Deer Management News This Week

     ...taken away 2,900 bonus Antlerless Only Whitetail tags and 500 permits for two antlerless only whitetails. The objective is to decrease the antlerless harvest to increase herds as they rebound from a devastating outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in 2012...

... Native porcine zona pellucida (PZP)-based contraceptive vaccines have shown their utility in the management of the population of both captive and free-ranging wild horses and white-tailed deer. Long-term use of the PZP-based contraceptive vaccines has also demonstrated their safety. Ideally single injection of the contraceptive vaccine should elicit long lasting immune response and desired contraceptive efficacy, which will require development of novel vaccine delivery platforms and more potent adjuvants...

Commission adopts big game recommendations April 21, 2017 Nebraska, outdoornebraska.gov
...Antlerless-only whitetail permits were reduced in several eastern units.  Permits in southwest units were changed to increase mule deer doe harvest...

... The harsh, cold winter of 2016-2017 heavily impacted the wildlife in Western Wyoming, especially deer. Recent surveys of the Sublette and Wyoming Range herds showed mule deer fawn mortality rates of at least 80 percent... wait to go out on public lands near big game and especially deer...

... MDC tested more than 25,500 deer during the past season and found nine cases of the deadly disease, as previously reported: one in Adair, three in Franklin, one in Jefferson, two in Macon, and two in St. Clair counties.  The two cases in St. Clair County were the first CWD detections found in the western part of the state...

...  “Highway 17 bisects undeveloped, wildlife-rich land in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and for the safety of deer, mountain lion, and motorists, too, we need to connect this habitat with a safe corridor,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird... Senate Bill 1, the transportation funding package, includes $30 million for advanced mitigation strategies for projects similar to the creative Highway 17 project...

There needs to be compromise in wolf management April 20, 2017 Oregon, NRToday.com
... Hunters are worried wolves will take a bite out of the big game populations – deer and elk – that they enjoy pursuing. Some Oregon areas already have depressed numbers of those two game animals ... If hunters become frustrated by an increased presence of wolves in future years, they’ll pass on buying licenses and tags and that is the money that goes into wildlife management of all animals...

Idaho fawn survival April 19, 2017 24hourcampfire.com
... in Idaho's unit 48, the Wood River Valley. One of my partners has friends with the ID Fish & Game and they're saying that fawn survival in that unit this winter is zero. They had 200% normal snowfall...

Captive deer must retain tags April 19, 2017 Texas, mySanAntonio.com
... House Bill 2855 by Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, requests removal of the visible ear tag on captive deer. ... The deer industry survives on manipulating extra label use of pharmaceuticals to enhance antler growth... Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, proposed House Bill 3723, which would allow deer breeders to sell the meat of rejected deer that routinely have been jacked up on drugs...

College student wins $50,000 deer farm April 19, 2017 Texas, lsonews.com
... The package consisted of: Materials and labor to construct up to a one half acre size deer pen ...  Two mature white-tailed does and two straws of semen provided ...

     Check out these up close photos of wildlife using new highway crossings April 18, 2017 Colorado, 9NEWS.com
... the Colorado Highway 9 Wildlife Crossing Project, is nearly complete ... mainly mule deer; 7,000 of the deer used the crossings between December 2015 and March 2016...

Saddle River vet: Neutering deer will reduce population April 18, 2017 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Dean Cerf, a local veterinarian leading a committee to research deer population control, said Monday that a two-pronged approach of neutering male and spaying female deer would be an effective way to reduce the animals’ presence in town...

Delafield, State's new permit rules complicate Delafield deer harvest April 18, 2017 Wisconsin, Lake Country Now
...  this year’s DNR permit ... stipulates that the deer cannot be shot in the head ... DNR wants the deer heads preserved for research into chronic wasting disease.  The city’s deer harvesting contractor, Wildlife Management Services, will not shoot deer at the designated site under the conditions required ... When deer are shot in the head, they die instantly ...

Salt Block Study For Cows And Deer April 18, 2017 Michigan, BlackburnNews.com
... Salt blocks shared by cows and deer are sites for transferring diseases like tuberculosis ...

Predator reduction plan hits resistance April 17, 2017 Colorado,l Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
... its new Piceance project is intended to determine if predation is limiting fawn survival rates in spring and summer. It plans to have Wildlife Services remove five to 10 lions annually there over the next three years, and 10 to 25 bears a year over the same period...
... to reduce the population of deer that threatens Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal national historical parks... details of the plan ... comment until May 16, 2017 ...

Poaching becomes felony in New Mexico April 17, 2017 The Spokesman-Review 
... legislation elevating the wasting of game from a misdemeanor to a felony ... poaching an elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, deer ...

... would prohibit taking deer that do not have at least 3 tines of one inch or more along the main beam of one antler ... 2016 survey conducted by Responsive Management found that a majority of hunters in northern, eastern, and western Maine supported an APR law ...

