New Jersey Deer:  An estimated population of 101,000 deer in 2016, up from about 95,000 in 2015,  About 106,000 in 2014.  The deer hunt posted a big increase in 2016-17, much attributed to the change in acorn crops.  Peak population at 204,000 in 1995.  Comment on new deer hunting regulations [PDF] by June 2, 2017.   Herd analysis at right.  Historical New Jersey deer hunting data and news archive.
New Jersey Deer News

  Officers rescue baby deer from hole in the ground at Trenton home May 16, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... found the deer, crying and weak, in a hole from which the mother was unlikely to pull her from ...

2016-2017 NJ Deer kill numbers are out May 12, 2017 New Jersey, njwoodsandwater.com
... ~20% rebound in kills from the prior year's Acorn Apocalypse... The antlered kill was the highest in 7 years ... Ignoring last year, the doe tally was the lowest in 22 years, despite the healthy buck tally... archery kills are increasing while gun kills continue to decrease... see the data ..,

Watchung, Wildlife Management Committee to review deer census results in Watchung May 10, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... an aerial deer census conducted in February by Vision Air Research Inc... found about 165 deer traveling in 65 different groups within the borough, ranging from one deer per group to four... 27 deer per square mile ...

Bernardsville may expand deer hunt May 3, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... A South Plainfield-based sports club should be retained to conduct the borough’s deer management bow hunt for a second year ... The goal of the hunt was to help cull the local deer herd and cut down on the amount of plant damage and traffic accidents caused by the animals...

Saddle River vet: Neutering deer will reduce population April 18, 2017 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Dean Cerf, a local veterinarian leading a committee to research deer population control, said Monday that a two-pronged approach of neutering male and spaying female deer would be an effective way to reduce the animals’ presence in town...

Changes made to state game code April 8, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald
...  the code will prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft or drones to hunt, harass, scout, drive or rally wildlife... reduce the bag limit in set 5 from one antlered and an unlimited number of antlerless deer to one antlered and five antlerless deer.  Hunters had requested that the bag limit be reduced to two deer...

New Jersey Frozen Deer April 4, 2017 Amigo-play
... This newest online game is based on the real incident happened in New Jersey. A deer is trapped in a frozen lake. This place is fully surrounded by ice water [click link above to play]

... looked into the possibility of using salt licks containing birth-control chemicals... don't have long-term health effects on the deer ... Some reports say the salt licks are harmless to people, Vancheri said, but other studies question whether droppings left by deer that consume salt licks will damage the soil and possibly cause other health issues...

... She ran off with the herd, apparently accepted by the other deer, later on... the deer has been eartagged and the herd stays on the sanctuary property; there is no fencing but the deer are basically locked in by farms...
     Rescuers only saved deer from ice because residents were going to risk themselves March 20, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
... “We were really concerned it would turn into a good Samaritan going out trying to help the deer and falling in the water and putting life at risk,” DiGiralomo said.
The deer was not able to get any traction for more than 20 hours ...
     Deer rescued from frozen pond as neighbors cheer effort March 19, 2017 New Jersey, NJ.com
...A wildlife workers expressed optimism that the deer would recover, stating that it had no broken bones and appeared exhausted by an icebound adventure starting Saturday....
     Stranded deer pulled from icy pond after rescue boat overturned March 19, 2017 New Jersey, News 12 New Jersey
... Amid the action, the deer darted further away from its would-be rescuers on the pond.  Crews eventually caught up to it and dragged it off the ice, but once on shore, the creature appeared to have a leg injury...

...   How much is the life of an injured baby deer worth? About $3,500, officials say....
Animal control officer gets $3500 fine in baby deer killing March 10, 2017 New Jersey, NJ.com
... Officials said exsanguination, or blood draining, was not an approved method of animal euthanasia in New Jersey...

NorthJersey.com
...  the mayor said, there are some who believe a proposal that does not involve killing deer could be approved. Those are the people he would like to sit on the new committee...

...  89 deer and 56 unborn deer were removed from Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation during the 2017 Essex County Deer Management Program... the 10th year the program was held...

... Kurpis plans to ask local veterinarian Dean Cerf to head the committee that would develop non-lethal methods. The Animal Protection League of New Jersey has previously suggested birth control and surgical sterilization as more humane ways of controlling the population.  Cert said last year he would be willing to perform the procedures with no cost to taxpayers...
     Saddle River officials push for deer management plan Fenruary 28, 2017 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Two non-binding ballot questions were posed to residents – one asked if the borough should adopt a deer management policy that would be limited to non-lethal methods. That passed 715 to 457. A second question asked if voters wanted a deer management policy that would include the ability to kill the animals... also approved, though in fewer numbers and by a slimmer margin of 582 to 544...

Bridge Water, 94 Deer Killed In Somerset County Hunt February 16, 2017 New Jersey, Patch.com
... A total of 8 Bucks, 20 Button Bucks, 8 Sheds and 58 Does were killed during the 35 days of the hunt...

Watchung deer hunt discussion continues in public hearing February 4, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Hills
... “It just doesn't make sense to keep the program going year after year without current data of deer population to adjust the hunt,” ... many residents are against the hunt because they really don’t know where exactly hunters are using their weapons in the borough...

