Michigan Deer News

...  Overall, there is reason for optimism heading into this deer season. Preliminary field reports indicate a good fawn crop and healthy-looking deer. Last year an estimated 614,593 hunters spent 8.8 deermillion days afield, harvesting roughly 329,000 deer, a significant decrease from 2013. Some 41 percent of hunters successfully tagged at least one deer last year ... Michigan’s elk population, which was above goal for a number of years, has been reduced to a level more in line with management goals. As a result, fewer licenses are available than in some recent seasons...

DNR wants hunters to help with CWD assessment August 28, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... in Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties as biologists work to assess the spread of chronic wasting disease... Deer check stations will be opened in Williamstown and Lansing townships and at the DNR’s Rose Lake facility and will be open seven days a week ... Biologists will keep the head of the deer and allow hunters to take the rest of the animal...

... The DNR has tested 560 deer in the area this summer.  They've only seen three cases, but worry about it spreading...

... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is concerned about this decision ...  The deer population in Ann Arbor is six deer per square mile, which is already extremely low... The City of Ann Arbor, just voted 8-1 in favor of killing 100 deer because some residents allegedly complained about the animals eating their vegetation...

... even residents with bird feeders who inadvertently feed deer could be found in violation and fined in some cases... The City Council voted 9-0 to give initial approval to the feeding ban last week, calling it a complementary strategy to be implemented along with culling. he city is planning to hire sharpshooters to kill 100 deer this winter, followed by annual culls in future years...

Dog and fawn form friendship in West Michigan August 21, 2015 Michigan, WWMT-TV
...  they’ve captured hearts all over West Michigan and literally stopped traffic in the streets... For the last month, the two have been inseparable, the dog, Nala, has been caring for the fawn, who showed up without a mother...


... The culls are expected to be carried out at night by trained shooters who will lure deer using bait piles ... Mayor Christopher Taylor cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he's convinced there is a deer problem but there's not community consensus around culling...
     Growing deer population sparks debate in Ann Arbor August 17, 2015 Michigan, Click On Detroit 
... The room was packed for this issue ... Representatives from the group Ann Arbor Residents For Non-Lethal Deer Management say they will take steps to launch a citywide campaign to amend the charter and put the question the ballot for the fall of 2016 to let the residents decide...
... Mi-PACA argues there's no scientific evidence of ecological imbalance or great public health dangers to support culling in Ann Arbor, accusing council members of "pandering to the small but vocal and well-off group of citizens who want remedy for landscape concerns." ...

Captive hunts increase CWD concerns August 14, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... CWD was first found in Michigan in 2008 on a captive breeding farm, where deer, elk and other animals are raised to sell to captive or “canned” hunts ... These ranches pose significant risks to our native deer herd, in part because they stock their animals at such unnaturally high densities...

...  the hemlock woolly adelgid ... Michigan has more than 100 million hemlocks, which provide valuable habitat for birds, deer and other wildlife...

... Nine of 11 council members have confirmed they support moving forward with culling, and it only takes six votes... There will be a public hearing allowing residents to speak to the issue at Monday night's meeting ... 100 deer could be killed in Ann Arbor this coming winter, with more culls to follow in future years...
... the HSUS believes that deer in Ann Arbor are sufficiently approachable and accessible to warrant further consideration of non-lethal methods of population control," [Mayor] Taylor said ... In an eight-page report released on Wednesday, Boyles Griffin [Humane Society] ... she and her team were able to walk within 10-40 yards of the deer they observed ...

... Genetic analyses carried out by Michigan State University’s Molecular Ecology Laboratory indicated that all three positive animals were related as part of an extended family. Previous research has shown that the disease is often transmitted within family groups because of their close contact...

... CWD, not present in Michigan before this year ... All deer were discovered within a mile of one another, and genetic testing indicates all were related...
...  the 5-year-old doe was part of the same extended family group of the other two deer ...

Second deer in MI tests positive for CWD August 5, 2015 Michigan, Daily Reporter
... Once the first deer was found, the DNR implemented its CWD Response Plan, which includes a baiting and feeding ban in a three-county management zone ... To date, 304 deer have been tested in the core CWD area. The DNR asks that the public and hunters continue to report deer that are unusually thin and exhibiting unusual behavior ...

