Ohio Deer News


Ottawa Hills OKs deer kill; date isn’t set February 9, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Council unanimously approved a controlled bow-hunting program ... calls for establishing a relatively stable, healthy herd of 30 to 40 deer... during a count Jan. 23 only 36 deer were spotted in the village ...

Ohio hunters harvest more than 188,000 deer February 8, 2016 Norwalk Reflector
... Hunters checked 188,335 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2015-2106 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 175,745 deer were checked during the 2014-2015 season ...in the process of revising Ohio’s population goals ...

Toledo, Beheaded deer found in Toledo city park February 5, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... A deer poaching investigation is underway ...  "Not only is it a public safety issue, it besmirches the tradition of responsible hunting... " crossbows were used to kill three bucks in Delaware Park ...

Ottawa Hills, Census sees drop in Ottawa Hills deer population February 2, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
...  why even institute a cull and go through the expense when the population of deer has fallen by 50 percent,” said Michael Eisenstodt, part of villagedeer.com ...A count performed on Jan. 23 only spotted 36 deer ... Similar counts using helicopters and thermal imaging in January, 2009 and January, 2015 found 76 and 75 ...

Lyndhurst residents call deer thinning tactic 'cruel' and 'barbaric' February 1, 2016 Ohio, NewsNet 5
... A video was shown during the meeting depicting Trap and Bolt.  We saw people turning away, shielding their eyes, and shaking their heads. Deer are caught in cages then a crew is shown coming to finish the process.  "They attempt to fire a 4-inch metal rod into the deer's brain," ...
... They want the city of Lyndhurst to abandon the trap and kill method of deer population control, and they are sharing a video that demonstrates what they call a very barbaric method of culling deer... Lyndhurst Mayor Patrick Ward says city council approved the use of the traps last year...

Mother Nature gives Ohio deer harvest a boost January 30, 2016 Cleveland Plain Dealer
...  That the ODOW went too far in trimming the herd is a common complaint from hunters used to seeing lots of deer... Deer management supervisor Mike Tonkovich  ... does have an average of 1.5 fawns each year when populations are low to moderate and food sources are plentiful... the average has been only .7 or .8 fawns per doe in recent years...

... The City of Lyndhurst has submitted an application to Ohio Department of Natural Resources to request approval to kill deer in Lyndhurst using a method called Trap and Bolt. Killing wildlife in this manner is widely condemned by veterinarians and humane societies as egregiously cruel and inhumane...

Poor mast crop credited with "artificial bump" January 28, 2016 Ohio, Outdoors with Frischkorn
... When asked for the “why” in regards to the 15-percent increase in the antlered deer kill, Ohio Division of Wildlife deer biologist Clint McCoy called the up-tick an “artificial bump” and attributed it to a poor mast crop through much of the state...

Toledo, Deer kill concerns voiced at metroparks meeting January 28, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Complaints from about a dozen people during the park district’s monthly meeting included why park officials didn’t disclose plans for the deer cull in advance at a public forum to allow people to offer objections... a professional firm was used instead of local hunters ...

Ottawa Hills mulls proposed deer kill January 27, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Discussions are ongoing about how hunters will be selected, but one is for Ottawa Hills to use a system like Oak Openings’ lottery system. Interested hunters apply and are selected in a random lottery. Each hunter, who can also select a partner, is given a three-week time period to hunt....
     Ottawa Hills makes plans for fall deer cull January 16, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Last November, residents voted roughly 58 percent to 41 percent in favor of the plan to allow a cull...

... most counties are now at or near goal. Therefore, to help stabilize deer populations, bag limits were reduced, and antlerless permit use has been eliminated in most counties for the 2015-2016 season.  The ODNR Division of Wildlife is in the process of revising Ohio’s population goals

- See more at: http://wbco.com/local/ohio-hunters-harvest-more-than-12500-deer-during-muzzleloader-season/#sthash.7LJYf4Ti.dpuf
...For the current January 20th report, the to-date “All Harvest” antlered deer kill stands at 75,314 animals. The corresponding to-date “All Harvest” antlered deer kill figure for 2015 was 64,923 animals and for 2014 the to-date “All Harvest” antlered deer figure was 66,354 animals...

... "You can pay $70,000 to kill these deer, but you can't pay $9,000 for a study. Do a study and show these people where you're at because you're going to be wrong," said one Swanton resident...

Deer harvest down during muzzleloader season January 20, 2016 Ohio, Circleville Herald 
... hunters harvested 12,205 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season ...  In 2015, a total of 13,724 were harvested ...

Ohio deer summits open up soapbox to all January 19, 2016 Toledo Blade
... On the next two Saturdays, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will hold public forums on the Division of Wildlife’s white-tailed deer management programs... read the report:  Quality vs. Quantity, A Closer Look at Deer Herd Condition Trends in Ohio

Swanton Twp. calls town hall on deer cull January 19, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
... A special town hall meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss what Swanton Township trustees call a “significant number of complaints, concerns, and questions” about the deer cull Metroparks of the Toledo Area has underway in its Oak Openings Preserve ...

Lyndhurst residents speak to City Council against deer trapping idea January 19, 2016 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... "There are a lot of people who don't even know this is happening... If they did, I'm sure they would be against it."  Walker was particularly saddened to hear that a bolt gun, a rod inserted into an animal's skull, could be used in killing the animals...

Considerations necessary when comparing Ohio deer harvests January 17, 2016 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... hunters took 180,917 whitetails from the September start of the bow season through the close of the muzzleloader hunt, significantly outpacing last year’s total of 169,179 during a similar period...

State seeks comments on deer-management program January 14, 2016 Ohio, Times Reporte
... Ohio hunters and others interested in the state’s white-tailed deer-management programs have the opportunity this month to provide feedback to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources about hunting regulations and season structures ...  preregister by Jan. 22 ...

Toledo, Deer kill continues through March 31 January 12, 2016 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
...  Oak Openings Preserve Metropark and Wildwood Preserve Metropark  ... there are claims that shooters are working feverishly to get most of the killings done before critics can voice objections at a Board of Park Commissioners meeting Jan. 27 ...“I just think their count is far off,”  ...

Amazing deer rescue in Geauga County January 7, 2016 Ohio, Fox 8 Cleveland
... this deer with the net around his mouth ...  wrestled him to the ground eventually and then he was holding him down and the game warden started cutting the net from around his antlers and from around his face ...

Over 9400 deer checked during Ohio 2-day gun hunting season January 6, 2016 Dailychiefunion
... checked 9,447 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s two-day deer-gun hunting season ... the last two-day deer-gun season in 2012. Overall, 14,365 deer were harvested ...

ODNR helping restore chestnut trees to Ohio landscapes January 4, 2016 Morrow County Sentinel
... Native populations of American chestnut were devastated by the chestnut blight disease that was introduced to the U.S. during the early 1900s...  until its decline in population, provided important food for bear, deer, turkey ...

Weather likely kept Ohio bonus gun hunt numbers down January 3, 2016 The Columbus Dispatch
... The harvest in 2012-13 was 218,910 whitetails. Through Tuesday, this season’s total was 165,361, suggesting a September-through-February take of 175,000 to 180,000 at season’s end. Such numbers would be close to those of last year, when hunters took 175,745...

Bonus deer gun season in Ohio returns for two days this week December 27, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch 
... Through Tuesday, hunters in Ohio reported taking 155,430 whitetails since the start of bow hunting in September. That’s slightly ahead of last year’s pace when 151,598 deer were taken at this stage of the season, and somewhat behind the 165,940 taken at this approximate point in 2013.

... The premise is sterilization only works because female deer tend to remain near a particular area... Of the 41 does sterilized, all but two awoke from the anesthesia. One showed signs of having a previous disease...  Necropsies were ordered on their bodies...The cost the first year of sterilization is roughly $1,000 per deer. though programs like one in Maryland have been able to reduce the cost by more than half over a four-year study by organizing and training volunteers...

... the 41 does sterilized during the first year of operations represent about 90 percent of the local adult doe population...  “So many communities around the nation want to know whether it is possible to manage their overabundant deer herds through non-lethal means alone. The research being done in Clifton will help to provide definitive answers.” ...

