Deer Management News This Week

... “This is the single best approach, and it will have more impact over time, and we will keep funding it. We have to; we have to keep that continuity,” ... a controlled cull ... would have had “unintended consequences” and “a lot of problems,” the mayor said...

...  free food plot seed is given out to landowners to provide habitat as well as food ... fawns tend to like to bed in the food plot ...

... Wyoming came out with a special plate that supports wildlife conservation. It features a mule deer buck on the far left ...  it costs $180, with $150 going to state wildlife conservation ...

... only natural deer urine products lawful to import, sell, use or possess must have a seal of approval ...  part of LDWF’s efforts to prevent chronic wasting disease ...

... chronic wasting disease also known as CWD. The problem can be traced back to deer farms ... a bill was scheduled to be heard in a House committee that would transfer oversight of farmed deer from the Board of Animal Health to the Department of Natural Resources...

Jeff Pritzl Named DNR's New Deer Program Specialist March 5, 2021 Wisconsin, Door County Pulse
...  If we focus less on statistics and more on story, Wisconsin deer hunters still have a lot to look forward to in 2021.”  Pritzl said that without a doubt, the two biggest changes have been hunters shifting to more stationary hunting strategies and spreading their hunting effort out over a broader part of the calendar...

... The monitoring is conducted each year by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, which X-rays all of the venison donated by hunters to all Minnesota food shelves... sometimes scattered through the meat due to the shock and fragmentation of high-speed lead bullets...

... Comments will be accepted through Sunday, March 14 ... One regulation proposal would allow antlerless white-tailed deer to be taken from all public hunting areas from Sept. 25, 2021, to Feb. 6, 2022, provided that a hunter takes only one antlerless deer from these lands per license year...

... “I know, it’s hard to imagine, but cars were backed up for miles,” said Janice Stiffler, the new owner of the Benezett Store, Campground and Restaurant. “It was crazy nuts. But a good crazy.” ...

Utah DWR launches app to help residents report poachers March 5, 2021 Utah, Gephardt Daily
... “The app is called UTDWR, and it’s available for both iOS and Android devices,” ... It was created by Citizen Observer, an organization that provides Internet-based communication systems ...

... “The drought has hit Maui County hard, and I am declaring it a disaster area so we can take immediate measures to reduce and control the axis deer populations and to remove and dispose of the carcasses quickly,” said Ige ...

... According to the city’s report, the total deer population went from an estimated 2,053 in project year one (from 2016 to 2017) to an estimated 1,555 in project year 4 (from 2019 to 2020) ...

... hunting permits for antlerless deer, bear and turkey would rise from $5 to $20.  Hunting and fishing license fees for non-residents, as well as other costs associated with permissions for trapping and furbuying, would also go up...

Drones helping modernize deer counts through locating fawns March 4, 2021 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune 
... Minnesota Department of Natural Resources whitetail biologists until recently flew over various deer permit areas. This method provided accurate census information, but was expensive and too dependent on safe flying weather and other variables...

... insecticides have infiltrated deer in just about every corner of the state ... In North Dakota, 52% of deer spleens checked for neonics have tested positive... the level at which fawn survival decreased in a study ...

... At the start of the 2020-2021 season, DNREC estimated the size of the Delaware deer herd at 45,000... A total of 17,265 deer were registered with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control ... surpassing last year's record 16,969 harvest..,

Upstate rescuer rehabilitated over 50 deer last year, released them into the wild March 4, 2021 South Carolina, WSPA 7News
... Magnolia Fawn Rescue. The rescue focuses on rehabilitating injured, orphaned or imprinted deer and releasing them back into the wild...

Wildlife bills would turn last best place into worst  March 3, 2021 Montana, The Missoulian
... Twelve other states banned or restricted snares. Montana allows snares year-round. Wolves are the exception, unless Rep. Fielder's HB 224, passes. Snares cost a couple of bucks, are inconspicuous, lightweight, and trappers' favorite. Alaska Fish and Game biologists estimate 1% of moose are caught and killed in wolf snares...

Animal rehab groups optimistic about wildlife bridge efforts in TN, keeping animals safe March 3, 2021 Tenessee, WBIR.com
... an effort to create wildlife bridges near the Great Smoky Mountains... The Safe Passage Fund Coalition launched the I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project last week ...

