New Jersey Deer News

Commercial Deer Sales Bill November 22, 2014 New Jersey, WSAU News
... A bill was introduced this year that would allow the sale of deer meat. Some claim there are too many deer being hit by cars and this would help lower the heard... Why can't they just allow deer hunters two deer on each license instead of one? ...

NJ ban on commercial deer hunting likely to stay in place November 21, 2014 New Jersey, Newsworks.org
... the chairman of the Assembly's Agriculture and Natural Resources committee said no further action is planned on the measure due to a lack of support...

Watchung deer management program to start Dec. 1 November 21, 2014 New Jersey, My Central Jersey 
... from Dec. 1 to Feb. 14... controlled hunting with a firearm by Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen Inc. will occur between these dates as permitted by state regulations... on six tracts of municipal or private land in the borough...

Bernards, Deer hunt expansion sought in Bernards Township November 20, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... Nine municipally owned tracts in various neighborhoods could be added to the township’s annual deer hunt ... “The deer know where they’re safe and we can’t reach them, and this gives us an opportunity to get a little closer and do a better job,”..

... Now in its 15th year, ex-mayor Marchand’s vile 5-year plan to decimate Princeton’s deer will apparently go on ad infinitumand has already hosed the town’s taxpayers to the tune of millions of dollars...

Don't lift ban on commercial deer hunting November 18, 2014 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press
... National agricultural and other interests seeking to monetize public wildlife are testing the waters in New Jersey. A bill by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, to lift New Jersey’s ban on market hunting is a radical proposition that takes a sledgehammer to U.S. conservation law...

Young 5 pointer been running with this doe ,just waiting!!! The doe had enough of me filming,he's not sure why she took off,but he follows her,of course. - November 16, 2014


... the agency knows whether "Buckley" the baby deer was relocated or killed after being relocated from a Sussex County home in 2012. But it has no plans  to share that information...
     State won't say if it killed 'Buckley,' the orphaned baby deer November 14, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... a court ruled that the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife didn't have to produce any records regarding the deer's fate...  "I would like to believe they at least made the effort to find an appropriate facility. If they did, they might be happy to release that." ...
     Did NJ kill 'Buckley' the baby deer? Activist fights to find out November 13, 2014 New Jersey, NJ.com
... a woman in Sussex County found a newborn buck near where its mother had been killed by a vehicle... Wildlife officers followed up on an anonymous tip that the deer was being held captive, and took possession of it ... conservation officers told the woman that should Buckley be placed in a zoo, she would be able to visit him ...
     Judge rejects suit on behalf of deer rescuer November 13, 2014 New Jersey, KWWL 
... A Superior Court judge has dismissed an open-records lawsuit filed on behalf of a Frankford woman whose rescue of an orphaned fawn led to the woman's arrest and to the confiscation of the animal by state wildlife officials two years ago... the DEP and Division of Fish and Wildlife ... violating the Open Public Records Act by denying her repeated requests for records that would have indicated the final disposition of the animal, which the woman named Buckley...

Bill would allow N.J. hunters to sell deer meat November 11, 2014 New Jersey, USA Today 
... Monmouth County Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande ... wants the state's ban on commercial deer hunting lifted...  conservationists say pursuing commercial hunt legislation could become politically explosive ...

Princeton, Use humane way to thin Princeton deer herds November 5, 2014 New Jersey, The Times, Trenton - NJ.com
... Now in its 15th year, former Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand's vile five-year plan to decimate Princeton's deer will apparently go on ad infinitum and has already soaked the town's taxpayers to the tune of millions of dollars...

Let non-lethal methods control deer population November 1, 2014 New Jersey, MyCentralJersey.com
... Assembly Bill A3120, sponsored by Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, would “require” the council to establish the summer killing of white-tailed deer/wildlife on private cultivated lands... 

Montgomery County, Montco schedules one-day deer hunt at Norristown Farm Park October 31, 2014 New Jersey, theintell.com 
... A total of 28 hunters participated in the 2013 hunt, bagging 28 deer, including 13 antlerless bucks (young “button” bucks or mature bucks that had shed their antlers) and 15 doe... The hunts were initiated in January 2005 ... the current herd of 150 to 200 deer is still above what the land can support ... 

Deer trapped in swimming pool rescued by Far Hills first responders October 26, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
...   a six-point buck trapped in the water and "becoming exhausted" trying to escape the pool ... used the cover as a "makeshift net" to lift the deer out of the pool ...

Princeton: Annual deer hunt to start again October 15, 2014 New Jersey, Packet Online
... Representatives of White Buffalo, a deer management company, will begin the hunt starting either in January or February with the goal of killing between 200 and 250 deer ...

