Michigan Deer News

DNR will allow supplemental deer feeding in U.P. November 24, 2014 Michigan, ABC 10 UP 
...  The DNR has decided to allow supplemental deer feeding, by permit, across the U.P. beginning on December 15th...



... In 2014, the state of Wisconsin banned deer baiting in 35 counties impacted by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ...  potential to congregate animals in ways that increase the potential for disease transmission through food, feces and urine ... The deer bait market provides an outlet for this lower quality produce ...

.... The DNR Wildlife Division has created a clickable map that links to a report for each DMU in the state. Just click on a DMU number and you'll be taken to the biologist report, which provides the same background information that was delivered to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) with Department recommendations on public- and private-land antlerless license quotas and other regulations for each area ...

Family Fights to Keep Pet Deer: Michigan Law Prohibits Wild Animals in Home - November 23, 2014


Hunters find a robust Michigan deer herd November 21, 2014 Toledo Blade 
... John Niewoonder, an MDNR biologist in southwest Michigan, reported that the whitetail populations in that area looked strong, so he expected the firearm season would be a productive one. The deer herd in the region was hit with an outbreak of the often fatal Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) a couple of years ago, but Niewoonder said the whitetail population has apparently bounced back quickly...

Deer count numbers continue decline November 21, 2014 Michigan, Mining Journal 
...  the number of deer checked so far at the Marquette station is 60 percent below a 10-year average and 55 percent below 2013, at the same point in the season... As of 7 a.m. today, there have been 1,228 deer logged at the Mackinac Straits crossing, down from 2,374 at the same time last year, a drop of 48 percent...

... harvest rates recorded at deer check stations across the region in the first few days of firearm season were down significantly from previous years as Southwest Michigan's deer herd recovers from disease outbreaks that decimated the population in 2012... "In the U.P., before firearm season opened, deer were already migrating into warmer micro-climates ...

Heavy snow, below average temperatures and a smaller herd of bucks are keeping hunters out of the woods. - November 20, 2014


Earlier supplemental deer feeding to be allowed November 20, 2014 Michigan, Lansing State Journal 
... State wildlife officials say they will allow for earlier supplemental deer feeding in the Upper Peninsula amid snow that’s already deep... 

Bloomfield Hills nature center provides home for orphaned fawn November 20, 2014 Michigan, Hometownlife.com
... An orphaned fawn is being transported Friday to the Bloomfield Hills Schools E.L. Johnson Nature Center, a 40-acre habitat on Franklin Road ... For the past several months, Baby was being cared for by a group of neighbors in Pleasant Ridge after her mother was killed in June by a car ...

Improving Deer Habitat Across the State November 19, 2014 Michigan, DNR News
... Over 1,300 oak saplings were planted in western Mackinac County this spring to increase hard mast for deer.  The plantings were focused on areas that have been hit hard by beech bark disease (BBD), and also in deer wintering complexes.  BBD areas will see a large loss of beech nuts, and the oak acorns that are produced in the future will help to mitigate some of the loss from BBD... 

Bloomfield, Suspected deer poaching in Bloomfield Twp. has residents concerned November 19, 2014 Micigan, My Fox Detroit 
... At 14 Mile and Inkster in Bloomfield Township, several residents heard gunshots in a ravine Tuesday ... the Franklin River that runs behind their house is home to dozens of deer... state conservation officers say they have seen an increased demand for large antlered deer ...

Despite rough winter, deer populations weather throughq November 17, 2014 Michigan, Petoskey News-Review
... "It's really not about how bad the winter is," said Rudolph, "but how long the winter lasts. That's what affects the deer." ... DNR observations throughout the northern Lower Peninsula this spring shows a number of healthy fawns, even sightings of twins...

Deer poaching under investigation November 17, 2014 Michigan, The Morning Sung
... Two six-point bucks were shot in Isabella County over the weekend, and investigators from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are looking for the hunter who dumped the bodies in a ditch...  contact the DNR Report All Poaching hotline at 1-800-292-7800...

Wildlife Biologist Jeremiah Heise provides the current outlook on deer hunting in Michigan's Saginaw Bay area. - November 17, 2014


Wildlife Biologist John Niewoonder provides the current outlook on deer hunting in Michigan's southwest region - November 17, 2014



DNR wildlife chief: 2 bad winters hard on deer herd November 17, 2014 Michigan, Your Daily Globe.com
... As for the U.P ... Looking at the western end, deer have been hit by two hard winters in a row as well as a predator problem, specifically coyotes... A long-term predator study has been put in place for the Western U.P... Coyote populations are at an all time high in the state ...

Hunters divided on benefits of antler point restrictions November 17, 2014 Michigan, Cadillac News
... The Natural Resources Commission enacted antler point restrictions in 12 northwest Lower Peninsula counties ... hunters are required to ensure antlered deer have at least one antler with a minimum of three points, with each point at least 1 inch long. A total of 1,000 surveys were sent out in 2012 ... The survey returned with a 68.5 percent approval rate...

For all the hunters out there, Saturday marked the first day of firearm hunting season for deer in West Michigan. - November 17, 2014



Detroit suburb fawns over orphaned deer November 17, 2014 Michigan, MLive
... Her mother was killed by a car on Woodward last spring ... residents who tend to the orphan ... have left gourds, pumpkins in the grass and other food in a makeshift dish ...

...  at his nearby home, he would normally expect to hear 80 to 120 gunshots for deer on a given morning during firearm season. But yesterday, Melnyk said he didn't hear a single one... "They're pretty well bedded up," ... 

... while there are fewer people hunting deer in Michigan than there were 10 years ago, the amount of money that hunters spend in the state has skyrocketed... The majority of the spending increase came in non-firearms categories such as outdoor equipment like tents and hunting clothing, and equipment such as boats and vans, according to the federal survey...

