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Fish and Game stepped in to feed elk and deer December 29, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... Golden Eagle is in the county’s Wildlife Overlay District, which requires new subdivisions to demonstrate a “prohibition of wildlife feeding.”  ... Blaine County filed a lawsuit against five Golden Eagle residents over the elk feeding. The county’s suit sought a permanent injunction against feeding big game and compensation for the effort to stop it...  As of year’s end, the county’s suit remained unresolved...

I feed small amounts of deer feed called corse mixed chop it’s made up of mostly of barley and oats, with a bit of cracked corn and molasses. Since the local deer in this area feed off grain fields all summer and autumn long their bodies are well adapted to eating grains without any problems. Also I rotate the feeding spots and change out the posts and boards I place the food on to keep transfer of illnesses to a minimum just as one would with a bird feeder. - December 20, 2017


... A new law adopted last year prohibits leaving food outside for wild deer if Fish and Game officials determine it would hurt the animals. But no determination has been made in Pittsburg...

Montana: Phase out elk feeding December 14, 2017 Wyoming,Jackson Hole News&Guide
... Montana’s top wildlife officials have asked their Wyoming counterparts to stop the entrenched practice of elk feeding... argues the feedgrounds will accelerate the spread of chronic wasting disease ...

Elk in no hurry to reach feed sites December 8, 2017 Oregon, Baker City Herald
... feed more than 1,000 elk, and hundreds of deer, each winter... goal isn’t to spare the elk from starvation, but rather to keep them from gorging on hay that’s supposed to feed ranchers’ cattle... Generally the strategy is successful ...

DFW struggles to feed elk, deer October 19, 2017 Washington, Longview Daily News
... expected to be another cold, wet winter.  The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will be ready to feed the state’s largest herd and in the process protect valuable agriculture and create an incredible sight for onlookers ...  the Yakima herd down by about 2,500 from last year to fewer than 8,500 ...

Don't feed the Key deer October 16, 2017 Florida, KeysNews.com
... people have been providing a variety of food products — including corn and dog and cat food  ... The sudden and increased intake of grain and/or carbohydrates results in acidic conditions in a deer’s rumen or stomach. Known as “ruminal acidosis,” it kills the bacteria necessary for digestion and causes bloating, diarrhea, enteritis and even death...

Baiting Deer Remains Illegal in Alabama September 15, 2017 ADCNR News
...  the so-called “corn” bill that was introduced in the Alabama Legislature this year did not become law. Yes, the bill passed the House of Representatives, but that’s as far as it went... “Feeding is fine as long as you stay within the area definition,” ...  located beyond 100 yards from the hunter and not within the line of sight ..,

Compressed air powers unique deer supplement system September 14, 2017 Texas, San Antonio Express-News
... the feeder holds up to 650 pounds of feed and is designed to fire food out and away from the tube-shoot ... using galvanized steel and a long shoot tube, the feeder is “coon-proof, hog-proof, mud-proof, wind-proof, cattle-proof and fool-proof,”...


Mule Deer can live in a wide variety of habit types from alpine meadows and mountain tops above treeline, to arid deserts, grasslands and more... No matter the habit type in which they live there is one thing the Mule Deer cannot live without, and that is WATER... Presented by the Mule Deer Foundation - September 4, 2017


Virginia's deer feeding ban begins Friday August 30, 2017 Virginia, WAVY-TV
... It’s illegal to feed deer or elk during any deer or elk hunting season...

Deer urine ban creates argument for hunters, manufacturers August 29, 2017 New York, Poughkeepsie Journal
... In 2003, it became illegal to feed wild deer here in New York... Eventually an arrest in Sullivan County for feeding deer shined a spotlight on the feeding ban. After a plea of innocent and a trial that ended with a guilty verdict for the offender, an appeal was filed which ended with the feeding ban being overturned by the court...

Supplemental feeding in better focus August 22, 2017 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman... supplemental feeding of deer had been legal in Mississippi, it was just highly regulated... restrictions on corn to just the short December 1 to February 28 ... feeder can now be in plain view, it still must be at least 100 yards or more away from the hunter...