Deer Decimated April 17, 2017 Oregon, Baker City Herald
... The hard winter killed hundreds of deer in Baker County, prompting Oregon wildlife officials to cut in half the number of buck tags for this fall’s hunting season... The long-term average for Baker County is about 35 fawns per 100 adults.  This spring the average across the county was 11 fawns per 100 adults...

DNR won't tell you, but CWD-infected deer numbers surging April 17, 2017 Wisconsin,
Madison.com
... the DNR isn’t lying about CWD, but it’s sinning through omission by not explaining the plague’s spread ... disease rates again set records across ... much of south-central to southwestern Wisconsin. Of 3,730 deer that hunters submitted for testing there, 442 – 12 percent – were infected...

2016 Deer Season Summarized April 17, 2017 North Dakota, NDGF News
     A total of 44,140 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 29,300 deer during the 2016 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department.  Game and Fish made available 49,000 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 66 percent ...

Commission Adopts 2017-18 Hunting Season Rules April 14, 2017 Washington, WDFW News
... Some of the significant rule changes adopted will reduce hunter harvest of deer and elk in several areas of the state – especially in eastern Washington – where harsh winter conditions took a toll on those populations ...

... Early spring flight surveys of mule deer showed the winter took a toll on mule deer. Usually, surveys count fawn ratios (fawns per 100 adults) in the mid-30s. This year, 11 fawns per 100 adults on average were counted across the county with some units being as low as 8 per 100 adults. While the average winter loss of adult radio-collared does being studied in the Blue Mountains is around 8 percent, Baker County lost 32 percent...

Seneca, Law proposed to halt white-deer hunting April 14, 2017 New York, Finger Lakes Times
... six white bucks were killed by hunters within 1,000 feet of the former Seneca Army Depot fence in 2016... herd of 200 has dwindled to estimates ranging from a few dozen to 70 ...

Potential High Risk Areas Established around TB Positive Deer April 14, 2017 Michigan, State of Michigan
... four free-ranging white-tailed deer testing positive for bovine TB ... in Iosco, Oscoda, Presque Isle and Roscommon counties...

Deer management report available online April 13, 2017 Indiana, Herald Tribune
... In 2016, hunters harvested 119,477 white-tailed deer in Indiana. This is a 4 percent decrease from 2015 ... [read the 2016 Indiana White-tailed Deer Summary] ... Deer-vehicle collisions across Indiana were down nearly 9 percent from 2015, with 14,021 collisions in 2016...

     The public still has time to review the draft South Dakota White-Tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan for 2017-2023. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has extended the public comment period until May 5...

State finds 49 animals with CWD out of nearly 10,000 tested April 12, 2017 Texas, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
...chronic wasting disease...  Only 18 of the cases involving hunting were free-ranging animals. One was a whitetail, One was an elk. And 16 were mule deer in far West Texas near the New Mexico border...

... Wildlife conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Wednesday seeking to halt a plan to trap and kill as many as 120 mountain lions and black bears in Colorado in a bid to stem declines in populations of mule deer ...

... “The (deer) numbers are down,” Pflanz said. “There are a lot of hunters that are not seeing the numbers now that they once saw.” ... the state just completed its fifth year of efforts to reduce herd sizes which began as farmers and others impacted by large numbers of deer complained ...
... "You can drive around the same area in the winter where you'd see 70 to 100 and this year, you'd maybe see 10. It's a common theme among a lot of people I talk to in a lot of different counties. The season's longer. Weapons are more sophisticated. Numbers are going down." ...

...Texas landowners and deer hunters taking advantage of the state's Managed Lands Deer Program would pay a fee that would go to help offset the costs of administering the increasingly popular program ... that involves placing the property under a wildlife management plan approved by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists ...

$1.33 Billion Spent on Outdoor Recreation in South Dakota April 12, 2017 South Dakota, SDGFP News
... The top three activities accounting for nearly 90 percent of the $1.3 billion are hunting ($683 million), fishing ($271 million) and state park visitation ($212 million), supporting an estimated 18,000 full- and part-time jobs which provide $520 million of income...

... “We dropped the hammer on the deer herd back around 2007 to 2009,” Knox said.  Liberal doe days were adopted to bring the herd into compliance with its cultural carrying capacity; that is, how many deer the human population will tolerate... 
The survey gave strong support (60 percent) to year-round, supplemental feeding of deer ...

Professors and Scientists Dr. David Hewitt, Dr. Randy DeYoung and Dr. Aaron Foley have been keeping track of a deadly disease attacking White Tailed Mule Deer, Elk and other species of deer in certain parts of the country. Now they are tracking the spread of the disease in certain parts of Texas and warn hunters to be careful when handling dead deer carcasses to avoid further spreading of the disease. - April 11, 2017 Texas


... the city gave vasectomies to 78 fawns and 642 adults around the borough ... 2014 aerial survey on parkland found 762 of the animals — up from just 24 in 2008. The most recent survey in 2016 for the entire borough found only 527 ...

