Washington Deer News
Outrage in Washington: the Slaughter of the Profanity Wolf Pack August 12, 2016 Washington, CounterPunch
...   recent decision by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to kill members of the Profanity wolf pack because they have killed a few cattle grazing public lands... when domestic animals are released on public lands, it socially displaces wild ungulates like elk...

Hazing deer a nighttime affair August 4, 2016 Washington, Columbia Basin Herald
... When a deer is spotted, the vehicle is stopped and the deer convinced to leave the field...  alfalfa fields more enticing as the surrounding sagebrush ... At our disposal for hazing are whistles, a paint gun, air signals, spotlights and 12 gauge rubber buckshot...

... roughly 3,000 deer and elk are hit and killed by drivers... as of July 1, you can harvest that deer or elk meat...
... On Friday, Washington residents can legally pick up ... deer and elk accidentally hit and killed ...

Klickitat deer habitat to be purchased June 23, 2016 Washington, The Columbian
... more than 3,600 acres of prime deer habitat in the Simcoe Mountains of Klickitat County ... “WDFW wants to reopen this area of Game Management Unit 382 to public hunting through land purchases from Western Pacific Timber,’’ ...

     Columbian White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus leucurus) is the westernmost subspecies of whitetailed deer. Although widespread and numerous across much of its North American range, this subspecies occurs in relatively low numbers in a highly restricted range. Once Columbian White-tailed Deer (CWTD) ranged widely across much of western Washington and Oregon, however; habitat loss and degradation as well as overhunting led to a significant range contraction as well as a commensurate decline in their numbers. This led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to include the Columbian Whitetailed Deer as an Endangered Species immediately upon adoption of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973.... Submit written comments on this report by e-mail by 9 July 2016 to: T&Epubliccom@dfw.wa.gov

Reductions in 2016 antlerless deer hunting approved June 13, 2016 Washington, The Spokesman Review 
... The number of hunting days for antlerless deer hunting this season in northeastern Washington has been reduced because of concerns that a 2015 blue tongue outbreak severely reduced whitetail numbers in certain areas. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted on the proposed season changes ...

Disease prompts call for shorter deer seasons June 4, 2016 Washington, The Spokesman Review 
... A reduction in antlerless deer hunting in northeastern Washington because of losses to last year’s blue tongue outbreak will be discussed at the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Friday and Saturday in Olympia...

13 young deer by our pond in Washington - May 19, 2017


Rare deer still struggle April 26, 2016 Washington, Chinook Observer
... trying to save the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer since the late 1960s, with mixed results...  while their range has expanded somewhat, their small population size, fragmented habitat and low-quality food sources are hurting chances of recovery... The Roseburg population includes at least 6,000 animals ...

Know the laws before claiming road-kill deer April 26, 2016 Washington, Eatonville Dispatch
... It is permissible to salvage and transport a deer or elk that is accidentally killed by a motor vehicle collision, except for any deer killed by a motor vehicle in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties... A salvage permit must be obtained from the department within 24 hours ...

Port Townsend, Deer census in Port Townsend tallies 230 animals in 30 minutes April 15, 2016 Washington, Peninsula Daily News
...  Volunteers counted 230 deer within the Port Townsend city limits during a half-hour census of the population.  About 60 people participated in the count that began at 7 a.m. Saturday, with 13 areas designated and divided for each group... Port Townsend School of Woodworking Executive Director Tim Lawson spent a lot of time developing the website ... 

Colmbian white-tailed deer April 12, 2016 WDFW News
     State wildlife managers are seeking public input on their recommendations to keep Columbian white-tailed deer ... on Washington’s endangered species list...  The public can comment through July 9 on the listing recommendations .. The draft review for the Columbian white-tailed deer is available online ... 
     Native to the Pacific Northwest, Columbian white-tailed deer can be found in two isolated populations. The larger population (roughly 6,000 deer) occurs in Douglas County, Oregon, while the second group of deer occupies the northern shores and islands of the lower Columbia River in Washington and Oregon. Both populations were listed as endangered in 1973 by the federal government, which has since removed the southern Oregon population of white-tailed deer from the list.
     The Columbian white-tailed deer was listed as endangered by Washington state in 1980. The population of these deer has fluctuated from a low of 545 in 2002 to 966 in 2015, when the federal government began the process of downlisting the Columbia River’s population of Columbian white-tailed deer to threatened status. Much of the upland prairie that Columbian white-tailed deer prefer has been lost, despite activities to protect and restore habitat....

Wildlife Commission approves roadkill rules, limits deer and elk baiting April 11, 2016 Washington, Longview Daily News
... Starting in July, people will be able to legally salvage elk — but not deer — killed by motor vehicles in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Clark counties... measure is not designed to prohibit the use of bait when hunting deer and elk, but rather to curb its excesses,

Baiting restrictions adopted for hunting Washington big game; roadkill salvage OK'd April 8, 2016 The Spokesman Review
... After more than two years of contentious discussion, the commission voted to limit bait use to no more than 10 gallons. Previously there were no limits on the amount of bait, such as apples, that could be dumped to attract deer or elk.  Some hunters had proposed that Washington come in line with most states to prohibit baiting...

