Deer Management News This Week

DNR: Minnesota hunters will bag far fewer deer this season October 21, 2014 Minneapolis Star Tribune 
... our total harvest this year may end up coming in around 120,000 ... far below the 170,000 bagged last year... Hunters can only pursue bucks in some parts of Minnesota, fewer antlerless permits were offered and a one-deer bag limit rules most of the state. [response to decline in deer population] ...

Deer season outlook: Good in Ozarks October 21, 2014 Missouri, Baxter Bulletin 
... Unlike other areas of the state where deer numbers are declining, deer populations in the Ozarks and southeast regions are stable or slightly increasing ... "Deer in those areas were not hit as hard with hemorrhagic disease in 2012 as in other parts of the state ... And the mild summer we've had will allow deer to go into fall in healthy condition." ...

Chronic wasting October 21, 2014 Missouri, Pittsburg Morning Sun
...  a disease spread by organisms called prions ... To a doctor, mad-deer disease or mad-cow disease is known as ‘Creutzfeldt-Jakob’ disease ... and it is an absolute fact that humans can get it if they eat meat from an animal with the disease, whether it is a cow or a deer, or an elk... 

Moon phase has no impact on deer-breeding, studies show October 20, 2014 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
... At least two research projects, both of which had enormous sample sizes, showed the phase of the moon influenced deer breeding not at all.  The first was published in 2007 by Rod Cumberland, deer management biologist for the Canadian province of New Brunswick...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... more than 60,000 hunters ... the deer population is at its highest since 2000. Officials estimate there are about 333,000 ... the buck to doe ratio is estimated to be at 19 bucks to every 100 does. ...

Deer Season Preview October 16, 2014 North Dakota Game and Fish
    Tom Jensen interviews Jeb Wilson, new wildlife division chief, who discusses the trend in fewer deer licenses issued over the last several years as the deer population trends down.

Wildlife motion detectors sought by county October 17, 2014 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... the committee decided Wednesday to seek funding from the Idaho Transportation Department for “nontraditional” warning signs and an animal detection system that has proven to be effective in reducing vehicle-animal collisions in northern Idaho.      The animal detection radar system was developed to protect military convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan by Sloan Security Technologies...

... white-tailed deer were nearing extinction in Indiana. To help combat this, in 1934, the Division of Fish and Game began to restock the population. The initial way they did this was by trapping 400 deer in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Once trapped, these deer were transported to state and federal properties ...

The Economics of Social Deer Management October 16, 2014 Minnesota, Minnesota Bowhunters Inc.
... Deer hunters and viewers spend $1.4 billion annually on whitetail deer in MN.  (MN DNR numbers)... Wisconsin does quantify the damage deer cause to agriculture, and their annual number is $1.25 million dollars... with deer vehicle accidents cut by over 50% in the last 10 years, we have only reduced the odds of a driver having any accident less than 2%. ...

... Indices of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) abundance in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan suggested the population declined 40% from the previous 5 year mean following 2 consecutive severe winters in the mid-1990s and has not since increased in population size. I collected estimates and assessed biological and environmental covariates of survival and recruitment of fawns ... Although predation was the leading cause of deer mortality, bottom-up effects of winter severity on nutritional condition and resource use appeared to be most influential to sustaining a lack of population increase. Hence, I suggest population growth could be improved through habitat management that increases landscape heterogeneity of early successional forests to enhance year-round browse to increase nutritional condition of adult females and hiding cover for fawns...

Jamestown, Deer cull won’t work October 16, 2014 Rhode Island, The Jamestown Press, Myrna Lee, Member, board of directors Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
...  your Town Council is terribly misled in culling deer as a solution to your tick problem ... Deer are not the only carriers of Lyme-bearing ticks. Ticks attach to anything that brushes against the vegetation where they wait for a host. So you would have to cull all creatures living in your area, including birds...

Sportsmen urge commission 'to stand up for resource' on deer issue October 15, 2014 North Carolina, News & Observer
... Speakers stated their opposition to proposed captive deer farming policy changes, and then they encouraged the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission members to stand against efforts to weaken rules they fear would allow chronic wasting disease, or CWD, into the state’s wild deer herd...

Help save the Seneca white deer October 15, 2014 New York, the Oneida Daily Dispatch 
... The Army is scheduled to leave some time in 2016 and that will mean the end of maintenance (primarily the fence which is sliced by poachers) and the management of the deer herd which has been happening for nearly 50 years... If you need ideas on what to say please take a look at the website www.senecawhitedeer.org ... Comments can be submitted by email to LF.OpenSpacePlan@dec.ny.gov ...