... hunters have arrowed and shot a to-date combined kill of 155,340 ... the 2013 approximate same to-date time frame showed a deer kill of 165,940 animals while its close-enough 2014 figure was 151,598 animals...

Deer hunter survey returns critical December 23, 2015 Ohio, Ohio's Country Journal
... the results will help define short-term population goals (increase, decrease, or remain stable) ...  By returning their surveys, hunters can ensure that they have a clear voice in helping to decide the direction of deer management in Ohio ...

Toledo, Marksmen to cull deer in Metroparks early next year December 21, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade ·
... The terms of the agreement call for the inspection agency to take up to 200 deer total from the two parks at a cost not to exceed $70,500...high deer population and although monitoring deer browse is hard to pin down, because deer have an incredibly diverse selection of browse ... 

White-tailed deer management programs December 21, 2015 Ohio, Vindy.com
... provide feedback about hunting regulations and season structures in central Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 23, and in northeast Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 30 ...

Looking back at hunting, fishing in Ohio in 2015 December 20, 2015 Columbus Dispatch
...  By the close of the 2014-15 deer season in February, 175,745 whitetails had been tagged, a significant decrease from the 191,455 taken during the 2013-14 hunt... the Ohio Division of Wildlife announced it would seek ... cutbacks in the issuance of antlerless permits, likely to promote future growth of the herd...

Sharpshooters kill 21 Avon Lake deer in two days December 18, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... They want to kill approximately 80 deer on city-owned land... Nineteen deer were killed during the last culling ... The program costs an estimated $500 per deer...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park to cull deer with sharpshooters December 18, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
...  wants to take 350 deer a year for the next four years.  Sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... They will employ noise suppressers and work at night ... Those with complaints, comments or questions can call the Cuyahoga Valley National Park hotline at 440-546-5975...
     The End is Nigh for Some CVNP Deer December 18, 2015 Ohio, Akron Ohio Moms
... There has been a discussion about park deer population densities for a number of years.  For every square mile of parkland, there are currently 40 deer. [40 deer per square mile is the target deer density for the state of Delaware] ...

... Concerns included damage to landscaping and vegetation, protection not only of pets but children from deer aggression, ground devastation from deer droppings or "pellets," and the potential for Lyme disease being transmitted through deer ticks.  Chaikin noted that it's been several years since there was a confirmed case of Lyme disease contracted in Cuyahoga County. [deer density generally not correlaetd to the risk of Lyme disease, research]

Hunters Encouraged to Attend Ohio's Deer Hunting Summits December 15, 2015 Ohio, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
     Ohio hunters and others interested in the state’s white-tailed deer management programs have the opportunity to provide feedback about hunting regulations and season structures in central Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 23, and in northeast Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 30, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  After input from last year’s deer summits and considering participation from across the state, the ODNR Division of Wildlife has decided to host a centrally located summit in Columbus and another summit in northeast Ohio...

Deer gun season has been big success December 15, 2015 Ohio, The Morrow County Sentinel
  ... The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists...

... Council unanimously passed a resolution to put the white-tailed deer culling issue on the March ballot. If it passes, residents will have the chance to have a licensed bow hunter come onto their property ...

Deer hunter survey returns critical December 15, 2015 Ohio, Country Journal
... Hunters for this year’s survey were randomly selected from the list of hunters who purchased a license and deer permit by Nov. 16...

Richland Co. hunters take 1,200 deer during gun season December 14, 2015 Ohio, RichlandSource.com
... ODNR Division spokeman John Windau said the rise in the harvest numbers [for Ohio]  are a product of weather - not a rise in the deer population ... Of Richland County's gun season... 425 were bucks, while 797 were does ... 

Ohio hunters help with investigation into disease in deer December 13, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch
... some 80 percent of hunters who took a deer from the area designated as a Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) brought in the deer for inspection. The area encompasses a radius of 6 miles around a Holmes County ...

Mild weather turns Ohio deer-gun week into hunting paradise December 12, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch
...  through the Tuesday after deer week: 153,292, compared with 149,292 at the same time in 2014 and 163,598 in 2013... The practical elimination of the antlerless permit this year is expected to allow deer numbers in some locales to rebound somewhat as soon as next year...

Changing attitudes on deer hunting December 12, 2015 Ohio, Lima Ohio
...Some owners are displeased with the attitudes and knowledge of some hunters. For some hunters, it’s merely a killing thing today. They don’t do their homework, don’t understand being out in nature and lack the proper ethics. Unfortunately, they spoil things for others... 

VW Co. deer harvest down for 2015, Ohio up December 11, 2015 Ohio, Times Bulletin
... Across the region, mixed statistics were released Monday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The harvest was lower in Defiance County at 865 (compared to 871 last year) and Putnam County with 304 (compared to 315 in 2014). Numbers were slightly higher in Allen County 387 compared to last year’s 348, and Mercer County 325 (compared to 206 in 2014)...

...  To date, for the 2015 deer hunting seasons, hunters have checked 152,554 deer. Last year at this same time, hunters had harvested a total of 148,821 deer. Given that the year-to-date harvest is only slightly higher, the significant increase in this year’s deer-gun season can most likely be attributed to better weather conditions  ... 

Lyndurst could become only city in Ohio to trap, kill deer December 7, 2015 Cleveland Plain Dealer
 ... the program is labor intensive, which means it can be pricey, and its effectiveness depreciates overtime as the deer become accustomed to the traps.  Trapping is not selective either, meaning fawns and bucks can enter the traps, while sharpshooting typically focuses on does...

Reduction in Ohio's deer herd helps drivers and farmers, but annoys hunters December 6, 2015 Akron Beacon Journal
... Ohio had as many as 750,000 deer at its peak, state officials said. Hunter groups estimate Ohio now may have 450,000 deer... The number of deer shot by hunters dropped to 175,745 in 2014-2015 from the peak of 261,260 in 2009-2010. That’s a 33 percent drop... 

Weather cited for increase in Ohio deer harvest December 6, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch
... The total opening-day take of 22,256 was 4,744 more than the 17,512 reported a year ago. However, the total fell slightly below the 2013 total of 22,619 and considerably below the 39,071 reported only five years ago on opening day in 2010...

Still plenty to learn about deer season December 5, 2015 Ohio, Limaohio
... the DOW has moved from a county-by-county basis ... Parts of counties could be in different DMUs. To assist hunters, “We’ve set up a statewide map, as well as a detailed map of each of the 26 proposed DMUs on our website at www.wildohio.gov/dmu,” ... hunters will be asked to identify the proposed deer management unit they hunted ...

Sharpshooters take aim at Avon Lake deer starting Wednesday December 4, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...  sharpshooters to kill an estimated 80 deer on city-owned properties... It will cost an estimated $500 per deer, a cost that includes paying the sharpshooters, buying bait and baiting areas to lure the deer, renting a refrigerated truck to take the deer to be processed ...

Cleveland Metroparks' deer culling to resume December 4, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
...  the program's inception in 1998 ... Earlier this year, the team took 405 deer ... Critics insist that using firearms and powerful bows to thin deer herds is  unnecessary because contraceptive methods provide a tamer alternative...

... Hunters checked 22,256 white-tailed deer on Monday, Nov. 30, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season ... [17,512 taken on the opening day last year]

Avon Lake, Deer culling in Avon Lake, Bay Village to start next week December 2, 2015 Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... Sharpshooters will begin the process of reducing the deer population for Avon Lake as well as Bay Village’s land at Walker Road Park starting Dec. 9...  City Council passed the Ten-Year Deer Management Plan ...

Local hunters hit the jackpot on opening day November 30, 2015 Ohio, The Newark Advocate
... a stabilized deer population that has dropped back to more normal levels after hitting a peak eight to 10 years ago ... With the lower numbers, the statewide deer bag limit was reduced to six, bag limits were reduced in many counties, and antlerless permits were removed in all but 10 of Ohio's 88 counties ...

Do rising temperatures threaten deer hunting in Ohio? December 1, 2015 Galion Inquirer
... “One can point to the impact of hemorrhagic disease decimating moose populations in northern forests ... It’s really heartbreaking to see, and we can’t let hemorrhagic disease have that type of impact on white-tailed deer, particularly in Ohio.” ...

