Kentucky Deer News

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...

2014 may be record deer year in Kentucky December 31, 2013 Courier-Journal 
... hunters bagged a record 144,409 whitetail deer during the 2012-13 season ... Officials often estimate Kentucky’s herd at around 1 million deer ... the opening week of this year’s gun hunt might have coincided with the peak of breeding activity ... If we were overharvesting we would see an increased number of fawns and yearlings in our harvest ...

Public Meetings to start Next Month on Hunting Regulations December 28, 2014 Kentucky, TopNews United States
... Meetings will take place between January 5 and 8 and all the meetings will start at 7 pm. In total, eight public meetings will take place in January... we are considering establishing a single statewide deer season and adjusting the timing of buck-only days...



Ky Fish and Wildlife News: Hunters can look ahead to 2015 December 24, 2014 Kentucky, LEX18 Lexington KY News
... Deer populations in Hopkins, Larue, Green, Nelson and Bullitt counties have reached the point where more antlerless deer need to harvested ... Deer numbers in Grayson, Ohio and Breckenridge counties have rebounded since the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease outbreaks in 2007 and 2010 ... 

Reindeer games: Up on the housetop December 23, 2014 Kentucky, The Middlesboro Daily News
...  In Europe they are called reindeer, but here in North America they are known as caribou. And they do indeed live at the North Pole ..

In Anderson Co, Kentucky the crew of Kentucky Afield TV meets up with Steve Faith who trains hunting dogs. In this segment he is working with a Labrador Retriever to help find deer sheds. - December 23, 2014


... After looking into the issue, park officials don't believe any type of poaching occurred at Iroquois Park. Instead they say it may have happened somewhere else, based on how the deer was bound with a carrying stick...

First puma found in Kentucky since Civil War December 16, 2014 The Courier-Journal
... killed a mountain lion on a Bourbon County farm on Monday, marking the first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Kentucky since before the Civil War ... Mountain lions were once native to Kentucky ... 

A short video of deer at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville Kentucky. - December 2, 2014


... Researchers recently confirmed that a deer held in a northeastern Ohio captive hunting reserve tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).  CWD is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects deer ... 

Nearly 85,000 deer checked by Kentucky hunters November 15, 2014  Courier-Journal 
... Through Thursday – six days into the firearm season – gun hunters had checked 63,062 deer. The overall checked kill totaled 84,881 and included 13,625 downed by archers, 1,906 taken by crossbow hunters and 6,288 muzzleloader kills...

No Ohio deer to Kentucky for now  November 7, 2014 Portsmouth Daily Times
... Hunters will no longer be able to bring the whole carcass of a deer killed in Ohio into Kentucky.  Researchers recently confirmed that a deer held in a northeastern Ohio captive hunting reserve tested positive for chronic wasting disease ...  Since 2002, Kentucky has tested more than 23,000 deer and elk for the presence of the disease. All results have been negative...

... Louisville Water Company employees had to play the role of wildlife rescuers Friday morning when a deer was found hanging from a fence spike...

Five questions with Deer Program Coordinator November 6, 2014 Kentucky, News Democrat Leader
... “Our September harvest has been increasing and we have been breaking our September harvest record every year. Unfortunately, we didn’t break it this year. October’s harvest is right in the middle when comparing it to previous years... We stopped stocking deer in 1999 ...

Kentucky's gun deer season opens Saturday November 2, 2014  The Courier-Journal
... Hunters are limited to one antlered deer statewide regardless of zone or method ... Last year hunters benefited from ideal weather during much of the modern gun season and from a so-so mast crop, which kept deer on the move browsing for food.  This year’s crop of red and white oak mast ranges from excellent to very good...

Kentucky Deer Herd Status October 29, 2014 KYForward.com
... despite last winter’s prolonged cold “fawn survival should be comparable” to past years... , the 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...  53.8 percent bucks and 46.2 percent does last season. These skewed numbers are partly because hunters in Zone 3 and Zone 4 counties have limited opportunities to take antlerless deer with firearms.

Hunters’ hopes are high for deer season October 26, 2014 Kentucky, Courier-Journal 
... the statewide herd estimated at 800,000 to 900,000 heading into the Nov. 8 opener of the modern gun season... Hunter numbers have been stable at around 270,000 for 20 years... “I would look for the harvest to be a little down because we have a fantastic mast crop,” ...

Deer-vehicle collisions peak at this time of year October 15, 2014 Kentucky, Courier & Press
... Approximately one-half of annual deer collisions occur during October, November and December, according to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance.  The hazards are especially high near sunrise and sunset, when deer tend to be moving and visibility is poor...

Jenkins selected to head Kentucky's deer and elk program October 7, 2014 The Floyd County Times
...  A veteran Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist has been named to head the agency’s deer and elk program.  Wildlife biologist Gabe Jenkins ...

Fort Wright allows deer hunting October 2, 2014 Ohio, Cincinnati.com
... Arrows could fly soon ... The vote was 3-2 to approve the ordinance. Councilmen Adam Feinauer and Scott Wall voted against allowing hunting.  Feinauer said his opposition was based on the fact that children still play in the woods around city neighborhoods...

Kentucky data:  A 2014 deer population of about one million before hunting.  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. 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 targest so more antlerless deer will be harvested. 
       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
    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.  

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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