2015

2015 Archive of News about Declining Deer Populations  Page 1,  2014,  2013

Big hunting meeting coming up on Jan. 9 December 31, 2015 Montana, Daily Inter Lake
...  For Region 1 (Northwest Montana) ... During the last several years, doe hunting has been very restricted to allow the deer herd to rebuild after a couple of tough winters... Whitetail deer harvests have declined severely over the past 25 years. Some of that decline is due to occasional tough winters, but I think most of the decline is due to the loss of high-quality deer habitat ...

Hunters ask: Where were the deer this year? December 23, 2015 New York, Ithaca Journal 
... These people complaining about no deer are right. There are deer but it’s a very low population ... Actual deer harvest figures won't be available for a few months, but early indications are those numbers will likely be down, said Art Kirsch, senior wildlife biologis ... We did decrease the number of doe tags in places we thought the winter might have had an effect on population ...

AGFC should look at size of deer herd December 21, 2015 Arkansas, El Dorado News-Times
... Each summer, we learn from the official sources that the state’s deer herd is strong and plentiful, but hunters in the woods tell us that’s not the case... It’s not in the Game and Fish Commission’s interest to explain that the state’s deer herd is shrinking, but it is a responsibility... The Game and Fish Commission should rein in the annual bag limit in South Arkansas from six to four deer...

DNR official says Local herd 'collapsing' December 21, 2015 Michigan, Daily Mining Gazette
... since 2013 there has been a significant drop in the U.P. deer population.  "The best we can tell, the last three years our numbers have gone down 50 to 60 percent .. We had vast areas where we weren't seeing anything."  ... south of Houghton County ... in 2013 the fawn mortality rate was 100 percent. In 2104 it was about 90 percent ...

Big changes from state could hurt deer hunting December 17, 2015 Connecticut, Newbritainherald
... For next season, within zone 2, antlerless deer tags will NOT be valid during the private land firearms deer seasons, including muzzleloader... Only a bit over 7,000 deer have been reported. Last season’s total harvest numbers were a bit over 11,000 deer... Deer numbers are down in many areas...

Coyotes cutting deer herds December 17, 2015 South Carolina, The Colletonian
... Coyote problems and a drop in deer counts have been reported in every county across the Palmetto State this year, said Witt, with state officials keeping a record of the rising coyote numbers...

Coyote population is constantly increasing December 17, 2015 Michigan, Coldwater Daily Reporter
...  if you're a deer hunter, you've probably noticed a decline in the deer population. This can be attributed to a variety of factors, one of which is heavy predation on fawns by the clever and adaptable coyotes...

... Missouri Department of Conservation Deer Biologist Jason Sumners said on the department’s website that the deer population is decreasing... Boone, Callaway, and other Mid-Missouri counties have seen their deer population drop as much as 35 percent during the last ten years... due to hemorrhagic disease outbreaks, drought, and high doe harvests ...

There is a shortage of whitetail deer December 15, 2015 Idaho, CDA Press
... The IFG is still propagandizing that there is an abundance of deer as they continue to ramp up either sex tag sales and extend seasons...got to keep the coffers full.
What few spring fawns were born this year….quickly became the first victims to blue tongue disease. I would find them dead by standing ponds of water and creeks...

Game harvest improves in north-central Montana December 14, 2015 Billings Gazette
...Hunter numbers were up 12 percent from 2014, but are still down 18 percent from the long-term average.  “Weather conditions this year were mostly warm and dry, which may have helped increase hunter participation from last year,” ...

... Indiana’s deer managers ...  get pressure from farm lobbyists to curtail crop damage caused by our state’s wild ungulates. The money trail is loud and clear.  So what do they do? They up antlerless quotas and even create a special doe only season at the very end, at which time most does have been bred ... Many hunters, including myself, would like to see antlerless deer tags reduced and the late doe season eliminated...

Who's to blame for declining deer numbers? December 12, 2015 Indiana, Kokomo Tribune
... A few say it’s due to previous hard winters and predation. But almost everyone agrees the large increase in antlerless permits made available by our state’s fish and wildlife agency is to blame...

