Washington Deer News
Man accused of killing deer pleads guilty September 2, 2015 Washington, Daily Record-News
... killing deer on his property and leaving them to rot ... seven days of jail time ...  pay $14,000 ...

Washington-Oregon Deer Forecast for 2015 September 1, 2015  Game & Fish
... Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission recently approved two more days added on to the end of the modern firearm season for mule deer... The commission also added back some antlerless deer opportunities in northeast Washington, where antlerless hunting had been restricted following some harsh winters...

Drought, wildfires combine to impact region's wildlife August 27, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review
... In the 2014 Carlton Complex fires, we were very concerned about the impact to deer winter range and what the loss of so many deer fences would mean to crops. But some rains came last fall; we had a little green-up followed by a mild winter, so we came through better than many would have expected...

Bellingham, Deer found shot by crossbow bolt in Bellingham August 24, 2015 Washington, Bellingham Herald 
... A deer had to be euthanized after it was found with a crossbow bolt in its neck ... they are processing the bolt for fingerprints ...

Large Washington fire burns buildings near Canadian border August 15, 2015 Lexington Herald Leader
... The blaze that has burned about 7 square miles near Oroville, Washington, and a hundred acres in Canada ... Saw deer with their fawns walking aimlessly around, not knowing where to go...

No suspects after deer found shot dead in Bellingham August 4, 2015 Washington, The Bellingham Herald
... A two-point buck ...  illegally shot around 3 a.m. Saturday near Barkley Boulevard and Chandler Parkway ...  call Officer Jeff Lee at 360-708-9858.

Rare piebald blacktail deer fawns spotted in Clallam County August 2, 2015 Washington, The Seattle Times
... marked like an appaloosa horse with a white, spotted body and dark legs and head ... The coloration is the result of genetic variation and in most deer populations represents less than 1 percent of fawns born...

Plant & Deer Herbivory Volunteers Needed: Washington August 1, 2015 Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board
...  seeking volunteers to join me in the forests of northeast Washington to install deer exclosures as part of a research study investigating the impacts of recolonizing wolves on deer herbivory. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to practice radio telemetry, install trail cameras, review camera footage, and more...

Rare piebald fawns spotted in Clallam County July 30, 2015 Washington, Peninsula Daily
... Unusual piebald blacktail deer are appearing in Clallam County, with as many as four brightly marked fawns spotted this year.  A Lake Crescent resident photographed a healthy 8-week-old piebald fawn ...  marked like an appaloosa horse with a white, spotted body ...

Abundance, Density, and Opinions about Columbian Black-tailed Deer, Whidbey Island, Washington July, 2015 Robert P. Wingard
... I used road-based spotlight sampling analyzed with distance analysis to estimate the abundance and density. The population of deer on Whidbey Island is estimated to be 2,744.5 deer (6.2 deer/km2). The density of deer varied regionally from 4 deer/km2
in the south, to 10.5 deer/km2 in the central section ...  The public and hunter opinion surveys did not indicate perception among respondents of the varying deer densities across Whidbey Island ...

A deer crosses over from the mainland to Caterpillar Island on the Columbia River. - June 10, 2015



Animals getting overpass on I-90 June 7, 2015 Washington, The Seattle Times
... the state Department of Transportation will break ground east of Snoqualmie Pass on the state’s first freeway overpass for animals. The 150-foot-long structure is designed to provide safe passage for species ranging from black bear and cougar to deer, elk ...

Hiker saves baby deer, snaps adorable selfie June 6, 2015 Washington, HLNtv.com
... Scotland Smith said the fawn appeared to have fallen down a hill and couldn't get back to its mother above, so he hiked four hours to reunite them...

Estimating Moose Abundance and Trends in Northeastern Washington State [PDF] ... RB Harris, M Atamian, H Ferguson, I Keren - …  Biology and Management of …, 2015
... The state of Washington was historically considered to be unoccupied by moose (Alces
alces) with initial colonization in the 1920s primarily in the northeastern quarter of the state. All evidence indicates a steadily increasing population since, with moose and moose hunting now firmly established...

... Capps and Tanner founded Oregon Shed Hunters 10 years ago to promote ethical shed hunting. No cutting fences, no destroying habitat, no harassing animals to get them to drop their antlers faster...

