Minnesota Deer News
St. Croix State Park to offer 100 deer hunting archery tags July 28, 2014 Minnesota, TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press 
... This will be the first time bowhunting will be allowed in the state park, located in Hinckley within two hours of most of the metro...

Rules won’t drive deer hunters away, DNR official says July 27, 2014 Minnesota, SC Times 
...  two severe winters is what really packed a punch with deer being below population goal levels now."  Merchant added that he suspects this year's harvest will fall between 120,000 and 150,000 deer. It could be the first time since 1997 that the state's deer take falls below 150,000 animals. ...

Comments sought on proposed archery deer hunt in Wildlife Refuge July 26, 2014 Minnesota, U.S. Forest Service
A 30-day comment period for a Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge draft hunting plan to reduce white-tailed deer population densities will begin on Monday and end Aug. 27... The draft hunt plan is available online on the refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/minnesota_valley/. Paper copies are available at both the Rapids Lake Education & Visitor Center, located at 15865 Carver Highlands Drive in Carver, and the Bloomington Main Office at 3815 American Blvd. E. in Bloomington. Written comments will be accepted at the Bloomington Office or via email at minnesotavalley@fws.gov. Please include “Draft Hunt Plan” in the subject line...


DNR to issue more wolf-hunting licenses, allow more animals to be bagged July 24, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... A total of 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses will be available, 500 more than last year ... The latest population survey results estimate that 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota’s wolf range this past winter, 212 more than estimated a year earlier. ...

     Hunters can expect a conservative 2014 deer season designed to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.  “Hunters should check the 2014 hunting regulations closely because only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state,” ... Northeastern Minnesota hunters will feel the greatest impact from a bucks-only season... The DNR strongly advises hunters to review new deer hunting regulations, permit area designations and boundary changes before applying. Current and up-to-date information is available online. Information about deer management and upcoming deer population goal setting during the next two years is available online.

... The moose population in northern Minnesota's forests is dwindling, but a tax that voters raised in 2008 could help save the giants... A handful of other states have looked into expanding outdoors-related spending, and a few did by raising taxes, but Minnesota lawmakers found they needed to include money for arts and culture projects, such as theaters and artwork, for the measure to get enough legislative votes...

Man May Be Charged For Shooting Deer Eating His Flowers July 19, 2014 Minnesota, CBS Minnesota 
... an Eden Prairie man will likely face charges after he allegedly shot a deer with a pellet gun ... The deer suffered enough injuries that police disposed of it...

Bemidji, Board nixes special archery deer hunt near airport July 17, 2014 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... Karen Weller, the airport’s director, told board members before they voted that there were relatively few deer sightings during routine inspections by airport staff... A similar hunt near the northeast shore of Lake Bemidji is still planned to go forward this fall, city officials said...

Minnesota Moose Population July 18, 2014 Bowhunting.com
... The population has in fact dropped more than 50% since 2006. Starting in 2012, the Minnesota DNR indefinitely closed the moose hunt for the state. They also launched a 1.2 million dollar moose mortality study to try and indentify the cause of these drastic declines.  Many wildlife biologists believe the milder and shorter winters of the late 2000s and early 2010s may have been detrimental to moose ...

Deer feeding project cost: $200,225 July 16, 2014 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News
... The harsh conditions last winter prompted the action when the Winter Severity Index rose to a level that threatened the survival of many deer in northeastern Minnesota... “There were a total of 969 individuals who obtained feed through the program. These volunteers put feed out to 1,123 documented sites across the 13 DNR-approved deer permit areas in northeastern Minnesota,” according to the MDHA release...

Decline in hunting permits shows shifting leisure trends July 16, 2014 Minnesota, Twin Cities Daily Planet
... In the 12 years of data available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources there has been a marked stagnation in hunting and fishing licenses. The hunting license numbers remain at 2000 levels, despite state population growth ...  Lost licensing revenue and declining interest in hunting can and should prompt policy priority reflection ...

