Massachusetts Deer:  The deer population is estimated at about 90,000 in 2015.  The population has been trending lower since 2002, but rebounded some in 2016.  About 50,000 deer in the 1990's.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Massachusetts deer hunting data and news archive

Massachusetts Deer News

Leave Baby Deer Alone, Wildlife Officials Warn May 23, 2017 Massachusetts, CBS Boston / WBZ
... It’s actually normal for mother does to leave their newborn deer alone for about six to eight hours at a time, biologists say. Their instinct is to remain motionless and let danger pass...

Bill would lift ban on Sunday hunting May 20, 2017 Massachusetts, The Patriot Ledger
... t the bill would expand the authority of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to allow Sunday bow hunting as it sees fit... could be limited to only certain areas or it could be allowed statewide...

Lynn Woods Reservation is a 2,200-acre municipal forest park located in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts - April 30, 2017


...  tree at Look Park fell and left an escape route open in one of the enclosures that hold two deer...  even with the high-tech assistance of the drone’s all-seeing eye, the deer remained at large, their location unknown ...
      1 deer found, 1 remains on the loose from Look Memorial Park April 8, 2017 Massachusetts, WesternMassNews.com
... one of the deer returned to the park on Saturday but one is still missing ...
    Deer who made a break from Look Park are back home April 10, 2017 Massachusetts, WesternMassNews.com
... "One of the little deers was kissing the other ones through the fence because it wanted to get back inside because it was afraid of being out here," 

  Deer rescued from tight spot in Foxboro March 28, 2017 Massachusetts, The Sun Chronicle
... A deer that got stuck between two tight-spaced fences and landed upside down had to be rescued Monday by the Animal Rescue League of Boston...

2016 deer harvest appears strong February 5, 2017 Massachusetts, MassLive.com
... the preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2016 is 12,233... The harvest was likely low in 2015 due to unseasonably warm weather, lack of snow, and an abundance of food...

Preliminary deer hunt report, The bears are coming out of the woods January 21, 2917 Massachusetts, Lowell Sun
... The Massachusetts deer season is in the books and it looks like it was a better one than a year ago. The final number will be out in mid-February but it looks like some 11,000 whitetail were taken...

Deer crashes through window of Lowell store, released into wild January 14, 2017 Massachusetts, Lowell Sun
... officers from the Massachusetts Environmental Police who tranquilized the deer inside the store ... already en route to an undisclosed wooded area to be safely released back into the wild on Saturday night...

Coyotes are everywhere, but easily scared December 21, 2016 Massachusetts, Berkshire Eagle
... roughly 10,000 coyotes living in Massachusetts, according to figures provided by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife ... about 500,000 coyotes are killed every year by hunters in the U.S., but their population levels "remain pretty much the same."...

Blue Hills, Residents who oppose Blue Hills deer hunt deliver petition to Gov. Baker December 6, 2016 Massachusetts, Metro.us
... collected more than 1,000 signatures from residents and hikers at Blue Hills for the petition. They argue that estimates of the deer population are inaccurate...

A deer hunt has been allowed at the reservation, located near Boston, for the second time. - December 6, 2016 Massashusetts

Stop the Blue Hills deer hunts November 30, 2016 Massachusetts, The Boston Globe
... Despite strong opposition from hikers, abutters, animal-protection and public-safety advocates, and even some hunters, DCR, after a process that scrimped on transparency and public input, pushed stubbornly ahead with its plan...DCR claimed deer were so abundant that up to 600 could be killed during the four-day hunt. What a surprise, then, when only 64 deer were felled...

Estimating the deer population in the Blue Hills - Massachusetts

     Blue Hills, Deer hunt opens at Blue Hills Reservation November 30, 2016 Massachusetts, The Patriot Ledger
... Friends of the Blue Hills Deer lead organizer Cynthia Haigh said she believes that the hunt was organized by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to promote hunting for the department’s own benefit... Haigh said that the department dismissed other, non-lethal alternatives despite those alternatives being less expensive...

Residents, Town Officials Rescue Young Deer Mired In Mud November 23, 2016 Massachusetts, CapeNews.net
... A juvenile white-tailed deer that was trapped in the mud of Wild Harbor River is now running free ... The area is a quagmire for the unsuspecting traveler, allowing lightweight children to cross or play in the mud but sucking in heavier persons or animals...

