Tennessee Deer News

Roadkill, danger on the roads? June 27, 2014 Tennessee, WBBJ-TV
... One deer a day is what the Tennessee Department of Transportation estimates it collects in roadkill from highways in West Tennessee... TDOT has fencing along portions of the Interstate ... The deer can still jump it ...

... Walden's Puddle, a non-profit organization where sick, injured and orphaned Tennessee wildlife such as raccoons and deer receive treatment... Firefighters rescued live animals and removed the remains of dead ones ...

This five-minute long, high-definition feature explores Tennessee's heritage of abundant wildlife, biodiversity, and conservation successes, and is largely a visual narrative of the work of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation since its creation in 1946. - June 10, 2014



Blount gets expanded deer chances June 8, 2014 Tennessee, Daily Times
     The changes in the 2014-2015 hunting seasons have been announced by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission... There will be more antlerless deer opportunities in Blount, Marion, Putnam, Tipton, and Washington counties...

... Deer harvest was implemented at Oak Ridge Reservation, Tennessee (ORR) in 1985 to reduce DVCs...  Harvest in the previous year was positively related to DVCs, likely reflecting higher hunter success with higher deer density. Higher traffic volume and speed were positively related to DVCs. There was no effect of moon phase for all records combined; however, analysis by season and gender showed a positive relationship to collisions for male deer during the gestation period (1 Jan–14 May), which may have been associated with dispersal.... [DVS's go up in the next year after an  increase in harvest, so the authors recommend a harvest to reduce deer vehicle collisions]...

Wildlife commission retains three buck limit May 25, 2014 Tennessee, Leaf Chronicle 
... There was speculation during the hunting seasons and regulations preview at the April commission meeting that the annual buck limit would be reduced from three to two, but support for the reduction did not materialize...

... In regard to white-tailed deer hunting, there are recommended adjustments to increase antlerless opportunities in Blount, Marion, Putnam, Tipton and Washington counties in units A and B... The gun season for deer always opens the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving ...

Hendersonville could extend deer hunting season May 16, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... “Whatever we do here is going to have some potential PR issues,” ... TWRA officials ... recommended that the city consider reduction management, or allowed deer hunting, as well as the use of deterrents like fencing and spray repellents...

Wildlife federation surveying Tennessee sportsmen about deer management May 16, 2014 Nooga.com
... A week before the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission is set to vote on this year's deer hunting regulations, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation is surveying hunters about deer management...  the cutoff for people to take part in the survey will be the close of business May 23...

... In regard to white-tailed deer hunting, there are recommended adjustments to increase antlerless opportunities in Blount, Marion, Putnam, Tipton and Washington counties in units A and B... The meeting will begin on May 22, at 1 p.m...

Hunters on pace for big harvest May 6, 2014 Tennessee, Ihoneida.com 
... Scott County’s whitetail deer harvest has come a considerable distance since the 1950s, when hunting seasons were re-opened as the once-threatened animal began to multiply. In 1957, the first year state wildlife officials recorded a harvest in Scott County, hunters killed 12 deer. That number topped 100 for the first time in 1973, surging to 165 from 94 in 1972, and topped 200 in 1979, when 216 deer were harvested...

Deer hunter befriends buck, now hopes to protect him April 30, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... "I have four tree stands that will go unused as long as he's around," Patterson said. "He's ruined my hunting. I could never kill him now. And I won't allow anyone else to hunt on my land and kill him either."...

Commission may consider reducing buck bag limit April 26, 2014 Tennessee, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... comments on Internet media sites indicated the TWRA was going to recommend a reduction in the bag limit from three to two antlered bucks per year in accordance to a reported recommendation by the QualityDeer Management Association ... Local deer hunters can contact their commissioner, Connie King, at connie.king@tn.gov to express their views ...

... In regard to white-tailed deer hunting, there are recommended adjustments to increase antlerless opportunities in Blount, Marion, Putnam, Tipton and Washington counties in units A and B...

TWRA won’t change TN deer hunting limit April 23, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean 
... Speculation that the proposal would ask to reduce the statewide bag limit for bucks from a total of three has no basis, according to TWRA wildlife division chief Daryl Ratajczak.  “The agency staff will not be recommending a reduction ... 