What Predicts Support for Antler Point Restrictions?  SA Schroeder, L Cornicelli, DC Fulton, MD Grund - Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 2014
... Type of deer pursued and agency trust were the strongest predictors of APR support, followed by satisfaction with deer seen, and years of hunting experience. Hunters who targeted big bucks, had more trust in the agency, and expressed more satisfaction with deer seen in the field, were more supportive of the APR. Hunters who had more deer-hunting experience were less supportive....

Bemidji, Archery deer hunt scheduled within city limits July 11, 2014 Minnesota, Bemidji Pioneer
... two special white-tailed deer archery hunts within the city... the state will allow participants to harvest up to five deer... All applicants are required to pay a $5 non-refundable application fee ..

MDHA issues final report on 2014 emergency deer feeding July 7, 2014 Miinnesota, Outdoors with Sam Cook
... A total of 1,056,000 pounds of feed, or 528 tons, was purchased and distributed across more than 12,000 square miles during the six-week initiative. A total of 969 individuals obtained feed through the program. ... For the complete report, go to the MDHA website [PDF] ... 

Time to rebuild July 5, 2014 Minnesota, Virginiamn 
... Rusch said he’s only seen eight fawns in the field so far this year — down significantly from past years. And, he’s seeing single fawns with does, or no fawns with does; which is an indicator to the health of the herd. “In a good year I’d be seeing twins or even triples,” ...  After the booming number of deer in the area 10 years ago, Rusch said, “I never imagined we’d be back here again.” ...

Nature Matters: Signs that a fawn needs human help June 24, 2014 Minnesota,  Northland's NewsCenter 
... forget the old notion that a mother won't want her baby back after interaction with a person.  "That's not true for anything. Every mother wants to take care of her young."  ... "If it has been four to six hours and you've been observing the fawn in the distance and the mom has not returned ... that would be the time to call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator...

... “A neighbor spotted a mama deer, so Tyler quickly got the babies in that location,” said his mother, Candi Oman. “She then took them in as if they were her own.” ...

New deer population goals set June 12, 2014 Missouri, Shakopee Valley News
... More deer in much of southeastern Minnesota is the anticipated outcome of a citizen-led deer population goal-setting process that increases deer numbers in five of the nine permit areas under review. ... Team members considered more than 4,000 responses to hunter and landowner surveys ...

Is this Rack the Minnesota Monarch? June 6, 2014 Minnesota, BuckShank
... The Minnesota Monarch was a legendary buck that roamed the remote woods of northern Minnesota in the late 1980s and early 1990s ... the Monarch vanished. There is no evidence that a hunter ever shot him... in the fall of 1989 it would have been the highest-scoring wild buck ever killed by a hunter...

Feeding the deer June 1, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Volunteers distributed about 1 million pounds over seven weeks, and figure they fed about 16,000 deer, or about 17 percent of the deer in those areas. About $200,000 was spent, or $12.50 a deer...

Hunters say there aren't enough deer June 1, 2014 Minnesota, 
Minneapolis Star Tribune 
... “We fully understand that most hunters want more deer, and we also agree that deer numbers are currently low across much of Minnesota. We are taking steps immediately to increase deer numbers where they are below goals. Hunters in most of Minnesota will see a very conservative deer season next fall …DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr ...

... More deer in much of southeastern Minnesota is the anticipated outcome of a citizen-led deer population goal-setting process that increases deer numbers in five of the nine permit areas under review... DNR increased goal densities in deer permit areas 341, 342, 345, 347 and 348. Permit areas 343, 346 and 349 will maintain existing goal densities. Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, permit area 344, will maintain current densities...

Leave baby fawns alone May 26, 2014 Minnesota, Walker Pilot Independent
...  within hours of birth the fawn is led to a secluded spot so it can nurse. With a full stomach, the fawn is content to lie down and rest... in four or five hours, the doe will return to feed the fawns and take them to a new hiding place. Deer follow this pattern for two to three weeks ... Older fawns remain motionless until they think they have been discovered ...

Pregnant deer hit by car, man cuts out fawn May 20, 2014 Minnesota, Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews
... he saw a fawn was kicking inside the dead deer, so he pulled out his pocket knife and cut the fawn out.  The deer, which has been named Bambi, is being cared for at theWildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota ...

