Kentucky Deer News

Spreading the word about herds, Quality Deer Management in Daviess County March 10, 2014 Kentucky,  messenger-inquirer
     Brad Hoffman and several area deer hunters are organizing a chapter of Quality Deer Management Association in Daviess County.  "We're not a trophy hunting organization," said Hoffman, who is the Owensboro chapter president. "Our purpose is to ensure the future of white-tailed deer by preserving their habitat and protecting our hunting heritage."

... The bill, easily approved by the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee, would give landowners or their designees the authority to kill or trap any wildlife causing damage to crops or personal property... 

Prediction February 14, 2014  Kentucky,  Kentucky Hunting Forums
...My prediction is that in less than 3 years, legislation will be passed that will prohibit the use of drone aircraft in the attraction, location and tracking of game...

Record deer harvest February 12, 2014 Kentucky, KyForward.com
 ... In recent years, Kentucky's deer herd has been characterized as “stable” and and biologists estimate that the state’s herd numbers about 900,000 ... “A poor mast crop across most of the state pushed deer into the open and we had a wet growing season, so a lot of deer were out there to be harvested,”  ... Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator ... it’s uncertain if our cold winter and extended ice and snow cover will impact deer herds in northcentral Kentucky ...

Fort Mitchel, Deer hunt called off in Fort Mitchell February 4, 2014 Kentucky, Cincinnati.com
... “In our final analysis, we decided that with about four accidents a year in a residential area where you are driving 25 miles per hour, this is not the way to solve the problem,” Public Safety Committee chairman and councilman Jim Hummeldorf said...

Hunters set new deer harvest record January 28, 2014 Kentucky, Floyd County Times 
...  A record 104,619 deer were taken by firearms hunters. Archery hunters harvested 20,833 whitetails while muzzleloader hunters bagged 15,641 deer and crossbow hunters reported taking 3,311 deer.  Male deer accounted for nearly 54 percent of the deer harvested...

Deer not in danger from recent arctic temps January 25, 2014 Kentucky, Lexington Herald Leader
... “Large mammals can handle extended cold weather as opposed to extended hot weather,” said Tina Brunjes, a biologist and deer program director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Kentucky deer harvest totals 144,404 January 25, 2014  Courier-Journal ·
... One factor could have been the average to below-average mast crop, which probably kept whitetails moving in search of food, making them more vulnerable to hunters. The state wildlife agency also sold about 9,000 more deer permits than in the previous season ...

Hunters post another record deer harvest in Kentucky January 24, 2014 vcolumbiamagazine.com 
...  a total harvest of 144,404 animals. That represents a gain of more than 9 percent over the previous record set during the 2012-13 season. .. "The poor acorn crop was a major factor in getting those deer out into the open and into the harvested corn fields and the food plots," ... Male deer accounted for nearly 54 percent of the deer harvested... 

... the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Federation " ... recommends that the state establish procedures for controlling wildlife pests such as beaver, deer, coyote, raccoon, etc., which are proving to be destructive in certain areas of the state  " ... Harper said it’s hard to put a dollar figure on just how much the agriculture losses have cost farmers ...

Fort Mitchell committee to discuss deer ordinance January 21, 2014 Kentucky, Cincinnati.com 
... The ordinance that Councilman Dan Rice has proposed would allow adults to hunt deer with bow and arrow or cross bow at specified times ... Archers would have to be at least 200 feet from any dwellings, streets, or parks ...

Record Kentucky deer season ending Monday January 18, 2014 Nashville Tennessean
... Hunters have taken about 10,000 more antlered deer than does, which will not please state wildlife managers, who prefer to see more females killed in most counties...

Fort Mitchell considers allowing archers to hunt deer January 16, 2014 Kentucky, Cincinnati.com
...  Less than two years after Fort Mitchell City Council overturned a controversial ban on shooting bows and arrows in this residential suburb, a councilman wants to allow archers to hunt deer ... the percentage of deer collisions resulting in a fatality is relatively low in Kentucky as compared to the nation ... Archers would have to be at least 200 feet from any homes ...  there were 169 deer-related accidents from Jan. 1, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2013... 

What are the Threats to Deer Hunting's Future? January 15, 2014 Kentucky Hunting 
... In 1979 there were about 8,000 deer killed that year in the whole state.I would be willing to bet that I killed one of the biggest bucks in the state that year. Now adays you would about have to go in lockdown to keep people off your place trying to hunt where you killed that biggun.All kinds of magazines wanting the story,stores trying to buy the rack off of you,people saying you poached it.It just goes on and on.......

Start habitat work now so you’re finished when warmth returns January 8, 2014 Kentucky, kyforward.com 
...  Marginal land on hillsides that can’t be cultivated or is not being pastured, should be allowed to grow up in weeds, briars, cedars, saplings and shrubs. This creates an edge effect which makes good fawning and bedding areas for deer, and nesting and feeding areas for songbirds.  Since deer also rely heavily on browse for winter food, these reverting fields are important because they also provide food — tender shoots and buds on hardwood trees and shrubs...

... Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website (fw.ky.gov) reported 139,228 deer telechecked as of Dec. 26, up almost 6 percent from last year’s overall harvest record. That total could climb some more... wildlife biologists continued their work with University of Kentucky graduate students on separate research projects focused on the state’s restored elk herd...

