Oregon Deer News

Big game auctions, raffles gross record $717,465 for wildlife and hunter access May 22, 2015 Oregon, ODFW News
    ODFW’s 2015 auctions and raffles for Oregon big game hunting tags grossed a record $717,465, of which $413,987 will go to the Access and Habitat Program and $254,578 to big game research and management.  The auction of 12 special big game tags grossed $489,000 including $160,000 for a bighorn sheep tag, breaking the previous record of $155,000 set for a sheep tag in 2014. The Governor’s combination deer/elk tag also broke the previous record by $20,000, selling for $68,000 this year.
     The sportsman/conservation groups that sponsored the auctions at fund raising banquets of their organizations in the past few months will keep 10 percent of the auction proceeds ($48,900)...

... Losing female mule deer is especially harmful to a population already in decline — a population Bean and his law enforcement partner, Trooper James Hayes, have struggled to protect...  federal authorities have turned their attention to global wildlife trafficking, resources for catching poachers have diminished in the Northwest...

... Sales of hunting and fishing licenses have been declining the past 30 years, and static the past decade, despite a growing population... "Steps must be taken to improve the quality of big game hunting and fishing in the state, and then the customers will return," ...

... Humane Society ... will award $10,000 to the Oregon tipsters ... unlawful taking of an elk after an anonymous tip led to his arrest in connection with the illegal killing of an elk and three deer whose heads were removed and bodies dumped off Lake Creek Road in September 2014...

Who Needs a Dog When You Have a Deer? May 13, 2015 Oregon, Wandering through Time and Place
... We don’t have a clue why a pregnant doe showed up on the back porch last week at our home in southern Oregon. But there she was, curled up, resting on the cement, and behaving like a dog, a very big dog. She looked up as if to say, “You wouldn’t make a pregnant lady leave, would you?” ...

Public input needed for hunting regulation changes May 4, 2015 Oregon, ODFW News
...  the annual hunting regulations meeting tomorrow, May 5 at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4192 N. Umpqua Hwy., Roseburg. The meeting starts at 6 p.m... Topics include:  Black-tailed deer research study information.  “Premium Hunt” concept – new controlled hunts series for deer, elk, and pronghorn.  Cougar target area to address livestock damage in Douglas County... Mandatory reporting.  General season harvest limits and date.

Weyerhaeuser Doubles Fee-access Acreage In Oregon May 1, 2015  Northwest Sportsman Magazine
... For decades we’ve enjoyed being able to walk or drive in to prime hunting grounds on the behemoth’s property for free ...  it’s likely that the amount of acreage put into the permit program will only grow.  “Weyerhaeuser anticipates additional changes to the fee access program in the future,” ...

Controlled hunt tag deadline April 27, 2015 Oregon, Upper Rogue Independent
... ODFW limits the number of tags for some hunts to control hunting pressure and fairly distribute tags for popular hunts... the most sought after hunts can take more than 10 years to draw ... Only 75 percent of tags are awarded based on preference points; the remaining 25 percent are awarded randomly among first choice applicants...

Ashland, City sets 'Living with Wildlife Summit' April 24, 2015 Oregon, Ashland Daily Tidings
... To help address fears in the community and to teach people safe behavior in a deer- and bear-friendly town, the city is hosting a “Living With Wildlife Summit” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the Ashland Community Center ...

Dear garden, deer free April 23, 2015 Oregon, Register-Guard
... “We were able to go to 6 feet with wood structure on the fence, and then we put the wire on top,” ... horizontally strung wires can be used on the fence’s top 2 feet ...

Protect your landscape from hungry deer April 21, 2015 Oregon, Bend Bulletin
... deer ... are likely to ignore plants with fuzzy leaves, such as lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantine). Deer get confused when overstimulated by fragrant flowers or foliage. Plants with spines or bristles are usually passed by...

Three bills dealing with Fish and Wildlife advance April 16, 2015 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... HB 2402 ...would set up the Task Force on State Department of Fish and Wildlife Funding to come up with ideas for expanding sustainable income streams ... HB 2182 ... would require the department to study the creation of a Predator Management Plan...

