Mississippi Deer:  An estimated population of about 1.75 million deer in 2015 through 2018.  The 2016 population benefited from good rainfall.  The large mast crop of 2016 left the does in good health, leading to good fawn production in 2017, increasing the population.  The population was estimated at estimated at 1.7 in 2014, and 1.75 to 1.8 million from 2011 through 2013.  MDWFP  reduced deer limits for the 2017-18 hunt.   Herd analysis at right.  

Mississippi Deer News

Mississippi announces second deer found with fatal disease October 20, 2018 WRAL
...  a white-tailed deer found Oct. 8 in Pontotoc County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Drivers warned to be on the lookout for deer in Mississippi October 15, 2018 WLOX
... state averages over 3,000 deer-related crashes each year...

This study may have explained why that big buck disappeared September 28, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... "Sixty percent of the bucks have a sedentary personality," said Steve Demarais, professor of wildlife ecology and management at the Mississippi State University Deer Lab. "They basically live in one contiguous area... Forty percent are living in two home ranges during the (hunting) season that are separated by several miles...

Wildlife commission votes for multiple hunting regulation changes September 21, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
...  hunters were required to be at least 100 yards away ... the commission voted in favor of removing the 100-yard minimum distance between ...

Two men sentenced in deer smuggling case September 13, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... sentenced in Hattiesburg Tuesday on charges of conspiring to smuggle live white-tailed deer into Mississippi... also ordered that the 1,031 acre high-fenced enclosure known as Turkey Trot to be quarantined by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks for five years ...

Well-managed food plots nourish and attract deer September 7, 2018 MIssissippi, extension.msstate.edu 
... For more information about wildlife food plots, look for MSU Extension Service Publication 3102, “Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck: A Guide for Liming and Fertilizing Wildlife Food Plots,” or Publication 2111, “Supplemental Wildlife Food Planting Manual for the Southeast.” These publications are located at http://extension.msstate.edu/publications. For more guidance on wildlife food plots, download the Food Plot app from the MSU Deer Lab (http://msudeerlab.com/apps.asp)...

... Harvest estimates reflected an upward trend from 1976 through the mid-1990s when it peaked at over 330,000 deer for three years. After that, harvest estimates showed a steady decline. The harvest estimate for the 2016-17 season fell to 244,795 deer, making it the lowest harvest since 1981. The 2017-18 estimate is 194,975 which is a 50,000-deer drop from the prior season..,

Wildlife commission takes final vote on CWD zone changes August 17, 2018 Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger
... Response operations in Mississippi's portion of the CWD Management Zone provided 481 samples for testing and CWD was not detected in any of them. Statewide, 1,800 samples have been collected since October 2017 and none tested positive. In Louisiana's portion of the CWD Management Zone ... none tested positive ...

This deer was captured on the morning of 8/4/18 feeding in the edge of a swamp area just off the Pearl River at LeFleur's Bluff State Park near Jackson, MS


Misinformation about chronic wasting disease circulating August 1, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... One recent claim on an internet video stated that CWD is not always fatal... "Another thing that's in the news is deer that are genetically less susceptible to it," Demarais said. "Some say they are immune.  "It's way too soon to make that conclusion at this point. The occurrence of the disease is less in the deer with this genetic element ...

State acquires nearly 18,000 acres in south Delta July 21, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... With its rich soil, the Delta is known for producing trophy deer and lots of them ... The land, which is currently named Steele Bayou Wildlife Management Area, is located in Issaquena and Warren counties ...
MDWFP stops actively testing for CWD July 17, 2018 Mississippi, Picayune Item
... between October 1, 2017 and the end of June, 2018, more than 1,500 white-tailed deer were brought in for testing. The only deer that tested positive for the disease was collected on January 25 in Issaquena County ...

...Abraham, a former veterinarian, introduced a bill that requires the Secretary of Agriculture to partner with the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science to study and.. identify the ways CWD is transmitted between wild, captive and farmed cervids...

Changes proposed for Canemount WMA hunts June 23, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... permits are assigned to a certain block of land which they and a guest may exclusively hunt for three consecutive days. The cost of the permit is $300...  but two-day hunts will be $200...