New Upper Peninsula antlerless deer hunting regulations for archers August 4, 2015 Michigan, MDNR News
... Earlier this summer, the NRC decided to eliminate the option to harvest antlerless deer during the archery seasons for hunters using deer or deer combo licenses in the U.P... The NRC’s decision makes deer and deer combo licenses used in the archery season “buck-only” licenses.   hunters with private-land antlerless deer licenses still may take an antlerless deer with a bow during any hunting season within the three deer management units (DMU) in the U.P. that will be open to antlerless deer hunting... For more information on hunting seasons and regulations, visit www.michigan.gov/hunting. 

DNR creates FAQ regarding new antlerless deer hunting rules August 3, 2015 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source
... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has received several reports of confusion over the new rules. They have produced a frequently asked questions page to help explain the changes...

More Deer Venturing Out Of Woods, Into Urban Vistas July 30, 2015 Michigan, CBS Local
...  Holly Vaughn with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the number of deer in the state is holding fairly steady at about 1.5 million... 

Grants Applications to Develop Deer Habitat July 29, 2015 Michigan, WBKB-TV
... Project applications are due by September 1st and will be evaluated by a selection committee...


... 2015 will... probably fall in line with this past season which will be an indication the herd is starting to stabilize. Chadwick said the antlerless quota will remain the same as the DNR tries to bring the herd back to stable numbers...  the statewide number of deer hunters last year declined 19 percent while the Southwest Michigan District saw a 5.7 percent drop. That can be attributed to fewer deer and poor hunting conditions weather-wise...

... Chad Stewart is the Deer Management Specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He says deer are thriving in the Lower Peninsula now, but that could all change because of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state ...  in the past three years, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has lost about 40 percent of its deer population due to harsh winters.... [Listen to at minute interview included in this link]

Another bad year for Michigan deer hunters July 25, 2015 Michigan, South Bend Tribune
... “First there was EHD, followed by a couple of hard winters,” said Chadwick. “When you have hard winters, females that were bred during the fall go into spring in poor condition and fewer fawns are produced.”  But there is a bright side to this story. Chadwick, who monitors trail cameras during the summer, is seeing more fawns this year, a sign the herd is coming back...

Project studies deer mortality rates July 24, 2015 Michigan, Daily Press
... "In the low-snowfall zone...we had annual fawn survival range from 35 percent to 59 percent," ... "The adult does were actually avoiding the core areas that wolves use," ... However, coyotes in the area were avoiding these locations, as well.  "Coyotes were an important predator of fawns in phase one," ...

UP winter deSafari Club International Foundation is a critical partner in this endeavor. July 32, 3026 Michigan, UPMatters.com
... Safari Club International Foundation ...  donated $40,000 to ensure the work group’s deer winter range initiative moves forward... used to help fund a wildlife biologist position specifically assigned to develop comprehensive habitat strategies for 57 U.P. deer winter habitat complexes ...

DNR reports 2014 deer hunting harvest down across Michigan July 22, 2015 Michigan, MDNR
     The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently issued a Michigan Deer Harvest Survey Report on the 2014 hunting seasons indicating that roughly 615,000 hunters statewide harvested a total of roughly 329,000 deer. The harvest represents a drop of 15 percent from 2013.  Wildlife managers report that regional declines in deer harvest were greatest in the Upper Peninsula, where the overall harvest was down by nearly 36 percent.   The DNR said several factors – including back-to-back years of severe winter weather that depleted the deer population in some parts of the state – contributed to the decline...

... The DNR has been working the last several years to reduce the deer herd size by increasing the number of antlerless deer permits, meaning does... The only surprise is that according to the DNR, it was only down 15 percent. Some in the field say it was down a lot more... roughly 615,000 hunters statewide harvested a total of roughly 329,000 deer ... Read the DNR report

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the United State's Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa has confirmed that a second deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease ‎(CWD)‎ in Meridian Township. The two-year-old buck was taken within one mile of the first deer that tested positive. The DNR and USDA will perform DNA testing to determine if there is a relationship between the two deer. - July 20, 2015


Michigan confirms chronic wasting disease in second free-ranging July 17, 2015 MDNR News
    The Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have confirmed a second free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This second case is a 2-year-old male found less than a mile from the initial positive female deer, confirmed this past May. Genetic testing is being conducted to see if the two deer are related.
     “Finding this second positive deer is disappointing, however, not unexpected,” said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason. “We will continue with our aggressive surveillance throughout the summer and fall. With the assistance of hunters, we hope to determine the distribution of this disease.” 
     To date, 304 deer have been tested in the Core CWD Area. Only two have tested positive for CWD.   Upon the finding of the initial CWD positive deer, the DNR established the CWD Management Zone consisting of Clinton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties...

