Virginia Deer News
... fawns are left alone for the first two weeks of their life because they can't keep up with their mothers... [contact the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center for advice]

Deer teaches a lesson May 13, 2015 Virginia, The Roanoke Times
... I first spotted her last fall ... a lame deer.  She'd never make it through the winter... a couple of weeks ago ... it was her.  Eating my phlox ... balanced on three legs ... I hope to see her again ... 

Best seeds to plant for summer food plots May 11, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Dail
... The three best choices for summer annuals according to food plot experts with the Quality Deer Management Association are cowpeas, soybeans and lablab... Plant these seeds ½ to 1 inch deep, after making sure the pH level is adequate (6.0 or higher) and adding a fertilizer such as 5-10-10 or similar...

... The Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association is conducting a survey to determine how many members, residents or staff are interested in qualifying to participate in a pilot program to manage the community's deer population...

Accomack committee acts on deer hunting with dogs May 1, 2015 Virginia, Delmarva Daily Times
... proposals range from banning deer hunting with dogs in the county outright, to banning it for the first 14 days of the firearm season, to splitting the season evenly between still hunters and dog hunters... would not be taken up by the department until 2017 ...

Wasting disease prompts extreme measures April 27, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... chronic wasting disease.  In response to a positive case detected in Shenandoah County ...  licensed veterinary rehabilitators within those counties ... could no longer rehabilitate young deer — or fawns — in those counties... McRuer said that, while the Wildlife Center of Virginia does agree with the implementation of containment area ... “I think the answer is to allow fawns to be rehabilitated within the disease management zone, but they must be released within [that zone],” ...

... The more coyotes you kill, the more you have. ...  trees may be more of a problem for deer hunters than predators. Much of the woodlands of Western Virginia have matured over the past century or so, pushing deer herds to find better food sources elsewhere... 

Virginia Tech study shows adaptability of coyotes April 13, 2015 Virginia, Roanoke Times
...  one particularly surprising finding: Bobcats eat a lot of deer, and there may be more bobcats in the woods than biologists thought ... Kelly said that when a deer herd is already in decline, it’s possible that predator pressure, such as coyotes taking fawns, could have an effect. But coyote typically do not cause the population declines. Those are governed by larger factors, like food availability... 

Deer harvest plummets statewide April 10, 2015 Virginia, The News Leader
... Statewide, the number of deer killed during the 2014 hunting season was down 22 percent from the previous year, with the most significant reduction in eastern Virginia... Disease, predators, a small acorn crop two years ago and extra doe days are some of the reasons ...

Battlefield conversions: Hunters see climate changing their traditions April 7, 2015 Virginia, Environment Energy Publishing 
...  In some counties, deer populations were down 40 percent, but connecting those changes to climate change for a conservative constituency -- now, that's a challenge... Conservation Hawks, has set out to explain the science and communicate that climate change is responsible for the changes they are seeing ...

Looking for shed deer antlers March 31, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... Deer in the Shenandoah Valley typically lose their antlers in February and March... Searching for cast off deer antlers has become increasingly popular in the Shenandoah Valley... Chances are good that when you find a shed, you have found part of the core home range of the deer that dropped it...

Wildlife officials want to ban use of deer urine in hunting March 18, 2015 Virginia, Roanoke Times 
...  has been asking hunters not to use doe urine to mask their scent or attract a buck, because the commercially sold commodity has potential to spread the deadly chronic wasting disease.... are considering a proposal to ban the use of the product...

Va. deer harvest plummets March 16, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
...  The 2014-15 kill was down a whopping 22 percent from the 244,440 harvested the previous year... especially pronounced in eastern Virginia. The kill east of the Blue Ridge Mountains plummeted 24 percent. West of the Blue Ridge the harvest was down 16 percent...

Coyote Hunting Tournament To Control Population March 14, 2015 Virginia, newsplex.com
... The Coyote population that has exploded in recent years has taken a toll on the local deer population... More than 50 people have already signed up for the tournament that spans all across the Commonwealth, but focuses mainly in Central Virginia...

Fall hunting data released by state March 11, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... the deer harvest was lower than expected and “one of the most significant drops” the department has seen for one year.  The official report from the department showed 190,745 deer harvested in 2014, a 22 percent drop from the 244,440 tally from 2013... still left the deer population above what Lafon described as the cultural caring capacity ...

Chronic Wasting Disease Nears Shenandoah Park March 6, 2015 Virginia, crozetgazette.com
... In 2009 it was discovered about 23 miles away from the park...  most of the deer in the park are around Big Meadows. Coyotes have come back in the park and are suppressing the deer population...  now “We realize that some ecosystems are fire-dependent,” ...

