Nebraska Deer News

Deer survey Saturday at Homestead September 23, 2014 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star 
... Homestead National Monument of America will conduct its annual fall deer survey on National Public Lands Day, Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Guests of all ages are invited to help ...

Deer-car accidents on decline in Nebraska September 16, 2014 Fremont Tribune 
... Nebraska drivers are nearly 13 percent less likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year ...The odds drivers will hit a deer in Nebraska in the coming year are 1 out of 148, compared to the national odds of 1 in 169...

Ranch thrives on diverse land use August 17, 2014 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star 
... in the heart of the Niobrara River valley in Rock County is Laughing Water Ranch ... Kuck is passionate about wildlife habitat on the ranch. He uses several management strategies to enhance habitat for deer, turkey and waterfowl, including prescribed fire.  “More people should get into using rotational prescribed fire to enhance the grassland on their property,” ... A program Kuck has been pleased with is the cost-share program with the Nebraska Forest Service...

... Archery deer hunting season opens September 1st in Nebraska.  The early opener was requested by archery hunters to allow hunting of deer when bucks are still in velvet. Opening day had been Sept. 15 for the past 35 years...

Maybe some good news about Chronic Wasting Disease July 24, 2014 Nebraska, Beatrice Daily Sun 
... According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, a 10-year study recently found that elk populations may prove more resilient to the disease than previously thought. While this particular study concentrated on elk, there are implications for deer and moose populations as well... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is not anything new for Nebraska hunters...

... Bison, elk and white-tailed deer roam the grounds at the Pioneers Park Nature Center. The 668-acre (270-hectare) park in southwest Lincoln surrounds visitors with nature and a sense of life on the Plains: Eight miles (13 kilometers) of hiking trails weave through a mixture of prairie, woodlands, wetlands and streams...

Nebraska's 2014 Big Game Guide available online. May 20, 2014  Click on this link to view.

New Pine Ridge mule deer survey improves population data April 1, 2014 Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star ·
... The aerial survey is expected to take place annually for at least five years, providing the agency with accurate population counts and helping identify growths or declines in herds...

Game and Parks Adopts Regulations to Grow Deer Herds March 26, 2014 Nebraska, Sand Hills Express 
... n 2012, a drought and an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) killed off an estimated one third of the state’s whitetail population. Regulations created to help recover the populations began last year and continue in 2014...

...  permits were reduced for hunting both whitetail and mule deer for the upcoming hunting season in an effort to help rebuild the populations... 

Nebraska keeps limits on doe hunting March 21, 2014 Omaha World-Herald
... Nebraska deer hunters again will be restricted from targeting too many female deer this fall in an attempt to help deer herds rebound.  A drought and an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease killed an estimated third of the state’s whitetail population two years ago ...

UNL, Creighton researchers study chronic wasting March 21, 2014 Nebraska, Lexington Herald Leader
... Bartz and Bartelt-Hunt have focused specifically on chronic wasting disease, which can reduce the growth and size of wild deer and elk ... "I really think that our top finding has been ... that prions don't just bind to soils, but that different soil types really interact very differently with prions," ...

New mule deer survey improves population data March 19, 2014 Nebraska, Rapid City Journal
...  a contracted helicopter ... Todd Nordeen, northwestern district wildlife manager, said the survey’s findings will be valuable in setting hunting regulations and other management strategies for mule deer, a species that biologists suspect to be struggling in some areas because of disease and other challenges...

... A North Carolina couple have been convicted of multiple federal game law violations in Nebraska. Jason and Britney Edney of Hendersonville, N.C., own an outfitting company that hired guides and worked for clients in Nebraska.  Over four years, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents uncovered hunting violations that included ... 29 illegally taken deer, 17 instances of failing to check deer ... violations occurred in Frontier, Dawson, Keya Paha and Lincoln counties... ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution and court costs...

Do We Need to Hunt Mountain Lions in Nebraska? January 24, 2014 netnebraska.org
...  Seven years ago, camera traps captured the first solid evidence mountain lions were once again breeding in Nebraska...  At auction, one man paid more than $13,000 for one tag ...  State Sen. Ernie Chambers said.  Chambers has introduced a bill to repeal the mountain lion hunt, and vowed to fight any Game and Parks legislation until they do so...

... A criminal plea agreement with a Nebraska deer meat processor is the most serious infraction disclosed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in the agency’s final quarterly enforcement report for fiscal 2013... falsely representing deer meat he processed as having been inspected by USDA...

2nd hunter who shot a cat says hunt promotes conservation January 5, 2014 Nebraska, Omaha World-Herald
... “You have to manage your mountain lion herd just like we manage deer herds,'' he said...

Two Nebraska hunters each shot and killed a mountain lion Thursday during Nebraska's inaugural cougar hunting season... Both hunters were aided by dogs ... The Pine Ridge ... about 22 cougars in the area...

Nebraska Data:  The deer herd was hit hard by epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and drought in 2012, killing an estimated third of the population.  Half the herd are thought to have died in Dodge and Saunders counties.  The Game Commission reduced antlerless deer tags in 2013,  an effort to boost the deer population.  The deer harvest in 2013 fell to about 50,000, about 60,000 in 2012 from a record of 83,000 in 2011.  Whitetail buck harvest was down 11,000 (to 26,309 in 2012; peak was 37,967 in 2010). Whitetail antlerless harvest was down 14,300 (to 29,974 in 2012) (peak was 39,283 in 2011). Mule deer buck harvest was down to 7,325 (from a peak harvest in 2008 of 9,115).  Brain worm is blamed for some of the mule deer decline.  Deer permit sales in 2012 declined 13 percent to 122,214. Total deer harvest fell 30 percent to 60,548. (Source).  Cougar hunting was opened in 2014, about 22 cougars occupy the Pine Ridge area.
     Mule deer are mostly found in the western half of the state where there are open grasslands, the Sandhills, Panhandle, and southwest.  Whitetails are found more often in the east along rivers and in forested and edge habitat.

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