Avon Lake, As deer-gun season opens in Ohio, Avon Lake plans nuisance controls November 30, 2015 The Morning Journal 
...  example of a population measurement of 32 deer per square mile. Few people understand what that means, Westerfield said, and if all the deer stay out of backyards, the population is not an issue.  “If they’re in the industrial park and not causing any problems, who cares? It’s about where they’re causing problems,” ...

... Requires hunters to bring deer carcasses harvested within the DSA boundaries to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for sampling during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons... For more information, hunters may call 800-WILDLIFE

... Statewide the total deer take stands at 74,633 deer, down six percent which is due, according to Mike Tonkovich, lead deer biologist for the Division of Wildlife, to the near statewide elimination of the special antlerless permit... 

Ohio's deer gun season opens Nov. 30 November 23, 2015 MyDaytonDailyNews
... Last year’s total deer killed during the gun season was 65,484, while archers took down 81,650 during the much longer archery season... growing popularity of archery ... the length of the seasons ...

Avon Lake City Council moves forward with deer culling plan November 24, 2015 Ohio, The Morning Journal
... the city already has sharpshooters lined up to come in and start the program... The city has taken out almost 40 deer this year ... 

... a resolution to put the deer culling issue on the March ballot. This will allow bow hunters to hunt white-tail deer within the city limits...

Wickliffe police rescue two deer from freezing water, Video November 23, 2015 Ohio, Fox 8 Cleveland
... The deer were trapped in a cistern in a wooded area ... officers used ropes to get the frantic animals to safety...


...The Ohio Department of Natural Resources this week designated the region as the state’s first Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area... all carcasses from animals killed in southern Wayne and central Holmes counties must be taken to one of two inspection stations, where they will be tested ...
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ODNR Takes Action to Monitor Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio's Deer Herd November 19, 2015 Ohio Department of Natural Resources
... Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties have been declared a Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to monitor Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This designation requires that additional rules must be followed by deer hunters in this area.
     Since October 2014, 19 captive white-tailed deer have tested positive for CWD at a shooting preserve and a breeding facility in Holmes County. Twenty-four escaped white-tailed deer have been found outside of those facilities and have been tested... If hunters have questions about the carcass inspection stations or need directions to the locations, they may call 800-WILDLIFE or the Wildlife District Three office at 330-644-2293.
     
...  “Vets will do the rapid ovariectomy. Then, once that’s done, they will give the deer antibiotics, a pain killer, and turn them loose when they are ready.”  The deer that undergo the procedure will be tagged and tracked by GPS...Each deer undergoing the procedure will cost between $600 and $1,000 ...

Ottawa Hills passes a controversial hunting proposal November 19, 2015 Ohio, Toledo City Paper
... A controversial measure to authorize controlled bow hunting to cull the Ottawa Hills deer population passed  by voters on November 3... A previous authorization in 2009 to cull the deer population— approved by the village council without a public vote— was reversed by a referendum in 2010...

Seven Hills public meeting addresses the deer overpopulation problem November 17, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... The cities plan to put an issue on the March 15, 2016 ballot to approve a combination of bow hunting, sterilization and birth control to cull the deer population. Seven Hills council has until Dec. 16 to get it on the ballot...

Deer gun season opening soon November 16, 2015 Ohio, Galion Inquirer 
... most counties are now at or near goal. Therefore, to help stabilize deer populations, bag limits were reduced, and antlerless permit use has been eliminated in most counties for the 2015-2016 season.  The ODNR Division of Wildlife is in the process of resetting Ohio’s population goals and is asking hunters that receive the survey to help by completing and returning the survey ...

... Now found in 22 states and two Canadian provinces, CWD made big news in Ohio in the past year, when it was discovered in a deer farm herd in Holmes County... within any CWD designated surveillance area: Required submission of harvested deer carcasses to DOW inspection ...

Clifton deer population to be spayed. Yes, spayed November 13, 2015 Ohio, Cincinnati
... The neighborhood has raised $50,000 in private donations for the effort in Mount Storm, Rawson Woods and Edgewood Grove parks...  An expert from New England does the spaying...


Avon Lake, Environmental committee moves forward with deer plan November 12, 2015 Ohio, The Morning Journal
... Avon Lake has ... about 180 to 220 deer...  a total of 80 tags have been requested by the United States Department of Agriculture sharpshooters. ... private parcels of open or wooded land to be considered as sites for culling or controlled hunting activities under the supervision of Police Chief ...

Deer fibromas spotted on area deer November 8, 2015 Ohio, My Daily Tribune
... Deer fibromas are wart-like growths found on the skin of deer ... In most cases these warts don’t seem to hurt the deer unless they are so numerous they interfere with vision, eating or movement ...

White-tailed deer activity to peak over next 2 weeks November 7, 2015 Ohio, Fremont News-Messenger 
... White-tailed deer activity will be running in high gear for the next 10 to 14 days as the breeding season, or rut, reaches its peak in Sandusky and Ottawa counties... Through last weekend, Sandusky County bowhunters had taken 99 antlered deer and 141 antlerless deer, compared to 89 antlered and 175 antlerless for the same period in 2014...

Author explores behavior of white-tailed deer November 7, 2015 Ohio, The Courier
... Foot stomp: Deer often stamp their front feet when alarmed to alert other deer of danger. The foot stomp may also be used to try to startle a predator. The excess interdigital scent left on the ground during the foot stomp may also tell other deer that a deer felt endangered in the area where the scent was left...

... The count was done earlier this year by Davis Aviation ... The eight communities, which together from the Eastern Wildlife Management Partnership, shared the cost of the $54,000 deer count.  The aerial count found that Shaker Heights had the second-lowest number of deer -- nine a square mile ...

Westlake police, firefighters to shoot deer November 6, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
... Westlake plans to use police, firefighters and possibly sharpshooters to kill deer on city property in 2016...

Ottawa Hills approves deer cull November 4, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Residents voted in favor of a controlled bow hunt to thin the village’s deer herd. A similar proposal was defeated in 2010.  The final tally was 1,170 votes in favor and 847 votes opposed, a 58 percent to 42 percent margin... Ottawa Hills officials conducted an aerial count in 2010 and 2015, both times finding 76 deer...


... state wildlife officials want hunters to be on the lookout for deer that could be sick ... "It'll look very emaciated, thin, skinny ... often have excessive salivation ...  found in Holmes County, northeast of Columbus ...

US-record fine in Ohio whitetail trafficking case November 2, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
...  A Georgia man who formerly owned deer hunting and deer breeding operations in Ohio has paid $1.3 million in restitution and a $300,000 fine for federal violations, which prosecutors say is the largest financial sanction for a wildlife crime in U.S. history...

...Issue 13 would change the village ordinance to allow for a controlled bow hunt ... Eisenstodt says there's no reason it. For example, he says the deer count is virtually unchanged since 2009. Plus, "deer vehicle accidents have gone down 60% since 2009 and according to the Division of Health ...

Acorn crop has effect on wildlife, hunting plans October 31, 2015 Ohio, The Courier
... Over the past five years, acorn production has oscillated from above to below average, and this year is below average for acorn mast production.  Overall, there was a 23 percent decrease in white oaks and a 26 percent decrease for red oaks...

...  North Royalton, Broadview Heights, Parma, Parma Heights, Seven Hills and Strongsville — plan to ask residents in March to vote on deer bow-hunting, the results will not be binding ... The Ohio Department of Natural Resources must evaluate each area to determine if deer are a nuisance ...

Deer heads found in Mentor man's yard October 29, 2015 Ohio, newsnet5.com
... "Bow hunting is one of the most brutal ways you can kill an animal.'  That has been the Welker's public message since the City of Mentor started allowing hunters to kill deer with a bow and arrow three years ago...

Mentor man wakes up to find two deer heads in his front lawn among his anti bow-hunting signs. October 29, 2015


Solon, Deer culling can begin as early as Nov. 1 in Solon October 28, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
... Last year, controlling Solon's deer population cost $112,000... This is the fourth year the city has worked with [USDA] ... The last count, in 2014, estimated 260 deer lived in Solon...