ODFW: Wolves Are Not Hurting Deer & Elk Populations October 15, 2014 Oregon, Oregon Outdoor Council
...  ODFW staff Wolf Biologist Russ Morgan stated that there was very little impact to Oregon’s elk herds from the rapidly expanding wolf packs in Eastern Oregon... a pack of six wolves were responsible for the killing and waste of this Idaho elk herd. With six wolves devastating this elk herd in a two month period, what scientific basis does Mr. Morgan have to say Oregon’s rapidly expanding wolves are having “very little impact to Oregon’s elk herds?” ...

General Assembly should bag canned hunting October 15, 2014 Indiana, South Bend Tribune
... We’ve long opposed fenced hunting preserves for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they raise the threat of spreading chronic wasting disease and tuberculosis to other deer in the state. Some operations even have specially bred deer — such as those with massive genetically-altered racks ...

7 More Counties Declared Bovine TB Free October 15, 2014 Michigan, MI News 26
... Michigan has been conducting surveillance testing for bovine TB since it was found in a wild free-ranging deer in 1994...

Cashing In on crossbows and big bucks October 15, 2014 Wisconsin, WBAY
... close to 70 percent of hunters coming into his studio harvested their deer with a crossbow, legal for the first time this year for any hunter ...  more than 52,000 hunters purchased a crossbow license so far this season...

Danger of lead bullet fragmentation October 15, 2014 Indiana, Greensburg Daily News
... Fragmenting by lead bullets has been a hot topic in recent years following research out of North Dakota and Minnesota which found lead bullet fragments in deer meat at food pantries. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a follow up study confirming a link between lead levels and wild game consumption. Lead is a toxic substance, and exposure may pose health risks to hunters and their families ...

... “The forecast remains pretty poor ...The reason for the decline in the population remains somewhat unknown. We know that we had a series of deep snow winters. We had three winters back to back with well above average snow fall.” ... they are never going to get a precise population estimate on deer...

Shelter Island, Deer & Tick Committee budget to get more Town Board attention October 15, 2014 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... “We don’t know how to spend money on deer management,” Mr. Scheibel said, because, he added, no one has yet to suggest an effective methodology for deer management...  Shelter Island rejected use of federally trained sharpshooters offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this year.  The program that had only limited success in Southold, Riverhead and Southampton...

4 Places Where Hunters Are Working to Protect Game Animals October 15, 2014 North Dakota, National Geographic
... the oil-and-gas boom is fragmenting habitats of mule deer ... That's why the Mule Deer Foundation is collaborating with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the University of Missouri, and the North Dakota Petroleum Council to conduct an impact study to better understand what effects oil drilling may have on the state's mule deer...

Acorn bumper crop turns heads in Western North Carolina October 15, 2014 North Carolina, Spartanburg Herald Journal
 ... "Why we get this bumper crops every few years is largely a mystery," .. the 2012 and 2013 fall seasons were "essentially acorn failures," which is one factor why the deer population — measured by deer tagged by hunters per square mile — are at rather anemic rates ... The deer population in both Pisgah and Nantahala national forests are below what the state's wildlife commission would like to see ...

Early muzzleloader deer season open October 15, 2014 Iowa, Globe Gazette
...  begins Saturday ... Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) that impacted the deer herd in certain local areas was not reported in 2014. Deer will begin moving in to those areas where a void was created by the disease in 2012 and 2013...

Deer antler criteria and bag limit changes on WMAs October 15, 2014 Mississippi, Mississippi News Now
... The antler criteria has changed for multiple WMAs, and generally reflects an increase in minimum main beam and inside spread requirement... Also new for the 2014-2015 hunting season is a decrease in bag limit for anterless deer... Also new for the 2014-2015 hunting season is a decrease in bag limit for anterless deer... 

A sick deer—harbinger of things to come? October 15, 2014 Missouri, Leader Journal 
... A neighbor a few miles away had a sick buck deer, acting tame, come up to his place ... People who know about the mad-deer disease which is spreading in north central Missouri are going to be wondering if any diseased deer they see have that… chronic wasting disease as it is being called.  I think it is a few years away in the Ozarks, but it is coming...
Missouri agency scaling back captive deer proposal October 15, 2014 The Springfield News-Leader
...  department staff members are dropping a recommendation to require double fencing around farms that hold captive deer for breeding or hunting purposes...
     Vote to Come This Week on Missouri Captive Deer Regs October 14, 2014 Ozarks First.
... The Missouri Conservation Commission could approve the final regulations for captive deer herds later this week.  The legislature tried to take that rule-making authority away from the Conservation Department earlier this year. But the Governor vetoed the bill ...