Drivers urged to be extra cautious during deer mating season October 15, 2014 New Jersey, Shore News Today 
... Triggered by shorter days and cooler weather, deer disperse and move around considerably as they search for mates. The danger is particularly high at dawn and dusk ... Motorists are encouraged to alert the Department of Transportation of dead deer they find along the state highway system and deer crossing locations. DOT has made it easy and convenient for residents to do so online at http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/potholeform.shtm

... Symptoms in deer may include difficulty standing, drooling, and emitting foam from the mouth or nose. Because the disease causes fever, sick or dead deer are often seen in or near water... Deer that appear to exhibit any of the symptoms ... should be reported to the Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau of Wildlife Services at (908) 735-7040
     Deer With Blue Tongue Virus Found In Basking Ridge October 10, 2014 New Jersey, Patch 
... The clinical signs of bluetongue are identical to epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), which has occurred seven times in the state since 1995. “The bluetongue virus is widely distributed in the United States, but has not been previously found in deer in New Jersey,” ... 
1st cases of bluetongue virus found in deer October 10, 2014 New Jersey, CT Post
... virus was found in a deer that died in Basking Ridge ... and one that day in Stirling ...

... With the recent partnership of Whitetails Unlimited, the National Deer Alliance is proud to announce that the three largest deer hunting and conservation organizations in the nation have now pledged their support to the NDA. The Mule Deer Foundation, the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) ...

Who is responsible for the deer in Montclair? October 6, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
... Steve Schapiro, acting director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, explained that the DOT collects deer found on all state roadways.  
Counties and municipalities are responsible for roads in their respective jurisdictions ...

... With autumn comes the mating season for deer, also known as the rut... [Deer] throw caution to the wind ... From a high of 200,000 deer in the Garden State in the mid-1990s, the last estimate places the total population at 105,535 ...

Smaller crossbow hunting safety zones could endanger children, others October 2, 2014 New Jersey, NJ.com, Rose Ann Scotti, former mayor of Colts Neck Township
... Hunters in attendance at local meetings often cite the new parameters for bows as a “right” because it falls within in state statute, and they threaten lawsuits if local ordinances are not brought into compliance...  I deeply resent state representatives implying that the municipality must bring its ordinance into compliance with the state when the tenet of local rule is well-grounded in court precedent....

Loantaka reservation closed Wednesday for deer hunt October 1, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Online 
... The commission first allowed controlled hunts at its facilities in the early 1990s. The commission also experimented with a three-year contraceptive program beginning in 1997 that was deemed ineffective because it was too difficult to annually locate tagged deer and administer contraceptive shots... [time between shots is increasing, as is tagging technology]

... The National Deer Alliance is pleased to announce that they will be joined by Whitetails Unlimited in their effort to protect North America’s wild deer, wildlife habitat and the future of hunting...

Watchung,  Council votes to allow deer hunt with rifles September 26, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... “The council is not supporting bow hunting in a fully developed town within 150-foot of a residence,” ... Councilman Steven Black, who said he has hunted in the past with a bow, said he was not a proponent of the bow, because the rocky topography in Watching causes more refraction of arrows off rock...

North Caldwell, Culling deer on school property ruled out September 26, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
...The Board of Education has ruled out the option of culling deer on school grounds due to state statutes prohibiting the use of school property ... The borough is not looking into anything else in terms of culling, because itdoes not have much room, Deuer explained. However, it is looking into other plans that are too early to divulge yet ...

... “The deer population is higher now than it was when the early settlers arrived,” said Pat Scheuer, director of the Lorrimer Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes [Actually, about the same or lower, see the research] ... If the deer population is not addressed, the forest will continue to disappear, he said, and eventually, deer will start dying of disease and starvation [Deer fertility declines as food becomes limited, reducing the population] ...

Hunting deer not the answer to Lyme disease September 19, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills 
...Deer aren’t even carriers of Lyme disease; the main carrier is the white-footed mouse, whose populations increase in forest fragmented by human overdevelopment.  ... Increases to white-footed mouse populations directly affect the number of infected ticks in an area. When deer or foxes, among the countless recreationally hunted species, are killed, the ticks will then feed mostly on mice who actually carry and transmit Lyme disease, increasing their chances of becoming infected...

Medford, Sub-committee to address deer-fencing issue in Medford September 18, 2014 New Jersey, South Jersey Local News
...  township planner Scott Taylor ...  said, based on his research, deer netting should be considered fencing because the posts are permanent. He came up with recommendations that would allow 8-feet high netting to be added to the current ordinance...

