Washington Deer News
... Northeast white-tailed deer: Buck harvest levels have increased as the herd starts to rebound from harsh winters of 2007-08...

Elk hunting permits reduced for Mount St. Helens April 17, 2014 Washington, The Columbian 
... The Mount St. Helens elk herd has been reduced by 25 percent to 30 percent, largely through elevated permit levels started in 2007...

Washington increases elk tags, cuts deer permit fees April 14, 2014 The Spokesman-Review
...  “After a five-year stretch of mild winters, surveys show that most big game populations are stable or growing,” ...  Elk hunting permits will be increased in the Colockum and Yakima areas along with antlerless deer permits in northeastern Washington ...

Wildlife trafficker gets minimal sentence April 13, 2014 Washington, The Spokesman-Review 
... A Tacoma man described as “one of the largest illegal wildlife traffickers in Washington state history” was sentenced last week to 30 days of community service and 60 days’ home detention for selling deer, elk and sturgeon in violation of state law ...

Endangered cousins of local deer April 5, 2014 Washington, The Islands' Sounder
...  the beautiful Columbian white-tailed deer. Named for the Columbia River, herds of these deer tend to congregate near this river in the states of Washington and Oregon. The Columbian white-tailed deer was federally listed as an endangered species in Washington and Oregon in 1967. Thanks to immense effort by conservationists, the Douglas County, Oregon population of deer was removed from the Endangered Species Act in 2003...

Commission will consider adopting new hunting rules at April meeting March 27, 2014 Washington, Access Washington
     The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting proposed changes to state hunting rules for deer, elk, moose and other game species during a public meeting April 11-12 in Olympia. The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene at 8:30 a.m. each day in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building on the state capitol campus at 1111 Washington St. S.E.
     An agenda for the meeting is available on the commission's website at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/. On Friday, April 11, the commission will consider adopting new rules for hunting in 2014 that would: Reduce fees for multi-season deer permit holders; master hunters with special permits for deer or elk damage tags; special permit holders who purchase a second deer tag; and hunters who are issued damage prevention or kill permits for second deer tags... Those and other proposed changes in state hunting rules are available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/development.html

Unlocking the needs and habits of our mule deer March 28, 2014 Washington, The Wenatchee World
... As has happened in the Wenatchee area over the past 50 years, traditional mule deer wintering grounds have been converted to human settlement. Mule deer populations have decreased since 1940 throughout the western U.S... As homeowners, it is frustrating to find tulips and ornamental shrubs consumed, but it helps to realize that we’ve displaced the original mule deer locals...

Four plead guilty in Washington County wildlife killing spree March 25, 2014 Washington, Bellingham Herald
...  In Unit 70 south of Pocatello near Mink Creek and Arbon Valley, the commission voted to eliminate the general archery hunt and replace it with an unlimited control hunt for mule deer...

Fish-game cops need help with poaching cases March 5, 2014 Washington,  The Spokesman Review 
... Two mule deer bucks were shot from Mud Creek Road in the Entiat Valley during the first two weeks of January 2014... A $2,000 reward ... Contact Officer Oswald, (509) 630.0536, or email eric.oswald@dfw.wa.gov ...

     Among the accomplishments highlighted in the report, DNR:   Partnered with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in creating Washington's first state-managed community forest, the Teanaway Community Forest.  Committed resources to suppress 742 wildfires in one of the most challenging wildfire seasons we have seen in recent years.  Adopted the Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forest Recreation Plan, a plan developed through an extensive community engagement process including a citizen-based advisory committee.

Federal biologists will relocate endangered deer despite outcry March 1, 2014 Washington, Longview Daily News 
... Despite some public objections, federal biologists have begun moving Columbian white-tailed deer from Puget Island to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge ... The deer are native to the bottomlands of the Columbia River, and their numbers dwindled as those lands were drained and developed...

Commission to take public comments on hunting proposals at Moses Lake meeting February 27, 2014 Washington, Access Washington
     The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will accept comments on proposed changes to state hunting rules for deer, elk, moose and other game species during a public meeting March 7-8 in Moses Lake... An agenda for the meeting is available on the commission's website at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.  On March 7, the commission will be briefed and take public comment on proposed changes to hunting rules for 2014. Those changes, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/development.html, include:
       Reducing fees for multi-season deer permit holders; master hunters with special permits for deer or elk damage tags; special permit holders who purchase a second deer tag; and hunters who are issued damage prevention or kill permits for second deer tags.   Decreasing elk hunting permits by more than 400 in the Mount St. Helens area now that the elk population is more in balance with area habitat.  Boosting the number of antlerless elk hunting permits by 620 for the Colockum area, where the population exceeds management goals.

Achieving a secure and sustainable population for white-tailed deer February 19, 2014 Washington, waheagle.com, Nancy Holman, Visitor Services Manager, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex, US Fish and Wildlife Service
...  In 1967, Columbian white-tailed deer (CWTD) were listed as an endangered species. Their range had shrunk from about 13 million acres to around 350,000 acres... To measure recovery, the population must be known.  Counting wildlife is difficult, but new technology using infrared cameras can make the job easier... 

Watch Washington's winter wildlife February 17, 2014 Washington, The Columbian
... SEE ELK at Oak Creek Wildlife Area, in Yakima County. Recent snow has finally brought Rocky Mountain elk down from higher elevations, and state wildlife agents feed them here at 1:30 p.m. daily... Call 509-653-2390 for updates. Discover Pass required. See http://bit.ly/1dZ7OVU for directions and information.

Land for wildlife eyed January 30, 2014 Washington, The Columbian 
... The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says elk habitat north of Merrill Lake and deer habitat in the Simcoe Mountains of Klickitat County are on its list of 13 priority land acquisitions... The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is working with the landowners, Merrill Lake LLC , to renew an option on the land...