Hunting seasons up for debate at FWP Commission December 10, 2015 Montana, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
...  elk hunting in district 313 near Gardiner...  proposing to allow only 75 permits for elk hunters ... allowed more than 1,500 people to hunt there last season...  the number of mature bull elk in the population — which migrates out of Yellowstone National Park each year — is declining because hunters are killing too many...

NC WRC Releases Deer Study Results December 9, 2015 North Carolina, The Tribune Papers
... let’s look at the dismal deer density figures... from Buncombe County west the deer population is less than 15 per square mile ... That’s pretty bad for 100 counties in the state...  the WRC must be more forceful with the U.S. Forest Service to do more wildlife habitat management work on the Pisgah and Nantahala forests...

Reduction in Ohio's deer herd helps drivers and farmers, but annoys hunters December 6, 2015 
Akron Beacon Journal
... Ohio had as many as 750,000 deer at its peak, state officials said. Hunter groups estimate Ohio now may have 450,000 deer... The number of deer shot by hunters dropped to 175,745 in 2014-2015 from the peak of 261,260 in 2009-2010. That’s a 33 percent drop... 

...  evidence suggests moose are struggling throughout Montana.  FWP allotted as many as 836 hunter's tags for moose in 1962. In 1995, the state issued 769 tags to hunters for moose. But by 2014, hunters drew only 367 moose tags...

Every year the same complaints about decline in deer December 5, 2015 Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel
... Some hunters say they are going to go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission and ask for more restrictions on antlerless hunts. Others believe coyotes are to blame. Some think its subdivisions and strip malls that have wiped out prime deer habitat ...

More mahogany for mule deer December 1, 2015 Wyoming, Buffalo Bulletin
... A combination of factors has played against mule deer populations, but a crucial piece of the mule deer’s winter food supply – mahogany – has been a key player in that decline...Mahogany, a crucial part of the mule deer’s winter food supply, has been out-competed with encroaching conifer stands that kill the mahogany by blocking out sunlight...

... My results suggest that female survival rates observed during my study are on the
low end of the range reported for this species and may be contributing to population
declines of mule deer in Oregon. Annual estimates of male survival were also low, but it is unclear how that might contribute to overall population declines without more
information on annual and seasonal variation in male survival...

Researchers want wildlife considered in climate change talks December 1, 2015 Montana, The Missoulian
... warming temperatures are already showing impacts on moose ... “It’s hard to specifically link it, because mostly what we have is correlations,” DeCesare said. “But it appears that warm winters precede low survival rates for moose.” ... studies run parallel with observations of wild moose decline across the northern United States ...

White-tailed deer hunt numbers lowest in 42 years November 27, 2015 New Brunswick, CBC
... The hunt took in 38 per cent fewer animals than last year's season, with just 4,313 deer harvested. That's down from 6,935 reported in 2014... The only year that was worse was back in 1973...

Deer population down November 26, 2015 Oklahoma, Enid News
... “The drought over the past five years hurt the deer population numbers, about 10 to 15 percent overall,” said Tracy Daniel, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation district captain. “Some of the counties —like Woods and Major — the drought impacted them really hard, but Garfield and Grant, those numbers are a little better.” ...

New Report on the Destructive Impacts of Energy Development on Wildlife November 24, 2015 Montana, Natural Resources Defense Council
... A new study commissioned by NRDC and the National Wildlife Federation finds that energy extraction (e.g., coal mining and oil and gas development) in southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming is destroying the habitat of some of the West's most beloved wildlife - including mule deer, pronghorn, elk ... Half of the mule deer units in the study are in poor health ...

Attempts to Repopulate Mule Deer November 23, 2015 Colorado, WesternSlopeNow
...  mule deer numbers should be at 600,000 when currently they've counted about 400,000 ... "It's important that we maintain habitat connectivity and decrease fragmentation to wildlife across the state," ... figured out highways could be one of the things creating a loss for the population...