... If Issue 13 is passed, Hupp says interested bow-hunters will have to go through an application and background check and the hunting areas and rules will be very restricted...

Deer taken in first week consistent with last year October 27, 2015 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
...  the harvest from the season opener until Oct. 20 was very close to last year's tally for the same time, 6,421 antlered deer bagged and 14,273 antlerless animals killed...

Broadview Heights considers joint bow-hunting legislation October 27, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
...  in the state of Ohio, if you want to control deer population, there's only one way ... The cities would continue to push the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to pursue non-lethal options to control deer population: including sterilization, relocation and birth control ...

Tracking wounded deer an essential outdoor skill October 24, 2015 Ohio, My Daily Tribune
... Deer shot through the entrails are the worst; this blood will be dark or have a greenish cast... The best bet here is to wait several hours, or until morning even, before continuing the search... In Ohio you may use a leashed dog to track a wounded deer; hunters in West Virginia do not have that tool available ...

Ohio Wildlife Council Passes Rule to Help Monitor CWD October 23, 2015 Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
...  the creation of disease surveillance areas to monitor chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... regulations ... Required submission of harvested deer ... Prohibit the placement of or use of salt .. other feed to attract or feed deer ... Prohibit the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle ...

Slow start tallied for bowhunt October 22, 2015 Outdoor News
... the difference contained in the historical record shows that a drop of nearly 17 percent occurred between the first days of the 2013-2014 archery deer-hunting season and the first days of the 2014-2015 archery deer-hunting season...

Broadview Heights at-large candidates offer solutions to deer October 20, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Mahnic said some residents don't realize that deer culling won't fix their specific deer problem. She said she's lived all over Broadview Heights and never had a deer problem, because she learned about the types of plants deer don't eat...

Waxing poetic on deer urine October 18, 2015 Ohio, Times Reporter
... a little dose of deer pee can be quite effective this time of year ... Over the past several years, the deer-urine business has seemingly exploded with new products and virtually every outdoors store has a large selection from which to choose... [use of deer urine may spread chronic wasting disease]


Save the injured deer, Ohio lawmaker says October 16, 2015 Newark Advocate
... Trooper the deer was only a few days old when Andy Black accidentally struck the fawn with a lawn mower that severed one of his hind legs... Carol Deyo, a former surgical veterinary technician, patched up the animal ... Carol Deyo was charged with possessing wild animals ... A proposal from Rep. Margaret Ruhl, R-Mount Vernon, would allow veterinarians to rehabilitate injured deer ...

7 Cuyahoga County cities unite to ask voters to curb deer population October 15, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Broadview Heights, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Parma Heights, Seven Hills and Strongsville plan to ask voters in March to approve a combination of bow hunting, sterilization and birth control, mayors said. Parma is also on board, but may not need to get voter-approval...

Trophy buck costs Ohio resident almost $28,000 in restitution October 13, 2015 Great Lakes Echo
... in a recent 4-3 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Arlie Risner owes the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Ohio  in restitution even though the agency already seized antlers and remains from the 20-point whitetailed buck he’d killed illegally...

... The Abney's have raised a white tailed deer for the past six months, but fear they will lose their pet after the owner said ODNR threatened to shoot it.  The family said "Sugar" comes and goes as he pleases ever since they first found him alone and starving. ...
     Bill would allow deer sanctuaries in Ohio, Trooper's Law October 12, 2015 WKSU News
... Ultimately we’d like to have wildlife in the wild but you know there are circumstances where a fawn can’t go back out into the wild ... the bill would also allow veterinarians in Ohio to treat deer ... Trooper is about four years old now. He’s still on that farm in Mount Vernon with Patch...

A family in Ripley, Ohio, may need to get rid of the pet deer they've cared for since birth.


... All of the candidates agree that residents should vote on how the issue should be handled.  Councilmen Matt Trafis and Tim Fraundorf suggested a ballot question ...

Seven Hills Mayor Richard Dell'Aquila and challenger Tom Jaros talked about the deer problem in the city during the NEOMG endorsement interview. - October 14, 2015 Ohio



Fewer acorns could be boon for hunters October 11, 2015 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
...  a scan of selected oak trees at 38 wildlife areas that white oaks produced 23 percent fewer acorns and red oaks 26 percent fewer than a year ago ... deer tend to turn their attention to foraging for grub and moving about to do so...

Ottawa Hills, No to deer cull October 8, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... until Ottawa Hills exhausts reasonable, nonlethal methods to control its deer population, carrying out a potentially hazardous hunting program to solve a largely aesthetic problem appears unjustified. The Blade recommends a NO vote on Issue 13... In 2010, Ottawa Hills voters rejected a similar proposal to repeal the village’s ban on discharging firearms to cull deer...

North Olmsted council passes legislation that allows sharpshooters to reduce deer population October 6, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... The ordinance states that deer overpopulation has led to "an excessive number of deer-related vehicular accidents, as well as destruction of natural habitats and biodiversity." An aerial count conducted earlier this year indicated 241 deer occupied the city's 11 square miles of land. [that's 22 deer per square mile, a U.S. Forest Service study puts the optimal deer density at 15 to 28 deer per square mile, North Olmsted is in the center of this target] ...

Deer activity increases as breeding season begins October 6, 2015 Ohio, Westlake
... In early October, as they prepare for breeding, bucks can be found scraping the ground to mark their territory and rubbing their antlers on trees. Their necks will swell in size and grow very muscular allowing them to become a greater opponent to another buck and to better protect a doe...

10 local townships will be under disease surveillance area guidelines if Wildlife Council passes proposal October 5, 2015 Ohio, The Daily Record 
... a Disease Surveillance Area Proposal to the Ohio Wildlife Council that would affect deer hunting in 10 Holmes and Wayne County townships. The proposal, which is intended to control/prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease ...   a result of 19 captive deer at a Holmes County shooting preserve and breeding facility testing positive for Chronic Wasting Disease within the last year ...

...The deer issue may be just the tip of the antler as far as the Cuyahoga County Mayors/City Managers Association (CCMCMA) ... Members are likely making decisions - particularly in violation of the Public Trust Doctrine - that materially affect Cuyahoga County residents... Perhaps on the basis of lobbyist-originated efforts in Columbus to open up suburban Cuyahoga County to wholesale deer slaughter ...

Saving Trooper  October 4, 2015 Ohio  Facebook page
... Trooper & Patch are 2 beautiful, healthy, tame and now legal deer in the State of Ohio! Their rescuer, Carol Deyo, spent the last year of her life fighting cancer as well as the ODNR's Depart. Of Wildlife who wanted to destroy these 2 loving deer & 4 tame rescued raccoons. Life won and these deer are safe, but many fawns are not safe! Carol's goal was to also see change in Ohio law...  Facebook page

Watch this 3-legged tame deer (rescued when only 2 days old) play soccer! He lives on a farm, has a field, a barn, a pond and a lot of friends, both animal and human! He loves attention and he loves the camera! His name is Trooper! ... Please ask Ohio State House Representatives & Senators to support HB#267 to restore rehab & release for the injured and provide sanctuary for the handicapped or "too tame for the wild."


... 13abc canvassed the village to see this problem first hand. We found deer. Some close to homes and in meadows, but nothing destructive or dangerous...  Madewell says the deer over-population isn't just an Ottawa Hills or and Ohio problem; it's an eastern United States problem... [see decline of deer populations]

... The top hotspot location in the state is State Route 64 in Lucas County between Reed Rd. and U.S. Route 20 Airport Highway with 19 crashes in 2014...

Deer-vehicle collisions drop but insurers warn drivers to beware September 29, 2015 Ohio, Dayton Daily News
... The number of deer-vehicle accidents dropped 2.5 percent in 2014 over 2013, to 19,705 from 20,201...

Clifton, Deer sterilization effort in Cincy parks gets boost September 28, 2015 Ohio, Cincinnati
... The grant from the Humane Society of the United States will allow CliftonDeer.org to pursue its nonlethal deer population control program in Mount Storm Park, Rawson Woods and Edgewood Grove parks...

