New Jersey Deer News
Bernardsville, Club gets OK for deer hunt in Bernardsville June 21, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
 ...  The resolution sets a six-month window for the South Plainfield-based Warren Blue Ridge Sportsman's Club to conduct a deer management bow hunt. ... Opponents of the hunt say it is not necessary, arguing that there is evidence of dwindling deer population in the area...

... "Historically, we've leased properties to hunting clubs,"...

Coyotes in New Jersey: Imported or immigrants? June 2, 2016 Press of Atlantic City
... They were seen as early as 1919 in Ohio, in the 1920s in upstate New York, the 1930s in Pennsylvania, and in 1936 in Massachusetts and Maine. There was an unverified report in New Jersey in 1939, then the verified one in 1948.  That would argue for an easterly migration ...

Report says a deer census is needed in Saddle River May 12, 2016 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... The [Humane Society's] Wildlife Management & Services Stephanie L. Boyles Griffin, suggests that the deer in Saddle River are accessible enough to perform some kind of non-violent fertility management... A complete report of deer populations ... to determine just how many female deer (it would have to be 65 to 85 percent to be effective) would need to be sterilized to effectively carry out population control...

Hunting again OK'd on Harding's public properties May 11, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... “Last year, the deer harvest here was 34. That’s an all-time low. In 2001, 472 deer were hunted. It has been dropping. People are just not seeing a lot of deer,” he said.  Wildlife Management Committee member Hal Scaff said the trend is likely to continue.  “The herd is not really rebounding...

Deer management program elicits mixed reviews May 3, 2016 New Jersey, Union News Daily
...  deer reproduction is dependent on the food supply. It’s called artificial abundance. You kill off half the deer. Now there is twice the food to go around. Now they have more room to spread out and they reproduce more... When you start killing them, they start fleeing and that’s how they end up in suburban neighborhoods...

NJ surf shop owner helps deer stuck on jetty May 2, 2016 New Jersey, NJ.com
... we probably spooked them and they ran as fast as they could to the water and started swimming out ... The deer got pulled right up along the jetty ... and then climbed on top of it...

Watch: Cop rescues deer that got caught in net April 6, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... a deer had gotten caught by its antlers in netting surrounding a basketball court... "I think the coolest part was the end, when he just pauses for a second looking at us after I got him free," Majek says. "I don't know if he was contemplating killing me or thanking me." ... [video below]

It was a dramatic rescue for Woodbridge police officer and Scotch Plains resident Tim Majek as he helped cut free a deer who got stuck in netting. April 6, 2016 New Jersey


... "Since we started in 2008, we have removed over 1,000 deer from our reservations ... Qualified marksmen volunteered and were selected to participate ...

Saddle River, Referendum possible on whether Saddle River should allow deer hunt March 29, 2016 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Councilmen Benjamin Acaster and Ron A. Gray were with many of those who testified at the public hearing as against the hunt.  Acaster said, "I think it's unsafe, and I think we need to look into sterilization. Send it to the people." ... Dr. Duncan Carpenter ... said "The state won't allow for a non-lethal solution when hunting is an option." ...

N.J. may share info on poachers with other states March 25, 2016 New Jersey, Press of Atlantic City
... A state lawmaker wants New Jersey to join at least 45 other states in sharing information about illegal hunting, fishing and trapping...

...  a new metal fence, about 8 feet high and painted black to blend into the background, will encircle the space.  Punzi has carefully selected the New Jersey native plants he will include in the garden...

Pompton Lakes firefighters rescue trapped deer March 18, 2016 New Jersey, North Jersey
...  fallen several feet down into a hopper from where it couldn't escape... about 20 feet deep ... Perry said it was miraculous the deer was not badly hurt after such a long fall...

Essex County Culled 154 Deer from S. Mountain, Hilltop Reservations March 16, 2016 New Jersey, villagegreennj.com
 ... From 2008 to 2015, a total of 1,773 deer (1,100 deer and 673 unborn deer) were removed from the three reservations utilizing the volunteer services of experienced and qualified marksmen...

