Oregon Deer News

ODFW program collars mule deer for population study February 8, 2016 Oregon, Wallowa County Cheiftain
... Declining mule deer populations over the past few decades have forced Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to apply GPS radio collars to the animals... No one is really sure of the cause of the decline ... “Last year put we out over 500 collars in the central part of eastern Oregon and this year we’re adding another 140-some in the northeast part ...

Fish and Wildlife Commission meets in Tigard Feb. 12 February 5, 2016 Oregon, ODFW News
... The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet on Friday, Feb. 12 in Tigard at the Embassy Suites Portland Washington Square, Regency One Room ... Cougar Management Plan Review Process: As part of the ODFW Director’s report, staff is set outline the process for reviewing this plan, which was adopted in 2006. The Plan outlines how ODFW manages Oregon’s estimated 6,000 cougars with a focus on maintaining a viable, healthy cougar population while preventing conflict with livestock, pets and public safety and managing cougar impacts on ungulate populations...

Apply for Hunter Representative position on A and H Board by Feb. 29 January 25, 2016 Oregon, ODFW News
    Help provide hunting access and improve wildlife habitat on private land by serving on the Access and Habitat Board. ODFW is recruiting for a Hunter Representative position on the statewide Board and applications are due by Feb. 29, 2016. Those with an interest and experience in hunting and wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply. Please contact Isaac Sanders at (503) 947-6087 or visit http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/get_involved.asp for application forms and more information ...

Gray Wolves At Center of Controversy January 20, 2016 Oregon, KEZI TV
... Levi says he thinks there are probably about 100 wolves in the state, slightly more than the official number of 81. He says wolves are uniquely suited to bringing down big game such as livestock and elk, but they pose virtually no threat to humans...

OSP Asks Public Help in Finding Poachers January 17, 2016 Oregon, mycentraloregon.com
... unlawful taking of five (5) mule deer outside of Baker City, within the Lookout Mountain Wildlife Management Unit, located in Baker County...

Commission meets Jan. 15 in Salem, discussion of Wolf Plan  January 8, 2016 Oregon, ODFW News
Meeting Agenda  ...  During the director’s report at the beginning of the meeting, Wildlife staff will brief the Commission on a proposed process for reviewing the Wolf Plan. The Plan is reviewed every five years and the last review was in 2010; however the Commission delayed the review a year as it considered (and ultimately approved) delisting of the gray wolf from the state ESA in 2015. ODFW will suggest that the review begin in April, after 2015 wolf counts are complete and the 2015 annual report is published. The review process will include meetings with stakeholders and opportunities for the public to comment. Under the proposal, ODFW would present an updated Wolf Conservation and Management Plan for approval at the August 2016 Commission meeting...


Report hunt results by Jan. 31 - $25 penalty for not reporting deer and elk tags January 7, 2016 Oregon, ODFW
Any hunter who purchased 2015 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2016 for most tags... Hunters have two ways to report:  Online via reportmyhunt.com or www.odfw.com. Hunters without Internet access who wish to report online can visit 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...


When, in the New Year, Antlers Drop January 4, 2016 Oregon, Patheos
... in Oregon, our male native deer and elk are preparing to drop their antlers... after the fall rut, the deer’s testosterone levels drop, which triggers the shedding of antlers... Bone is heavy, and carrying bone spikes on your head all winter means you burn more energy...

... The prosecutor said witnesses saw the Hammonds illegally slaughter a herd of deer on public land.  "At least seven deer were shot with others limping or running from the scene," Williams wrote.  He said a teenage relative of the Hammonds testified that Steven Hammond gave him a box of matches and told him to start the blaze. "The fires destroyed evidence of the deer slaughter ...

Oregon's Wolf Delisting Is Challenged In Court December 30, 2015 KUOW News and Information
...  claims the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife violated its own laws by failing to use the best available science and prematurely removing protections for Oregon’s 81 gray wolves... Wolves occupy an estimated 12.4 percent of their potential range in Oregon ...

How to understand Oregon's new 'premier hunt' tags December 23, 2015 Statesman Journal
... available in nearly every unit with existing deer, elk, or pronghorn hunts. The significant difference between a standard big game tag and a premium hunt tag is season length... Your odds of drawing will vary based on how many other hunters apply for the same tag...

