Michigan Deer News

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, 2014 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 ...

Group working to rehabilitate U.P. deer yards February 26, 2015 Michigan, Outdoor News
... A diverse group of state and federal officials and landowners across the U.P. have joined forces and formed the Upper Peninsula Habitat Workgroup in an effort to increase deer numbers... The goal of the group is to rehabilitate and enhance winter deer complexes – deer yards ...

... The university wants to cull nearly 2/3 of the herd ... Permission to hunt the deer came from the Wayne County Commission Feb. 19, when commissioners agreed to permit a one-time culling of the deer...

Dearborn, Hunters bag 14 deer during 1st night of Dearborn cull February 26, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press 
... most of the responses his office received — 10 phone calls or e-mails — involved hunters requesting to participate ... "Oftentimes people suggest that the deer be relocated, but that's not legal in the state of Michigan," ...

Dearborn, Deer kill is under way at U-M in Dearborn February 25, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... Hunters swarmed across the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Tuesday night to kill about 50 deer ... The hunt will cost the university $300 per deer ... The deer have been ruining plant life ...

Natural Resources Commission Meeting November 24, 2015 Michigan, MDNR
     The agenda for the March 19, 2015, Natural Resources Commission meeting has been posted to the Natural Resources Commission website at www.michigan.gov/nrc and can be accessed by clicking the link below:

... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says recent video of a cougar is the 28th confirmed sighting in the Upper Peninsula since 2008...

Two deer confirmed to have TB in northeastern Michigan February 19, 2015 Michigan-Sportsman.com
... The state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development declared two areas in Presque Isle County at high-risk for bovine tuberculosis last week after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed two white tailed deer were found to be infected...

...  No ethical sportsman wants to lose big game after the shot... Yet, over a dozen states prohibit the use of the most refined search “tool” available to them: tracking dogs... Those states with blanket prohibitions against the use of dogs for tracking game, can take a lesson from the forward-thinking majority of states like Michigan...

Ann Arbor, City conducts helicopter flyover to count Ann Arbor's deer population February 13, 2015 Michigan, MLive.com
... The flyover cost the city $2,200 ... to establish a baseline deer population count to assist in the development of a deer management plan...

State testing confirms bovine TB-postive deer in Presque Isle County February 12, 2015 Michigan, Cheboygan Daily Tribune
... although the 10-mile radius from one of the infected deer does reach into Cheboygan County, no herds are currently reported in that area. One of the infected deer was shot in the Ocqueoc area and the other was harvested in Bismarck Township. Smith said 60 or so herds in Presque Isle County will be impacted by required testing...

...  Michigan has reversed course by actually shifting its focus from sheer numbers to stronger, healthier deer strategies ...

Looking out from the balcony as deer walk on water. Frozen water. Covered with snow. Brrrr. February 9, 2015



... sharpshooters sporting hunting rifles will cull deer in Jackson's Ella Sharp Park.  The practice -- in its eighth year ... Last year, the DNR allowed the killing of up to 80 deer and an unlimited number of coyotes... This year, sharpshooters from Rives Junction-based Aaron's Nuisance Animal Control are allowed to harvest up to 60 deer ...

... Lance DeVoe, a biologist with the city of Rochester Hills, discussed a non-lethal deer management program created and implemented in his city, arguing low-cost methods such as education of residents and improved road signage have been successful.  "There's been about a 40 percent decrease in car-deer accidents and a 75 percent decrease in the complaints coming into the city," ...

... Ann Arbor officials are inviting residents to attend a second public meeting on the topic of deer management Thursday night as city officials continue to consider lethal and non-lethal methods of controlling the city's deer population ...

Deer habitat grants available to landowners January 28, 2015 Michigan, Up North Live 
... Landowners in the Upper Peninsula can apply for $50,000 in grants to help create deer habitat.  The application deadline for the Upper Peninsula Deer Habitat Improvement Grants is February 27...  The complete grant application package is available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants...

Do the crime, pay fine - but what is a deer worth? January 24, 2015 Michigan, Traverse City Record Eagle
... Is a 21-point trophy buck worth 25,000 bucks? ...  state Court of Appeals, which upheld Baker’s criminal conviction and prison sentence but ordered a Crawford County Circuit Court judge to reconsider the amount of restitution he owes the ranch....