Deer translocations to begin; assessment released January 29, 2014 Washington, waheagle.com
...  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin to translocate up to 35 Columbian white-tailed deer from Puget Island to the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer ... The final Environmental Assessment for the translocation and an accompanying finding of no significant impact is now available to the public...  at https://www.fws.gov/jbh/translocation.html ...

Collar Cameras Provide a New Way to Monitor Deer Behavior January 21, 2014 Washington, outdoorlife.com 
... “We place the cameras on collars, which we attach to deer at the beginning of winter, after hunting and breeding seasons, and pre-program them to record from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day,” explains Dellinger, who studies at the University of Washington. “After three months, a timed release ejects the collar, which emits a signal that we use to find and retrieve it. We then download the data stored on the camera’s card.”...

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies Rescue Deer From Lake December 29, 2013 Washington, WPSD Local 6 
...  Carolyn says she saw the deer in the middle of Shelley Lake struggling to stand ...  It took about forty minutes for the team to pull the deer to safety...

Wahkiakum County takes feds to task for failures in protecting rare deer December 24, 2013 Washington, Longview Daily News 
... It noted:  Since the agency established the 6,200-acre Cathlamet-area refuge in 1971, the number of deer has dropped from 250 to fewer than 60, with 100 drowning during a flood because fencing erected around the refuge blocked their escape to high ground.   More deer were killed by improper administration of inoculations... The letter concluded that deer thrived while local farmers managed the land that now is encompassed in the refuge...

Comments due on proposal to move more white-tailed deer December 19, 2013 Washinfgton, The Columbian 
... Moving the deer from Puget Island to the two refuges is intended to promote recovery of the species by stabilizing the Julia Butler Hansen and Ridgefield subpopulations.... The draft environmental document can be downloaded at the Ridgefield refuge website at www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ridgefield
     From the website:  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to translocate up to 35 Columbian white-tailed deer from Puget Island, Wash. to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer in 2014 and an additional 10-20 deer to Ridgefield NWR in 2015. The draft environmental assessment of the proposed translocation is available for public comment. The public comment period will be open for 30 days, from December 12, 2013 to January 12, 2014.
     Columbian white-tailed deer are unique to southwest Washington and western Oregon and are listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. Julia Butler Hansen Refuge and Ridgefield NWR contain existing populations of Columbian white-tailed deer, suitable habitat, and are within their historical range. The Service will capture and move the deer in partnership with the Cowlitz Tribe, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Commissioners oppose plan to move deer December 18, 2013 Washington, waheagle.com 
... Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday voiced opposition to a plan to move white-tail deer from Puget Island to US Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges.... "This opposition is due to the county's opinion of historical gross mismanagement of the White-tailed Deer population at the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge ...  Fencing has caused the drowning of approximately 100 deer which couldn't leave the refuge during floods... 

Deer Harvest Up In Northeast WA; Wolf Tracks Verified In Palouse-Scablands December 3, 2013 Washington, nwsportsmanmag.com
... it appears that whitetail deer harvest is increasing in Northeast Washington units hit by brutal back-to-back winters and then restrictive buck-harvest regulations... The stats come from the latest WDFW weekly Wildlife Program report (Nov. 18)...

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Data: Whitetail deer in Northeast Washington are still recovering from major winters kills in the winters of '07 and '08.  With the decline of logging and new forest management practices, the deer population has declined by about 40 percent in some parts of the Southwest since 2002; black-tail numbers are stronger in the interior Southwest.  The foothills of GMU 621 have good abundance of black-tails. Even with harsh winters, white-tail populations are increasing in Northeast Washington. Efforts are ongoing to support the few Columbian white-tailed deer, once thought to be extinct. The total 2012 deer harvest in 2012 was 33,917 with 27,003 antlered and 6,914 antlerless with a hunter success rate of 28.2 percent. The antlerless harvest rose from 15.7% of the total in 1998 to 25.6 percent in 2012.   Harvest Statistics   The total deer harvest in 2012 was similar to 1997, with a peak in the early 2000's at around 40,000.
    An estimated 2,500 cougars in 2008.

Report Poaching:  Information can be submitted anonymously:  Call the state Poaching Hotline, (877) 933-9847,  Email the tip to reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov

Other useful links:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington State Conservation Mission Statement “Wildlife, fish, and shellfish are the property of the state. The commission, director, and the department shall preserve, protect, perpetuate, and manage the wildlife and food fish, game fish, and shellfish in state waters and offshore waters. STATE OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE POLICY DOCUMENT
Blacktail Deer Society — IslandWood an outdoor education center on the 255 acres on Bainbridge Island 
I-90 Wildlife Watch is a citizen-based wildlife monitoring project that invites motorists to report wildlife sightings along Interstate 90 (I-90) in the Snoqualmie Pass region of Washington.
- Washington Prescribed Fire Council 

Tweets for Washington Fish and Wildlife

This GIS dataset is part of a suite of wildlife habitat connectivity data produced by the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group (WHCWG). The WHCWG is a voluntary public-private partnership between state and federal agencies, universities, tribes, and non-governmental organizations. The WHCWG is co-led by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT). This dataset quantifies current wildlife habitat connectivity patterns for the Columbia Plateau Ecoregion in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. 

Deer Management: "The purpose of the White-tailed Deer Management Plan is to assess current issues for white-tailed deer and outline strategies to help WDFW prepare for the future. The emphasis in this plan is the scientific management of white-tailed deer populations ...

Eloika Lake Deer in Deer Park, Washington


Kiwani Wambli Wildlife Rehabilitation Center ~ Cusick, Washington - August, 2012