A growing number people head out to wild places in search of the antlers that elk and deer shed. Some of those collectors harass these animals to death by chasing them down with ATVs. - May 17, 2015 Washington


Columbian White-tail deer relocation complete May 15, 2015 Washington, Longview Daily News
... A total of 88 deer were relocated to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge... The typical mortality rate of transferring deer is 8 to 10 percent ... The relocation started because of concerns that a dike that protects the refuge would breach ...

Hunters, wildlife finding fewer acres of CRP May 13, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman-Review 
...  Higher prices for farm products in recent years resulted in acreage coming out of the federal Conservation Reserve Program and going under the plow... The number of acres in the federal CRP program, which pays farmers to idle croplands, fell from 3.5 million in 2007 to 1.7 million in 2014 ...

What should I do if I see an injured deer or fawn?  May 2, 2015 Washington, Bellingham Herald
... In many cases, deer with injured, even broken, legs can and will self-heal and function on their own... If fawns are seen curled up next to something, especially in long grass, and if they are breathing normally they are most likely just fine. Mother deer will leave fawns ... [contact a wildlife rehabilitator in Washington for advice]

... At hunters’ request, wildlife managers at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife evaluated harvest levels and hunter-participation rates and agreed to propose two additional days of hunting...

Reward offered in Walla Walla County deer kill April 30, 2015 Washington, KIROTV
... reward of up to $5,000 ...
Officials hunt Walla Walla County deer poachers April 14, 2015 Washington, Union-Bulletin
... a spree of deer slayings near the top of Spring Creek Road in the foothills of southeast Walla Walla County.  The killings are believed to have occurred late Friday or Friday night ... call toll-free 1-877-933-9847 ...
    Poacher shoots 8 Walla Walla deer in 'spree killing' April 13, 2015 Washington, Bellingham Herald
... Eight deer were shot and their carcasses left to rot in Walla Walla County around the start of the weekend ... 

Hunting rules adopted: 4-point rule dropped; baiting tabled April 10, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review 
... the panel adopted a slate of hunting changes including elimination of a four-point buck rule in Northeastern Washington...The commission did not adopt a controversial proposal to restrict the use of bait when hunting for deer and elk, even though neighboring states such as Idaho already prohibit baiting...

Kittitas County man charged for shooting, wasting 30-plus deer April 6, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review 
...  A clueless landowner, who described deer on his property as "rodents," has been charged with shooting and killing more than 30 deer over several  years and leaving them to rot on his property near Thorpe, Washington...

Mule Deer Foundation banquet Saturday in Spokane April 6, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman-Review
... The Mule Deer Foundation is dedicated to preserving mule deer habitat and boosting muley populations that are dwindling in many areas of the West despite being prized by wildlife viewers as well as hunters...

Wolf numbers up in Northern Rockies April 5, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman-Review 
... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday reported that a minimum of 1,783 wolves in more than 300 packs roamed the six-state region at the end of 2014.  That’s a 5 percent population increase from the prior year...

Sportsmen donate robotic deer to wildlife police April 3, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review 
... Robotic white-tailed deer decoys and metal detectors costing more than $5,000 have been donated by the Spokane Valley-based Northwest Sportsman’s Club for use by state wildlife police... will be used by officers in the greater Spokane area to make poaching cases...

Commission set to take action on hunting rules April 2, 2015 Washington, Longview Daily News 
... The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on proposed changes to state hunting rules for deer, elk, upland birds and other game species at a public meeting April 9-10 in Tumwater... Proposed changes are available for public review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/development.html...

Shed hunters under scrutiny in Washington Legislature March 19, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review
... HB 1627, which so far has huge support among lawmakers, would black out the gray area of shed-antler hunters unleashing a dog to chase deer and elk on private property to cause the antlers to fall off...
     Washington bill seeks to limit antler collecting March 19, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review
... Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax and the bill’s sponsor, said it’s an attempt to rein in the practice of training dogs to chase elk, deer or moose, pick up the antlers they shed and go onto private property if that’s where the racks happen to fall...

... The Julia Butler Hansen Refuge is home to the Columbian White-tailed Deer ...  the Refuge has planted native trees including alder, willow, spruce, red-osier dogwood ... to enhance the chances for the survival of the Columbian White-tailed deer...