Wildlife research, lake improvements will highlight 2014 January 2, 2014 Kentucky, Floyd County Times 
... a new deer study launches this year ... Department biologists are partnering with two University of Kentucky graduate students to determine why the deer population lags in parts of southeastern Kentucky... Researchers will fit 60 female deer in Clay County with radio transmitters ...

...   The pitch to recruit first-time hunters from Louisville had a surprisingly hip, metropolitan tone: “White-tailed deer as a sustainable source of locally grown meat,” ... in 2012 sales of ... hunting licenses rose 4 percent  ... But they caution that one year of gains does not indicate a reversal in a downward trend. Sales of hunting licenses declined 7 percent between 2001 and 2011 ...

Record deer harvest among Kentucky Fish and Wildlife highlights for 2013 December 26, 2013 Kentucky, FloydCountyTimes.com
... Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website (fw.ky.gov) reported 139,228 deer telechecked as of Dec. 26, up almost 6 percent from last year’s overall harvest record... 

Kentucky Farm Bureau takes aim at state's deer population December 11, 2013 Business First of Louisville
... It’s likely that any solution to the deer problem will involve allowing more deer hunting ... with the goal being to reduce the population but not too much...

... The 15-inch outside spread antler restriction will be removed from Yellowbank WMA in Breckinridge County... On Paul Van Booven WMA in Breathitt County, the 15-inch outside spread antler restriction will be removed along with modern gun hunting. The area will remain open under statewide regulations for archery and crossbow hunting, but is closed to all firearms hunting for deer...

Deer survival tactics unwrapped December 6, 2013 Kentucky, Daily News 
...  Deer are ruminants ... and have a four chambered stomach. They minimize their exposure to danger by consuming large quantities of vegetation at dawn and dusk ...  They go back to cover as soon as possible, and then regurgitate their food a little at a time and re-chew it, known as chewing their cud...

New Harvest Potential For Overall Deer Harvest November 26, 2013 Kentucky, LEX18 Lexington KY News
... a harvest record of 101,076 deer during the 16-day modern gun deer season that concluded Nov. 24. Kentucky is on pace to set another overall deer harvest record... occurred last season, when Kentucky hunters harvested 131,395 deer ...

Six deer found dead in Campbell County creek November 26, 2013 Kentucky, Cincinnati.com 
... someone left behind six nearly intact dead deer – a criminal offense, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Buddy Teke of California found the carcasses in 12 Mile Creek near Flagg Springs.  The deer had their backstrap taken ...

2013 Kentucky Deer Hunt By The Numbers November 25, 2013 The JGR Dispatch
... Kentucky hunters took over 98,000 deer during modern gun season, up nearly 3% over the previous year... a Kentucky deer hunter stands a little less than 50% chance of success ..

Modern gun deer season is winding down November 25, 2013 Kentucky, Murray Ledger & Times ·
... we could be looking at a near record year for deer harvest ...  “This year, we had a great fawn crop and once again farmers planted a lot of acres of corn and soybeans to take advantage of still-high prices. Our acorn crop was modest across the state which helps get the deer out into open areas ... Tina Brunjes, Deer Program Coordinator ...

“No Hunting” Zones Open to Archery Deer Hunting November 20, 2013 Kentucky, Cadiz Record
... Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will open certain areas typically marked as “No Hunting” zones for archery deer hunting...  to reduce deer populations...

Prospect looks for ways to deal with deer abundance November 19, 2013 Kentucky, WAVE
... Prospect currently has an ordinance prohibiting the use of firearms or bows and arrows in city limits ..."The state passed a constitutional amendment that said we no longer have the right to regulate or prohibit hunting and currently we do that we regulate and prohibit," Prospect Councilman Rob Bowling said... Prospect is seeking the Attorney General's advice on if they are out of compliance ...

... Bob is now a six-month old buck… Bob’s mom was hit and killed by a truck when he was just a few weeks old, but someone found him and contacted Backwards RIR Wildlife Rehab in Banner … It is a family effort ..

Fallow deer a rare sight but a memorable one November 16, 2013 Kentucky, Courier-Journal 
... Nearly a century ago a handful of exotic deer were released into ... the hard-to-reach patch of land separating the lower Tennessee and Cumberland rivers ... Any deer in Kentucky were rare at that time... Fallow deer are native to Europe. They are a different species from the whitetail, and the two do not interbreed... Fallow deer are primarily grazers ... as the region moved from private to public ownership ... The deer’s preferred bottomland habitat vanished ...

Kentucky Deer Hunters set Opening Weekend Record November 14, 2013 The Courier-Journal (blog)
... opening weekend of gun season reaped 36,395 deer, more than 6,000 from last year’s open gun weekend kill of 30,258...

Deer hunting has changed November 11, 2013 Kentucky Hunting Forums
... heard over 40 shots probably ... Not sure what is left after WWIII opened up ... whatever i shoot i'm gonna eat, the people who just chop the head off or cut just the backstraps out and leave the rest to rot, they can burn in hell ...

Rifle Deer Hunting Season Begins November 10, 2013 Kentucky, WKYT
... November 9th marks the first day of rifle deer hunting season In Kentucky... The season ends on November 18th ...





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Kentucky data:  Herd estimated at 750,000 in 2013 before fawning, 900,000 by October.  A stable population,  slightly declining in the southeastern part of the state where a study is underway to determine the cause. 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. Approximately stable population over the past 10 years.  About 10,000 elk in the state as of 2013, growing herd.

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