Mule Deer Struggling To "Surf The Green Wave" Of Migration November 20, 2015 Wyoming Public Media
... Rock Springs ...over the past couple decades we've pumped over $4 million into habitat treatments and other sorts of efforts to help bolster that mule deer population ...but with seemingly no benefit... herds that can’t migrate in search of the most nutritious grasses just end up smaller in number, plain and simple ...

... In an effort to start rebuilding the state's deer population, Game and Fish has significantly reduced whitetail doe licenses, and has not issued any mule deer doe licenses for several years..., the majority of the license cuts have been in the eastern part of the state because of some tough winters and the habitat conditions have changed ... In southwestern North Dakota, deer numbers continue to build...

Cougars in the crosshairs November 16, 2015 Oregon, The Register-Guard
... If cougars were responsible for declines in mule deer, and if killing cougars would reverse the declines, there might be some justification for the target areas. But mule deer populations have been falling for half a century, before and after Measure 18. The primary reason is not predation, but a decline in the quantity and quantity of forage ...

OSP hunting for poachers on the High Desert November 13, 2015 Oregon, WRAL.com
... there's about 22,000 deer left in Central Oregon. That's only half the number he would like to see. Heath attributes the decline to a variety of reasons, including loss of habitat, disease, vehicle collisions and poaching.  A 2012 ODFW report found at least 13 percent of mule deer in its study were poached. That's slightly more than the 11 percent that were hunted legally...

CWD could be brutal for Upper Peninsula November 12, 2015 Michigan, Port Huron Times Herald
...  Wisconsin officials have confirmed CWD [chronic wasting disease] cases 75 miles from Menominee... Hunters can spread the disease by moving an infected deer’s carcass and fluids — and materials contaminated by them — from one place to another...  a substantial portion of the Upper Peninsula’s culture and economy could be history...

Maine Moose Hunt November 6, 2015 WCAX.com
... The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife issued 2,740 moose permits this year - the fewest permits in 12 years. Biologists say parasites have culled the moose population in recent years...

New Study Looks At Why Elk Thrive While Mule Deer Don't November 5, 2015 Wyoming Public Media
... “Mule deer numbers have declined in the last couple decades by almost 40%. Here in Wyoming, the latest numbers seem to be between 36 and 38%. You go from 550,000 to 360,000, that's a pretty good drop in a very short amount of time.”...

G&F working to boost deer population in Unit 16A November 3, 2015 Arizona, kdminer.com
...  The number of tags issued ranged from 650 (2009-10) down to 350 this year, with a hunter success rate high of 18 percent in 2014 to a low of 12 percent in 2013... There is no question that the mule deer in this unit are in trouble. Predators, poor habitat and lack of water are all contributing factors...

It’s time to improve our deer herds and increase opportunity October 25, 2015 California, Victorville Daily Press
... In California, our deer herds are at probably their lowest ebb in history. Between long-term drought, increasing human population growth that continues to negatively impact habitat, and the DFW’s inability to implement habitat improvements or management efforts ...

Wily coyote to force deer hunting limits? October 24, 2015 South Carolina, Charleston Post Courier
... killing fawns at a rate of more than 50 percent in some places. Since the coyote started to prey, the number of deer statewide has fallen about 30 percent, biologists and hunters say... Deer can’t maintain that level of predation and the level of harvest we have had in South Carolina ...

Deer hunting gets off to a strong start October 22, 2015 Washington, The Herald of Everett 
... “The number of hunters in the field, as counted at the Deer Park station, has been declining steadily since about 2006,” ...

The Columbian 
... There are about 900 Columbian white-tailed deer around the Lower Columbia River. That’s a 10-year high, and about double the historic low point when the species was listed as endangered ... a private landowner would have more options to haze or relocate the animal ... A special rule proposed with the downlisting would also allow states, tribes and others more flexibility in moving the deer ... [More information from U.S. Fish and Wildlife,  use this link to view the proposal and instructions on how to submit comments]

... Ruth explained that in the 1990s there were a million deer statewide, but the numbers have declined since. Statewide population estimates put the deer herd at about 730,000 animals with an estimated harvest of approximately 215,000 each of the last few years...  