GFP Commission Rejects Big Game Ammunition Changes March 3, 2021 South Dakota GFP News
     The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted against the use of non-toxic copper fluted bullets for big game hunting. Currently the only ammunition that is allowed is soft point or expanding bullets. The fluted bullet does not fit into either one of those categories. Commissioners expressed concern on the bullet's performance in regards to big game hunting.
     This proposal came from a petition submitted by Jeremy Silko of Rapid City at the November 2020 meeting, with the intent of giving hunters more options when looking for non-toxic ammunition.

... Public comments and questions will be taken at the electronic meetings and by phone ...  For more information and to join the online hearings, go to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website www.vtfishandwildlife.com and click on the “Public Hearings Schedule” on the home page...

... the statewide total of 208,131 deer reflected just under a 1 percent increase from 2019-20 ... numbers may have been slightly higher if not for several Hemorrhagic Disease outbreaks scattered across Virginia in late summer and early fall 2020..,

Bills Seek to Conserve Public Lands and Rivers Across California March 3 2021 California, The Pew Charitable Trusts
... The Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act would expand the existing area to better protect open space for local communities and maintain a vital wildlife corridor for mountain lions, bobcats, deer, and many other species...

Chronic Wasting Disease:  Pennsylvania Annual Report  March 3, 2021, PGC Report
... We still anticipate some additional samples through the collection of road-killed deer and clinical suspects. Of the samples collected so far this year, 196 were positive for CWD. In comparison, a total of 15,822 samples were collected last year, of which 206 were positive for CWD. Working with Wildlife Futures, we launched a CWD visualization tool to allow hunters and the public to view results from our testing efforts based on location. We are confident that by working with hunters and our conservation partners on implementing these strategies we can limit the spread of this disease, and in so doing, ensure thriving deer and elk populations for future generations..,

Utah bill presented to ban deer baiting due to disease March 3, 2021 Utah, The Digital Universe
... proposed HB295 to ban the hunting practice of using bait to hunt for deer and other animals.  The bill passed the House on Feb. 18 ...  bait can be an agent for transmitting diseases through animal saliva...

The Hunt For Habitat Super Tag is Back! March 3, 2021 South Dakota, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks News
... In 2019, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department created the Hunt For Habitat "super tag" to help raise money for habitat in our state. In two years, the Hunt For Habitat has raised nearly $800,000 for habitat improvements across the state..,

... At least 216 wolves were killed in less than 60 hours, exceeding the state quota of 119 ... “These animals were killed using packs of dogs, snares and leg-hold traps,” ..,

Hunters have 'stranglehold' on Nevada wildlife March 2, 2021 Nevada Current
... Nevada’s Department of Wildlife needs more oversight, says state Sen. Pete Goicoechea, who is sponsoring legislation to add two members to the Wildlife Commission... “If they (NDOW) don’t turn something around quickly, we are going to destroy our deer herds in the state. If they don’t shorten the season up and give these deer some relief, it’s going to be like it was in the 20s,” ...

... A second mule deer has died and at least three more were injured after being struck with blow gun darts within the Burns city limits over the last four months. The Oregon Hunters Association is offering $1,000 in reward money for information leading to a citation... “It is no secret that mule deer populations continue to be on a decline in Oregon,” ...

... the Service argued in court that releasing incomplete information would confuse the public ... Judge James Boasberg found the Service had in fact completed the assessment, citing the agency’s own documents ...

DNR Releases Preliminary Results from White-Tailed Deer Pesticide Study - March 2, 2021 Minnesota


... Neonicotinoids ... recently found evidence of them inside deer in the state's deepest and most remote forests... DNR tested 800 deer spleens sent in from hunters over the past two years and found buildup of neonicotinoids in 61% ...

... accused of illegally killing 12 deer, two turkeys and a bighorn sheep ram... six months in jail ...

... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered in a free-ranging 8 ½-year-old mule deer in Lubbock County, marking the first positive detection of the disease in the county .., TPWD collected more than 13,000 samples across the state and confirmed CWD in 11 free range mule deer and 5 white-tailed deer ..,

Hunters spur increase in number of deer tested for CWD March 1, 2021 Indiana, Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)
... A total of 893 wild deer in Indiana were tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) through the end of the 2020-21 deer season, ... CWD has been found in the neighboring states of Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio but has not been detected CWD in Indiana to date...