Caldera Springs resort wants to add up to 490 lots December 16, 2015 Oregon, Bend Bulletin
... a permit application for developing up to 490 residential lots ... The property is along a route for migrating deer during the winter, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The area is within a wildlife zone that requires protection of deer habitat...

Reform ODFW to reflect today’s Oregonians December 7, 2015 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... Fewer Oregonians are hunting. Only 8.9 percent bought licenses in 2013, down from 18.9 percent in 1975. The agency faces a $32 million operating shortfall for 2015-2017...

... Jim Akenson, conservation director for the Oregon Hunters Association, said the state's largest organized hunting group should take the lead on a transition to non-lead ammunition ...

Eagle Crest deer saved from arrow shot December 2, 2015 Oregon, The Bulletin
...  report of a deer with an arrow stuck in its left side ...  biologists hit the deer with a tranquilizer dart and then performed what they described as surgery in a garage to remove the arrow ...

... My results suggest that female survival rates observed during my study are on the
low end of the range reported for this species and may be contributing to population
declines of mule deer in Oregon. Annual estimates of male survival were also low, but it is unclear how that might contribute to overall population declines without more
information on annual and seasonal variation in male survival...

Hunter Illegally Kills Black-Tail Deer November 27, 2015 Oregon, golocalpdx.com
... the deer found dead off Frankham Road near Cloverlawn Drive, in the southeast portion of Grants Pass ... call the Oregon TIP line at 1-800-452-7888

... Wolves are prolific and quickly disperse “far and wide” to new territory ...“When the states get their (management) jurisdiction back, most states conclude they need to control the population in some way,” ... David Mech, a University of Minnesota researcher who studies wolves ...

Commission to meet in Portland Dec. 4 to consider wildlife rehabilitation rules November 25, Oregon, ODFW News
... The proposed new rules will provide species-specific guidance for reporting, handling, holding and rehabilitating common mammals like black bears, and ungulates (deer and elk). They would also add language to make state rules consistent with federal guidelines for federally-listed or endangered species and prohibit certain taxa of wildlife from importation into Oregon for rehabilitation...

Take steps to reduce deer deaths November 21, 2015 Oregon, Bend Bulletin
... A lot of people have expressed their horror about all the dead deer in town and on county roads and highways. If we work together we can make Central Oregon a more deer-friendly place.  Let’s put our heads together and show the rest of the country that animals and humans can coexist ... If you have ideas and would like to help the deer and elk, please send an email to saveadeer@yahoo.com

OSP Cracks Down on Deer Poachers November 20, 2015 Oregon, KBND
... will watch for suspicious activity on deer ranges near Fort Rock and Silver Lake... There is a black market out there for deer antlers ...

State police investigating Pilot Rock deer poaching November 16, 2015 Oregon, East Oregonian
...  a dead deer with the head removed in a field on East Birch Creek Road just east of Pilot Rock... contact senior trooper Dain Gardner at 541-561-7425

Cougars in the crosshairs November 16, 2015 Oregon, The Register-Guard
... If cougars were responsible for declines in mule deer, and if killing cougars would reverse the declines, there might be some justification for the target areas. But mule deer populations have been falling for half a century, before and after Measure 18. The primary reason is not predation, but a decline in the quantity and quantity of forage ...

Deer and elk serve as a buffer to livestock attacks November 15, 2015 Oregon, Capital press
... Mark Henjum, a retired wildlife biologist who was ODFW’s original wolf program coordinator, said healthy deer and elk populations are a buffer between livestock and the state’s increasing number of predators.  Oregon has 25,000 to 30,000 black bears, an estimated 6,200 cougars and a minimum of 82 wolves, according to ODFW...

OSP hunting for poachers on the High Desert November 13, 2015 Oregon, WRAL.com
... there's about 22,000 deer left in Central Oregon. That's only half the number he would like to see. Heath attributes the decline to a variety of reasons, including loss of habitat, disease, vehicle collisions and poaching.  A 2012 ODFW report found at least 13 percent of mule deer in its study were poached. That's slightly more than the 11 percent that were hunted legally...