... found chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose, in a deer from Fremont County in Deer Hunt Area 36. This brings the known total of CWD deer hunt areas in the Lander Region to five ...  

The rut of white-tailed deer in Louisiana October 14, 2014 Louisiana, Monroe News Star
... The earliest rut is underway now in the southwestern region of the state. Mid-November is prime rut time for much of the state. And there is a late rut in December and even January in some places that wind it up. Particularly the Delta region of northeastern Louisiana. That's quite a range of deer breeding behavior over almost half of the year in different areas of the state...

Deer season underway October 14, 2014 Oklahoma, Grand Lake News 
... “White tailed deer in Oklahoma were virtually extinct in about 1916.” ...  Now, with a booming population of over an estimated half million ...

Another Western Pa. deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease October 14, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 ... an adult whitetail at a second deer farm in the Reynoldsville area of Jefferson County tested positive for the disease. Tests confirming the disease were received last week.  The farm, which Shultz would not identify, has 14 other deer ...

... “With fall and hunting season here, deer populations will be on the move. This activity heightens the chance of a car-deer crash occurring,” ... the number of crashes were up throughout the state, with 49,205 crashes in 2013 and 48,918 crashes in 2012...

Dalton Gardens, Urban deer becoming a nuisance for Dalton Gardens residents October 14, 2014 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review 
... Three mild winters have boosted survival rates ... “It’s a social issue,” said Wayne Wakkinen, Idaho Fish and Game’s regional wildlife manager. “Some people think it’s really cool to have deer. Some want to feed the deer. Others don’t appreciate having them in their yard.”  Does with access to nutritious forage are more likely to give birth to twins ...
     Dalton Gardens, More dead deer found October 14, 2014 Idaho, CDA Press 
...  A buck with no obvious signs of trauma was found dead Monday morning, near where four does were found dead in similar condition three weeks ago... Residents who found the deer suspected poisoning ...

When climate change comes after even the most common species October 13, 2014 Colorado, PBS NewsHour
...  the iconic mule deer, whose herds have been declining across the Western U.S. In Colorado severe winters, drought conditions, habitat loss and wildfires have conspired to drag the deer headcount down by 36 percent from 2005 to 2013. To prevent further declines, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) recently launched a landscape-based conservation initiative  ...

Archers taking good number of deer, bears in state October 13, 2014 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal 
... Based on the steady number of calls for help coming in on the Deer Search dispatch line, there are good number of deer and bears being taken so far this season ... The season opened in the Southern Zone on Oct. 1 and it remains open until Nov. 14 for archers using compound, as well as traditional bows...

Hundreds of deer at Iowa farm test positive for CWD October 13, 2014 Minnesota, Outdoor News 
...  More than 280 captive deer at a farm in Iowa’s Cerro Gordo County – just south of the Minnesota border – have tested positive for chronic wasting disease... The area where the herd was kept will remain quarantined with a fence for five years ...

Deer season is under way October 12, 2014 Louisiana, Bastrop Daily Enterprise
... “I look for a good year in store for this upcoming season primarily because we had good rainfall all over the state this spring and summer. Not only did this provide ample succulent forage for deer, it improved the reproduction of deer as well. We should see a good fawn crop with the type of recruitment we like to see,” ...

Ohio deer population nears target October 12, 2014 The Columbus Dispatch 
... To manage deer by county, which is the most sensible approach, Tonkovich said, regulations need to be different from county to county...  with whitetail populations at or near “target,” or desirable, levels in most counties, regulations have again altered Ohio’s hunting landscape. Among the alterations for 2014-15 was the elimination of a large number of counties where reduced-price antlerless permits ...

Research looks at deer vision October 12, 2014 Georgia, Tribune-Review
... deer see many colors, but blues the best and reds the worst. They can't differentiate shades the way humans can ...

Big game hunting means big money for Colorado October 12, 2014 Colorado, CT Post
... Colorado's nearly $1 billion hunting industry ... Colorado Parks and Wildlife collected $38 million in elk and deer licenses from nonresidents in 2012-2013, compared with $7.6 million from in-state hunters... Of the roughly 575,000 big-game and small-game hunting licenses sold annually, about 86,000 are to nonresidents ...