Second Michigan deer turns up with Chronic Wasting Disease July 17, 2015 MLive
... A second deer in Meridian Township has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease ... The deer who tested positive most recently was a two-year-old male found less than two miles from the first Michigan deer with the disease, a six-year-old female...

... there were fewer hunters again last year, and the ones that did go hunting reported less success ... 615-thousand hunters hit the woods last season, which was down over 7% from the previous year...

$50,000 available for deer improvement projects in northern Lower Peninsula July 16, 2015 Michigan, MDNR News
... Grant applications are now being accepted for the Department of Natural Resources’ Deer Private Land Assistance Network (or Deer PLAN), a cooperative grant program designed to support private land deer habitat improvement projects in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula... Project applications are due by Sept. 1; successful applicants will be notified by Oct. 1. Proposed projects will be evaluated and competitively scored by a selection committee. The complete grant application package and past award information are available online at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants; select the Deer PLAN link at the bottom of the page. 

... Injecting PZP pellets into deer — either by hand or using a dart gun — renders deer temporarily infertile.  Boyles Griffin said a $25 dose lasts about one year, while a $230 dose can last about two or three years...  PZP has proven to be about 90 percent effective... about 258 deer at Fripp Island and saw a dramatic decrease in the fawn rate, decreasing the population by 50 percent in five years...

Ann Arbor, Deer management topic of special Ann Arbor council work session July 13, 2015 Michigan, MLive.com
... City officials have invited proponents of both lethal and non-lethal methods to give input as the council considers whether to cull the city's urban deer herd... the city's administration recommended spending an estimated $25,000 to $35,000 annually to hire sharpshooters to kill deer in the city. ...

... The Metroparks Board of Commissioners requested that staff take another look at the policies and rules of the deer culling program employed at the parks...
Parks board member speaks out about white deer killing July 10, 2015 Michigan, Livingston Daily 
... "This is the shot in a million, and I don't mean to be cute about it, but we've never really encountered controversy in the culling," ... board member Jack Labelle ...   Gregory Miller, a nature photographer: "... it is the upper levels of park management and the police that I hold in every way responsible and accountable for the utter recklessness that caused the death of this animal," ...
Genoa man criticizes killing of white deer at park July 10, 2015 Michigan, Livingston Daily 
... Muelle said the sharpshooter did identify the target, but did not notice its antlers or coat against the snow. He has said his sharpshooters were told to avoid the white deer if possible, but the conditions were terrible on the night in question ...  sharpshooters are all trained and certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. ... 

...  Despite the health scare and rejection of his mother, the young buck has started to find acceptance in a pen with other deer that have had trouble fitting in with the rest of the herd...

...  metropark officials say the program will go on as it has for the last several years, and that the sharpshooter team that carried out the kill did everything by the book...

MJ Lavelle, HIII Campa, K LeDoux, PJ Ryan… - Preventive Veterinary …, 2015
...  We characterized areas deer occupied before and after installing 2361 m of fences and gates to exclude deer from stored cattle feed. Following fence installation, 9 deer previously accessing stored feed shifted to patterns of habitat use similar to 5 deer that did not use stored feed. However, continued attempts to regain access to stored feed were made at low frequencies, emphasizing the need to maintain the integrity of fences and keep gates closed ...

... “It’s like going to Disney World and shooting Mickey Mouse.” ... Park officials are saying that while the deer — a white-furred, white-tailed deer — was killed as part of population control efforts at the park, the shooting was unintentional...

... Michigan's Hunting Access Program (HAP) was created in 1977 to increase hunting opportunities in southern Michigan where 97 percent of the land is privately owned ... Landowners enrolled in HAP receive an annual payment of up to $25 per acre to allow hunters to access their lands...

... Ann Arbor Residents for Non Lethal Methods organized a petition drive for a fall 2015 ballot initiative. This initiative will amend the city charter to ban deer hunting and killing within Ann Arbor city limits. Ann Arbor Residents for Non Lethal Methods requires urgent on-the-ground assistance to collect resident signatures... the city lacks historical data to indicate deer population growth or decline ...

... its Facebook page remain intact, Deer Forest didn't open this season ... once served as sanctuary for hundreds of exotic deer ... Ter Meer brokered the purchase of the animals with the money raised by donations and hauled the animals to her own land ...
     A few Deer Forest animals still available for adoption June 22, 2015 Michigan, MLive
... The deer herd was taken by agriculture officials ... of the remaining animals that were purchased with money from an online fundraising site last fall, only a few are still available for adoption...