High Bridge to allow deer hunt September 16, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills 
... The Woods and Waters Sportsmen Club of Hillsborough will pay the borough $900 for the one-year contract to hunt deer on the Springside Farm property and the Nassau Property, both of which are off Nassau Road...

State website has info for deer hunters September 14, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald ·
... The division has launched the Deer Hunting Location Viewer at: www.njfishandwildlife.com/ahrs_deer_viewer.htm to help hunters.  The website has a map, and by putting the pointer on the place where the deer was taken, an info box pops up ...

...  a bill was passed in the New Jersey State Legislature, which lowered the safety zone for bow hunting from 450ft. to 150 ft. from an occupied dwelling... Unfortunately, hunters, sometimes masquerading as conservation groups, are using this legislation to expand hunting opportunities statewide and in densely populated areas...

Watchung, Borough debates crossbow hunting September 10, 2014 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... Councilwomen Debra Joren, however, said she believed the surveys were a bit misleading. “There was a 110-vote difference in supporting bow hunting, but 364 to 195 people would not allow a site by their residence, so I think that should be added in,”she said, referencing a popular belief that people want something done but not near their property...

Medford forms deer-fencing subcommittee September 3 2014 New Jersey, Burlington County Times
... With little progress on issues involving deer fencing and standalone gates, Mayor Christopher Buoni announced the creation of a subcommittee to resolve netting and fencing concerns ... The issue gained traction when Councilman Chuck Watson erected an 8-foot deer-netting fence around his property in June and a resident complained ...


State’s hunting survey compromised August 30, 2014 New Jersey, Morris County Daily Record 
... some hunters shared the survey because of an unintended and unauthorized survey distribution by outside sources to hunters in states other than New Jersey and to hunters who do not hunt New Jersey APR zones.  The compromise of the sampling protocol necessitated the closure of the survey ...

Franklin Lakes, Deer fence exception nixed by council August 28, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey
    Permission to erect "deer fences" exceeding the borough’s 5-foot fence height limit was proposed by a resi-dent without success at the Aug. 18 Borough Council meeting... residents interested in putting up deer fences could apply to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a height variance...

Medford, Deer fencing issue debated in Medford August 21, 2014 New Jersey, South Jersey Local News 
... township planner Scott Taylor came up with recommendations that would allow 8 feet high open deer netting in back and side yards.  Standards would require the netting be black or dark brown material that is specifically designed for the eye to look through and beyond it...

...  I submitted strong evidence, both last year and at this meeting by the petitions that about 90% of residents or more disapproved of the recreational, non-resident, 21-week long hunting method...  people I spoke to handed me 2 arrows shot right at their homes and both landed very close. One landed just 20 feet away from where I often see a sweet 2-year-old named Charlie play every day....

...Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease ...  the most common infectious disease of white-tailed deer in the Eastern United States ...contracted from the bite of a species of midge ... The first occurrence and subsequent identification of EHD occurred in 1955 when several hundred white-tailed deer succumbed in both New Jersey and in Michigan... New Jersey has experienced seven confirmed outbreaks of EHD, occurring in 1955, 1975, 1999, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012...

Colts Neck, New Colts Neck hunting rules bring fear to some August 16, 2014 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press 
... There are many residents who are now worried the Township Committee's decision to allow bow hunting within 150 feet of buildings ... Caputi brought arrows to the committee meeting that he said had landed on residential properties from illegal hunting occurring now in the township. "150 feet is ridiculous," ...
 Deer hunt gets go-ahead with new ordinance in Colts Neck August 15, 2014 New Jersey, News 12  
... Officials passed an ordinance that will allow deer hunting in specific residential areas of Colts Neck.  The owner of Eastmont Orchard is one of the main proponents of the new legislation. He has had serious problems with deer eating his apple crop...

Public Asked to Be Alert for EHD in Deer August 13, 2014 New Jersey, NJDEP News
     The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking those who are out in the fields and woods of New Jersey at this time of year to be alert for deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and to report any suspected cases to the Division.
     EHD is a common viral disease in deer that is contracted from the bite of a species of midge known as Culiocoides sonorensis. New Jersey has experienced seven outbreaks of EHD since 1955. Outbreaks typically begin in August; symptoms of EHD in deer may include difficulty standing, drooling, and/or emitting foam from the mouth or nose. Deer with any of those symptoms, as well as dead deer with no apparent wounds observed in or near water, should be reported to any one of the following numbers:
    Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics:
   Bill Stansley, 908-236-2118

Bureau of Wildlife Management:
   Northern Region - Carole Stanko or Dan Roberts, 908-735-7040
   Central Region - Jodi Powers, 609-259-6965
   Southern Region - Joe Leskie, 609-748-2043

EHD is not a public health issue and is not a cause for concern about human health.

