Michigan Deer:  Abut 1.7 million deer in 2020.  An estimated population of 1.75 million deer in 2016 through 2018, up from an estimated 1.58 million deer in 2015.  2020 Forecast.  Based on harvest data about 1.4 million deer in 2014, 1.6 million in 2013 and 1.7 million in 2012.  The herd declined following harsh winters of 2013-2014 with the Upper Peninsula hit hardest.  Herd analysis at right. Historical Michigan hunting data and news archive.

Michigan Deer News

... Funding is available for local, state, federal and tribal governments, profit and nonprofit groups, and individuals through an open, competitive process. Minimum grant amounts will be set at $15,000, with the maximum being the amount of funds available for the grant cycle. The 2021 overall available grant amount is approximately $1 million..,

...  With seawalls on both sides, the doe had no way to escape the river...

Resolution adopted in favor of Michigan wolf hunt March 16, 2021 UpperMichigansSource.com
... Mattson says the U.P. has lost 50,000 deer hunters in the last nearly 20 years and about half a billion dollars in revenue because of it – all due to wolves killing too many deer...

...  The neurological disease in the 4-year-old white-tailed deer was found through samples submitted for routine testing in the state’s CWD surveillance program ...  it has been confirmed in six farms in Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm and Newaygo counties..,

Royal Oak man issued warrant for violent threats in deer cull March 10, 2021 Michigan, C&G Newspapers
... Authorities canceled the deer cull scheduled at Kensington Metropark in Milford the next day in response to the threats, which they deemed credible... malicious use of a telecommunications service, which is punishable by six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine ...

The Michigan DNR has verified 65 reports of cougars in the state March 5, 2021 FOX 2 Detroit
... a DNR wildlife biologist, says there's no evidence that a breeding population of cougars is in Michigan since there have been no signs of kittens and every verified sighting was of a male.  Instead, evidence from DNA indicates the cats traveled here from South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska..,

... Huron-Clinton Metroparks Police Chief Michael Reese said the Royal Oak man was "generally upset about the deer management program, specifically the cull itself. He made threats to shoot police officers taking part in the deer cull." ...
... the DNR has issued 751,310 deer   hunting licenses, compared to 584,802 licenses issued in 2019 ... A mid-September report from the Michigan DNR indicates that overall participation in deer hunting is up 26.97% over the same time as last year ..,

COVID brings Michigan a hunting boom February 13, 2021 Traverse City Record Eagle
... in a major reversal, hunting surged across the country during the pandemic. In Michigan, that translated to increased hunting license sales across species, from a 6-percent jump in small game permits and 7 percent in overall deer licenses, to a 32-percent increase in elk licenses..,

Natural Resources Commission approves 2021 deer hunting regulations February 12, 2021 Michigan, Michigan State Capitol
... The regulations will provide additional opportunity, flexibility and cost savings for hunters and – based on existing and projected data the Department of Natural Resources uses to gauge the impact of proposed regulations – are not expected to have a significant negative effect on the deer herd ..,

 ... Animal rights activists say there are non-lethal ways that should be used in controlling the deer population. Hunters don't agree that sharpshooters with Metroparks Police should be carrying out the cull...

DNR announces availability of $100,000 in UP Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership grants February 8, 2021 Michigan, Michigan State Capitol
... March 12 application deadline in effect ... The initiative is a cooperative grant program designed to enhance deer habitat on private lands in the U.P... The complete grant application package is available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants...

... As part of its decade-long deer management program, the township has allowed hunters to kill nearly 930 deer since 2011 ... There are alternatives to culling deer, including surgically sterilizing them or giving them birth control, although the township's plan says those options have  issues of "feasibility and affordability." Fences can be built to keep deer out, but the enclosures fragment habitats ...

... while overall license sales in the state were up, some hunters may have stayed home during the gun season. ...  the northern Lower Peninsula and the U.P. experienced a mild beginning to winter.  "That could bode well for this year's deer population," ..,

... The carrying capacity of the land is high ... Huron-Clinton Metroparks has continued the deer management program in place since 1999 and while there is not a cull every year and never at all 13 parks, Kensington has had a cull for at least the last few years ...
... It's the city’s first population reduction attempt.  Under an agreement with USDA Wildlife Services, biologists trained in the use of firearms will kill up to 50 deer ...

... Conservation Officer ... While he waited to talk to the hunters, Cardenas said he saw a puppy walk into a pole barn on the property and come back out carrying a deer leg in its mouth ...

Wolf management badly needed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula January 15, 2021 Iron Mountain Daily News
... our 2020 deer season in the U.P. was a disaster and will probably go down as one of the worst in history. Our deer herd in the U.P. is in serious decline. Predators — wolves in particular — have decimated our deer herd...

... “Archery hunters can take advantage of some excellent hunting in January,” Stewart said. “This longer season also is a fairly low-cost first attempt for municipalities to help reduce the conflicts that arise when deer numbers rise in more populated, urban areas.” ...

... “Increased antlerless harvest in these counties is important to reducing the number of deer interacting with farms and helps to limit the number of bTB-infected wildlife and cattle herds in the future.” ...

Hunting licenses soar as virus-weary Americans head outdoors November 20, 2020 Michigan, The Salem News
...  More than 545,000 hunters in Michigan had bought licenses through Nov. 11, nearly 10 percent more than at the same point in 2019 ...  Michigan had lost about 300,000 deer hunters in the previous 20 years ...

Opening Day Is Tomorrow November 14, 2020 Michigan, DNR News
... . A recent study released by Michigan United Conservation Clubs estimates that hunting and fishing in Michigan generate $11.2 billion a year, with the state's hunters contributing $8.9 billion – about 80 percent ...

