Oregon Deer News

... less than two miles from the Melrose Store on the night of March 28 ... $500 reward ...  Report poaching:  1-800-452-7888

Public meetings on big game, game bird, and furbearer regulations March 28, 2014 Oregon, ODFW News
... ODFW will host a series of public meetings around the state in early May to hear public comment on proposals for big game, game bird, and furbearer hunting and trapping seasons.  At the meetings, ODFW staff will provide information about big game herd health and populations and propose the number of controlled big game hunting tags to issue for this year. Staff will also review concepts for possible changes to the 2015 big game regulations, including any changes to archery seasons recommended by the Archery Review Public Advisory Committee (ARPAC).  Staff proposals for tag numbers, ARPAC recommendations and other proposed 2015 regulations changes will be available at the meetings and posted on the hunting sectionof ODFW’s website by May 1.

Finding shed antlers in Central Oregon March 26, 2014 The Bulletin
... Deer drop their antlers on their winter range... Let’s say there are 215,000 mule deer in the state. Of those, maybe 32,000 are bucks. That equates to 64,000 fresh antler sheds this year... Get too close to a bachelor group of bulls and it is possible to stress them at this critical period of the season when they should be recovering from winter...

Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference April 5 at OSU, March 20, 2014, Oregon, ODF News
     ODFW and Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will co-host the 2014 Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference on Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Conference Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis.  Licensed wildlife rehabilitators and others interested in wildlife rehabilitation are welcome to attend. Rehabilitators will receive 5.5 hours of continuing education credits for attending. The event is free but pre-registration is required.

ODFW launches interactive mapping tool for Oregon’s crucial fish and wildlife habitats March 17, 2014 Oregon, ODFW News
     The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today launched its Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System, Compass, an online mapping system that provides an overview of crucial fish and wildlife habitats across the state. Crucial habitats are places on the landscape that provide the natural resources critical to fish and wildlife species.
     The Compass map can be accessed via the ODFW website. It is free and available to anyone who is interested. Designed to help users make informed land use decisions as they plan energy, transportation, industrial, habitat and other projects, the maps and analysis tools are easy to use.

Found antlers are OK to keep or sell, but the ODFW has rules March 13, 2014 Oregon, Mail Tribune & Daily Tidings 
... Only naturally shed antlers, antlers detached from the skull, or a skull split apart can be sold or exchanged ... The rule stemmed from past poaching cases in which poachers killed animals to sell their antlers attached to skulls ...

Archery review committee meets March 8 in Salem February 28, 2014 ODFW News
   The third meeting of a the Archery Review Public Advisory Committee (ARPAC) will be Saturday, March 8 at ODFW Headquarters in Salem (4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE) from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.  The group is reviewing the structure of archery deer and elk hunts across the state. During the meeting on March 8, ARPAC is expected to continue its discussion of antlerless harvest and tag structure (in particular, hunts where tags for two different species are tied together).
     Members of the public are also welcome to attend the meeting but will be asked to hold their comments until a designated time for public comment during the meeting (4 p.m.). Comments can also be sent to ODFW.Comments@state.or.us.
     ARPAC is expected to meet a few more times. By late spring, ARPAC may bring forth recommendations for changing current archery seasons. Any changes would go through a public process before the Fish and Wildlife Commission. The earliest changes would occur during the 2015 season.  In recent years, more than 31,500 bowhunters have pursued deer and more than 28,000 bowhunters have pursued elk annually in Oregon.

Wolves kill elk, deer in Baker County February 23, 2014 Oregon, Register-Guard 
... Wolves have killed a deer and ate an elk in Baker County this month ...  officials don’t know where the wolves came from or where they are ...

... Columbia white-tailed deer once roamed most of Western Oregon. But as pioneers began farming the deer’s favored valley habitat the whitetails gradually lost ground to their larger, black-tailed cousins from the uplands. By 1970 fewer than 700 of the endangered breed survived...  a comeback, thanks in part to the North Bank Habitat Management Area, a 10-square-mile preserve overlooking the North Umpqua River near Roseburg...

Some visiting deer at our family room window. Song from our Sunday Church services.



Judge throws the book at big-game poacher February 13, 2014 Oregon, Mail Tribune
... A big-game poacher responsible for illegally killing more than two dozen deer and elk was ordered by a judge Wednesday to pay the state more than $15,000 for the animals he killed in the what is the largest restitution ever levied in a Southern Oregon wildlife case...

