Mississippi Deer News

DiFatta distressed by deer dry spell November 27, 2014 Mississippi,  Hattiesburg American
... South Mississippi had a pretty long dry spell ... Acorns were and still are falling like raindrops in some areas, but I found few tracks and little evidence the deer had been dining on them...

... “Over the past five years, Mississippi has averaged 3,058 deer-related crashes per year,” ...

... The first gun season with dogs begins Saturday on a statewide level and will remain open through Dec. 1... The Mississippi deer herd is estimated between 1.75 and two-million across the 82 counties which has increased from 1.25 to 1.5 million a few years ago.  In 2013-24, Mississippi had 149,046 licensed hunters that harvested 263,705 deer. That breaks down to 1.8 deer – doe and bucks mixed – per hunter...

Hunters shouldn’t fear common deer diseases November 18, 2014 Mississippi, Mississippi Business Journa
... two common disease categories ... Hemorrhagic disease is caused by both the epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) and bluetongue virus (BTV)... diseased animals experience very high temperatures and want to cool down their bodies... Cutaneous fibromas… external warts commonly found on the skin of deer...

Cold weather favors hunters November 15, 2014 Mississippi, Hattiesburg American
...  the deer will get out of their beds more during daylight hours (translated: legal shooting time) and move about to feed... 

Beginner's guide to reading deer signs November 7, 2014 Mississippi,  Meridian Star
... Rubs are what we call markings on saplings and trees where buck deer rub the annual velvet from their antlers or later conduct mock fights using the trunk of the plant as the enemy...  A scrape is the name we give a pawed place on the ground made by a buck to mark territory, attract does and probably to establish dominance over other bucks...

... Mississippi voters Tuesday approved a proposal to enshrine hunting and fishing as rights in the state's constitution...

Hunting and Fishing to Become Fundamental Right October 27, 2014 Mississippi, HottyToddy.com
[On the ballot for the November 4, 2014 Mississippi election]:   “This proposed constitutional amendment establishes hunting, fishing, and the harvesting of wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, as a constitutional right subject only to such regulations and restrictions that promote wildlife conservation and management as the Legislature may prescribe by general law.” ... 

Helping hands for Mother Nature's babies October 22, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Her favorite rescue was a baby deer they named Frank. Susan said, "He came to me as a little spotted fawn who'd been orphaned... Luke and I took Frank about a mile and a half back in the woods behind our home to release him into the wild." ... Susan has studied and trained to rehabilitate wild animals. Now licensed with a "rehabilitation permit," ...

MWDFP sets guidelines for deer hunting on WMAs October 18, 2014 MIssissippi, Sun Herald
... Lann Wilf, Deer Program Leader for the state ... "I encourage people on the Coast to be careful," Wilf said. "The Southeast zone is a more sensitive area for deer than any other part of the state."   

Mississippi deer archery season now open October 17, 2014 Meridian Star
...  "We are coming off of a couple of years of reduced harvest, which was partially related to weather conditions...  abundant rainfall has helped antler development. The white oak acorn crop is looking good ...

... One person who works near the former deer processing business told WREG the smell was overwhelming....

Deer antler criteria and bag limit changes on WMAs October 15, 2014 Mississippi, Mississippi News Now
... The antler criteria has changed for multiple WMAs, and generally reflects an increase in minimum main beam and inside spread requirement... Also new for the 2014-2015 hunting season is a decrease in bag limit for anterless deer... Also new for the 2014-2015 hunting season is a decrease in bag limit for anterless deer... 

Deer archery season starts Oct. 15 October 4, 2014 Mississippi, Sun Herald 
... "The white oak acorn crop is looking good ... and abundant rainfall ... The numbers are slightly below its average in the last two years. The state has an estimated deer population of 1.75 million ...

Deer smuggled from Indiana, Kentucky September 30, 2014 Mississippi, 14 News WFIE Evansville
...  Importing white-tailed deer into Mississippi violates laws that protect the state's deer population from bovine tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease...

Average Deer Lease Prices September 25, 2014 Mississippi,  mississippioutdoorforums.com
... The average hunting lease price in Ms last year was $21.73 per acre ...

... The numbers show that the odds of a Mississippi driver striking a deer in the next year are 1 in 84 ...