... The DNR’s licensing system, provided by Tennessee-based Sovereign Sportsmen Solutions, experienced “unforeseen technical issues,” according to the DNR. The issue is occurring across several states ...

... he repeatedly struck a deer in the head with a hammer ... “The video starts with the deer standing upright in the middle of the road, blinded by vehicle headlights. Words of encouragement and laughter can be heard throughout the video ...

... The proposed changes are meant to further simplify deer regulations and remove barriers to participation in deer hunting ... The data shows that the changes will not have a significant negative effect on the deer herd or the quality of deer hunting..,

...  a 17% increase in the number of deer hunting licenses sold so far this year... Numbers peaked at almost 900,000 hunters in the mid-90’s then dwindled down to under 500,000 in 2019...

Another worry for deer hunters: Contaminated game October 26, 2020 Michigan, Escanaba Daily Press
... A “Do Not Eat” advisory from the state Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health and Human Services is in effect for deer killed within 5 miles of Clark’s Marsh in Iosco County’s Oscoda Township. High levels of PFAS [ perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances] have been found in the groundwater there... may damage the immune system ...

...  it’s his mission to bring back the former animal theme park so families can make new memories at the place he said put Coloma ... “It’s Deer Forest so you got to have the deer and we’d like to have an array of farm animals...

... Data from the study provides support for both the predator shield and ecological trap hypotheses, according to the researchers. At certain times and locations within the wildland-urban interface, there is simply too much artificial light and/or human activity for cougars, creating a protective shield for deer... cougars are able to successfully hunt within the wildland-urban interface by carefully selecting the darkest spots on the landscape to make their kill ...

... Michigan had a total of total 55,531 accidents involving deer in 2019, up 4% from 53,464 in 2018 and 50,949 in 2017... Michigan Car Crashes with Deer by County     Crashes by City ...

UP Habitat Workgroup returns reinvigorated October 15, 2020 Michigan, DNR News
... During the early part of the last decade, a period of three consecutive severe U.P. winters, coupled with a subsequent decline in deer numbers, heightened concerns about habitat conditions in deer wintering complexes, especially winter shelter...

Michigan DNR sees increase in hunting amid pandemic October 12, 2020 Michigan, The Detroit News
... A renewed interest in hunting has dramatically increased since March when the coronavirus pandemic hit ... the DNR has issued 751,310 deer hunting licenses, compared to 584,802 licenses issued in 2019 ...

... If 2020 turns out to be like 2019, hunters will take more than 370,000 deer this fall... the state’s estimated 1.7 million deer population.  Deer licenses sold:  1,371,835 in 2014; 1,351,817 in 2015; 1,320,879 in 2016; 1,312,286 in 2017; 1,298,664 in 2018; 1,238,679 in 2019...

Forest Foods Deer Eat October 10, 2020 Michigan DNR
... As trees grow, a maturing forest provides far less food than its previous young, brushy phase which occurred shortly after logging... Preferred foods:  White Cedar (Arbor Vitae), White Pine, Maples, Yellow Birch, Dogwoods and Viburnums, Sumac ...

Spatial Variation of White-tailed Deer Population Impacts and Recovery from epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease SA Christensen, DM Williams, BA Rudolph, WF Porter - Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2020. Michigan
... Deer mortality from EHD has increased in the state of Michigan, USA, since 2006, with the largest outbreak occurring in 2012 ... Abundance estimates were lower along transects near the riparian corridor only in the affected area, reflecting EHD mortality associated with wetlands. The only change in abundance over time was a significant increase on the riparian strata in the EHD-affected site...

Hunters hit the woods for archery deer season October 1, 2020 Michigan, WOOD-TV
... Typically, the DNR reports a decline in licenses sold around 2% annually...  DNR Deer Biologist Chad Stewart says the department has reported an increase in licenses sold by nearly 20% this year..,

... The discounted cost is intended to provide an incentive for hunters to take more deer, which would help manage the size of the herd in northeast Michigan and may reduce the amount of bovine tuberculosis in the area, according to the DNR..,

... Dudzinski posted a video on his Facebook page showing a young deer wandering onto the course and walking right up to Nolff as she was setting up her final shot of the day at the Oakland County course...

Deer check and CWD/TB testing changes for 2020 hunting season September 24, 2020 Mixhigan, cedarspringspost
... Staffing and financial shortages, due to both funding associated with long-term declines in the hunter base and the COVID-19 pandemic, will result in reductions in check station and drop-box locations, dates and hours operated, and the number of deer heads that will be accepted for chronic wasting disease testing (CWD)...

Orphaned Fawns Get New Lease on Life on Consumers Energy Land in Southeast Michigan September 24, 2020 Michigan, PRNewswire
... A first-time collaboration between Consumers Energy, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and a certified wildlife rehabilitator ...The three fawns were recently released on a parcel of Consumers Energy land in southeast Michigan...The fawns were taken in by the MDNR and Erin Stacks, a 17-year wildlife rehabilitator and disabled veteran who operates Back 2 the Wild Rehab nonprofit rescue...

... the state’s growing list of zones to receive aerial spraying for mosquito control... A deer tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis  ... 

2020 Michigan Deer Season Preview September 11, 2020 DNR News
... , the Upper Peninsula deer herd seemed to fare well during last year’s winter... Last winter had little to no impact on deer numbers in the northern Lower Peninsula... The winter in southern Michigan was very mild and likely had no impact on the deer herd..,

Officials loading up on public input as they set sights for 2021 deer hunting regulations August 11, 2020 Michigan, WLNS
... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hunting for advice and inviting the public to provide input at two virtual open house events next week... on Thursday evening (August 20th) and Friday afternoon (August 21st)...