Archery review committee meets Feb. 15 in Salem February 11, 2014
     The second meeting of a new Archery Review Public Advisory Committee (ARPAC) will be Saturday, Feb. 15 at ODFW Headquarters in Salem (4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE) from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  The group was convened to review the structure of archery deer and elk hunts across the state. During the meeting on Feb. 15, ARPAC is expected to discuss antlerless harvest and tag structure (in particular, hunts where archery tags for deer and elk are tied together).
     Members of the public are also welcome to attend the meeting but will be asked to hold their comments until a designated time for public comment during the meeting (4 p.m.). Comments can also be sent to ODFW.Comments@state.or.us.  ARPAC is expected to meet again on March 8, also in Salem at ODFW Headquarters. By late spring, ARPAC may bring forth recommendations for changing current archery seasons. Any changes would go through a public process before the Fish and Wildlife Commission and not occur before the 2015 season.  In recent years, more than 31,500 bowhunters have pursued deer and more than 28,000 bowhunters have pursued elk annually in Oregon.

More than 80 percent of hunters hit report deadline February 4, 2014 Oregon, Mail Tribune
... A flurry of 11th-hour hunters reporting on their success, or lack thereof, in last season's big-game hunts helped push Oregon's mandatory-reporting rates over 80 percent for the second straight year since a $25 non-reporting fine went into place...

Bend museum looks at migration February 2, 2014 Oregon, Bend Bulletin
... Every fall, thousands of mule deer embark on a 30- to 75-mile-long trip ... only to find the more than 87,000 people who live between Bend and La Pine are standing in their way... ODFW sought to address this problem when it worked with the Oregon Department of Transportation to design two new underpasses that can help wild animals make their way from one side of the highway to another without crossing its surface and getting hit by vehicles...

Reports due by Jan. 31 for deer, elk hunters January 17, 2014 Oregon, Lebanon Express 
... 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... “The information hunters provide is used when setting controlled hunt tag numbers and hunting seasons,” said ODFW game program manager Tom Thornton...

Many hunters fail to report big-game harvests January 2, 2014 Oregon, The Columbian
... Fewer than 40 percent of hunters reported results when there were no penalties or when incentives were offered. That’s not enough for sound data, biologists say.  In 2012, the state adopted the $25 penalty, and the reporting rate jumped to 85 percent.  That still leaves a lot of hunters facing the extra charge when they buy their licenses the next year...

New ODFW Wildlife Area Stakeholder Committee to meet in Charleston on Jan. 7 December 30, 2013  ODFW News
     The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a meeting of the Coquille Valley Wildlife Area Stakeholders Committee on Jan. 7, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Charleston RV Park Recreation Room, 63402 Kingfisher Rd, Charleston.  The Committee, which is made up of twelve people representing neighboring landowners, drainage districts and agriculture, hunting, fishing and other conservation groups, will assist ODFW in creating a management plan for the new Wildlife Area.
     ODFW recently acquired land in the Coquille Valley along the Coquille River in Coos County. ODFW and other partners plan to restore the area to benefit threatened coho salmon and other fish species and to provide nesting and feeding areas for a wide range of wildlife.  An important element of the restoration plan is to provide public access to the land for wildlife-related recreation, including wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting. The meeting is open to members of the public who would like to listen to the discussion.

... in Southern Oregon's Douglas County ... The large Columbian White-tailed buck deer's body was found in the 7400 block of Scotts Valley Road, about two miles north of Elkhead Road east of Yoncalla. The deer was shot with a high-caliber rifle probably last Friday or Saturday...

Public’s help needed to solve deer poaching case December 13, 2013 Oregon, Herald and News 
... troopers discovered a large deer that had been shot and decapitated, its remains left near the town... The Oregon Hunters Association is offering a reward of $250 through the Turn-In-Poachers program ...  the Turn-In-Poachers TIP line at 800-452-7888.

Pronghorn at E. Oregon chemical depot relocated December 12, 2013 Oregon, The Columbian
... A helicopter herded 38 of the antelope-like animals into a corral trap at the Umatilla Chemical Depot on Wednesday, and the herd was later driven to a wildlife area about 300 miles south in Malheur County for release... A total of 37 pronghorn were released after the trip to the Beulah Wildlife Management Unit near Ontario — eight adult males, 22 adult females and seven young. One animal in poor condition was euthanized ...

Support for 2013 Oregon & California Land Grant Act December 9, 2013 Oregon, Oregon Natural Resources Report 
...  under the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) of 1994. Since the plan’s implementation, timber harvests have declined drastically. Statistically, federal forests in Oregon only harvest approximately 8% of the average annual harvest in the 30 years prior.  Blacktail Deer Declining 1% Annually ... since the implementation of the NWFP, blacktail deer hunter harvest has declined from an average of 45,000 to less than 20,000.... In 1979 the blacktail deer population was estimated at 450,000 and as of 2012 is estimated at 300,000, which is a 33% decline...