Ottawa Hills, Upcoming vote revives hunting issue in Ottawa Hills September 28, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... A citizen-driven initiative petition has placed a proposed controlled bow hunt of deer in Ottawa Hills on the November ballot and refueled a hot-button topic in the village, five years after a similar vote... Many of the activists with villagedeer.com remain committed to the issue and have established a new website, Voteno13.com, which helps outline the argument against a bow hunt...

New Deer Management System Given Consideration September 27, 2015 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... The wildlife division might scuttle the county deer-management system as early as 2017, said Mike Tonkovich, the division’s deer project leader.  Under the proposal — it’s not yet a plan — the state would be divided into 25 deer-management units determined by such factors as topography, use, habitat and deer density...

... The administration last September proposed allowing licensed hunters, with permission from the state and city, to bow hunt deer on private property. However, residents' reactions were mixed, with concerns about safety and whether many residents had large enough properties to allow bow hunting... Tuesday night, council voted 5-2 to remove the bow-hunting provision entirely from the proposed ordinance ...

Crawford county naturalist says coyotes are 'major problem' September 24, 2015 Ohio, Richland Source
...“The whole state of Ohio, along with the entire country, has really seen this giant increase of coyotes around the area,” he said. “I’m a person that’s a big believer that our coyotes are doing severe damage to our deer population.” ... “If you’re not a believer that coyotes can take down a deer, look at the research that the [Ohio Department of Natural Resources] along with other scientists and researchers are doing ...

Ohio wildlife chief submits resignation September 21, 2015 The Cresent News
... Ohio's wildlife chief is resigning next month after four years on the job, where he was involved in fights with lawmakers over deer-hunting changes and with the inspector general over alleged on-duty hunting by wildlife officers...

Hunters to face tighter regulations this season September 20, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch
... The elimination of antlerless permits in all but 10 counties and an overall tightening of bag limits, he said, likely will bring more of the same in regard to the diminishing direction of the kill, which totaled 175,745 a year ago and has been tumbling annually since a record 261,314 were tagged in 2009-10....

... Three people were officially charged Friday in connection with some mutilated deer that were left outside Strongsville High School on September 10th ...

... The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Sept. 17 that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was correct in charging a Huron County man nearly $28,000 for bagging a deer of "mythic size" on private property without permission.  In a 4-3 decision, a majority of justices agreed that state law is "unambiguous" on the issue ...

Deer-trafficking scheme nets record $1.6 million fine September 15, 2015 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... The largest fine and restitution for a wildlife crime in U.S. history -- $1.6 million -- has been paid in an Ohio case involving trafficking in whitetail deer... “illegally shipped deer to Florida from Ohio and attempted to ship deer to Georgia from Ohio... not certified to be free from chronic wasting disease ...

Odds of hitting a deer with your car are lower this year September 14, 2015 Ohio, Inde Online
...  odds of a driver in Ohio hitting a deer are 1 in 131, which is above the national average of 1 in 169. But odds of hitting a deer are 3.1-percent lower than last year...

New state regulations reflect declining number of deer September 13, 2015 Ohio, Times Reporter
... The deer herd has been thinned … and maybe just a little too much in some areas...  the old Ohio deer herd simply isn’t what it used to be. A lot of factors led to this, but I can’t think of anyone who thought bumping up the limit to a whopping six deer was a good idea...

Parma Councilman Larry Napoli said the city needs to work with its neighbors to find a "regional approach" to the deer problem. - September 11, 2015


... The case of Cindy McGinley, the wildlife rehabilitator who is engaged in an emotionally bruising legal battle with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to save the lives of two deer she had rescued, unfolded as scheduled on Tuesday, but the outcome is uncertain...  McGinley has an online petition to save her deer, which had garnered over 215,000 signatures...

Cuyahoga County, Contrary to committee's belief, deer pose no public safety threat September 11, 2015 Ohio,Cleveland 
... Independent deer-vehicle crash (DVC) analyses of official records spanning a six-year period from the epicenter of the subcommittee, Parma, Seven Hills, Broadview Heights and Independence, prove deer pose no public safety threat. Forty percent were unrelated to DVCs, and showed a declining trend. One minor human injury not requiring medical attention ...

Archery season coming soon to Ohio September 11, 2015 Ohio, Circleville Herald
... Since most counties are near their target levels, antlerless permit use was changed for the upcoming deer  ... The statewide bag limit was reduced to six deer. Deer bag limits are determined by county ...

Deer farmers hope to educate public of their industry September 8, 2015 Ohio, The Daily Record
... deer farmers have had to defend their livelihood, even moreso locally since Chronic Wasting Disease was found at a shooting preserve outside of Millersburg, as well as at the owner's breeding facility... their organization doesn't want that to happen, either... his average "stocker" buck will net him $5,000 ...

Ohio Deer Forecast for 2015 September 1, 2015 Game & Fish
... hunters checked a total of 175,801 deer during all 2014-2015 hunting seasons. That’s down from the 191,503 harvest during the 2013-2014 season...

... The Ohio SPCA is supporting the Progers in their efforts to keep Wheezer ...  Ohio used to be able to rescue and care for wild deer before 2009.  However, the law changed that year due to fears about Chronic Wasting Disease ... 
Saving Wheezer, the Orphaned Deer August 31, 2015 Ohio, Ohio SPCA
... two years ago, a mother deer was killed on the highway. Her newborn baby was then rescued by Jodi Proger ... wildlife officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) showed up at the Proger home. They informed the Progers that it was illegal to keep a wild deer and they wanted to seize Wheezer and then kill him... Help Jodi and Wheezer - Sign and Share the Petition ...
     Kill Order Put on Deer on Belmont County August 29, 2015 Ohio, The Intelligencer
...  the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered that a tame deer in
Stewartsville be killed.  
Jodi Proger has owned her pet deer, Wheezer, for two years, and she says in all that time she has never heard a complaint about the animal from neighbors.  "He's basically like a big dog," ...
     Ohio Woman Fighting to Keep Pet Deer August 28, 2015 Ohio, fox45now.com
... Jodi Proger says Wheezer's mother had been hit by a car. She's had him now for two years... Proger has started an online petition to keep Wheezer ...
     Woman campaigns to save pet deer from ODNR August 28, 2015 Ohio, Dayton Daily News
A campaign to save an Ohio woman’s pet deer is quickly gaining attention online. Jodi Proger took to Facebook after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) visited her home on Wednesday. …


...  regulations would apply within surveillance areas:   Required submission of harvested deer carcasses to inspection stations for examination and sampling during the deer gun and muzzleloading seasons. Prohibition of the use of feeds, baiting or attractants for deer or hunting with the aid of such materials...

... More than 100 employees and volunteers gathered Aug. 24 to participate in the deer sweep, forming teams to cover the entire area of the arboretum’s enclosed section. It took about an hour and a half and resulted in the removal of three deer — one doe, one buck and one fawn ... Any remaining deer within the enclosure still have the opportunity to jump out through a deer gate...
     Deer roundup evicts plant-eating interlopers from Holden Arboretum's gardens August 25, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... Holden Arboretum ... a five-mile long, eight-foot tall deer-proof fence to protect the 233-acre central core gardens... "We're fencing them out so we don't have to shoot them." ... The $400,000 deer fence ... designed to replace the biannual erecting and tearing down of miles of temporary fencing around new trees ...

Deer disease at core of proposed rules August 23, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... The Ohio Division of Wildlife is seeking the right to establish “disease surveillance areas” at the discretion of the chief when chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in wild or captive deer...

... The first zone would cover parts of Homes and Wayne counties where two captive deer tested positive last October at World Class Whitetails, a deer farm and high-fence hunting operation.  Triggering the proposal were 17 additional deer testing positive for CWD in June after the World Class Whitetails herd of approximately 300 deer was euthanized...

Avon Lake mulling sharpshooters this winter; goal is 80 deer August 19, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... Deer culling will continue this winter after the city receives its final approval of a 10-year deer management plan through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources... Deer are also destroying landscaping and flowers on land throughout the city ...