Orphaned twin fawns rescued by Hartland kids June 18, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... "You never want to disturb the fawn because the mom leaves them and comes back ... This one cried overnight and was still crying (the next) morning."  Michelle's husband eventually found the mother about 50 feet into a swampy area where it died of apparent injuries suffered after being struck by a vehicle...
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No further sick deer found yet in Meridian Twp. June 16, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... Around two dozen deer were collected in the first week of a targeted deer kill ... authorities are looking for evidence that chronic wasting disease has spread ...

NRC approves 2015 U.P. antlerless deer hunting restrictions June 11, 2015 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source 
... eliminate the harvest of antlerless deer during the archery season for hunters using deer or deer combo licenses in the Upper Peninsula... an effort to aid the Upper Peninsula’s struggling deer population, which has declined to a level comparable to the early 1980s following three successive winters with severe conditions...
      Fall deer hunt in U.P. restricted to help boost numbers June 11, 2015 Michigan, The Detroit News 
... Commissioner J.R. Richardson said Thursday the state normally tries to maintain a hands-off approach and respect nature’s impact on wildlife populations.  “We haven’t seen two winters like that since the 1970s,” he said. “It was nasty ... 

NRC approves 2015 U.P. antlerless deer hunting restrictions June 11, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
     The Michigan Natural Resources Commission today decided to eliminate the harvest of antlerless deer during the archery season for hunters using deer or deer combo licenses in the Upper Peninsula.  The restriction, which does not affect the firearm deer season, will be in effect for the 2015-2016 season. The NRC made the decision at its monthly meeting in Monroe, Michigan, in an effort to aid the Upper Peninsula’s struggling deer population, which has declined to a level comparable to the early 1980s following three successive winters with severe conditions. 
     There have been roughly 5,000 to 6,300 antlerless deer harvested in the U.P. by archers over each of the past four years.   Although deer regulations currently are on a three-year cycle, elements such as weather and disease can cause regulations to be reviewed mid-cycle and adjusted when appropriate... 
     The winter of 2014-2015 brought significant snowfall before the start of the firearm season, which persisted to depths of 20-30 inches across much of the region.  Additionally, temperatures of -10 to -20 degrees arrived in February, further stressing animals that had limited mobility because of the deep snow.  These latest wintry conditions followed the winters of 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, which were extremely hard on the U.P. deer population...

... The whitetail population has dropped as much as 40% after two bitterly cold, snowy winters...

East Lansing may have deer strategy by mid-summer June 8, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... MDNR Wildlife Division chief Russ Mason, whose department is leading the effort to cull deer in Meridian Township ... It’s not clear how many deer are in East Lansing ... For more information, go to the city’s deer management web site  ...

... The DNR decided to take these steps after a 6-year-old female white-tailed deer was found with CWD in April...  Dr. Schmitt. "By reducing the deer heard, hopefully might keep the disease from coming established, and thereby keeping us from having to deal with CWD like 17 other states and 2 Canadian Provinces ...
     Deer kill under way in Meridian Township June 4, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... Less than a week after officials announced a diseased deer [chronic wasting disease] was found in Meridian Township, sharpshooters began killing deer in the township Wednesday... "We don't know how widespread the disease is and over what geographic area," Stewart said. "We'll start within two miles and go out from there." ...

... Chronic wasting disease was found in a captive deer in Kent County in 2008. This spring, a homeowner in Ingham County reported a sickly-looking deer ... It creates microscopic holes in the brain resulting in severe neurologic disease ... the state’s CWD plan...

How are the moose doing in the UP? June 1, 2015 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source 
... The moose population suffered because of habitat change and disease, but in 1985 around 30 Canadian moose were brought as an attempt to reestablish them in the U.P... "The moose have been growing very slowly,” said Roell. “We are on the southern fringe of their range ...

... There is no easy way out of this dilemma and options to control the spread of the disease are going to be brutal... All grains, minerals, salt, fruits, vegetables, hay, or any other food materials, whether natural or manufactured, which may lure, entice or attract deer are prohibited... The DNR asks help from the public and hunters in reporting deer that are unusually thin or exhibiting unusual behavior ...

... a rare genetic mutation that left his face and other parts of his body completely white is being cared for at a farm after he was rejected by his mother... mother is a genetic mutation herself, known as a piebald ...

What does return of chronic wasting disease mean for us? May 31, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... the first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a free-range deer in Ingham County ... It isn't caused by a virus or bacteria, instead it's produced by prions — proteins run amok. Nothing can stop them. They aren't killed by bleach. Or heat. Or Lysol, or pretty much anything. Well, except for a few types of lichen ...