Saddle River, Humane Society to see if nonlethal means can control deer in Saddle River March 6, 2016 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... biologists said several communities the Humane Society has worked with reduced deer populations over time by using a variety of non-lethal methods, such as fertility control, educational programs, deer fences and deer repellant. But at another public meeting, state wildlife representatives called such methods ineffective ...

... "We have farmers, which are our neighbors that adjoin the property, and they were complaining to us about depredation damage from deer that were wandering on and off their properties," Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Biologist Marilyn Kitchell said. "They wanted to be able to help control the deer population to alleviate their depredation concerns."...

Deer was locked in office after jumping through middle school window  February 27, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... Animal control officers sedated the animal, covered it with a blanket and transported it outside. It was not immediately clear where the deer was taken...

Students at a New Jersey middle school got an unexpected guest on Friday. A deer jumped through an open window and into the building. According to KTVI, the one-year-old buck caused quite the commotion at North Arlington Middle School when it squeezed its way in through an open window, busted a wall, and knocked over a water cooler trying to get back out. Fortunately, students were in the middle of being dismissed from school and no one was hurt. Animal control was able to tranquilize and remove the deer from the school.


Bernardsville, Ordinance change in Bernardsville paves way for deer hunt February 23, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... A deer management bow hunt will likely be held on four municipally owned parklands later this year after the Borough Council Monday night amended a municipal firearms ordinance...  to allow hunting on the borough-owned parcels, which was not previously permitted ...

  Objects to Bernardsville's deer management plan February 22, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills 
...  They touted their survey in which 70 percent of respondents indicated unhappiness ... 10 percent of the population took the survey... 70 percent of 10 percent of property owners amounts to 188 respondents. Assuming nobody took the survey twice, should 188 people carry that much weight in deciding whether to change our hunting laws? ...

Man poached deer on Sandy Hook, police say February 22, 2016 New Jersey,Asbury Park Press
...  poaching in a national park, a federal crime ... Rangers found a dead ten-point buck with an arrow wound ...

Fence planned to keep deer out Flat Rock Brook Nature Center February 4, 2016 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... its 150-acres of land by placing an eight-foot-tall deer fence around the property ... will be 11,000 linear feet, will cost the nature center an estimated $125,000 to $150,000 for installation ...

Bernardsville, Calls to stop Bernardsville deer hunt not taken seriously February 3, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... The stated purpose of the proposed deer hunt was to cull the local herd.  By all indications the local deer population is at an all-time low. So why the need to change a town ordinance to accommodate a non-problem? ...

Union County, Friends of Nomehegan Park oppose deer hunt and park closure January 19,  2016 New Jersey, NJ.com
... Friends of Nomahegan Park ... is asking all Union County residents opposed to deer hunting with firearms there to contact the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to urge suspension of the hunting ...


...  Bow hunting will not be used to cull the deer population ... Flat Rock plans to build an 11,000-foot-long fence that would enclose about 100 of the center's 150 acres ... Vogel said her concern had been having hunters so close to homes. She also feels bow hunting is cruel...

Essex County, Deer Cull Continues At  South Mountain and Hilltop Reservations For 2016 January 12, 2016 New Jersey, Patch 
... For the ninth consecutive year, Essex County will host a deer cull in South Mountain Reservation and Hilltop Reservation ... from 2008 to 2015, a total of 1,773 (1,100 deer and 673 unborn deer) were culled...

Second Day of Deer Hunt In Clark Today January 11, 2016 New Jersey, Patch
... The first day of the hunt, held on Jan. 4, yielded a total of 43 deer killed.  Most of the deer, 19, were killed in Ash Brook Reservation ...

Union County Deer Hunt Starts Monday in Berkeley Heights December 30, 2015 New Jersey, Patch.com
... Forest ecologists recommend a density of 20 per square mile in a healthy hardwood forest and as low as 5 per square mile in a forest that has been heavily damaged by browsing. [the target deer density for the state Delaware is 40 per square mile in deer habitat] ...