DNR announces deer check station locations, new deer check locator for smartphones November 14, 2014 Michgan, DNR News
... As part of continued efforts to be mobile-friendly, the DNR now has made it easier to find locations to check deer. Smartphone users now can text “Deer Check” to 468311 and they will receive a text back with a link to the DNR'sinteractive deer check station locator map. Hunters can utilize their smartphone’s GPS function to find the deer-check location closest to them and then get turn-by-turn directions to that location to have their deer checked.  For questions on hunting and firearm rules and regulations, please contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453.

'Give us a brake' sign attached to dead deer in Oakland Twp. November 14, 2014 Michigan, KTVU Station
... homemade sign has recently appeared, attached to a dead deer by the side of the road. It reads, "Give us a brake."  In the past three years 347 deer have been killed on roads in the township ...

Wildlife officials studying effect of snow on deer November 14, 2014 Michigan, Petoskey News 
...  State wildlife officials say they could allow for earlier supplemental deer feeding in the Upper Peninsula if snow depths continue to quickly climb...

Standing corn factor in firearm deer opener November 14, 2014 Michigan, Sherman Publications Inc
...  the statewide harvest of corn is at only 21 percent—it should be at 51 percent this time of year ...  deer hang out more in the corn and just don't come out. It's hard to see deer moving and hard to get them out ...

Ottawa County parks, open spaces focus of hunters in firearm deer season November 13, 2014 Michigan, HollandSentinel.com
... Ottawa County allows firearm hunting in six parks and open space areas totaling 964 acres... Allegan County does not allow hunting in its nine parks, according to the county website. Hunting is permitted in the Allegan State Game Area... 

Deer baiting impacts Michigan farmers November 12, 2014, Petoskey News-Review
...  argument against deer baiting is its potential to congregate animals in ways that increase the potential for disease transmission through food, feces and urine. There is significant evidence that feeding deer can perpetuate diseases such as bovine tuberculosis (TB) and CWD. This led Michigan Farm Bureau to publicly oppose the lifting of Michigan’s baiting ban in 2011 ...

How to Recognize 5 Common, Lethal Michigan Deer Diseases November 11, 2014 Michigan-Sportsman.com
... common signs of EHD are lesions ... swelling and blood “leaking” out of the nose or mouth.. Bluetongue has the same symptoms as EHD, save for a high chance for animals to develop foot deformities... CWD ... Common symptoms include weight loss, excessive salivation... mange ... hair loss or the presence of mites or lice ... “deer warts ... grotesque and wartlike growths ...

A few less hunters November 11, 2014 Michigan, The Daily News
... those that hunted in our neck of the woods over the past few years report seeing fewer and fewer deer ...  deer hunting in Michigan is a tradition ... But I fear that if the over-hunting trend continues that tradition will be ending ...

Regular firearm deer hunting season starts this weekend, and the Michigan DNR is predicting a good hunt in our region. Effect of EHD. - November 10, 2014



...  Deer numbers are down across the state, and acorns are highly abundant in the Lower Peninsula... In the northern Lower Peninsula ... “It was the worst winter in the 15 years I’ve been up here ... We got some reports of dead deer and have not seen many twin fawns this year...

As season approaches, deer forecast a mixed bag November 9, 2014 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... more than 160,000 crossbow users ... Last year ... was the first year less than half the antlered deer taken were yearlings ... In the 1980s ... it was more like 75%. ... decision to let them go and let them grow has been legislated into the regulations for 12 counties this year ...

Conserving multiple species at once November 9, 2014 Utah, Deseret News
... Mule deer continue to struggle across the West for a variety of reasons, but we’ve long known that addressing habitat management and enhancement on a landscape scale is critical to halting and reversing these negative trends... A recent study in Wyoming demonstrated that sage grouse conservation measures in the state overlapped and will benefit 60-70 percent of migration corridors used by the Green River mule deer herd ...

... DNR wildlife biologists are predicting a fairly typical season with one exception: the Upper Peninsula. In the U.P., hunters should be prepared to see and harvest fewer deer. “We had a very difficult winter this last year, the second harsh winter in a row, so our deer herd is down from where it has been,” said Upper Peninsula wildlife biologist Dave Jentoft ...

Hard winters may mean diminished deer November 5, 2014 Michigan,  Mining Journal ·
... the impacts of the rough conditions for deer over the past two winters in the U.P... 
"This has led to decreased deer numbers throughout the region with losses occurring most notably in this year's fawns and yearlings ... Biologists recommended closing all public land and all but three private land deer management units ...

... A third annual decline in the state's 638 wolves is expected when a 2015 survey is done ... "Our hardest winters in many years really took a toll on the deer herd," Roell said. "I fully expect the (wolf) numbers will be down again ... I doubt pup survival was very high." ...

...  two additional Northeast Michigan cattle herds are TB-infected. Test results have been received on a 163-animal beef herd and a 13-cow beef herd, both located in Alcona County... Before today’s announcement, Michigan had confirmed one TB-positive cow from an Alpena County herd on June 17, 1998, and one captive deer herd in December 1997...

...  “Certainly we have landscaping and a habitat with parks and lots of recreations and lots of really nice lawns, so deer certainly like that ... we need to find ways to manage that and to do it in a way that is sustainable to the city.” ... Council approved during the summer an ordinance that prohibits residents from feeding deer...

Videos: 2014 Deer Season Biologist Updates November 4, 2014 Michigan, DNR News
With the 2014 archery deer season under way and the firearm opener right around the corner, everyone is curious about what's happening out in the woods. Over the next several weeks, the DNR Wildlife Division will be releasing video updates from wildlife biologists around the state.

Western Lower Peninsula of Michigan - 2014 Deer Season Update (11/3)


 
...  new Deer Private Land Assistance Network, a grant program funded by hunting license sales that is designed to improve deer habitat on private land in the northern Lower Peninsula...  landowners who receive grants are required to pay a minimum of 25 percent of the project costs... 