Disease outbreak prompts 'containment area' expansion March 5, 2015 Virginia, Fredericksburg.com
... The deer that prompted the expansion was a 2-year-old buck that was killed by a vehicle in Shenandoah County, close to the Frederick County line. Two other CWD-positive adult bucks were killed by hunters in eastern Frederick County ...

Deer disease detected in Shenandoah County March 4, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
     The slow progression of chronic wasting disease has made its way to Shenandoah County, and two positive cases were detected in Frederick County, near the West Virginia state line... This latest positive sample is the 10th confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in the state since it was first reported in 2009. ...

... the hunters claim their neighbor is “purposely allowing and/or inability to control dogs, causing me significant loss of income.”
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3 new cases of chronic wasting disease detected in Va. deer February 28, 2015 Virginia, Washington Post
... three new cases of chronic wasting disease were detected in white-tailed deer in northwestern Virginia during the 2014 hunting season...

Virginia hunting for 2014/2015: Deer numbers down February 27, 2015 HamptonRoads.com
... Virginia’s harvest of 190,745 was down 22 percent from the 2013 take of 244,440, and 18 percent below the 10-year average of 233,350. The decline was worse (24 percent) east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, than west (16 percent)...

Deer, bear, turkey harvest data announced February 24, 2015 Virginia, Tidewater Review 
... During the past deer season 190,745 deer were reported killed by deer hunters in Virginia. This total included 88,148 antlered bucks, 14,592 button bucks, 87,937 does (46%) and 68 unclassified deer. The fall 2014 deer kill total was down 22% from the 244,440 deer reported killed last year. It is also 18% below the last ten year average of 233,350...

Beach man files complaint over deer hunting with dogs February 9, 2015 Virginia, 13newsnow.com
... fellow hunters tried to find other solutions to an ongoing conflict with an Eastern Shore hunt club that uses dogs before they resorted to legal action in Accomack County General District Court.  Conza is president of Conza Hunt Club ...
... Rifles historically have been allowed for deer hunting west of the Blue Ridge because there are more hills and mountains there, compared to the flatter lands to the east.  “The mountains serve as a backstop for bullets,” ...

Sterilizing the deer population in Fairfax January 30, 2015 Virginia, WUSA 9
...  Dr. Jeff Newman volunteered to help with the surgeries to remove the deer ovaries... there's make-shift deer population operating room set up ...

Fairfax deer sterilization project enters second year January 29, 2015 Virginia, Fairfax Times 
... the deer is shot with a tranquilizer dart and transported to a mobile surgical unit, where a veterinarian removes her ovaries. The surgery only takes about 12 minutes ... The deer receive a long-term pain killer and long-acting antibiotic ... fitted with ear tags and radio tracking collars ... “Killing deer in an area is not an effective wildlife management tool,” [Gina Lynch] added, because the population soon will be replaced through new births and migration from other areas...

... roadside burial is increasingly not an option because of underground cables, pipes and other infrastructure near highways, while landfills charge fees and a decline in the U.S. rendering industry has removed another disposal outlet... had been spending some $4.1 million a year ... Its new $140,000 system  ...

2 General Assembly bills raising ire of Virgina hunters January 27, 2015 Virginia, Roanoke Times
... HB 2343 would allow the feeding of wildlife on private property regardless of whether hunting season is open or closed.  HB 2345 would end Virginia’s long-standing right-to-retrieve law by requiring hunters to gain permission from a landowner before going onto private property to retrieve their dogs...

Fairfax City’s ‘Deer Spay Project’ kicks off second year January 27, 2015 Virginia, ABC 7 News 
... Organizers say it is not only more humane than killing the animals, it is also more effective.  "It's called the vacuum effect. If you remove all of them, you're just gonna have neighboring guys come into the neighborhood," ...

House bill challenges dog hunting laws January 24, 2015 Virginia, Tidewater News
... Some Virginia landowners believe that the time has come for the state to do away with the long-standing “right to retrieve” law. A bill has sparked the debate about hunters and their access to private and posted land in order to retrieve their dogs ... House Bill No. 2345 ...

... At issue is a code amendment that shrinks the mandated safety zone between bow hunters and “regularly occupied structures” – homes, businesses, schools and churches -- from 100 yards to 100 feet, a reduction of about 66 percent...  worried that allowing bow hunting in close-knit neighborhoods could catch unsuspecting people and pets in the crossfire...

Deer hunting experiences a big drop January 22, 2015 Virginia, Richmond.com 
...  deer hunting season numbers for 2014 could be down as much as 30 percent in Powhatan County.... Statewide, the number of deer kills is expected to be down about 20 percent ... The deer management staff expected that increased antlerless deer kill on private lands would eventually result in a reduced deer herd and deer kill, even without an assist from a second factor, which was hemorrhagic disease ...


