New Jersey Deer News

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 ...

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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.  

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.

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