Louisiana Deer News

Deer herd launched from release 50 years ago August 30, 2014 Lousiana, Bastrop Daily Enterprise 
... “I recall back in the 1960s bringing a load of deer we had trapped down at Red Dirt National Wildlife Refuge south of Natchitoches. I stopped by my granddad Charlie Lyle’s home in Ruston to let him see what we were bringing to Lincoln Parish. I still remember him shaking his head and telling me he has lived in Lincoln Parish all his life and these are the first deer he had ever seen in this part of the state...

Pet deer removed from local home August 29, 2014 August 29, 2014 Louisiana, KSLA 12 
... an ArkLaTex woman ... after recently rescuing a baby deer on the side of the road after its mother died... a police officer [spotted the deer] ...  I said, 'we're going to put a collar on him and turn him loose.'"  But Hubbard never got the chance. She said that within 20-minutes of the officers visit Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Agents were at her door, to take away John Deer. "I asked them and they said they were going to euthanize him ...

Louisiana hunters kill more hogs than deer August 28, 2014 The Times-Picayune
...  "Research shows that deer and hogs do not mix and that deer can be displaced by hogs. Research has shown that deer-detection rates can be ... 49 percent less where hogs occur. Hog populations affect deer numbers through direct competition for food resources and fawn predation...

Louisiana's top 20 parishes for deer density August 28, 2014 The Times-Picayune 
... Here they are, in order of forested acres per deer:  
1. East Carroll - 27
2. Tensas - 46
3. Madison - 61
4. West Baton Rouge - 80
5. West Feliciana - 85    ...

Louisiana deer harvest climbing after decade of decline August 27, 2014 The Times-Picayune
... Statewide harvest for the 2013-14 was estimated at 166,200 deer, up from 152,700 the previous season. The climb puts the annual harvest at similar levels to the late 1980s but still far below the 250,000-plus deer per year that hunters took in the late 1990s... estimates the statewide deer population at a minimum of 500,000 ... some habitats that are declining and some that have already declined ...

... More fawns surviving the summer of 2014 ... the summer of 2011 was exceedingly dry and blazingly hot, and the 2012 summer was only slightly better. The deer population certainly suffered those years, which means a reduction of 2 1/2- and 3 1/2-year-old deer this year....

The Advocate 
... The secret to a good seed bed is basically creating a plot full of bare soil with an ideal pH level  ... A pH level higher than seven is considered a “base,” while a reading lower than seven is acidic.  “You want to get between six and five, in general,” Reed said. “That’s the optimum level. When you get down into the fours, you certainly need to be liming.” ...

The Telegraph 
... The day that Donald Hodge Sr. fell and died in Allen Parish, state agriculture officials issued a quarantine against his Lake Charles deer farm...   Donald Hodge Sr. might have purchased infected deer from a Pennsylvania farm .... does that likely were offloaded in the middle of the night and driven into Mississippi to an illegal deer farming operation...

Missing deer mystery unleashes litigation July 14, 2014 Louisiana, The Advocate 
... Hodge himself was lying dead in the woods. Exactly where the does ended up remains unclear... Called CWD, it is to deer what mad cow disease is to cows. Officials wanted to find the does and kill them before CWD became an epidemic in Louisiana... Exactly where the does ended up remains unclear...

Head games - Defining a trophy deer is difficult June 8, 2014 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman 
... To harvest larger bucks and promote good genetics, some hunters and managers are advocating the passing on of yearling bucks (1 ½) and even 2 ½-year-olds. In doing so, the hopes are that these young deer with good antler potential can eventually work their genes into the breeding population while increasing the buck age structure for local deer herds. This is one approach to ensure a continuous pool of genetics...

Don't disturb spring fawns May 10, 2014 Louisiana, News-Star 
... The doe will remain in the area to feed and nurture the fawn. When the young deer gets older and stronger it will be able to forage for food with its mother.” ...  Its primary survival mechanism is to remain still and hidden...

Louisiana makes changes to hunting seasons, increases limits on small game April 4, 2014 BuckShank
... The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved the 2014-16 hunting season dates and the 2014-15 General and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) rules and regulations at their April 3 meeting.... To view the full notices of intent and all proposed and approved hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Panel backs nighttime hunting of wild hogs March 27, 2014 Louisiana, The Advocate 
... Organized hunters oppose House Bill 353, fearing that it would put stress on deer ... “The deer just graze a little bit on the tops but they don’t do anywhere near the damage [as the wild hogs],” ...

