2014 News and Research about the Decline of Deer Population   Back to Page 1  2015,  2013
Declining deer harvest a big issue in Illinois December 27, 2014 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times
... The historic collapse of the number of deer harvested by Illinois hunters in the 2013-14 seasons looks as though it will be nearly mirrored in the 2014-15 seasons.  In the 2013-14 seasons, hunters harvested 148,569 deer, down 17.8 percent from 180,811 in 2012-13. There was a 25.3 percent drop in firearm harvest, from 99,546 in 2012 to 74,318 in 2013.

Deer hunting practices need to change December 26, 2014 Illinois, Commercial News 
... one thing we all agreed on is that these Late Winter, Antlerless Only Deer Seasons need to be stopped immediately as they are detrimental to the deer herd. If the IDNR doesn’t stop them, hunters need to do so by refusing to hunt those seasons! If the seasons aren’t ended, the deer herd will continue to decline! ...

Expect deer hunting opportunities in 2015 December 24, 2014 West Virginia, Independent Herald 
... The recent gun buck kill of 37,000 is a throwback to some forty years ago... starting about the New Millennium, disease outbreaks, mast failure and the return of normal winters all took their tolls. Managers had to adapt to these factors plus the continuing decline of deer habitat on the “landscape” or statewide basis. This decline is the result of our ever maturing forests ...

Deer kill is down 40 percent in Virginia December 24, 2014 Roanoke Times
... , the 2014 deer kill was down 40 percent from a year ago, based on the number of bucks and does that successful hunters have checked by phone or the Internet. That’s 52,126 in 2014 compared with 87,425 in 2013.  A decline of this magnitude is unprecedented in modern times...  The most significant declines in Virginia are in the eastern half of the state ...

Commission approves Game Management Plan | Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife December 21, 2014 Washington, Bonney Lake and Sumner Courier-Herald
... A new six-year plan ... including ... Predator/prey interactions – Follow new guidelines to help depressed deer and elk herds that are below population objectives due to predation by black bears, cougars, bobcats or coyotes...

... because the strategies are voluntary, deer are in trouble. Landowners ignored the last round of voluntary deer guidelines. Now, barely 1 percent of over 9 million commercial acres are fit for deer survival.  Deer yards used to be protected by law. Biologists documented them, and the old Land Use Regulation Commission made them off limits to harvesting...

... Not so fast, Wildlife Division research specialist Brent Rudolph said.  Much of the worst decline has happened in the Upper Peninsula, but statistics show it's on par with two other states in the northern region, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  “Certainly from the U.P. perspective we’ve been telling people since last winter that deer numbers are down,” ...

Seeking the key to forest management by padlock December 12, 2014 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... the federal harvest has shrunk to less than 10 percent of what it was in the 1980s, sawmills have closed, jobs have been lost ... Blacktail deer populations have declined every year since Clinton’s 1994 forest plan was passed. Without timber harvest to open the dense forest canopy, there is less browse at deer level on the forest floor... 

Many factors affect Wisconsin deer hunt December 4, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) ...  "Hunters are angry..." The primary reason fewer deer were killed in 2014 is the deer population is down... Consecutive severe winters have hit the deer herd hard in northern Wisconsin, lowering the population and prompting a drop in antlerless deer permits. The northern forest, too, continues to age and offers less desirable deer habitat...

Iowa's 2014 shot gun deer season preview December 3, 2014 Iowa, Globe Gazette 
... With a 33 percent drop in harvest numbers since 2006, Iowa’s Natural Resource Commission this summer approved a reduction in antlerless tag quotas in 72 counties. The remaining 27 north central and northwest counties have no county antlerless tags ... The deer herd is now at mid-1990s target levels ...

Deer Expert Questions Success of Management December 1, 2014 Texas, Texas Deer Association
...  The 2013 deer hunt once again was a disappointment to many hunters across the nation, as deer numbers and habitat conditions continued to deteriorate. Since the late 1980s, Dr. James C. Kroll (aka “Dr. Deer), one of the world’s top deer authorities, has warned this would happen under what has become known as Traditional Deer Management...  most deer herds indeed are declining, harvest numbers are down, herd losses to diseases are up, hunters are increasingly unhappy, and habitat quality appears to be suffering as collateral damage...