... The statewide limit for private-land antlerless license purchase is 10 per hunter. This limit offers maximum opportunity for those who wish to manage abundant deer on their property... Antler point restrictions have been removed on the deer license in parts of DMU 122, including areas outside the core chronic wasting disease surveillance area..,

Midland Daily News
... Elk are native to Michigan but had become extinct around 1875 due to unregulated hunting and a major loss of habitat... Seven Rocky Mountain elk (from Yellowstone National Park) were released in 1918 near Wolverine in northern Michigan.., 

Charlevoix fifth-grader speaks out against deer culling July 8, 2020 Michigan, Petoskey News-Review
... [from her speech]:  . When I first heard this, I didn’t think that this was true because deer are one of Charlevoix’s most unique things... (mom) told me that the deer were eating people’s flowers and eating out of their bird feeders... Ace Hardware and Family Farm and Home. Both of these stores carry deer spray ... I don’t think that you should be able to kill off my nature this easily...

... Conservation officers are looking for a person who illegally shot and killed a white-tailed deer fawn near Rose City ...

  Fawn rescued from manhole in Allegan County June 13, 2020 Michigan, WOOD-TV
... Crews said the manhole cover was missing, and they found a very young fawn. The fawn was safely returned to the nearby woods...

...  Historically, elk were found in southern Michigan but had disappeared by the late 1800’s due to unregulated harvest and market hunting. Today’s elk herd is a result of seven elk brought from the western United States and relocated to Wolverine, Michigan in 1918..,
... the deer cull was temporarily suspended for the next fiscal year in order to help the city deal with short-term financial problems. Deer management related expenses, like data collection and the cull, costs the city $140,000...
     Ann Arbor Year Four Summary Report May 26, 2020 Michigan, White Buffalo
... No sterilization efforts were conducted during Year 4 ... The overall cost of the sterilization effort was $159,815.26, over four years, resulting in a 49% reduction in deer within the 2.8 mi2 area of the SSA and NSA. Sharpshooting efforts cost $255,800.49, over the four years, resulting in a 58% reduction in deer over an 8.3 mi2 area ...

...  kayaking the river near M-47 and State Street when she saw the baby animal drowning...

... late 1800s (upper peninsula)... numerous fires and the lumber trade diminished the number of trees and eliminated forests. As the woods began to re-grow, the white-tailed deer prospered, but not the moose. The Michigan moose were being infected by a parasitic brainworm found in the deer. Harmless to deer, but fatal to moose... In the early 1900s, all moose in the Upper Peninsula had died off ..,

...we provide evidence that shrub competition, ungulate browsing, harvest gap size and their interactions constrain height-specific sapling recruitment among tree species in the temperate forests of Michigan. Similar mechanisms may operate in other forests with high ungulate populations...

  Deer herd roams through Grand Rapids street  April 5, 2020 Michigan, WOOD-TV
... Deer replaced cars on the streets of one Grand Rapids neighborhood this past week...

DNR reviews 2019 deer seasons March 28, 2020 Michigan, The Iron Mountain Daily News
... The DNR tested just over 20,000 deer for chronic wasting disease ... In all, 65 CWD-positive deer were identified from the 2019 hunting seasons – and all were from counties with a known CWD presence... “Fifty-three of our total positives came out of Montcalm and northeast Kent counties, where we tested about 3,000 deer,” ..,

Cadillac Evening News
... “We just did not have the community support to lower the deer population,‘ said Reed City City Manager Ron Howell. “(Deer) can cause damage but they are a part of living in a rural community.  In January, Big Rapids decided to hire USDA Wildlife Services to perform a deer herd cull...

DNR, MSU seek more chronic wasting disease research proposals March 6, 2020 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University are once again seeking proposals for research that addresses priority concerns related to the management of chronic wasting disease in Michigan and the Great Lakes region...

... possibly linked to “human error” as the lab struggled to test thousands of deer for chronic wasting disease ... The state theorizes the workers likely contracted the disease from white-tailed deer with bovine TB ...

CWD testing goals and outcomes February 27, 2020 Michigan, DNR News
... In all, 65 CWD-positive deer were identified from the 2019 hunting seasons – and all were from counties with a known CWD presence.  “Our primary area of infection remains in parts of Montcalm and northeast Kent counties, where we knew the disease existed going into 2019 hunting seasons,” ..,

... The Michigan deer management cooperator patch is given to hunters who bring their deer to a DNR check station. It’s been a popular collector’s item for hunters since the early 1970s... during these checks that DNR staff is able to collect valuable information about Michigan’s deer population ...

Senate bill would drop deer-baiting fine to $1 February 21, 2020 Michigan, Michigan Radio
... A new bill would allow the baiting ban to remain in place during deer hunting season. But it would reduce the penalty for violations to one dollar. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission enacted the ban in 2018. Its purpose is to combat the spread of disease ...

...  they found that the business was in the process of closing permanently and that power had been lost in the building. Furthermore, the COs located the rotting deer carcasses in the freezer, all of which were still being processed and packaged...

... one of the man’s dogs went out onto the ice and water... the firefighters also spotted a deer in distress in the water... was alive when the crew left ...

...  voted 3 to 2 to authorize a cull as a possible option in the city's deer management program... partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services ... People who spoke against it ... described culls as inhumane, immoral and ineffective...

Resolving The Rash Of Elk Poaching In Pigeon River February 12, 2020 Michigan, Traverse City Ticker
...  The eight dead elk may not set a poaching record, but ... one of the cases, the killing of three cow elk at the beginning of December, was a seemingly nonsensical massacre... a conviction can cost a person their hunting privileges and carry penalty of $5,000 or more...