Fawns born in May: Leave them alone May 19, 2014 Minnesota, Net News Ledger
... within hours of birth the fawn is led to a secluded spot so it can nurse. With a full stomach, the fawn is content to lie down and rest. If the doe has twins, it will hide the second fawn up to 200 feet away. Then the doe leaves to feed and rest herself, out of sight but within earshot...

Putting an End to Deer Poaching on Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge May 13, 2014 Minnesota, USFWS Midwest Region News and Highlights
... Thanks to an anonymous tip and solid investigative work, a 17-year serial poacher from Minnesota was sentenced in federal court today after pleading guilty to a Lacey Act violation for transporting wildlife that was unlawfully taken in violation of federal law. In October 2013, William Robert Welsh, age 41 of St. Cloud, Minnesota pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge... “This investigation revealed at least a decade of egregious poaching on the refuge and other areas throughout the state,” ...

Minnesota DNR Examines Possible Case of Deer Mange May 12, 2014 North American White Tail
... recent sightings of hairless, scabbed over and decrepit looking whitetails in Minnesota has local residents and officials concerned... While most often seen in coyotes, mange can, in fact, be found in whitetails...

Deer with container stuck on its head rescued by Wildwoods volunteers May 9, 2014 Minnesota, Northland's NewsCenter ·
... Peggy and Ian Aldrich freed her Friday afternoon, and they're urging people to clean out and crush their large containers so other deer can't get stuck....

One New Brighton man kills another over deer feeding, a neighbor says May 6, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... A 57-year-old New Brighton man is in jail Tuesday on suspicion of fatally shooting a neighbor and wounding a woman in a long-running dispute over what another neighbor said was the feeding of deer...

Duluth, Liberal deer hunting proposed for Duluth area to reduce conflicts May 1, 2014 Minneota, Minneapolis Star Tribune 
... Unlimited harvest of antlerless deer would be allowed in the Duluth area to boost whitetail harvest and reduce deer-human conflicts, under a Department of Natural Resources proposal... The issue will be discussed at a public meeting  from 7-9 p.m. on May 8 in Duluth at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gitchee Gumee Conference Center...

Minnesota launches deer vs. trees debate April 20, 2014 Minneapolis Star Tribune 
...  the state launches a three-year process to reset its deer population ... Gary Alt, the biologist who was appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge to decrease deer herds, said the story is similar in nearly every big deer hunting state. Hunters overprotect female deer to increase fawn production, multiplying their chances of shooting a buck... [deer density and forest regeneration]

Expect deer permit areas to drop back April 18, 2014 Minnesota,  messagemedia.co 
... With the brutal winter ... I think most in the far northeast will probably be Bucks only this year ...  Antler Point Restriction (APR) ...  is designed to save two thirds of the yearling bucks (one and a half years old) and move them to the two and a half year old class. About one third of the yearlings will be harvested as some will have small racks with four points on one side ... This regulation seems to work quite well ...

Blaine students collar deer for research April 14, 2014 Minnesota, KARE-11.com
... The northern suburban Deer Hunters Association donated a $2,500 tracking collar for the project giving students a chance to follow the deer for the next two to three years...

Warmer temps end Minnesota's emergency deer feeding program April 12, 2014 Minnesota, Star Tribune, startribune.com
... Johnson [Minnesota Deer Hunters] estimated that 20 percent or more of the northern deer may have died... DNR officials didn’t support the emergency deer feeding. “Based on previous feeding efforts, there’s not a significant portion of the population that is reached,’’ ... Johnson still disagrees.  “Our position is, from an emergency standpoint, it’s a viable alternative, and a necessary alternative,’’ ...

Winter deer-feeding program ends this weekend April 12, 2014 Minnesota, TwinCities Pioneer Press 
... The thaw couldn't come soon enough for Minnesota's deer. Malnourished and dead deer were reported throughout the northern half of the state, as winter severity indices climbed to the highest levels in nearly a decade... the total amount spent will be just shy of $200,000.   But Johnson said reports from volunteers consistently tracked improvements in the deer they saw...