Hogs and CWD threaten habitat June 12, 2018 Mississippi, News Mississippi
... Wild hogs and chronic wasting disease within deer are currently the two largest threats to Mississippi’s wildlife ... Mississippi is home to over 1,750,000 white-tailed deer, and the growth rate of the wild hog doubles that of the white-tailed deer. ..,

Good nutrition key to best deer herds June 1, 2018 Mississippi,  Farm Press
... Researchers at the Mississippi State University Deer Lab ... Improve nutrition, and most everything else will take care of itself. ... about 70 percent of the yearling bucks will disperse from their birth area. Even if you could use selective harvest to improve genetics, the young bucks you are producing on your property are leaving... 

Black fly populations kill livestock, deer June 1, 2018 Arkanas, Farm Press
... “we’re seeing a bumper crop of black flies, likely as a result of floods in February and March ... there were some deer lying dead in fields ... had one farmer tell me he was met at his carport by a deer who was inside trying to get away from the gnats ..."

..  I assessed the impacts of common forest management practices (canopy reduction, prescribed fire, and selective herbicide application)   .... Combining canopy reductions with prescribed fire, which closely mimicked historical intermediate disturbance intensities in this vegetation type, led to the greatest invasion resistance due to high abundances of native plants. Both deer and turkey increased use in areas with high levels of understory cover. Coupling canopy reductions with prescribed fire created the most favorable conditions for both species ...

CWD update: No news is apparently good news April 27, 2018 Mississippi, Mississippi Sportsman
... animals within this enclosure had been transported from Texas facilities that were linked to CWD-positive animals.  In January 2017, a tornado struck the Hattiesburg area and damaged approximately 6,845 feet of the enclosure fence, releasing animals into the surrounding area... the first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in Mississippi was reported in February ...  in Issaquena County ..,

Chronic Wasting Disease sampling continues for two years, says MDWFP April 5, 2018 Mississippi, HubcitySPOKES.com
... Sampling for the disease in Lamar County began after an EF3 tornado struck the area on Jan. 21, 2017, damaging an illegally-operated, high-fence deer operation between Purvis and Hattiesburg and allowing several deer to escape... several deer within the enclosure had been transported from Texas facilities that were linked to animals that had tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

... In 2013, a non-permitted high-fenced enclosure was discovered by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks law enforcement just southwest of Hattiesburg in Lamar County. An extensive investigation by MDWFP and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revealed that animals within the enclosure had been transported from Texas facilities that were linked to CWD-positive animals. In January 2017, a tornado struck the Hattiesburg area and damaged approximately 6,845 feet of the enclosure fence, releasing the animals into the surrounding area...

Good nutrition offers keys to best deer herds March 29, 2018 Mississippi, extension.msstate.edu
... Studies that track the response of deer exposed to the best nutrition always produce positive results. Managing forests, timely use of prescribed fire and creating food plots are all tools to improve available nutrients...

Wildlife officials meet Warren County hunters, residents concerned over chronic wasting disease March 19, 2018 Mississippi, Mississippi News Now
... an infected deer was found in Issaquena County last month, marking the first time the disease has ever been documented in Mississippi... Supplemental feeding ban extended after disease found in white-tailed deer ..,

Vicksburg, MDWF&P to host public meeting in Vicksburg to discuss fatal deer disease March 12, 2018 Mississippi, The Vicksburg Post
... a public meeting Monday at the Vicksburg Convention Center to discuss its response plan to chronic wasting disease, a fatal infectious deer disease that has been confirmed in the state...

... The original version of House Bill 1390 proposed a mandatory program for hunters to report their deer and turkey harvest numbers to the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks...

Origin of Mississippi CWD deer found March 3, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... The genetics match those of samples taken from the Mississippi Delta, which means the deer was not imported, as many have speculated...

Wildlife discusses Chronic Wasting Disease February 25, 2018 Mississippi, News Mississippi
...  an information session Thursday evening to answer the public’s questions about the disease ... there is a ban on supplemental feeding within the six-county buffer zone, but the MDWFP said that they are not looking to expand it right now...