Commission set to take action on hunting rules April 6, 2015 Oregon, Dailysunnews
... Proposals for the 2015 hunting season include adding two days to the modern firearms season for mule deer, shifting to a later start for the archery elk season
... An agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

The Deer are out for Spring in Coos Bay April 4, 2015 Oregon, Coos Bay, Oregon
... There are deer throughout Coos Bay and the early Spring is one of the best times to spot them.  They can be seen running down the roads in the center of town all the way to the beaches ...

New ODFW director's challenges begin with fee increases March 27, 2015 Oregon, OregonLive.com
...  agency's $340-million budget and the need to backfill a $30-million-plus deficit with a combination of license and tag increases, a first-ever pitch for general fund money and the trimming of dozens of full-time positions...

... A YouTube video has transformed a laid-back deer named Sugar Bob that lives on the grounds of the Applegate River Lodge into a late-night television star... Sugar Bob and Davis stole the show Wednesday night on the satirical "Daily Show" program ...

Hunting horns the new outdoor craze March 24, 2015 Oregon, The Register-Guard
... Seeking shed deer or elk antlers has become Southern Oregon’s second hunting season ... becoming more of a family affair in recent years ... Southern Oregon’s black-tailed buck deer are entering the prime shedding period ...

City of Sisters bans feeding deer March 24, 2015 Oregon, Sisters Nugget
... The ordinance does indicate it is Class B violation which carries a $250 fine. The City would first send notification to someone and attempt to get voluntary compliance prior to citing them ...

Hillsboro Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plan [PDF] N Atwell, J Hilterbrand, C Kaffka, A Lauber, E Shore - 2015 Oregon
...Deer rarely find their way past the security fence and onto the airfield at HIO, and do not
need to be dispersed if they are outside of the airfield security fence. If there is a need to
remove deer from within the security fence, Airport staff may gently coax them to a place
where they can exit the airfield or they will be lethally removed following the Port’s Oregon
Department of Fish & Wildlife permit...

Deer tracking goes high tech March 10, 2015 Oregon, My Eagle News 
... The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to place GPS radio collars on 500 female mule deer, mostly in the Southern Blue Mountains ... A helicopter crew from Leading Edge Aviation, based in Clarkston, Wash., is handling the mule deer captures using a specially designed net gun... “Captures up to the third trimester should be OK for the doe and unborn fawn,” said wildlife veterinarian Dr. Colin Gillin...

Commission briefed on growth of Oregon’s wolf population March 6, 2015 ODFW News
... ODFW Wolf Coordinator Russ Morgan presented the 2014 Oregon Wolf Report. ODFW documented 77 known wolves in Oregon in 2014, including 26 pups that survived through the end of the year. Eight of Oregon’s nine known wolf packs were “breeding pairs,” meaning they had at least two pups born in spring that survived through the end of the year. Six new pairs of wolves were also documented in Oregon last year ... More details are available in the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management 2014 Annual Report.

A concept for rebuilding hunter numbers March 5, 2015 Oregon, Corvallis Gazette Times
... The ODFW has recounted the problem of dwindling hunter numbers, and its effect on the income generated by license, and tag sales which are some of the main funding for their programs... A decline of herd numbers is one of the major reasons ...

Shed hunt responsibly to protect big game March 3, 2015 Oregon, My Eagle News
... Biologists say shed hunters using motor vehicles can put wildlife on the move just when these animals need conserve their energy reserves. Pets and people on foot or horseback can also disturb big game... Rob Tanner, co-founder of Oregon Shed Hunters, the sport of shed hunting is gaining popularity...

ODFW set to collar, GPS track 500 deer in S. Blue Mtns. February 27, 2015 Oregon, KTVZ.com 
... about 500 adult female mule deer between Prineville and Ontario will be collared so wildlife managers can better understand their ranges and movements... GPS collars automatically transmit location data via satellite ... collars typically have a three-year battery life...

Farewell to Skyline Forest? February 25, 2015 Oregon, The Source Weekly
... Fidelity announced it sold a nearly 200,000-acre parcel of land, including Skyline Forest, to Singapore-based Whitefish Cascade Forest Resources, LLC... development of the forest land is bad for Central Oregon because it disturbs wildlife—mule deer and elk migrate through the areas—and because the forest is at high risk for fires...