Majestic mule deer: Regal wildlife in the Rocky Mountains, decline of population November 28, 2014 Utah, Daily Herald 
... During the past half-century mule deer have experienced a decrease in the size and quality of their habitat. Many forb- and shrub-thriving rangelands have gradually converted to juniper-dominated communities due to decades of fire suppression ...  the increased role predators play as mule deer herds concentrate onto ever-shrinking tracts of habitable land ...

Mule Deer Decline:  A treasured icon of the West, the mule deer nevertheless is a species in crisis November 24, 2014 National Wildlife
... Wyoming was home to about 578,000 deer in 1991, but by late 2012 the number had dropped 36 percent to 369,000 ... Colorado’s highest population estimate occurred in 1983, when deer numbers reached an estimated 625,000, says Andy Holland, a biologist with the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. “Our current population estimate is 391,000 ...

MFF pledges $1.3 million to deer research project. The laboratory will be in Southwest Wyoming. This will benefit surrounding states and many others. The mule deer populations are in a record decline.


     In Nevada, mule deer (Odocoileus hemonius) herds managed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife are experiencing a general population decline. Recruitment into the population is an important measure of the success of a mule deer herd. This study quantifies weather patterns across the Great Basin ecoregion to examine the influence of weather on over-winter survival of mule deer fawns. Major climate oscillations such as El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) are known to influence local weather fluctuations across the Great Basin. The Great Basin ecoregion was subdivided based on weather into five groups: high elevation, mid elevation, northern lowlands, southern lowlands, and the northern Mojave Desert. Climate oscillations control up to 44% of variation in weather in parts of the Great Basin. At high elevation, December weather explains 64% of variation in the mule deer fawn population during the following spring. Summer weather explains 56% of the variation in the Mojave Desert. It is clear that weather in the Great Basin is a partially a result of major climate oscillations and is also affecting recruitment in mule deer herds.

No surprises with bucks-only season November 20, 2014 Minnesota,  International Falls Journal
... the trend we’ve had for the last several years of the population going down because of the bad winters ... “With a few more fawns spotted — that is a hopeful sign,” ... Severe winters often bring a poor crop of fawns ...

... Last year, hunters in Iowa killed fewer than 100,000 deer for the first time since the mid-1990s... The number of deer killed by hunters in Iowa has declined for eight consecutive years ...

Maine’s Declining Deer Habitat. This is an audio interview about a new study from the University of Maine School of Forest Resources that looks at what has happened to the habitat. Bob Duchesne’s Wild Maine: Maine’s Declining Deer Habitat ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎[AUDIO]‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎. Deer need mature conifer habitat, but forest management has resulted in more younger forests that don't provide wintering habitat in eastern Maine. In terms of coyote predation, the study author says 'you can have lots of habitat and lots of coyote and deer, but if you have no habitat but if you have no habitat, irrespective of whether or not you have coyotoes, you aren’t going to have any deer... The effect of predation is when the deer population is not in good shape. - November 8, 2014


Arizona Deer Population Down October 24, 2014 azcentral.com
... White-tailed deer in southern Arizona, big-horned sheep around Flagstaff, and 
prong-horn sheep around Prescott are all gone... "The overwhelming cause of population decline is transformation of the landscape," ...

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) population dynamics in a multi-predator landscape October, 2014 Michigan, JF Duquette 
... 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 ...

... “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.” ...

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  ...

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.” ...

Influence of hair loss syndrome on black‐tailed deer fawn survival RH McCoy, SL Murphie, M Szykman Gunther… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2014
... Recent declines in black-tailed deer populations in Washington have been attributed partly to low recruitment... we recorded 129 mortalities; predation was the leading cause (74%). Mountain lions (Puma concolor) and bobcats (Lynx rufus) were the most common predators. The survival rate to 50 weeks was 0.33 ...  We conclude that fawn mortality during the first 9 weeks followed by a significant increase in winter mortality, exacerbated by HLS [hair loss syndrome], combine to limit black-tailed deer population growth. Inherent nutritional limitations in summer forage may have influenced survival of many fawns, pre-disposing them to mortality during the summer and winter. 