Deer fencing now available to farmers for crop protection January 31, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald
... Sussex County farmers can now get help with installing deer fences to protect their crops on land which has been permanently preserved ... 

Watchung,  Deer Culling is Addressed in Watchung January 30, 2017 New Jersey, TAPinto.net
... Six sites in Watchung have been made available to professional hunters for deer culling using shotguns ... “Watchung’s deer population has been cut way down, yet the hunt continues year after year.” ...

Essex County, Protesters rally against Essex County deer hunt January 28, 2017 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
  ... A woman dressed in a deer costume greeted drivers heading down Northfield Avenue in West Orange Saturday afternoon, as one way a small group of protesters stood against the annual deer hunt held in Essex County...
     Group Will Protest Essex County Deer Hunt: West Orange Rally Set January 26, 2017 New Jersey, Patch.com
... The League of Humane Voters of New Jersey plans to hold a “Deer Banner Protest” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 around the area of 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange...

.... New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJFW) Director Dave Chanda ... confirmed that the state’s Deer Management Zone 36 – which includes Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Morris, Union, Somerset and Middlesex counties – has a “deer density goal of zero because of high deer-human and land use conflicts, severe environmental damage and the lack of sustainable habitat.” ...

Fish & Wildlife tainted by pro-hunt stance January 19, 2017 New Jersey, MyCentralJersey.com
... Forming a Wildlife Management Advisory Committee consisting of five appointed pro-hunting members, including Chen and Greene, facilitated Chen’s “plan” to recommend and propose lethal wildlife “control.” ... residents were force-fed Introduction of an ordinance allowing the WMAC to advise use of firearms, including a variety of weapons “potentially dangerous to wild life or human safety;” ...


Essex County, Hunts Set For South Mountain, Hilltop Reservations January 15, 2017 New Jersey, Patch.com
... For 2017, the county will conduct the deer cull at South Mountain Reservation ... The program will not be held in Eagle Rock Reservation ...

  Deer Rescue 'A Real Community Effort,' Brick Police Say January 12, 2017 New Jersey, 
Patch
... a pair of deer that fell through the ice on a lagoon ... firefighter Ron Gaskill put on a dry suit and jumped in with a tethered line ... You could tell the deer knew we were trying to help ...

Essex County deer management program to start 10th year January 10, 2017 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Since 2008, 1,254 deer and 759 unborn deer, for a total of 2,013 deer, were removed using the services of experienced and qualified marksmen who volunteer their time ...

Union County plans deer hunts to reduce population in parks January 3, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... Since the mid 1990s, Union County has selected licensed hunters to reduce the herds... Last year, a total of 144 deer were removed ...

New year brings changes to Fish & Wildlife January 1, 2017 New Jersey, Daily Record
... Larry Herrighty will become acting director of  the division ... worked with staff to implement liberalized archery hunting regulations to manage suburban deer populations...

Saddle River plans aerial survey of deer population December 21, 2016 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... either conducting an infrared aerial survey — which could cost the borough thousands of dollars — or using one of the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management's drones... will focus on exploring non-lethal measures of deer management...

Firefighters rescue deer stuck on ice in Kinnelon December 13, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
... A video posted on the Kinnelon Police Department's Facebook page shows Bloomingdale firefighters pulling the deer to safety...

Officers with the Bloomingdale Police Department rescued a deer fallen through the ice in the Boonton Reservoir in Kinnelon on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016


... 2,249 bucks taken Monday, a 29% increase over 2015...  a 9% increase above the five-year average (2,084) on opening day buck harvests... total estimated harvest was 3,086, with 837 antlerless deer added...

Number of hunters decline drastically in New Jersey December 7, 2016 New Jersey, NJ.com
... There are 40 percent fewer hunters culling deer herds or shooting pheasant in New Jersey this year than there were 40 years ago ... fewer kids are picking it up ...

Woodbridge cop rescues huge deer from net -- again December 2, 2016 New Jersey, New Jersey Online
...  its antlers tangled in a soccer net ...  animal control officers had managed to loop a snare around the deer. He was able to cut the netting piece-by-piece off the antlers while one of the animal control officers held a towel over the deer's eyes...

Mating season for deer can last until mid-December November 30, 2016 New Jersey, North Jersey
... The height of the season is in November ... begins in October and can extend into mid-December ... "When the deer are mating, they're not paying attention to much else ...

Princeton, Council hires hunters to thin the deer population November 22, 2016 New Jersey, Packet Online

Saddle River, Offer To Sterilize Deer Still Stands November 18, 2016 New Jersey, Fair Lawn-Glen Rock Daily Voice
... “The people have spoken out strongly for non-lethal,” said Cerf, director of Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital in Ridgewood and Midland Park... females will be vaccinated with a contraceptive ... select males will get vasectomies ...
     One of state's richest towns voted to kill deer — and not killing deer November 10, 2016 New Jersey, NJ.com
... Rhe borough posed two questions to voters ... At least two council members said that residents seemed to be more in favor of the non-lethal options since overall there were 715 who wanted only non-lethal options compared to the 582 who would like lethal methods to be considered...
     Saddle River residents vote in favor of deer questions November 8, 2016 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... local veterinarian Dr. Dean Cerf, who has proposed that he perform vasectomies on deer. Cerf has offered to put up his own money in order to perform these operations ...           Saddle River Deer Activists Prepare Voters For Ballot Questions November 7, 2016 New Jersey, Mahwah-Ramsey Daily Voice
... three environmental groups tried persuading residents to vote against non-lethal deer hunting on two questions on the local ballot Tuesday... Bow hunters are also not required to retrieve any razor-sharp arrows that may fall on a homeowner’s property ...