Iowa deer farm exposes dangers of CWD October 12, 2014 Jefferson City News Tribune
... The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship recently announced 284 of 356 captive deer at a single captive deer farm tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  Back in July of 2012, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, IA confirmed a positive CWD case. It was a buck killed on a shooting ranch ... 

Bear, archery deer hunters falling October 12, 2014 South Carolina, SC Times
... Approximately 2,450 deer were registered in the first 10 days of archery hunting this year, down from 2,979 during the same period in 2013. Bow hunters shot a total of 19,388 during last year's season, which was the lowest total since 2002... DNR, expected this season's archery harvest to be down given the tighter restrictions... 

Collared deer in Alabama October 12, 2014  Montgomery Advertiser 
... Some of the deer are collared with orange GPS collars (satellite based) to determine their actual home range and movement patterns throughout the hunting season and beyond. This allows researchers to learn more about how deer react to hunting pressure and weather fronts... There are 60 collared deer ...

Poaching penalties tougher but still don't go far enough October 12, 2014 Michigan, Argus Press
... For any deer with or without antlers, the base restitution will be $1,000. For any antlered deer, there will be an additional restitution of $1,000 plus.  For antlered deer with 8 to 10 points, an additional $500 will be assessed for each point.  For antlered deer with 11 or more points, an additional $750 will be assessed for each point ...

Antlerless muzzleloader season has undergone changes
October 12, 2014 Pennsylvania, Republican And Herald
... While bowhunters may be looking for the buck of their dreams, the Pennsylvania Game Commission uses the early muzzleloader season as a tool in its deer management strategy to keep the antlerless herd in balance... 


... [deer] were extirpated in Indiana by 1900 with the last deer reported in Knox County in 1893, and no deer were present from 1893-1934 ...  According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, deer are creatures of habit and generally roam a range of one to two square miles. Controlled hunting seasons ensure the health of the deer population and provide recreational hunting to nearly 200,000 Hoosiers each year...

Rare White Deer at the Core of Army Depot Debate October 11, 2014 New York, Warner Cable News
... the largest herd of white, white-tailed deer on the planet. ... taking down the miles of fencing ... "All the animals would disappear, and you would no longer have that white deer attraction," ... Money, a hunter himself, has proposed turning the remaining 7-thousand acres into a conservancy, using the deer as a draw for tourists...

New deer rules designed to help farmers October 11, 2014 Michigan, Traverse City Record Eagle
... Farmers who hope to take deer under the new rules need to have tried archery in prior deer control efforts and show some evidence that archery hasn't been a successful management tool... "Many farmers try to get hunters on their properties, but many hunters don’t want antlerless deer anymore," ...

Update of state land-cover map to help figure deer range October 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
...  work is underway to update the state's land cover map. Called WISCLAND 2 ... The project was among the items recommended in the 2012 Wisconsin White-tailed Deer Trustees Report.  Deer range is determined in large part by the type of vegetation and land use found in an area... 

W.Va. DNR observes increase in average deer antler size October 11, 2014 West Virginia, The Charleston Gazette 
... On average, the bucks West Virginia deer hunters kill nowadays are older than they were just few years ago. Last year, two-thirds of the bucks killed during the firearm season were 2 ½ years or older... Those statistics are a far cry from those compiled before 1999, when more than 80 percent of the bucks killed were scrawny-antlered yearlings ...

Coyote population in East Texas due to increase of pig population? October 11, 2014 Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... Alan Cain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s white-tailed deer program leader said, for example, there are individual instances where coyotes may be an issue with a deer herd, but that isn’t the case across the state.  “From a statewide perspective coyotes are not an issue. We have too many deer as it is... states in the Southeast that believe coyotes are impacting their deer populations, but ... the states are just now seeing coyotes for the first time...

Deer hunters see success in opening of general rifle season October 11, 2014 Idaho, Idaho State Journal 
... Nice weather helped and about 18 percent of them were coming home with antlers and venison on the first day ... the majority of the bucks killed on opening day were two and a half to three years old. The largest buck to come through the check station by Friday afternoon was a 26-inch spread typical four-point ...