Supplemental feeding ban extended after disease found in white-tailed deer February 21, 2018 Mississippi, Mississippi News Now
...  extended the supplemental feeding ban in six counties after Chronic Wasting Disease was found in a white-tailed deer... 

Mississippi discovers first case of chronic wasting disease February 16, 2018 Mississippi, Newton County Times
...The 4½-year-old buck died about 8 miles north of Vicksburg and was reported to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The buck was found about 45 miles south-southeast of the southeastern corner of Arkansas..,

Chronic Disease Wasting Deer not likely from Lamar February 15, 2018 Mississippi, HubcitySPOKES.com
... State Deer Program Leader William McKinley warned the Lamar County Board of Supervisors in August about a high-fence deer operation that was operated illegally between Purvis and Hattiesburg ...“There is a link on the facility to some chronic wasting disease-positive disease facilities in Texas,” ...

... So far, this disease only affects animals and not humans. However, health officials say it could be spread to people if they ate an infected deer...

10 things to know about chronic wasting disease in Mississippi February 13, 2018 Jackson Clarion Ledger
...The infected buck was spotted by a hunter on private land in Issaquena County on January 25. According to Larry Castle,  ... also explained that there are no plans to kill deer for the sole purpose of containing the disease. He said that method was tried in Wisconsin, but ultimately it failed..,

Deer feeding banned in 6 counties due to CWD February 12, 2018 Mississippi, Mississippi Sportsman
... suspended on Feb. 9 in six west-central counties of Mississippi after a lab in Iowa confirmed the Magnolia State’s first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a free-range buck from Issaquena County... implemented its CWD Response Plan ..,

...  a white-tailed deer found dead Jan. 25 in Issaquena County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It's the first deer found in Mississippi with the disease..,

What you need to know about deer, turkey harvest reporting February 5, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... If passed, House Bill 1390 and Senate Bill 2922 would require all hunters in Mississippi to report all harvests of deer and wild turkeys in Mississippi to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks...

Characterization and Deer-Repellent Property of Chrysophanol and Emodin from Sicklepod Weed  Z Yue, TM Tseng, M Lashley - American Journal of Plant Sciences, 2018
... Field tests conducted at our Captive Deer Facility at Mississippi State University (MSU) confirmed the deer-repelling property of anthraquinone extracts from sicklepod. Soybean plants applied with control treatment (water) were browsed by deer, while plants applied with sicklepod anthraquinone extracts were avoided...

Man charged with abuse of deer in Clay County February 2, 2018 Mississippi, WTVA
... investigators received tips and complaints about social media posts concerning the animal... he deer was tied up with a strap like a dog... in poor condition... 

Have you ever seen a vampire deer? January 31, 2018 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
...  upper canine teeth  ... "The early ancestors of deer didn't have antlers. It's a tusk-like appendage to fight with." ... a study in New York on 18,000 white-tailed deer and they found one out of 1,000 have them...

Weather, other factors have hunters happy December 31, 2017  Mississippi, Daily Times Leader
... state experts estimate the state’s deer population at about 1.75 million with about 280,000 taken each year by hunters...  The harvest has slowly grown over the last 15 to 20 years, but it flattened out or dropped a little the last couple of years. ..,

Mineral stumps provide white-tailed deer nutrition December 18, 2017 Mississippi, Mississippi State Newsroom
... It has long been a mystery why white-tailed deer devour the sprouts from recently cut tree stumps...   strategically placed game cameras.  The growth from cut stumps had much higher nutrient levels and was highly attractive to deer...

Deer-vehicle collisions high in Mississippi December 4, 2017 Vicksburg Post
... the Mississippi State University Extension Service estimating there are approximately 1.75 million whitetail deer in the Magnolia State ... Mississippi ranked sixth nationally in deer-vehicle collisions in 2014, but fell out of the top 10 in 2017 ..,

How much do you know about deer? December 1, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... "We know that population breeding level dates do not change from year to year in a location ...nothing to do with moon phase. It has nothing to do with temperature ... triggered by photoperiod, or length of day ...