Ease up on the boy who shot albino deer October 28, 2014 Ohio, CNN
... Gavin took down a rare albino buck ... when this father and son stumbled onto the albino buck, they should have just taken a moment to admire it and let it go on its way... The little boy is being pilloried with hurtful language and even getting death threats ...

Michigan Hunting Regulations Designed to Help Farmers October 25, 2014 Michigan, Wide Open Spaces
... People in five northern Michigan counties will be allowed to harvest antlerless deer with firearms this fall regardless of which state mandated season it is. The DNR has decided to make this change due to pressure from farmers in northern Michigan...

Nothing wrong in rare albino deer hunt October 24, 2014 Michigan, WZZM 13 
... Despite a popular backlash against an 11-year-old Hartland boy, there was nothing wrong with shooting a 12-point albino buck with a crossbow, the state says.
... Five states - Illinois, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee and Wisconsin - have laws which protect albino deer ... Now, the albino buck 11-year-old incident is facing criticism on social media, and the boy is reportedly receiving death threats...
... on the boy’s side are fellow big game hunters, impressed at the pre-teen’s “rock star” kill …while many are outraged at the “murder” of this rare creature... “The whole neighborhood is familiar with it. Quite a few of the guys in the neighborhood were trying to get it,” ...

A deer jumped through a window of a motel room at the Viking Arms Inn motel in Ludington Wednesday. Police responded and were able to herd the deer out of the room. Traffic was stopped in both directions on Ludington Avenue so the deer could safely cross to the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital grounds. - October 22, 2014



Manistee Approves City Deer Cull October 22, 2014 Michigan, 9&10 News
... Police officers can shoot up to 50 deer from January 5 to February 5 ...

Troy man concerned about deer poaching in the city October 20, 2014 Michigan, Macomb Daily
... he and his friends have found deer shot and killed around the city... many people can hear gunshots in the area... The City of Troy does not allow hunting ...

... Indices of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) abundance in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan suggested the population declined 40% from the previous 5 year mean following 2 consecutive severe winters in the mid-1990s and has not since increased in population size. I collected estimates and assessed biological and environmental covariates of survival and recruitment of fawns ... Although predation was the leading cause of deer mortality, bottom-up effects of winter severity on nutritional condition and resource use appeared to be most influential to sustaining a lack of population increase. Hence, I suggest population growth could be improved through habitat management that increases landscape heterogeneity of early successional forests to enhance year-round browse to increase nutritional condition of adult females and hiding cover for fawns...

7 More Counties Declared Bovine TB Free October 15, 2014 Michigan, MI News 26
... Michigan has been conducting surveillance testing for bovine TB since it was found in a wild free-ranging deer in 1994...

... “With fall and hunting season here, deer populations will be on the move. This activity heightens the chance of a car-deer crash occurring,” ... the number of crashes were up throughout the state, with 49,205 crashes in 2013 and 48,918 crashes in 2012...

... The man shot his bow within 450 feet of a home, which is a safety zone violation, Patten said...  a police officer and the man who shot the deer attempted to track the animal, but couldn't locate the deer...

Poaching penalties tougher but still don't go far enough October 12, 2014 Michigan, Argus Press
... For any deer with or without antlers, the base restitution will be $1,000. For any antlered deer, there will be an additional restitution of $1,000 plus.  For antlered deer with 8 to 10 points, an additional $500 will be assessed for each point.  For antlered deer with 11 or more points, an additional $750 will be assessed for each point ...

Antler Point Restrictions, Hunters must choose at the time of purchase if they want the opportunity to harvest one or two antlered deer. Hunters wishing to harvest only one antlered deer can purchase a single deer license (one kill tag). Hunters wishing to harvest two antlered deer must purchase a deer combo license (two kill tags). - October 13, 2014



Michigan widens northern farmers' deer hunt rights October 12, 2014 Lansing State Journal
... "We're already seen a decrease in the deer populations in northwest Michigan due to the winter last year, higher than normal snowfall and also the temperatures took a toll on the deer herd," said Ryan Ratajczak, president of the Northwest Michigan Quality Deer Management Association...

New deer rules designed to help farmers October 11, 2014 Michigan, Traverse City Record Eagle
... Farmers who hope to take deer under the new rules need to have tried archery in prior deer control efforts and show some evidence that archery hasn't been a successful management tool... "Many farmers try to get hunters on their properties, but many hunters don’t want antlerless deer anymore," ...

2014 Michigan Deer Hunting Prospects [PDF] October 9, 2014 Michigan DNR
... The 2013 season saw a drop in deer harvest in the majority of the Midwestern United States, and Michigan was not an exception. Hunting success decreased somewhat across the state; though a little more than 4 out of every 10 hunters were still able to take home at least one deer last season. The biggest decreases in deer harvest occurred in the upper and southern lower peninsulas. The Upper Peninsula experienced a severe and prolonged winter in 2012, and deer harvest was expected to decline as a result. Areas in the Southern Lower Peninsula were still recovering from the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease outbreak that occurred in the summer of 2012. More restrictive regulations along with lower than typical deer populations led to fewer antlerless deer in particular being taken in southern Michigan... 

... Michigan's non-resident deer licenses increased from $138 to $170 in March... "In terms of price (hunters and anglers) are very conscious of how that price relates to surrounding states," ...

Man fined after poaching 2 deer October 6, 2014 Michigan, WOOD-TV.com
... A Lowell man will have to pay $12,000 in restitution after poaching two deer in Montcalm County ... two trophy white-tailed deer ... while he was supervising an 8-year-old on his first hunt ...