DNR wildlife biologist report favorable numbers on deer season January 30, 2020 Michigan, Beaumont Enterprise
... There were 20,047 deer tested statewide and 65 tested positive, similar to last year. Montcalm County had 36 of those.  “In Montcalm County, this disease is running at a one percent prevalence rate ... “Michigan peaked in the 1990s with almost 900,000 firearm deer hunters,” he said ‘Today we’re looking at 650,000 ...

Food plots on the rise amid DNR's deer baiting ban January 26, 2020 Michigan, WZZM
... Based on the presence of CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) ... they made a decision to ban baiting while ... Food plots are classified as by the Michigan DNR as "naturally occurring foods, standing agricultural crops, or food placed as a result of using normal agricultural practices." ...

Recent elk poaching outrages northern Michigan residents January 24, 2020 Interlochen
... the DNR says the real number of poaching cases is likely two to three times higher than what’s known... elk were shot and just left to rot...

... “Those of you who have voted, condoned, and championed for this senseless, needless act of violence on our city have done real harm,” Margaret Sadoff, a member of Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife ... Council Member Jane Lumm ... cited a law that makes disrupting the lawful killing of animals a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000 ...

Manistee, Cull expected to harvest about 23 deer in Manistee January 21, 2020, Michigan, Manistee News Advocate
... Last year, USDA culled 23 deer ... estimates put the cost around $10,000 for the USDA to cull a minimum of 20 deer [about $500 per deer] ... this is not a one or two year operation. This needs to be perpetual...

... improvement projects for non-state lands across the Upper Peninsula.  $100,000 in grants are available through the DNR's Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative ...

... Three white-tailed deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease at a deer farm in Newaygo County... three 4-year-old deer ... Since 2008, the disease has been detected in four other privately-owned deer facilities from Kent, Mecosta and Montcalm counties ....

... a plan for sharpshooters to kill up to 30 white-tailed deer ... will cost about $20,000... pregnant does would be targeted...

... A deer cull plan involving bait piles and sharpshooters ... would involve the “harvest” of up to 30 deer ... total cost is estimated at around $20,000...

Ann Arbor, Protesters rally against deer cull in Ann Arbor January 7, 2020 Michigan, MLive 
... “City Council is still voting to spend almost a million dollars to kill deer for really no tangible reason,” said Terry Abrams ... “They talk about deer car collisions and deer browsing plants, but there really hasn’t been an increase in either of those.” ...

City of Big Rapids to Vote on Deer Cull January 3, 2020 Michigan, 9&10 News
... the city is proposing a deer cull for the 20th year to remove deer from the area by killing them... the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would come in and shoot the deer...

Ann Arbor, Sharpshooters Take To Ann Arbor Parks To Cull 150 Deer January 2, 2020 Michigan, WWJ Radio Detroit
... "I don't like the deer running through my yard and eating all of my plants... Near one of the parks, the Foxfire West Nature Area, resident Lewis Verela is concerned about kids in the area...

... The vote was almost unanimous, with the exception of council member Vicki Riddle, who felt that the cost increase was significant, especially in light of what she perceived as the ineffectiveness of the previous cull... a cooperative services agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Service to provide professional sharpshooters ...

Whitmer vetoes bill that would get rid of deer baiting ban December 19, 2019 Michigan, Detroit News
... The bill, which was backed by musician Ted Nugent, would have undone a 2018 ban to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease among deer gathered around bait piles...

Gaylord man convicted in fellow deer hunter's fatal shooting December 19, 2019 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... man who authorities say accidentally shot and killed another hunter on the first day of the state's annual firearms deer season last year has been convicted ... of involuntary manslaughter, felony firearm and misdemeanor trespassing ...

... Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in Gaylord are seeking tips from the public regarding three adult cow elk poached in Otsego County – the third elk poaching case in northern Michigan in roughly a month...

... conservation officer John Huspen noticed a blood spot on the side of the road during an early-morning patrol ...  followed the drag mark in the snow to a nearby driveway and found a dead deer...

5 things to know about reindeer December 13, 2019 Michigan, MLive.com
... Are they caribou?  The FDA maintains they are the same species, but The University of Alaska Fairbanks refers to them as subspecies and lists several differences between the two. Shorter-in-stature reindeer are widely domesticated in Europe and larger caribou live in the wilds of North America. Only North Americans refer to wild reindeer as caribou, according to the university...

Wasting disease threatens Michigan deer herd December 5, 2019 Michigan, Valliant News
... Chronic wasting disease is infecting the state’s white-tailed deer, threatening a $2.3 billion hunting industry.  And when the history of Michigan deer hunting is next written, this Montcalm County location — where a yearling buck was shot by an archer amid farm fields and acres of oak and maple — could be important.  It suggests the always-fatal disease is on the move ...

... Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown said the governor will veto it, noting she believes the bill would increase the chance of spreading diseases within wildlife populations and livestock...
   Legislature sends Whitmer bill to lift ban on deer baiting December 3, 2019 Michigan, CT Post
... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says baiting and feeding that concentrates animals beyond their normal movement patterns increases the likelihood of disease transmission...

... The number of individuals who purchased deer hunting licenses decreased 18 percent between 2008 and 2018 .... Last year, hunting and fishing license sales made up 20 percent of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ entire annual budget, equal to $83.5 million...

... an average 12% increase in the number of deer checked at stations across the region.  The preliminary results – reported as of the end of the day Nov. 23 – also show a 2% increase over the 10-year average...“ Approximately 90% of the deer checked have been bucks,” ...

