Kentucky Deer News

Elk Foundation wrong about CWD in Ky. April 27, 2016 Kentucky, Beckley Register-Herald
...In Arkansas, CWD was found in elk. Elk were imported to the state in the 1980s from out west — including CWD-positive Colorado ... Kentucky may not be CWD-free at all — the disease simply may not have been found yet...

Deer declining at Land Between the Lakes April 16, 2016 Kentucky, The Courier-Journal
... Deer numbers are dwindling on the 40-mile-long, 10-mile-wide heavily timbered peninsula that separates Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake ... Suspected and known reasons for the decline ... include increased hunting pressure ... lingering effects from a severe outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in 2007 ... coyote predation is also taking an unknown number of LBL deer...

How to keep deer out of the vegetable patch April 10, 2016 Kentucky, Daily Independent
... Deer can jump fences, but are less likely if the posts are placed at a 45-degree angle facing into the garden. The diagonal placement apparently creates an optical illusion for the deer ...

... The acorns they produce are a critical food source for squirrels, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, black bear and many non-game species. White oak acorns are preferred by wildlife because they are more palatable. Acorns produced by red oaks contain tannin, which makes them bitter...

Funding model spares Fish and Wildlife from cuts February 19, 2016 Kentucky, The Courier-Journal
... “There are no general tax revenue funds that fund the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources,” Marraccini explained. “Most of our funding comes from the sale of hunting licenses and fishing licenses and various permits. And we receive corresponding federal matching dollars.”...

Kentucky has record deer harvest January 30, 2016 Leaf Chronicle
... a new harvest record during the 2015-16 deer season with a harvest of 155,728 deer, breaking the previous record set in 2013-14 when 144,409 deer were taken... elk are thriving in Kentucky with a 90 percent breeding success rate and a 92 percent calf survival rate ...

A field camera catches one deer giving another deer kisses. Taylorsville, KY


... Throughout the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Kentucky’s deer herd grew very slowly ... herd estimate was about 35,000... Given the high quality habitat found over two thirds of Kentucky, deer numbers should have been growing faster than the kill data indicated.  They surmise that the herd is being over harvested ...

... Deer numbers crashed. By 1915 deer were absent from most of Kentucky, except for remnant herds in a handful of counties in western Kentucky... By the early 1940s, the deer herds scattered throughout Caldwell, Christian, Lyon, and Trigg counties, in western Kentucky, had increased to about 2,000 animals....

Record rolls in as Kentucky deer season ends January 16, 2016 Courier-Journal 
... state wildlife officials predicted that the total number of deer checked will be around 154,500... the previous record of 144,409 set two years ago and 15,000 more deer that were taken last year. Through Wednesday, hunters had checked 154,349 deer, including 84,921 bucks and 69,428 does...

... The first 125 hunters who appear at the designated check-in station from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time on Friday, and between 4:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time from Saturday through Monday, will be allowed to participate in the hunt. This represents a reduction of 15 spots from the original limit....

...  we are pleased to provide you with the opportunity to review the Kentucky Elk Management Plan [PDF], and to provide your input regarding the Plan and its vision.  Please provide all comments to Gabe Jenkins, KDFWR Deer and Elk Program Coordinator, by February 5, 2016; comments should be addressed to gabriel.jenkins@ky.gov... 

Hwy 41 in Henderson could shut down for deer crossing December 29, 2015 Kentucky, 14 News WFIE Evansville
... State road crews say flooding has caused a huge spike in deer crossing near the twin bridges. This is an all too familiar scene when the Ohio River levels starts to swell...

Kentucky’s deer hunters continue setting records December 28, 2015 Floyd County Times
... The herd is healthy and deer are reproducing. We had a couple of bad winters but we had good mast that got us through. It’s all come together.” ... Roughly 300,000 people hunt deer each year in Kentucky and biologists estimated the state’s deer herd at 1 million before archery season opened in early September.

