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

Mama deer respond to the cries of human babies September 17, 2014 Arizona, Science News 
... Mule deer and white-tailed deer will respond to the distress calls of babies outside their own species, including humans, as long as those cries fall within the same frequency range as young deer, Susan Lingle of the University of Winnipeg in Canada and Tobias Riede of Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., report September 5 in the American Naturalist...

Northern Arizona Chapter September 10, 2014 Mule Deer Foundation
... MDF Northern Arizona Chapter in Flagstaff Arizona invites you to their 2nd Annual Banquet on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Doors Open at 5:00 PM; Dinner at 6:00 PM
Location:  Jake's on the Green, 2380 North Oakmont Drive, Flagstaff ...



Reward Fund in Redington Poaching Case Now Totals More Than $3000 September 4, 2014 Arizona, Copper Basin News
... The latest reward offers make the grant total for an arrest or conviction in the case up to $3,100.... A White-tail doe and two yearlings, a buck and a doe were found shot dead Aug. 22 near Mile Marker 14.8 off Redington Pass Road. Also found dead were two fawns... call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700

Reward up to $2,500 offered in poaching case September 3, 2014 Arizona,  KGUN 9
... On September 2nd, a concerned citizen added $500 to this reward ...  the Redington Pass Poaching Case that occurred sometime August 21 to 22 ...  call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700

... The USFWS analysis said the wolves cannot establish a self-sustaining population without a dramatic expansion in the area they’re allowed to live, including a connection to the Sierra Madres in Mexico,  ... When wolves returned to Yellowstone National Park, elk herds dropped by 50 percent, according to some studies... Wolf advocates counter that the wolves in the recovery area have had little impact on elk and deer populations so far...

... Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) teen volunteer, Carter Lawrence of Phoenix, Ariz. was selected as a Youth Hero of Conservation by Field & Stream in the September issue of the magazine.  Sixteen-year-old Carter has been active in MDF’s North Valley Chapter ...

...  a White-tail doe, two yearlings, and two fawns were found shot dead near mile marker 14.8 on either August 21 or August 22...  call the Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700 

Animals orphaned by AZ monsoons are in safe hands August 20, 2014 August 20, 2014 Arizona, KPHO Phoenix
... A 1-week-old mule deer was discovered in a wash at Desert Mountain GolfCourse north of Carefree ... "She was in an area where her mom couldn't access her," ... Carr said the staff is bottle feeding the deer every few hours.  "She'll eventually stay here and live in our sanctuary." ...

Game and Fish urges public to leave baby wildlife alone July 2, 2014 Arizona, Tucson News Now
... someone in Willcox thought they rescued an abandoned mule deer.  "That is not usually the case.  Mom is out eating, foraging, and will return to take care of her young,” ... The deer ended up in a Prescott zoo...

2 Pinal County poachers fined $12000 for deer killings June 5, 2014 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star 
... A two-year investigation ... The charges against all four included unlawful take, possession and transport of multiple deer as well as hunting license fraud... Anyone with information about wildlife violations should call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700...

Dry winter could mean more wildlife in town May 19, 2014 Arizona,  azcentral.com
...  the lack of rain and snow this year is putting a strain on wildlife. The difficulty finding water and food is forcing many wild animals to leave the forest and head to the subdivisions.... In the high country that means elk, deer, and black bears...

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle underway April 22, 2014 White Mountain Independent
... a special raffle each year to raise money for wildlife conservation efforts... The Arizona Game and Fish Commission awarded one special big game license tag for each of 10 big game species ...

     The 2014 Fundraising Banquet is a joint event for the Arizona Deer Association and the Arizona Antelope Foundation. The date of the banquet is Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino located at 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. – Chandler, AZ  Waterhole at 4:00 PM • Free Beer • Dinner at 6:00 PM ...

Habitat for quail, mule deer new focus March 4, 2014 Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun
... With the recent large wildfires in the state and current habitat management programs in place, the department is considering units 27, 21 and 22 and 16A to increase mule deer numbers. With some habitat management work in these areas the department believes it can have a noticeable impact on deer numbers... 

Reward offered in illegal deer killing in Arizona February 15, 2014 Arizona, San Francisco Gate 
... The buck was found Monday on private property west of Green Valley.... a reward of up to $400 ... [call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700]

Ariz. Game and Fish seek suspect in deer poaching February 1, 2014 Arizona, San Francisco Gate
... mule deer doe was found in Kaibab National Forest near Williams with an arrow wound to the lungs... Jan. 24 or the following day ...



Coyote Springs, Mountain lion deer kills startle Coyote Springs residents near The Peaks Senior Living Center January 23, 2014 Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun 
... The crows led her to a fresh mountain lion deer kill. The heart and lungs had been eaten, but the intestines were still nearby, filled with fresh grass.... Paul Beier, a regents professor at Northern Arizona University ... did the first comprehensive study of mountain lion fatalities in the United States and Canada. He found that in 100 years, only 10 people were killed and 53 attacked...

Bowie, National Park Service investigating deer poaching January 13, 2014 Arizona, The Copper Era
     At the trailhead parking lot on Apache Pass Road, the suspect loaded the deer into the back of a red, full-size pickup truck with a silver tool box in the back. He then left the parking lot and headed toward the Town of Bowie... evidence that the deer was shot within the boundaries of Fort Bowie National Historic Site ...

... On Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, at approximately 2:30 pm, an unidentified male was witnessed by two park visitors as he dragged a gutted mule deer buck down the trail at Fort Bowie NHS.... Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Arizona Game and Fish Department Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700.... 