NewsChannel 21's Kandra Kent rode along with OSP fish and game troopers to learn more about the toll taken by poachers - which they say actually has more impact on deer populations than legal hunting. - November 12, 2015 Oregon


... Even though Oregon has fewer than 90 wolves who occupy just a small portion of their historical range there, its Fish and Wildlife Commission this week removed them from the state's list of endangered species. This administrative action clears away one key barrier to a trophy-hunting and commercial-trapping season on wolves ...

Wildlife troopers ask public's help to find deer poaching suspect November 10, 2015 Oregon, OregonLive.com
... The Oregon Hunters Association is offering a reward up to $500 for information leading to the identification and arrest of a man suspected of illegally shooting a three-point buck from an automobile Saturday in Douglas County....
... a three-point buck shot from a vehicle parked in the middle of the 17000 block of Tiller Trail Highway in Days Creek.  The buck was shot at approximately 10 a.m. on Nov. 7 ... call the Oregon TIP line at 1-800-452-7888

... The Deschutes Land Trust announced Tuesday it has received a $450,000, three-year commitment from an anonymous Oregon family foundation towards the Campaign for Whychus Creek... secures important habitat for salmon and steelhead, deer and elk ...

Commission approves delisting wolves November 10, 2015 Oregon, My Columbia Basin
... Wolves in Western Oregon will continue to be managed with ESA-like protections until they reach the objective of four breeding pairs for three years in a row....
     Oregon Wildlife Commissioners Drop Wolves' Endangered Status November 9, 2015 Oregon, OPB News
... clears the way for a decision in the future to allow controlled wolf hunts, should the predator’s population continue to grow.  Wolf hunting would be allowed for wolves that chronically attack livestock or deer and elk populations...

Fish and Wildlife Commission delists wolves statewide in split vote (4-2) November 9, 2015 Oregon, ODFW News
 ... The Wolf Plan continues to provide protection of wolves into the future. Any take of wolves is tightly regulated in all phases of the plan. Non-lethal preventive measures to prevent wolf-livestock conflict are the first choice of wildlife managers in all phases of wolf management. There is no general season sport hunting of wolves allowed in any phase of the Wolf Plan.  Wolves in western Oregon will continue to be managed with ESA-like protections until they reach the conservation objective of four breeding pairs for three consecutive years. This is known as Phase 1 of wolf management.  Additionally, west of Hwys 395-78-95 wolves are also still listed under the federal Endangered Species Act and the Commission’s action has no effect on their federal status...

ODFW recommends delisting gray wolf from state ESA throughout Oregon October 29, 2015 ODFW News
     ODFW staff believe gray wolves have met the criteria to be delisted from the state Endangered Species Act (ESA) and will recommend this action to the Fish and Wildlife Commission at their Nov. 9 meeting in Salem.  The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem. It is open to the public and public testimony will be accepted during the meeting. Consideration of wolf delisting is the only item on the agenda. Written comments will also be accepted until Friday Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. and can be sent toodfw.commission@state.or.us More information about the meeting is available this link
     Wolf management in Oregon is guided by the Wolf Plan, which was originally crafted in 2005 by a broad group of stakeholders balancing competing interests. The Plan called for initiating a process to consider delisting wolves from the state ESA when eastern Oregon had a population of four breeding pairs of wolves for three consecutive years, an objective met in January 2015.

State biologists recommend removing wolves from Oregon endangered species list October 29, 2015 OregonLive.com
... they issued a report advising the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to remove Oregon Endangered Species Act protections for the animal statewide... it could open the door for controlled hunting and trapping to minimize wolves' impact on livestock, deer and elk...

Hanging deer carcass speed warning draws disgust October 29, 2015 Oregon, KATU
... A deer carcass hangs from a sign demanding drivers slow down on Southwest River Road outside Hillsboro...  The only reason that deer got smacked is because people are in such a hurry." ...

Man arrested after shooting deer in Astoria city limits October 28, 2015 Oregon, KTVZ.com
... Astoria police responded to a report of a gunshot and found a dead buck in the bed of a truck...