Disease Found in Deer Has Wildlife Specialists Concerned November 29, 2017, Mississippi, WCBI
... Chronic Wasting Disease ... Mississippi wildlife specialists want to bring the issue to light before it comes into the state borders...

Deer disease cases higher than expected November 3, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... For the second year in a row, it appears Mississippi's deer have a high number of hemorrhagic disease infections.  ... "Last year we had 161," McKinley said. "The year before was 25. The average year is 25 ...

... Mississippi offers vast forests and more than 1.75 million deer, providing some of the finest whitetail hunting in the South. Numerous wildlife management areas, federal refuges and more than 1.2 million acres in six national forests offer sportsmen many public hunting places..,

MDWFP seizes CWD-positive deer parts October 23, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... the man had been hunting in Wyoming and returned with a mule deer he harvested. After that, he was contacted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and notified the mule deer he'd taken tested positive for CWD...

It's time to recalibrate October 22, 2017 Mississippi, Louisiana Sportsman
... Over the past two or three years, a fair number of deer hunters have reported seeing fewer deer ... In four of the five Mississippi deer zones ... the season bag limit for antlerless deer was reduced from five to three... In the Southeast Zone, hunters are limited to two antlerless deer per season..,

Men plead guilty in deer importation case October 18, 2017 Mississpippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
...  admitted to conspiring to import live white-tailed deer from February of 2010 through November of 2012 ...  the deer came from a facility in Pennsylvania that tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Banner year for big deer expected this season September 27, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... The overall herd health stems from a combination of weather and food resources. In 2016, much of Mississippi experienced a significantly larger than average mast crop, which kept deer fat and happy through the winter... a mild winter followed by an early spring [for 2017] ..,

They smuggled deer to Forrest County September 14, 2017 Mississippi, Sun Herald
... White-tailed deer smuggled from Pennsylvania to a Forrest County ranch came from a herd that tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Hattiesburg...  a federal charge of violating the Lacey Act ...

2016 Mississippi deer harvest lowest in 31 years September 8, 2017 Jackson Clarion Ledger
... hunters complained more loudly about low numbers of deer in the 2016 season than in any year ... The latest hunter survey estimates mirror what hunters are claiming with an estimate of 244,795 deer taken. That is roughly 10,000 fewer deer than the 2015 estimate ...

... a Purvis man who pleaded guilty to illegally transporting live white-tailed deer from Texas to Lamar County had managed to let some of those deer loose in the county... deer hunters are being asked to bring in the heads of their game so state wildlife officials can test ...
5 ways to see more deer this year August 11, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Supplemental feeding has become the norm as restrictions on feeders have been relaxed and the practice has become more widely accepted ...  many hunters responded that  supplemental feeding has had a negative impact... "Deer know that feed is there and they may be more apt to become nocturnal...

Hunter catches rare Bullwinkle deer on camera August 11, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... a buck with a very swollen snout... called Bullwinkle Syndrome ...  very rare... suspected it's a bacterial infection or inflammation of some kind." ...

Heavy fawn drop expected in 2017 August 7, 2017 Mississippi, Mississippi Sportsman
... Hard drought conditions that lasted well into the fall in most of the state had deer struggling to find healthy natural food sources. Then a huge acorn and other hard-mast crop started falling ...

Hunters' help sought amid fear of deer disease August 2, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... As a result of an enclosure breach on a property where illegally imported deer were found ...  imported deer from Texas and placed them in a high-fence enclosure on Coleman Virgil Slade's property in Lamar County ...

New deer regs, misinformation raise questions July 27, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Annual season bag limits for antlerless deer were reduced this season from five to three in the Delta, Northeast, East Central and Southwest zones. In the Southeast Zone, the bag limit for antlerless deer was reduced from one per day, not to exceed three per annual season, to one per day, not to exceed two per annual season...

Learn more about deer at Deer University June 28, 2017 MIssissippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Hosted by MSU Deer Lab professors ... Deer University is a series of podcasts which dig deep into topics like selective harvest, dealing with predators, and nutrition... Deer University podcasts, visit www.msudeerlab.com or iTunes...