Hunting: The season is here October 11, 2014 Georgia, Covington News
... During this time of year bucks are still traveling in bachelor groups. In the southern zone of Georgia, hunters can bait deer, but you can’t bait deer in the northern zone. Therefore, hunters rely on attractives to get deer closer. As the rut draws closer, bucks start competing for breeding rights for the does ...  the end of October/beginning of November is the peak rut ... 

Ohio wildlife officials trying to trim Buckeye deer harvest October 10, 2014 The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
... The ODOW wants to trim the harvest to about 180,000 deer this season, a significant drop from last year's 191,503 deer killed with bows and guns... "Our goal in most counties is to stabilize the deer population," ... which means reducing the number of does killed by hunters...

Deer With Blue Tongue Virus Found In Basking Ridge October 10, 2014 New Jersey, Patch 
... The clinical signs of bluetongue are identical to epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), which has occurred seven times in the state since 1995. “The bluetongue virus is widely distributed in the United States, but has not been previously found in deer in New Jersey,” ... 
1st cases of bluetongue virus found in deer October 10, 2014 New Jersey, CT Post
... virus was found in a deer that died in Basking Ridge ... and one that day in Stirling ...

The hunt is on in Missouri and Kansas; here’s what to expect October 10, 2014 Missouri, Kansas City Star
.... Missouri deer hunters were caught off guard last fall when they experienced their worst season in a decade... We’re trying to reduce antlerless harvest so that we’ll have more does to rebuild the size of the herd.  “It won’t change overnight. It will take a few years....
     The new normal for Missouri hunters: fewer deer October 10, 2014 Kansas City Star
... A deadly outbreak of hemorrhagic disease, combined with liberal hunting regulations that allowed hunters to take an unlimited number of does in many counties, devastated the whitetail population in some parts of the state... reducing the limit for antlerless deer during the firearms season from unlimited to one in many counties...

2014 Deer Hunting Season Underway October 10, 2014 Oklahoma, Oklahoma Farm Report
... White tailed deer in Oklahoma were virtually extinct in about 1916.”  Great strides have been taken since the mid-1950s to restore the population of white tailed deer in Oklahoma. Now, with a booming population of over an estimated half million ...

Something Wild: Why So Many Acorns? October 10, 2014 New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Radio
... oak mast follows a boom or bust cycle, which means the amount of acorns varies from year to year... This keeps seed consumers off balance and that's actually a good thing. If there were the same amount of acorns every year, there would be just enough mice and turkey and deer and others to consume every single acorn...

Seneca White Deer group supports possible depot designation October 10, 2014 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... Seneca White Deer is recommending the state acquire a major portion of the depot with EPF money and operate it as an eco-tourism center under the control of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation... “Experience has shown that tours can be successful with minimal state investment, while the spillover effects of the tours to other businesses is significant,” ...

... Moose populations are in steep decline in North America, in their normal habitats from Montana, Wyoming and British Columbia, to Minnesota and New Hampshire... Scientists think warmer winters and longer summers may be weakening the heat-sensitive moose and giving wolves more time to hunt them... Then there’s the brain worm... This tiny parasite coexists happily with white-tailed deer ...

... Commission chair Robert Mansell contends the current proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... does not contain the elements required to manage wolves in balance" with deer, elk and other land uses ...

Yes, dear - there are fewer deer near here October 9, 2014 Nebraska, Omaha.com
...  The white-tailed deer population is down about 36 percent from 2011... the EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease) outbreak in 2012 was the largest on record, in my mind. It killed a third of our white-tail herd.” ...

2014 Michigan Deer Hunting Prospects [PDF] October 9, 2014 Michigan DNR
... The 2013 season saw a drop in deer harvest in the majority of the Midwestern United States, and Michigan was not an exception. Hunting success decreased somewhat across the state; though a little more than 4 out of every 10 hunters were still able to take home at least one deer last season. The biggest decreases in deer harvest occurred in the upper and southern lower peninsulas. The Upper Peninsula experienced a severe and prolonged winter in 2012, and deer harvest was expected to decline as a result. Areas in the Southern Lower Peninsula were still recovering from the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease outbreak that occurred in the summer of 2012. More restrictive regulations along with lower than typical deer populations led to fewer antlerless deer in particular being taken in southern Michigan... 

Survey underway on changes to SD deer licensing October 9, 2014 South Dakota, The Capital Journal
... Declining deer populations have meant fewer deer licenses are available to hunters. That means fewer hunters are being drawn for the licenses they want... Another issue has been landowner preference, which sets aside 50 percent of nearly every deer hunting unit’s licenses for landowners...