Firearms deer season opens with buck-only regs for many hunters October 16, 2015 Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald
... WRD cut the number of either-sex deer hunting days, and moved either-sex days away from opening weekend, in a number of Georgia counties in response to lower deer populations. Fawn survival rates are significantly lower than they used to be Georgia, primarily due to predation by coyotes...

Moose populations on alarming decline in North American parks October 15, 2015 Canada, CBC.ca
... An alarming number of moose calves are failing to survive their first year, pushing moose populations into decline in many parts of North America. Why that's happening isn't clear ...

New study looks at mule deer in Bitterroot October 9, 2015 Montana, Ravalli Republic 
... Mule deer does are having a hard time of it in the Bitterroot Valley and beyond.  No one is really sure why.  This winter, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ biologists will begin a three-year study ... 

Low Deer Numbers, But Plenty of Food in Northeast October 8, 2015 Connecticut, Field and Stream
...  Connecticut is four years into a fawn recruitment study in the northwest corner of the state. They look at 90-day fawn survival and in the past three years it’s ranged between 0.66 and 0.40 fawns per adult doe. This year it’s down to 0.22. That’s one fawn per 4.5 does...Just 15 years ago there were very few predators outside of deer hunters, now the state is crawling with record numbers of coyotes, black bears and bobcats...

Clean Fields May Be Hurting Midwest Deer Populations October 7, 2015 Outdoor Life Magazine
... farmers have become very good at killing weeds and other non-commodity vegetation, plants that wildlife biologists identify as habitat for everything from songbirds to whitetails...

Columbian white-tailed deer protections loosened as species recovers October 6, 2015 Oregon, OregonLive
... It took 48 years, but the Columbian white-tailed dear has pulled back from the brink of extinction.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to downgrade the deer's status from endangered to threatened ... will make it simpler for state managers to, say, relocate deer ...
     Endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer Reach Recovery Milestone October 6, 2015 Oregon, KUOW News and Information
... The population of Columbian white-tailed deer along the Columbia River has doubled from around 450 in 1967 to more than 900 today... Columbian white-tailed deer populations declined as a result of habitat loss as farming, logging and development took over the river valleys and bottomlands the deer call home ...

Siskiyou, state clash over deer plan October 5, 2015 California, Siskiyou Daily News
...  the letter argues that it is forest fires and fire suppression activity that has led to a decline in deer populations in Siskiyou County, rather than stresses on habitat from urban development...

Increased antlerless allocations considered by Game Commission October 4, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... 14 years into the agency’s embrace of “quality deer management,” hunters in northcentral Pennsylvania continue to complain that the plan has removed too many deer from those mountainous deep-woods counties...  population trends increasing in just two WMUs (2D and 5D). But in the same period, allocation increases were recommended in 21 WMUs. ...

... In Maine, state biologists recommended a nearly 25 percent reduction in deer hunting permits for 2015 because of the tough winter’s toll on the herd ...

Maine sporting camps – going, going gone? September 27, 2015 Portland Press Herald 
... The loss of deer hunters over the last five years has been particularly painful. Deer nearly disappeared in western and northern Maine after two tough winters, and our failure to protect critical deer wintering areas was a key factor ... “in 1904 there were at least 300 sporting camps in operation in Maine. By 2007, this number had dwindled to fewer than 40.”...

All deer gun licenses issued in North Dakota for fall hunt September 21, 2015 North Dakota, KFGO
... The number of available deer licenses this year is the lowest since 1978, due to a low population of the animals...

The Vanishing ‘Serengeti of North America’ September 17, 2015 British Columbia, dailytownsman.com
... the caribou is now on the endangered species list with less than 20 animals left in the herd closest to us in the South Selkirks. Mule deer populations are in serious decline, elk numbers have been reduced dramatically ... moose and mountain goats in some management units have been in decline for some time now...

State must make a point out of letting bucks replenish Septmber 14, 2015 Maine, Portland Press Herald
... There’s been a fair amount of discussion lately about the concept of antler-point restrictions [APR] ...  one reason why now might be a good time for Maine to at least consider APRs. We’re trying to grow our herd in most if not all of the state. The deer population has been devastated by predators, insufficient protection of winter habitat and severe winter conditions...
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Range-Wide Status of Black-Tailed and Mule Deer 2015 Mule Deer Working Group. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
... Population estimates and analysis for states with mule deer or black-tailed deer ... 