Local man's deer feed supplement hits shelves nationwide August 18, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald
... founded Grow the Bone, a premium all-in-one whitetail deer nutritional supplement, around 10 years ago... can now be found in 1,400 Wal-Mart stores across the U.S...  designed to grow the biggest and healthiest bucks ...

... A member of the Gore Bay Fish and Game Club (GBFGC) is happy that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is not putting in place legislation that would prevent supplemental feeding of deer when severe conditions in the winter put deer in peril...

Want to know how to start supplementing your white-tailed deer herd? Here is a quick run down over deer nutritional requirements and the different feeds we are feeding in Coleman county and why we are feeding them! - July 3, 2017


5 ways to see more deer this year August 11, 2017 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Supplemental feeding has become the norm as restrictions on feeders have been relaxed and the practice has become more widely accepted ...  many hunters responded that  supplemental feeding has had a negative impact... "Deer know that feed is there and they may be more apt to become nocturnal...

Lance Coates from Mumme's shares a wide range of tips for those creating a wildlife feeding program from scratch. Some of the topics he'll touch on include when to feed, what to feed, how to get started as well as choosing feeders to help get the feed deployed properly while keeping out other animals. - June 7, 2017


... The survey gave strong support (60 percent) to year-round, supplemental feeding of deer ...

Protecting the deer yards April 8, 2017 Maine, Sun-Journal
... “a new normal” in Maine’s deer wintering areas. He believes that coyote predation pressure and more and more voluntary winter feeding programs by citizens is having an impact on deer wintering habits. (They are staying closer to town near the feed and away from coyotes) ...

Efforts underway to assist elk and deer until springtime March 25, 2017 British Columbai, The Free Press
... the province was investing $40,000 to mitigate the drastic impacts of one of the region’s harshest winters ...  to purchase hay to feed elk and deer in strategic locations around the East Kootenay... many ungulate populations are in long-term decline...

... he has also spread small amounts of (alfalfa) hay at many sites rather than dumping a single large pile... thinks as much as 80 percent of the animals in some areas would have died without the handouts ... The campaign has raised about $14,500 through a GoFundMe account ...

Winter feeding in motion on Tex Creek WMA February 27, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game
... an estimated 4,000 elk and 2,500 deer migrate to winter range on the Tex Creek WMA ... But with the grasses, forbs and brush burned off this year ... They would find food just 13 miles away in farm fields, haystacks ...

... elk have digestive systems that can more easily adapt to a change to pellet food, deer have a harder time. Their four-part stomachs hold microbes necessary to digest food, and those microbes adapt throughout the year to the deer’s changing diet. It takes several weeks for things to adjust, and deer can die of starvation even if their stomachs are full with undigested pellets or hay...

Fire burned 22,000 acres of winter range on the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area in eastern Idaho in 2016. To support elk and deer, and prevent private property damage, Idaho Fish and Game set in motion the largest winter feeding operation in Idaho’s history.



Focus on feeding February 10, 2017 Oregon, Baker City Herald
... leading a campaign to feed about 1,000 elk and more than 1,000 deer in snowbound eastern Baker County ...  raised about $14,500 through a GoFundMe account over the past 21 days ... as much as 80 percent of the animals in some areas would have died ...

Dire winter spurs talk about feeding wildlife February 7, 2017 Wyoming, Jackson Hole News&Guide
... A herd that started off winter in the West Bank neighborhood numbering 53 animals has dwindled to 20 or 30 elk ... Wyoming hasn’t fed deer on an emergency basis since the 1970s ... "I have deer literally sleeping up against my house..." [an online discussion about emergency feeding from Game and Fish] ... 

More deer expected to survive winter February 7, 2017 Michigan, Escanaba Daily Press
...People living in eligible areas who wish to help boost deer survival rates are currently able to apply for supplemental deer feeding permits ... “It increases survival by providing feed through winter,” Sexton said. The DNR authorized the ­issuing of feeding permits in the southern U.P ...