Number of bucks as good or better than last season October 9, 2014 Utah, The Davis Clipper 
... in Box Elder and Cache counties, respectfully—the number of bucks per 100 doe is down from last year’s numbers. In unit 1, the number is 12 per 100. Unit 2 is reportedly at 13 per 100 doe... In Unit 7 (Kamas), for example, the ratio is 22 per 100...

State’s antlerless deer hunt opens Saturday on private lands October 9, 2014 Arkansas, Mymonticello news
... Arkansas has more than a million whitetails in the state... This hunt is only for antlerless deer on private land and it lasts only five days.  Only antlerless deer can be harvested; any buck with antlers longer than 2 inches is not legal during this hunt...



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Deer in the News
Deer Sanctuaries in Ohio October 21, 2014 
... My name is Sandy Potts, I am the woman from Clarington, Ohio, that was fighting to save Bucky the deer that was killed in August by the ODNR.  I am now part of a group called Compassionate Ohio and am happy to announce today that deer sanctuaries are to be an amendment on House Bill 490. We have the support of Representative Jack Cera, Representative
David Hall, Representative Andy Thompson, and Representative Andrew Brenner as well as Dr Tony Forshey our state veterinarian for the Department of Agriculture. Any calls made to representatives would be appreciated to show other representatives and members of Ohio's Senate that will have to vote on this as well to get it approved. We are one step closer. 

Animals sensing the world around them October 19, 2014 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... published research has confirmed that deer do indeed see color after all. During the day deer discriminate colors in the blue to yellow-green range as well as in the orange and red wavelengths. At nighttime deer can decipher colors in the blue to blue-green range, but can also detect some colors of longer wavelengths... We humans have about 12 times better visual resolution than deer do...

How much scent can deer really detect? October 17, 2014 Norwich Advertiser
... The average modern human has around 5 million olfactory receptors ... a dog has around 220 ... a deer has over 295 million...

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



Cody, G&F frees deer with stuck cage October 15, 2014 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise 
... A mule deer wandering around with a tomato cage stuck in its antlers received assistance from Game and Fish on Tuesday... They were able to dart and tranquilize the yearling buck...

There's a reason why I don't bow hunt October 15, 2014 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
...  I gave up bow hunting in the mid-1960's after I shot a little buck, it ran off and died, and I couldn't find it. I made an apparent perfect shot at about 20 paces, burying the arrow up to the feathers behind the deer's shoulder. But the triple-bladed broadhead didn't kill the deer... About a week later another hunter in the area found the dead buck by following circling buzzards...



Trouble the deer reunites with his best friend October 14, 2014 Minnesota, fox10phoenix.com
...  the deer was pretty much presumed dead after someone snipped his pen and set him loose or took off with the 4-year-old prized deer... I talked to him and he licked me on the cheek like he has the whole time I had him. I asked him if he was going to give daddy a kiss, he did ...

Deer hunters' antler obsession all nonsense October 13, 2014 Connecticut, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
... "You can't eat antlers," Nishan often explains. He hunts to stock his freezer and could care less if a deer made the Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett record books. In fact, he'd prefer a doe, yearling, or button buck for superior flavor and tenderness... We develop obsessions for big antlers, which are barometers of our skills. Old deer are smart deer — usually outwitting us at every turn...

Four deer make wrong decision October 12, 2014 Ohio, Athens News
...  four deer carcasses lying in the middle of the highway exit lane ... "Several years ago I had seen one who jumped off the exact same bridge, but that was only one," ...

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



Pulaski's beloved 'Bella the Deer' continues to live a charmed life with villagers' help September 25, 2014 New York, The Post-Standard - syracuse.com
... The five-year-old doe continues to walks the streets of this Oswego County village with impunity and grace... Tom Jones said he gets up every morning and walks through the village with his neighbor's huskie. Often, Bella will come up and start walking with them. He said the deer and the dog get along fine...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baby deer finds way into ditch — and hearts September 13, 2014 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... Peering into the ditch (less than 12 inches wide), I saw the spotted fawn stuck in the bottom — dead, I thought... After the fawn looked up at me, too, I hurried to the phone again and started calling commercial animal-assistance companies... About an hour later, with the rain having eased to a drizzle, I saw a doe cautiously walking from a neighbor’s yard to ours...