Colts Neck could allow limited hunting of white-tailed deer August 5, 2014 New Jersey, nt.gmnews.com 
... At a Township Committee meeting on July 9, an ordinance was introduced that would permit individuals to discharge a gun, weapon or firearm on properties 5 acres or larger, specifically for the hunting of white-tailed deer.  A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the committee’s Aug. 13 meeting at Town Hall...

North Caldwell, Deer problem on the rise in North Caldwell August 1, 2014 New Jersey,  New Jersey Hills 
... The town used shotguns during the most recent deer combing, but only has limited public property where the combing could take place... Ostheimer also suggested the idea of paying $500 per deer for euthanizing or sterilizing. Resident Keri Cerami said she would be happy to pay for a few deer ... The survey will provide an opportunity for residents to let the state know what’s going on with the deer situation in North Caldwell. ... at,http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/survey_deermgt14.htm

Allendale, North Jersey experts propose bow hunt to curb deer population July 9, 2014 News 12 New Jersey
... Wildlife experts say the state's deer population is exploding, and some are proposing an extreme measure to control it. [According to the DEP, the population has fallen from about 200,000 in the 1990's to a little over 100,000 in 2014] ... he ultimate decision about a possible deer hunt rests in the hands of the borough council...

... about 40 deer live in the freshwater wetland, when no deer inhabited the area just 30 years ago. The animals have eaten several forest plants ... Other non-lethal measures, including an ordinance barring feeding deer, have also been suggested...

Allendale, Stopping the marauding deer at Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale July 7, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
... New Jersey is home to an estimated 106,000 deer — a population that has shrunk by 100,000 since the mid-1990s, "by design," [supervising biologist at New Jersey's Division of Fish and Wildlife, Carole Stanko] ... consider allowing bow hunting within the preserve... The proposal has become a contentious issue ... 

Ever hit a deer in NJ? State wants to hear about it July 3, 2014 New Jersey, Hunterdon County Democrat
... It's the first time the division has asked residents-at-large about the impact of deer ... The state Division of Fish & Wildlife ... is asking residents statewide to complete a 19-question survey online... 

... The deer count could not be properly conducted due to timing. The vegetation has grown too thick to get an accurate count. Numbers seem to be low though as car crashes caused by deer have decreased. A count will have to be performed earlier next year to avoid thick vegetation...

Rutherford, Deer population invading Rutherford, Lyndhurst June 6, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
...deer are making their way into the suburbs of Southern Bergen County ... Last week a town meeting on the deer population was held in Allendale with Carole Stanko, a wildlife biologist with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife who advocated for a deer hunt in Bergen County... 

Fawning over a dog: A deer video in Morristown June 2, 2014 New Jersey, Morristown Green
... Maureen Denman was walking her dog, Dublin, not too far from Morristown High School over the weekend when a newborn creature stumbled by to say hello. [see video below]


New Jersey cop pulls baby deer from storm drain May 30, 2014 The Express-Times
... Feichter and Cpl. Lucas Allen were able to remove the grate, allowing the officer to climb into the drain ... Police later released it into the nearby woods...

Haworth to take steps to limit deer on private property May 22, 2014 New Jersey, North Jersey 
... An amendment to local land use laws calls for increasing the allowable height of a mesh fence to help keep deer from homeowners' backyard... Hakim suggested up to 9 feet because deer typically do not jump higher than 7 feet... 

Fort Lee police rescue adorable baby deer May 15, 2014 Florida,  New Jersey Online 
... found the fawn close to where a female adult deer was struck and killed by a car just days prior... transferred to Antler Ridge in Newton, a deer preserve...

Montgomery plans to increase money for deer hunts May 7, 2014 New Jersey, Gazette Net 
... The County Council tentatively approved Monday $127,050 for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to thin the county’s deer herd...

Randolf, Wildlife Management Committee Conducts Deer Count April 24, 2014,  The Alternative Press
... residents may see a slow moving van moving (about 10 MPH) with count team members shining strong, hand-held spotlights across lawns and nearby woods...

... a homeowner on Indian Spring Road reported seeing the deer and called authorities.  The deer was gone by the time a Mount Olive Police officer responded ...

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 ...

Data: 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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Albino Deer in Northwestern New Jersey - April, 2013