Tennessee Deer News

... The deer roam on more than 140 acres but show up to hang out with visitors at the sound of feeding cups and during their regular meals...  the attraction in Sevierville about 25 years ago. The Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo lives up to its name with Zonkies, and reindeer, and Rocky Mountain Elk...

Hendersonville deer committee backs 6-week USDA hunt August 13, 2014 Tennessee, The Tennessean 
... deer would be baited for a period of two to three weeks after deer season to an open tract of land. Does, or female deer, would be killed with suppressed, high-powered rifles by professional wildlife experts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... The recommendation is just one component of an integrated deer management program proposed by the Hendersonville Urban Deer Committee ...

TWF Deer Survey Results Now Available August 11, 2014 Tennessee, by Tennessee Wildlife Federation
The results of TWF's Deer Hunter's Survey, published May 15, are now available.  More than 6,500 people participated in the survey, which yielded some interesting trends and discoveries.  Click the link to open and/or download a pdf of the survey.  Tennessee Wildlife Federation Deer Hunter Survey Results

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.


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Tennessee DataHarvest data for 2013 indicate 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.  Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease killed many deer in 2007.   Hunting statistics

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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