Commission Will Take Public Comments on Proposed Hunting Rules in Moses Lake, WA March 18, 2015 Washington, Ammo Land
... a public meeting March 20-21 in Moses Lake... Proposed changes to state hunting rules for 2015 are available for public review ...  Proposals include: Maintaining the current 4-point antler restriction for white-tailed deer in GMUs 117 and 121 ...

Wolf bills still lurking Washington Legislature March 16, 2015 The Spokesman Review (blog)
... If they become law, the bills would direct the state to reconsider parts of the state’s wolf recovery plan, examine the impact of wolves on deer, elk and other game animals, and allow endangered species - including wolves - to be removed from the state’s endangered status on a regional instead of a statewide basis...

Commission to be updated on wolves March 14, 2015 Washington, Omak Chronicle
... The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public comments on proposed changes to state hunting rules for deer, elk, upland birds, and other game species during a public meeting March 20-21 in Moses Lake. State wildlife managers also will update the commission on the status of wolves ...

White-tail populations head toward delisting March 12, 2015 Washington, The Wahkiakum County Eagle
... There are two major populations of Columbian White-tailed Deer. The population in Douglas County, Oregon, took off as soon as they put limits on hunting and started protecting them. They’ve got a bunch of contiguous habitat down there. The same thing didn’t happen here because we’ve got a bunch of habitat barriers.”  There are 5,000-6,000 deer in the Douglas County population. Here along the Columbia River, the numbers are much lower, estimated to be around 900...

Bill to revise wolf plan passes Washington House March 11, 2015 The Spokesman Review
... Changes, which could include new rules for “lethal management” of wolves ... The University of Washington is studying the effect of wolves on deer, elk and moose on the Colville Confederated Tribes’ Reservation ...

... Over the years, Wheeler has set out hidden cameras and recorded thousands of images of wildlife: deer, elk, bear, cougar ... got a nice photo ... of a two-point buck deer looking over its shoulder, seemingly posing...

‘Snuff flicks’ spoil reverence of deer hunting for profit February 26, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman-Review
... Deer hunting shows are the worst – “snuff flicks” I call them, where a wild animal dies for entertainment and profit... true deer hunting is a personal thing with equal amounts of elation and misgiving, reverence and even dejection. Hunting shows ... almost make me ashamed to admit I’m a deer hunter...

Increase in St. Joe elk good news for hunters February 22, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review
... Two hard winters starting in 2007 delivered a blow to the region’s big game ... a combination of factors ... declining habitat quality, predation by black bears and mountain lions and wolves, changes in the ability of people to access areas and technology that can increase hunting success rates.” ...

Washington Data:  Total deer population estimated at 300,000 to 320,000 in 2014 according to the Game Management Plan, p. 62 [PDF]. The plan states the goal  "The goal set by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for the management of black-tailed deer, mule deer, and white-tailed deer populations in Washington is to maintain numbers within habitat limitations."  Whitetail deer in Northeast Washington are still recovering from major winters kills in the winters of '07 and '08.  White-tails predominate in the northeast, mule deer in the southeast. 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, mostly blacktails; numbers are stronger in the interior Southwest.   Another major factor reducing deer habitat is the conversion of farm and forest lands into residential development and reduced alfalfa and cereal production [Deer Status Report, 2014, PDF].  Efforts are ongoing to support the few remaining Columbian white-tailed deer, once thought to be extinct. 
     The 2013 total deer harvest was 33,657 with 27,448 antlered deer and 6,209 antlerless deer taken with a hunter success rate of 27.2 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 recent peak in the early 2000's at around 40,000.  Whitetail deer are about 35 percent of the harvest and are more numerous in the northeast, mule deer are found in the higher elevations, blacktails found along the coast are about 32 percent of the harvest.  The management goal for mule deer is 15 to 19 bucks per 100 does after hunting (Plan, see p. 3).  The low buck to doe ratio has been suspected as a factor in their decline.
    White-tail deer numbers were plentiful in in the 1800's, but were reduced by over hunting by the early 1900's.  Deer hunter numbers and also probably deer population peaked in 1979, with a recent peak in the 1990s.
    Moose were not thought to be in the state until 1920 where some moved into northeastern areas.      
    Cougar population estimated 2,500 at 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
Mule deer Geodatabase     - Predator Ecology Lab
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.
- List of Wildlife Rehabilitators, contact for information on injured deer
- Washington Prescribed Fire Council      - Washington Fish and Wildlife News

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