Virginia Deer News

More Virginia Drivers Colliding with Deer September  16, 2014  newsplex.com 
... “Human population growth increases traffic volume and the number of roads, fragmenting deer habitats. As a result, deer cross busier highways more often, which can lead to more accidents even with a stable deer population...  Nelson Lafon from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries...

White deer population deserving of protection September 5, 2014 Virginia, Times Dispatch
...  a large white doe was standing in the center of the road. The highway was quiet, no cars in sight. I stopped the car and sat mesmerized by the sight before me. Calm and deliberate, the doe returned my gaze, then walked to the side of the road and at the edge of the woods turned and looked at me before disappearing into the dense foliage...  check out the website http://protectthewhitedeer.com/why-save-the-white-deer...

Fairfax County Deer Management Program Starts Saturday September 4, 2014 Virginia, Patch 
... Last year, the entire number of deer culled in the county was more than 1,000, with 848 killed by bow and arrow; nearly 700 citizens participated in the archery program...Results from last year’s program may be found at this link [PDF] 

White-tailed Deer Fawns 2014 August 29,2014 Virginia, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
... The Wildlife Center is currently caring for 11 White-tailed Deer fawns... Several of these 2014 fawns were healthy orphans, one was attacked by a dog, and a few were simply “fawn-napped”– that is, they were picked up by a well-intentioned citizen who believed the fawn to be orphaned...

- See more at: http://wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/current-patients/white-tailed-deer-fawns-2014#sthash.M5EY20kY.dpuf
VDOT investigating ways to help prevent collisions with animals August 24, 2014 Virginia, Times Dispatch 
... a $100,000, three-year study aimed at reducing collisions with deer and bears... Deer and bears will often travel under roads if there is an underpass — a bridge or culvert — big enough to accommodate them, said Donaldson, the researcher... more than 57,000 of them [deer] collide with vehicles each year ...

County woman works to save rare white deer August 21, 2014 Virginia, Times Dispatch 
... The story of just how Stith became a champion for white deer begins during a drive from her home in Goochland to Charlottesville, when she came upon a white doe standing in the middle of the highway.  “It was just one of those experiences,” ... Stith learned that only a handful of states have laws to protect white deer from hunters. Virginia does not...

Franklin County is addressing deer issue August 20, 2014 Virginia, Franklin News Post
... The board of supervisors was scheduled to consider a resolution Tuesday supporting a policy change with the state Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries to address the issue by either extending the hunting season or increasing the doe limit... We don't want to see an underpopulation...

Spatiotemporal variation in deer browse and tolerance in a woodland herHR Prendeville, JC Steven, LF Galloway - Ecology, 2014
 ... To investigate broad-scale patterns of deer herbivory, we examined the frequency and reproductive consequences of deer browse over three years in 17 populations of Campanulastrum americanum spanning the latitudinal extent of its range. Even though deer are overabundant throughout the range of C. americanum, we found spatiotemporal variation in deer browse frequency (0-0.96, mean 0.46) and its effects on plant reproductive success. The four southernmost populations experienced high levels of herbivory ... Across many populations and years, average fitnesses of browsed and uneaten plants were similar, suggesting that plants are tolerant to browse. However, since large plants have greater reproductive success and are more likely to be browsed, tolerance may be influenced by plant size...

Culling the Safety Zone August 8, 2014 Virginia, Virginia Connection Newspapers
... Montgomery County Council passed a bill to reduce the archery hunting safety zone in the county from 150 to 100 yards from "a dwelling house, residence, church or other building occupied by human beings." ... follows a similar step with Maryland state law ...

... a sensor system buried in the roadway that could potentially alert drivers through signs or ultimately in their vehicles, of a crossing deer. The Omnitrax buried cable detection system detects the crossing of large animals and provides data on their location along the length of the buried cable. ...