CWD found in Michigan deer herd May 29,  2015 Michigan, Outdoor News
... A homeowner near the Ingham County town of Haslett, saw a sickly-looking deer acting abnormally back in April... The DNR announced this week that Michigan now joins 22 other states and two Canadian provinces that have found CWD-infected animals... Infected animals are often grotesquely skinny... are basically oblivious to their surroundings...

Deer hunters await NRC decision May 28, 2015 Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News 
... the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) rejecting the idea of closing the Upper Peninsula deer season for 2015 ... the winters of 2012 and 2013 were extremely hard on deer across the Upper Peninsula with the population dropping to levels that haven’t been seen since the 1980s...

Hunters must step up to CWD threat May 28, 2015 Michigan, The Times Herald 
... chronic wasting disease will change the way some hunters pursue deer in Michigan... Baiting is banned in the new CWD Management Zone ... Salvaging road-killed deer in the CWD Zone is also prohibited... unlimited antlerless licenses will be available in hopes of drastically thinning the herd ...

Wild deer chained in front yard spells trouble for homeowner May 28, 2015 Michigan, MLive.com
... The homeowners told the officer they found the deer, then smaller, alone on the side of the road and thought the mother was dead.  They decided to keep the fawn until she could fend for herself...

... The Division of Wildlife will continue to do surveillance on Ohio's wild herd... a response ... can include a culling of the herd to reduce the spread of the disease.  There have been cases of the disease in captive herds in both Ohio and Michigan...

Meridian, DNR hustle to respond to deer wasting disease May 27, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... Meridian Township is working closely with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to plan an immediate deer hunt and take other steps to try to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, officials say... "It is possible that it could be an isolated case ...
     Deer illness poses dire threat to Michigan May 27, 2015 The Times Herald 
...  For the first time in the state, a free-ranging deer was found to be suffering from chronic wasting disease... The DNR probably should have outlawed the captive deer trade when we had our first scare in 2008, when a deer from a privately owned Kent County facility tested positive.  Lobbyists objected ...

... Chronic wasting disease hasn't appeared in Michigan since an infected white-tailed deer was detected in 2008 at a breeding farm in Kent County... Michigan United Conservation Clubs executive director Dan Eichinger called the news "nothing short of tragic ...
     Michigan finds first free-range case of deer disease May 26, 2015 The Morning Sun
... A free-ranging deer in Meridian Township in Ingham County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... In 2008 a white-tailed deer from a privately-owned facility in Kent County tested positive for CWD...

Ann Arbor, Humane Society to assess potential for deer fertility control in Ann Arbor May 25, 2015 Michigan, MLive
... the Humane Society of the United States is now being invited to travel to Ann Arbor to assess the feasibility for conducting a deer fertility control research project here... Robert McGee, founder of a group called Ann Arbor Residents for Non-Lethal Deer Management, made an offer at last week's council meeting to pay to bring in experts from the Humane Society ...

Farmington Hills, Oppose Urban Deer Killing in Michigan May 23, 2015 Michigan, In Defense of Animals
... Not only is killing deer ineffective due to the compensation factor, where surviving deer have more offspring due to the increased abundance of nutritious food ... Please send the letter below to the Farmington Hills' government officials and urge them to implement a non-lethal program to manage urban deer...

Good move to increase fines for poachers May 21, 2015 Michigan, Grand Haven Tribune
... Hunting some of these big game animals is a big deal in Michigan, drawing nearly a million hunters into the woods and generating more than $2 billion annually...

Where are the Deer? Part 1 May 18, 2015 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source 
... "Projected harvest results are going to be lower than they were in 2013 and with three back-to-back hard winters, I suspect the 2015 deer harvest will be even lower," said Brian Roell, DNR wildlife biologist...

... , the HSHV has organized a meeting to discuss non-lethal fertility control methods... HSHV President Tanya Hilgendorf said her organization, which supports a non-lethal approach, is disappointed with the administration's recommendations...

Ann Arbor, Report Recommends Sharpshooters To Kill Deer In Ann Arbor May 16, 2015 Michigan, CBS Detroit 
... City code would need to be changed to allow sharpshooters to curb the deer population... a copy of the report (.pdf format)

Ann Arbor, Report favors sharpshooters to kill deer in Ann Arbor May 14, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... The report also recommends steps including implementing a citywide ban on feeding deer and efforts to track the size of the deer population...

