Massachusetts Deer News

Hingham, Responders free deer from metal fence April 7, 2014 Massachusetts, NECN 
... Authorities say the deer immediately ran away after being freed....

Weston, Update on deer hunting season in Weston April 4, 2014 Massachusetts, Wicked Local Weston
...  a total of 20 deer (13 does and seven bucks) killed on town conservation lands by 26 licensed bow and arrow hunters... Twenty-two additional deer were reported as harvested from private lands ...

Coyotes taking toll on area deer population March 31, 2014 Massachusetts, Telegram.com
... Hungry coyotes (we'd do better to call them coy-wolves) ... With so many reports of coyote predation this winter, it will be interesting to see how our white-tails rebound during the fawning season, when the largest number of deer are usually killed by the coy-wolves...

MassWildlife survey details state's hunting habits March 17, 2014 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 
...  In Central Mass.' Zone 9, hunters reported seeing an average of about nine deer during the entire archery season, seven during shotgun and six during primitive firearms... Zone 14 hunters in Nantucket averaged 17 sightings during archery, 19 during shotgun and 22 during primitive...

Sick deer part of herd feeding in yard March 17, 2013 Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune 
... one deer had what appeared to be a huge growth dangling from its face ... If the deer is suffering from fibromatosis, then according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, it is likely to survive ...

Maintaining animal populations can be complicated March 14, 2014 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram
... It's questionable whether wolf packs could sustain themselves here on relatively smaller whitetail deer — even if there were sufficiently vast habitat for them... Coyotes, which kill most of their deer here during the fawning season, can also be very successful when snow conditions impede deer ...

Upton, an antler search 'deer' to their hearts March 1, 2014 Massachusetts, Wicked Local 
...  Two local groups will search for newly shed deer antlers later this month to spur an appreciation of nature.  The event, called a "shed hunt," will be run by the Friends of the Upton State Forest and the town's Open Space Committee. Open to the public, the hunt is scheduled for March 30...

Help the Deer, Manage Your Dog February 15, 2014 Massachusetts, Athol Daily News, Sportsman's Corner
... The biggest thing you can do at this time is keep your dog from running loose. Most of us living in the North Quabbin region have whitetail deer close to our homes. A dog will instinctively chase deer and although the dog may not catch the deer any expenditure of energy reserves could be detrimental to a deer surviving.  ...

Deer harvest increases in 2013 February 14, 2014 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram
... harvest of 11,413 was 4 percent higher than in 2012. The archery kill actually was up 15 percent from last year.... Most of the state now has ideal numbers of deer... Cape Cod's Zone 12 had a total harvest of only 225 deer. Extreme development, lack of good cover and nutrition, as well as a killing grid of roadways there keeps the herd small. 

February 12 - 1935: The day the deer hunt ended February 12, 2014 Massachusetts, Cape Cod Today 
... On this day in 1935 as reported by the Fitchburg Sentinel ... Hunters' guns, which have re-echoed throughout this quiet island since daybreak yesterday in what Nantucketers described as the slaughter of tame deer, were silenced by gubernatorial edict at noon today and the tabulation of the slain herd was begun by game wardens...

Preliminary results are in for recent deer season February 8, 2014 Massachusetts, BerkshireEagle.com
... Although preliminary, this figure is up 4 percent from last year's total harvest. The harvest figures for the previous four years, beginning with 2009, were as follows: 10,381, 10,699, 11,081 and 10,938... A complete harvest summary will be posted on the DFW website shortly ...

NorthHampton, Bow hunting allowed in one Northampton conservation area; panel vows to revisit issue January 24, 2014 Massachusetts,  Daily Hampshire Gazette
...  The city’s other conservation lands ...  despite their requests that the commission sanction the sport on all conservation land... In addition to concerns about safety, many hunting opponents argued at the hearings that people may have donated parcels of land or funds to buy conservation restrictions with the expectation that hunting would not be allowed there...