Shed hunt responsibly to protect big game February 23, 2015 Oregon, ODFW
...  the peak of shed hunting season in late winter/early spring also coincides with tougher weather and less forage availability for big game, making it a vulnerable time for wildlife. Shed hunters using motor vehicles can put wildlife on the move when these animals need to be conserving valuable energy reserves. Pets and people on foot or horseback can also disturb big game.  Wildlife biologists have real concerns about the sport’s impact on big game, especially when it’s not practiced responsibly... People who collect shed antlers are allowed to sell or exchange them, but certain rules apply. Only naturally shed antlers, antlers detached from the skull, or a skull split apart can be sold or exchanged. For antlers detached from the skull or skulls split apart, the seller must have legally taken the game part ...

... Last year, contractors completed slash treatment on 232 acres of his land, opening up the canopy and putting much-needed space in between the trees. More work will continue this spring and summer.  “Just by opening the canopy of the trees, you bring tremendous benefits to the land,” Fisher said. “It reduces the risk for wildfire, it helps with soil erosion, the wildlife habitat stays intact, the trees grow taller and stronger, and the wood can become marketable timber.” ... “The elk and deer love this area now that it’s open,” Fisher said.  But habitat improvement isn’t the only benefit of slash treatment. The primary benefit is reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire....

Heed Those 'Closed Trail' Signs If You Want To Help Wildlife February 20, 2015 Oregon, Jefferson Public Radio
... Several Northwest hiking routes are off-limits to humans this time of year. That's because the region’s migrant mule deer still need a few months to themselves.  “Giving them a little bit of space and a little consideration can be helpful to ensure that we have healthy deer populations,” ...

... Representatives Sal Esquivel (R), who is co-chair of the Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, explains what's happening: "Probably the largest factors contributing to the decline in hunting and fishing participation ... Declining deer and elk populations, whether it be from habitat loss, increased mortality from predators, or other factors, discourages a lot of people from heading into the field...

Fish And Wildlife Director Picked February 15, 2015 Oregon, myCentralOregon.com
... The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has chosen Curt Melcher ... Commissioners were also briefed on the Mule Deer Initiative; an effort to address Oregon’s declining mule deer populations through habitat improvement, predator and travel management and other strategies...

Oregon at crossroads over hunting, fishing February 14, 2015 Dalles Chronicle
... Vic Coggins, a retired ODFW district biologist who found himself at ground zero in northeast Oregon's "elk wars" of the 1980s, recalls that agricultural interests wanted elk removed to improve range conditions for livestock... a disproportionate number of commissioners from the livestock industry, flew over Zumwalt Prairie and declared there were too many elk there, and so the commission began issuing tags for what amounted to a wholesale slaughter ...

Appointments could alter fish and wildlife management February 13, 2015 Oregon, Daily Astorian
... Coggins observes that hunters and anglers are the agency’s customers and the primary-but-declining source of revenue for the department. Deer and elk herds have declined ...  the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission introduced its three finalists for the vacant Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife director position ...

Two arrested for mule deer poaching in La Pine February 10, 2015 Oregon, KOIN-TV 
... On January 17 a search warrant was executed at Parsons’ La Pine home. Troopers found numerous large mule deer antlers, deer meat, firearms and controlled substances...

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission names finalists for agency director
Q&A session with ODFW director candidates, meeting Feb. 12-13 in Salem
 February 6, 2015 ODFW News
     The finalists for the director position are:  Edward Bowles, Fish Division Administrator, ODFW; Curtis Melcher, Interim Director, ODFW; and Krystyna Wolniakowski, former Director, Western Partnership Office, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
     The public is invited to attend the question and answer session with the finalists. Questions for the candidates may be submitted in person from 9-9:20 a.m. at ODFW Headquarters on Feb. 12, or submitted by email toodfw.commission@state.or.us no later than Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. A representative sampling of the questions will be selected by the Department of Administrative Services, and the same questions will then be asked of each of the candidates. The question and answer session will last from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12.
     On Friday, Feb. 13, the Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting, also at ODFW Headquarters, beginning at 8 a.m. See the meeting agenda herehttp://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/15/02_february/index.asp

... The InfoGraphics-produced map represents the work of five UO contributors, who were led by InfoGraphics Lab Director James Meacham ...

Hunters can help mule deer population February 3, 2015 Oregon, Register-Guard 
... “Get involved with county planning departments, the Forest Service and BLM agencies to make sure deer habitat is a priority for those planning entities,” ... The Upper Deschutes Unit stretches from Highway 126 on the north to Highway 58 on the south... Deer numbers didn’t bounce back after the winter of 1992-93 when brutal cold and ice locked down the winter range...