Deer hunting days up, but take down September 3, 2015 Louisiana, The Advocate
... Deer numbers ... down last year.  State Deer Study leader Scott Durham can explain the decline, but there’s no single-fit, statewide reason other than the explosion of feral hogs across the state’s landscape... We have reports of HD2V, and a disease like this can reduce a deer herd, maybe up to 25-50 percent ...

Energy Production Impacts on Colorado Deer August 24, 2015 Public News Service
... A new study confirms that oil and gas production in northwest Colorado is disrupting important winter habitat for one of the nation's largest herds of mule deer... A Bureau of Land Management report on Wyoming's Pinedale Anticline drilling area found a 60 percent loss of mule deer population between 2001 and 2009 – oil and gas boom years...

... Senate Bill 454 ... proposes a limit of four antlered bucks per year and that all deer harvested are tagged...  the overall population has decreased ... habitat changes related to forest management, extremely liberal deer harvests over the last two decades, and the colonization of the state by coyotes since the turn of the century." ...

Shorter deer seasons, lower limits eyed by LDWF August 18, 2015 Louisiana Sportsman
... One of the main factors Durham said is a primary driver in the crash of the deer population is loss of habitat as rural areas have been either opened for farming or eaten up by urban development.  The end result is fewer forested acres in the state — and it’s those forests that support deer herds...

JM Northrup, CR Anderson, G Wittemyer - Global Change Biology, 2015
... Deer displayed more nuanced responses to other infrastructure, avoiding pads with active production and roads to a greater degree during the day than night. In aggregate, these responses equate to alteration of behavior by human development in over 50% of the critical winter range in our study area during the day and over 25% at night. Compared to other regions, the topographic and vegetative diversity in the study area appear to provide refugia that allow deer to behaviorally mediate some of the impacts of development...

Winds of change blow as hunting for deer begins August 14, 2015 South Carolina, Times and Democrat
... public meetings, mail surveys and telephone and Internet-based surveys indicate 70 percent of hunters support the concept of a limit on antlered bucks and the implementation of a tagging program ...  a 25 percent overall decline in the statewide deer population over the past decade...

Behavioral response of mule deer to natural gas development in the Piceance Basin July, 2015 Colorado, Northrup, Joseph M., Ph.D., Colorado State University
... deer populations across Western North America have declined over the last 20 years from historical highs, and recent research has highlighted hydrocarbon development as a potential driver of large scale displacement of deer from preferred areas on their winter range ...

New group advocates more young forest habitat July 24, 205 Virginia, HeraldCourier.com
...  Virginia Wildlife Habitat Coalition ... “ ...Virginia’s public forest are remarkable out of balance in terms of age class — way too much older growth..  many game and non-game species will continue to decline ...

Plan to increase Allegany County deer herd July 22, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
... there are hunters in Allegany County who believe that the deer population between Westernport and Orleans has dwindled to an alarming number... After one season of hunters not using bait, the number of deer carrying over into the next year should be significant...

Support preservation of mule deer July 15, 2015 Wyoming, Cody Enterprise 
... A decline of the state mule deer population from 544,000 to 350,000 between 2000 and 2013 is alarming.  Grizzly bears get more attention. Elk have more fans... But it is apparent no one wants to envision a Wyoming without mule deer...  females must give birth to 66 fawns per 100 adults to sustain herd levels... The birth rate fell short of 66 in nine of the last 13 years...

The Great Deer Decline: Are the Good Ol' Days Over? July 14, 2015 Petersen's Hunting
... South Carolina’s deer population has been trending downward for nearly 20 years, dropping from 1.2 million animals in 1996 to 800,000. The decline is even more dramatic in Iowa, where 550,000 deer roamed the state in 2006. It’s close to half that now. Ohio’s deer kill was also down to the lowest level in 14 years...
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... In contrast with other Odocoileus species, Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) population dynamics are not well understood throughout the species’ range.  Concerns over apparent long-term population declines have prompted efforts to fill basic knowledge gaps including estimates of vital rates (fecundity, recruitment and survival) and causespecific mortality...  2-year-old males had over twice the
cumulative risk of legal harvest with 22% of this age class killed by hunters during the general rifle season . ...    harvest may have had an additive effect and
been the primary cause of low survival rates observed for males....