Wildlife Advocates Join Experts to Reverse Mule Deer Declines September 17, 2014 Colorado, National Wildlife Federation
... along with other Western states, Colorado and Wyoming have experienced decreases in mule deer populations ... The National Wildlife Federation and Colorado Wildlife Federation produced the fact sheet “Legacy in the Crosshairs: Colorado’s ‘Mule-Deer Factory’ on the Decline,” which focuses on the renowned White River Herd. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has held meetings across the state and is developing a plan to address the decreasing populations...

U.S. Deer Herds in Trouble September 17, 2014 Illinois, Mother Earth News
... Historians believe that nearly 30 million whitetails existed across about 80% of the U.S. before its discovery by European. The mule deer range was about half that size, and their numbers were estimated about one-third that of whitetails... the U.S. deer herd dwindled to 1/60th of its 15th-century population ... Unfortunately, individual state deer management, once based in science, has now grown to be political...

Game and Fish Reduces Deer Licenses September 16, 2014 North Dakota, KFYR-TV 
...  12,000 fewer deer gun licenses than it did a year ago.  Jeb Williams, assistant chief of the wildlife division, says deer numbers are devastatingly low.  "We've experienced some really tough winters ...

Establishing enforceable deer limit overdue September 1, 2014 South Carolina, Greenville News
...  if you are hunting most places below Columbia because there is no limit on deer. It's printed in the rule book – no limit.  That information comes despite studies that indicate deer population in the state is in decline. It flies in the face of true sportsmen who understands that our natural resources -- whether they be fish, game, flora, or fauna -- are not limitless...

Habitat for deer August 31, 2014 Pennsylvania, Altoona Mirror
... Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has an opinion as to why whitetail deer numbers on public hunting lands have severely decreased in recent years... The second growth browse that deer fed on in those days, when lumbering and cutting was widespread, is now 40 feet high. Deer can't browse that high... That's why deer are all over on the posted farmlands. There are crops there that sustain them ...

Conservation officers oblivious to cougar numbers August 29, 2014 British Columbia, The Castlegar Source 
... Cougar sightings and complaints have increased dramatically because the population of their primary prey species, the deer have declined significantly and what few deer are alive are close to human habitation.  Contrary to the many media stories of urban deer problems both the whitetail and mule deer on their historic range are in serious population decline...

California Deer Population Decline August 23, 2014 SF Gate
... In the Bay Area, most people see deer at parks with meadows, at golf courses and at homes in the foothills ... But statewide, the deer population has dropped from 2 million in the 1960s to about 445,000 ... For 30 years, the state's population growth has converted about 75,000 acres of wildlife habitat per year to housing. Predation from mountain lions is higher than at any time in the past 100 years. The ability of habitat to sustain wildlife in many areas has failed from commercial use...

Help sought for ravaged mule deer August 19, 2014 Wyoming, WyoFile 
... Their numbers have dropped 36 percent since 1990. Fawn production has declined 20 percent in the last quarter century.  Mule deer habitat has been sucked dry by drought, invaded by development, cut apart by highways... they number about 374,400 today ...

BLM conspicuous by absence at meetings to help mule deer August 13, 2014 Colorado, Denver Post 
...  the biggest problem mule deer face may very well be that Colorado Parks and Wildlife is the lone state or federal agency to take their declining numbers seriously enough to make them a priority ... the BLM was particularly conspicuous in its absence at the Mule Deer Summit and unveiling CPW's Draft Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy Plan...



Mule deer numbers across 6 states July 29, 2014, goHUNT
... Mule deer are often regarded as an icon of the West. However, after their most recent highs in the mid-1980s, herd numbers began declining across the West. Here is the history and outlook in six states:  Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah ... The size and condition of mule deer populations are largely determined by the quality of habitat ... Mule deer habitat is being lost in many regions and dramatically fragmented in others due to human population growth, development and natural events...

Clear Creek fire endangers mule deer habitat July 18, 2014 Nevada, Record-Courier 
... This mule deer herd was estimated to be about 4,400 animals in the late 1970s, but development along the Carson Front and adjacent valleys (Eagle Valley and Carson Valley) has reduced the herd estimate to 970 mule deer...