... two Mississippi men and a Texas man conspired to illegally import white-tailed deer into Mississippi from Texas... an EF3 tornado bisected the property in question and destroyed thousands of linear feet of fencing that enclosed the 420 acre parcel ...  a federal judge calling for CWD testing...

Grow weeds for forage, fawns June 10, 2017 Mississipppi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... While food plots and mature forests with open understory have their place in a deer's life, so do weedy, snakey, brushy fields... You're providing food and cover. Food plots are just food...

Higher numbers of fawns expected this summer June 7, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... "We saw in our herd health observations we had very high fat indices. It's going to lead to a higher reproductive rate, we expect." ... caused by the exceptional mast crop we had last year ..,

Deer regulations finalized for coming season May 24, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledger
... In the Delta, Northeast, East Central and Southwest zones, the bag limit for does has been reduced from five to three per annual season. In the Southeast Zone, the limit has been reduced to one per day, not to exceed two per annual season..,

McKinley to head Deer Program May 22, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is pleased to announce William T. McKinley as the new Deer Program Coordinator... Wild hogs are proving to be a menace to deer management by threatening the herd through food competition ...

Wild hogs: Reservoirs of disease May 6, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection ...  Not only are wild hogs shedding the disease, they seem to be doing a lot of it. ...   "Multiple animals can get it including deer and humans. ... of leptospirosis in Mississippi wild hogs could be negatively impacting deer density in some areas ...

MDWFP calls for more moderate doe limits April 28, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... the rules would reduce the take of does from the current five per annual season to three in all zones except the Southeast Zone. In the Southeast, the harvest of does would be limited to one per day, not to exceed two per annual season...

MDWFP proposes new deer regulations April 22, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
...  In the Southeast Zone ...recommended reducing the limit from a total of three per season to one per day, not to exceed two per season. In all other zones, the antlerless bag limit will be reduced from five per season to three..,

MDWFP asking for deer hunter opinions, deer harvest April 7, 2017 MIssissippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... "We've been on a declining trend since 2010," ... Members of online hunting forums organized and began sending emails to legislators voicing their concerns over the population...

extension.msstate.edu
... Fawn recruitment could be down due to coyote or even wild hog predation. It is also possible that wild hogs in some areas are outcompeting deer for food. Hunter harvest data from the last five years shows that deer harvest in the state is trending downward ...

Deer, turkey harvest reporting dead? March 3, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... When HB 1028 was initially introduced, it included language that would require hunters to physically place a tag on deer and turkeys that were harvested. After, a substitute bill was introduced and tagging was removed, leaving only harvest reporting. But the bill's title still described it as a tagging bill...

3rd man sentenced in deer transport case February 4, 2017 MIssissippi, Hattiesburg American
... According to the indictmen ... conspired to purchase and transport live white-tailed deer in interstate commerce, a violation of state and federal laws... The Lacey Act, passed in 1900, makes it unlawful to import, export, buy, sell ...

Mississippi No. 1 for older bucks, again January 26, 2017 Jackson Clarion Ledger
... For two consecutive years, the Quality Deer Management Association has ranked Mississippi at the top for the 2015 deer season with 77 percent of the bucks harvested being 3½ years old or older...

State Rep. Morgan talks deer, turkey tagging January 25, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger... A bill calling for required tagging and harvest reporting of deer and turkeys has been introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Rep. Ken Morgan (R-Morgantown), who authored House Bill 1028 ...

LA, MS hunters busted for headlighting deer January 12, 2017 MIssissippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... "They were being investigated by their employers for bringing contraband into the prison." ... the four admitted to killing 26 deer in Jefferson and Adams counties with the aid of a light ...

New sentencing date set for man charged with deer crime December 31, 2016 MIssissippi, Hattiesburg American
...  allegedly conspired ... to make the purchase of the deer and bring the deer to his "high-fence" enclosed ranch in Stonewall County, Texas. The deer instead were allegedly transported ... to Dewayne Slade's "high-fence" ranch in Lamar County  "... for the purpose of breeding and killing trophy white-tailed buck deer." ...

 High-tech collars used in deer study December 12, 2016 MIssissippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
...  collaring and tagging bucks in Yazoo and Madison Counties for a buck movement study. The intent is to determine how bucks react to hunting pressure and how it affects their movement patterns...