... Buck deer taken in antler restricted game management units (GMUs) must meet minimum antler point requirements. Minimum antler point requirements are antler points on one side only. Eye guards are antler points when they are at least one inch long ... There were 17 comments that were opposed to the deer general season recommendations. The most frequent theme among those writing in opposition to the changes in this WAC expressed concerns about not enough late season opportunity, too much opportunity being offered, not agreeing with consistency between mule deer and white-tailed deer seasons, and not agreeing with the calendar date adjustments that happen every year which influence season length...

Port Townsend, Deer count tallies 238 in Port Townsend  April 6, 2016 Washington, Port Townsend Leader
... first-ever Port Townsend Deer Count spotted 238 ...  More than 60 volunteers took part in the count, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on that Saturday morning. Each counter was given a photocopied map of their section of town, and a tally sheet on which to note the exact time and location (by address) of each deer they saw ...
 
Commission should review its role before vote on baiting April 4, 2016 Washington, The Spokesman-Review
... The commission's job ... is to direct the agency charged with looking after the welfare and sustainability of our state's wildlife while providing reasonable wildlife recreation... But baiting is not in the best interests of wildlife... The Fish and Wildlife Department already has adopted a policy to discourage the feeding of big game because of the documented potential to concentrate animals and spread disease ...

... scheduled to meet this week ...  comment on proposed changes in rules for deer, elk ...

Baiting, The Fish and Wildlife Commission may make it legal to take home roadkill elk March 31, 2016 Washington, Longview Daily News
... baiting for deer and elk hunting is allowed ...  survey of deer hunters, 59 percent either opposed or strongly opposed baiting for deer... The proposed changes to state hunting regulations are available for public review ...

... In the video [on his Facebook page], you can see the yearling black tail deer stuck and struggling on a muddy hillside. The heavy equipment operator jumped into action, trying to clear mud from around it. Finally, he delicately scoops it up in his bucket,...

Hard winter will impact hunting opportunities March 22, 2016 Washington, Yakima Herald
... the heavy-snow winter of 2015-16 will take a toll on elk and deer populations ... The Colockum and Yakima elk herds have both been above management objectives... Deer populations, on the other hand, for several years have been nowhere near what hunters would like to see in this part of the state. And they may be going down even more in the near future...

Washington Deer Hunters Had Best-in-a-decade Hunt In 2015 March 19, 2016 Northwest Sportsman Magazine
... just over 40,000 blacktail, muley and whitetail bucks and does were killed during 2015’s general season and permit seasons ... The info comes from a presentation being made later today by Jerry Nelson, WDFW’s statewide deer and elk manager, to the Fish and Wildlife Commission...

Port Townsend, Counting our city deer herd March 16, 2016 Washington, Port Townsend Leader
... Volunteers, led by a team leader for each zone, are to walk or bicycle the streets ... This deer count is only that – a count, to see how many there are, not to decide what to do about them.  "I think of the deer as kind of a mascot for Port Townsend," ...

Elk damage Central Washington orchards March 2, 2016 Washington, Capital Press
...Elk-orchard problems on the east slopes of the Cascades are no more pronounced than in a normal snow year, Brown said. Deer, not elk, are more of a problem in the Okanogan where they are eating ranchers’ haystacks because so much vegetation was burned in wildfires the past two summers ...

Washington Data:  About 350,000 deer in 2015 based on preliminary harvest data.  Total deer population estimated at 300,000 to 320,000 in 2014 according to the Game Management Plan, p. 62 [PDF]. For 2015, an estimated 90,000 to 100,000 blacktails and about the same 90,000 to 100,000 mule deer.  The hard winter of 2015-16 will reduce deer and elk populations.  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.  2015 Draft Mule Deer Management Plan
     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.  From the 2015 Draft Mule Deer Plan:  "Although records of historic mule deer population trends are limited, Julander and Low  reported a marked decline in populations due to severe weather during the winter of 1889. They also reported an increase in population between 1935 and 1968... Mule deer populations apparently reached very low numbers in eastern Washington during 1969, 1971, and 1972, during unseasonably harsh winters. Mule deer populations increased from 1973 until the mid-1980s. Drought conditions developed in eastern Washington starting in 1986, and then eased somewhat in the mid-1990s, and became more pronounced in the early 2000s."
    Moose were not thought to be in the state until 1920 when some moved into northeastern areas.      
    Cougar population estimated at 2,500 in 2015 and 2008.
    Wolf population estimated at a minimum of 68 in 2014, up from 24 in 2010.

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  - 2016 Season Regulations
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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