Miscanthus x Giganteus planted for use as deer habitat/cover. Hedge rowing, field planting, and double rows are featured. Deer prefer the double row planting for cover. - January 25, 2015


Improving winter deer range in U.P. a priority January 20, 2015  Michigan,  bcsn.tv
... Biologists calculate that a winter of extremes could cull as many as 75,000 deer from the U.P. herd, which some unofficial estimates put at around 400,000 strong. Winter habitat is crucial for the U.P. whitetails, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is calling together its Upper Peninsula Habitat Workgroup to tackle this important issue...

... DNR officials said they typically receive around 6,500 poaching reports each year.  
Payne said while decoy missions are useful, they’re not an everyday tactic... 

Riley man fined $15,510 for poaching 18-point buck January 16, 2015 Michigan, Port Huron Times Herald
... Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Ken Kovach said the 18-point buck was Malinowski's third antlered deer of the season.  Licensed hunters in Michigan are allowed to kill no more than two antlered deer during deer hunting season...

U.P. Habitat Workgroup focusing on deer population January 14, 2015 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source 
...  the Upper Peninsula Habitat Workgroup has reconvened with new members.  The group is a collection of natural resource professionals, private landowners and sportsmen's groups ... The workgroup will meet on Tuesday, February 3. The time and meeting location will be announced on their calendar...

Natural Resources Commission to meet Thursday in Lansing January 13, 2015 Michigan, MDNR News
    The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center, 4125 Beaumont Road, in Lansing. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a meeting of the Policy Committee on Finance and Administration. The committee will review fiscal year 2014 revenue from last year’s restructuring of Michigan’s hunting and fishing license options, review outcomes of that restructuring, and discuss revenue projections for fiscal year 2015... For more information about the Natural Resources Commission, including full agendas and meeting minutes, visit www.michigan.gov/nrc.

Meridian Township Deer Harvest January 13, 2015 Michigan, WLNS 
... between October and December, 150 deer were brought in...  see the Township Report [PDF] 

... "The previous seven years have been successful with 515 deer harvested ... City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to waive the city's gun control law regarding the discharge of firearms within city limits ...
     Jackson, Up to 60 deer could be culled at Ella Sharp Park this winter if Jackson City Council approves January 13, 2015 Michigan, MLive.com
... For the second straight year, sharpshooters are expected to cull both deer and coyotes in Jackson's Ella Sharp Park... It isn't our intention to eradicate the deer population." Last year, DNR administrators allowed sharpshooters to cull up to 80 deer and animal control employees bagged 57 ...

... In  order to complete the cull, the university would have need a variance to allow a gun to be discharged in the city limits... council members expressed a lot of concern about killing the deer without a specific plan ... Councilman David Bazzy said he sees the deer in the area daily, and has never seen what he considers to be an unhealthy deer ...

Natural Resources Commission January meeting agenda December 30, 2014 Michigan, DNR News
     The agenda for the January 15, 2015, Natural Resources Commission meeting has been posted to the Natural Resources Commission website at www.michigan.gov/nrc and can be accessed by clicking the link

Influence of landscape features on spatial genetic structure of white‐tailed deer in human‐altered landscapes  A Locher, KT Scribner, JA Moore, B Murphy, J Kanefsky - … of Wildlife Management, 2014 Michigan
... Predictive relationships between estimates of functional population connectivity and physical and biotic landscape features can provide important insights into present and future population responses to human-mediated landscape change ... We identified features in the landscape matrix between groups including rivers, high traffic roads, and habitats of intermediate HSI as inhibiting gene flow. Low HSI was associated with low between-group Fst and appeared to facilitate gene flow. Quantification of the relative importance of man-made barriers (roads) and habitat suitability to SGS for white-tailed deer emphasizes the importance of joint use of ecological and genetic analyses in conservation and control efforts for abundant and mobile wildlife species.

Hundreds of dead deer dumped in Taylor field December 28, 2014 Michigan, Southgate News Herald
... A Taylor resident came across the carcasses while four-wheeling ... 

... Nearly 64 percent of survey respondents have said they do not support firearm hunting in the city, and 54 percent do not support bow hunting in the city...  on the question of hiring skilled sharpshooters to kill deer in the city; 45 percent said they do not support the idea, 39 percent strongly support it, and 15 percent moderately support it ...

Firefighters rescue deer floundering on thin ice December 20, 2014 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... "There was this little dog out there," Cook said. First, it went nose-to-nose with the stranded deer. Then, "the dog went around the back and pulled on the deer's tail."  She said the little dog disappeared, then returned accompanied by a larger dog. The big dog wouldn't go out onto the ice, but appeared to be rushing around in search of a human helper...

