New Jersey Deer News

Fish & Game Council concerned about geese and deer population April 15, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
... the total harvest was 51,596 deer. This is an increase of 1,654 over last year’s harvest. The northern region was down, likely due to snow and ice cover. Bow hunting seasons showed the most increase, with an all-time high harvest of 28,680 for all bow seasons...

Essex County reports deer hunt numbers April 4, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
... A total of 155 deer, including those that were unborn, were culled from both reservations ... In 2013, 152 deer were culled in the two reservations, including unborn fetuses ... volunteer marksmen who participated in the culling ..

Deer 'problem' amplified by Fish & Wildlife survey March 21, 2014 New Jersey, My Central Jersey, Carol Rivielle
... a New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife public survey is being used to bring “new hunting rules” closer to suburban areas or even “hunting for commercial purposes in key forest areas.” ... Most of the questions in this survey are leading and negative. Survey respondents are denied any opportunity to express a preference for non-lethal deer management ...

Deer with arrow in head reappears in Rockaway Twp. March 20, 2014 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press
... Biologists tranquilized the then-five-month-old deer, removed the arrow, treated him with an antibiotic cream, and sent him on his way.  Now, Steve appears fully healed...

Should NJ End Ban on Commercial Deer Hunting? [POLL] March 19, 2014 New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
... Would you be in favor of the commercial hunting of deer in New Jersey? ....

Look out for more aggressive deer-hunting policies March 18, 2014 New Jersey, MyCentralJersey.com
...  in the late 1800s, deer were virtually absent from New Jersey’s landscape. Their meat and hides were valuable commodities, and unregulated hunting for personal and commercial purposes left hardly a doe or buck to be seen... Deer are a resilient “edge” species, thriving along the edges of woods ... 

... SInce 2008 1,670 deer (1,030 deer and 640 unborn deer) have been removed by qualified marksmen ... "... During the past seven years, we have conducted a culling program" ... Essex County Executive Joe DiVicenzo...

Essex County says 108 deer culled in recent hunt March 17, 2014 New Jersey, Ct Post
... More than 1,000 deer have been killed since the hunt began in 2008....

Weather adds to harsh conditions for deer March 8, 2014 New Jersey, Morris County Daily Record 
... “We haven’t had a lot of deep snow (in South Jersey) but sub-zero temperatures and wind chills cause deer to burn up their body fat,.. Some of our smaller fawns will probably not make it....I would guess the deep, crusted snow has caused problems up north ... Various studies showed deer at a severe disadvantage when the predators can run on top of the snow and the deer cannot...

NJDEP Survey about Living with Deer March 7, 2014 New Jersey
     Give the NJDEP your feedback on the deer.

Colts Neck, Residents welcome to voice opinions on deer issue February 25, 2014 New Jersey, nt.gmnews.com 
... About a year ago, the Township Committee considered — but did not adopt — an ordinance that would have opened more areas of the municipality to hunting.... The Colts Neck Wildlife Committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. March 4 in the small meeting room of the Colts Neck Library, 126 Cedar Drive.

Princeton, Annual deer hunt underway February 17, 2014 New Jersey, Packet Online
     Trained marksmen will go on public and private lands in Princeton to shoot deer as part of a state-sanctioned hunt that has gone on nearly every year since 2000... in situations where it is not safe to fire a rifle, they will use the “net and bolt” technique in which a net is dropped on a deer, which is then killed with a bolt gun to the head... The goal, in terms of how many deer are killed, is “as many as we can get,” ..

Deer harvest early tally reaches 50K February 15, 2014 New Jersey, Morris County Daily Record 
... New Jersey’s preliminary 2013-14 deer harvest hit 50,821 even before bow season ends today... 18,196 bucks and 32,625 antlerless deer ...  the 2012-13 harvest was 49,942 deer ..

Princeton, Deer hunt to begin Feb. 15 February 10, 2014 New Jersey, Packet Online 
...  The hunt, carried out by Princeton’s agent, White Buffalo Inc., will take place on private properties and on one or more public properties...  For more information, contact the Princeton Police Department at (609)921-2100...

Union County, Deer Management program in Union County re-scheduled to Feb. 7 February 5, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... Thirty-eight marksmen have been chosen by the county from among experienced, licensed hunters... The public should note that these parks will not be closed during the deer management program ... For further informatio ... contact the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-789-3682.

Millburn residents question deer hunting effectiveness February 5, 2014 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... hikers could see the deer's footprints and droplets of their blood Jan. 31, the day after the hunt ended.  Township resident Craig Leisher said he saw blood stains and a pool of blood in one spot along the trail... Leisher wasn't the only person who noticed the blood splattering ... Essex County selected the volunteer marksmen ...

Randolph Wildlife Committee Sees Less Deer January 25, 2014 New Jersey, thealternativepress.com 
... The committee serves as an advisory board to the township council on deer control programs and proposals, and provides general information on wildlife management within the community.... Each committee hunter gets a zone where they can spot and hunt deer. Committee member Marc Perez reported hunting six doe and one buck since the last meeting ...

... Moors is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, and hunting deer with bait, a violation. Moors was hunting deer ...