Plan targeting 2,800 battlefield deer progresses August 1, 2014 Virginia, Washington Post
... The National Park Service tentatively approved a plan Friday that envisions government sharpshooters killing more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years to curb damage to plants and trees... Open for public comment until September 3

Marion council grapples with deer complaints July 29, 2014 Virginia, Southwest Virginia Today
... Town Manager Bill Rush told the council ... Managing the deer herds .. would require ongoing annual expenditures, potentially in the thousands of dollars. “It’s a cost… a pretty extensive cost,” ... Unless all the surrounding localities were also managing their deer populations ... the population here would quickly infill even if deer were killed locally...

Reston, Deer Hunting Contradicts Reston's Values July 17, 2014 Virginia, Virginia Connection Newspapers
... It seems ironic that the RA approved bow hunting of deer less than a 1/2 mile away from Reston’s prized multi-million dollar Nature Center ... Hunting has been shown to be an ineffective way to reduce deer population because the deer compensate in the following years through multiple births. Sterilization eliminates this possibility...  On Sept. 25, the RA board is going to be taking a wider look at “the deer issue,” ...

Food plots: getting started July 7, 2014 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... Novices often think whitetail deer thrive in a woods setting. But the fact is, a one acre food plot can yield as much nutrition as 100 acres of mature woods... Fallow fields, old log landings, natural clearings in forests and mountain benches are potential sites...

... The hunts are to be conducted at least 50 yards from a residence, by trained hunters, done from tree stands so that arrows are shot downward, and signs posted to warn people when they are being conducted... In Fairfax City ... shooting tranquilizer darts into does, hauling them up to the police garage and then having them surgically sterilized by local veterinarians...

Reston, RA OKs Deer Hunt on Sourwood Lane June 30, 2014 Virginia, Reston Now
... The homeowners will hire Suburban Whitetail Management, a professional wildlife management firm, to use crossbows ... what about those of us who value the quality of life those deer provide to us? ...

Lonely fawns are not necessarily orphans June 29, 2014 Virginia, The Daily Progress 
... In Virginia, fawns can be born as early as April and as late as Labor Day ...  “A lot of folks find them and don’t understand it’s normal for a doe to leave her fawn alone during the day. She’ll put them down to sleep and then go find food for herself.” ...

33 Fascinating Findings from Deer Research May 22, 2014 Virginia, QDMA
... 84% – The percentage of the total population of coyotes identified by DNA markers from thousands of scats collected in Virginia that only appeared once in the collection. Dana Morin of Virginia Polytechnic and State University said this supports other evidence that coyote populations in Virginia include a high percentage of widely traveling individuals and experience high turnover rates – both of which suggest that shooting coyotes does little to control populations...

Antler craze leads to controversial hunts May 13, 2014 Virginia, The Roanoke Times
Does the future of deer hunting involve shooting a privately owned, half-tame, supplement-fed, genetically engineered buck standing in a bait pile inside a pen? ... Knox is the top deer biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries ... builds a case against the captive deer industry and intensive deer management, which involves supplemental feeding, selective breeding and a high-fence habitat designed to grow antlers on deer that are record-book big...

Chatham, Deer drive residents crazy May 12, 2014 Virginia, The Roanoke Times
... Deer have been eating grass, devouring flowers and marking territory in Linda and C.B. Cundiff’s yard on South Main Street.... Linda said she and other residents have asked the town for an urban archery season ... Chatham has no ordinance on the feeding of wildlife ...

... When it was clear that the deer was dead — struck by a car — someone in the crowd of onlookers who had gathered suggested that maybe it could be taken to a butcher, its meat given to the poor.Deborah Williams would have none of it. To her, this was not some random roadkill. This deer was different. For eight years, the doe had survived in a seemingly inhospitable corner of Alexandria ...

... Chatham residents fed up with deer trampling across their lawns, eating flowers and shrubs, and raiding gardens can apply for kill permits from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  The special permits require landowners to prove damage by deer, but don’t need approval by the town....

Drivers wanted for deer study  May 5, 2014 Virginia,  Virginia Tech
... Total participation time is five months. Participants will be compensated $50 per month....