... Residents who oppose deliberate acts to reduce the city's deer population note that the animals are part of the area's natural ecosystem and contribute to the beauty of the region ... A resident living in the 1900 block of Forest Park Road told the Muskegon Chronicle that she didn't feel safe after a bow hunting neighbor shot a deer, which eventually died near her and her neighbor's property line....

Deer hunting outlook is good for upcoming season October 2, 2014 October 2, 2014 Michigan, The Daily News
... Though harsh weather conditions last winter depleted much of the deer population in the Upper Peninsula, things are looking much more hopeful in the Lower Peninsula, particularly around Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties.  “In this area we’ve had very high deer numbers ... “That being said, the deer population has been declining slowly and steadily,” ...

DNR announces 2015 Wildlife Habitat Grant recipients October 1, 2014 Michigan, DNR News
     The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, which began in October 2013, is funded with a portion of the revenue from the hunting and fishing licenses sold each year. This grant program is directly related to the new hunting and fishing licensing structure passed by the Michigan Legislature that took effect in March 2014.
     “Hunting generates more than $2.3 billion for Michigan’s economy,” said Russ Mason, Wildlife Division chief. “This program impacts wildlife habitat across the state to ensure there are quality hunting opportunities. In addition, these grants benefit everyone who enjoys the state's world-class natural resources ... To learn more about the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants.

DNR reminds deer hunters of recent licensing changes October 1, 2014 Michigan, Petoskey News 
...  the single deer license increased this year from $15 to $20 for state residents, and the combo from $30 to $40... Nonresident deer licenses decreased in price this year — from $138 to $20 for a single, and from $276 to $190 for a combo — although nonresident hunters face a significant price premium for the newly required base license that they'll also need to purchase...



... Getting a permit to hunt this year’s estimated 668 elk – down from almost 1,200 since 2008 - is like winning a lottery.  Almost 30,000 eligible hunters applied ... call the Report All Poaching (RAP) Line at 800-292-7800

Deer Hunting in Michigan September 28, 2014 mlive.com
... Archery season opens Oct. 1.  The 2013 total harvest was 385,000 deer.  58,772 were taken by crossbows by 162,728 hunters.  60,578 were taken with bows by 165,927 hunters.  265,650 were taken with firearms by 333,133 hunters...

Archers may have tough deer hunt for this year September 26, 2014 Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
... historically the 1-1/2-year-old typically make up the bulk of the annual harvest, but with the long winter of 2013-14 taking a toll on the herd that might not be the case this year. He further added that the number of 2 1/2-year-old deer and this year’s fawns will also likely be down due to the recent rough winters...

DNR raises fines for poaching September 25, 2014 Michigan, WZZM
... much more significant penalties: a 5 to 90 day jail sentence and new, higher fines. The state will now calculate fines for bucks based on the number of antler points: $500 per point for eight, nine, and 10 point bucks; $750 per point for bucks with more than 10 points...

Sanilac County poaching suspects to be arraigned Oct. 6 September 20, 2014 Michigan, East Village Magazine
... Three men and a woman were arrested after ... it observed people shining deer and shooting from a vehicle in Marion Township... The DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) Line, (800) 292-7800, is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year to take information about any fish or game violations in Michigan. Information also can be reported online at www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers.

Michigan bill would ban hunting with drones September 19, 2014 The Times Herald 
... Colorado and Montana recently banned the use of airborne cameras to scout and hunt wildlife. Alaska, Idaho and Wisconsin law enforcement officials believe their current prohibition on hunting and scouting from aircraft applies to remote-control quad-copters and the like.  About three dozen other states are considering bans...

Using Science To Catch Deer Poachers September 17, 2014 Michigan, WTKG 
... DNR Lieutenant Wade Hamilton says that a partnership with Michigan State University to do on-line training courses will give conservation officers new tools  ...

Michigan Poachers caught red handed. September 17, 2014 Michigan, WOOD Radio 
...  poaching deer in SanilacCounty...  Police say there were spotted shooting a deer with a rifle out a car window...

Car vs deer September 16, 2014 Michigan, The Mix WLKM Radio 95.9
... The odds of hitting a deer with your vehicle in Michigan have gone down slightly but they’re still 1 in 94, according to claims data from State Farm Insurance...

Two young bucks sparring and a couple of older ones come in to break things up. Troy Nature Center deer. - September 15, 2014



No antler restriction this fall for local hunters September 11, 2014 Michigan, clarkstonnews.com 
... In 2013 regulations required hunters in the northern lower peninsula counties ... Antlered deer must have at least one antler with a minimum of three points, with each point at least 1 inch long. The process to make the change required a DNR survey of deer hunters in the proposed area, which in this case found that 69 percent of hunters approved of the regulation...  no change with regard to points this season for southern Michigan ...

... many residents remain staunchly opposed to a culling ... The City Council took action Aug. 18 to appropriate $20,000 to develop what city officials hope will be a community-endorsed deer management plan. The city plans to hire a consultant to develop the plan through a six-month public process... [sterilization and fertility control are not allowed by Michigan DNR] ... Michigan Natural Features Inventory biologists recommend deer densities of 15 to 20 per square mile to promote ecological health [a U.S. Forest Service study puts the optimal density at 15 to 28 per square mile with growth at higher densities]

Ironwood Commission approves scaled down deer hunt August 26, 2014 Michigan, Your Daily Globe
... in approving a 2014 archery hunt, city commissioners rejected a recommendation from the parks and recreation committee that the hunt be suspended because of a lack of deer after a very harsh winter on the herd.  The commission approved a hunt that will include issuing 50 permits, down from 100 in 2013...