Police in Portland, Oregon corral a deer who wasn't where she was supposed to be. After to tranquilizer darts, the doe was out. ODFW took the deer to release in a safe place. January 22, 2015



Volunteer to help Oregon‘s hunters, wildlife - Apply for Access and Habitat Regional Council by Feb. 13 January 20, 2015 ODFW News
     Help open land to hunting and improve wildlife habitat. Volunteer to serve as a Hunter or Landowner Representative on one of the Regional Advisory Councils for the Access and Habitat (A and H) Program.  Applications are available online (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/get_involved.asp). Individuals living in the region with an interest and experience in hunting and/or wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply.
     Position duties include participation in up to four public meetings per year to review A and H project proposals and conduct other council business. Meetings may require some travel to various Oregon communities within the region. Applicants should be willing to work collaboratively with landowners, sports groups, ODFW staff, and representatives of other government agencies to facilitate the A and H Program....

Grant to help restore oak habitat in Oregon, California January 20, 2015 Oregon, Daily Astorian
... About 93 percent of Oregon's oak woodlands have fallen to development or overgrowth from decades of fire suppression, and oak-dependent animals ranging from acorn woodpeckers to titmice [and deer] are suffering along with their lost habitat... The Klamath-Rogue Oak Woodland Health and Habitat Conservation Project was one of five Oregon projects that collectively received about $22 million of federal Farm Bill money ...

Hunters can help mule deer January 14, 2015 Oregon, The Bulletin 
... The Upper Deschutes Unit stretches from U.S. Highway 126 on the north to state Highway 58 on the south... Deer numbers didn’t bounce back after the winter of 1992-93 when brutal cold and ice locked down the winter range... “Numbers are rebounding slightly in the upper northwest part of the unit,” ... recent large wildfires that have helped open up understory, “creating some really good summer range.” ...

...  according to Rick Hargrave, a spokesman with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, "It's not unusual for elk or deer to swim in rivers." [photo by JoAnna Dotson] ...


Cougar population booming January 11, 2015 Oregon, Herald and News
... Wildlife officials believe there are some 6,000 cats roaming the state ... ODFW officials boosted statewide cougar hunting quotas from 777 to 970, a nearly 25 percent jump... after voters approved Measure 18 in 1994, cougars could no longer be hunted with dogs...

... nationwide declining trends in hunter license sales as well as increasing trends in other conservation-related activities. The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation noted that of the 2.3 million people who participated in hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing in Oregon in 2011, 1.4 million watched wildlife ... spending $1.7 billion, while 638,000 fished, spending $640 million, and 196,000 hunted, spending $238 million...

Year of the crossbow? January 9, 2015 Oregon, Mail Tribune & Daily Tidings 
... Despite their general approval and even skyrocketing interest throughout the Midwest and South, crossbows remain taboo among many Oregon hunters who fear their improved success rates over conventional bows use will result in fewer deer and elk tags ...

Groups seek ODFW director with hunter's vision of conservation December 31, 2014 Oregon, Lincoln City News Guard
...  the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) continues its nationwide search for a new director for the agency ... Of particular concern to hunters are the decline in deer and elk populations around the state over the past 20 years ...

2 S. Ore. men cited in elk, deer poaching case December 31, 2014 Oregon, KTVZ.com 
...  In each case, only the heads were taken, with the rest of the carcasses left to waste...

Here is a group of deer on the high desert winter range near fort rock Oregon. Filmed through a swarovski spotting scope. This is a great set up for animals you just cant get closer to. There are a couple nice 4x4 bucks here that hopefully will be around next year in the cougars don't kill them. - December 31, 2014



Poachers use mild weather to their advantage December 26, 2014 Oregon,  OregonLive.com
... Remember in 2010, when a routine five-year deer collaring/telemetry study of mule deer movement in Central Oregon suggested as many deer were poached each year as were taken during hunting seasons? And the majority of those poached were does? ...

Reward offered in poaching incidents December 24, 2014 Oregon, Herald and News
... a three-point buck that was found dead on Balsam Drive, just outside Klamath Falls.
The animal was killed either late Dec. 16 or early Dec. 17... Information can be left anonymously at 1-800-452 7888.