Wild Roots initiative aims to plant 100,000 trees in five years November 25, 2019 MIchigan, UpNorthLive.com
... The reforestation efforts will help preserve healthy rivers by focusing plantings in riparian corridors and improving upland habitat for insects, birds, deer and other wildlife...

... House Bill 5244 would direct the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to schedule the firearm deer season from Nov. 5 to Dec. 1 every year...

... The approved lethal cull for the winter of 2020 will seek to address the impact of deer browsing in select areas with the lethal removal of up to 150 deer...

...  a man discharged his hunting rifle by accident inside his Crawford County home and fragments from the bullet pierced his two sons ...  not seriously injured ... a 29-year-old man mistook his younger brother, 28, for a deer and accidentally shot him ... serious but stable condition...

Hunters hit the woods for firearms deer season November 16, 2019 Michigan, WOOD-TV
... A new antler point restriction in Montcalm, Mecosta and Ionia counties is part of a multi-year study that will analyze a possible correlation between CWD prevalence and specific restrictions.  For the first time, hunters in those counties can only shoot bucks with at least four points on one antler. A 6-point that has three on each side is not legal...

...  the Insurance Alliance of Michigan (IAM) has a warning for drivers across the state: always keep on the lookout for deer.  IAM Executive Director Tricia Kinley says deer will become more active all over as hunters begin to move into fields and forests...

...  deer baiting and feeding bans in effect for this fall’s hunting seasons...  to help minimize the amount of contact between deer congregated where baiting and feeding occur,” said John Pepin, Michigan DNR deputy public information officer. “Chronic wasting disease can be transmitted through direct deer-to-deer contact ... Conservation officers are responsible for locating illegal bait ..,

Michigan Senate approves plan to let hunters bait deer during hunting season  November 13, 2019 Michigan, MLive
....Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials say research shows that baiting and feeding increases the likelihood of disease transmission, and feature a list of references on the department’s website...

  Rare 3-antlered deer spotted by photographer in Michigan November 12, 2019 USA Today
... A Michigan retiree spied a three-antlered deer this weekend and posted photos to his Facebook page... A large-animal veterinarian who examined the images also believes that they are authentic...

... in Michigan and nationwide, hunting is on the decline. In the 1970s, ’80s and into the ’90s, Michigan had as many as 1.2 million hunters. By 2018, fewer than 675,000 individuals had at least one hunting license...Hunting and fishing fees account for more than 90% of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ $42 million wildlife conservation budget...

Baiting ban shrouded in confusion, debate November 9, 2019 Michigan, Escanaba Daily Press
... “The reality is, these baiting and feeding bans are put in to place to begin to reduce the transmission of the disease,” Sexton said. “The department certainly doesn’t think that we will eliminate chronic wasting disease by doing a baiting and feeding ban, but the intent is to slow down the transmission of the disease — and this is something we can control.”...

Deer movement in the Upper Peninsula November 8, 2019 MIchigan, The Post
... From the 190 deer collared in 2018, and the 97 collared in 2019, the researchers ... observed spring migratory movements of up to 48 miles–demonstrating that deer move from these deer wintering complexes across vast areas... also observed some mixing of deer from different wintering complexes on their summer range.   “Together, these observations suggest that there would be a risk of transmitting CWD across very large areas because of the migratory movements,”  ...

...  likely won’t impact the current bans in place this year... The proposal is in response to baiting and feeding bans in the entire Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula approved by the Natural Resources Commission in an attempt to curtail chronic wasting disease among deer populations...

East Lansing considers hiring deer sharpshooters November 4, 2019 Michigan, Statenews.com
...The cost of culling depends on the number of sites and nights it takes place... in some areas culling is sometimes a process that needs to happen repeatedly, which concerned some council members due to the potential that the move only has a temporary benefit, should the council vote against culling in the future...

Fewer hunters means fewer dollars for Michigan's conservation programs October 27, 2019 Michigan, Crain's Detroit Business
... sale of deer hunting licenses dropped nearly 16 percent between 2013 and 2018 ... Meanwhile other outdoor activities, such as birdwatching, hiking and kayaking, are rapidly growing, upending a model for conservation funding that relies on fees paid by hunters and anglers...

Deer movement studies provide insight into CWD spread, management October 25, 2019 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... “We’ve had some deer go 18 miles there and back within a nine-day period, with pretty much every (sex and age) demographic of the population making these excursions,” Trudeau said... deer may be exposed to chronic wasting disease during these short trips by encountering infected deer or contaminated environments. CWD-positive deer also may make these excursions and expose other deer to the disease...

Tecumseh approves second deer cull October 25, 2019 Michigan, The Daily Telegram
...  city council voted Monday to once again contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services. Despite conducting a lethal cull of urban deer last winter, Tecumseh residents have felt no change in the problems caused by the deer, specifically to their gardens and landscaping...

... A 2-year-old, hunter-harvested doe from Hamilton Township, in Gratiot County, Michigan, recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease – the second confirmed CWD-positive wild deer from that county...,

Ann Arbor releases plan to kill up to 150 more deer this winter October 22, 2019 Michigan, MLive Ann Arbor on MSN.com
... Ann Arbor’s fifth-annual deer cull ... already have killed 386 deer since 2016, while sterilizing 78 others ... spending hundreds of thousands of dollars ... Nonlethal sterilization efforts will not continue ...

First confirmed animal case of EEE in Eaton County October 22, 2019 Michigan, WZZM
... Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has popped up in Eaton County ... A deer was found back in September ... dangerous mosquito-borne disease ...

PFAS session focuses on wildlife October 17, 2019 Michigan, Ehextra
...  Michigan has reported PFAS [ per- and polyflouroalkyl substances] results on about 150 deer with 100 of those sampling from PFAS contaminated sites.   “Only one deer (of those 100) had PFAS levels that warranted an advisory,”  ...