E. Ore. feeder readies for elk to head downhill December 5, 2013 Oregon, The Republic
... If you put alfalfa in the animals' paths from the mountains to the haystacks, and then make sure the supply is replenished, then they won't bother munching the food that's meant for cattle.  By and large the strategy has worked... Besides protecting farmers' and ranchers' hay supplies, the Elkhorn Wildlife Area gives residents a rare chance to watch dozens, and in some cases hundreds, of wild animals acting rather like animals do in zoos...

Plenty of hunters still need to report December 5, 2013 Oregon, The Spokesman Review
... It’s not a shining moment for sportsmen who can’t take a few minutes to file a report by phone, mail or online that helps survey the wildlife they expect the state to tend... nearly 34,000 hunters still face a $25 penalty for failing to tell the state how they did ...

Some Oregon deer, elk hunters face reporting penalty November 27, 2013 Oregon, The Columbian 
... The state has been trying since 2007 to get the hunter reports to build better statistics ... which are used to set the numbers of deer and elk tags ... Fewer than 40 percent of hunters reported results when there were no penalties ...

Reward offered in Eugene deer poaching case November 20, 2013 Oregon, The Register-Guard
...  a black-tailed buck deer found shot and left to waste along Hawkins Lane in southwest Eugene...  call 800-452-7888 

$25 penalty for hunters who failed to report deer and elk tags begins Dec. 1 November 18, 2013 ODFW News
     Nearly 34,000 hunters who failed to report results of their 2012 deer or elk tags by the deadline (Jan. 31, 2013 for most hunts) will be required to pay a $25 penalty fee before they can purchase a 2014 hunting license.... About 29,000 deer and 17,000 elk tags went unreported by deadlines, out of 298,000 deer and elk tags sold... The new higher reporting rates should allow ODFW to phase out its traditional phone call surveys over the next few years, saving the department time and money...

... "We estimate we lose 1,000 deer a year on Central Oregon roads just by motor vehicles, and that's huge," Corey Heath, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ...  it's wounded but still alive, you can take matters into your own hands.  "The most humane thing to do is put the animal down, so if you have the means to do that, you can legally can do that," ...

Ashland 2013 deer count shows decline in animals November 14, 2013 Oregon, Ashland Daily Tidings 
... Volunteers who fanned out across Ashland counted at least 106 deer this fall, down from tallies of about 190 deer during fall counts in 2011 and 2012. ... In 2012, the Ashland City Council passed a ban on the feeding of deer and other wildlife in town and also allowed residents to build taller deer fences to protect gardens, lawns and landscaping...

ODFW Wildlife Area Stakeholder Committee to Meet in Coquille November 13, 2013 Oregon, ODFW News
    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a meeting of the Coquille Valley Wildlife Area Stakeholders Committee on Nov. 18, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Owens Building, 201 N. Adams St., Coquille.  The Committee, which is made up of twelve people representing neighboring landowners, drainage districts and agriculture, hunting, fishing and other conservation groups, will assist ODFW in creating a management plan for the new Wildlife Area.
   ODFW recently acquired land in the Coquille Valley along the Coquille River in Coos County. ODFW and other partners plan to restore the area to benefit threatened coho salmon and other fish species and to provide nesting and feeding areas for a wide range of wildlife.  An important element of the restoration plan is to provide public access to the land for wildlife-related recreation, including wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting.  The meeting is open to members of the public who would like to listen to the discussion.  Contact:  Stuart Love, ODFW District Wildlife Biologist, (541) 888-5515
Tim Walters, Umpqua Watershed District Manager, (541) 440-3353

Deer, cars make for bad mix in November November 10, 2013 Oregon, Mail Tribune
... Blacktails are normally reclusive animals that prefer brush and eschew roads, but they drop their sense of caution during fall's mating game... Southern Oregon's blacktailed deer are highly migratory, and fall is when herds move from high-elevation summer range to low-elevation areas for the winter ...


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Oregon Data: 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 at 320,000 in 2004, the most recent estimate of Department of Fish and Wildlife. The mule deer population, east of the Cascade Crest, was estimated at 216,000 in 2009.
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 until about the 1970's when 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.
    As of 2011, Oregon had about 6,000 cougars.

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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


 

Doe Protecting Fawns from Coyote in Oregon - January, 2013


Ashland, Oregon deer are certainly some of the tamest non-domesticated deer I've seen. And Lithia Park is one of my favorite places on Earth. - June 2, 2013