Deer Management News This Week

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

It has been an overwhelmingly successful stretch of 24 months for the folks at Seneca White Deer, Inc. - December 8, 2018 New York


...  the combined 2018 whitetail harvest stood Wednesday at 181,100... 5.3 percent lower than the statewide total from the same period in 2017 ... worst results have been in northeastern Minnesota, where 12 percent fewer whitetail tags have been filled compared to 2017...  reports showed stable populations  ...

Thank modern timber harvesting for creating wildlife habitat December 8, 2018 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Deer die in hard winters because of a lack of available food. However, thanks to food resources enhanced by modern logging techniques and young forest habitats, Minnesota's deer population is the highest it has been since 2010...

... conservation groups who were working to protect what some outdoor enthusiasts believe to be the most pristine wild lands of Southern Nevada ... not only bighorn sheep but also mule deer as well as smaller game ...

No surprise, CWD found In northwest North Dakota December 8, 2018 North Dakota, Jamestown Sun
... North Dakota’s first CWD case was confirmed in 2009, when a mule deer shot by a hunter in 3F2 tested positive. Including this year’s two initial positives, that makes 11 cases of CWD in 3F2 and one likely case in 3A1,..

Start of NJ deer hunt a success December 8, 2018 New Jersey, Daily Record
... Hunters harvested 2,561 deer on the first day of the six-day firearms season, compared to last year’s first day which was 2,209...

... Biologists previously determined the state needed at least 200 elk, the herd would need to be growing at least 10 percent annually and there should be at least one bull for every four cow elk... those benchmarks should all be met by 2020 ...

Environmentalists: Plan to reduce elk feeding is overdue December 8, 2018 Wyoming, Fresno Bee
... Winter feeding of elk in the area began in 1910 to help them survive the winter and keep them from eating ranchers' hay in the Jackson area ... Earthjustice said [chronic wasting disease] could spread easily among elk that bunch together to eat the alfalfa pellets ...

... Establish an annual bag limit for antlered (3) and antlerless deer (2)Establish a harvest reporting system to improve deer herd monitoring, improve Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance efforts ... information from FCW

53 deer taken from Wachusett Reservoir area in first hunt in decades December 8, 2018 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram
... opened those areas that had an estimated deer density of 15 deer per square mile or more...restricting forest regeneration [deer density and forest regeneration]  ... “Wachusett deer have never been hunted in 50 years, but Quabbin deer are wily and seek out hiding spots,” ...

... signs ... were recently installed at one of the mule deer migration bottlenecks near Fremont Lake, where several thousand animals pass through each spring and fall north of Pinedale. One sign is at the Fremont Lake overlook and the other is at the parking area for the CCC Ponds...

Amid weather extremes, no dearth of deer this hunting season December 7, 2018 New Hampshire, The Keene Sentinel
.... a mild winter with a late frost, the hottest summer in nearly 150 years brought a July drought ... A higher-than-average deer population — thanks to those mild winters that kill off fewer deer — began to struggle to find food in normal places ... making it easier for hunters ...

...  have voluntarily provided more than 5,300 biological samples ... A large portion of the samples collected so far this year has come through the agency’s new system of unmanned CWD testing drop-off containers placed throughout the state...

Gas developer helps fund restoration in wildlife-management area December 7, 2018 West Virginia, West Virginia Explorer
... will include the application of herbicides in pre-timber and post-timber harvesting units to control undesirable vegetation and promote productive woodland regeneration for wildlife. ...

Summary Of Deer Management Plan Presented During TFWC's December Meeting December 7, 2018 Tennessee, Chattanoogan.com 
... includes gathering more information about Tennessee’s deer herd, about the harvest of deer in Tennessee, and about the desires of Tennessee hunters...
... To participate in the program, cities will be required to pass an ordinance or resolution declaring that city deer populations have risen to a level that is a public nuisance as well as an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of deer. Any cities participating will also be required to salvage deer meat and donate it to charity to the extent possible...

... Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season ... The 2018 harvest was 1 percent higher than the 2017 harvest...

GFP Commission Modifies Deer Proposal December 7, 2018 South Dakota, GFP News
... Enhancements to the existing proposal include:  Preference points for the combined deer drawings will be free to youth age 15 or younger ... Nonresident deer hunting opportunities would be pushed back to the fifth draw ..,

Statewide deer harvest exceeds 100,000 mark December 7, 2018 Tennessee, Paris Post Intelligencer
... cooler weather seems to have worked in favor of deer hunters ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, Test Points to Mississippi's Fourth Case of Deer Disease December 7, 2018 Mississippi, U.S. News & World Report
... A tissue sample will be further tested ...
     Marshall County deer tests positive for Chronic Wasting Disease December 6, 2018 Mississippi, KPLC
...  the first animal to test positive for the disease in Marshall County...