White-tailed deer program boosts deer hunting in South Mississippi September 6, 2014 Mississipi, SunHerald.com
... Mississippi has an estimated deer population of 1.75 million ...  For the 2012-13 deer season, deer harvest was 273,176. Last year's total was 263,705... Deer program leader Lane Wilf attributes the declining numbers from 2013 to ...  "The deer movement was visible and very bizarre.  It was a cold winter and we had more freezing days in conjunction with the food wasn't as limited as we thought...

Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge [PDF]  August, 2014 Mississippi, C Chambers - 2014
... The Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1964 ". . .for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds." ... Providing the public with the opportunity to revitalize their spirits through high quality wildlife-dependent recreation such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, and interpretation... White-tailed deer, waterfowl, water birds, aquatic mammals, passerine, and mammalian predators are monitored on the Refuge and surrounding areas by the Service and conservation partners...

Supplemental feeding regs pass amid controversy August 31, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks passed supplemental wildlife feeding regulations ... that allow the use of any food or feed year-round... “The feeding of shelled corn, rice bran, soybeans and cotton seed hulls alone does not meet the nutritional requirements of deer,” ... biologists recommended a pelletized ration that is nutritionally complete...

Deer bag limit changes August 9, 2014 MIssissippi, Chickasaw Journal 
... On private lands only, the antlerless deer bag limit has changed to five antlerless deer per year with no daily limit. However, the antlerless deer bag limit on USFS [United States Forest Service] has been reduced to three antlerless deer per year with a daily limit of one...

MDWFP changes rules for deer hunting season August 2, 2014 MIssissippi, Sun Herald 
... "After Nov. 30, you can hunt with any weapon of choice on private land," MDWFP Deer Program leader Lann Wilf said... The first gun season with dogs will be Nov. 22 to Dec. 1 for either sex on private land and legal bucks only on open public land...

Evaluation of White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus Raf.) Browse Preferences and Commercially Available Deer Repellents in Southern Landscapes 2014 Mississippi, Larry Heath Hoffman
... Two experiments were conducted during February, 2011 and 2012 where browse damage was evaluated for Rhaphiolepis indica L., Rhododendron indicum L. ‘Judge Solomon’, Ilex cornuta Lindl. ‘Burfordii Nana’, Ophiopogon japonicus L. f., and Thuja occidentalis L.... Although not severe, both treatments received browse damage while plants treated with Buck Off!, Deer Out™, and Deer Stopper® received no browse damage. There were no differences in treatment GI at 31 DAT. 

Hunters can expect changes for the 2014-15 deer season July 20, 2014 Mississippi, MS News Now
... "We will still have primitive weapon seasons, and hunters will be restricted to primitive weapons on the management areas," ...  Hunters can now harvest five antlerless deer without a daily bag limit during the season.  In terms of bucks, hunters are allowed to harvest one legal buck per day, but can't exceed three during the season ...

Wildlife officials: Leave fawns alone July 2, 2014 Mississippi, 16 WAPT 
... Does take great care of their fawns and intentionally leave them bedded and hidden, returning several times a day to nurse them, Wilf said. In a few weeks, the fawns will be up following their mother and will be able to outrun predators...

... in 2012, 10 states introduced legislation framed as “economic development opportunities” that would have transferred monitoring and regulatory authority from state fish and wildlife agencies to other state agencies or authorities, such as the Department of Agriculture or to the State Veterinarian. Most of these House or Senate Bills efforts were killed after extensive debate...

... Deer managers can use game cameras to estimate deer population characteristics and develop good harvest management strategies. This will help maintain a healthy and productive deer herd... Most deer managers like to see somewhat equal numbers of younger and older bucks ... a deer population that consists mostly of one- to two-year-old bucks and very few three-year-old and older bucks indicates many bucks are being harvested at a young age...

Upcoming deer season brings multiple regulation changes May 31, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... In an effort to allow more flexibility in herd management, the regulations on antlerless deer harvests were also loosened.  The total harvest of antlerless deer on private land remains at five per year, but hunters will no longer be limited to one per day...

... public input played a major role in the decision.  “It wasn’t only hunters who contacted us. Wildlife watchers also complained about seeing far fewer deer,” ... The limitless harvest of does was allowed during the years when Missouri’s deer herd was skyrocketing as a way to control populations...

MSU offers four deer management workshops April 17, 2014 Mississippi,  Mississippi State University Cares 
...  The workshops will be offered June 13-14 in Southaven at Heartland Church and July 18-19 at the MSU Central Research and Extension Center in Raymond...