Idaho spending $650,000 to feed elk, deer and antelope February 1, 2017 Idaho, 6 On Your Side
... feeding about 10,000 elk, 10,000 deer and 100 antelopes ... at 110 sites around the southern half of the state ...

Officials say the emergency feeding is intended to reduce damage to private crops, keep animals from roads and provide nutrition.




Winter out West has been brutal for wild animals January 31, 2016 Oregon, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
... Without human intervention, elk, deer and other grazing animals face high mortality rates in the West this winter. This Oregon elk savors a mouthful of alfafa brought to its herd by wildlife officers. Keith Kohl/ Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife


Will Harsh Conditions Devastate Colorado Deer and Elk? January 26, 2017 Outdoor Life Magazine
... The last full-blown winter feeding operation conducted in the Gunnison Basin happened during the winter of 2007-2008 when a sustained period of extreme cold, combined with more than 100 inches in snow, resulted in the loss of more than 30 percent of the fawns and female mule deer. That feeding operation cost the state approximately $2.8 million...

... Snow and cold temperatures are threatening wildlife this winter ... the DWR sent truckloads of deer pellets into the Cache Valley and three other counties in northern Utah...

F&G begins elk, deer feeding in south county January 25, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... the department has been working with private landowners to plow out areas where it can spread the feed—hay for elk and pellets for deer. He said the feeding areas have to be reasonably accessible, but far enough away from fenced areas so the wild animals don’t interfere with domestic ones...

Fish and Game begins emergency feeding in Bellevue Triangle January 21, 2017 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The department this week set up emergency feeding grounds at Cove Ranch southeast of Bellevue, where 200 elk and 150 mule deer were raiding haystacks and creating a traffic hazard ... “We are trying to pull them away from (livestock) feed lines and busy roadways to keep drivers safe ...

.. moving ahead with an emergency operation to bait deer with food to try to draw them away from a highway – a project reflecting worries about deer survival after heavy snowfall and a spike in vehicles hitting deer along the highway that cuts through critical habitat...

Winter feeding needs to start before it's too late January 18, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  a proposal to add money to hunting licenses to establish a dedicated fund for big game winter feeding...  (HB596) passed but unfortunately was amended to include verbage for monies for depredation, along with other things... there is no incentive for the F&G to spend any sizable amounts of money out of the account for feeding starving animals, which was the true intent of the legislation...

Supplemental deer feeding permits available in southern UP January 17, 2017 Michigan, UPMatters.com
... Easily digestible food sources most beneficial for feeding deer include grains, second-cut alfalfa, clover, and pelletized deer food. Although deer make use of apples, potatoes, sugar beets, carrots, and many other foods during summer and fall, these provide little benefit for deer during winter conditions and are not legal for supplemental feeding under permits...


Man spends thousands feeding deer in retirement January 17, 2017 Maine, wwlp.com
...  A retired man in Maine who used to hunt and eat deer is now spending thousands of dollars to feed them instead... spends $4,500 a year buying oats ...

Update On Washington Winter Range Conditions For Deer, Elk January 16, 2017 nwsportsmanmag.com
... In late December, WDFW reported over 1150 elk at the Cowiche and more than 700 elk at feeding stations in western Yakima Counties ...

Emergency deer feeding begins in Bear Lake Valley January 13, 2017 Utah, KSL.com
... “These deer are exhausted, confused and without options,”  ... “This specially formulated pellet gives deer the correct balance of energy and protein the animals need,” ...

Manitoulin, Winter conditions having minimal impacts on Island deer thus far January 13, 2017 Ontario, manitoulin.ca
... For now people can help out the deer by breaking trails from one food source to another ...  If we have 90 days of 20 or more inches of snow on the ground that is when you see deer losses ... In terms of breaking browse for deer ...  this isn’t needed at this point... [breaking tree and shrub branches down to where deer can eat them is an effective way to provide a quick winter supplemental food source]

Wildlife Feeding Concerns January 9, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF
... Providing feed such as corn, which is high in sugar and starch, can lead to acidosis, rumentis and ultimately death.  ... “One alternative to feeding wildlife is for individuals, landowners or wildlife clubs to plow open areas of harvested grain or row crop fields to allow animals to gain access to waste grains ...These areas are also the first areas to melt off when we get a break in the weather.” ...