Deer declining across Colorado and West July 14, 2014 Denver Post 
... The nation's largest mule deer herd, located in northwestern Colorado, has decreased over the past decade by more than two-thirds — to 32,000 at latest estimate, down from 105,900 in 2005... The causes vary from energy development to hard winters and aren't always clear...  the latest CPW population estimates ... show a statewide decline in mule deer — the main deer in the West — down to 390,600 in 2013 from 614,100 in 2005... Across western states, deer decreased by about 10 percent overall between 2003 and 2009 ...

Time to rebuild July 5, 2014 Minnesota, Virginiamn 
... Rusch said he’s only seen eight fawns in the field so far this year — down significantly from past years. And, he’s seeing single fawns with does, or no fawns with does; which is an indicator to the health of the herd. “In a good year I’d be seeing twins or even triples,” ...  After the booming number of deer in the area 10 years ago, Rusch said, “I never imagined we’d be back here again.” ...

... “The drought absolutely decimated the Deer’s food source especially in the northwest,” ... The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says the overall deer population is at its lowest in more than a decade causing the disease-spreading midge flu to infect deer... 

Colorado Parks, Wildlife plans Aug. 9 public summit on mule deer declinesJune 16, 2014 Colorado, Our Public Lands
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife has scheduled a statewide summit on ways to reverse declines in western Colorado’s mule deer herds... The focus is on western Colorado because that is where most of the mule deer are and where some of the largest declines are occurring. Western Colorado’s Piceance Basin has been called the “mule-deer factory” and is home to some of the country’s largest herds.
However, the populations have been declining in western Colorado. The latest post-hunting-season statewide estimate is 391,000 mule deer, below CPW’s statewide population objective of 525,000 to 575,000. Research has provided data and insights, but biologists acknowledge the cause could be multifold: declining habitat quality and quantity; disease; drought; severe winters; predators; migration barriers; increased outdoor recreation.

West River deer permits could be cut drastically in 2015 June 5, 2014 South Dakota, Rapid City Journal
... West River deer hunters may see deep cuts in deer hunting permits available in 2015 ... due to increasing concerns over the size of South Dakota's deer herd... The West River proposal for 2014 calls for 16,075 any-deer licenses, a reduction of 1,675 from 17,750 in 2013. The West River antlerless-only licenses would be eliminated for mule deer for 2014 ...

Game agency considers deer hunting reduction May 20, 2014 New Mexico, KOAT 7
... The department said it's considering a reduction in deer hunting licenses because of declining deer populations...

In northern Maine, deer herd shrinks despite efforts to rebuild it May 13, 2014 Kennebec Journal
... Northern Maine was once a haven for deer hunters, but decades-long efforts to revitalize the region’s deer herd have failed to produce the results biologists envisioned. ... After the severity of this past winter, state deer biologist Kyle Ravana said the state will give out up to 10,000 fewer any-deer permits ... When they started cutting deer yards, they pretty much wiped out the deer herd in northern Maine [a hunting guide] ...

Deer in Yakima area struggling to survive May 13, 2014 Washington, Longview Daily News
... About 15 years ago ... All the deer were dead on the islands... deaths were eventually attributed to a mutated and particularly virulent form of Adenovirus, a hemorrhagic disease known to cause tuberculosis in cattle... It, along with a potentially deadly louse that emerged in the mid-1990s, sent Central Washington's deer population into a steep decline with no rebound in sight...

Eastern Cherokee Reclaim Deer Heritage May 2, 2014 North Carolina, Indian Country Today Media Network
... the Cherokee ...who have cherished the animal for 10,000 years or more, do not have them on their own lands in what is today western North Carolina. A new program is taking deer from Morrow Mountain State Park in the Uwharrie Mountains in North Carolina ... and transplanting them into the Eastern Band’s 5,130-acre natural preserve on Cherokee tribal lands...

State proposes huge reductions in antlerless-only deer licenses May 2, 2014 South Dakota, Rapid City Journal 
... They plan to slash antlerless-only licenses by some 41,000 for the East River and West River firearms seasons... The goal is to rebuild deer populations in many parts of South Dakota by keeping more does alive... landowners ...were ready to call for a boycott of the West River season if antlerless mule deer licenses weren’t taken away...