Mt. Logan features sizable deer January 2, 2014 Arizona, Spectrum 
...  I finally hit the jackpot last November: some 60 deer, with 14 bucks. One a high antlered four-pointer... we combed the edge of the Mt. Logan Wilderness Area for three days. Ironically, we found seven of these antlered deer the first evening on a road that any pickup could negotiate...

... The exhibit explains how between 1906 and 1930 the federal government killed nearly all the mountain lions in the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona. Deer population skyrocketed to between 20,000 and 100,000, devouring vegetation and causing massive starvation ...

Road hunting is illegal and can have consequences November 12, 2013 Arizona, Prescott Daily Courier
...  Every year during Archery Deer and Rifle Deer Hunting there are countless hunters wandering through our neighborhoods in their vehicles just cruising the roads looking for game. I know that road hunting is illegal ... We know they do it because where hear their rifle shots close by ...   people who witness road hunting or animals being shot at within quarter-mile of an occupied residence to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700 

Expanding wolf range unwise October 26, 2013 Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun, Jim Unmacht is president of Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation.
...   the Arizona Game and Fish Department estimates the number of mule deer in the region to be about 10,000 and there is no suitable, alternate prey ...  If there were 100 wolves in the area north of the Colorado River, biologists estimate that the prey would soon be reduced to the point that the wolves would have limited ability to survive ...  It is important to remind readers that much of the northern area proposed for wolf habitation is outside of historic range and there is a reason that these wolves are called “Mexican” wolves! ..

... the vast Flagstaff region ... because of successive mild winters, excellent fawn recruitment and doe/fawn ratios, deer populations are up and buck/doe ratios are solid...  Units north of the Colorado River offer buck/doe ratios ranging from 20-50:100, and south of the river they are 15-26:100... units 13A and 13B offer buck/doe ratios 31:100 and 50:100 respectively. What’s also impressive about these units is the fawn/doe ratio, which was 104:100 in unit 13A this year. Because deer are doing so exceptionally well in these units ... 

New rule for importing deer and elk meat to AZ now in effect September 24, 2013 Arizona, DowntownTuscon
A new rule went into effect this summer regulating the importation of hunter-harvested deer and elk to Arizona from out of state. It was adopted to prevent the inadvertent introduction of chronic wasting disease and other diseases to Arizona wildlife through the actions of hunters bringing their harvested deer or elk into the state ...

Plan To Let Wolves Wander Draws Sharp Reactions September 9, 2013 Arizona, Payson Roundup
...  allowing Mexican gray wolves to spread outside the long-standing recovery area in a wilderness on the Arizona-New Mexico border...  When the federal government reintroduced wolves to Yellowstone National Park, it led to a 50 percent decline in the elk herds.  On the other hand, many ecologists and biologists hailed that change. They note that as a keystone predator, wolves play a crucial role in the food chain. The reduction of the elk herds in Yellowstone allowed the re-growth of cottonwood and aspen, which the elk had munched down to a nub...



... The mayor has said that a neighborhood association complained about a resident leaving out food for elk and deer on his property...

Man abandons newborn fawn in Tucson July 30, 2013 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star
... The man took the fawn to Avalon Southwest Health and Rehabilitation in Tucson on Friday and told the staff he was there to visit someone but ended up abandoning the fawn ... if officials don't know where a deer came from and a home can't be found for it, it has to be euthanized to prevent the possibility of the disease infecting Arizona deer, Hart said...  just happened to have room for her at the Heritage Park Zoo in Prescott ...

... The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has raised nearly $10 million in Arizona to help conserve elk and their habitats ... The Prescott chapter's 26th annual banquet takes place this Saturday at the Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E. Rosser St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m...

Reward offered for info on killing of pregnant mule deer July 23, 2013 Arizona, KVOA Tucson News
... A $1,250 reward ...  the deer was found Sunday near the Coolidge Airport...  call Operation Game Thief at 800-352-0700, anonymously if need be and reference OGT #13-001986...

Officials To Enforce Big Game Baiting Ban July 15, 2013 Arizona, Payson Roundup
... A Game and Fish release said, “The proposed restrictions on baiting would prohibit the use of edible or ingestible substances, such as placing corn or wildlife feed in the field to attract and take big game. Baiting can create unusually high concentrations of wildlife where disease can spread easily.” ... Animal and outdoor activists, enthusiasts and hunters have been debating baiting for years. Critics have called baiting “lazy” and “unethical,” but advocates argue baiting gives hunters a clean and therefore more humane shot...

Deer Data:  The 2014 drought, worst in 110 years, has devastated deer populations in some areas. The post-hunt 2009 population was estimated at 75,000 to 80,000 [see p. 6, Hunt Arizona 2012].  The all time high population was around 1961 when hunters took 35,897 deer [see p. 7].  A second, more recent peak in the early 1980's with the deer declining through until about the year 2000 with an upward trend of about 10 percent since then. 
   Despite a serious overpopulation of deer on the North Kaibab in the 1920s, deer numbers appeared to decline in the rest of the state. In 1929, the mule deer season was closed south of the Gila River, and even as recently as 1946, fewer than 5,000 mule deer were harvested.  For reasons that are still unclear, deer populations began to increase, 1961 was the all time high.  Poor fawn survival reduced the harvest to 16,000 by 1970.  A series of droughts since then have kept populations down.  [Hunt Arizona, p. 7]

Report Poaching:  call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700 or report online at: www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml   Rewards up to $8,000.

Other useful links:
Arizona Deer Association   - Volunteer to provide water to deer and other wildlife   Hunters can help monitor chronic wasting disease
HabiMap.Org a wildlife information system to help the state in conservation efforts, 300 layers of wildlife data and interactive maps
Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Center at 623-582-9806.  Information on fawn rescue and other wildlife issues. 

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