Milburn, No Millburn deer hunt in 2014 January 23, 2014 New Jersey,  NorthJersey.Com
... One deer management program will continue in Millburn Township this winter, while another program is on hiatus due to a communication issue with scheduling a hunt...

Essex County, Deer management program to return to Verona and Cedar Grove in February January 23, 2014 New Jersey, NorthJersey.Com
... More than 1,500 deer have been removed from Essex County throughout the history of its "management program" ... Deer determent devices were placed along four roads in the county to help keep the animals away from vehicles... 

Princeton, State approves deer management plans January 19, 2014 New Jersey, Morris County Daily Record ·
... Princeton Township private property, Essex County parks and Bernards Township land have new Community Based Deer Management plans. The White Buffalo company in Connecticut will use drop nets and use rifles on baited Princeton areas...

...  “Since we started in 2008, we have removed 922 deer from our reservations ... There were 360 deer (213 deer and 147 unborn deer) removed in 2008, 138 deer (83 deer and 55 unborn deer) removed in 2009, 252 deer (160 deer and 92 unborn deer) removed in 2010, 339 deer (187 deer and 152 unborn deer) removed in 2011, 274 deer (175 deer and 99 unborn deer) removed in 2012 and 152 deer (104 deer and 48 unborn deer) in 2013...

Franklin Lakes, No easy solution to deer impalements in Franklin Lakes January 16, 2014 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Spiked fences  ... Mayor Frank Bivona ... estimated that six deer have jumped to their deaths in the past year ... They don’t make it and they get caught up and they’re alive," ... 

Linden animal control officer questions reason for deer hunt January 15, 2014 New Jersey, MyCentralJersey.com 
... Linden Animal Control Officer John Weidele, who can hear the hunters’ gunshots from the Range Road animal shelter where he works, questions why deer-resistant plants weren’t planted in the area, rather than killing the deer... “It’s not right to kill them. It’s a shame. They are not bothering anybody.” ... Biologists say that a density of more than 20 deer per square mile endangers the health of a forest. [Recent National Forest Service research puts the optimal density at 15 to 28 deer per square mile with forest regeneration occurring at much higher densities]

Nomahegan Park deer hunt a danger January 15, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online 
... I personally witnessed hearing three shotgun blasts while children were skating on the river within the park... 

Deer trapped on frozen Ravine Lake in New Jersey rescued January 14, 2014 New Jersey, New York Daily News 
... Rescue workers from nearby Far Hills and Peapack-Gladstone donned ice suits, and were able to snare the deer and get it back to solid ground before releasing it back into the wild...

Union County, Hunters to cull deer herd in Union County January 5, 2014 New Jersey, Ct Post
...  Union County's annual deer hunt is due to start Monday at six locations, including the Watchung and Ash Brook reservations and three parks... Animal advocates have called on county officials to stop the hunt, claiming it's unnecessary...

Union County Deer Management Program starts Jan. 6 December 31, 2013 New Jersey, New Jersey Online 
... Since 1995, marksmen in the County of Union’s state-regulated deer management program have reduced the population of white-tailed deer in the Watchung Reservation [effect of hunting on deer population] ... Forest ecologists recommend a density of 20 deer per square mile in a healthy hardwood forest and as low as five per square mile in a forest that has been heavily damaged by browsing. [forest ecology and deer density research] ... For further information, go to the Union County website at www.ucnj.org/deer or contact the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at (908) 789-3682.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit to begin deer management program on Jan. 9 December 26, 2013 New Jersey, Independent Press - NJ.com
... number of deer that have become trapped inside the fence at the arboretum. The general increase in population of white-tail deer in this region has contributed to a rise in health and safety risks, including the spread of Lyme disease [deer cull not generally effective against Lyme] ...  contact Frank Juliano, executive director, at 908-273-8787, ext.17; f.juliano@reeves-reedarboretum.org

Deer is freed from fence December 26, 2013 New Jersey, NorthJersey.Com 
... The officers determined that the fence had to be cut in order to free the leg. ... several days after the incident, the deer was spotted in Woodcliff Lake and appeared f  to be all right, with the exception of a broken lower back leg. 

Fencing to keep deer off the paths in recreation area in Madison December 20, 2013 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... The Madison Recreation Complex Passive Use Advisory Committee will receive $25,000 for deer fencing at the Madison Recreation Complex off Ridgedale Avenue ... Councilman Robert Catalanello asked Stocker where the deer would go if they are kept out of the property.  Stocker responded that the fencing wouldn’t change the overall patterns of deer moving ...

Very low deer kill this year due to weather during 6 day? December 13, 2013 New Jersey, New Jersey Hunter Forums
 ... The "old" days of seeing huge amounts of deer and almost full protection for does are never coming back...