Firefighters free deer wedged between bars of cemetery fence November 1, 2016 New Jersey, 
United Press International
... The team put a blanket over the deer's head to keep it calm while they used a hydraulic spreader to separate the bars ...

Drowning deer rescued after falling through pool cover October 27, 2016 New Jersey, UPI.com
... Mount Olive police shared a photo of an officer attempting to hoist the deer out of the water ...

Forum on wildlife in suburbia offers lessons in co-existence October 24, 2016 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... As New Jersey’s suburban population has risen over recent decades, habitat for wildlife has shrunk...  ... Daneen Aromando, a veterinary professor ... bait laced with birth control can manage populations...  The old thinking was that if a deer had a broken leg or a bird had a broken wing it had to be put down. But with rehabilitation many can be saved ...

New Jersey State Police Trooper Saves Drowning Buck From Swimming Pool October 23, 2016 New Jersey,  New Jersey, NBC New York
... A deer drowning in a swimming pool was rescued by a New Jersey State trooper in Warren County ...

Fort Monmouth 'Deer Culling' To Commence Soon October 17, 2016 New Jersey, Word on the Shore
... Since the fort closed in 2011, the number of deer at the fort has risen ... The culling will be handled by federal personnel and will begin in the "near future" ...
     Fort Monmouth deer population to be culled October 14, 2016 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press
... about 250 deer currently reside on the fort's Main Post, which has been closed and surrounded by fence since 2011 ... contracted with the United States Department of Agriculture to run the deer culling program for a cost of $40,000...

Deer population is down, but rutting season still dangerous to drivers October 9, 2016 New Jersey, Press of Atlantic City
...  the deer population in the state is estimated to be about half what it was in 1995 ... The state's deer management policies have cut the population from 204,000 to about 101,000 ...

Hopewill, Committee increases deer hunting fees October 6, 2016 New Jersey, Packet Online
...  increased the fee from $100 to $105 ... There is an “over-abundance of deer” in the township, according to the mayor, with an estimated 19-to-20 deer per acre, instead of the “natural level” of one or two deer per acre... There is an “over-abundance of deer” in the township, according to the mayor, with an estimated 19-to-20 deer per acre, instead of the “natural level” of one or two deer per acre. [Hopewell is 450 acres so they are estimating about 9,000 deer in the town, almost 1/10 of the total state population] ...

Deer tries to settle the score with driver who hit it September 29, 2016 New Jersey, NBC Montana
...  she hit a deer that had crossed her path. The deer took off -- or so she thought.  As the driver, Ellen Snyder, opened the door to check out the damage to her SUV, the deer suddenly charged back across the road towards her vehicle ...

Raritan, Stop deer slaughter in Raritan Township September 21, 2016 New Jersey, MyCentralJersey.com
...  they got the idea of open space hunting for revenue from Readington Township... RVCC Professor Jay Kelly advised bow and arrow hunting and the necessity of changing our township ordinance to allow hunting and other “ecological concerns” on open space, stating “There is always concern about whether this is humane or not — to kill all these deer.” ...

Councilman pushing for deer fence change September 13, 2016 New Jersey, The Press Group
... Cohen’s proposal to amend the ordinance would make it a simpler process for homeowners seeking to keep their properties free of damage from deer infestation.  Under a proposal he outlined earlier in the summer, Cohen explained any resident seeking the taller fence would be required to prove its sole purpose is trying to block deer from entering through side and rear yards...

Palisades Park neighborhood tries to help orphaned baby deer September 8, 2016 New Jersey, News 12 New Jersey
... For the past few weeks, the baby deer has not strayed far from Bergen Boulevard where its mother was killed...the fawn keeps venturing closer and closer to traffic... A spokesperson for Bergen County Humane tells News 12 New Jersey that the agency cannot move wildlife. It is up to the state Fish and Wildlife Department ... there is a natural preserve close to where the fawn is located...

Deer Analysis:  DEP estimates 101,000 deer in 2016 in areas available for huntng.  The large increase posted for the 2016-17 deer hunt is largely attributed to a change in the acorn crop.  About 95,000 deer in 2015 estimated using hunting 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.  An estimated peak of 204,000 in 1995.  About 50,000 are killed in hunts each year (hunting data), about 25,000 killed by cars.  The last official estimate was for 106,000 deer in 2011.  About 62 percent of the 51,596 deer hunted in 2013 were antlerless.  A breakout of  Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in 2007 killed 15 to 30 percent of the deer herd, highest in the south.
     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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