Got elk? Get paint balls October 23 , 2015 Oregon, Curry Coastal Pilot
...  he got a dog. And he trained that dog to chase off the deer... Problem solved! ...  their bigger cousins — elk ... suggested a paint-ball gun ... SPLAT! SPLAT! SPLAT! ... 
The elk dispersed. Rapidly ...  I’m signing up for paint-ball classes...

Ashland, Deer Hunting Season 2015 October 21, 2015 Oregon, The Siskiyou 
... Deer are in abundance in-town... David Sherman echoed the stance of the Wildlife Committee when asked if a culling would be a feasible option, “It’s an idea. I don’t know if it would solve the problem though. Too many people look at deer in Ashland as pets and feed them… The deer keep moving down to where the water is, that happens to be in Ashland.” ...

ODFW adopts big game hunting rules October 20, 2015 Oregon, Curry Coastal Pilot
... A new premium hunt series will offer an opportunity to draw an additional deer, elk, or pronghorn tag with a longer season. These tags will be very limited but available in most areas. Tags will be allocated through the regular controlled hunt draw process ...

The Columbian 
... There are about 900 Columbian white-tailed deer around the Lower Columbia River. That’s a 10-year high, and about double the historic low point when the species was listed as endangered ... a private landowner would have more options to haze or relocate the animal ... A special rule proposed with the downlisting would also allow states, tribes and others more flexibility in moving the deer ... [More information from U.S. Fish and Wildlife,  use this link to view the proposal and instructions on how to submit comments]

... State officials said this will help grow the deer and elk population.  According to ODFW, there are more than 6,200 cougars in the state ...

... A new Premium Hunt series will offer an opportunity to draw an additional deer, elk, or pronghorn tag with a longer season. These tags will be very limited but available in most areas. Tags will be allocated through the regular controlled hunt draw process but will not use preference points.  2016 regulations will define “drones” and prohibit their use for activities related to hunting, trapping, and fishing.  General archery elk hunters will be able to take either sex in Desolation and Minam units. Saddle Mtn and Scappoose, Wilson archery elk bag limit will go to bull only for all hunters (including Disabled Permit holders)...

Oregon wildlife managers consider more cougar control October 9, 2015 Oregon, Capital press
...  State wildlife agents, acting under the terms of Oregon’s cougar management plan, will kill up to 95 cougars annually in four target areas beginning in January...

Deer hunters hope for weather shift October 8, 2015 Oregon, The Columbian
... The annual survey in March on the Klickitat Wildlife Area tallied 61 fawns per 100 adults, which is above the 36-year average of 51 fawns per 100 adults.  “Although it was a poor water and forage year, the deer population appears to be in good shape so far,’’ ...


... “You have stranded herds of animals,” says Kevin Halesworth, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Transportation.  “As the traffic level increases, the deer are less able to cross the highway until it gets to a point where from studies, the deer just won’t cross at all any more. “ ...Oregon is imitating Canada ... with 44 bridges built exclusively for wildlife.  They’ve been a tremendous success...

... This unique deer lives exclusively on islands and river banks on the lower Columbia River in Oregon and Washington. It was among the first group of animals protected under the Act in 1967. Habitat protections and acquisitions followed ... As a result the Columbian white-tailed deer increased from 337 individuals in 1976 to 830 in 2014...

Bluetongue disease killing deer in the Northwest October 7, 2015 Oregon, Bend Bulletin
... At least 68 whitetails dead from bluetongue have been collected in the town of Colville ... The disease will continue to take a toll until a hard frost occurs to kill the gnats that deliver the disease to the deer ...

Watch For Wildlife On The Roads October 7, 2015 Oregon, oregoncoastdailynews 
... The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.  Deer and elk are also on the move due to annual migration from higher elevation summer habitats to lower elevation winter habitats...

Death on the Highway October 7, 2015 Oregon, The Source Weekly
...The excessive speed of automobiles and trucks on Highway 20 is outside any common sense. Deer are smashed into hamburger by speeding motorists, as well as owls, hawks, and eagles...

Fence will keep Brookings airport free of elk October 6, 2015 Oregon, Curry Coastal Pilot
... Fencing to keep deer and elk from wandering onto the county’s airport in Brookings will be erected this fall and winter ...  the county obtained a grant and solicited for bids to build a fence to keep the elk out...