Louisiana deer harvest up 10 percent over last season March 21, 2014 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
... The lack of acorns and other mast on the ground forced the deer to be less careful about where they found their food, and the cold weather ensured they had to eat more often.  "A lot of people who were hunting (food plots) did good because that's where the deer were going," ...  data ... is still raw ...

... A federal grand jury has indicted a Louisiana business and three associates on charges alleging they conspired to import white-tailed deer from other states into wildlife enclosures in Pearl River and Lamar counties for the breeding and killing of trophy bucks...

Was the 2013 deer season one of the best ever? February 11, 2014 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  the Louisiana annual deer harvest has been on the decline for the past few years and the reported kill last year was low enough to make LDWF change the deer hunting areas ... Coyotes, hogs, hurricane damage, the drought of 2010 and 2011, low hunter reporting of harvested deer, along with commercial forestry activities have been suggested as possible reasons for this decline. ...

Sulphur man arrested, charged with deer hunting violations January 31, 2014 Louisiana, KPLC-TV 
... After equipping two of the minors with rifles, Clark ordered them to open the vehicle doors and fire at a deer.  The two minors shot the deer multiple times and killed it. Clark and the three minors then fled the scene when a vehicle approached from behind...

... state biologists are concerned that the lingering effects of Hurricane Isaac's high water in 2012 severely impacted deer herds throughout the southeastern parishes... Hunters who cannot attend ... meetings can make their comments to LDWF Wildlife Division manager Steve Smith. His mailing address is Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000. Or you can send an email to: ssmith(at)wlf.la.gov.

...  state biologists are concerned that the lingering effects of Hurricane Isaac's high water in 2012 severely impacted deer herds throughout the southeastern parishes... make their comments to LDWF Wildlife Division manager Steve Smith ,,, send an email to: ssmith@wlf.la.gov.  He will accept public comment until 4:30 p.m. April 3...

Pick up your trash before you leave the woods January 20, 2014 Louisiana, Monroe News Star 
... With deer season winding down and hunters removing feeders and stands in the coming weeks, let me encourage you to do one more thing. It is almost embarrassing to see the amount of deer corn bags and bran sacks that litter our highways...

Few changes in store for hunting seasons January 12, 2014 Louisiana, The Advocate 
... establishing three new areas, new bucks-only and either-sex hunting dates for deer last February — a move that broke a 10-year string of consistent deer dates and areas ... “There were no major modifications to dates nor areas,” Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Tommy Tuma said ...

New deer areas sparked controversy in hunting camps January 7, 2014 Louisiana, The Republic 
... The southeastern and south-central parishes were remapped for deer hunting after state biologists studied the effects of Hurricane Isaac in 2012.... The move also brought back bucks-only seasons and reduced either-sex hunting dates. Biologists determined prolonged high water caused by Isaac was responsible for 90 percent fawn mortality...

WMAs either-sex deer hunts yield 2,651 January 1, 2013 Louisiana,  postsouth.com
... either-sex firearms deer hunts on many of the state Wildlife Management Areas... The total deer harvest for the 37 managed hunts was 2,651, which included 1,322 bucks and 1,329 does.

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Louisiana Data: An estimated minimum of 500,000 deer in 2014, up from 2013 because of better weather and fawn survival.  State wildlife officials estimated 500,000 to 750,000 deer in the state in 2011, drought and high temperatures reduced the herd that year and 2010. Coyotes and hogs have also reduced the herd.  Populations in the southeast were severely impacted by high water from Hurricane Isaac in 2012 with 90 percent fawn mortality in some areas.   Rain and a good acorn crop in 2013, but the population has been on the decline since about 2007, falling by about 20 percent. Hunting Statistics  LDFW has changed some deer hunting regulations to support herd growth.  Although the harvest was up in 2014, the increase may be attributable to a poor mast crop (acorns and other) that forced the deer out into the open more.

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Deer Management Objectives:
Each WMA (Wildlife Management Area in the state) has a federal-aid management plan developed by Region biologists and deer are important features of most of these plans. Managed deer hunts are held each year to allow the harvest of surplus deer and prevent habitat damage resulting from overbrowsing. Biological data collected from harvested deer provide a basis for assessment of population health. Seasons are generally shorter on public lands than on private lands because WMAs receive higher hunter use over a shorter period of time than private lands. The Forestry Section of the Wildlife Division has developed a forest management plan for each WMA to insure proper management of the forested habitat. These plans in combination with deer browse surveys are used to assess current and predict future deer habitat conditions.