Fewer deer, fewer hunters, lower harvest December 18, 2014 Michigan, The Times Herald ·...  in the late-1990s ... There were about 2 million deer in the state then, and they were driving everyone crazy. Now, there are closer to a million, which is close to the goal of the DNR, farmers and every driver in the state...

... Michigan Department of Natural Resources biologist, Kristin Bissell, says a specific goal is needed before any proposal to reduce the deer population can be considered... controlling natural populations is not a quick fix, because "any time you're doing population level management ... you're committing to something long-term, because populations are constantly trying to rebuild themselves." ...

... Not so fast, Wildlife Division research specialist Brent Rudolph said.  Much of the worst decline has happened in the Upper Peninsula, but statistics show it's on par with two other states in the northern region, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  “Certainly from the U.P. perspective we’ve been telling people since last winter that deer numbers are down,” ...

Deer harvest reports disappoint ... December 16, 2014 Penn Live 
... Wisconsin: The lowest deer harvest in 30 years. Minnesota: Down 23 percent. Illinois: Down 7 percent from last year at this time and down 28 percent from 2012. Michigan: Hunters are seeing less deer. Ohio: The harvest will likely be lower...

Conditions prove challenging for deer hunt December 16, 2014 Michigan, bcsn.tv
...  lower herd numbers in some areas of Michigan and Ohio ... Some parts of the western U.P. had 5 feet of snow for the opening day of deer season, so many traditional hunting grounds and deer camp sites were simply inaccessible ... Michigan’s early estimates point to this season’s U.P. harvest being down as much as 40 percent, while the northern reaches of the Lower Peninsula will likely show a drop of about 10 percent ...

Harsh winters far from the only reason for low deer harvest December 15, 2014 Michigan, Midland Daily News
... Early hunts and vastly more popular archery hunting have taught them that when the woods get busy in early fall, they need to start being more careful.  Bait piles and food plots allow deer to stay in one place more often...

...  the harvest was down possibly as much as 10 percent in the northern Lower Peninsula and about 5 percent in the southern Lower Peninsula when compared to 2013... Firearm deer harvests were down approximately 30 to 40 percent across the Upper Peninsula...

... Under a new law, poachers face a $10,000 fine for illegally killing a buck deer with six points per antler, 12 total. The fine is $1,500 for killing a royal elk ... makes little sense, with less than 700 elk in Michigan, versus more than perhaps 1 million deer ...

Deer Harvest Down December 14, 2014 Michigan, South Bend Tribune
... “I suspect the herd is trying to recover from EHD, but our deer got hit hard by weather last winter and that had some impact,” said Chadwick. “The herd is nowhere near where it was before EHD, but I would have thought there would have been a better season than what we saw.”... Two severe winters have impacted Upper Peninsula deer severely...

DNR reports decrease for firearm deer harvest December 12, 2014 Michigan, The Times Herald
... “In St. Clair County, we have seen approximately 10 percent fewer deer checked during the firearm season ... Sanilac County is down 28 percent since 2013... a historic decrease in deer harvest in the Upper Peninsula ... preliminary numbers showing a 6 to 7 percent decrease through Nov. 30 in Michigan...

Ann Arbor residents ponder: to cull deer or not? December 11, 2014 Michigan, MLive 
... the city's community service administrator, pointed out that officials are still trying to even determine if there is a deer problem or not.  Among the groups interviewed who have said that deer don't really pose a major threat are the Ann Arbor Police Department and the city's parks department...
... A new online survey being circulated by the city of Ann Arbor seeks public input on options for managing the local deer population, including lethal and nonlethal methods... three of the survey questions start out by stating:  "Research concludes that lethal removal measures are most effective for managing a deer population," ...
     Ann Arbor deer management December 10, 2014 Michigan, DamnArbor.com
... Before we (The City, The County) undertake any deer management plans we need to know three things: a) The approximate size of the deer population; b) how the density of the deer population varies within the city; c) the approximate amount of damage the deer are causing. If we don’t have a baseline population estimation for the overall number of deer and the number of deer in specific areas of the city, we will not be able to evaluate the success of any management program....

...  compared to 2013, the harvest was down approximately 30 to 40 percent across the Upper Peninsula.  It decreased as much as 10 percent in the northern Lower Peninsula, and was down about 5 percent in the southern Lower Peninsula...

Deer harvest down during firearm season December 9, 2014 Michigan, DetroitNews.com
... The DNR reduced antlerless quotas prior to this season and invested in habitat improvement and research assessing the role of predators, habitat and weather conditions for deer in the Upper Peninsula...