Columbian white-tailed deer protections loosened as species recovers October 6, 2015 Oregon, OregonLive
... It took 48 years, but the Columbian white-tailed dear has pulled back from the brink of extinction.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to downgrade the deer's status from endangered to threatened ... will make it simpler for state managers to, say, relocate deer ...
     Endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer Reach Recovery Milestone October 6, 2015 Oregon, KUOW News and Information
... The population of Columbian white-tailed deer along the Columbia River has doubled from around 450 in 1967 to more than 900 today... Columbian white-tailed deer populations declined as a result of habitat loss as farming, logging and development took over the river valleys and bottomlands the deer call home ...

The annual Oregon fall deer migration is underway. ODOT is warning motorists to be wary of deer on the highway, especially at dawn and dusk. - October 5, 2015, Oregon


Oregon State Police charge Baker City men with poaching deer October 5, 2015 OregonLive
... After a 10-month investigation, Oregon State Police fish and wildlife charged ... several counts of taking or possession of a buck deer and wasting a big-game mammal...

Report elk hoof disease to ODFW website October 2, 2015 Oregon, ODFW News
... ODFW is asking hunters and others in northwest Oregon to be on the lookout for limping elk that may have hoof disease.  Report any sightings to the ODFW’s elk hoof disease online reporting page ..or call or email ODFW’s Wildlife Health Lab (1-866-968-2600 / Wildlife.Health@state.or.us).  Elk hoof disease is a bacterial infection that causes severe lameness in elk. Elk with the disease have deformed and overgrown or broken sloughed hooves and other hoof abnormalities related to the infection ...

Deer hunting season for rifle hunters opens Saturday October 1, 2015 Oregon, NRToday.com
... Deer hunting is forecasted to be good in the Cascade Mountains and the lower valleys of Douglas County.  Elk hunting in the Cascade units should be about the same as the past few years.  This past winter was very mild and deer and elk responded with good overwinter survival...

Deer can be cute ... September 30, 2015 Oregon, Coos Bay World
... four kinds of deer in Oregon... One of Oregon’s two subspecies of white-tailed deer is primarily confined to the Roseburg area and the lower Columbia River; the other favors the northeastern corner of the state... The Columbian black-tailed deer are the black-tails in western Oregon; mule deer are the typical deer of eastern/central Oregon...

Habits of effective deer hunters September 30, 2015 Oregon, The Bulletin
... Going by the latest numbers, the average Oregon deer hunter will take a deer once every four or five seasons...

Hunters can be optimistic about upcoming fall seasons in Oregon September 22, 2015 Oregon, OregonLive.com
... Significant timber harvest on state-owned lands offers lots of new browse for blacktails ... Forage for elk continues to dwindle in the Cascade Mountains, although pockets of elk are found in all Cascade units...

Ashland looks to solve problem of 'aggressive' animals September 22, 2015 Oregon, OregonLive
... Vargas, the lead wildlife biologist in southern Oregon ... a cull would require killing 40 to 60 deer a year, he said, something that's unlikely to gain political support from Ashland ... Hoping to avoid dramatic reactions, city officials began allowing residents to install 8-foot-high deer fences...

Close to seventy people addressed concerns about the deer population and their own safety in Ashland. - September 23, 2015


... The company planted roughly 1,000 plants in the section the deer got into ... only about 40 left...

Public meetings on deer problem ... September 4, 2015 Oregon, Ashland Daily Tidings
... Following a recent attack on a homeowner in Ashland by a deer protecting its fawn, city officials are reaching out with an education campaign...

Response of native versus exotic plant guilds to cattle and elk herbivory in forested rangeland  BK Pekin, MJ Wisdom, CG Parks, BA Endress… - Applied Vegetation Science, 2015
... Cattle and elk have variable effects on different plant guilds at managed vs unmanaged forest stands. Overall, cattle grazing tends to have a larger impact on herbaceous plant guilds at managed stands, while elk grazing tends to have a larger impact on woody plant guilds at unmanaged stands. However, in contrast to findings from other ecosystems, grazing only has a minor impact on exotic plant dynamics in our study area, and cattle grazing does not favour exotic plants any more than grazing by elk or ungulate exclusion...