While geocaching with my kids on 16JAN15 @ Locust Shade Park near Quantico, VA, we came across this little guy. Had to think fast!!!! Amazing what a knife, a tree limb and a shoelace can do for ya! - January 16, 2015


It's rare plants versus deer in the College Woods January 7, 2015 Virginia, College of William and Mary
... Plants need light to grow, but several areas of the College Woods have a very well developed canopy, which makes it difficult for light to reach the forest floor. Smaller seedlings are unable to grow in this environment.... If five years has passed and vegetation is still not growing in the deer-fence patches, that is strong evidence that other factors are at play, ...

Bedford County doe stands out because of antlers December 30, 2014 Virginia, Roanoke Times
... a much bigger deer suddenly bolted from a thicket ... the strange rack... had 18 points and measured 11.5 inches at the base. It was in full velvet... When he checked the south end of the deer, there were no visible male organs. It had all the makings of a doe. Spradlin had shot an antlered doe ...

Deer kill numbers called into question December 26, 2014 Virginia, Free Lance-Star 
... As for the coyotes not having an impact on the deer numbers, I find that hard to believe. I’m in the woods every day, and in the spring I see coyotes in pursuit of does with fawns.  The deer numbers in our area have dropped probably by more than half. Add to that the deer-kill permits given for crops and ornamental shrubs...

Combination of factors have led to low deer numbers December 25, 2014 Virginia, Richmond.com 
... The goal of increasing the antlerless-deer harvest, especially on private lands, was to lower the deer herd. It appears to be working. Knox [deer project coordinator] also ... an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease. HD is spread by tiny, biting flies often referred to as no-see-ums or sand gnats, with outbreaks generally occurring between late August and early October, or until the first frost...

Deer kill is down 40 percent in Virginia December 24, 2014 Roanoke Times
... , the 2014 deer kill was down 40 percent from a year ago, based on the number of bucks and does that successful hunters have checked by phone or the Internet. That’s 52,126 in 2014 compared with 87,425 in 2013.  A decline of this magnitude is unprecedented in modern times...  The most significant declines in Virginia are in the eastern half of the state ...

Va. deer-kill numbers down greatly this year December 11, 2014 Virginia, Free Lance-Star 
... At least a dozen counties in Eastern Virginia are seeing a greater than 30 percent decline in the reported deer kill during the current hunting season.  And the overall statewide total is down 17 percent ... Deer in several counties around Fredericksburg were hit particularly hard by EHD in 2012...

Woman launches project to protect Va.'s white deer December 7, 2014 Virginia, Richmond Times-Dispatch
... Stith started Protect Virginia White Deer, an effort to exempt white deer from hunting. The project is just getting underway, but Stith has bumper stickers and a website,www.protectvirginiawhitedeer.org.

Deer pulling a disappearing act December 3, 2014 Virginia, Roanoke Times 
... As of this week, the statewide kill is down 16 percent, or 20,700 animals, and the count west of the Blue Ridge Mountains is off 13 percent, or about 5,700 animals. The late muzzleloading and bowhunting seasons aren’t expect to reverse this trend ...

... "My younger son was standing next to the horse only about five feet away ... well when the gun shot went off the horse more or less hit the ground." ... a bullet intended for a deer that instead struck Cheyanne between the eyes ...

Shenandoah National Park, Park seeks imput on deer disease plan November 22, 2014 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... “Our goal is to decrease the amplification of the disease if and when it arrives in the park,” Schaberl said. This is why, he said, the park is seeking to lethally remove deer from certain portions of the park...  the park is essentially looking at where the deer are located and calculating what percentage of the population would have to be removed in order to prevent the spread of the disease. [this percentage cannot be calculated, the effectiveness of killing deer to reduce the spread of CWD is still being debated in the literature even where the disease is already present.  Here is the link to the park's explanation for this program.  Although the public is invited to comment on the program from November 10 to December 10, 2014., the link to make a public comment was not active when we checked it on November 22]



Lake Ridge to host deer management meeting November 22, 2014 Virginia, Inside NoVA
... the meeting is for the association’s board of directors to hear from residents regarding the deer population in the Lake Ridge area...  7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Tall Oaks Community Center, 12298 Cotton Mill Drive, Lake Ridge ...

Dumping deer illegal November 17, 2014 Virginia, TriCities.com
...  improperly disposing of animal carcasses is a crime punishable by up to 12 months in jail and $2,500.  Dunford says the Class I misdemeanor is part of the Code of Virginia ...

... Hunting over bait is controversial and divisive among hunters, it is opposed by the
general public, and it has significant negative biological and social implications for Virginia’s wildlife resources, wildlife habitats, hunting heritage, and citizens. It is therefore the recommendation of the department that the 78 year old ban on hunting over bait in the Commonwealth be maintained...