Implement the Lower Peninsula Deer Management Initiative (LPDMI), A petition August 22, 2014 Michigan, Change.org
... Michigan hunters harvest more yearling bucks as a percentage of the antlered buck harvest than any other midwest state.  In the southern Lower Peninsula, only about 1 in 200 antlered bucks are 5.5 years of age or older, compared to about 1 in 5 adult does... [The petition request]: Please implement the Lower Peninsula Deer Management Initiative (LPDMI) proposal for new antler point regulations requiring 3 points on one side in Zone 2 and 4 points on one side in Zone 3. [Click on the link above to support this petition]

New legal problems for the man running Deer Forest in Berrien County. Our Fact Finder team uncovered court documents, claiming Jon Stolarz and his wife, Amie Gadberry, owe nearly $17,000 in back rent. WSBT's Kelli Stopczynski tells us how a local activist group is now trying to save the remaining animals at Deer Forest. - August 20, 2014



Ann Arbor considers spending $20K to develop deer management plan August 15, 2014 Michigan, The Ann Arbor News
... A resolution that will go before City Council Monday is asking for an allocation of $20,000 to start that process... That process would include both online and public meetings, as well as contributions from the University of Michigan, the Humane Society of Huron Valley and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation...

Deer Private Land Assistance Network grant application period opens August 15, 2014 Michigan, DNR News
    The Department of Natural Resources today announced that the application period for the Deer Private Land Assistance Network (Deer PLAN) – a cooperative grant program designed to support private-land deer habitat improvement projects in the northern Lower Peninsula – is now open.  "There are three main goals applicants should strive to meet," said DNR wildlife biologist Brian Piccolo. "The projects should improve deer habitat for hunters, help reduce crop damage and the risk of TB on farms, and build partnerships between the DNR and sportsmen." ...
     Proposals for deer habitat improvement projects in the six counties identified, seeking $2,000 to $10,000 in cooperative funding, will be considered... The complete grant application package is available online atwww.michigan.gov/dnr-grants by following the Deer PLAN link under Wildlife Habitat Management near the bottom of the page.

... A West Michigan man called his pastor for advice, then reported himself to wildlife officers, after shooting a doe that was eating his garden... He had paralyzed the deer and was feeling guilty ...

... The deer quotas are down from about 550,000 in 2013 to about 494,000 across the state this year.  Hunting antlerless deer in some areas in the Upper Peninsula is prohibited after the loss of the deer herd due to the severe winter...

... Lilly’s mother had been hit by a car and was dying in the yard when she gave birth to a tiny fawn ... A complaint from the friend of a neighbor finally brought the Michigan wildlife authorities calling... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources last year granted them an “exhibition class” permit with a limit of one deer that would allow them to keep Lilly...


So, what can those deer hear? July 19, 2014 Michigan, Battle Creek Enquirer
... “A deer’s hearing capabilities isn’t that different from ours ... Their greatest capability is in the same range as sounds we hear.” ... Deer can also detect sound at lower volumes than we can, although the difference isn’t great...

Hunting Fees Going To Private Landowners July 18, 2014 Michigan, Michigan Capitol Confidential 
... 12 wildlife habitat grant winners for the "Deer PLAN" (Private Land Assistance Network) ... The DNR ... argue that the 24 percent of land that is publicly owned does not have enough impact on deer in the state and grants need to go to private groups...

Antlerless deer license applications on sale now through Aug. 15 July 15, 2014 Michigan, MDNR News
     Antlerless deer quotas have been reduced to about 494,000 licenses statewide, down from about 550,000 for 2013. In the Upper Peninsula, licenses are available only in DMUs 122, 055 and 155, and have been eliminated in other Upper Peninsula DMUs due to the severe winter of 2013-2014 and the resulting losses in the deer herd.  License quotas for each DMU can be found at www.michigan.gov/deer

... About 8% of HAP hunters would not have hunted if HAP did not exist. 
The primary reasons hunters selected HAP lands were (1) the HAP lands were 
located near their residence [64%], (2) they did not have access to private lands 
[62%], (3) they had limited time to locate alternative hunting sites [56%], and (4) 
they had previously experienced good hunting on HAP lands [56%]. The primary 
species hunted on HAP lands was deer; 74% of the hunters hunted deer ...

Just how well do deer see and hear? July 12, 2014 Michigan, Battle Creek Enquirer 
... Research Scientist Bradley Cohen, Ph.D., from the University of Georgia recently trained deer to alert researchers when they could see different wavelengths and intensities of light... deer were most sensitive to blue light and least sensitive to red. Deer were also able to detect ultraviolet light. “Because there’s a lot of blue light at dawn and at dusk in their environment,” deer see best during these times of the day,” ...

East Lansing, City Council passes ordinance to limit deer population July 8, 2014 Michigan, The State News 
... Citizens will not be allowed to put any edible material edible by deers outside, unless it is covered. The ordinance still allows for naturally growing vegetation, like plants and garden vegetables, as well as bird feeders...

Grants help target new hunting opportunities July 7, 2014 Michigan, Up North Live
... The DNR's Deer PLAN (Private Land Assistance Network) will expand natural areas and improve hunting opportunities through the habitat grants. The grants, available to private landowners in a six-county area of northeast Michigan, are specifically designed to enhance food and cover for deer on private land.  "Fifty thousand dollars will be divided among the 12 successful applicants ...

2015 Wildlife Habitat Grants available; DNR will accept applications
through Aug. 12  - July 3, 2014 Michigan, MDNR News
The Department of Natural Resources today announced that it will accept Wildlife Habitat Grant Program applications through Aug. 12, 2014. Projects featuring habitat enhancement for game species will be given highest priority... The main objective of the WHGP is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of a specific goal from the Wildlife Division’s strategic plan, The GPS. This goal is:  GPS Goal 2 – Manage habitat for sustainable wildlife populations in a changing environment ... Minimum grant amounts will be set at $15,000, with the maximum being the amount of funds available for that grant cycle. The 2015 overall available grant amount is approximately $1 million...