Deer still distracted as winter arrives December 25, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald 
...  rutting season, or the prolonged period of time where bucks begin their quest to find a mate, is underway... It definitely starts in mid-October ...  the height of their passion begins in November ...

Deer hunting season began this week December 11, 2015 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press
... Monday marked the beginning of the 2015 firearm deer season in New Jersey. When it closes on Saturday, Dec. 12, fewer hunters will be involved than in previous years. ... the sport is not what it used to be...

Deer pose danger for New Jersey drivers December 8, 2015 North Brunswick Sentinel
... The state estimates there are about 111,000 deer within its boundaries ... Roberts said the numbers on record are estimated from the 68 deer management hunting zones encompassing 750,000 acres of public ... land, which do not account for deer in residential areas ...

Opening day best for deer, bear hunters December 6, 2015 New Jersey, Morris County Daily Record
... Compared to the “hunting states” in the Northeast, New Jersey kills more deer in the seasons that run in some zones from Sept. 12 to Feb. 20... Maine hunters last year killed 22,490 deer to New Jersey’s, 52,704. Vermont killed 13,590, New Hampshire, 11,396, and Massachusetts and Connecticut each killed 11,000-some...

Veteran hunters blame distracted youth for decline in numbers December 6, 2015 New Jersey, Press of Atlantic City
... “They don’t want to hunt anymore. We just have to start pushing these kids. All they want to do is stay home and play with their doodley-doos,” said Sherwood... Tarlowe said the downward trend began before kids discovered computers ...

Bernardsville deer hunt vote shelved until 2016 December 1, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
.... there appeared to be no official word coming from state Green Acres officials as to whether the hunt would be permissible under the agency's policy governing public parkland access... The proposal called for the use of the South Plainfield-based Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club ...

Saddle River moves closer to allowing bow hunting of deer November 17, 2015 New Jersey, North Jersey
... Hunting was previously banned in the small, affluent borough ... state Division of Fish and Wildlife researchers have said non-lethal methods are too expensive and unreliable, while a Humane Society ecologist pointed to studies showing that non-lethal methods have success over the long-term, unlike culls...

Where is deer danger greatest for N.J. drivers?  November 13, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
...The total number of deer killed on New Jersey roads every year is estimated ... around 25,000...this year, Monmouth County is leading the way with 642 as of Oct. 31.  Hunterdon County is close behind, with 613 carcasses. Somerset County ranks third with 558...

Bernardsville Borough Council again tables proposed deer hunt November 10, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... Chilton Street resident RoseMary Prusina, presented the council with a petition containing 314 signatures from residents opposed to the hunt...  resident Karen Gardner, said evidence presented at prior meetings of alleged deer overpopulation in Bernardsville was “only anecdotal.”... some community members continue to object to publicly financed land being used for a deer hunt and have safety concerns...

... The coywolf is actually a cross between a coyote and a wolf, and it's pretty common in the Northeast U.S., including N.J... 

...  Unmonitored bow hunting alone will not seriously reduce the borough’s deer population, or the incidence of Lyme disease, a humane-group representative told a crowd of more than 50 residents ... Laura Simon, a wildlife ecologist for the Humane Society of the US...  the Humane Society is willing to come to Saddle River and do a site assessment free of charge to see if opportunities like sterilization or birth control could work...

Saddle River weighs allowing bow hunting of deer October 25, 2015 New Jersey, North Jersey
...  A newly introduced ordinance would lift the borough's ban on hunting and, if adopted, would let officials move forward with plans to allow limited bow hunting of deer... licensed hunters over the age of 18 could discharge a bow arrow or bolt to hunt deer in Saddle River ...