...  State wildlife officials are temporarily feeding deer to protect orchards in the Pateros area but say widespread feeding of Okanogan County mule deer is not needed at this time. ... most deer are faring well thanks to mild weather and below-average snow cover in the wake of the largest wildfire in state history in July... “Deer often concentrate during the winter near Pateros’ fruit tree orchards – independent of the effects of fire – and cause damage,” Brown said. “Until more deer fence is repaired, we are using feed to draw deer away from the orchards.” ... WDFW uses specially-formulated feed to fulfill – on a short-term basis – the deer’s nutritional needs... “Fruit and grains are not a normal part of a deer’s diet at this time of year and can be extremely difficult for deer to digest,” ..

... Any hunter who purchased 2014 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2015 for most tags.Hunters are required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased—even if they were not successful or did not hunt. Sports Pac license holders need to report on each big game or turkey tag issued.  Hunters have two ways to report:  Online via www.odfw.com or reportmyhunt.com either at home or by visiting an ODFW office with a computer available for Hunter Reporting (ODFW field or regional offices in Adair Village/Corvallis, Bend, Clackamas, La Grande, Portland-Sauvie Island, Roseburg, Salem Headquarters, Springfield, Tillamook.)  By telephone: Call 1-866-947-6339 to talk to a customer service representative. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time, seven days a week.

Seeking the key to forest management by padlock December 12, 2014 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... the federal harvest has shrunk to less than 10 percent of what it was in the 1980s, sawmills have closed, jobs have been lost ... Blacktail deer populations have declined every year since Clinton’s 1994 forest plan was passed. Without timber harvest to open the dense forest canopy, there is less browse at deer level on the forest floor... 

Access and Habitat seeks volunteers for regional councils December 8, 2014 Oregon, DFW News
     Help open land to hunting and improve wildlife habitat. Volunteer to serve as a Hunter or Landowner Representative on the Access and Habitat Program's North Willamette or Southwest Oregon Advisory Councils.  Applications are available online (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/get_involved.asp). Individuals living in the region with an interest and experience in hunting and/or wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply....

... A state trooper patrolling near Silver Lake happened upon three poachers late last month who had shot three mule deer ...

These sneaky Oregon Mule Deer seem to wait for me to leave, then hang out on my deck or patio when I'm gone. I come home and the mule deer act like they are irritated that I'm home and they have to leave the patio...lol. - December, 2014


Arrest made in poaching of trophy mule deer December 2, 2014 Oregon,  Statesman Journal ·
...  in Central Oregon.  Troopers with the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Bend got a call on Nov. 24 about the shooting of a large buck the previous day on private land...

Deer Hunting Season in Ohio Opens on Monday, 1913 population,  November 30, 2013 Oregon, timesleader.com
... [1913] estimates of Oregon's big game totals: 1,000 elk mostly in Northwest Oregon (re-introductions of Rocky Mountain elk had just begun in northeast Oregon); 80,000 deer, mostly blacktail; 16,700 black bear, also mostly in western Oregon; 4,650 antelope, and no mention of bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goats...

2014 Oregon Deer and Elk Hunting Prospects November 26, 2014 Western Shooting Journal
... Black-tailed deer on the north coast (Saddle Mt., Wilson, western Trask wildlife management units) were treated to a fairly mild winter and an average spring with an extended period of warm, dry weather in the summer. While deer densities overall are only moderate ... Along the mid-coast (western Stott Mt., western Alsea, north Siuslaw), deer numbers appear to be increasing ...

...  a year after Montana initiated a method to legalize collection of roadkill, more than 800 permits have been issued... One of the main reasons it was shot down is out of concern that poachers would purposely run over healthy animals just to claim them...

... In Lincoln City ... a dead four-point buck near Northeast Port Lane on Nov. 7 that appeared to have been killed with an arrow... call 541-270-0097

Tips wanted for double poaching of deer near Newport November 14, 2014 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... a $250 reward ... killing two deer ... On November 3 ...  two carcasses dumped near a Hancock Timber gate off of Hayes Creek Road. The road is off Highway 20, at Milepost 21 in Lincoln County...  call  (541) 270-9637...

