Mississippi Deer News

... 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.” ...

White-Tailed Deer Gun Season Opens December 24 December 18, 2013 Missippi, WTOK
...  Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include either-sex on private lands and legal bucks only on open public lands...

P Hanberry, BB Hanberry, S Demarais, BD Leopold… - Plant Ecology & Diversity, 2013
      The abundance of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the eastern United States has escalated during the twentieth century, potentially impacting plant communities.  Methods: We measured understorey plant cover and biomass five years after excluding deer from mature forests of three ecological regions in Mississippi, USA. We extended the significance of P values to 0.10 to detect developing impacts... Conclusions: Exclosure treatment effects on canopy cover and species richness in two regions indicated limited negative impacts from deer foraging. A time frame of more than five years may be required for exclusion to allow recovery of vegetation, even with relatively open canopies and a long growing season.

Deer Hunter Comments December 11, 2013 Mississippi, Mississippi Bull Nettler
...The problem with deer hunting now is the people who claim they are deer hunters but are really deer farmers..big difference. They want to RAISE them to fulfill their horn porn desires. They feed him from birth,name him,photograph him and basically turn him into livestock. They drive their electric cart to a fully enclosed shooting house(with heater) to HARVEST one of their 4 1/2 year old target bucks ...

Primitive weapon season underway in Mississippi December 4, 2013, Mississippi, WLOX
... Weapons legal for use during the Primitive Weapons season include all archery equipment (including crossbows) and primitive firearms...  single or double barreled muzzle-loading rifles of at least .38 caliber; or single shot, breech loading ...

Illegal deer hunt investigated in Rankin Co. November 29, 2013 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledger 
... someone shot a deer at the intersection of Cato Road and Highway 18 Thursday morning ...  " ... You cannot hunt from a public road discharging a firearm from a motorized vehicle, shooting from a public road is illegal." ...

Deer slobs give all hunters bad name November 28, 2013 Mississippi, Hattiesburg American
...  I turned off the Purvis-Brooklyn Road ... only to be greeted by the sickening sight of at least two deer carcasses beside the road ... What were these idiots thinking? ... Why not simply leave the deer remains in the woods where the deer was taken? It would make the resident coyotes happy and less likely to be hungry when an unsuspecting yearling ambles by...

Mississippi white-tailed deer season underway November 23, 2013  SunHerald.com
... Mississippi hunters bagged 273,000 deer last year, according to survey results collected by the state. Dacus said there are no reporting requirements, but the state sends out surveys to gather its data... State regulations limit hunters to five does, and three bucks per license year...

Mississippi 2013 White-tailed Deer Gun Season November 15, 2013 OutdoorHub
... Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season... Hunters can find information about the three Deer Management Zones, season dates, and hunting regulations at www.mdwfp.com/deer

‘Dr. Deer’ sees positive signs for season November 2, 2013 Mississippi, The Advocate 
... Amid those concerns about the deer populations in the Atchafalaya River and lower Mississippi River basins ...  just-right periods of rain, abundant vegetation and a healthy crop of acorns are good signs... Mounting concerns triggered by the wildlife disaster from last year’s Hurricane Isaac ... brought three new deer hunting areas with differing season dates...

Confused on food plot management for deer? There’s an app for that October 23, 2013 Mississippi, Mississippi Business Journal 
... Bronson Strickland, a wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said he wanted to give people easy access to research-based information while in the field or in the feed store looking at seed... “Deer Plot App” is available for Apple devices. An Android version will be ready soon...

... about 1.8 million deer ... Because of abundant rainfall, deer should go into the fall in good shape ...

... Mississippi continues to hold the title of the state with the highest deer density in the entire nation. An estimated 2 million whitetails ... Currently, the deer herd is in relatively good shape... It is paramount for hunters to increase their doe harvest in order to maintain the deer herd in its current condition. According to Lann Wilf, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks deer biologist, we have been losing ground herd health wise for the past two decades....

Deer population poses problems for farmers October 4, 2013 Missippi, WTVA
...  Mississippi’s 1.75 million white-tailed deer ... Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife ... “It’s a complicated issue that depends on perspective,” Strickland said. “Most hunters in Mississippi would not consider white-tailed deer to be overpopulated, as they enjoy seeing a lot of deer while hunting. However, if you asked a soybean producer, you would likely get a different answer.” ...

Oxford pulling deer hunters into city limits September 30, 2013 Mississippi, WHBQ 13 Memphis 
... effort by the city of Oxford and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to control the deer population in town. A three-year-old program allows for the hunting of deer by crossbow and bow in certain parts of Oxford... Hunters are not allowed to hunt near schools or playgrounds or parks...

MSU opens deer website September 29, 2013 Mississippi, Chickasaw Journal 
... MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center recently launched the MSU Deer Lab website, http://www.msudeer.com... “We want to get information out of the lab and into the hands of hunters, landowners and natural resource professionals so they can formulate good deer-management practices and decisions,” said Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor and wildlife biologist ..

Crossbows approved for deer hunting September 14, 2013 Mississippi, Biloxi Sun Herald 
... the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has expanded the use of crossbows for deer hunting... while nationally there may be a slight decline in deer population, that's not the case in Mississippi which has seen a steady and perhaps even a slight deer population increase...

Scoping deer — Lab looking to boost public awareness September 13, 2013 Mississippi, Mississippi Business Journal (blog)
... Work at the lab includes such areas such as reproduction, selective harvesting, predation, among others.  As example, to meet land owners’ and managers’ concerns the lab conducted a study on coyote’s impact on deer numbers...  lab scientists, who looked at sites across Mississippi and into Alabama found no correlation between coyote numbers and deer herd size. Instead, they found habitat was the key, not less coyotes...

Deer season will start Oct. 1, Herd Population September 7, 2013, Mississippi,  SunHerald.com
... state officials are gearing for a harvest which over the past several years has been approximately 280,000 deer.  Mississippi has an estimated deer population of 1.75 million.  "It's been pretty steady over the past few years, and in some areas there may even be a slight increase," said Josh Moree a regional biologist for the state...

Mississippi Permit Needed for Deer Camera Survey  September 4, 2013 OutdoorHub
... As described in 40 Miss Admin. Code, Part 2, Rule 2.4, a 21-day camera survey permit must be obtained from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).  This permit is free of charge and can be requested online at www.mdwfp.com/deer.  MDWFP Deer Program biologists encourage managers to conduct a fall camera survey ...

Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size September 4, 2013 MIssissippi, Mississippi Business Journal 
... The ecological theory known as Bergmann’s rule predicts animals found in northern latitudes require larger body size to maintain body temperature in cold weather... Mississippi State deer biologists Strickland and Steve Demarais decided to see if a similar relationship existed for antler size... “Antler size is known to be highly correlated with body size, ... However, our research further proves that agricultural areas with rich soil provide more food for deer, leading to deer with larger bodies, independent of their latitude.” ...



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Mississippi data: Recent declining deer population attributed to floods, changes in land use, and - in the southwest - increased numbers of swine and coyotes. About 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 recently about 280,000.  Hurricane Isaac reduced many wildlife populations in 2012.  Good rainfall in 2013 expected to benefit the deer herd.

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Deer Management Goals: Department wildlife biologists continue to inform and educate sportsmen relative to deer management needs and issues. Our goals are to provide insight into current deer management needs while providing the leadership to identify and guide future issues. from Deer Program Report