The Deer Debate, decline of black tail deer May 1, 2014 Oregon, Jefferson Public Radio
... the black-tailed deer has been in decline across its range since the late 1970s. A state-wide survey in 1979 estimated the total population at 452,000; the 2004 estimate pegged it at only 320,000. ODFW cites a number of reasons for the decline, loss of habitat and disease chief among them...

MDC to limit antlerless deer tags April 18, 2014 Missouri, WGEM
... The changes are in response to lower deer populations statewide. But it's a decision local business owners and deer hunters say will make a big impact... Before the changes, hunters could get as many antlerless permits as they wanted...

Elk backers lobbying to increase herd in Minnesota April 4, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Though largely a mountain animal now, more than 10 million elk roamed the United States and parts of Canada before white settlement ... The continent’s elk population has dropped to about 1 million ... Pennsylvania ... The last native elk was shot there in 1877. But not long afterward, between 1913 and 1926, state game officials reintroduced the animals, transporting them from Yellowstone National Park ...

In northern Maine, deer herd shrinks despite efforts to rebuild it April 13, 2014 Morning Sentinel 
... Programs to control coyotes and provide food are no match for the effects of severe winters and loss of habitat on Maine’s whitetail population... decades-long efforts to revitalize the region’s deer herd have failed ... from 1955 until 2003 the population estimate most years was around 200,000. ... only for three years – 1998 to 2000 – did it come close to the department’s 1986 goal of more than 270,000 ...

State Hopes to Find Solution to Mule Deer Decline April 10, 2014 Colorado, The Watch 
... according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton, the state of Colorado has an estimated mule deer population of 400,000, one-third less than the 600,000 the state had in the early 2000s ... habitat fragmentation, a decline in habitat quality, a decline of winter range, which Hampton said is mostly due to human population growth, disease, predation, competition from elk and, potentially in some areas, competition from white tailed deer...

Reduction in the number of deer tags recommended April 9, 2014 California, The Trinity Journal 
... Concerned that Trinity County deer herds appear to have experienced a drastic decline in numbers over the past 20 years, the Trinity County Fish & Game Advisory Commission has recommended to the California Fish & Game Commission a reduction in the number of deer hunt tags ...

Severe winters play key role in deer mortality April 6, 2014 Minnesota, Mining Journal 
... In recent years, deer abundance here has plummeted (now approaching 1970s levels) due to severe, prolonged winters, poor quality deer wintering habitat and excessive winter related deer mortality ...

CPW Seeking Public Input on Mule Deer Policy April 3, 2014 Colorado, Pagosa Daily Post 
... Colorado Parks and Wildlife ... is holding a series of public meetings across the state this spring in order to receive feedback on a Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy. The Strategy will guide agency efforts to work towards increasing mule deer populations. Across the West, state wildlife agencies are seeing declines in mule deer populations...

More baby deer are dying in France because of climate change April 2, 2014 The Verge 
... Now, a new study released today in PLOS Biology makes the case that even one of the most robust animal populations around — the roe deer of France — are having trouble keeping up with the pace of changing temperatures.... Using population data spanning the last 30 years, researchers demonstrated that roe deer in the Champagne region of France have not been able to adjust their birthing season ...

Amid Dwindling Deer Populations, DNR Asking for Hunters Input on Management April 1, 2014 Minnesota, WDIO-TV 
... "Interestingly enough we're getting hunters that are giving ideas such as stop the season... maybe put a one or two year moratorium on the season ...

Connecticut Deer Population, March 28, 2014 CTNow.com
... experts believe Connecticut's deer population has dropped from an estimated peak of 126,000 eight years ago... Hunters like Newtown's Glen Ekstrom agree that Connecticut's deer population is down ... . He thinks it may now be "a hair under" 60,000 animals...

Expect changes in deer seasons as DNR tries to improve herd March 21, 2014 Illinois, Belleville News Democrat
... The poor deer harvest during the recent 2013-14 hunting season has Illinois lawmakers demanding answers ... "We're going to try to do something to increase the deer population," ...

Maine's “Benchmark Report” for Deer A Bit Anti “Holographic” March 20, 2014 tomremington.com
... the March 6, 2014 “Benchmark Report” on deer for the State of Maine. Maine’s Game Plan for Deer, required an annual update on the progress being made to recover and build the Pine Tree State’s abysmal deer herd.... If the attitude at MDIFW is that there is nothing they can actually do to save the deer herd, as the excuses always seem to be directed at all things we can’t control, then why are we paying for deer biologists? ...

