Kentucky Deer News
Record harvest for 2012-13 deer season in Kentucky January 25, 2013 The Floyd County Times
... Hunters bagged 131,388 whitetails of which 56 percent were male and 44 percent female... The previous record harvest of 124,752 occurred during the 2004-05 season...“We had exceptionally good weather ...” said David Yancy, deer biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Coupled with that, we had an average to below average mast (acorn) crop. Deer had to search for food and that made it more likely they would be seen by hunters.”
Fort Thomas, City continues to monitor deer population January 9, 2013 Kentucky, Cincinnati.com
... commissioned Vision Air Research, Inc., to conduct a third census of the animals... Councilman Eric Haas said ... “The concept is to hold these censuses to see if the program is successful,” ... For more information about the city’s archery program or to read the reports for the first two deer censuses, visit www.ftthomas.org and click on the “news” tab along the left side of the page.
Louisville, Deer shot illegally in Iroquois Park; controlled hunt planned December 12, 2012 Kentucky, WDRB
... The shooting concerned Jimmy Mann, whose home sits less than 50 yards from where the deer was shot. Mann believes whoever did it was "shooting for the thrill" because the deer carcass was left behind... While shooting is illegal, a controlled bow hunt for deer is planned for this weekend in the Parklands of Floyds Fork. 21st Century Parks ...
Hunters bagged a record number of deer during modern gun season November 29, 2012 Kentucky, WKYT
... ended Monday. "The 92,737 deer reported taken is a new record, surpassing the previous record of 87,205 set in 2004," said Tina Brunjes, deer and and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources ... Kentucky's deer herd is estimated to be more than 900,000 ...
Kentucky, Indiana take two approaches to deer hunters' bait debate November 10, 2012 Kentucky, The Courier-Journal
... Baiting regulations for deer hunting vary widely by state. Some, including Indiana, ban it altogether. Kentucky and others allow baiting for deer on private property but outlaw it on most public tracts.... baiting — using corn or some other feed to attract game — is part of the deer hunting culture for many. Game managers rarely endorse it but rarely speak publicly against it.... about 250,000 deer hunters in Kentucky ...
Hunting amendment wins in Kentucky November 6, 2012 The Courier-Journal
Kentucky voters have approved a measure that makes hunting and fishing a constitutional right in the state... The effort is backed by the National Rifle Association, which has pushed similar measures in other states to try to prevent any possible future attempt to ban hunting...
Understanding motives of deer hunting and how to be safe November 6, 2012 Kentucky, KyForward.com
... According to the International Hunter Education Association, approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. and Canada are accidentally shot by hunters every year, and just under a hundred are killed. The most common misconception though is that all hunting incidents involve firearms, but statistics show that you’re most likely to be injured or killed falling from a tree stand...
Kentucky Deer Status November 3, 2012 Portsmouth Daily Times
... The statewide deer population is estimated to be about 60,000 animals under its peak of about 800,000 it stood at a couple of years ago. In the more populous counties the emphasis continues on killing does as a means of keeping the deer population in manageable numbers.
Amendment protects hunting October 28, 2012 Kentucky, Cincinnati.com
One statewide issue on November’s ballot in Kentucky will allow voters to decide whether hunting and fishing will become a constitutionally protected right... 12 states have passed similar legislation since 1996...
Elk tours offer close-up view of Kentucky's re-established herds October 17, 2012 The Lane Report-52
Centuries ago, elk roamed the commonwealth with deer and bison, thriving on salt licks, pure water and abundant vegetation. Then man moved in ... Restoration of a free-ranging, self-sustaining Eastern Kentucky elk herd began in December 1997.... In 2003, elk tours began and now, from September through the first half of March, you can get picture-snapping close to these magnificent creatures – 700-pound bulls and 500-pound cows – on four-to-six-hour elk tours at two Kentucky State Resort Parks: Jenny Wiley in Prestonsburg and Buckhorn Lake near Hazard.
Deer Activity On Highways And Roadways Nears Yearly Peak October 8, 2012 Kentucky, LEX18 Lexington KY News
Deer movement peaks in late October through early December, during the rut ... Over the past eight years, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) have documented an average of 2,985 deer/vehicle collisions annually. About 6 percent of these accidents resulted in human injuries. In 2011, there were three human fatalities in collisions between deer and vehicles, according to KSP statistics...
Dealing with Nuisance Deer in Populated Areas September 21, 2012 Kentucky, SurfKY News
... When municipalities approach the department with deer problems, all options are explained. "They can trap and relocate, use birth control, lethal control or do nothing at all," said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife ... . "Birth control drugs cost $1,000 per deer, are not 100 percent effective and doses only last for two years. [the Science and Conservation Center in Billings Montana sells the drugs for $24 per dose, effectiveness has improved dramatically over the past few years, similar drugs are used routinely to control horse and bison populations, more information].
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Kentucky data: About850,000 to 900,000 in 2012, up from an estimated 740,000 deer in 2011, which was down a little from the previous recent peak of 800,000.
Report sick deer to 1-800-858-1549 or email reports to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at email@example.com
Other useful links:
- Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
- Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Mission Statement To conserve and enhance fish and wildlife resources and provide opportunity for hunting, fishing, trapping, boating and other wildliferelated activities. from Planning the Future for Kentucky's Fish and Wildlife