... in poor condition... 

Have you ever seen a vampire deer? January 31, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
...  upper canine teeth  ... "The early ancestors of deer didn't have antlers. It's a tusk-like appendage to fight with." ... a study in New York on 18,000 white-tailed deer and they found one out of 1,000 have them...

This deer was sinking in a mud pit when these guys passed by — and they knew they had to pull her out FAST. - January 31,2018


Suspected Elk Poacher Arrested By Game Wardens January 28, 2018 Oklahoma, news9.com KWTV
... Investigators used DNA evidence and X-rays to build a case ...  an elk that once had the freedom to roam 17,000 acres at a Nature Conservancy near Tahlequah, where it is illegal to hunt...

... McMahon’s operation about 45 miles north of Bangor in Piscataquis County – feeding as many as 200 deer a day – has become a bit of a social-media sensation... the 71-year-old McMahon created the Facebook page called the “Brownville Deer Food Pantry,” ...

Entangled bucks show nature's cruelty January 28, 2018 North Dakota, West Central Tribune
... The antlers and severed head hang from the rack of the living buck...The buck stayed in the area, dragging the severed head of its sparring foe, for a couple of weeks.the clean cut that severed the buck's head from its body.  "This was not likely done by predators,... 

... it wasn't the first time the man ... has been charged with illegally taking deer in the community... 50 pounds of cracked corn on the ground ...

Pinery deer reignite concerns  January 22, 2018 Colorado, Castle Rock Newspress
... Once again, a wounded deer running loose in The Pinery neighborhood has sparked concern with homeowners about the legalities and safety of hunting ...  neighbors reported seeing a deer with an arrow in its side roaming through yards. This isn't the first ...

... salvation for some of the 11 deer who were previously slated for euthanization after wildlife officials deemed them “too friendly” for wild release...  on Monday, January 8. The deer were frightened by the presence of humans in the area...

  Deer rescued by his antlers from icy reservoir in Lakewood January 21, 2018 Colorado, 9NEWS.com
... The team broke a path in the ice, grabbed onto one of the deer's antlers, and guided the snow-covered creature to shore...

Another Deer Rescued From Frozen Pond Near McAlester January 19, 2018 Oklahoma, News On 6
... once they got to it, it seemed happy they were there.  The deer even let the rescuers load into the boat and take it back to land...


Chrysler site deer trapped and relocated January 19, 2018 Wisconsin, Kenosha News
... Animal lovers of Kenosha have watched the pair with concern for months after they were spotted in the summer... Darting the deer with tranquilizer was also not a good option because of the open nature of the site ... the DNR decided to put traps on the property... designed to trap deer unharmed ...

... "Once we have a dart on the animal we'll wait a few minutes. It will lay down and we'll be able to help it out without risking it would hurt itself more." ...  now roaming free once again...
   Deer with chicken feeder stuck around neck spotted in California January 18, 2018 United Press International
   ... Wildlife officials in California said they are trying to rescue a deer spotted with a bucket-like chicken feeder stuck around her neck like a massive collar...

... Deer, however, weren’t the teens’ target. They were after eagles, and had arranged the decomposing carcasses in a cluster hoping “to bait in and shoot eagles,” according to fish and wildlife police... The teenager told police he had shot an eagle and then had been looking for it ...

Pet deer charms hearts in Cache January 11, 2018 Oklahoma, KSWO
... "It just walked right up to me, and I got down to take a picture with it, and it kinda nuzzled my neck... her brother-in-law rescued Ben around two years ago while hunting and bottle fed her...

Orphaned fawns are doing well, adapting to mule deer habitat at Keepers of the Wild January 9, 2018 Arizona, Kdminer
... Fawns that are raised by humans cannot be released into the wild. Jameson and Brandi will live their lives at Keepers... The first fawn (Jameson) had been “kidnapped” from its mother by a person that found the fawn in the desert near Salome... The man took the fawn to a local tavern to show to his friends...