... "The big clue is that the UFO is lined up symmetrically over the deer, where the eyes would be," ... The "UFO" seen in the picture is actually the reflections of the deer's eyes ...

... caught by their trail cameras ... a weird shape appears on the camera. The deer are brightly lit up but  the cameras is infrared and doesn't emit light... it looks like headlights, but well off the ground and there's no road. ...  flies away. ...

...  the men, all from Slidell, are accused of violating a law that protects the Mississippi's deer population from chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis...

... No rule changes to regulations were proposed, but an agenda item by the Mississippi Coalition for Ethical Deer Hunting drew the attention of the Mississippi Hunting Dog Association ... The coalition advocated expanding a permitting system for deer-dog hunters that is in effect only in the Homochitto National Forest... "Ultimately you can't control where a hunting dog goes ...

Mississippi had average deer season February 25, 2014 Biloxi Sun Herald 
...  early indicators that show the season on a par with the last two seasons ... Lann Wilf, the Deer Program Leader for the state, says last year's total deer harvest was 273,126 ... early returns for south Mississippi show a slight increase ...

Deer season was series of ups and downs for hunters February 15, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion
... “The recurring theme all over the state was that people saw plenty of deer early,” said Lann Wilf, Deer Program Leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife ... by mid-December ...reports of encounters began to decline... We saw a lot of late-season hoof sloughing ...  Hoof sloughing is a symptom of Blue Tongue ... A decrease in hunting pressure may have contributed as well...

... In Mississippi, deer hunting with dogs is permitted for about a week at the end of November and most of January... Jimmy Hall, who hunts deer with dogs ...  said he didn't think there should be bicycling allowed during deer hunting season with dogs. The deer move faster when they're running from dogs, he said, so hunters tend to shoot faster...

Deer harvest limit could be on rise if bill passes legislature  February 7, 2014 Mississippi, Mississippi Press 
... There are parts of Mississippi in which the buck-to-doe ratio is 4-to-1 or even 6-to-1, and that's too high and out of balance. Obviously, the perfect ratio would be 1-to-1, but that's not the case and would be hard to achieve even though several clubs in the state support measures to lower the ratio.  Since the bill is new, it's unclear if the number of bucks would be increased or the number of does...

Extreme cold weather has made for an average deer hunting season January 24, 2014 Mississippi, Mississippi Press 
...  "Starting around the 15th of December, the deer went on a lock down and we really can't explain why. Part of it was associated with a late acorn drop in December....  other factors  ... deer feeding, movement around food plots and passing cold fronts ... in south Mississippi alone, the weather dropped below the freezing mark nine times in the first 24 days of January.  ''When people feed, deer do not have to move to find groceries,'' ...

Men sentenced for dumping deer carcasses, related offenses January 10, 2014 Mississippi, Enterprise Journal
... “Why do you want to come into our county and dump carcasses, guts, hides and heads off in our running waters in Amite County?” demanded Judge Roger Arnold before sentencing the men. “Why won’t you take them back home with you and put them in your front yard or something?” ...

Wild hog population exploding as deer season begins to wind down January 3, 2014 Mississippi, Mississippi Press 
... the final dog season also marks the period in which hunters see more wild hogs, especially along the Pascagoula River and the marsh surrounding Waveland in Hancock County... hunters need to harvest every wild hog they see or come in contact with...  if you have a wild hog in a hunting area or food plot, the chances of seeing a deer is slim to none...

The future of hunting 2.0 January 3, 2014 Mississippi, LakeExpo.com 
... From the 1960s until recently, fewer people hunted every year...  most Conservation Department biologists are hunters, they worried about the potential loss of treasured cultural and family traditions... “The average age of Missouri deer hunters is going up,” says Teague. “If we don’t get young people involved in our sport, we’re going to lose them.” ...

... “Allegedly, some people brought in some white-tailed deer to this county through Louisiana and other states.  The deer were brought in for either hunting or breeding a larger deer, but either way, the law says you are not supposed to have canned white-tail hunts in fenced enclosures.” ...

Mississippi data: Recent declining 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.  About 1.75 to 2 million deer in 2014, 1.75 to 1.8 million deer in 2013. About 2 million in 2011. Slightly over 1 million in 2004 (all rough estimates). Estimated $1 billion economic impact on state.  Annual deer harvest about 280,000.  Hurricane Isaac reduced many wildlife populations in 2012.  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...

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