Lakewood Chaveirim Special Operations assisting a deer from dying after it got stuck in a gate, the members quick action by using a car jack to pry open the gate helped save the deer's life, the deer is doing fine. Lakewood NJ PD, Animal Control, as well as GCU Security assisted in the rescue. - October 23, 2015


Watch Out for Deer as Fall Breeding Season Begins October 16, 2015 New Jersey, TAPinto.net
... During rutting season, deer are most active in the very early morning hours and around sunset, when visibility conditions can be very difficult. This is when bucks are most actively pursuing does...

Saddle River''s quandary: To hunt or not to hunt deer October 4, 2015 New Jersey, North Jersey 
...To the surprise of some attendees, the state biologists said the overseeing Fish and Game Council would allow a municipality to try a contraceptive approach only if it first allows hunting.  Several residents questioned the practicality of allowing hunting in a suburban neighborhood...

N.J. animal control officer charged with slicing baby deer's throat October 2, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... A New Jersey animal control officer has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly slashing the throat of a baby deer, killing it...  also facing cruelty charges for allegedly failing to provide proper shelter and food, and necessary care, to animals at the Humane Society ...

...  there's been some mixed reaction to the idea of allowing controlled deer hunts in the borough... The council is weighing a revision to an ordinance that bans the discharge of weapons ...

More towns allow deer hunting to thin the herd September 24, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
... An estimated 110,000 deer live in parts of Jersey where hunting is allowed, and just as many if not more may be inhabiting other areas... technically towns do not have to get permission for a deer hunt, they can allow it through a local ordinance and the permission of property owners.

Livingston Continues Deer Cull For 2015 September 15, 2015 New Jersey, Patch.com
...   For the sixth year, Livingston will be conducting a deer hunt on township-owned properties ...  shoot with bows from tree stands ... ..

Deer with arrow lodged in face expected to survive September 1, 2015 New Jersey, USA Today 
... After more than nine months, a doe with an arrow lodged in her face has finally found
relief...
The New Jersey Division of Fish and  Wildlife successfully removed most of the arrow from the deer's face after tranquilizing her Tuesday morning [Photo of the doe named Grace from New Jersey Fish and Wildlife after arrow was removed]
... removed the shaft sometime ... followed the recommendation of a veterinarian ... said removing it could have further injured the doe since the injury healed around the arrowhead...
Activists petition state to save deer with arrow in face August August 29, 2015 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press 
... Activists from around the world are calling on state officials to save a doe named Grace.  For at least nine months, the deer has roamed the township with an arrow lodged in her face...

DEP warns of possibility of rare deer disease August 28, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald 
... be aware of any white-tailed deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, and to report any suspected instances since outbreaks typically begin in August... igns of the disease this time of year are difficulty standing, drooling, foaming from the mouth or a carcass with no apparent wounds near water...

North Jersey
... Officials are considering revisions to an ordinance that currently outlaws hunting in the borough ... A few officials said last week there's little hard data on the local deer count. Environmental Commission member Jerry DeCrosta said he received little support for his idea of an aerial survey to more accurately gauge the population...

... Staff members of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife Division have told Borough Council members that "non-lethal methods simply do not work and are cost-prohibitive,"  [see non-lethal control methods] ... Schulstad said ... in Saddle River, he knows of several instances of illegal hunting that led only to the wounding of deer...

Data: About 111,000 deer in 2015 in areas available for hunting.  In 2014 roughly 106,000 deer in the state, according to DEP estimates, down from about 200,000 in the 1990's as a result of state policies to reduce the population.  About 50,000 are killed in hunts each year (hunting data), about 25,000 killed by cars.  The population trend is stable, but slightly down from the high in the 1990's.  The last official estimate was for 106,000 deer in 2011.  About 62 percent of the 51,596 deer hunted in 2013 were antlerless.
     In the late 1800's, deer had been virtually exterminated from the state as a result of unregulated hunting.  

Report Sick Deer:  Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics, 908-236-2118
Other useful links:
New Jersey Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife  - White-tailed Deer in NJ, NJDEP
-Information about the Automated Harvest Report System to report their deer.  The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife instituted the AHRS to replace the mandatory deer check station.

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