Another Deer has been found in Mississippi with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Dr. Bronson Strickland comments on the cautious monitoring of this fatal disease. - December 6, 2018


Discussion of how a four-poster system was deployed to reduce ticks on deer. December 6, 2018


Wolf Symposium left ranchers out in the cold December 6, 2018 Colorado, Durango Telegraph
... Two weeks after Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced concern over declining elk and deer populations, the Colorado Sierra Club and San Juan Citizens Alliance took a step closer to re-introduction of the Canadian gray wolf in Colorado ...

... low-altitude helicopter flights in the mountain regions of southeast Colorado as well as on the eastern plains... The data is used to form population models, management strategies ...

Illinois hunters kill 1 percent more deer than last year December 6, 2018 Illinois, Herald & Review
... Illinois hunters killed 80,896 deer during the seven-day firearm season that concluded on Sunday, a 1 percent increase over the total killed a year ago...







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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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


Rocky Point,  Rescuers help deer with plastic pumpkin stuck on its head November 26, 2018 New York, News 12 Long Island 
... Rescuers helped free a deer in Rocky Point that had a a plastic pumpkin stuck on its head...
     Rescuers Searching For Baby Deer With Container Stuck on Head November 25, 2018 New York, USA Patch 

... 
"She will die if not caught and the container removed," Save-A-Pet said. "We do not know how long she has been without water or food ...

The Rescue


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

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

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

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

Firefighters in Northern California came to the rescue of a deer that had become entangled by downed power lines in the aftermath of the devastating Camp Fire. - November 21, 2018 California

... he had used deer antler spray...  contained IGF-1, a banned substance ... parties will make no statement concerning the settlement terms ...

Oregon firefighters help free deer caught in power line November 17, 2018 California, sfgate.com 
... Oregon state firefighters assisting Cal Fire in the Paradise area... a firefighter inching up to a doe with wire cutters, freeing the animal from entanglement in what was an apparent power line...

Reindeer Farm Getting Ready for Santa's Arrival This Weekend November 16, 2018 Michigan, 9&10 News
... Visitors are invited to meet Aldrich’s 15 reindeer every weekend until the one before Christmas... Unlike white tail deer, reindeer respond to commands and know their own names. They are docile, curious, gentle creatures...

... The buck was “carrying around another set of antlers and part of a decomposing carcass ... Bet they were fighting and that's the end result ...

... The species in which males’ canines were enlarged into tusks were much more likely to be small-bodied and to live solitary lifestyles ... findings Nov. 9 in the Journal of Mammalian Evolution...

... The animal was found laying next to a discarded mattress ... it’s not uncommon to find a beheaded buck disposed within city limits during this time of year ...

Biologists bail deer out of bucket-related jam November 13, 2018 Nevada, Reno Gazette-Journal
... 
The top portion of the food bucket came loose and got stuck on the deer’s neck.  It wandered around the area with the plastic cylinder around its neck  ...

Deer rescued from CTA tracks euthanized November 13, 2018 Illinois, WGN-TV
... because of multiple fractures, (a) severely broken back leg, open wounds and low likelihood of survival in the wild ...
... deer got stuck ... appeared to be OK and unharmed...

Possibly oldest deer jaw in North America found in Ellensburg November 8, 2018 Washington, Daily Record-News
... “The hillside directly above the jaw is 4.9 million years old,” ... “We think the deer came across the Bering Sea land bridge ... Burke Museum on the University of Washington ..,

White-tails NY’s big game kings forever November 4, 2018 New York, Uticaod
... White-tails and their relatives ... are believed to have migrated from Asia at least a million years ago ... Deer numbers began to drop dramatically in the middle of the 19th century ... land was cleared for farming ... unregulated subsistence hunting. By 1890, white-tailed deer were considered rare to non-existent outside of the central Adirondacks..,

... what they thought was an eight-point buck...  It's either a doe with a high amount of testosterone or a true hermaphrodite deer which is basically half-and-half in the gender spectrum...

... 
The former Seneca Army Depot, about 57 miles (92 kilometers) southwest of Rochester, was the U.S. Army's main East Coast munitions storage facility for six decades until it was decommissioned in 2000. Now it's home to approximately 75 white deer...