Officials warn drivers to watch out for deer on roadways December 4, 2016 MIssissippi, The Sun Herald
... Mississippi averages over 3,000 deer-related crashes per year ... 

How Northeast Mississippi farmers, scientists are adapting to rising temperatures December 4, 2016 Mississippi, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
... Envision a lactating white-tailed doe with fawns that has to feed herself and her young. She needs more energy, but the steady high temperatures zap her.  The animals, Barton said, count on a cool nighttime to reset...

Illegal deer carcass import cases mounting November 30, 2016 MIssissippi CT Post
... A new regulation adopted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks bans the importation of certain deer parts into Mississippi from areas with chronic wasting disease ...

MSU researchers map genetic deer structure in Southeastern U.S. November 18, 2016 Mississippi State Newsroom
... Stocking efforts occurred in the early 1900s, when deer were scarce on the southeastern landscape—mostly due to habitat loss and unregulated hunting. In order to repopulate the popular game species, state agencies obtained deer from around the Southeast, but also as far as Michigan and Mexico, and released them throughout the region...

Buck captures on schedule for MSU Deer Lab study November 7, 2016 MIssissippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... The capture of the deer is part of a study to collect data on how mature buck movement is affected by hunting pressure. Once captured, the deer are fitted with ear tags and GPS tracking collars and released. The target number of bucks to be included in the study is 55...

Youth deer season opens Saturday November 3, 2016 Mississippi, Meridian Star
..."The abundant late spring and early summer rains have resulted in above average antler growth and fawn production," said William McKinley, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) biologist. "We are expecting a better than average season in both number and quality."... 

Manage for age, not antlers October 28, 2016 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
...  a yearling buck will have a thin body, thin neck and his legs will appear too long for his body... At 4 years old, a buck's stomach, neck and chest are fully developed, and the waist will drop down even with the chest. The legs will appear too short for the body ...

... I estimated heritability for six antler characteristics and quantified the influence of maternal factors such as parturition date and litter size on the predictability of antler size. All antler characteristics were highly heritable. Yearling antler size was a moderate predictor of antler size later in life, but accounting for maternal factors greatly improved predictability. The influence of maternal factors decreased with increasing male age suggesting that compensation for the negative influence of maternal factors may occur after an individual’s first year of life....

Deer archery season in South Mississippi begins next weekend October 9, 2016 Mississippi, The Sun Herald
... The acorn and persimmon crops look good on all the trees ... The relatively mild and wet summer has produced some great antlers and a prolific fawn crop...

No does allowed in Sunflower WMA gun seasons October 6, 2016 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... "There's just not the deer out there that there should be," ... fawn recruitment is lagging and the overall population is not increasing.  "The does are in great shape," Fleeman said. "They should be dropping two to three fawns a year... "We don't know what's causing it,"...

Squirrel, deer seasons forecast September 23, 2016 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... In the 2010 season, Mississippi hunters took an estimated 322,287 deer. Since that time, the numbers fell to 263,705 in 2013, 253,728 in 2014 and 254,246 in 2015... High fawn numbers were noted in 2011 and in 2012 ...

Aging deer? There's an app for that  September 21, 2016 MIssissippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledger
...  the app is designed to help hunters have an idea of how old a deer is when it's alive and after it has been harvested... The MSU Extension Service Deer Aging app is available for free from the App Store ... only for Apple," ...

Deer sightings are declining September 15, 2016 MIssissippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... In an online poll taken by The Clarion-Ledger Outdoors following the 2015-16 deer season, the majority of responders indicated they were observing fewer deer while hunting.... The 2015-16 survey showed the harvest was ... 254,246 ... Those totals represent the lowest estimated harvests in 25 years and according to MDWFP Deer Program biologist William McKinley, they are a part of a recent trend...

MSU Deer Lab: Don't shoot this buck September 9, 2016 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... hunters in Madison and Yazoo counties is if they see a tagged or collared deer ... don't shoot it for the next three years." ... 55 white-tailed bucks will be fitted with ear tags and GPS collars during the 2016-17 deer seasons for a two-year study... data will provide a much clearer picture of how deer react to hunting pressure...
... Three Purvis men have plead guilty to importing white-tailed deer into Mississippi ...  spent over $100,000 to purchase live white-tailed deer for delivery from Texas to Mississippi...