Northwest Trek announces birth of cutest moose calf August 21, 2015 Oregon, OregonLive.com
...  The wild animal park near Eatonville, Wash., is showing off the moose calf born on the park's 40th anniversary.  Moose sightings aren't guaranteed during a visit to Northwest Trek, but they have become a regular occurrence in recent weeks...

Previewing the 2015 big game seasons August 20, 2015 Oregon, St. Helens Chronicle
... Baker City, mule deer numbers are stable to increasing and buck-to-doe ratios are at a decent 15:100, although fawn-to-doe ratios are a little low at 30:100 ... The mule deer situation in the High Desert Region around Burns is less rosy, with the deer population below management objectives in all area units... Black-tailed deer buck ratios are at or above management objectives in much of the western Cascades ...

Information sought in deer poaching in Lane County August 17, 2015 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... A landowner in the Fall Creek area southeast of Springfield reported a dead deer on his property... Turn in Poachers (TIP) Hotline at (800) 452-7888.

Salem man wants to sell animal trophies; state says no August 15, 2015 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... Among the dozens of deer, sheep, fish and fowl mounts is a full-size stuffed cougar and a 10-foot Alaskan brown bear rug... game wardens for ODFW, that I couldn't sell the mounts of animals that are indigenous to Oregon ...

... The parcel is home to herds of bighorn sheep and mule deer and two streams on the property serve as spawning grounds for salmon and steelhead...

Mule Deer, Experts to discuss the balance between recreation & conservation August 5, 2015 Oregon, BendSource.com
... The fact that mule deer can be spotted in residential areas is evidence of the disruptive effect of urban sprawl. In a recent study of mule deer in south central Oregon, the ODFW estimates populations decreased by almost half in the Maury Wildlife Management Unit southeast of Bend, from 6,399 in 2010 to just 3,866 in 2014... Wednesday, August 12.  
Environmental Center ...

Running elk ragged just to get their antlers July 24, 2015 Oregon, PBS NewsHour
... A growing number people head out to wild places in search of the antlers that elk and deer shed. Some of those collectors harass these animals to death by chasing them down with ATVs... Washington and Oregon have imposed rules to make sure that “shed hunters” don’t harm elk and deer ...

Mule deer diseases on the rise July 21, 2015 Oregon, nuggetnews.com
... a poor year for fawn survival. The reason is a growing threat from what appears to be adenoviruses, aka AHD. ... AHD virus of deer was first identified in California in 1994. Infected deer have clinical signs common to other diseases, such as bluetongue or pneumonia. However, chronic symptoms include ulcers and abscesses in the mouth and throat...

Hunters, anglers facing fee increases July 17, 2015 Oregon, Mail Tribune
...  Resident deer hunters will see their license and tag cost hit $58.50 next year and top out at $63 in 2020 ... a fee-hike the agency sought to help settle a $30 million budget gap...

... In contrast with other Odocoileus species, Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) population dynamics are not well understood throughout the species’ range.  Concerns over apparent long-term population declines have prompted efforts to fill basic knowledge gaps including estimates of vital rates (fecundity, recruitment and survival) and causespecific mortality...  2-year-old males had over twice the
cumulative risk of legal harvest with 22% of this age class killed by hunters during the general rifle season . ...    harvest may have had an additive effect and been the primary cause of low survival rates observed for males....

... Join us on July 18th in the beautiful and nicely shaded formal gardens of the Voorhies Mansion at EdenVale Winery for our First Annual banquet – fundraising dinner...

Stop 'Fawn-Napping' from Oregon's Inland, Coastal Forests June 27, 2015 Oregon Coast Beach Connection
... “Only if you see the parent animal dead should you assume a young animal is orphaned,” ... Most fawns collected by good Samaritans this time of year are not orphaned, and removing them from the wild complicates their chances for survival ...  fawns that are truly orphaned and picked up in the first week or two of life will only survive under the care of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator [older fawns can survive with good care] ...

How to protect your plants from deer June 25, 2015 Oregon, OregonLive
... The right fencing is a sure-fire way to keep deer out ... For long-term protection in the convenience of a capsule, Summit Deer Ban is my go-to repellent. Just set out the capsules on the ground every 10 to 20 feet around the plants you want to protect. Then water the capsules to release the scent for up to 90 days of protection. It's quick, it's easy and it's effective... 