Plenty happening at Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference May 12, 2015 Michigan, Appleton Post Crescent
... (in the Upper Peninsula)  coyotes were a top predator of adult deer (after human mortalities) at 27%. Other natural causes followed at 20%, wolves 18%, with bear and bobcats rounding out the deer kill. In a fawn study, coyotes accounted for 300 kills compared to 12 known wolf kills...

Commission decides not to halt U.P. deer hunt May 8, 2015 Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
... The whitetail population has dropped as much as 40 percent after two bitterly cold, snowy winters in the U.P. Canceling the hunt was discussed but never a likely option given how it would harm local economies ...

Should There Really Be Deer There? May 8, 2015 Michigan, Antler Geeks
... the U.P. deer herd. It’s in bad shape. A series of rough winters has seriously knocked back the herd and when combined with predation from coyotes, bears and, yes, wolves, things are dire... While it is easy to blame wolves for the decline in deer numbers, doing so tells a false tale. Wolves existed in the region when I hunted there ... the timber boom hit ... and whitetail numbers exploded...

Michigan panel decides not to halt UP deer hunt May 7, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... A Natural Resources Commission policy committee voted Thursday to recommend that the full commission either take no action or eliminate antlerless deer hunting during bow season...

Ways to bolster U.P. deer numbers up for discussion May 7, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press 
... A Department of Natural Resources memo lists six options, including canceling this year's U.P. deer season. Spokesman Ed Golder says it's doubtful the commission will go that far...

Will deer hunting survive in UP May 6, 2015 Michigan, threeriversnews.com 
... Last season’s deer kill across the UP was down by 40 percent, the lowest in 30 years ... Canceling deer hunting in the UP would be near sacrilege in Michigan, and probably won’t happen...

Natural Resources Commission to meet Thursday in Lansing May 5, 2015 Michigan, MDNR News
     The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 7, 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 reports on proposed U.P. deer harvest regulations and the deer management plan update; a pilot study on the deer management assistance program; the wolf management plan update; and the DNR Wildlife Division’s Guiding Principles and Strategies...

Problem deer management hits mark May 6, 2015 Michigan, Traverse City Record-Eagle 
... The three-year pilot deer management assistance program allowed some farmers in Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Charlevoix and Antrim counties to use firearms to kill nuisance deer during archery season, and lifted restrictions on the number of antlerless deer they could take ...

State panel considers curtailing UP deer hunting season May 1, 2015 Michigan, The Detroit News
...  The impact of heavy and persistent snows during the 2013 and 2014 winters are starting to emerge ...  a governor-appointed citizen panel that regulates state hunting — is set to meet next week to discuss the situation...

Upper Peninsula running low on deer May 1, 2015 Michigan, Interlochen
... Wildlife biologists estimate the population of deer in the UP is at its lowest level in 30 years. Extremely cold winters, particularly in 2014, are to blame, according to the report ...

No Upper Peninsula deer season an option for smaller herd May 1, 2015 Michigan, Beaumont Enterprise
... In December, state biologists estimated that the harvest was down as much as 40 percent across the Upper Peninsula. Some places had 40 inches of snow by mid-November, and recent winters have been extreme...

Will DNR close 2015 U.P. deer season? April 29, 2015 Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
... Anticipating the deer harvest will be among the lowest recorded over the last three decades, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is preparing to present six different options to the Natural Resources Commission at the May 7 session in Lansing, including closing the entire Upper Peninsula to deer hunting for the upcoming season ...

... In the video, videographer Jim Person thought his two dogs were going to chase away a deer. Instead, the deer made it’s way up toward their house, allowing the family to pet it. See the video (about 3 million views)

Early spring good for U.P. deer herd April 27, 2015 Michigan, Mining Journal 
... early arrival of spring weather in 2015 was a saving grace in an otherwise harsh winter for the Upper Peninsula's deer population ...  A spring deer study by the DNR and U.P. Whitetails of Delta and Menominee Counties should provide valuable information on the subject...

Michigan Predator Prey Project April 21, 2015 Safari Club International Foundation
... adult females selected mixed forest types with high horizontal cover (for hiding fawns) as birthing sites, whereas  predation sites were more likely to be near cropland and with less hiding cover and canopy cover.  This suggests fawns using more open habitats are at a greater mortality risk...

... options ... implement a multi-year culling program, hiring sharpshooters to kill a certain number of deer each year... cost about $25,000-$35,000 in the first year, and about $25,000-$30,000 annually in future years ... a non-lethal approach modeled after ... Rochester Hills ...  implement a citywide ban on feeding deer, and launch a program to educate residents about deer repellants ...