Deer Carcasses Found In Meridian Twp. Field December 5, 2014 Michigan, WLNS
...  looked like a mass grave someone dumped an unknown number of deer carcasses ...  it looks like anywhere between a dozen to maybe 20 deer... police are continuing to investigate...

...  considering the possibility of a cull and are collecting information about residents' perceptions of deer in Ann Arbor ... an online public survey is available until Jan. 2 to gather broad community feedback via A2 Open City Hall.

... The deer was chased onto thin ice by coyotes, witnesses said, and she fell through the ice... For almost an hour he struggled to rescue the trapped deer, who was up to her neck in water and was unable to pull herself out onto the ice, ... 

Firearms hunt a tough go in 2014 December 4, 2014 Michigan, Outdoor News 
... The deer count of southbound vehicles at the Mackinac Bridge was just 1,741 on Nov. 24. That’s a 45-percent decline from last year’s total of 3,144 on the same date.  Rudolph said success in the Lower Peninsula was variable and also depended a lot on the weather...

With the disappointing deer season it was the prime opportunity for the DNR Sportsmen Coalition Meeting to take place and discussions to be had. For Marquette County the deer harvest was down an astonishing 59%. - December 3, 2014


Hunting With Drones Could Be Made Illegal in Michigan December 3, 2014 Headlines & Global News
... The bills, supported by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, have been created in response to the growing use of drones by hunters to make killing deer and other game animals easier ...

Disappointing firearm deer totals are coming out December 2, 2014 Michigan, ABC 10 News
... the deer harvest in the U.P. is down maybe 40% to 50% U.P.-wide,” DNR deputy public information officer Debbie Munson Badini said. “We’re down about 50% to 60% here in Marquette. It’s pretty much what we expected.” ...

Michigan may ban drones in hunting December 2, 2014 The Detroit News
... State lawmakers are moving quickly to pre-emptively block rapidly expanding drone technology from being used by hunters to gain an advantage over deer ... Alaska, Colorado, Montana and Canada's Saskatchewan province passed bans earlier this year...

Improving Deer Habitat Across the State December 2, 2014 Michigan, MDNR News
.... Several locations in Delta and Menominee counties will soon be a bit fruitier. Over 4,000 fruit-bearing trees were planted, providing a great food source for deer. A variety of trees were planted, including black cherry, elderberry, high bush cranberry and serviceberry, to name a few....

Decision Looms on Deer for Village of Ashwaubenon - December 2, 2014



DNR says deer numbers significantly lower than last year December 1, 2014 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source 
... in Marquette, the deer checks are down about 57 percent from last year.  In the last ten years, the DNR says numbers are down roughly 67-percent...

... "Everybody was saying that because of the diseases and everything that it'd be a down year, but we didn't really see it over there in Van Buren County," ...

 A 35-point wild deer? Possibly November 29, 2014 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
...  a 35-point buck. The photos were posted on Scott's Quik Stop in Marlette and a picture was on Michiganbuckpole.com. ...  a debate raged on the Internet. The accusation that it came from a game farm drew the ire of Scott's Quik Stop ...

Early snow wrecks U.P. deer hunt, brings other problems November 29, 2014 Michigan, Lansing State Journal 
... up to nearly 5 feet in parts of the Upper Peninsula thwarted the firearm deer hunt that is so economically vital to many small U.P. communities and could be the start of a third consecutive difficult winter for a deer population already significantly damaged by the past two brutal winters... "We ended up using snowshoes to hunt for the first time in years," ...

Man shot by deer hunter at Bald Mountain Recreation Area November 27, 2014 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... A 34-year-old Oakland Township man walking with a friend was accidentally shot by a hunter ..  lost sight of a deer he'd seen running in the area and when he heard movement, discharged two rounds of buckshot ...

City of Ann Arbor Seeks Input Regarding Deer Management Plan November 25, 2014 Michigan
... The public is invited to attend a deer management public discussion meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Huron High School, Media Center Room #5101, 2727 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, at 7 p.m.  In addition to the public meeting, an online public survey is available until Jan. 2 to gather broad community feedback via A2 Open City Hall...This meeting will be taped for later broadcast on Community Television Network and also will be available online via video on demand ...
... A deer hunter in the area reported finding a dead elk and called DNR ... “Good old-fashioned police work by our officers brought this case to a successful end,” ...

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...

Michigan data:  Hunting statistics  Estimated 1.43 million deer in 2014, using harvest data to update the last official estimate of 1.73 from 2011.  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.  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.  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, 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.  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."

Michigan Deer Harvest Survey Results  Double click chart below for larger image

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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