Sharpshooter Cost

Information on the Cost of Controlling Deer Using Sharpshooters
Deer sharpshooting operation ends in Mt. Lebanon March 9, 2017 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... the removal of 55 deer ... spending $44,868  ... [$816 per deer] ...  “The game commission’s first method of deer management is hunting, until there is a philosophical shift that won’t change.” ...
     Mt. Lebanon sharpshooting program ends March 11, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... an unofficial count of 115 animals culled... will be charged $74,375 for the service ... [$647 per deer]  

Princeton, Council hires hunters to thin the deer population November 22, 2016 New Jersey, Packet Online
... a Connecticut-based deer management company, received a no-bid contract capped at $64,530 from the Princeton Council on Nov.14 to cull the herd from early February to the middle of March. The goal of the hunt is to kill 125 to 150 deer ... [$430 to $516 per deer]

Cranbrook deer cull completed and comes in under budget January 22, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... The program was completed under the $15,000 budget at $10,374.00 or $494 per animal. Built into the cost includes: placement and tear down of each clover trap, purchase of bait and supplies, liability insurance, provincially mandated equipment training, mileage, vehicle cleaning ...

Sharpshooters take aim at Avon Lake deer starting Wednesday December 4, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...  sharpshooters to kill an estimated 80 deer on city-owned properties... It will cost an estimated $500 per deer, a cost that includes paying the sharpshooters, buying bait and baiting areas to lure the deer, renting a refrigerated truck to take the deer to be processed ...

Deer culling in Avon Lake, Bay Village to start next week December 1, 2015 Ohio, The Morning Journal
... cost to the city from their first time culling from Feb. 27 to April 11 this year was $8,557.81... 19 deer were taken down [$450.41 per deer]

Town and Country to again use sharpshooting to control deer population November 25, 2015 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
... The White Buffalo firm based in Connecticut will get a $65,000 contract to kill up to 175 deer [$371 per deer] ... 

Ann Arbor OKs controversial winter deer cull November 6, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
...  spending up to $35,000 to hire sharpshooters to lure and kill 100 deer at night in city-owned parks and natural areas. ... [$350 per year]

Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon could add sharpshooting to deer management September 28, 2015 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
... a request for proposals pertaining to a sharpshooting program as part of the municipality’s deer management efforts.  White Buffalo Inc., the nonprofit organization assisting with the current controlled archery hunt in Mt. Lebanon, submitted a proposal with a total cost of $80,750 ... to “safely remove 150 deer” ... [$538 per deer]

Deer culling begins at Weiss Field in Avon Lake March 13, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Two sharpshooters, who the city paid the U.S. Department of Agriculture $15,960 for ... they will shoot at Weiss Field and the city landfill on weekdays in the evening until the 20 deer tags he provided are reached... [$798 per deer]

Fort Meade targets 1,000 deer January 15, 2015  Maryland, capitalgazette.com 
... The herd inside the fenced boundaries of the post has been growing since hunting was last permitted decades ago ... The operation will be conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture marksmen and will cost $73,877 [$739 per deer] ...

Mt. Lebanon, Technical issues could delay Mt. Lebanon deer cull March 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
... Brian Benner of Wildlife Specialists in Wellsboro, Tioga County, said Sunday that some necessary equipment wasn’t in place... contracted to receive $500 per deer up to $75,000 per year ...

Avon Lake looks to expand deer culling May 20, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... USDA sharpshooters killed 16 deer at Weiss Field and volunteer archers killed three deer ...  15 were found to be pregnant ...  $8,557 for sharpshooting services, storage of killed deer and processing of venison. [$450 per deer including the archers]
     Costs of Avon Lake deer cull less than expected May 7, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... an initial service agreement with the USDA to spend up to $15,960 for sharpshooting services, but the actual cost came in at $8,557 for the 19 deer that were killed ...  more than $450 per deer ... A total of 696 pounds of venison was donated ... roughly $12 per pound...
    

...  "The culls are about killing deer, not resolving conflicts." ... For example,  Oak Bay spent $16,000 to kill 11 deer... [$1455 per deer]

Avon Lake deer cull starts today at Weiss Park March 12, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Councilman David Kos, 4th Ward, was the only member to vote against sharpshooting. He said Wednesday that he feels culling at Weiss Field, on the western end of the city, will do little to address the areas most affected by deer... $15,000 spent, almost $1,000 per deer, to kill deer in a park area where we kind of want the deer to be ...

Bloomington, Canceled deer cull cost city $3,530, killed no deer May 27, 2015 Indiana, Herald Times
... Bait corn, site security, signage and consultation services all contributed to an expensive hunting trip that ended without a trophy...  final tally of the canceled 2014 Griffy Lake Nature Preserve deer cull program to the city parks board. It cost $3,529.98 to close the park, stock bait sites with corn, secure those sites and use the services of White Buffalo Inc. in evaluating a potential cull...

... With Wildlife Services often paid for mass deer killings directly by municipalities, local taxpayers are expected to be burdened with a minimum of $300 per deer killed by the Federal Government. Moreover, according to the Federal Government, the impact of these mass deer killings, would only be temporarily effective in reducing local deer populations: " ...

Will County forest culled 200 deer this season June 10, 2016 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
... The district spent $29,400 on its sharpshooting staff and another $18,200 for operational costs, such as processing, ammunition and bait, for an average cost of $239 per deer ... 200 deer were culled in the 2015-16 season ... In the 2014-15 season, 201 deer were culled ...

Officials in Will County, Illinois claim there are too many deer, so they've been killing them. See what SHARK found when they planted hidden cameras in some of those preserves. Government deer kills are occurring around the country, but regular taxpayers have little idea about the cruelty their money is paying for. SHARK is calling for governments to explore nonlethal, humane alternatives. If kill programs are to continue, they should be video documented and shown to the people whose taxes are used to kill the wildlife that live on our public lands. - March 12, 2015


Costs for Other Approaches

Trap and Bolt
Lyndhurst, City's deer management program result of years of discussion: Mayor Patrick Ward, Lyndhurst March 27, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... After much discussion, our city was granted a permit by the Division of Wildlife to cull a small number of deer by trap and euthanizing... In total 13 deer were culled ... The total cost of the program was $4,500 – including processing the meat to be donated. ... [$346 per deer]

Cranbrook, Council approves another deer cull November 21, 2017 British Columbia, E-Know.ca 
...  permits for the capture and euthanization of up to 50 mule deer or incidental white-tailed deer... assuming that 50 deer are captured, is $27,500 or $550 per animal...

Volunteer Costs Can Also Be High

Blue Hills, Animal rights advocates opposed to bow hunting in the Blue Hills July 8, 2016 Massachusetts, The Patriot Ledger
... neighbors opposed to a controlled hunt in the Blue Hills find the proposal to allow bow hunting especially troubling. They argue that the method is inhumane and ineffective, turning a population control program into a sport... The 2015 hunt cost the state about $141,000 ... The hunt yielded 64 deer ... $2203 per deer ...