...  the number of deer-involved crashes -- also down 7 percent from 49,205 to 45,690...

8 questions about wildlife activity in spring April 13, 2015 Michigan, The Daily Tribune
... The deer population appears to be holding steady in Southeast Michigan and Oakland County...

Deer habitat improvement funding awarded to local conservation district April 12, 2015 Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News 
... The Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District has been awarded a Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative (DHIPI) grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Private landowners adjacent to public land owning 40 acres or more can partner ...

Diana Brookens, manager of volunteers at MidMichigan Health - Midland talks about a deer crashing through the window and scampering across her desk Saturday, April 11. "It just rained glass everywhere ... - April 12, 2015 Michigan



... Before a city staff report outlining potential options is given to the Ann Arbor City Council, there will be one final public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, inside the auditorium at Slauson Middle School, 1019 W. Washington St... survey respondents were divided, with 44 percent strongly in support of lethal methods, 43 percent against lethal methods, and 13 percent expressing moderate support for lethal methods...

... In the two aerial deer surveys, the study showed an average of 444 deer were observed in the refuge and 198.5 in the game area, adding up to 642.5 deer observed collectively on average, an increase from 2014 in which a little less than 500 were observed...  good news following 2012 when the deer population was hit with a strain of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) ...

DNR encourages public to enjoy springtime baby animal sightings, but remember to leave wildlife in the wild April 9, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
...The animals most commonly rescued by well-intentioned citizens include white-tailed deer fawns and raccoons... “Fawns rely on their camouflage coat to protect them from predators, while their mother stays off in the distance,” Vaughn added.  “The mother will not return if people or dogs are present.  It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected from nearby predators...

DNR Boasts of State's Natural Resources April 5, 2015 Michigan, WSGW
... deer hunting brings in $2.3 billion dollars a year.... State Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh ... 

... In 2015, MSU Extension, with support from the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, will measure soybean yield loss to wildlife, principally white-tailed deer, by constructing and installing exclusion cages in soybean fields expected to experience high, medium and low deer feeding pressure based on habitat conditions noted in the literature (field size, proximity to cover, etc.)...

Michigan court tosses elk farm suit against state March 31, 2015 Great Lakes Echo
... An elk breeding facility that was shut down during a year-long chronic wasting disease – CWD – quarantine waited too long to sue the state for damages, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled...

Ann Arbor, A cull is a kill, and it’s an overreaction to deer ‘problem’ March 28, 2015 Michigan, Bridgemi
...  The deer “problem” was identified through anecdotal evidence supplied by a neighborhood group concerned about their gardens, led by a landscape architect. In reviewing media reports about the process there is no indication of any scientific attempt to define the problem before a council member presented her resolution on managing the deer population. ...

DNR teams with lumber company to help deer herd March 27, 2015 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source
... the partnership focuses on improving and maintaining conifer cover, which is essential to winter deer survival in the area....

... Predator Predator-prey relationships are very complex.  Predators sometimes limit prey Predators sometimes limit prey—other times not other times not. Many factors to consider: Many factors to consider:  Prey species, number of prey species, Prey species, number of prey species, number of predator species, relative densities number of predator species, relative densities of predators and prey, response of predators of predators and prey, response of predators and prey to changing prey abundance, and prey to changing prey abundance, selection of individual prey, weather, habitat, selection of individual prey, weather, habitat, disease, etc.

... grower reported soybean yield losses to deer average 30 percent across smaller fields in northeast Michigan. However, differences may exist between real and perceived loss due to deer feeding and no data on local soybean yield losses to deer has been published ...

... officials agreed to pass the regulation in a 6-2 vote with council members M. Kay Beecham and Bill Moulatsiotis voting in the minority ...  a $25 fine the first time they violate Chapter 6 ordinances after being warned; $75 for the second violation and $150 for the third violation...

Milder winter has helped northern deer herd March 18, 2015 Michigan, UpNorthExplorer.com
... March and April regularly have seen major snowstorms and often can be the harshest months on a deer population that usually has spent much of its fat reserves.
“If you recall just two years ago, we had a fairly reasonable winter going into March and April and we just got hammered,” ...

Survey suggests Michigan's moose population dropping March 17, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... The latest biennial survey by the Department of Natural Resources produced an estimate of 323 moose in their primary Michigan range, which includes Baraga, Iron and Marquette counties. If correct, that would be a decline there of about 28% from 2013, when the estimate was 451...