Officer shoots deer in front of Middleburg Heights church August 17, 2015 Ohio, Fox 8 Cleveland
... The officer responded to the church after a young deer collapsed on the front lawn with an injured leg... In a letter to the city, the woman said she and her daughter are traumatized by what happened... the officer also did not turn on his body camera ...
     Police officer who shot deer disciplined but NOT for shooting deer August 26, 2015 Ohio, Fox 8 Cleveland
... The disciplinary action is not because Officer Joseph Kaetzel shot the deer, which is consistent with department policy. Rather, Middleburg Heights Police Chief John Maddox said the punishment stems from his behavior toward a resident and her 11-year-old daughter...

Illegal deer shippers sentenced August 8, 2015 Ohio, Limaohio.com
... Wainwright Sr. placed federal identification tags from a certified deer that had previously died into the ear of uncertified deer they were selling... around the United States...  Deer herds involved with these shipments were not certified to be free from chronic wasting disease (CWD), tuberculosis and brucellosis...



Archery hunt aimed at managing herd August 4, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Metroparks of the Toledo Area has opened the application process for archery permits to harvest white-tailed deer on certain properties ... The program, now in its third year ...

... , the co-conspirators trafficked in live white-tailed deer.  Wainwright Sr. owned hunting preserves in Logan County, Ohio, and Live Oak, Florida; both preserves were named Valley View Whitetails.  Wainwright Jr. was part-time resident and part-time operator of the site in Ohio...
Second man sentenced in illegal deer-transport case August 3, 2015 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
... The curious sight of deer antlers and deer noses visible through the vents of a cargo trailer on I-71 in 2010 kicked off an investigation ... a $125,000 fine and have a letter published in the Deer Breeders’ Gazette detailing his illegal activities ...

... With new totals in from the World Class Whitetails of Ohio's depopulation, the Division of Wildlife now wants to sample wild deer in a three-mile circle of owner Daniel Yoder's breeding pen to see if Chronic Wasting Disease has spread into the wild herd.  Nearly 500 deer were killed at Yoder's preserve ...

...  A former part-time Ohio resident accused of helping his father in a conspiracy to illegally sell, transport, and falsely label untested white-tailed deer for the purpose of deer breeding in other states has been sentenced to three years federal probation... ordered to pay a $1,000 fine ...

... When flowers planted by Girl Scouts in planter boxes at the Brookside Bike Trail/Covered Bridge kept turning up missing, the city thought deer were to blame.
But video surveillance proved otherwise — a Sheffield Lake resident was stealing the flowers to plant in her own yard ...

... Nearly 500 deer were killed at Yoder's preserve and breeding pen this summer, and each one of them was checked to see if it had become infected with CWD ... Up until last fall, CWD had never been found in any wild or farm-raised deer in Ohio, but the first case was documented last October at Yoder's World Class Whitetails of Ohio hunting preserve....

... The genetics firm sued the deer farming company and Curt Waldvogel alleging unreasonable restraint of trade and interference with contractual relationships...  Gourley’s attorney, Thomas Devine, said Advanced Genetics abided by that agreement, and then Curt Waldvogel set the market price at $10,000 for specimens ...

Ottawa Hills, Deer hunt in Ottawa Hills goes to ballot July 23, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... a chance to vote in November to change the municipal code and allow a controlled bow hunt to cull the deer population... a 2009 aerial census, 82 deer were spotted in the 2.5-square-mile village ... 

Clifton, Cosmetic Surgery in Clifton July 21, 2015 Ohio
... a motivation for the urban deer sterilization program proposed in Clifton is that "Experts recommend a density between 15 – 20 deer per square mile, which can sustain a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat." [cliftondeer.org]  You can find an expert recommendation for ecologically acceptable suburban deer densities ranging from 5 to 100 deer per square mile. Examples  The state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile in deer habitat, a little higher than the current estimate for Clifton, and a recent U.S. Forest Service study put the optimal deer density at about 15 to 28 per square mile for a forest.  A suburb can support more deer than the typical forest.  While this project may provide answers to questions about the efficacy of deer sterilization in a relatively open environment, wrapping the project up in the flag of ecology is a disservice to legitimate ecological issues related to deer management.  This project is about the social carrying capacity, not the ecologic carrying capacity of the community. This report from the Michigan DNR [PDF] discusses the difference between ecologic and social carrying capacity starting on page 7.

Nonlethal program to target burgeoning Clifton deer population July 18, 2015 Ohio, WCPO
... White Buffalo Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that conducts research programs focused on wildlife, will spearhead a weeklong effort to sterilize at least 40 female deer ...

Metro Parks announces lottery for bow hunting to be July 24 July 17, 2015 Ohio, Twinsburg Bulletin
... hunting by bow and arrow or crossbow in more than 20 selected areas ... Lottery winners will be notified by email ...

... Trooper's leg was sliced off in a hay cutting accident, and it was Carol who nursed the young fawn back to health. Even while battling cancer, Carol spent her last days fighting to save the lives of animals the State, through it's laws, would not rehabilitate or release, but would kill... Current ODNR procedure is explained in the Support Trooper's Law petition ...

Deer rehabilitation advocates meet with ODNR leaders July 14, 2015 Martins Ferry Times Leader
... Members of the local group Compassionate Ohio, which advocates for the re-opening of deer rehabilitation facilities and sanctuaries, met with leaders of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently to discuss their goals ... One item that differs from before 2009 is the amount of time rehabbers can keep fawns - the limit is now 72 hours, which was agreed upon at the behest of many rehabilitators. Before, fawns were often kept for months...

Ottawa Hills approves plan to help residents keep deer away July 6, 2015 Ohio, 13abc
...  heftier fines for residents who violate the deer feeding ban...  the controversial idea of a controlled bow hunt has yet to be decided...

... Options on the table include: killing deer, sterilizing them and giving them birth control, North Royalton Law Director Thomas Kelly said.  The cities plan to put a regional plan on the municipal ballots next spring...

... The Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association tried to force the state to take the lead on managing deer ... Instead ODNR will instead give the cities direction on how to best control the deer population ...

Ohio, Michigan both battle CWD threat June 28, 2015 Toledo Blade
... This highly contagious and fatal disease wrings the life out of the animal on its way to destroying the brain... Deer with the advanced stage of CWD will exhibit bizarre behavior by losing their fear of man, and they will often display awkward head movements and tremors as they waste away.  The most recent flash point in Ohio on the CWD front occurred in Holmes County, where a private, fenced trophy deer hunting operation ...

... Trooper's Bill for Deer Sanctuary and Rehabilitation has been filed and has been assigned a number! It is HB267, sponsored by District #68 Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl...

Decision for the White-Tailed Deer Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio June 23, 2015
... The selected action will utilize an adaptive management strategy. Under the selected action, the NPS will continue current park deer management actions including: Research, monitoring, and data management; protection of restoration plantings; education and coordination; and enforcement of the existing wildlife feeding ban. In addition, the NPS will incorporate a combination of lethal and nonlethal actions to address high deer density. Lethal actions (including sharpshooting, with very limited capture/euthanasia if necessary) will be taken initially to reduce deer densities quickly. It is anticipated that in years one
through four, 335 deer will be removed by sharpshooting ...

Ohio kills 510 deer for disease concerns June 17, 2015 Cincinnati 
... The deer were owned by Daniel Yoder, who was arrested in Holmes County in February on two counts of tampering with evidence — a third-degree felony — related to an investigation into how chronic wasting disease came to his property and spread...

Ottawa Hills, Petition to put Ottawa Hills deer cull on November's ballet moves forward June 16, 2015 Ohio, Toledo News Now
...   on the ballot in November ... In 2010, a referendum was put on the ballot to keep a deer cull from happening... 

Lottery for Summit Metro Parks bow hunting June 17, 2015 Ohio, Twinsburg Bulletin
... Through seven previous seasons of the archery program, participants have taken a total of 572 deer...

Avon Lake adds deer sharpshooting site June 11, Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... “When (the sharpshooters) do some significant baiting for a month or two, we’re going to attract the deer on the west side,” ... Cost is one factor influencing city officials’ decision to use lethal force ... Another factor is that sterilized deer live longer than non-sterilized deer [said Ward 2 Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch.  There is no data to support this assertion.  See research on the use of sterilization in San Jose, CA.  About a 20 percent reduction in the deer population in each of the first two years of the study]

South Euclid Council to discuss ... deer study June 8, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer ·
... a December infrared airplane survey that counted 12 deer per square mile. Eight east-side suburbs split the $54,000 cost of the study ... [low deer density]

... Establish a wildlife management program, which would offer suggestions on how to keep deer off of and away from residential properties.  Crack down on deer feeding...  a controlled bow hunt ... "Culling deer causes a rebound effect and more deer will populate," ... Read the full report from the Wildlife Management Task Force [PDF] ...