Deer farms caught between regulators and the beef lobby June 28, 2014   Michigan, TimesHerald 
...  the most likely scenario that chronic wasting disease developed in a Colorado research facility where biologists were trying to see if sheep scrapie could infect wild deer and elk. Well, after a few injections of infected brain matter, they had a success! And, as bad luck would have it, some of the infected deer escaped and began infecting wild deer in the area...

... Michigan, USA ... Fawn resource use appeared to reflect dam avoidance of lowland forests with poor forage and greater use by wolves (C. lupus), their primary predator. While this strategy led to greater fawn mortality, particularly by coyotes, it likely promoted the life-long reproductive success of dams because many reached late-age (>10 years old) and could have produced multiple generations of fawns. Studies often link resource selection and survival of ungulates, but our results suggested that multiple factors can mediate that relationship, including multi-predator risk...

... A bill is on its way to the governor that would allow motorists who bump into a deer to pick up the carcass, take it home and either plop it in the freezer or on the stove without getting a note from the DNR to do it...

Share ideas on forest plans for Arenac, Clare, Gladwin and Midland counties June 24, 2014 Michigan, DNR
06/24/2014
     DNR invites public input on forest plans for Arenac, Clare, Gladwin
and Midland counties   The Department of Natural Resources will host open houses July 23 in Gladwin and July 24 in Harrison to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Gladwin management unit, which includes Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties and the southern part of Iosco County...  . Timber management, wildlife and fisheries habitat, minerals, archeological sites, recreational use, wildfire potential and social concerns are just some of the topics taken into consideration during this review.
...  information can also be found at www.michigan.gov/forestry. Compartment review packets for the 2016 year of entry can be found by selecting the shown map and clicking on the “Gladwin” button. Records of decisions, recorded timber harvests and other treatments for past years are available on this page.  On July 30, the DNR will complete its formal compartment review to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That review will take place:

Share ideas on forest plans for Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon counties June 23, 2014 Michigan
... The Department of Natural Resources will host an open house June 25 in Baraga to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Baraga management unit, which includes Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. The open house is set for: Wednesday, June 25, 3-7 p.m. Baraga Operations Service Center, 427 U.S. 41 North, Baraga ... Maps and information regarding proposed treatments will be available at the open house. The information can also be found at www.michigan.gov/forestry...

Michigan deer head underwater eating seaweed - June 23, 2014



Diseased deer not worth a few paid trophies June 13, 2014 Michigan, The Times Herald 
... States got into banning captive deer imports once biologists figured out that privately owned deer and elk were spreading dangerous diseases across the continent. Those diseases — bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis and chronic wasting disease ... Michigan’s sole case of chronic wasting disease showed up in a captive deer brought into the state...

Natural Resources Commission to meet Thursday in Lansing June 11, 2014 Miichigan, MDNR News
     The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, June 12, at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, 4125 Beaumont Road, in Lansing... At 1 p.m., the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries will receive updates from DNR Fisheries and Wildlife divisions, including the latest on migratory game bird regulations, antlerless deer license quotas and the deer harvest survey report for the 2013 seasons....
     Immediately following the awards presentations, the commission will hear comments from the public. Those wishing to make public comments before the NRC should contact Cheryl Nelson, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-284-6237 or nelsonc@michigan.gov to register.  Following public comments, The NRC is scheduled to take action on:  Deer management units (DMU) that will be open for antlerless deer hunting.  Use of rifles with straight-walled cartridges in the shotgun zone.  Deer baiting and feeding.  Muzzleloader season and early and late archery seasons.  Hunter’s choice options in the Upper Peninsula and DMU 487.  DMU boundaries.  Elimination of the crossbow stamp.
     For more information about the Natural Resources Commission, including full agendas and meeting minutes, visit www.michigan.gov/nrc.

East Lansing to consider deer feeding ban June 4, 2014 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... The East Lansing City Council set a public hearing for July 8 on the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting... If passed in its current form, the ordinance would prohibit the deliberate setting out of nuts, seeds or any other food which could attract deer... hosta plants have been nibbled and entire beds of hybrid lilies have been munched to the ground...

... When Michigan’s white-tailed deer population began dying off in 2012, Cooley had more than 100 infected deer come through his lab. The DNR identified the culprit as epizootic hemorrhagic disease, a virus transmitted from deer to deer by midges, gnats and mosquitoes, and estimated it had killed 15,000 deer in the state...

Agenda for June 12, 2014 Natural Resources Commission (NRC) Meeting May 27, 2014 Michigan, DNR News
... The agenda for the June 12, 2014, Natural Resources Commission meeting ... will be held at the MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, 4125 Beaumont Road, Lansing, Michigan. To register for public comment, please contact Cheryl Nelson, executive assistant to the commission by calling 517-284-6237 or emailing nelsonc@michigan.gov . Those registering by 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 6, will be allowed up to five (5) minutes to address the commission.  Agenda items related to deer include: Habitat Workgroup.  Deer Harvest Survey Report 2013 Seasons.  Antlerless Deer License Quotas ...

Harsh winter impacts deer May 24, 2014 Michigan, Escanaba Daily Press
... In one recent study, fawns born last spring and other deer in Iron County were fitted with collars last summer and monitored over the ensuing winter months.  "The fawns were the first ones to go, and in that study the fawn survival rate was zero percent," ... "We need some mild winters," ...

DNR invites public input on forest plans for Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac and Otsego counties   May 16, 2014 Michigan, DNR News
   The Department of Natural Resources will host open houses on June 17 in Gaylord and June 18 in Indian River to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Gaylord management unit, which includes Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac and Otsego counties. The open houses are set for:  Tuesday, June 17, 3-7 p.m.  Gaylord Field Office, 1732 West M-32, Gaylord.    Wednesday, June 18, 3-7 p.m.  Indian River Field Office, 6984 Wilson Road, Indian River ... For more information about the state forest planning process, visit www.michigan.gov/forestplan.