How deer keep warm in the cold months December 12, 2013 Massachusetts, Berkshire Eagle 
... A deer's "winter coat" is made of hollow hairs that trap air. This provides an insulated outer layer that can keep them warm even when it gets to -30 degrees (F). Deer gather in "yards" composed of evergreen trees, often on a south facing slopes. They take advantage of less wind and shallower snow, sharing paths, which reduces their energy exertion...

Fall River, Berkley man charged with shooting deer at Fall River intersection December 6, 2013 Massachusetts, Abington Mariner
... Lafleur arrested Pritchard, charging him with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, hunting from a motor vehicle and a deer tagging violation ...

Second white-tailed deer rut is ready to hit Central Mass December 5, 2013 Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 
... The very few mature does that didn't mate in November will be ovulating again about 28 days after their first November cycle. Their number is extremely low, so the second surge of mating is almost entirely dependent on female fawns that precociously have just entered puberty...

Locked and loaded for deer season December 1, 2013 Massachusetts,  Lowell Sun 
... Massachusetts is home to approximately 100,000 whitetail deer and there may be an equal number of deer hunters who will be out there Monday ... For the next two weeks, deer hunters armed with shotguns will invade the woodlands ...

Hiker discovers deer in Spencer well  November 30, 2013 Massachusetts, WCBV
... Environmental police had to put down a 1-year-old deer in Spencer Friday after a hiker discovered the badly injured buck at the bottom of a well...

Deer eyes and what they see November 29, 2013 Massachusetts, GlousterTimes.com
... deer only have two of the three receptor cones that humans posses. The deer lack the red cone that is sensitive to long wavelength colors such as red and orange... they are able to pick up more of the UV spectrum of light but see less fine detail... Deer do not see better than we do during daylight hours...

Two-week shotgun season for deer begins Monday November 27, 2013 Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard Times 
... In 2012, Island hunters took 610 deer, the majority of them with shotguns. That figure represents a significant drop over the 2011 season when Island hunters shot 792 deer ...

Northampton Conservation Commission to decide hunting issue November 15, 2013 Massachusetts, MassLive.com
... Mark Carmien, who spoke against hunting, said public safety is the bottom line for him... Carmien was also the coordinator of the Friends of Mineral Hills Conservation Area, an organization that raised money to buy land for the area. He said a major part of his appeal to donors was that the land would be safe for passive recreation and for wildlife.  “A change in that policy is a huge betrayal to those donors,” he said...

20 Things You May Not Know About Deer November 14, 2013 Hingham Patch
... There are between 85,000 and 95,000 deer in Massachusetts...  Most fawns are born in May or June after a 200-day gestation period. First-time doe mothers usually produce one offspring, but then give birth to two or even three in subsequent years... Fawns are left alone during the first week of life except when the mother returns to nurse. To protect themselves, fawns lie motionless in leaves, which camouflage them...

Shotgun deer hunting season opens next month November 11, 2013 Massachusetts, Gloucester Daily Times
... It is estimated by the Fish and Wildlife folks that there are 85,000 to 95,000 deer statewide. Densities range from about 10 per square mile in northwestern Massachusetts to 45 to 55 per square mile on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands... Deer have 7 different glands or glandular areas consisting of the interdigital, metatarsal tarsal, preorbital, forehead, nasal, and preputial Each one has it’s own unique characteristics and is used to communicate different information...




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Massachusetts Data: Between 85,000 and 95,000 deer in the state according to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.  Deer are on the decline in the western part of the state and the WDFW is issuing fewer antlerless deer permits.  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.

- Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game News

Other useful links:
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
- Weston Deer Friends
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game

Deer Management Strategy: White-tailed deer are managed in Massachusetts as a valuable natural resource. As such, MassWildlife sets deer density goals below human tolerance limits. If deer densities exceed human tolerance, people tend to label deer as pests. This attitude is contrary to MassWildlife's mission of wildlife conservation. 


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2 Coyotes vs 1 Deer Filmed In West Gloucester By Shawn Henry - March 29, 2013