Readers sound off on best ways to keep deer off their lawns June 2, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... plant flowers and plants that are deer resistant ... goldenrod, black-eyed Susan, blazing star, wild quinine, smooth penstemon, lavender hyssop, cream false indigo, bearberry, butterfly weed, lanceleaf coreopsis, marigolds, cosmos, daffodils and iris...


North Olmsted considers allowing sharpshooters, bow hunters to kill deer May 28, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
... Residents turned out at a public hearing in October to argue against allowing residents to bow hunt on private property. Now, with the encouragement of City Council, Glauner came back Tuesday with amended legislation that would allow police sharpshooters ...

Avon Lake plans no deer culling over the summer May 22, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Earlier this year, city-hired sharpshooters and bow hunters killed 19 deer ... Those against the deer population maintain the animals eat their gardens and destroy shrubbery and cause car accidents...

Avon Lake looks to expand deer culling May 20, 2014 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... USDA sharpshooters killed 16 deer at Weiss Field and volunteer archers killed three deer ...  15 were found to be pregnant ...  $8,557 for sharpshooting services, storage of killed deer and processing of venison. [$450 per deer including the archers]

... A southern Ohio lawmaker has reintroduced a measure into the Ohio General Assembly that would allow an individual on active military duty, while on leave or furlough, to hunt deer or wild turkey without procuring a deer or wild turkey permit...

Roadkill doesn't just disappear... May 13, 2015 Ohio, Athens NEWS
... deer are the most common animal he picks up off the side of the road, but that he regularly picks up dogs, cats, coyotes, foxes and other smaller animals too ... rarer or more protected species' carcasses are picked up by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources... On rare occasion, the animals are still alive on the side of the road after being hit by a car...

Deer activity up, drive carefully May 9, 2015 Ohio, Cincinnati 
... New deer births in the Spring cause deer to be more active ...  most car accidents involving deer do occur in November and December ...

... The procedure, which is reportedly less invasive than spaying of cats and dogs, permanently prevents pregnancy and estrus cycles in does... Feinberg sees fewer fawns and neighbor complaints about browsing significantly dropped. According to Feinberg, does that are not pregnant or lactating require less food. She also says there are very few new deer coming into the area because the sterilized does continue to maintain their home ranges...

Compassionate Ohio seeks fawn rehab centers May 8, 2015 Ohio, Times-Leader 
... group is keeping its mission to provide rehabilitation for Ohio's fawns going well into the spring season. Members of Compassionate Ohio, a group formed after a tame deer, Bucky, was killed last summer in Clarington ...

Avon Lake, Costs of Avon Lake deer cull less than expected May 7, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... an initial service agreement with the USDA to spend up to $15,960 for sharpshooting services, but the actual cost came in at $8,557 for the 19 deer that were killed ...  more than $450 per deer ... A total of 696 pounds of venison was donated ... roughly $12 per pound...

Oh deer! A warning for NE Ohio drivers May 5, 2015 Ohio, 19 Action News
... white-tailed deer movement is expected to rise in May and June. ... "As white-tailed does are preparing to give birth to fawns, their year-old offspring are scattering to find their own territories, sometimes entering areas they wouldn't normally," ... 

... Wildlife officers killed the three deer that escaped ... The officers didn’t need to shoot the deer, Morrow said, because they were right across the street from his home. His immediate neighbors are familiar with his animals getting out and said he doesn’t believe his deer carry any diseases...

Deer Hunting Changes April 24, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... from the stance of our current situation, eliminating the antlerless only tag is the best hope for quickly strengthening the numbers of our overall herd... because a single buck will mate many does ...

Another case of CWD found April 23, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... a second captive deer herd after tests on a dead white-tailed deer from one of Daniel Yoder’s two breeding farms was confirmed positive for contagious fatal chronic wasting disease... , a Holmes County judge ruled there was enough evidence presented at a preliminary hearing Feb. 18 to have a grand jury review criminal charges filed against Yoder...

Ottawa Hills, Voices heard on deer issue in Ottawa Hills April 21, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
...  fifth and final public meeting ... The task force plans to submit recommendations to Village Council in about a month...

... Ohio Wildlife Council voted to approve deer hunting proposals prepared by ODNR Division of Wildlife ... Reduce bag limits in most counties, and remove antlerless permits in all but 10 counties. No county had a bag limit increase...  Reduce the statewide bag limit of deer from nine to six ...

... City officials made that decision after an aerial count found six deer per square mile in Cleveland Heights, the lowest count among eight east-side communities that took part in the survey... Pepper Pike, which had the most deer, 37 per square mile, among the eight communities, has already announced that it will start a culling program ...

Shaker Heights appoints task force to address deer population April 13, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... Leiken appointed the task force as a response to a recent aerial count of deer .... Davis Aviation, using an infrared camera, spotted a total of 693 deer in those cities... Shaker Heights -- although the survey found it had the second-lowest number of deer among the eight communities -- needs to take action because residents are increasingly complaining about deer eating their plants and flowers ...

Ohio Wildlife Council approves 2015-2016 Hunting Regulations April 11, 2015 The Morrow County Sentinel
... Deer regulations have been trending toward reduced bag limits and restricted use of antlerless permits in recent years... Deer population goals will be revised this summer through a random survey of hunters and landowners. Participants in the survey will have the opportunity to provide input about the future of deer management in Ohio...

White tail deer bag limits decreased by OWC April 10, 2015 Ohio, Bucyrus Telegraph Forum 
...  A reduction in white-tailed deer bag limits and antlerless permit use during the 2015-2016 hunting seasons were among regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council ... Reduce the statewide bag limit of deer from nine to six...

Deer season proposals change once again April 9, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... To appease Ohio’s sportsmen, the Ohio Division of Wildlife has once again rearranged its deer-hunting proposals ....  Gone is any mid-October gun season, either for youths or for those sportsmen and women devoted to muzzleloading guns if the Ohio Wildlife Council approves of such changes...

...  major changes in the Ohio deer hunting seasons after complaints from sportsmen around the state that the herd had been over-harvested ...

Cleveland Metroparks culling claims 405 deer April 8, 2015 Ohio, cleveland.com
... ' 2015 deer-culling program is over, having taken 405 deer ... Last year the Metroparks took 287 deer ...  there appears to be a growing consensus among public officials in favor of using lethal means to manage deer populations...

North Olmsted considers sharpshooters to kill deer, after count finds 241 in city   April 4, 215 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... The survey showed an average of 20.6 deer per square mile. [commonly considered to be a healthy deer density] ... The city may consider using sharpshooters to kill deer ... "I think the most important thing is to have the discussion," ...

Avon Lake, Deer moving out of Avon Lake? The latest low count has mayor skeptical April 3, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... A count of deer in Avon Lake done by helicopter on March 8 showed 139, a figure adjusted to 178 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ... In 2013, the first helicopter survey came up with an adjusted of 196 deer. In 2014, there were 221... The deer killing programs are controversial, dividing the town... the city will have spent about $6,000 to kill 20 deer...

Second Ohio white-tailed deer tests positive for deadly brain disease April 1, 2015 cleveland.com
... The first positive test ever for CWD in Ohio was from a deer killed Oct. 22 at Yoder's hunting preserve, World Class Whitetails. The second positive result came a few days ago while testing another Yoder deer that had died...

Ottawa Hills, Oh, deer March 30, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade
... Ottawa Hills has a wildlife management task force that is looking at culling as well as nonlethal methods to address complaints from residents. The task force appears to be leaning toward culling ... Some communities in other states have successfully managed invasive deer populations by growing unappealing plants and encouraging widespread fencing. Before Ottawa Hills turns to shooting, these strategies are worth close examination...