Volunteer Rangers Work To Rein In Antler Poachers June 20, 2015 Oregon, NPR News
... Demand for antlers as rustic décor is huge, and now it's threatening deer and elk in the Pacific Northwest... legit shed hunters don't cut fences, don't destroy habitat and don't harass animals to get them to drop their antlers...

... found the buck only a couple miles off Interstate 84 in Union County.  A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association ... 1-800-452-7888.

Controlled hunt draw results available June 10, 2015 Oregon, ODFW
... A total of 137,015 fall big game hunt tags were available in the draw this year. ODFW received 407,402 fall controlled hunt applications, up from 389,172 last year... ODFW limits the number of tags for some hunts to control hunting pressure and fairly distribute tags for popular hunts. All eastern Oregon rifle deer hunting, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goat hunts are limited entry, along with most eastern rifle elk hunts...

Wolf allies, foes prep for battle as Oregon reconsiders endangered status June 9, 2015 OregonLive.com
... Conservationists argue 77 known wolves is nowhere near enough to consider loosening protections, while ranchers insist wolves have hurt their bottom line ... Groups representing the state's hunters ... Having fewer deer and elk makes their sport more difficult...

... Despite a statewide population that has almost doubled, there are fewer fishers and hunters in Oregon today than in the 1970s... the success rate for bagging mule deer in Oregon dropped to 28 percent in 2010 from 57 percent in 1970. For bucks, it dropped to 17 percent in 2011 from 28 percent in 1971... "The lack of game is probably the largest influencing factor," .

Commission Adopts Hunting Rules June 6, 2015 Oregon, mycentraloregon.com 
... The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted 137,015 controlled hunt big game tags for this fall’s hunting season ... 

... Following the untimely death of the widely photographed and loved mule deer known as “Buck Norris,” a group is hoping to raise enough money to a memorial in honor of Central Oregon’s unofficial mascot...
    Famed Bend mule deer 'Buck Norris' struck, killed May 30, 2015 Oregon, KTVZ.com
... The famous, much-photographed Bend mule deer “Buck Norris” was struck by a vehicle and killed ... Buck Norris was known for his large, non-typical antlers and was beloved by Bend locals and wildlife watchers statewide...

Key habitat, other benefits in urban forested parcels May 28, 2015 Oregon, Statesman Journal
... Rising labor and fuel costs, changing timber markets and declining numbers of loggers, haulers and mills have reduced potential income from forest stewardship, raising economic challenges and increasing pressure to convert lands to non-forest use. As forestlands become fragmented by development, the likelihood they’ll be managed for forest values declines...

An environmental group goes to court to see the forest service’s plans to protect Oregon wolves. May 27, 2015 WWEEK
... Cascadia Wildlands, filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking all Forest Service plans for protecting wolves while selling off timber ... Two months later, the agency hasn’t given him a single document... logging could disrupt the wolves’ range, expose them to cars and change the behavior of deer and elk ...

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 ...

Oregon Data: For 2015, an estimated 300,000 to 320,000 blacktails and 225,000 to 235,000 mule deer, about 540,000 deer  A mild winter for 2013-14 and a very mild winter for 2014-15 has increased survival, but limited precipitation created poor forage for deer in 2015.  Deer tags will be increased by 1 percent and elk tags by 3 percent for the 2015 hunt.  Deer populations are up in the north coast.  In the southwest, Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease reduced the population in fall, 2014.  Black-tail populations in the western Cascades are at about management objectives.  Drought in the High Desert has reduced mule deer populations
    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 and 2015. 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 was 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 decline.
     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 densities are highest on the north coast, down a little along the mid-coast with bull ratios only a little above 10 per 100 cows. 
    Cougars, about 6,000 from 2011 to 2016
    The last wolf bounty was paid out in 1947, the first wolf pack in recent times was seen in 2006.  A minimum of about 82 wolves in the state in 2015.  Wolf status report, 2015.  Wolf Plan, slides.
    About 25,000 to 30,000 black bears.
    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 over hunted 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.

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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.