FWC’s South Florida Deer Research Project July 2, 2015 Florida, The Ledger
... Over the last several years, hunters in this area have noted a decline in deer populations. Some have blamed panthers, other blame water regulations and policy.  
FWC agrees that deer populations have taken a hit, but they have been unable to determine what variables have caused this slump. Project site

What Really Happened In The Wyoming Big Game Draw? July 1, 2015 Wyoming, Eastmans' Official Blog - Eastmans' Hunting Journals
... the odds are getting tougher than ever before to draw a top quality big game tag. With a sheep herd that is on the wane, a moose herd that has been all but decimated ... an elk herd that has suffered one of the most drastic declines in modern history, a deer herd that has been on a steady downhill slide for more than 20 years ...

Deer population down across Oklahoma June 30, 2015 KOCO Oklahoma City
... In 2011, deer all across the state were so stressed as they looked for food that fewer reproduced... This continued in 2012 and 2013 ...

Ecology of Adult Female Rocky Mountain Mule Deer Following Habitat Enhancements ... 2015, New Mexico, Open Access Theses and Dissertations
... Populations of Rocky Mountain mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus hemionus) are currently declining across the West and throughout New Mexico. Specific reasons for the decline of mule deer are unclear but hypotheses which have been developed include predation, overhunting, competition with other large herbivores, habitat loss and deterioration, fire exclusion, extreme weather, and declining nutrition. Multiple factors may be interacting ... Total survival for the duration of the study from March 2011 to February 2014 was 0.83 (SE = 0.029) and was best explained by total precipitation and age as well as body mass and ingesta-free body fat at time of capture...

... Despite a statewide population that has almost doubled, there are fewer fishers and hunters in Oregon today than in the 1970s... the success rate for bagging mule deer in Oregon dropped to 28 percent in 2010 from 57 percent in 1970. For bucks, it dropped to 17 percent in 2011 from 28 percent in 1971... "The lack of game is probably the largest influencing factor," ...

State, region losing battle against CWD May 29, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... biologist Gary Alt ...  speaking at the National Deer Alliance "summit meetings"  ... wondered rhetorically if deer would still be on the landscape in two centuries. "What happens between now and then?" Alt said. "The jury's still out. But we shouldn't assume anything about CWD's long-term impacts on the species." ...
... “Many of the same struggles you’re now seeing in whitetails are the same problems we were documenting in mule deer when I started my career in the late 1970s,” ... Miles Moretti, president/CEO of the MDF [Mule Deer Foundation] ... One challenge documented across the Upper Midwest from the Dakotas through Wisconsin in recent years is a huge habitat loss ...

SC deer harvest declines by 9% May 10, 2015 South Carolina, The Tand D.com
... the statewide harvest of deer last season decreased about 9 percent.  An estimated 109,446 bucks and 93,506 does made up a total harvest of 202,952 ... Although timber-management activities stimulated the growth in South Carolina's deer population in the 1980s and '90s, considerable acreage is currently in even-aged pine stands that are greater than 10 years old, a situation that does not support deer densities ...

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Deer Summit Day 1: The National Deer Alliance Launches May 7, 2015 Outdoor Life Magazine
... In the 10 years between 2003 and 2013, states in the Midwest reported an average 23 percent decline in buck deer harvest. In Iowa, the decline is a staggering 40 percent. In 2000, the average doe-to-fawn ratio (a ratio of fawns that survive until the beginning of the fall hunting season) was .89, meaning that for every 100 does, 89 fawns survived. In 2014, the ratio was .66...

... Wildlife regulators in states where deer hunting is a way of life and an important tourism draw are implementing or considering deep cuts to hunting permits after a tough winter killed off many of the animals... Maine ... Vermont ... New Hampshire ... Pennsylvania ...

