Massachusetts Deer News

Invincible Deer? March 25, 2015 Massachusetts, Massachusetts News
... a driver struck a deer with his car... Animal Control arrived and quickly determined the deer didn’t need to be put down ... so the animal control officer just stayed in the area and kept an eye on the deer for at least a half an hour before deciding to just let it go on it’s way unmolested...

Deer kill numbers are up while trying to find space to hunt March 23, 2015 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 
... The 2014 kill was 11,165 ... Returns from zones 1-5 showed a lower female harvest along with a corresponding larger male harvest. Those figures indicate that deer densities in these zones are generally increasing closer toward the ideal goals ... Densities in zones 10 and 11 are still too high ...

Hingham: Overabundance of deer locally raising concerns March 19, 2015 Massachusetts, 95.9 WATD-FM
... Wompatuck State Park ... a forum  ... “There should be anywhere from 10-18 deer per square mile and the numbers here are much higher than that,” ... said Charles Willse, chairman of the conservation trust... [see U.S. Forest Service research putting an optimal deer density at 15 to 28 deer per square mile with forest regeneration at higher densities]

Deer jumps from ice floe to ice floe in Boston Harbor March 17, 2015 Massachusetts, Myinforms
... the animal was jumping from one ice floe to another, twice sliding into the frigid water ... it jumped and swam to the rocks... remarkable ...

Andover group discusses deer population March 15, 2015 Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune
... This year, members of the Foster’s Pond Corporation — which since 2005 has been open to anyone who values the pond — will wrestle with the idea of managing the local deer population...

Deer downing a common occurance March 10, 2015 Massachusetts, Wareham Village Soup
... Of the 12 deer presumed to be on the ice, only two were believed to have survived... two deer were pulled out of the icy waters were still alive and brought to shore, where emergency personnel put blankets on the deer to heat them up, but to no avail.  "The [Environmental Protection Agency] made the determination to euthanize the animals," ...
     Several Deer Die Trying To Cross Wareham Bay March 9, 2015 Massachusetts, CBSBoston
... While rescuers were on scene, a second group of deer became stranded when they were spooked by people walking a dog in the area...
     Wareham firefighters rescue deer after fall into icy ocean March 9, 2015 Massachusetts, Capecode Today 
... Firefighters used hovercrafts from the Onset and Middleboro Fire Departments to rescue the animals. Donning survival suits, firefighters managed to rescue several of the deer... [see video below]



Tough winter means hunters need to be conservative March 2, 2015 Massachusetts, South Coast Today
... Coyotes will kill more than their fair share of deer as the lighter canines with their padded feet are able to run on top of crusty snow while the heavier, long-legged deer with hard hooves will punch through and get bogged down up to their bellies and become exhausted, easy to outrun and overcome. ..

This cold, snowy winter is brutal for area's wildlife March 2, 2015 Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune
... There have been reports of deer so thoroughly engulfed in snow, all that can be seen is their heads... “I bet there’s a lot of carcasses under the snow.” ...

Give wintering whitetails a break - it could save their lives February 15, 2015 Massachusetts, Mass Live The Republican 
... While few snowmobilers will dog a deer, there are some that indeed think it to be a "man thing." I was scouting when I spotted a big rack buck running like a drunk at me, its tongue hanging out of its mouth as it attempted to catch air. A short distance behind was a snow buggy and its master. I flagged him down by stepping in front of the vehicle ...

Equally majestic, horns and antlers are not the same January 18, 2015 Massachusetts, South Coast Today
... While antlers are shed each year, horns stay with an animal for its entire life, with a few exceptions, including the pronghorn antelope... Antlers are made of bone, while horns are made of compressed hair (keratin, like fingernails), around a bony core... Animals in the deer family, such as whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose and caribou, have antlers...

Blue Hills, Deer hunting in the Blue Hills? January 17, 2015 Massachusetta, The Boston Globe ·
... State Senator Brian A. Joyce, whose district includes the Blue Hills, said 6 to 8 deer per square mile is considered to be a healthy population for this region [see other recommendations, U.S. Forest Service recommend 15 to 28 deer per square mile] ... Joyce added a provision to last year’s Environmental Bond Bill calling for the state to develop and implement a plan to control deer populations in areas where their density exceeds 50 per square mile ...

Jogger shot by deer hunter on Cape Cod December 9, 2014 Massachusetts, CBS 12 News 
...  a deer hunter has been arrested after mistakenly shooting a jogger in the woods... reported in stable condition ... Many bucks have lost 20 percent of their pre-rut body weight from fighting and mating last month...

Chances of getting deer decreasing, but not extinguished December 8, 2014 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram
... The little-understood second rut of December ... is on right now. The very few mature does that didn't mate in November are now ovulating again 28 days after their first November cycle...

Wildlife officials consider allowing deer hunts in state parks December 1, 2014 Massachusetts, Newburyport Daily News 
... “Many of our reservations are closed to hunting by regulation either because they are in urban areas, border neighborhoods, or as a result of deed restrictions placed on the properties before the commonwealth acquired them,” ...

Wildlife officials consider deer hunting in state parks November 27, 2014 Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune
...  including Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich -- to cull herds that have flourished under state and local protections. The move, details of which are still being worked out, will likely require legislative approval ... a meeting between local hunters, town and state officials ...

Martha's Vineyard, Shotgun deer hunting season begins Monday November 25, 2014 Massachuseetts, Martha's Vineyard Times
... In 2013, Island hunters took 726 deer ... 257 deer during the six-week archery season; 368 deer during the two-week shotgun season; and 101 deer during the approximately three-week primitive firearms season...

Hunter finds scarce 8-point antlered doe November 10, 2014 Massachusetts,  WCSH-TV
... an 8-point antler female deer -- or doe. The deer was unique because of its gender. The doe weighed in at 244 pounds, and the dressed weight was 185 pounds... "The feet of the deer had the big dewclaws and the tracks that were leaving the marks were completely typical of a buck." ... 

A couple in Massachusetts didn't catch a fish on their latest boating trip, they caught a deer! - November 10, 2014


White-tail deer crossing from Grape Island in the Boston Harbor



... he dates for ArcheryHunting in the Landlocked Forest for the 2014 season are Oct. 20, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2014, with no hunting on Sundays... General questions about the Burlington hunting program should be directed to the Burlington Conservation Department at (781) 270-1655.

Hingham, Bow hunting allowed again in Hingham  September 9, 2014 Massachusetts, Taunton Daily Gazette 
... The final draft included a fee for applying for a town hunting permit and a separate fee for a replacement permit card should the original be lost. The commission decided to move forward without those fees... The final draft also required hunters to spend two hours each year helping to maintain the conservation lands by picking up trash and clearing the trails... The commission decided to change the language to encourage, not require, hunters to do two hours of service...

Massachusetts Data: Between 85,000 and 95,000 deer in the state according to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.  Deer have 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

Useful links:
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
- Weston Deer Friends
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game 

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