... Michigan had 53,464 accidents involving deer in 2018, up 5% from 50,949 in 2017 and 14% from 46,870 deer-vehicle accidents in 2016... deer herd ... is continuing to recover from  harsh winters in 2013-15 that knocked down their numbers, especially in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula ..,

Deer season outlook similar to 2018 October 10, 2019, Michigan, Escanaba Daily Press
... “For some areas in the U.P., there was likely a lower fawn recruitment,” Sexton said.  This is largely due to the deep snow levels seen in some parts of the region during the winter of 2018-19...  should not impact the south central U.P..,

...  the deer were found in a farm field in mid-September... The path of the lightning strike could be seen traveling through the fur of the deer ...

Baiting deer for hunting is illegal in Lower Peninsula October 4, 2019 Michigan, Fenton Tri County Times
... no baiting or feeding deer is allowed in the Lower Peninsula... due to the dangers posed by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ... a minimum fine of at least $50 to a maximum fine of $500, court costs and state fees, and the loss of hunting privileges ...

Grosse Ile, Residents say Grosse Ile has a deer problem, and township isn't solving it  Octobeer 4, 2019 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... From 2009 to 2018, the island had an annual deer cull. Four permitted hunters would cull an allotted amount of deer ... “We don’t know how many deer are on the island,” ... anecdotal reports from people who claim they’re seeing more deer.” ...

CDC case study finds deer with tuberculosis can transmit bacteria to people September 25, 2019 Michigan, WZTV
... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning hunters that deer with tuberculosis can transmit the bacteria to humans. The report stems from a case in Michigan in 2017 ... The CDC is advising hunters to wear protective equipment while field-dressing deer ...

... In an effort to halt the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer and elk, the National Resources Commission last year voted to ban baiting and feeding deer across the entire Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula... The Michigan Farm Bureau supports the ban. So does the Michigan United Conservation Clubs ...

Michigan lawmakers push for moose hunt in national park September 20, 2019 Spartan Newsroom
...  estimate of 2,060 moose on the remote island in Lake Superior, up from 515 in 2011. The number grew so fast because the population of their only natural predator, the wolf, had dropped to only two by last year.  In 2018, the Park Service launched a five-year plan to rebuild wolf numbers by relocating animals ...

At the September 17 Meridian Township Board Meeting, Parks and Land Management Coordinator Jane Greenway and Park Naturalist and Stewardship Coordinator Kelsey Dillon presented the plan for the 2019 Deer Management Program.


... It has allowed people to feed it and has walked easily among beach goers ...the biggest concern now is any behavioral changes that come with the deer breeding season ...

... First the deer checked out the couple from behind a fence. Then it climbed over the fence and began pulling individual roses from the bride’s bouquet...

Michigan Peninsula 2019 Deer Forecast September 3, 2019 DNR News
...  Despite some areas that saw record-breaking snow levels, overall the winter of 2018-2019 was considered average for the U.P. ... a mild to average winter for the northern Lower Peninsula, which allowed deer populations to continue to increase across much of the region... in the southern Lower Peninsula, and this past winter was no exception. Deer numbers appear to be similar or higher than last year ..,

DNR confirms cougar report from Gogebic County August 12, 2019 Michigan,
UpperMichigansSource.com
... the state’s 39th cougar report since 2008 ... photographed July 7 in daylight hours northwest of Ironwood, in the far western portion of the Upper Peninsula...

Operation Deer Watch is underway, offering citizen-scientists the opportunity to participate in crucial deer research with the Wisconsin DNR August 6, 2019 Michigan, DNR News
... an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on Wisconsin's white-tailed deer, gives residents an engaging opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts.  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources researchers ask participants to report their deer sightings via an easy-to-use online form..,

When ugly is beautiful August 2, 2019 Michigan, Petoskey News-Review
... a lack of adequate tree regeneration due to deer browsing. High slash piles may help protect those vulnerable seedlings and saplings... One approach is to flood an area with so much regeneration that enough desired trees make it to the overstory. The other approach is to use logging tops as barriers that restrict deer access...

An update from the DNR before Deer Season July 31, 2019 Michigan, UPMatters.com
... The doe population in the Upper Peninsula hasn’t changed much since last season... The population is remaining stable...

Osceola 'deer farm' operator fined for several facility violations July 31, 2019 Michigan, Cadillac Evening News
...  pleaded no contest to four counts, including failure to maintain facility standard fencing, failure to submit annual inventories, failure to comply with individual animal identification and operating an unregistered facility... 

... DNA results supported the evidence that the bovine TB found in both herds was similar to bovine TB in infected deer found in Presque Isle County in 2014 and 2015...

Councilman wants a deer cull 'compromise' for Grand Haven July 22, 2019 Michigan, Grand Haven Tribune
... nearly $10,000 in damages to Central Park landscaping this year ... adopted a deer management plan in 2008 and conducted its first cull the following year, and in 2017 ... plan entails determining the number of deer to cull on an annual basis along U.S. National Parks Service guidelines of maintaining about 15-30 deer per square mile...

Lawmakers unhappy with deer baiting ban July 13, 2019 Michigan, Iron Mountain Daily News
... The ban, effective immediately, drew sharp criticism from state Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain, who said of the move, “It’s clear that these people are unaware of the impact these policies have on our freedoms and our economy.”...

... Continue a ban on baiting and feeding in the entire Lower Peninsula that took effect at the end of January 2019... Allow baiting and feeding in the Upper Peninsula except for a ban, effective immediately, in the Core CWD Surveillance Area... in the Upper Peninsula, eliminate antler point restrictions in the Core CWD Surveillance Area ...