Conservation Officer Report: Deer Struggling April 9, 2014 Minnesota, WDIO-TV
...  Marty Stage (Ely) found dead deer in a lot of places throughout the week. The winter has been very hard on the deer and it’s likely to get worse for a little while. Keep your dogs restrained. The deer can’t take any more stress than they already have...

Long, hard winter has been tough on deer April 6, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... winter severity index (WSI) — used to predict winter’s impact to wildlife — is breaking records ... Until recently most of the dead whitetails Tom Rusch has encountered were fawns.  “Now we’re seeing and getting reports of adult deer starving, too,’’ said Rusch, DNR area wildlife manager at Tower in northeastern Minnesota...

Severe winters play key role in deer mortality April 6, 2014 Minnesota, Mining Journal 
... In recent years, deer abundance here has plummeted (now approaching 1970s levels) ... During a six-year study, I found that fawns and aged does comprised about 60 percent of the overwinter deer loses due to malnutrition and predation.  Although about 21 percent of the bucks wintering in my study area were yearlings, I found only one yearling buck among 124 dead deer identified to sex and age...

Hunting dogs and owners take up shed games April 5, 2014 Minnesota,  Minneapolis Star Tribune 
...  a dozen years or so ago, word spread among retriever owners particularly that the scent carried by antlers could alert dogs to their presence, even if covered by leaves or brush.  Perhaps predictably, bragging about whose dog could find antlers the quickest followed ...

Elk backers lobbying to increase herd in Minnesota April 4, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Though largely a mountain animal now, more than 10 million elk roamed the United States and parts of Canada before white settlement ... The continent’s elk population has dropped to about 1 million ... Pennsylvania ... The last native elk was shot there in 1877. But not long afterward, between 1913 and 1926, state game officials reintroduced the animals, transporting them from Yellowstone National Park ...

... It is week 5 of the Emergency Winter Deer Feeding Initiative and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) has purchased 110 tons of feed that was distributed Saturday.  This is an increase of 22 tons from last week....

... "Interestingly enough we're getting hunters that are giving ideas such as stop the season... maybe put a one or two year moratorium on the season ...

The Minnesota deer heard is dying. This young button buck is too week to stand. All his legs work, but he does not have the energy to move. He is starving to death.




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Minnesota Data: About 900,000 to one million wild deer in 2013 - 2010, up slightly in 2012 from better weather and hunting restrictions in some parts of the state, but down in 2013 and 2014 from severe winter, worst in the north. The MDNR reduced deer tags for 2014 to boost the herd and imposed bucks only hunting in the northeast. Deer density dropped to 5.6 deer per square mile around Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in the northwest - target of 15 to 20 per square mile.  After pressure from hunting groups, emergency deer feeding began in March of 2014 for the northern part of the state, the first time since 1989 based on a legislative bill.  The 2013 deer harvest was the lowest in a decade. Anterless deer permits were reduced to grow the herd.  The harvest peaked in 2003 at 290,000 during a time of liberal hunting regulations. Some believe too many deer were killed then, resulting in the decline of the past 10 years.  The 2014 harvest is expected to fall below 150,000, the lowest number since 1997.
    After over hunting during the 1960's. the deer season was closed in 1971 allowing the herd to recover.  The legislature approved rules for emergency winter deer feeding when about 30 percent of the herd died in the severe winter of 1995-96 and an additional 8 percent died in '96-97, 50 cents from each license for deer feeding.
      About 500,000 deer hunters. .A whitetail's home range is about one square mile. Adult males weight about 170 pounds, adult females about 145. 
       An estimated 2,423 in 2014, 2,211 in 2013. The 2012-13 winter survey estimated a range of 1,652 to 2,641 wolves, compared to the 2007-08 estimate of 2,200 to 3,500.   The state's moose population has dropped from a peak of about 8,800 in 2006 to an estimated 4,230 to 2,760 — between 2012 and 2013.  Biologists are studying the cause of the decline.  Elk were abundant prior to extermination by European immigrants in the late 1800's.

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