See results from flyover count of Ann Arbor's deer population March 17, 2015 Michigan, Michigan news
... The first flyover on Feb. 10 counted 116 deer and an expanded aerial survey on March 6 counted 168 deer... Results from both counts, including survey area maps showing where deer were spotted, are now available on the city’s website...

Feeding site helps Grand Marais deer herd March 16, 2015 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... Grand Marais has two feeding sites to keep the deer spread out. They feed the deer 1/3 protein pellets, 2/3 corn and alfalfa, twice a day...

Deer management group presents DNR with Robo-Deer ... March 13, 2015 Michigan, MLive 
...  a robotic deer decoy to the Michigan DNR.  Conservation officers will be able to move the head and tail of the life-size deer to catch poachers in the act... "We've used these before and they do get shot. We have a couple but they look awful. We do appreciate it." ...

Dearborn, Campus deer taken down over break March 11, 2015 Michigan, The Michigan Journal
... Thirty-four deer near the Environmental Study Area were shot to death during the break ... Eager hunters in the community called to offer their services...

How to control those deer overrunning Detroit suburbs? March 7, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... Livonia Mayor Jack Kirksey said ... Culls are out of the question because you could have "the bullets missing the target, hitting a home, hitting people," ... Ann Arbor is weighing a deer cull ... The DNR has authorized deer culls in recent years in Jackson, Grosse Ile, Hillsdale, Rochester Hills, and Oakland County parks ... [see non-lethal deer control for urban environments] ... drugs on the market for deer contraception are not approved by the State of Michigan...

Dearborn, Deer cull completed at University of Michigan-Dearborn March 3, 2015 Press and Guide
... Thirty-four deer were eliminated from the herd of 76... Ken Kettenbeil, director of communications for the university said plants have been disappearing ... The number of deer should about 8 to 10 per square mile. [U.S. Forest Service research puts the optimal density at more than twice that number] ...

University of Michigan researchers track coyote-wolf hybrids March 2, 2015 Ludington Daily News
... coywolves exist throughout the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada, and have been confirmed in northeast Lower Michigan through blood-testing and DNA analysis... from the Great Lakes east and as far south as Virginia ...  Even if coywolves are observed to hunt in packs and take down larger animals such as white-tailed deer, that's behavior in which conventional coyotes occasionally engage ...

Michigan data:  Hunting statistics  About 1.5 million deer, the DNR unofficial estimate for 2014 and 2015. The last official estimate of 1.73 from 2011.  The 2015 hunt is expected to be similar to 2014.  A significant population decline in 2013 and 2014 following harsh winters, most severe in the Upper Peninsula where there was an historic drop in the deer harvest in 2014, in part due to reduced licenses issued in an effort to boost the herd, but the population is thought to be down by as much as 40 percent after the two harsh winters.  The Upper Peninsula herd is still down in 2015.  In 2014 an estimated 614,593 hunters took  329,000 deer for a success rate of 41 percent.
     Harvest declines of 30 to 40 percent were reported by some regions in 2013, down about 25 percent in the Upper Peninsula overall and a further decline of 30 to 40 percent in 2014 with some regions reporting declines of about 60 percent.  Down about 10 percent in the northern Lower Peninsula and down about 5 percent in southern Lower Peninsula in 2014..  Total harvest down 8 percent in 2013, down 6 to 7 percent in 2014 based on preliminary numbers. To boost the herd, antlerless deer quotas were reduced to about 494,000 in 2014, down from about 550,000 in 2013.  In 2015 antlerless permits were eliminated for archery in the Upper Peninsula.  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.  In 2014 about 625,000 hunters, down 19 percent from 2013, took about 329,000 deer.
     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, down from about 1,200 in 2008 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. The population was above management goals in recent years, but populations are lower in 2015 so fewer licenses will be issued.   Elk and deer have different diets during the spring, summer and fall.
     An estimated 423 moose, based on the 2015 biennual survey - down from 551 in 2013.  Most of the moose are in Baraga, Iron and Marquette counties, but there is a herd of about 100 in the eastern Upper Peninsula.  Ticks and weather are suspected as contributors to the decline.  Moose may not survive into the future for Michigan.
     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.  Deer hunting generated about $2.3 billion a year in 2014.
    An estimated 638 wolves in 2014 and 2015 in the Upper Peninsula.

Other useful links:
Information about deer management, and links to additional resources such as a list of deer check stations. www.michigan.gov/deer   - Michigan Predator to Prey Study-Facebook
-  For information on Chronic Wasting Disease: www.michigan.gov/cwd
Michigan Deer Information and History, DNR
- Clickable map providing information on Michigan Deer from MDNR
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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].

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