IDFG ready to feed big game if needed January 5, 2017 Idaho, Newsbf.com
... “We are watching snow conditions closely and our regional wildlife program staff are in close communication with their regional citizen winter feeding advisory committees to assess where and when it is appropriate to initiate feeding operations,” said Jon Rachael, state wildlife game manager...

Post-hunting season management can help deer herds January 2, 2016 Texas, Phys.Org
... landowners with deer feeders on their properties should keep them running to provide supplemental feeding after deer season closes up to April 1 or until deer use stops. "Corn is a good supplemental energy source for the deer leading up to spring green-up," ... [deer are introduced to corn in the fall before other food sources are depleted]

Feeding deer corn in the winter December 24, 2016 Maryland, Carroll County Times
... studies have shown that it takes two to four weeks of feeding on a new food source for deer to establish the microorganisms necessary to obtain nutrients from that food. The time and energy it takes to convert to new microorganisms uses precious fat reserves that could have been spared if the deer had fed continually on natural winter browse...

... Rescue effort underway to provide emergency feeding sites for the helpless animal ... The last winter in Altai with similar heavy snow falls was in 2001-2002, when the number of roe deer was reduced from 27,000 to 17,000...

What's happening to our deer with this drought? November 15, 2016 Alabama, Buckmasters Online
... “I’ve been talking to some old-timers, and they don’t ever remember it being this dry,” ... those hunters and landowners who are especially concerned about the deer herd’s health can take advantage of supplemental feeding ...

Deer season could be active October 30, 2016 Texas, Victoria Advocate
... Central Texas is home to a bounty of wild deer, and it’s also got a growing number of game ranches, where deer are raised similar to cattle – in herds with strict diets that promote maximum body and antler growth. These high-fence ranches provide hunters with opportunities to hunt trophy bucks without having to travel far from home...

...  wildfire that burned about 75 percent of the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area ... The fire burned most of the crucial range for about 3,500 elk, 5,000 mule deer and 100 moose ... Fish and Game is also prepared to start emergency winter feeding following the hunting seasons ...

A new crop of wildlife, a new hunting season September 12, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  Annaliese Scoggin, wildlife biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. ...  suggests a protein supplement in post rut in January-Feb and then late July as antlers are being developed. As a game manager, she stresses to monitor range conditions to more effectively supplement the needs of the deer herd...

Deer feeder in Tarpley, Texas - September 25, 2016


Granite Shoals, Group petitioning against deer-feeding ban in Granite Shoals August 3, 2016 Texas, The River Cities Sunday Tribune
... The council adopted the deer-feeding ban as part of its overall plan to address the white-tailed deer population in the city... What Steenbergen’s group wants instead is an annual fee system in place in which residents can feed deer at $25 or pay $75 to use a larger bin...

Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area is owned by the State of Utah and managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. It is located in the Blacksmith Fork Canyon, about 15 mi east of Hyrum, Utah. - August, 2016

Kingwood, Still legal to feed deer in town July 27, 2016 West Virginia, The DPost
... Kingwood Council voted down an ordinance that would have made it illegal to feed deer in town...

All your deer feeding protein questions answered here! When should you feed? What should you feed? Why should you feed? Find out! - July 21, 2016

Seneca, Plans to protect Seneca white deer include soybeans and upgraded security June 30, 2016 New York, Auburn Citizen
... Bolstering the Seneca white deer's food supply will be one way Earl Martin plans to support the dwindling population... "The last few winters have been very harsh on the white deer population," ...

... A desire to attract deer has led a St. Francis man to try and build an orchard of a hybrid tree whose breeders hope can bring chestnuts, in some form, back to North American shores... American Chestnut trees by the millions were felled more than a century ago when an invasive blight swept through the country...



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