Norton Shores citizen survey queries residents on deer ... options May 10, 2014 Michigan, The Muskegon Chronicle
... Officials discussed deer control in January during a work session in which staff was asked to research how the city could reduce the deer population before actually developing a control program... Larks and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the city’s only option for control is to apply for a permit to allow sharp shooters to harvest deer on city property...

DNR Study: The last 2 winters were hard on deer May 11, 2014 Michigan, Mining Journal 
... The planned nine-year study is being undertaken by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources ... Researchers hope to complete the study over three general snow depth areas ... To learn more about the study, or to review past progress reports, videos and research photographs, visit:  www.fwrc.msstate.edu/carnivore/predatorprey/index.asp.

Ann Arbor Considers Killing Some Deer In City May 6, 2014 Michigan, CBS Detroit 
... efforts to control the city’s deer population that could include killing some of the animals or sterilization... Council member Stephen Kunselman said efforts are more likely to involve hunting and killing deer, possibly through an organized hunt. Kunselman said hunters likely would volunteer and the city doesn’t need to spend too much time studying the issue...
... Lumm said residents who want to keep their yards attractive are stymied both economically and physically because of damage caused by deer, and that is "compelling justification" for moving toward addressing the problem... Tanya Hilgendorf, executive director of the Humane Society of Huron Valley ...  said money and effort that otherwise might be used for killing would be better directed toward non-lethal methods...

2013-14 winter takes toll on E.U.P. deer herd May 1, 2014 Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News 
... “Fawn production will be pretty low this year,” ... The 1/2-year-old deer, according to researchers, traditionally make up the bulk of the Michigan harvest — which likely will result in a hunters having less success this fall...

$65,000 for deer habitat improvement projects planned for Upper Michigan May 1, 2014 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source 
... nine Upper Michigan conservation organizations are set to receive grant money to improve deer habitat....  Dickinson Conservation District will receive $9,250 to plant crabapples and oak trees on more than 40 parcels of privately owned land ... U.P. Whitetails, in partnership with The Forestland Group LLC, will receive $10,000 to plant 15,000 mesic conifers ...

Tons of dead deer... April 27, 2014 Michigan, michigan-sportsman.com
... in the spring they flock to the sides of roads because it's the first place to green up and they like the salt.We had a lot hit over the winter on 55 between 37 and Wellston. At one time I believe I counted 11 or so dead , this is only a 7 mile stretch of road. They were looking for food...

How To Tell the Age of a Deer [PICS] April 27, 2014 Michigan, wideopenspaces.com
... Thanks to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, we’ve got a pretty helpful guide. Though it’s specified for Michigan deer, we’re betting the same principles can apply to any region’s deer, and you’ll at least end up with a close estimate.


Michigan bill makes it easier to legally eat roadkill April 4, 2014 MSN Autos (blog)
... under a recent so-called roadkill bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature, drivers could at least make the best of a bad situation by legally claiming roadkill and, as the Detroit News says, turn it “into fast food or a pronto pelt.” ... 

Natural Resources Commission Meeting March 28, 2014 Michigan, MDNR News 
   The agenda for the April 10, 2014, Natural Resources Commission meeting has been posted to the Natural Resources Commission website at www.michigan.gov/nrc and can be accessed by clicking this link (includes Elk regulations).   Please note the April 10 meeting will be held at the MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, 4125 Beaumont Road, Lansing, Michigan.

     The Department of Natural Resources today announced that, starting April 1, the application period will open for the new Deer Private Land Assistance Network (Deer PLAN) grant program. The Deer PLAN, funded by the Fish and Game Fund, is designed to support private-land deer habitat improvement projects in the northern Lower Peninsula.  "There are two primary goals applicants should strive to meet," said DNR wildlife biologist Brian Piccolo. "The projects should produce tangible deer habitat improvements and build long-term partnerships between the DNR and sportsmen's clubs."  For 2014, $50,000 will be available, focused on the following counties: Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle....

Potential high-risk TB areas for deer established March 26, 2014 Michigan, farmersadvance.com 
... the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed one bovine TB positive free-ranging white-tailed deer in Presque Isle County, and another in northwestern Montmorency County... For more information visit the Michigan DNR Emerging Diseases page ...

Debate continues for antler point restrictions during deer season March 22, 2014 Michigan, Battle Creek Enquirer
 ...  let’s shelve all APRs and go back to the one-buck limit for all deer seasons. It will protect young bucks and let more hunters enjoy harvesting a buck – not just those who are fortunate enough to have one with a certain number of points walk by...

Brooklyn Park City Council OKs hunt to cull deer herd March 2, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... n 2001, the council adopted a deer management plan to reduce the deer population to a range that the natural habitat can support, which is 15 to 20 deer per square mile of natural habitat. [a recent U.S. Forest Service Study puts the optimal deer density at 15 to 28 deer per square mile]

Two deer test positive for bovine TB March 18, 2014 Michigan, Alpena News
... The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development named two potential high-risk areas after two deer shot in Montmorency and Presque Isle counties tested positive for bovine tuberculosis....

2013 Antler Point Restrictions Survey:  North-Central Lower Peninsula [PDF] March, 2014 Michigan, BJ Frawley - MDNR
     A survey was completed to determine whether hunters supported proposed mandatory Antler Point Restrictions (APR) in the north-central Lower Peninsula. A key feature of the proposed mandatory regulations was changing the definition of a buck to a deer with three or more points on one antler. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) supports the voluntary implementation of APR practices on private land in Michigan. Mandatory APR are implemented by regulation only when a clear majority (>66%) of hunters support implementation. Questionnaires were sent to a random sample of hunters; 72% of hunters returned their questionnaire. About 62% of the people hunting deer in the north-central Lower Peninsula supported implementing 
mandatory APR regulations. Support from hunters was insufficient to recommend 
implementation of antler point restrictions in the north-central Lower Peninsula. 