Soybeans excellent choice for food plots April 28, 2014 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily 
... For this time of year the best plants to put in the ground are annuals. You want crops that come up quickly ... This boils down to three main choices: cowpeas, forage soybeans and lablab... Several companies make forage soybeans ... The plants also grow incredibly tall and dense...

PL Gopalan, J Vance - Proceedings of the Symposium on BEER, 2014
... In May 2012, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries released 16 GPS satellite collared adult elk (C. c. nelson) on a reclaimed strip mine in Buchanan County, Virginia. Early 20th century reintroductions of elk in Virginia failed due to a lack of knowledge of elk ecology.  One important aspect of elk ecology is obtaining estimates of an elk's home range... 

Falls Church,  Resident Objects to Deer Extermination Without Warning April 22, 2014 Virginia, WUSA 9 
...  she is outraged that deer management was occurring nearby without notification to neighboring property owners in her closely packed subdivision ... bow hunting on nearby property to reduce the nuisance deer population in the neighborhood. ... The dying deer left a bloody trail across Doyle's front yard, including thick spatters on a walkway reminiscent of a crime scene... 

Endangered deer dies of unusual mass at biology institute April 21, 2014 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... Eld's deer are native to Thailand and Burma ... The necropsy revealed an internal mass causing the issues in Rachel's hooves. ... The remaining herd will continue to be used to research potential breeding techniques that could increase the deer's native population....

Deer mortality reported: 'They look like they just laid down and died' April 10, 2014 Virginia, Lynchburg News and Advance
...  in Craig County. She discovered six dead deer on a 187-acre property.  It was a classic case of starvation; all young deer with poor femur marrow... A week earlier, deer showing signs of starvation were reported in Prince William County...

Perfect VA Management Plan: Food Plots and Let Bucks Walk April 10, 2014 Virginia, bigdeerblog.com
... We have 19 food plots, most of them clover & alfalfa, but we made 6 plots with a mixture of buckwheat, corn, sunflowers, sorghum, cow peas and millet...  Pass the one- and 2-year-old bucks, and by age 3 and 4 those bucks will have grown 75% to 95% ...

Prince William, Meeting set on Prince William deer population March 28, 2014 Virginia, Inside Nova 
... a public meeting March 31 on wildlife and deer management issues... The meeting is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Drive, in Woodbridge...

Southampton big on deer hunting, except when it comes to  muzzleloaders March 27, 2014 Virginia, Lynchburg News and Advance
... Southampton is the only county in Virginia that blocks hunters from participating in the popular black-powder season ... Credit for the ban is placed on several large clubs that prefer to hunt deer with hounds...

Williamsburg, Deer focus of next Williamsburg Neighborhood Council meeting March 21, 2014 Virginia, Daily Press 
... The meeting takes place 8-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Quarterpath Recreation Center on Quarterpath Road...

Deer stuck between I-395 and Van Dorn March 18, 2014 Virginia, ABC 7 News 
Alexandria...  A deer is stuck on a patch of land for a couple of years ... "  ... in another week it will be gone " ... VDOT is building an extra lane ... "someone needs to help her ..." ... so far no one seems able to help ...

Virginia data:  The 2013 deer population estimated at about 920,000, a decline resulting from increased doe hunting licenses, a poor acorn crop, and a severe outbreak of Hemorrhagic Disease that reduced the herd significantly in some areas starting in late summer of 2012.  A peak population of about 1 million deer in the state for 2012, up from the estimated 900,000 in 2011. About 200,000 taken during deer hunting season.each year.  Peak harvest of about 260,000 in 2009. The state maintains balanced demographics with does accounting for about half of the harvest - 48% in 2013. The deer harvest fell by about 40 percent from 2008 to 2014 in Shenandoah County.
    There were only about 25,000 deer left in the state in the 1930's after years of over hunting.  Economic hardship drove many hunters into the field during the Great Depression.  Conservation efforts allowed the deer populations to recover during the 1940 to the early 1990's when the deer population reached its current approximate size. Hunting statistics.

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Other useful links:
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Deer Information Page, Virginia 
- 21st Century Deer Management for Fairfax County  Humane management of urban deer.

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