Kentucky Deer News

... herds knocked back by outbreaks of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) have rebounded to pre-2007 levels ... During the past five seasons, the overall number of deer reported taken has climbed from 110,376 in 2010 to 138,898 in 2014... During the past five seasons, the overall number of deer reported taken has climbed from 110,376 in 2010 to 138,898 in 2014 ... 


CWD outbreak in Mich. gives Ky. hunters scare May 30, 2015 Kentucky, The Courier-Journal
... Kentucky game officials regularly test for CWD ... has checked more than 26,000 deer and elk for CWD since 2003, and all have been negative... “Each state has handled this completely differently when they became CWD positive,” ... live deer from any CWD-positive state are prohibited from being moved into Kentucky’s captive cervid facilities...

Eastern Kentucky park to become wildlife tourism attraction May 22, 2015 Washington Times
... The plan envisions elk-watching as a key attraction, but there also are black bears, white-tailed deer ... modeled on an elk-viewing center in Pennsylvania that had more than 400,000 visitors in 2014 ...

New alliance aims to ensure future of deer May 9, 2015 Kentucky, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
...  About 250 hunters, landowners, wildlife biologists and university researchers met Wednesday through Friday to help launch the National Deer Alliance (nationaldeeralliance.com), an organization they hope will ensure the future of U.S. deer herds by making them relevant and valuable to all Americans...
... Captive Deer Industry:  1. Advocate to ensure deer are classified as wildlife and not livestock.  2. Encourage elected officials to pay more attention to science-based information. 3. Advocate/partner for more funding, re: disease research ...

Elk Hunt deadline Thursday April 28, 2015 Kentucky, Floyd County Times 
... elk inhabited Kentucky when the pioneers arrived.  The elk disappeared from the state in the decades after the Civil War. In 1997, a landmark restoration effort began that re-established an elk herd in the state’s scenic southeastern region ...

QDMA convention in Louisville May 8-9 April 26, 2015 Kentucky, The Courier-Journal
... The Quality Deer Management Association will hold its 2015 national convention May 8-9 at The Galt House in Louisville...

... Award-winning author/TV host Steven Rinella, international conservationist Shane Mahoney, and wildlife biologist Gary Alt headline a robust lineup of speakers for the National Deer Alliance’s 2015 North American Deer Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, May 6-8...



... still plenty of seats available ...  topics ... Captive cervids and their impact on free-ranging deer ... Impact of EHD on deer across North America ... Impact of predators on deer ...

Public Feedback Needed on Kentucky's Wildlife and Forest Management March 30, 2015 WMKY
... The survey is located on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at: http://fw.ky.gov ... Much of Kentucky’s mature forest in the eastern part of the state lacks diversity and different levels of forest succession...


... After several deer had perished as vehicles crashed into them, authorities decided to take action and block the roadway for the deer to cross...

U.S. 41 near twin bridges becoming a deer graveyard March 11, 2015 Kentucky, Evansville Courier and Press
... High water levels are forcing deer out of their habitat beneath the twin bridges and causing them to cross U.S. 41 near Henderson, Kentucky — often with deadly results ...  Kentucky transportation workers were removing five or six dead deer per day...

Flooding Causing Deer to Cross Hwy 41 in Henderson March 10, 2015 Kentucky, Tristate News
... A heart-breaking drive in-and-out of Henderson.  Deer are searching for safety from high waters to only to be faced with the dangers of oncoming traffic...



... In the 2013-14 season ... 34 percent of bucks harvested in the states that collect buck age data were 3½ or older... up from 32 percent the season before, and significantly up from a decade before in the 2003-04 season, when only 23 percent of the national buck harvest was mature... download the report from Quality Deer Management [PDF]

Kentucky has second highest deer harvest February 7, 2015 Kentucky, Leaf Chronicle 
...  a record setting season in 2013-14 of 144,406, preceded by a harvest of 131,395 in 2012-13.  Harvest data provided by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reveals that 138,894 deer have been checked in during the 2014-15 season ...

Antler shed season in full swing February 7, 2015 Kentucky, Courier-Journal 
... It is shed season, the time when whitetail bucks shed, or drop, their antlers... The animals lose their antlers following the breeding season when a drop in testosterone weakens the tissue and bone at the pedicle, or antler base... antlers ... are bone; grown, shed and re-grown annually. Horns ... are part bone but are covered by an exterior sheath of specialized hair follicles ...

... The 2014-15 season closed on Jan. 19 with 138,892 deer checked; the second highest total on record and third consecutive season with a harvest exceeding 130,000 deer...  Female deer accounted for 45.7 percent of the overall harvest... Biologists estimated the statewide herd at 1 million deer entering this past season...

...  Linda Williams and Max Soaper usually turn into bed early — really early. The couple run the nonprofit Misfit Island ... The menagerie of critters include deer, skunks, possums, raccoons ...

... Wisconsin will cover the costs associated with the elk translocation program and also help with funding the development of forest habitat projects in eastern Kentucky ... there are some 10,000 elk, many in eastern Kentucky...


Kentucky data:  A 2015 population approaching one million deer as herds have rebounded a little from an Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) outbreak in 2010 and a severe outbreak in 2007. The population is about the same level as prior to 2007 to the 2007 EHD outbreak.  Rain in the 2015 summer increased deer forage.  A 2014 deer population of about 800,000 to 900,000 just before the hunting season in 2014.  A 2013 estimated 821,731 population post-hunt, a 4 percent decrease from 2012.  Fawn production was average in 2014 despite a cold winter. The acorn crop was modest, but farmers increased acres of corn and soybeans. About 850,000 to  900,000 in 2012 and 2013, up from an estimated 740,000 deer in 2011, which was down a little from the previous recent peak of 800,000.  Populations in Grayson, Ohio and Breckenridge counties have rebounded since the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease outbreaks in 2007 and 2010. For 2015, deer populations in Hopkins, Larue, Green, Nelson and Bullitt counties have exceeded targets so more antlerless deer will be harvested. 
     About 300,000 deer permits were sold in 2014.  Hunter success rate of about 34 percent.  Hunters took 138,898 deer.
      Approximately stable population over the past 10 years, but the declining population in parts of southeastern Kentucky is under study.  The state manages toward achieving balanced herd demographics, bucks were about 54 percent of the 2013 harvest.   Management goals are: Zone 1, herd reduction; Zone 2, keep herds at present population levels; Zone 3, slow herd growth; and Zone 4, maximum herd growth.  About 270,000 deer hunters for the past 20 years.
    The deer herd was hunted to near extinction in the early 1900's, conservation efforts restored the deer.  By 1979 the total deer harvest was about 9,000.  The state was stocking deer to increase the population until 1999.  A record of 144,409 taken in the 2013-14 season.  Hunter numbers have been around 270,000 for the past 20 years.  
    Elk from Kansas were reintroduced to the state beginning in 1997, over five years 1547 were released.  The elk came from western states such as Utah.  The herd has grown to 10,000, the largest in the eastern states.
    A Mountain Lion killed in Bourbon County at the end of 2014 was the first confirmed siting since before the Civil War.  Lions were once native.

Report sick deer to 1-800-858-1549 or  email reports to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at info.center@ky.gov

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