National Park reminds visitors how to safely view wildlife April 14, 2014 Tennessee, Knoxville Daily Sun 
... Elk can frequently be seen grazing in the fields in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside the entrance to Cherokee, NC. Deer are predominantly found in Cades Cove ...

... Lorane McCarty, of Powell, Tenn., has felt the same pain. Two summers ago, she and her husband adopted a fawn that was injured and appeared motherless.... But the wildlife agents came for Buddy, too... "They just took him straight out and killed him," ...

... “Some have municipal hunting, some have municipal contraception of deer and some choose to coexist with deer ... We really want to open discussion with TWRA about what, if anything, can be done....There are those who want to leave the deer alone, ” ... 

Tennessee Deer Talk: Grand Lodge March 11, 2014 Tndeer.Com
     The recreational value of a game animal is inverse to the artificiality of its origin and the intensiveness of the management system that produced it.

Hendersonville, Deer population spurs Hendersonville to seek out solutions March 3, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean 
...  The committee would meet for a year and present its plan to the city’s Public Safety and General Committees no later than June 30...  Some of those solutions include giving advice on ways to protect gardens or plants from deer and issuing permits to kill deer during the hunting off-season...

Aerial vertical‐looking infrared imagery to evaluate bias of distance sampling techniques for white‐tailed deer JT Beaver, CA Harper, RE Kissell, LI Muller… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2014
... Despite its higher cost (US$10,000) over spotlight surveys, we recommend aerial imaging instead of road-based ground surveys for monitoring populations of deer and discourage the continued use of non-random road-based surveys as a method for estimating white-tailed deer populations.

Deer harvest totals more than 168,000 February 25, 2014 Tennessee, Erwin Record
... . Last year’s total was more than 176,600 while the 2011-12 total was slightly less than 168,000, according to the TWRA... 

Outlook bright for deer hunting's future February 7, 2014 Tennessee, The Hartsville Vidette
... WRA big-game coordinator Daryl Ratajczak doesn't expect the state's deer harvest to get much higher in coming years. He believes the overall population has stabilized, although some areas could see periodic rises or declines.  He projects a continued harvest of between 160,000 and 180,000 deer... 

Teatown, Deer cull plan a draconian solution February 5, 2014 Tennessee,  Nashville Tennessean
... This action sets a poor example by a nature “preserve” and is a dangerous precedent for those of us in the area.  I would hope for some community discussion, as this decision is not limited to the borders of Teatown...

...  rangers at the Cumberland Mountain State Park have developed an unofficial mascot, a three-legged deer they lovingly referred to as 'Tripod.' ...  Tripod ended up stranded and sinking between chunks of ice in the middle of frozen Byrd Lake ... a team of about six worked together to reach the doe...

Red deer numbers decline according to TWRA February 1, 2014 Tennessee, Claiborne Progress
... Ever since the red deer found freedom years back, they have inspired love-hate feelings depending on if you are a resident of Claiborne County or a member of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). ...  which is on record of wanting them eradicated ...

Scott County, Hunters on pace for big harvest January 28, 2014 Tennessee, Independent Herald
... In 1957, the first year state wildlife officials recorded a harvest in Scott County, hunters killed 12 deer... topped 100 for the first time in 1973, surging to 165 from 94 in 1972, and topped 200 in 1979, when 216 deer were harvested. By 1983, the total harvest in Scott County had topped 300...  a record harvest in 2001 with 1,446 deer killed...

Deer harvest total is state's fourth-most January 15, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean
 ...  the total harvest was 168,407, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.  That was behind the 2006 harvest (182,782), the 2004 harvest (179,542) and the 2012 harvest (168,777)....

... To date, Tennessee deer hunters have taken 165,378 deer. On the same date last season, hunters had taken 175,996... Biologists have said for many years that Tennessee's deer population is basically stable....

Hunters are no threat to albino deer January 7, 2014 Tennessee, Lebanon Democrat
... The albino deer protection bill (TCA 70-4 130) is unique because it is the only specific game-management law ever implemented by the State Legislature. Normally wildlife regulations are determined by the Wildlife Commission, with Legislative oversight....

Deer season closing down January 1, 2014 Tennessee, lohud.com 
... As of Wednesday, TWRA harvest data puts the statewide deer harvest at 155,127 deer, including 76,200 antlered bucks, 7,630 button bucks, 5,940 antlerless bucks and 65,357 does.  That is far below last year’s harvest of 176,956 and the record harvest of 182,782 set in 2006....