Loudoun Board Advocates Deer-baiting Study November 12, 2014 Virginia, Leesburg Today
... support at least a legislative study of allowing Virginia hunters to bait deer to help reduce the animal population.  It’s an effort that could assist in lowering the number of deer-car crashes in the county...

Shenandoah National Park Preparing To Deal With Chronic Wasting Disease In Deer November 11, 2014 Virginia, National Parks Traveler 
...  CWD has not been found in the park's deer, it has been documented approximately 12 miles from the park’s northern boundary ... Maintaining deer densities that are similar across the park is the primary way to minimize disease transmission and spread, according to the park... Details of the plan, and a page for public comment, can be found at this website...

Mastering The E-Hunt November 4, 2014 Virginia, The Roanoke Star
... I’m not sure there has been a technology since the invention of the rifled barrel that has impacted hunting more than cellular communication. It’s as if the once mysterious world of hunters and hunting has suddenly been uncloaked, and anyone and everyone can look through the port holes of our phones and see what used to be a very private affair...

Baiting’s byproducts cloud its success October 30, 2014 Virginia,  Fredicksburg 
... Deer baiting is permitted in 22 states nationwide, including all states bordering Virginia with the exception of Tennessee...  In South Carolina’s coastal plain, an estimated 13 million pounds of corn is placed annually to attract deer; in Texas, it’s a whopping 30 million pounds... an adult white-tailed deer requires 3–5 percent of its body weight in forage daily. ...

Game officials uphold 78-year old ban on hunting over bait October 28, 2014 Virginia, Roanoke Times
... Hunting over a pile of corn or other bait designed to attract wildlife is illegal in Virginia ... Following a recent hour-long presentation on baiting in Richmond, the board of the DGIF unanimously approved a position statement upholding the ban ...  about 60 percent of hunters in Virginia oppose baiting ...

Deer season forecast looks promising October 22, 2014 Virgina, The Daily Progress
... The mast crop appears to be excellent, there is no indication of widespread Hemorrhagic Disease (HD)  ...  Included in the 2013 harvest were 106,230 antlered bucks, 20,082 button bucks and 116,304 does.,, The goal of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to keep the herd at a steady and sustainable level ... 

Deer season is back, what you need to know October 14, 2014 Virginia, South Hill Enterprise
... One of the diseases affecting Virginia’s white-tail deer population this year is Hemorrhagic Disease (HD). HD is the most infectious disease of white-tailed deer in Virginia, and outbreaks occur almost every year.  Signs that a deer may have contracted this virus include animals appearing “depressed,” having a swollen head, neck, tongue or eyelids, or having difficulty breathing... [Report sick deer to VDGIF  (804) 367-1000]

VDOT eyes ways to prevent collisions with animals October 5, 2014 Virginia, Lynchburg News and Advance
... Researchers are using motion-activated cameras placed along an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 64 east and west of Afton Mountain to see how and when the animals cross the busy highway... About 1 million deer live in Virginia, and more than 57,000 of them collide with vehicles each year ...

Virginia Whitetail Deer Hunting Outlook October 3, 2014 Wide Open Spaces
... The harvest data shows an increase, uniformly spread across the state, of 27,493 deer taken over the prior season... Northern Mountain Region: The deer density in these areas is higher than most areas in Virginia. High deer density and the abundance of crop fields ...

White-tailed Deer Fawns 2014 Release October 2, 2014 Virginia, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
... On the morning of October 2, a group of 21 people prepared for the capture and release of the nine White-tailed Deer fawns during “fawn round-up”.... For more information about the Wildlife Center, check out the links:  Website: http://wildlifecenter.org   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildlifecenter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WCVtweets   Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/WildlifeVA/

In this video, the rehabilitation staff and students manually catch the White-tailed Deer fawns for release. This quick, quiet capture eliminates the need for chemical immobilization and allows for a fast release. It was a great success!



Deer researcher shares thoughts on how coyotes can impact deer populations September 23, 2014 Virginia, Allegheny Mountain Radio
... “Only recently has it ever been recorded that coyotes are capable of taking adult deer,” ...Moren said if the coyotes in the area were just hitting fawns they would expect to see an increase in the scat only during fawning season, but it was the same all the way through the year...

... The National Park Service is giving its approval to a plan that would have government sharpshooters kill more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years...

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] 

Virginia data:  The deer harvest for 2014 is down around 40 percent, with the most dramatic declines in the east, indicating a significant drop in the population.  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. The overall goal for the state is to keep the deer population stable.  
    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.
    In 2012 16 elk with GPS tracking collars were reintroduced in a pilot program in Buchanan County.  Efforts to reintroduce elk in the early 1900's failed.

Report Poaching:  1-800-237-5712
Report Sick Deer VDGIF  (804) 367-1000

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.
- Southest Virginia Wildlife Center, advice about fawns that may appear to be abandoned but usually are not

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