Record deer harvest in state this year December 23, 2015 Kentucky, Daily Independent
... Kentucky’s deer season harvest now exceeds 150,000 for the first time, and the tally will continue to rise ... 

... Chronic wasting disease has been detected in some of Kentucky’s neighboring states ... It is a violation of Kentucky law to bring intact carcasses and some carcass parts from harvested deer and elk from CWD-positive states into Kentucky...

Man arrested for killing deer with crossbow in neighborhood December 10, 2015 Kentucky, WLKY Louisville
... According to court records, a Fish and Wildlife officer found arrows and blood trails in the area.  A witness stated three deer had been shot by a crossbow from an open window.  “All the deer they shot was on the sidewalks or right in front of people's houses,” ...

... proposed deer zone changes for Hardin, Webster and Marion counties ...

 ... you can see a deer dashing across the screen, and it appears to be limping. The truck was not far behind ... They were just shooting randomly and collecting them and they got caught. We found other deer that had perished with arrows, we found an arrow in someone's tree in the front yard ...

Hunting law spurs bow-and-arrow fight November 21, 2015 Kentucky, The Courier-Journal
... seeking clarification from the Kentucky attorney general whether municipalities can ban the shooting of hunting arrows just as some, like Anchorage, generally ban the firing of guns...There are a number of homeowners who believe any form of hunting within the Anchorage city confines would create a dangerous environment for all the citizenry and their pets ...

... After 1999, the first year that all 120 counties were open to hunting, the overall deer harvest inched up past 100,000 to a record 124,752 by 2004... During the past five seasons the firearms deer harvest rose from 79,026 in 2010 to 102,893 in 2014...

Officials expect quality November deer hunt November 7, 2015 Kentucky, The Courier-Journal
... During the past three seasons Kentucky hunters have checked an average of 138,234 deer annually. About 101,000 - slightly more than 74 percent – are killed during the November modern gun hunt.  That pattern should continue...

2015 Kentucky zone changes November 7, 2015 Kentucky, Courier-Journal 
... Zone 1 counties offer the most generous bag limit and zone 4 counties are the most restrictive.  For the current season, 41 counties, including Jefferson, are being managed as zone 1. Twenty-three are zone 2. Thirty are zone 3. There are 26 zone 4 counties....


... Hunters may take a total of four deer statewide. However, in Zone 1 counties, hunters may take an unlimited number of antlerless deer provided they have purchased the appropriate number of additional deer permits...

Deer-related crashes increase in fall October 29, 2015 Kentucky, Central Kentucky News 
... Almost half of all deer-related accidents in the state occur from October through December with more of these collisions reported in November than any other month ... Shorter periods of daylight and cooler temperatures trip breeding instincts in deer and the peak of activity generally occurs by mid November ...

Deer season off to hot start October 27, 2015 Kentucky, Hazard Herald
... archery hunters established a new monthly harvest record by taking 6,650 deer in September; a record 5,558 deer were telechecked during the statewide youth firearms weekend earlier this month; and the harvest of 8,262 deer during the October muzzleloader weekend was the second highest on record... With fewer acorns available, deer must search harder to find food...

Fish and Wildlife auction set for Monday, Deer Outlook October 24, 2015 Kentucky, Courier-Journal 
... Biologists rarely predict record setting hunting seasons but the 2013-14 record deer total of 144,409 could be in jeopardy. Deer are on the move, primarily from rutting activity but deer hunters have also been aided by this season’s poor to moderate mast crop ...

... With fewer acorns available, deer have to search harder to find food ... 

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Kentucky October 21, 2015 Game & Fish
... in the eastern part of the state there are fewer deer ... Over the years, there has been a decline in the number of yearling bucks taken by hunters. Hunters are choosing to let these young bucks pass by to have more time to grow for future years...