... In 1941 when the United States Army built a fence around the roughly 10,000 acres of the depot, they began a huge natural experiment. Several dozen white-tailed deer were inside the fence after it was built. The first white deer were seen in 1949... When overpopulation in the mid 1950s led to hunting to reduce the size of the herd, the Army selectively shot the brown deer, facilitating the spread of the white genetic trait...


Petition for Bucky the Friendly Deer September 10, 2014 Ohio, Change.org
... Last week ODNR Wildlife murdered a precious young tame deer named Bucky in front of children at a park in Clarington, Ohio.  They shot him TWICE to bring him down. The town is heartbroken... Currently, the state of Ohio does not have a plan for certain injured wildlife such as a deer or raccoon. We are not asking for them to have a plan but to allow willing licensed rehabilitation experts, veterinarians and caretakers to provide the appropriate care that is needed for these animals...

Key Deer, Wild side of the Keys September 9, 2014 Florida, Chicago Tribune 
... Key deer, found only in the Florida Keys, are the smallest of the white-tailed deer. Bucks range from 28-32 inches at the shoulder and average about 80 pounds. Does are only about 24-28 inches and 65 pounds... Today there are an estimated 700 to 800 Key deer, and they're concentrated in about a 6-mile stretch ...

Black-colored deer ... September 8, 2014 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard ·
... A nearly black-colored, white-tailed deer has been spotted near Cape Vincent, N.Y.  Richard Wiley said he snapped a picture of the animal while it was raiding his bird feed in his yard. It was accompanied by another regular colored buck, according to jeffersonleaningleft.blogspot.com.

... Even as the drivers were in a rush to get home after the end of their work week, they slowed down to give the deer the full use of the bridge, staying a safe distance behind them... The pair of deer hopped on the Golden Gate Bridge at about 5:30 p.m. and they had finished their trek to the other side by 6 p.m ...

Two deer took a walk on San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge on Friday evening, September 5, holding up the evening's peak hour traffic. California Highway Patrol were called but were called off while en route because the deer were already off the bridge and on their way to their destination somewhere in Marin. Reuploaded with permission of owner. Original link: http://i.instagram.com/p/slYqLLOJMi/?... - September 5, 2014


Deer stop traffic while jogging across Golden Gate Bridge September 5, 2014 California, San Jose Mercury News
... Two northbound deer briefly stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday evening as they made a run for the hills of Marin County, according to the California Highway Patrol.  The deer, reported at 5:24 p.m., appear to have entered the bridge from the south ...

White deer population deserving of protection September 5, 2014 Virginia, Times Dispatch
...  a large white doe was standing in the center of the road. The highway was quiet, no cars in sight. I stopped the car and sat mesmerized by the sight before me. Calm and deliberate, the doe returned my gaze, then walked to the side of the road and at the edge of the woods turned and looked at me before disappearing into the dense foliage...  check out the website http://protectthewhitedeer.com/why-save-the-white-deer...

Mystery of Three-Legged Wisconsin Buck Solved September 1, 2014 Wisconsin, QDMA.com
... Its right hind leg had been crippled in some mishap and was sticking almost straight out behind the deer, useless, stiff and withered by muscle atrophy. In a classic example of the neurological connection between antler growth and skeletal structure, the buck’s left antler – on the opposite side of its body – was deformed...

Pet deer removed from local home August 29, 2014 August 29, 2014 Louisiana, KSLA 12 
... an ArkLaTex woman ... after recently rescuing a baby deer on the side of the road after its mother died... a police officer [spotted the deer] ...  I said, 'we're going to put a collar on him and turn him loose.'"  But Hubbard never got the chance. She said that within 20-minutes of the officers visit Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Agents were at her door, to take away John Deer. "I asked them and they said they were going to euthanize him ...

Visitors roam among animals at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm August 25, 2014 Tennessee, WBIR-TV
... The deer roam on more than 140 acres but show up to hang out with visitors at the sound of feeding cups and during their regular meals...  the attraction in Sevierville about 25 years ago. The Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo lives up to its name with Zonkies, and reindeer, and Rocky Mountain Elk...

Danbury, CT residents spot a rare all-white deer in the woods August 23, 2014 Connecticut, WWLP 22News 
... “To see one lone white deer was pretty amazing,” ... “It’s probably a Piebold deer as opposed to an albino,  so it does have pigment." ...

... The largest alligator ever recorded in the state of Alabama was caught over the weekend ...  cut open the carcass and found the dead doe stripped off fur but with hooves intact ...