... With the onset of healthier fish and wildlife populations, the agency is shifting gears to focus more directly on maintaining the habitats that support those populations.... The full version of the plan [1.1 Mb PDF file] ... To provide comment on the new plan, send an email with "strategic plan" in the subject line. Send by regular mail to Strategic Plan Comments, ATTN: Cindy Pharris, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204. The deadline for submitting comments is Jan. 21.

Hunters, beware: Rare albino deer protected by Tennessee law December 23, 2013 Tennessee, Nashville Tennessean 
... In 2001 the Tennessee General Assembly voted to make it illegal to deliberately kill or possess albino deer. It is also illegal to harvest albino deer in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin... The odds of one being born are estimated at 1 in 20,000, according to John Bates, a naturalist who co-authored the book “White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest.”  ...

City limits deer hunting surprises many December 17, 2013 Tennessee,  Courier-Journal
... Three deer carcasses had been discarded near the corner of her home on Briarcliff Road... Her horror didn’t end there. She believed they were deer that she and her neighbor ... had watched grow up in the neighborhood. According to Davis, two of them were does and one was a fawn... It is legal to hunt inside the city limits ...

Deer harvest figures lowest in five years December 7, 2013 Tennessee,  Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... The gun season opened two weeks ago, and hunters have tagged 48,880 deer, including 29,584 bucks, 2,046 button bucks, 2,002 antlerless bucks and 15,248 does. The two-week total is the fourth lowest in the past five years, just slightly higher than 2011 when 47,721 deer were taken...

Owners responsible for deer-killing dogs December 7, 2013 Tennessee, The Hartsville Vidette
... The pack consisted of a giant gray mastiff, a basset hound and another small-sized breed, and two Lab-sized dogs.  The bleating doe was pulling herself along on her forelegs but couldn't escape the pack of dogs clinging to her back and sides and tearing at what was left of her hindquarters... I fired my muzzleloader and they went loping off. I re-loaded and dispatched the crippled deer...

Weather affects outdoor activities, Tennessee Harvest Update November 29, 2013 Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
... Harvest reports released by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency indicate that 15,653 deer were checked in over the opening weekend, including 9,656 antlered deer, 671 button bucks, 672 antlerless bucks and 4,654 does.  The opening weekend harvest was 2,801 less than last year and the third lowest in the past five years...

Deer season's start is quieter November 27, 2013 Tennessee, Nashville Tennessean
... In the past, when the state’s deer population was not as large as it is today, the hunting season was far more conservative.  As the herd has grown, the number of hunting days has steadily increased, and that has taken away the urgency to be in the field at the first opportunity... There are now 102 days to hunt deer in Tennessee...

... On the just-passed opening weekend of Tennessee's regular firearm deer season ... hunters took 15,076 deer across the state, according to the TWRA website... the weekend total is likely to be down from opening weekend 2012, when Tennessee hunters took 18,017 deer... 

Rifle season opens in East TN with new technology November 24, 2013 Tennessee, WBIR-TV
... "A hunter now has a lot more modern conveniences that they can use to check in their game. They can go online and do it from internet connection. Or they can use the new mobile web application the TWRA just launched," said Matt Cameron with TWRA... 

State officials expect good deer harvest November 20, 2013 Tennessee, The Tennessean
... The total number of deer killed (176,961) climbed in 2012 for the fifth consecutive year after Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease ravaged the population in 2007. Last year’s total was an increase of 9,140 over the 2011 harvest of 167,821...



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Tennessee DataHarvest data for 2013 suggest a decline in population to about 800,000 - 900,000 in 2014. About one million deer in the state before hunting season in 2012.   An estimated 900,000 deer in the state in 2011.  The state deer population has been approximately stable for several years.  Some estimates put the herd about 20 percent lower than these estimates from TWRA.  Hunter success in 2011 was estimated at 83 percent of all hunters taking at least one deer, highest in the nation.  About 55 percent of the deer taken in 2012 were bucks. 

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Amicalola Deer Park This 1200-acre park is nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains along the headwaters of the Amicalola River. It serves the needs of 150 rescued animals, primarily Sika and Fallow Deer, as a place of retreat, restoration, recreation, preservation and conservation. Amicalola Deer Park is now a toured facility offering many special events throughout the year to promote awareness and funding for their mission.

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11 Deer by Tennessee River - January, 2013