Old Video of Pete the Deer in New Jersey - Published on December 15, 2013


Put a stop to deer hunting near schools December 12, 2013 New Jersey, New Jersey Online · 
... the Hunterdon County Parks Department, will take hunters with disabilities out for a three-day hunt of white-tailed deer on a public tax-supported golf course next to the Copper Hill School... Banning any type of hunting near a school should be a no-brainer ... hope that Copper Hill parents and the community will call the Freeholders at 908-788-1102 or e-mail freeholders@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Deer season tally uncertain but may be down December 11, 2013 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald
... “We don’t have hard numbers,” Department of Environmental Protection press officer Larry Hajna said... talking with people inside the DEP, the season’s tally seems to be down because of the weather... Since 2000 New Jersey hunters have taken 764,065 deer, for an average of 58,774 per year...

Opportunity narrows for the deer and bear hunters December 7, 2013 New Jersey, Dailyrecord.com
...Dec. 9: Firearms season for bears and deer opens ... Last December’s six-day resulted in 6,614 deer and 287 bears killed... About 58,000 deer hunters ... 

How to report #deer harvests in New Jersey December 6, 2013 Eagles Insiders (blog)
... The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife instituted the [Automated Harvest Report System] AHRS to replace the mandatory deer check station...  to report a deer via telephone call 855-I-HUNT-NJ (855-448-6865).

Leaving deer herds alone allows numbers to dwindle December 6, 2013 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills, Barbara Metzler
... We have so many deer because the state of New Jersey deliberately propagates deer on more than 343,000 acres of land with habitat development and management such as clear-cutting forests, controlled burning and the planting of various agricultural crops favored by deer to assure an abundance of victims for “recreational” hunters... Deer do not cause Lyme disease.  Deer do not infect ticks. Mice do ...

... hunters may use shotguns to kill a total of two antlered deer ...  anti-hunt activists will protest deer and bear season on Monday and Saturday at the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area’s check-in station in Fredon...

Hillsborough, Deer hunting forum draws 80 December 4, 2013 New Jersey, CentralJersy.com
... the non-profit Sourland Conservancy, which hosted about 80 people Nov. 21 at a symposium to educate residents and landowners about “responsible hunting.”     The conservancy is interested in reducing the size of the herd in the 90-square-mile area of the mountain that lies in parts of seven municipalities in Somerset, Hunterdon and Mercer counties...

West Caldwell, 11 deer killed so far in W. Caldwell hunt December 5, 2013 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills · 
... the group of five hunters went out on the first day of the state deer hunt with shot guns... The deer hunts are mainly held along Passaic Avenue. Township officials said that the state law mandates that the deer hunters cannot be closer than 450 feet from homes...

Letter filled with incorrect information; leave the dear alone November 23, 2013 New Jersey, Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com
...  to assure an abundance of victims for “recreational” hunters, New Jersey deliberately propagates deer on more than 343,000 acres of land with habitat development and management such as clear-cutting forests, controlled burning and planting of various agricultural crops favored by deer!  Leave deer alone, their population will stabilize. Many university studies have proven this...

Bowhunters have large deer harvest November 23, 2013 New Jersey,  MyCentralJersey.com
... They bagged 15,144 deer from Sept. 14-Oct. 25. That was 95 more than in 2012, and 4,380 were bucks, up from 3,600 last year....

N.J. deer survives an arrow in the head: The science behind such tales November 18, 2013 New Jersey, Washington Post
... As long as an arrow or similar object doesn’t hit major arteries or organs and deadly infection doesn’t set in, many such wounds are survivable. Last month, a young bull moose was photographed in Alaska with an arrow stuck in its face....

Bernardsville, Deer management plan advances in Bernardsville November 15, 2013 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... After more than two years of studies, borough officials are getting closer to assembling a deer management plan that could encourage additional hunting... the borough has more than 500 private tracts of five or more acres, of which only 70 or so have had hunting permits, “so there are there quite a few properties that could be hunted on, and safely,” ...

N.J. rescuer of deer with arrow in head visited again by healed, happy animal November 14, 2013 New Jersey, New York Daily News
... The New Jersey woman who helped save a deer with an arrow stuck in his head spotted the young buck in her backyard again Wednesday... "He was here last night, and the wounds look really good," ...

Springfield allows limited deer hunt at Baltusrol Golf Club November 13, 2013 New Jersey, New Jersey Online 
...  Mayor David Amlen said the deer hunt at Baltusrol has taken place annually since at least 17 years ago, when he first came to Springfield.... Anyone taking part has to have a valid New Jersey hunting license ...

Hunting too often inhumane, useless November 11, 2013 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press, 
... The outpouring of effort to help the poor deer with the arrow through his/her face in Rockaway is truly heartwarming [This story made it to the front page of CNN, rare for a deer story]... This one deer is just the tip of a larger problem. Arrows fly wild and wide of their targets, leaving animals to suffer and die in the woods... If a person hunts for the meat, then a long gun is certainly a more efficient (and humane) weapon...



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Data: Roughly 110,000 deer live in the state, according to DEP estimates, perhaps up to 150,000 based on some other estimates. 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.
     In the late 1800's, deer had been virtually exterminated from the state as a result of unregulated hunting.  

Other useful links:
New Jersey Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife regulations.
- Deer Management for Fairfax County
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife
The mission of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and manage the State's fish and wildlife to maximize their long-term biological, recreational and economic values for all New Jerseyans.
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.

New Jersey DEP News


Albino Deer in Northwestern New Jersey - April, 2013