...  spokesperson for the DNR says because the deer has been exposed to humans the worry is that it could become dangerous. In the meantime its being monitored. If his behavior does change, the DNR is considering tranquilizing it for relocation... [link to deer's twitter account]
... although no decision has been made, is to shoot the deer with a tranquilizer and relocate it away from the popular beach at Saugatuck Dunes State Park...
... you see the deer stand at the edge of the lake with waves crashing around his hooves before taking a few sips from the water...

... Landowners should have at least 40 acres of land with some wildlife habitat (forest, brush, etc.) within a chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis priority county ...

Isle Royale study looks at predation, pack formation June 22, 2019 Michigan, Daily Mining Gazette
... The National Park Service is bringing 20 to 30 wolves to the island over a three- to five-year period... Wolf survival numbers are on par to those in the wild in the Upper Peninsula, about 75% per year ...

... bills would reduce the price on fishing and hunting licenses to qualified residents who either own land in Michigan, previously lived in the state and had a Michigan resident hunting license, or completed hunter safety training in Michigan...

In this first part of a two-part show, I talk with Chad Stewart and Kelly Straka of the Michigan DNR about wildlife management in the beautiful state of Michigan. Their jobs are challenged by the diversity of habitats in the state as well as the threats of chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis. - June 11, 2019


... About half (49 to 53 percent) of 3+ year residents city-wide said they considered a decline in native animal species, damage to landscape and garden plants, and transmission of diseases to humans or animals to be at least a “minor problem,” with 19 to 26 percent calling each a “serious problem.”  ...

Deer run with man jogging through metro Detroit, following him for half mile June 2, 2019 Michigan, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
... He sent the video to a local news station, telling WXYZ-TV that the deer kept up with him for at least a half mile...

  Rare black deer spotted in northern Michigan May 30, 2019 MIchigan, WBTV
... Black deer, also known as melanistic, are considered the “rarest of rare,” according to the North American Whitetail website...

... City Council voted against an amendment overnight that would have put a stop to deer culling ...
     Ann Arbor council to vote on ending deer cull ... May 20, 2019 Michigan, MLive.com
... “Activities surrounding deer culling operations remain controversial to large segments of the community who oppose these operations based on cost, denial of access to public parks, use of firearms within city limits and in proximity to residential dwellings, and other moral dilemmas presented by the act,” states a proposal from Council Member Jeff Hayner, D-1st Ward...

Discussion regarding permit for deer baiting continues May 15, 2019 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... "Bait in my opinion contributes heavily to survival rates of U.P. deer, because October through January, they have an additional food supplement ... " [banned in Lower Peninsula] due to increased risk of CWD, or chronic wasting disease...

Fawns that appear abandoned rarely are May 10, 2019 Michigan, DNR News
... While fawns may seem abandoned, they rarely are. All wild white-tailed deer begin life this way.  A fawn’s spots are excellent camouflage and will help it stay hidden from predators... hidden by its mother ... they are virtually odorless when they are young..,

Low esteem for DNR's actions with deer May 4, 2019 Michigan, Alpena News-9 hours ago
... saw a doe along the side of the road dead and a newborn fawn alive beside her. They picked it up and got goat’s milk to feed it until it could eat on its own.  The deer was never penned and was always free-ranging... Michigan Department of Natural Resources was on the way to the farm to euthanize the deer...

Potential high-risk areas established around TB-positive deer May 1, 2019 Michigan, Ogemaw County Herald
... The designation is a result of a free-ranging white-tailed deer in Alcona County testing positive for bovine TB, as confirmed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources...

DNR recommends deer baiting ban for parts of Upper Peninsula April 30, 2019 Michigan, The Iron Mountain Daily News
...  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will seek public comment over the next three months on a recommendation to ban baiting and feeding deer in the Upper Peninsula’s core chronic wasting disease surveillance area for the upcoming fall hunting seasons...

... recommendations range from a baiting and feeding ban proposed for the Core Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area in the Upper Peninsula and a moderate increase in U.P. antlerless deer licenses, to redefining bait to exclude natural or synthetic food ... [opportunities for public comment]

... May 9, 2019: Public Comment to the Michigan Natural Resource Commission: Meeting at Lansing Community College, Gannon Bld., 422 N. Washington Square, Lansing. To sign up in advance for public comment at any NRC meeting, contact Cheryl Nelson, assistant to the Natural Resources Commission, by phone at 517-284-6237 or by email at NelsonC@michigan.gov..,

... Planting annual or perennial food plots can provide a good source of supplementary nutrition and, depending on what you plant, may also serve as cover. Food plots are an agricultural practice, so managing a food plot will likely include management activities such as testing your soil, cleaning your seedbed, applying fertilizer and removing weeds. Learn more about grain plot planting...

Chronic Wasting Disease, New DNR grants target deer disease — before disease targets us April 22, 2019 Michigan, The Detroit News
... DNR will parcel out up to $4.7 million in new grants to help protect the state's deer, elk and moose... If the deer population becomes decimated, he said, so will the DNR budget ...

  Rare albino deer stops traffic at Kensington Metropark April 22, 2019 Michigan, clickondetroit.com9h
...  it was illegal to hunt the Albino Deer, but that law changed in 2008, that’s because hunters claim it is difficult to determine if a deer is all white, Albino or Pie Bald from a distance...

... a free-ranging white-tailed deer in Alcona County, Mich., testing positive for bovine TB ... Anytime a positive deer is identified, all cattle and bison herds located within a 15-mile radius of the deer must be tested for bovine TB within six months ...

... Forty-eight Kentucky elk made the 14-hour overnight ride from Kentucky ... will join more than 200 elk that make up Wisconsin’s northern elk herd ... the final chapter in our translocation efforts,” said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole...