Deer language October 9, 2015 Kentucky, Middlesboro Daily News
...Stamping one hoof several times shows mild alarm. Next it may snort, which sound like someone blowing their nose real hard, and has a high pitch sound...

... Kyle Sams, a private lands deer biologist ... said Owen County offers the perfect scenario for deer.   “It’s the combination of hills for cover, food (in forests) and agriculture, mostly pastures for cattle,” ... Owen County had an estimated 70 deer per square mile, prior to the opening of hunting season this year, yet the body condition of deer in the county remains good overall...

State offers special opportunities to introduce youth to hunting September 26, 2015 Kentucky, KY Forward 
... Children under the age of 16 are not required to have licenses, permits or hunter education certification during the Free Youth Weekend for deer and the Free Youth Hunting and Trapping Week... Children must be at least nine years old to take the hunter education exam, but aren’t required to take the course until they are 12 years old...

Scattered EHD Outbreaks Reported in 2015 September 21, 2015 Kentucky, QDMA.com
... Even in a mild year for EHD and bluetongue viruses, which 2015 appears to be, there are always a few dead deer to be found ... Kentucky’s Woodford and Anderson counties are seeing a relatively severe outbreak this year...

Close personal deer encounter sure to get your heart pumping September 16, 2015 Kentucky, KY Forward
... archery hunting in September is growing in popularity.... Deer are not as wary as they become later in the season ... The September deer harvest is trending up, from 4,407 five seasons ago in 2010, to 5,298 in 2014, according to Telecheck data posted on http://app.fw.ky.gov/harvest/deerharvest.asp ...

Odds of Hitting Deer in KY Lower This Year September 16, 2015 Kentucky, West Kentucky Star
... odds of hitting a deer puts your chances in Kentucky at 1 in 113, making it slightly less likely this year than last year.

Increasing numbers in deer herd seen as ‘new norm’ September 5, 2015 Kentucky, KY Forward 
... Biologists say the herd is doing well and estimate it to number about one million at the outset...

Kentucky Deer Forecast for 2015 September 1, 2015 Game & Fish
... Some of the highest deer densities in the state are within a geographic area often referred to as The Golden Triangle. This is a section encompassing the Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky areas...  deer stocking in Kentucky ended in 1999 ...

... 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 ... 


Kentucky data:  A 2015 and 2014 population of about one million deer, pre-hunt, as herds have rebounded from an Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) outbreak in 2010 and a severe outbreak in 2007. Two harsh winters in 2012-13 and 2013-14 were offset somewhat by good mast production.  Rain in the 2015 summer increased deer forage, but poor white acorn production.  The population is about the same level as prior to the 2007 EHD outbreak.  A 2014 post-hunt deer population of about 800,000 to 900,000.  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 severe Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease outbreak in 2007, less severe in 2010. For 2015, deer populations in Hopkins, Larue, Green, Nelson and Bullitt countiesexceeded targets so more antlerless deer were to be harvested.  
     About 300,000 deer permits were sold in 2014.  Hunter success rate of about 34 percent.  Hunters took 138,898 deer.   A record of 144,409 taken in the 2013-14 season.  Hunter numbers have been around 270,000 for the past 20 years. 
      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 the late 1960's and early 70's the herd was estimated at about 35,000 but growing very slowly, in part due to over harvest.   By 1979 the total deer harvest was about 9,000.  With  better management the herd grew from about 64,000 in 1978 to a 149,000 in 1981.  A state population model gave an estimate of 206,557 deer in  1986.  Then 350,000 in 1988.  About 460,000 in 1989, 610 by 1999. The state was stocking deer to increase the population until 1999, the first year all counties were open to hunting.  Herd population stabilized in the early 2000's. In 2004, the limit on antlerless deer was lifted for Zone 1. 
    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

Tweet on this timeline using #deer #Kentucky

Tweets about deer in Kentucky


Tweet on this timeline using @kyfishwildlife

Tweets about Kentucky Fish & Wildlife