Impact of ungulate exclusion on understorey succession in relation to forest management in the Intermountain Western United States, Oregon, BK Pekin, BA Endress, MJ Wisdom, BJ Naylor… - Applied Vegetation Science, 2014
...  managed sites displayed more early succession species, such as annual forbs and annual graminoids, while unmanaged sites were dominated by late-succession species such as shrubs, subshrubs and trees. Species richness, particularly of annuals, was strongly reduced when ungulates were excluded from managed sites, and to a lesser extent from unmanaged sites for some perennial plant species. Species diversity decreased to a slightly greater extent with ungulate exclusion at managed sites. Species dominance was not influenced by ungulate exclusion....

ODFW Removes Wire From “Buck Norris” November 7, 2014 Oregon,  myCentralOregon.com
... “Buck Norris” is a well-known mule deer in the Bend area (and around the state) due to his large, non-typical antlers. He was safely released ...

Tillamook, Award Offered In Illegal Deer Kill November 6, 2014 Oregon,  myCentralOregon.com
... an elk in the Wildcat area of East Beaver, the shooting and waste of a bull elk along Highway 101 in Beaver where the head was removed, and the killing of multiple deer along East Beaver Creek... $1,000 reward ...

... deer populations in Oregon are mostly decreasing. Although black-tail populations "are more stable," any increase would be insufficient to account for the large increase in collisions ... That leaves the state's growing population, which means more cars on road, as a primary suspect...

ODFW: Wolves Are Not Hurting Deer & Elk Populations October 15, 2014 Oregon, Oregon Outdoor Council
...  ODFW staff Wolf Biologist Russ Morgan stated that there was very little impact to Oregon’s elk herds from the rapidly expanding wolf packs in Eastern Oregon... a pack of six wolves were responsible for the killing and waste of this Idaho elk herd. With six wolves devastating this elk herd in a two month period, what scientific basis does Mr. Morgan have to say Oregon’s rapidly expanding wolves are having “very little impact to Oregon’s elk herds?” ...

Commission adopts big game regulations and plan to hire new director October 10, 2014 Oregon, ODFW News
     The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today adopted the 2015 Oregon Big Game Regulations, which includes increasing the statewide cougar quota.   Major changes include several modifications to archery season regulations as a result of the recent Archery Review Public Advisory Committee process, including:  Adding three controlled archery deer hunts in Walla Walla, Mount Emily and Wenaha units, and removal of the requirement to have a controlled elk archery tag to deer hunt. The tag will also be valid during the general archery season... Other changes include:  
Increasing the statewide cougar quota from 777 to 970 to reflect increasing cougar populations, more damage and public safety issues from cougar in some areas, and deer and elk populations that are below objectives in many areas... Adding one week to the Saddle Mountain unit late archery deer hunt and ending a long-standing closure for deer hunting in the unit north of the Burlington Northern tracks. 

Habitat Restoration for Columbian White-tailed Deer! October 9, 2014 Oregon, wweek.com
... Help restore habitat for the Endangered Columbian white-tailed deer! We need to plant 7,600 native trees and shrubs to provide cover and forage for the deer and other wildlife....  Please, contact staff at (360) 887-3883 or Emily_Long@fws.gov... More information

... More than 300,000 blacktail deer inhabit Western Oregon ... Deer numbers in the Melrose Unit are stable and highest on private land... .. private timberlands are putting out more deer than the national forests... the Applegate Unit ... In 2011, the last year for which the data was available, hunters averaged 30 percent success in the general season 

Elk Hoof Disease October 7, 2014 Oregon, Upper Rogue Independent
... Hunters and others who spend time in the outdoors in northwest Oregon are asked to be on the lookout for elk hoof disease, a problem for southwest Washington’s elk ... Elk with the disease have deformed and overgrown or broken sloughed hooves, abscesses in the hoof soles ... first appeared in southwest Washington elk herds between 2002-2005 ...

Commission to meet Oct. 9-10 in Central Point October 4, 2014 Oregon, ODFW News
     The Commission will also be asked to adopt 2015 Oregon Big Game Regulations. Among the changes being proposed are:
     Lift the long-standing closure to deer hunting in the Saddle Mountain unit north of Burlington Northern Railroad tracks, since the Columbia White-Tailed deer population it was put in place to protect has expanded... Increase the statewide cougar quota from 777 to 970 to reflect increased cougar population, higher damage/public safety issues from cougar in some areas, and deer and elk populations that are below objectives in many areas. Removal and addition of several controlled deer and elk hunts... 
     Thursday’s meeting is a joint one with California Fish and Game Commission. Thursday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. and Friday’s at 8 a.m.; see the Commission schedule page below for the meeting agenda on both days, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/
     ODFW plans to stream a video of the meeting online; see the Commission page on ODFW’s website,http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/

ODFW learning more about disease found in deer October 2, 2014 Oregon, KPIC News
... epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has been killing deer in the region since June ... EHD has popped up in other parts of the country but this is the first time it has reached the west coast... 