Starkville, Class at MSU to survey deer January 6, 2016 MIssissippi, WTVA
... Many cities in Mississippi are seeing an increase in the amount of deer ... Dr. Steve Demarais with Mississippi State University got the approval by the city to conduct a study in the area with one of his classes...
     MSU asks to study deer population in Starkville September 5, 2016 Mississippi, WTVA
... The Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture is asking Starkville leaders to allow then to take a census of the number of deer in the city... and look for possible management actions...

... to protect the state from chronic wasting disease. ... It is unlawful to import, transport, or possess any portion of a cervid carcass originating from any state, territory or foreign country where the occurrence of CWD has been confirmed ...
     Mississippi bans imports of deer carcasses to fight disease September 2, 2016 mySanAntonio.com
... The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks passed a rule in May banning the importation in hopes of keeping chronic wasting disease from infecting Mississippi's deer herd...

EHD deaths in deer could climb this year August 26, 2016 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledger
... Deer die from Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease every year in Mississippi ... McKinley said he's found nine dead deer in the past two weeks and the suspected cause is EHD ... "It literally causes the tongue to lose enough blood it turns blue," ..."It's very important people report it so we can monitor it,"  ...

Men to plead guilty to transporting deer April 21, 2016 Mississippi, Hattiesburg American
... pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges connected to the live transportation of white-tailed deer from Texas to Mississippi, a violation of state and federal laws...

Mississippi data:  An estimated 1.75 million deer in 2015 through 2018.  The 2017-18 deer harvest was the lowest on record. MDWFP reduced doe limits for the 2017-18 hunt to increase the herd. In 2016 the population benefited from abundant late spring and early summer rains.  An abundant mast crop in 2016 made for healthy deer and high fawn production into 2017.  About 1.75 million deer in 2015; estimated at 1.7 million deer in 2014; 1.75 to 1.8 million deer in 2011 through 2013 - a downward trend from 2010.  Hot summer in 2015 stressed does reducing fawn weights and survival, although flooding in winter of 2015-16 displaced many deer.  Also a poor acorn crop, reducing available nutrition.
     A peak deer population of about 2 million in 2000. Estimated 1989 population of 1.7 million. The recent somewhat lower deer population attributed to floods, changes in land use, cold weather, and - in the southwest - increased numbers of swine and coyotes. Bag limits have been reduced to encourage herd growth and antler criteria have generally been increased to encourage taking of fewer young bucks. In east-central and southeast Mississippi lower fertility soils and poor fawn recruitment have kept the population down.  The southwest and lower Delta have high deer densities.  Fertile river bottoms in these areas create diverse habitat and abundant agriculture crops provide supplemental food.  State buck-to-doe ratio about one-to-three.  Most of the state has 30 to 40 deer per square mile.  The goal in 2015 was to maintain population or reduce in some areas.
     The percent of buck 3.5 years or older taken in 2015 was 77 percent, the highest in the nation.  Also highest in 2014.  Hunter success in 2014 was 66 percent. A 4 percent decline in the deer harvest from 2013, a moderate downward trend since 2010. About 138,000 hunters in 2015. Estimated $1 billion economic impact on state. Annual deer harvest about 280,000.  Hurricane Isaac reduced many wildlife populations in 2012, but an early spring produced many fawns that year.  Good rainfall in 2013 benefited the deer herd, hunters were limited to five does and three bucks per license.  Legal deer include either-sex on private lands and legal bucks only on open public lands.  
    In order to allow more bucks to reach maturity, the state implemented a 4-point antler restriction in 1995, later modified to be based on measurement, not the number of points.  The number of mature bucks in the state has increased markedly as a result.  During antler restrictions hunters took out some of the best deer and left others behind.
Chronic Wasting Disease  (CWD) First discovered in the state in January, 2018.  A white-tailed deer was found dead in Issaquena County and tested positive for CWD.

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