Animals in the wild are dying for a drink in the drought-stricken West May 6, 2015 Nevada, Washington Post 
... About 4,000 mule deer have disappeared from a mountain range near Reno between late last year and now, likely because of drought. “Our level of concern is very high,” Catalano said. Nevada has placed low fiberglass pools called guzzlers that hold up to 3,600 gallons of water at more than a thousand wilderness areas across the state to provide water for wildlife..

Deer numbers continuing to dwindle April 30, 2015 South Carolina, Rock Hill Herald 
...  the overall deer harvest last season was down a whopping 9 percent, with 202,952 deer taken, compared with 225,806 the year before... These numbers show that deer hunters in South Carolina are now harvesting almost 40 percent fewer animals than we were just a dozen years ago...

Will DNR close 2015 U.P. deer season? April 29, 2015 Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
... Anticipating the deer harvest will be among the lowest recorded over the last three decades, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is preparing to present six different options to the Natural Resources Commission at the May 7 session in Lansing, including closing the entire Upper Peninsula to deer hunting for the upcoming season ...

... It’s no secret that we’ve lost most of Maine’s deer hunting industry after the deer herd itself was lost. Those guides, for example, who could, moved to other states. I know one lodge owner and guide who sold his north country lodge and bought a ranch in Texas, where he charged $5,000 to $10,000 for a week of deer hunting...

Deer discussion dominates meeting April 12, 2015 North Dakota, Minot Daily News
...  "We are doing our best to manage that herd and build numbers back up, but it is going to take some time." ... "deer are still declining" and that "this year will see a reduction in deer tags again."  "A lot of grassland is gone. Where we used to have whitetails popping up like popcorn we're just not going to have the whitetails that we used to have," ...

...  The Upper Peninsula deer population had peaked at approximately 700,000 animals ... in the mid-1980s ... the numbers have continued in a downward spiral to a shocking level of 200,000. And, with this winter’s severity index well beyond the average, the alarming trend continues...

The North American Deer Summit, Decline of Deer Populations March 31, 2015 Whitetail Deer Passion - Blogger
... What are the reasons for the overall decline of the deer populations?  ...  Scientist from the QDMA (Quality Deer Management Association) found ... Growing predator populations ... Urban sprawl ... Disease ... Government “Deer Management” ...

Are Crops Contributing to the Whitetail Decline? March 17, 2015 North American Whitetail
...one herbicide in particular— glyphosate — catches most of the fire from critics ... With “Roundup Ready” (RR) crop varieties, glyphosate can be used to kill many annuals and perennials ... A North Carolina friend recently told me deer had all but quit using a local bean field since the farmer switched to RR beans... The consequent deficiencies of those minerals cause fetal hypothyroidism and a wide variety of birth defects....

Major deer study includes Nodaway County February 10, 2015 Missouri, Maryville Daily Forum
...  there just aren’t as many does and bucks roaming the hills and river bottoms as there used to be... A similar survey is being conducted in the Ozark counties of Wright, Texas, Douglas and Howe.  The two areas vary widely in terms of habitat and geography, and Flinn said those differences will allow scientists to compare and contrast their findings ...

Project to track coyotes in three states February 7, 2015 Georgia, The Augusta Chronicle
... the University of Georgia on a groundbreaking study of coyotes across Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama... Wildlife managers say there is mounting evidence that coyotes have drastically reduced deer fawn survival...

Game and Fish search for solutions to muley decline February 4, 2015 Wyoming, Buffalo Bulletin
... The problems the Upper Powder River herd, located around Kaycee, are facing, are mirrored across Wyoming and across the western states where mule deer live... Thiele’s research using population tallies and hunter and landowner surveys shows does are getting pregnant, but fawns are dying.  Fawn to does ratios are down by 20 percent since the 90s ...