Bedford residents react to a deer of many colors  November 21, 2016 Massachusetts, 
concord.wickedlocal.com
... thought the animal was cow, because it's almost all white, with a few spots. But after further observation, he concluded it was a deer ...

Archers ready for peak of the rut November 10, 2016 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram
... Today is the peak of the rut... about 8,000 other deer annually killed by vehicles on Massachusetts highways. That carnage is almost equal to our annual hunter harvest of about 10,000... 

Blue Hills, Protesters in Canton condemn second Blue Hills deer hunt November 6, 2016 Massachusetts, The Patriot Ledger
... Members of Friends of the Blue Hills Deer said there is insufficient scientific evidence to substantiate the state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s assertion that deer overpopulation is damaging the forest.... the cost to taxpayers for the killing of one deer is more than $2,300...

Coyotes are nearby October 30, 2016 Massachusetts, Wicked Local Westborough
... [coyotes] traveled eastward via the wilds of Canada, moving from Michigan and Minnesota through the provinces of Ontario and Quebec and crossing the frozen St. Lawrence River. Coyotes arrived in New York in the 1920s and 1930s, in Vermont in the 1940s, and in Massachusetts and Connecticut in the 1950s. By the 1980s, coyotes were living throughout Massachusetts...

Sheriff's deputy lassoes deer swimming off Falmouth October 28, 2016 Massachusetts, capecodtimes.com
... A Barnstable County sheriff’s deputy was able to lasso a deer and pull it to safety from deep water off Falmouth Heights Beach ...

Blue Hills, Deer management program approved for this fall October 9, 2016 Massachusetts, SouthCoastToday.com
... We are disappointed that the DCR is moving forward with this hunt, especially given the numerous concerns by residents and others about safety, as well as questions about the flaws in the deer population data upon which this decision is being based. Running last year's hunt cost the state and municipalities at least $2,300 per deer ...
     Blue Hills, Hunters Will Get to Kill Deer in the Blue Hills Reservation Again This Year October 7, 2016 Boston Magazine
... Last year’s hunt was the reservation’s first since 1893... Friends of the Blue Hills Deer, a group that opposed the decision to allow hunting in the forest, has again been arguing against killing the animals, and has also been posting to its Facebook page about the series of scandals involving the state’s office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, of which the DCR is a part...
... Similar to last year’s controlled hunt, only licensed shotgun hunters selected through a random lottery will participate in the controlled hunt...  public access will not be restricted during the deer management hunt ...

Survey Shows Strong Support for Culling Island Deer Herd September 15, 2016 Massachuseetts, The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News
... according to a newly-released community survey in which 79 per cent of respondents said they would support a significant reduction of the Island’s deer herd to address the problem... “I answered ‘yes’ but with the caveat that a very carefully vetted analysis be done by qualified scientists as to the number of deer which could be safely culled so as to not permanently degrade the viability of deer on the Island,” wrote one respondent...

Fawn Rescued After Falling 25 Feet Into Treatment Plant Pit September 9, 2016 Massachusetts, CBSBoston
... Authorities got into the pit and were able to corral the deer, throw a tarp over it, and hoist it out of the pit... bounded away ...


Massachusetts Data:  An estimated 90,000 deer (85,000 to 95,000) in 2015.  Population growth in the central and western regions. A hard 2014-15 winter reduced survival.   Some hunters attribute the trend in lower deer harvests since 2002 to fewer deer although the state has attributed some of the decline to weather conditions during hunting season. Deer had been on the decline in the western part of the state and the WDFW issued fewer antlerless deer permits in 2013 with about the same number issues for 2014.   From 30 to 50 percent of the fawns die each year, 20 to 35 percent killed by predators.  Coyotes take about 25 percent of all fawns.  About 8500 coyotes in the state.
    Overall, deer numbers are near target levels - below target in the West, but above target in the East near the New York border and east to Ashby and Westminster.  Deer numbers are very low in Cape Cod as a result of extensive development, lack of good habitat and nutrition, and deer-vehicle collisions.  Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have higher deer densities. Hunting Statistics
     The deer population that had reached a low of 5,000 around the year 1900, rebounded to 10,000 to 15,000 by 1908.  Hunters registered for the first time in 1909.  About 50,000 deer in the 1990's.

     Moose, between 1,000 and 2,000 in 2015, concentrated in northern Worcester County and the southern Berkshires. No moose hunting
     Coyotes arrived in the 1980s.

Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game 
- Weston Deer Friends


State Police clear Nantasket Beach because of a deer swimming nearby. May 29, 2016