Harsh winter's impact to linger in Michigan March 16, 2014 USA Today 
...  near-record snowfall ... second-most days below zero in a winter ever in the Flint area ... A deer die-off is expected in the Upper and northern Lower peninsulas ... "Our Forest Resources Division has reached out to timber jobbers to leave tree tops on the ground or leave their cut-down trees on the ground for a day or so, so the deer can nibble on them," ...

Sustaining the Deer Population March 14, 2014 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source 
...  A mix of cold weather and fewer areas for deer to feed have led to a decline in the deer population around Grand Marais.  In an effort to curb the decline, the Grand Marais Sportsmen Club has started a feeding program ...

Deer Antler Rules: Divided We Fall  March 14, 2014 Michigan, Deer & Deer Hunting
... Last fall, Michigan enacted mandatory antler rules in 12 counties. In short, hunters are required to pass up any buck that does not have more than 3 points on one side of its rack. According to Smith’s research, more than 100 hunters were ticketed last year for shooting sublegal bucks...

Natural Resources Commission to meet Thursday in Roscommon March 10, 2014 Michigan, MDNR News
... The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 13, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, 104 Conservation Drive, in Roscommon... At 1 p.m., the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries will receive updates from Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries and Wildlife divisions; discuss elk regulations and quotas and bear quotas; receive an update on bovine tuberculosis surveillance; and learn the results of the Southern Lower Peninsula antler point restriction survey... For more information about the Natural Resources Commission, including full agendas and meeting minutes, visit www.michigan.gov/nrc.

Grosse Ile, Deer culling causes confusion March 9, 2014 Michigan, The News-Herald
...The man told the officer that he saw the deer in the woods ... it had been standing with blood coming off its head and face and that he believed it had been shot by a member of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources deer culling group... A member of the culling group later confirmed to a Grosse Ile police officer that they shot the deer and left it there to die. When they returned to the site, the deer was gone ...

Follow the rules for feeding deer March 5, 2014 Michigan, Midland Daily News
... the Michigan Department of Natural Resources ... allows what it calls “recreational feeding” ...“Feed should consist only of grains, second cut alfalfa and clover, and pelletized food materials containing no animal protein,” ... the DNR recommends corn be mixed as a minor component (25 percent or less) ...

... Results from the 2014 winter survey provided an elk herd estimate of 668 animals.  This reflects a reduction of the population size that had previously exceeded the population goal rane to now fall within the desired range of 500 to 900 animals.  Acounting for this reduced number of animals and the potential effects of the current severe winter on future population growth rates will require a reduction of elk license quotas.  The Department proposes establishing elk license quotas of 100 per year for the 2014 and 2015 season. ...

Holland Township, Game farm proposed for Holland Township raises concerns March 4, 2014 Michigan, MLive 
... asking township officials to approve a special land use for the 20-acre property ...  residents favoring the project saying it would provide opportunities to teach young people about hunting and wildlife and keep the area natural. Opponents expressed concern about stray bullets striking residences or people, as well as noise from the gunfire...
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Michigan data: 2014 Hunting Prospects from DNR [PDF]  A significant population decline in 2013 and 2014 following two harsh winters, most severe in the Upper Peninsula.  Harvest declines of 30 to 40 percent were reported by some regions in 2013, down about 25 percent in the Upper Peninsula overall.  Total harvest down 8 percent in 2013. To boost the herd, antlerless deer quotas were reduced to about 494,000 in 2014, down from about 550,000 in 2013.  Coyote predation has also been a factor in the reduced population, particularly in the western Upper Pennisula.  Michigan coyote populations are at an all time high.  
     About 1.8 million deer in 2012, up from about 1.7 million deer in 2011, not counting urban deer. In the 1990's the state had about two million deer.  Last official estimate was 1.73 million for 2011. On average about 40 percent of the Upper Peninsula harvest is yearling bucks.  Antler restrictions were implemented in 12 counties in 2013 and continue to be a topic of debate.  In a survey, 62 percent of hunters supported antler restrictions for the north-central Lower Peninsula, not enough to meet the 66 percent support requirement for implementation.
    An estimated 668 elk based on the 2014 winter survey.  Target range is 500 to 900.  Michigan restarted its elk population with just seven animals in 1918 after the herd was hunted to extinction in the 1800's.  Elk and deer have different diets during the spring, summer and fall. Hunting statistics  The number of game ranches peaked at about 800 in 2003 and has since fallen to about 394, in part due to rising feed prices and stricter regulations.
    An estimated 638 wolves in 2014.

Other useful links:
Information about deer management, and links to additional resources such as a list of deer check stations. www.michigan.gov/deer 
For information on Chronic Wasting Disease: www.michigan.gov/cwd
Michigan Deer Information and History, DNR
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Michigan Deer Management Plan: to maintain a healthy whitetailed deer population, using sound scientific management, maximizing recreational opportunities while minimizing negative impacts on ecosystems and other wildlife species and without creating undue hardship to private interests."

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DNR - Regional Deer Advisory Teams - State of MichiganDepartment of Natural Resources January 24, 2012, Information about the DNRE's Regional Deer Advisory Teams.
With the adoption of the Michigan Deer Management Plan on May 6, 2010, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment committed to establishing a Regional Deer Advisory Team (RDAT) for each ecologically-based region of Michigan. Each RDAT will correspond to the boundaries of the DNR hunting and trapping zones,

Michigan United Conservation Club, June 26, 2011, provides detailed information about Michigan deer hunting in their recently released document, The debate about changing the firearm deer season opener [PDF].

UPWhitetails.com purpose shall be to instruct the public on the practices of sound deer management.