     ODFW releases its 2016 Wolf Annual Report and a Draft Revised Wolf Management Plan today... ODFW counted 112 known wolves in Oregon in 2016, up two wolves from 2015. Counts are based on verified evidence (like tracks, sign, remote camera photographs, visual observations) and are considered a minimum known population. Severe winter weather made counting wolves much more challenging this year.  Surveys documented 11 packs and eight of those were breeding pairs...
...A draft wolf plan, also released by the wildlife department on Tuesday, would continue to allow controlled killings of wolves only in situations of chronic livestock depredation, or if wolves are causing declines in populations of deer, elk and other ungulates...

... The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $314,629 in grant funding to assist with elk research, habitat enhancement, permanent land protection and improving public access in Wyoming...

New wolf hybrid takes hold in Maine April 11, 2017 WCSH-TV
...  the coyote was the wolf's prey. However, by 1919, the wolf viewed the smaller canid differently and the two began to mate ...

Baiting deer legal if not for hunting April 10, 2017 Wisconsin, WEAU 13 News
... A state appellate judge has ruled baiting deer is permissible as long as the bait isn't intended for hunting ...

Survival of white‐tailed deer neonates in Louisiana  RM Shuman, MJ Cherry, TN Simoneaux, EA Dutoit… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2017
... captured 70 neonates with the aid of vaginal implant transmitters on Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Louisiana, USA.  ... Survival of neonates to 12 weeks was 0.271 (95% CI = 0.185–0.398). Of 51 mortalities, 45 (88%) were attributed to predation, 4 (8%) to starvation, 1 (2%) to other causes, and 1 (2%) to unknown causes ...

CH Warbington, TR Van Deelen, AS Norton… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2017
... Our objective was to compare fawn survival under different, though representative, ecological conditions in Wisconsin USA... Female fawns had higher survival than males ... Because risks facing fawns vary with ecological context, understanding specific factors that affect fawn survival is important for predicting local outcomes of white-tailed deer management...
EC McCance, DJ Decker, AM Colturi, RK Baydack… - Mammal Study, 2017
... Arguably, urban wildlife management ranks with species imperilment as one of the greatest conservation challenges of our time, but for a very different reason. The problems people experience with urban wildlife, if not curbed, could lead to popular backlash against wildlife and habitat conservation within or proximate to urban areas...

Mule deer and energy development‐NDASH‐long‐term trends of habituation and abundance April, 2017 H Sawyer, NM Korfanta, RM Nielson, KL Monteith… Wyoming - Global Change Biology
...  used telemetry data from 187 individual deer across a 17-year period ... Mule deer consistently avoided energy infrastructure through the 15-year period of development ... Mule deer abundance declined by 36% during the development period, despite aggressive on-site mitigation efforts (e.g., directional drilling and liquid gathering systems) and a 45% reduction in deer harvest...

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) ...

... the most significant new developments in the field is the identification of different CWD strains. “The importance of strains is that each prion strain has unique characteristics.” These include different incubation periods, neuropathology and range distribution...

State initiative planned to curb CWD April 8, 2017 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Each year since 2012, samples from more than 5,500 hunter-harvested, road-killed or apparently sick deer have been tested for CWD. Last year, 25 new cases were found, bringing the total number of wild, free-ranging CWD-positive deer in Pennsylvania to 47...

Changes made to state game code April 8, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald
...  the code will prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft or drones to hunt, harass, scout, drive or rally wildlife... reduce the bag limit in set 5 from one antlered and an unlimited number of antlerless deer to one antlered and five antlerless deer.  Hunters had requested that the bag limit be reduced to two deer...

Cows, deer sharing salt, passing disease April 7, 2017 MIchigan, Great Lakes Echo
... Salt blocks are potential transmitters of tuberculosis from cow to deer and vice versa, said John Kaneene, the lead researcher of a study conducted by Michigan State University ...

Road kill bill runs over first obstacle April 7, 2017 Oregon, My Columbia Basin
... ODFW estimates that more than 6,000 deer and elk are killed by motor vehicles in Oregon annually... Senate Bill 372 ... would allow motorists who kill a deer or elk while driving to process its meat ...

MDWFP asking for deer hunter opinions, deer harvest April 7, 2017 MIssissippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... "We've been on a declining trend since 2010," ... Members of online hunting forums organized and began sending emails to legislators voicing their concerns over the population...

... none of the 8,000 Louisiana deer it examined tested positive for CWD, but the threat here is real and not just for deer...

     The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 443 any elk and 1,150 antlerless elk licenses for the 2017 Black Hills elk hunting season at their April meeting.  The 2017 season will follow the same season date structure as the 2016 season...