Washington and Oregon Deer Hunting Forecast for 2014 October 1, 2014  gameandfishmag.com
... Northwest: deer densities are only moderate ... Deer populations in Coos County appear to be stable ... Deer populations in Grant County continue to be below management objectives ... Wallowa District, Despite a relatively mild winter, deer numbers remain low ...

Oregon Data: A mild to normal winter for 2013-14 has increased survival but populations continue to struggle in parts of the state.  The Oregon deer population has been in a long decline since the 1960s, but has been relatively stable for the past few years, although the ODFW no longer publishes a population estimate. The black-tailed deer population was estimated be about 452,000 in 1979 and 320,000 in 2004, 300,000 in 2012, slightly higher in 2014. The mule deer population, east of the Cascade Crest, was estimated at 216,000 in 2009. Around 215,000 total mule deer in 2014 and about 32,000 of those are bucks. [2013 ODFW population analysis, PDF]
    The 2014 black-tailed deer population of the north coast is up as increased logging creates better habitat,  populations also appear to be increasing along the mid-coast with improved buck ratios and reduced deer affected from hair-loss disease.  Deer populations continue their decline in the western Cascades,  declines in logging, but better buck ratios.  Deer populations in the south Cascades are down, especially mule deer, but doing better in valleys.  Mule deer populations in the high desert continue to be low, but a slight increase from last year.  Increased clear cutting is boosting populations in the Wilson unit. The buck to doe ratio on some private lands is 29 to 100, but as low as 15 per 100 in the Rogue  unit - a ratio considered to be dangerously low by many deer managers and may be contributing to the deer population decine.
     There is a small population of Columbian white-tailed deer in Douglas County and the Columbia River Gorge, some of which were moved during 2013 when it was feared they would be flooded.  These deer were common in Western Oregon, but fewer than 700 remained in 1970, farming altered their major habitat.  
     General deer management policies have led to low buck to doe ratios, ratios from 19 to 33 bucks per 100 does reported for the Rogue Unit. Peak deer harvest was in 1961 at 163,939 with 31 percent of total mule deer harvest being antlerless and 37 percent of black-tail antlerless.  The percentage of does in the harvest has generally gone down since then.  In 2004, the numbers fell to below 10 percent for mule deer and in the 9 to 14 percent range for black-tail deer.  The 2012 harvest was 43,098, or 26.3 percent of the historical high. In 2012, hunter success was about 36 percent.  Every fall thousands of mule deer make a 30 to 75 mile trip between Bend and La Pine, increasingly difficult due to development. 
     Elk densitires are highest on the north coast, down a little in 2014 along the mid-coast with bull ratios only a little above 10 per 100 cows. 
    As of 2011, Oregon had about 6,000 cougars.
    A 1913 edition of Outdoor life offers the following estimates:  1,000 elk mostly in Northwest Oregon (re-introductions of Rocky Mountain elk had just begun in northeast Oregon); 80,000 deer, mostly blacktail; 16,700 black bear, also mostly in western Oregon; 4,650 antelope, and no mention of bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goats.  Deer populations throughout the U.S. had been overhunted during this period.

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MULE DEER INITIATIVE Commission Briefing - February 20, 2009. Issue:
Researchers and wildlife managers generally concede mule deer achieved maximum abundance during the 1950s and ‘60s. Since then, mule deer have declined across the West, including Oregon. The most recent decline appened during the early 1990s and, though not fully understood, it is believed to be primarily due to the combined effects of drought and severe winters. Historically, deer populations rebounded quickly after such climatic extremes. However, in recent years, production and survival of fawns have remained at depressed levels. Low recruitment, severe winters, dry summers, changing predator/prey relationships, and increased habitat loss have pushed mule deer populations lower than the department and public desire.

Mule Deer Music Video of Home on the Range


 

We took a boat around Paulina Lake in August, 2014. These mule deer came from the woods and eventually down to the waterline, paying no mind to us at all. What beautiful animals.