Public input leads to possible changes with deer hunting March 29, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... The juggling of the muzzleloader, gun and youth seasons might seem significant in terms of their impact on hunters. The impact in terms of managing Ohio’s deer population, however, should be close to zero, said wildlife biologist Mike Tonkovich, the division’s deer project leader.  “There’s no biology involved,”...

... As part of the plan, night-vision-equipped sharpshooters hired through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will kill deer that have been lured onto city property near a wooded area that has been cordoned off ... a homeowners' association can also kill deer on their own property by applying for a deer-damage permit from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, which inspects the property and decides if deer are damaging plants or gardens ...

... An aerial survey of eight east-side Cleveland suburbs found as many as 37 deer per square mile and 693 total. [the state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile in deer habitat] ... options for lethal control are slim, given the density of people and houses in the inner-ring suburbs...

Pepper Pike announces deer culling program, after aerial survey March 26, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer
... an aerial survey that shows the city is home to 37 deer per square mile... Pepper Pike plans to use archers to kill deer, and only on private properties where owners allow it. The city used a captive bolt gun to cull deer years ago, but halted the program when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources outlawed the method...

Ottawa Hills, Village panel considering all options to control deer March 23, 2015 Ohio, Toledo Blade 
... “We put together a standards subcommittee and found that the standard should be between 15 and 20 and we heard that from the nature conservancy that that is a healthy amount of deer,”  [U.S. Forest Service research puts an optimal at 15 to 28 for a forest, a suburban area can support more deer] ... Village councilmen had voted in late 2009 to hire a firm that specializes in selective deer-killing to thin the deer population...  However, opponents gathered enough signatures to place the matter on the November, 2010, ballot...

Ohio hunting regulation proposals amended March 23, 2015 Ohio's Country Journal 
...  The newly proposed dates ... are Jan. 9-12. Comments about these seasons as initially proposed showed that a season the day after Christmas caused conflict with family and travel plans...

Prison ahead for illegal deer trafficker March 22, 2015 Ohio, Great Lakes Echo
... a 21-month prison term and a $125,000 fine... 12 charges in connection with his Valley View Whitetails breeding and high-fence hunting ranches in West Liberty, Ohio, and Live Oak, Florida ...

The cat-deer connection also affects humans March 22, 2015 Ohio, Goerie 
... peer-reviewed study published in the journal Eco-Health found that a large percentage of white-tailed deer in the Cleveland area is infected with toxoplasmosis ... When one animal, say a human, eats an animal, say a deer, which has tissue cysts, and tissue which contains the cysts is eaten, the human becomes infected.  Ironically, it is very unlikely that a person would be infected from a cat ...

... Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen joked that he was advising local deer that there are openings for nine transfers into Avon Lake, since the city killed nine deer in Weiss Park last week.  
"None wanted to take us up on it ...

Ottawa Hills, Deer debate continues in Ottawa Hills March 16, 2015 Ohio, 13abc 
... using hunters in Ottawa Hills was met with some strong opposition...  the village turned down hunting in the village 5 years ago ...

Drone use in hunting is illegal in Ohio March 16, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News 
...  flying a drone over a woodlot to search for deer the day before a hunt is legal. But flying that drone over the woodlot to spot and intercept deer while hunting would be illegal...

Avon Lake, Initial deer cull at eight in Avon Lake March 14, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram 
... The city’s first culling operation at Weiss Field on Thursday night resulted in sharpshooters killing eight deer...

Avon Lake, Deer culling begins at Weiss Field in Avon Lake March 13, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Two sharpshooters, who the city paid the U.S. Department of Agriculture $15,960 for ... they will shoot at Weiss Field and the city landfill on weekdays in the evening until the 20 deer tags he provided are reached... [$798 per deer]

Avon Lake, Deer culling draws controversy in Avon Lake March 13, 2015 Ohio, 19 Action News
... if it's not a problem for us, why is it a problem for everyone else?" asked Herb Iglinski, who lives across the street from the city park at Weiss Field... "They haven't given a chance to doing something else, maybe birth control ...

Charges in CWD case head to the grand jury March 12, 2015 Ohio, Outdoor News
... A Holmes County judge refused to dismiss felony charges of tampering with evidence against the operator of a private hunting preserve resulting  from an investigation of deer suspected of being exposed to fatal chronic wasting disease...

Avon Lake deer cull starts today at Weiss Park March 12, 2015 Ohio, The Chronicle-Telegram
... Councilman David Kos, 4th Ward, was the only member to vote against sharpshooting. He said Wednesday that he feels culling at Weiss Field, on the western end of the city, will do little to address the areas most affected by deer... $15,000 spent, almost $1,000 per deer, to kill deer in a park area where we kind of want the deer to be ...

White deer find home at Cambridge's Deerassic Park March 11, 2015 Ohio, The Daily Jeffersonian 
...  because of their unique coloring deer farmers began specifically breeding the pigment-less deer... "They don't have the best genetics," Dyer explained. "They have a lot of internal health issues with their livers and lungs. "Their lifespan is a lot less than a regular deer ...

Avon Lake votes to allow deer culling via sharpshooters March 10, 2015 Ohio, The Morning Journal 
... All but Ward 4 Councilman David Kos voted yes to the legislation.  Council also passed a motion for Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka to sign a deer management proposal to issue 30 deer tags from the Ohio Department of Wildlife... 

... The city has hired Precision Helicopter of Cleveland to fly over North Olmsted in a grid pattern, searching for deer... "That will give us an idea of where the deer are and where we have problems. We don't know if we have 50 or 500." ...  paying $3,000 for the service.  [the city is evaluating the need for an urban hunt]

Ohio Data: Some hunter groups estimate only 450,000 deer in 2015.  About 660,000 in 2015 and 640,000 deer in 2014 estimated from harvest data and deer-vehicle collisions.  In both years Ohio issued fewer deer permits, hardly any doe permits as hunters complained that deer have been over harvested. Ohio deer population estimated at 700,000 to 750,000, prior to hunting season in 2013 and 2012.  About 515,000 resident deer hunters.  Although ODNR no longer makes a formal estimate, they agree that the deer population declined into 2014 as a result of a hard winter, following a general decline since about 2008.  Coyote predation is also becoming an issue.  About 800,000 deer in 2001. Hunters requested reduced bag limits after the Ohio deer harvest fell by 12.5% in 2013.  Down about 27% from 2009.  The eastern and southeastern forests have matured, reducing deer habitat.  Read the ODNR analysis of deer trends.
      The state has been testing for chronic wasting disease since 2002, the first positive case discovered in a Holmes County hunting preserve in 2014.  When the owner violated a quarantine order by moving deer from the facility, ODA ordered that all 300 deer should be destroyed.  A second deer from the hunting preserve, Wold Class Whitetails, tested positive in March, 2015.
      White-tail deer were plentiful when Ohio became a state in 1803, but were nearly wiped out by 1904 as a result of uncontrolled hunting and clearing of forests for farmland.  In 1857 Ohio’s government set a season lasting about a month, but without bag limits. Deer were declared extinct in 1909. From 1897 until 1942, there was no deer season in Ohio.  Restocking efforts in the 1920s and 1930s brought deer back to 28 counties by 1937. Hunting resumed in 1943 when 164 bucks were killed.  The deer population was estimated at 17,000 in the early 1970's. By the early 1990's, the herd was thought to be too large so hunting limits were increased, resulting in "fewer deer than we thought" by 1997 when hunting limits were reduced. The herd expanded into the early 2000's reaching about 750,000.  Restrictions were lifted again beginning in 2007, the population has been declining since.  Population estimated at 650,000 in 2005, down from 700,000 in 2004. In 2014 the state moved to a more. county based management.  Around 1980, shotgun hunters took about 90 percent of the deer.  In 2014 about half were taken by bow hunters, including crossbows.  Peak of the rut is November 11 to November 17.
     Coyotes first arrived in 1919.  The last elk in Ohio was reportedly killed in 1840 in Ashtabula County.

Other useful links: 
SolonDeer: information about deer management in the city of Solon
AvonLakeDeer.com: information about deer management in the city of Avon Lake
- Compassionate Ohio, facebook page of group supporting rehab of deer 
- An Update on the Status of Ohio's Deer Herd
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Division of Wildlife

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