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Trooper Gets Selfie With Deer April 19, 2017 Kentucky, LEX18 Lexington KY News
... responded to the call and noticed that children were petting the friendly animal... couldn't resist taking a selfie with the deer...  helped the animal find its way back into the woods ...

... AZGFD wildlife managers had received a tip that a deer fawn was being kept inside a single-wide home and yard with three dogs.   While being watched by the wildlife managers, the residents were seen placing the deer in their vehicle and leaving the home...

Deer assisted fly fishing. - April 15, 2017


  
  Protecting America’s Smallest Deer April 14, 2017 Florida, medium.com
...When Key deer were listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1967, there were fewer than 50 remaining in the wild...  Today there is a sustainable population of 800 -1,000 Key deer ...

New Jersey Frozen Deer April 4, 2017 Amigo-play
... This newest online game is based on the real incident happened in New Jersey. A deer is trapped in a frozen lake. This place is fully surrounded by ice water [click link above to play]


Second Suspect Turns Himself In For Deer Burning March 31, 2017 New York, inkfreenews.com
... struck the deer... It is believed the parties poured gasoline on the deer, set it on fire and left the area ...
...  the case of a deer found in February that had been set on fire while it was still alive... arrested on a count of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, which is a felony ...

... Baker and his family had been caring for the deer since it was a fawn ... Baker was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries ... Baker's wife shot the deer ...


Investigation continues into deer set on fire March 23, 2017 Indiana, Greensburg Daily News
...  sheriff's deputies who responded reported the deer was still alive upon their arrival before it was put down at the scene. Accelerant is suspected to have been poured on the animal ...
     PETA offers reward to help solve burned deer case March 22, 2017 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... up to $5,000 to anyone ... for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those believed to have set a deer on fire after striking it with a vehicle last month in Fulton County...

... it is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected by nearby predators. While fawns may seem abandoned, they rarely are...

Black River Falls firefighters rescue deer trapped on ice March 21, 2017 Wisconsin, News8000.com - WKBT
... Rescue crews located the whitetail deer about 300 yards from the boat landing, partially submerged and unable to get to land...

... was seen running in the pharmacy section ... able to safely release the uninjured deer back into the woods...

... She ran off with the herd, apparently accepted by the other deer, later on... the deer has been eartagged and the herd stays on the sanctuary property; there is no fencing but the deer are basically locked in by farms...
     Rescuers only saved deer from ice because residents were going to risk themselves March 20, 2017 New Jersey, New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
... “We were really concerned it would turn into a good Samaritan going out trying to help the deer and falling in the water and putting life at risk,” DiGiralomo said.
The deer was not able to get any traction for more than 20 hours ...
     Deer rescued from frozen pond as neighbors cheer effort March 19, 2017 New Jersey, NJ.com
...A wildlife workers expressed optimism that the deer would recover, stating that it had no broken bones and appeared exhausted by an icebound adventure starting Saturday....
     Stranded deer pulled from icy pond after rescue boat overturned March 19, 2017 New Jersey, News 12 New Jersey
... Amid the action, the deer darted further away from its would-be rescuers on the pond.  Crews eventually caught up to it and dragged it off the ice, but once on shore, the creature appeared to have a leg injury...

... The case started with a tip from a concerned Wyoming citizen who watched the two defendants on a hunting show called “Hunting in the Sticks” that aired on national television. In the episode “Western Redemption,” Mills and Duncan are seen harvesting two bull elk ...

Hamptons Deer Learning to Get Along in Traffic March 10, 2017 New York, Dan's Papers
... I’ve been out here for 60 years and I can say that because the average lifespan of a deer is maybe 5 years, this is at least 11 generations of deer from when I got here. Genetically, it is entirely possible a herd of deer could change in that time, lose their fear of cars, and keep their distance from them when they see one coming...

Canela the deer is missing. Kelvin the deer whisperer is on a mission to find her. - March 14, 2017 Pennsylvania


DAPL deer poachers identified March 10, 2017 North Dakota, Minot Daily News
... Warrants for arrest have been issued for four men for poaching deer in or near the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp near the mouth of the Cannonball River...
  Deer poaching charges filed in Dakota Access protest camp incidents  March 9, 2016  North Dakota, Bemidji Pioneer
... Charges have been filed in connection with two deer poaching incidents that occurred in November and December in or near the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp in Morton County ...  the men likely have left the state ... [video]

...   How much is the life of an injured baby deer worth? About $3,500, officials say....
     Animal control officer gets $3500 fine in baby deer killing March 10, 2017 New Jersey, NJ.com
... Officials said exsanguination, or blood draining, was not an approved method of animal euthanasia in New Jersey...

... They don't know how he got in, but because the course is completely fenced in, he can't get out... As long as Rudy plays nice with the humans, the DNR said he can't be caught ...