ND hunters less successful as deer numbers fall March 19, 2014 North Dakota, Ct Post
... "Unless measures are taken to reduce the loss of habitat and efforts are made to replace habitat that's been lost, our deer population will have a very difficult time rebounding," ...

Mule Deer Herd Declining March 19, 2014 Wyoming, Sheridan Media 
... An official with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says mule deer numbers are going down across the West... a substantial amount of research is being done, but no definitive answers have yet been found...

New mule deer survey improves population data March 19, 2014 Nebraska, Rapid City Journal
... a contracted helicopter ... Todd Nordeen, northwestern district wildlife manager, said the survey’s findings will be valuable in setting hunting regulations and other management strategies for mule deer, a species that biologists suspect to be struggling in some areas because of disease and other challenges...

Helicopter Surveys, Deer ... in Connecticut March 18, 2014 Hartford Courant Blogs
... State experts used to try to come up with a statewide deer population total, but Williams said there were so many difficulties with those sorts of numbers that they quit trying ... But Williams said there’s little doubt that our deer population has plunged...

Outlook on deer situation remains bleak February 23, 2014 North Dakota, Minot Daily News 
... The number of deer in the state has plunged in recent years... a few seasons of bad weather, loss of Conservation Reserve Program acres, recent record numbers of licenses issued and the energy boom in western North Dakota, and you have what NDG&F Wildlife Division Chief Randy Kreil calls a "train wreck." ...

Illinois Whitetail Alliance finally gets deer meeting with IDNR February 21, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times 
... The meeting was requested because of the historic drop in deer harvest in the 2013-14 seasons and because of the IDNR’s lackluster response this month. ... Facebook page for IWA

Deer harvest declines for eighth straight year February 18, 2014 Iowa, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported Tuesday that the state's deer harvest declined for the eighth straight year in 2013. Iowa's deer harvest dropped below 100,000 for the first time since the mid-1990s, as hunters reported taking 99.406 deer during the 2013 season. That marks a 14-percent decline from 2012 and a 34-percent decline from its high in 2006...

arch for a deer solution February 14, 2014 North Dakota, Minot Daily News
... Deer management meetings will be held at eight locations in the state beginning next Tuesday. The reason? The state's deer population is believed to be at its lowest point in 30 years... carrying capacity ... "You have to have habitat to carry deer ... our carrying capacity has dropped dramatically." ...

Panel votes to tighten deer hunting rules February 13, 2014 Montana, Great Falls Tribune
... The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to convert the general mule deer season statewide to antlered-only and to eliminate nearly all white-tailed deer B licenses in Regions 4, 5 and 6... FWP proposed the changes to Montana’s deer hunting regulations because of declining deer populations across the state and across the West...

Was the 2013 deer season one of the best ever? February 11, 2014 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... the Louisiana annual deer harvest has been on the decline for the past few years and the reported kill last year was low enough to make LDWF change the deer hunting areas ... Coyotes, hogs, hurricane damage, the drought of 2010 and 2011, low hunter reporting of harvested deer, along with commercial forestry activities have been suggested as possible reasons for this decline. ...

Wildlife officials fine tune county-by-county hunting regulations for Ohio's shrinking deer herdFebruary 8, 2014 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... The Ohio deer harvest last season was 191,459 bucks and does, off almost 13 percent from 2012-13 and a big decline of almost 70,000 deer from the 261,260 killed during the 2009-10 season. A smaller deer herd and bitter winter weather shared the blame... 

Ohio deer kill down 12 percent; new regulations proposed February 12, 2014 
examiner.com 
... the lower deer kill more reflects the number of deer available, rather than the number of hunters. He said the estimated number of deer hunters was 400,000, about the same as in previous years...

Iowa Conservation Alliance: it’s time to think about deer maintenance February 3, 2014 Radio Iowa
... A decade-long effort to thin Iowa’s deer herd has been a success and state officials along with conservationists are now talking about changing hunting regulations to ensure current deer numbers are maintained...