W.Va. wildlife biologists calculate deer numbers to set hunting regulations February 1, 2015 West Virginia, The Charleston Gazette
... “The key component in our [calculations] is the buck kill per square mile ... We use that as an index to estimate the size of the deer population.”  Last year, the buck kill fell by 34 percent statewide. By extension, the buck kill per square mile also fell 34 percent... “We use a two-year running average,” [Paul Johansen, the DNR’s assistant wildlife chief]

Deer hunting experiences a big drop January 22, 2015 Virginia, Richmond.com 
...  deer hunting season numbers for 2014 could be down as much as 30 percent in Powhatan County.... Statewide, the number of deer kills is expected to be down about 20 percent ... The deer management staff expected that increased antlerless deer kill on private lands would eventually result in a reduced deer herd and deer kill, even without an assist from a second factor, which was hemorrhagic disease ...


Research seeks reasons for demise of mule deer January 20, 2015 Wyoming, High Country News
...  “Mule deer are declining across Wyoming and the West.” ... Matt Kauffman, University of Wyoming professor of zoology and physiology, who with his crew, caught, wrangled and released 175 deer one week last December.  Wyoming Game and Fish Department strives for a population of 564,150 mule deer, but the last statewide estimate was 374,400 ...

Ideas aimed at killing more Maryland deer January 18, 2015 Maryland, Cumberland Times News Homepage
...  Maryland’s estimated summertime deer population is 227,000. In 2002, that number was significantly higher at 295,000... With almost half of the deer in the state being killed it is no wonder that hunting season harvest numbers have dwindled robustly from 15 to 20 years ago ...

... West Virginia hunters harvested 104,223 deer in 2014 ...  This year's total was 31 percent less than the 2013 harvest of 150,877 deer and 23 percent below the five-year average of 136,168...

UGA Deer Lab to partner in coyote study January 16, 2015 Georgia, Online Athens
... Coyotes, which are not native to Georgia and southeastern states, are a likely cause of drastic reductions in the survival rates of deer fawns....

Hunters can help mule deer January 14, 2015 Oregon, The Bulletin 
... The Upper Deschutes Unit stretches from U.S. Highway 126 on the north to state Highway 58 on the south... Deer numbers didn’t bounce back after the winter of 1992-93 when brutal cold and ice locked down the winter range... “Numbers are rebounding slightly in the upper northwest part of the unit,” ... recent large wildfires that have helped open up understory, “creating some really good summer range.” ...

White‐tailed deer population dynamics and adult female survival in the presence of a novel predator MC Chitwood, MA Lashley, JC Kilgo, CE Moorman… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2015 North Carolina
... Recent localized declines in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) populations in the southeastern United States have been linked to increasing predation pressure from coyotes (Canis latrans), a novel predator to the region. Studies have documented coyotes as the leading cause of mortality for neonates, and 1 study documented coyotes as a mortality factor for adult females... Our data indicate that for low-density deer populations with heavy predation pressure on neonates, protecting adult females from harvest may not completely offset population declines. Coyote removal might be a necessary strategy because it could possibly increase very low fawn survival, which appears to be the most important vital rate influencing λ in our study. However, managers may have to start with reductions in adult female harvest ...

NM Korfanta, ML Mobley, IC Burke - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2015
...To offset habitat loss from energy development, wildlife managers are experimenting with large-scale sagebrush fertilization on western public rangelands. We synthesize what is known about basic sagebrush ecosystem biogeochemistry and ungulate nutritional ecology ...  the practice of sagebrush fertilization may pose a net conservation cost...

Density dependence in mule deer: a review of evidence EJ Bergman, PF Doherty Jr, GC White, AA Holland - Wildlife Biology, 2015  Colorado
... Wildlife managers and hunters expressed concern over a recent decline in western Colorado mule deer herds, yet the underlying cause of this decline is yet to be determined... Similar declines that occurred during the 1960s and early 1990s ... The conventional working hypothesis in Colorado is that mule deer herds are limited by winter range habitat....
Annual mule deer survey for district 270 completed January 10, 2015 Montana, Ravalli Republic
... This year, she counted a total of 886 deer, which was down a bit from last year’s 938... In the early 1990s, biologists counted as many as 2,500 mule deer in HD 270. More recently, mule deer numbers in the hunting district peaked at 1,757 in 2009. Numbers have been dropping ever since, with a low point of about 700 in 2012...


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