Michigan data:   An estimate of 1.7 million deer in 2020.  An estimated 1.75 million deer in 2016 through 2018, although the 2017 deer harvest was up by about 14 percent.  2020 Forecast.   More hunters in 2020, a result of the pandemic.  A mild winter for the Lower and Upper Penisula in 2020-21 will help the deer population.  The 2019 deer population in the Upper Peninsula was about the same or lower as in 2018 with low fawn survival as a result of deep snow in the winter of 2018-9.  DNR 2019 Peninsula Forecast.  
     Several mild winters into 2018 and an uptrend into 2019 as the herd recovers from the severe winters of 2013-15. The Michigan 2018 Deer Forecast observes more deer and fawns seen across the state with an average but lingering 2017-18 winter and a mild spring.   Higher deer populations in the Upper Peninsula, a continuing rebound from the hard winter of 2013-14.  Also higher for the Lower Peninsula.  An estimated 1.5 million deer in 2015.  
     The Michigan 2017 Deer Forecast indicated an increase in the population as a result of low snowfall and a mild spring. The winters of 2015-16 and 2016-17 were mild, allowing populations to recover from three harsh winters for 2012-13 through 2014-15.  Based on harvest data about 1.4 in 2014, 1.6 in 2013 and 1.7 in 2012. 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. The population was thought to be down by as much as 40 percent.  Still down in 2015, a milder but hard winter, lowest in 30 years.  Population steady in southeast of state.  An estimated 607,113 deer hunters in 2015 took 334,612 deer.  In 2014 an estimated 614,593 hunters took 329,000 deer for a success rate of 41 percent.  Nearly 800,000 hunters in the late 1990s.
     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 14.5 percent in 2014. 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.
     About 1.8 million deer in 2012.  In the 1990's the state had about two million deer.  On average about 40 percent of the Upper Peninsula harvest were 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.  About eight million acres of public hunting land.  Deer hunting licenses fell from a high of 785,000 in 1998 to 621,000 for 2017
     Chronic Wasting Disease was first identified in 2008 in a fenced, northern Kent County breeding facility; first detected in the wild herd in 2015.  Testing confirmed eight cases through 2016.  The 10th wild deer infected was confirmed in 2017, 31 in total for the year.  As of January 2018, a total of 60 confirmed.  For the 2019 season there were 65 CWD positives confirmed.  Six deer farms confirmed by 2021.
     Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD):  Outbreaks in 1955 and 1974 and sporadically since 2006, including 2017, with an estimated mortality from 50 to 1,000.  The highest mortality was in 2012, about 15,000 deer.
     Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) first discovered in a fawn in Hillsdale county, 2017.
     Bovine TB  With 34 positive cases in 2015, Michigan is the only place in North America with TB still established in the deer herd.  Nearly 900 in 2017.  First discovered in wild deer in 1994.
     History:  Deer were abundant prior to the settlement of Michigan, a deer hunting season was set in 1859 but by 1870 most of the deer in the south were gone from over hunting and habitat destruction.  Deer management began in 1895 with a license requirement and bag limit.  About 45,000 deer in 1914.  One state source puts the number at up to 1.125 million deer in 1937, but the 1937 deer census puts the number  1,172.975.  Estimated at 1.5 million by 1949.  Over hunting and habitat destruction again resulted in a population decline during the 1960s, about 800,000 in 1965, and into 1972 with the population down to about 500,000.  Revenue from hunting fees was used to improve habitat and the population rose to about 2 million in 1989.  More HistorySome history.  Michigan has 8 million acres of public hunting land.       
     The number of game ranches peaked at about 800 in 2003 and has since fallen to about 394 by 2014, in part due to rising feed prices and stricter regulations.  Deer hunting generated about $2.3 billion a year in 2014.  
    Elk  Approximately 1,196 elk, with a confidence interval of plus or minus 266 in early 2019. An estimated 1,158 in early 2017.  In early 2016 an estimated 1,371.  The 2014 winter survey found 668, down from about  1,040 in 2012 and 1,200 in 2008. Michigan restarted its elk population with just seven animals in 1918, relocated to Wolverine, Michigan, from the western Yellowstone national park. after the herd was hunted to extinction around 1875.  Elk and deer have different diets during the spring, summer and fall.  2006 to 2019 elk population estimates.
     Moose   A  total western U.P. population estimate of between 420 and 470 animals in 2017.   An estimated 323 based on the 2015 biennual survey - down from 451 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.   Moose in the Upper Pennisula were wiped out in the late 1880s by brainworm.
      Changes in habitat and over hunting eradicated the Michigan moose population.  The first attempt to restore the herd was around 1935.  That effort failed because logging allowed the deer population to move into moose habitat in the north.  Some deer carry brainworm to which the deer are immune, but fatal to moose.  From 1934 to 1937, 71 moose were live trapped on Isle Royale and released on the mainland in a largely unsucessful effort to establish a population.
    Wolves  Less than 650 in 2018.  An estimated 636 in 2014 and 2015 in the Upper Peninsula.  Hunting bounties related to the decline of deer resulted in the elimination of wolves in the lower Pennisula by 1935, about six in the state by 1973.The wolf issue in Michigan July 25, 2018  Listed an an endangered species, a few wolves by the early 1980s, more than 100 by 1994.
     Cougar  Once native but hunted to extinction by the early 1900s, there have been 38 confirmed sightings from 2008 into 2018 and 65 in total by 2021.  Genetic tests indicate these are males dispering from South Dakota, Wyoming and northwest Nebraska, no breeding populations.


Michigan Deer Harvest from 2018 Report