Axis Deer Had Overrun the Hill Country. The Winter Storm Devastated Them February 28, 2021 Texas, Texas Monthly
... Introduced to Texas about eighty years ago, axis deer do not handle freezing temperatures well... About 70 percent of the species reproduce in February, so the cold snap hit when they were at their most vulnerable. Most of the axis carcasses belonged to newborn fawns and pregnant does...

... The reason is that we’re trying to improve habitat for elk and deer ... The sagebrush has been shaded out over the years. The conifer encroachment is the result of fire suppression over a long period... trees are being ground into mulch this winter to open up the forest and allow for more forage to grow...

Aiken, 100 deer killed in Woodside neighborhood's second cull in Aiken February 27, 2021 South Carolina, Post and Courier Charleston
... Culls in Aiken were made possible in late 2019 by an update to city code; the public hearings at the time were near-combative...

FWC approves regulations changes related to chronic wasting disease July 27, 2021 Florida, FWC News
... At its February meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved rule changes that prohibit importing or possessing whole carcasses or high-risk parts of deer, elk, moose, caribou and all other species of the deer family originating from any place outside of Florida. These rule changes continue the FWC’s work to protect Florida’s deer populations by reducing the risk of chronic wasting disease spreading into the state ..,

... "We haven't had historically a huge sample size of these animals before," Duncan said. "Having that data is going to be a huge help to our scientists, knowing where the real problems are." ...

Wolves in the UP February 27, 2021 Wisconsin, Escanaba Daily Press
... Wisconsin’s data shows that wolves are responsible for more than 31% of deer killed in 17 northern counties. Also, they kill more than gun-deer hunters in the four-county area of Iron, Ashlund, Douglas and Forest...

County reluctant to approve anti-CWD deer culling February 26, 2021 Minnesota, Winona Post
... “It feels like a double standard from this board to say, ‘the public can’t use that land for hunting, but we’re going to grant the DNR to go out there and endanger the people who could potentially be using the park.’” Jacob said. “I don’t think it’s a good fit.” ...

... A group of Southeast Idaho houndsmen are upset with a proposal from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to remove all statewide mountain lion harvest quotas, saying the plan amounts to the agency declaring war on the species....

County seeks solutions for deer February 26, 2021 Hawaii, Maui News
... The population and movement of axis deer, which collectively may number over 100,000 in Maui County, according to some experts, have been a problem for years but have come under increasing scrutiny in recent months as deer dying from starvation because of drought ...

... Huron-Clinton Metroparks Police Chief Michael Reese said the Royal Oak man was "generally upset about the deer management program, specifically the cull itself. He made threats to shoot police officers taking part in the deer cull." ...

Wisconsin wolf harvest 82% higher than goal February 26, 2021 YAHOO!News
... That total harvest during the court-ordered wolf season means hunters and trappers killed nearly 20% of the state's estimated total wolf population of 1,100 in less than 72 hours..,

Rough winter impacting survivability of some deer, February 26, 2021 Iowa


 Adjusting antlerless allocations will maintain target goal during concurrent deer seasons February 25, 2021, Pensylvania, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice
... “A change to a concurrent season is not intended to increase the antlerless harvest ...” Stainbrook said at the January BOC meeting. “If the proposal for concurrent seasons is approved... the antlerless license allocation will be reduced accordingly to reflect the additional five days of hunting opportunities...

Improve Habitat For Wildlife By Enrolling In DMAP Today February 25, 2021 Wisconsin DNR
... Landowners interested in wildlife management, whether for deer or other wildlife, can apply to join the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) to receive resources, participate in workshops and gain access to a community of like-minded landowners around the state. Visit the DNR website to learn more about DMAP...

Effort to overturn City of Cape Girardeau deer ordinance to launch February 25, 2021 Missouri, Southeast Missourian
... Eight years ago, in April 2013, the last Cape Girardeau city deer hunt ordinance was repealed by a citizen plebiscite of 1,485-1,279, with 53.7% favoring overturning the hunt...

Muley Fanatics donates deer crossing signs to Green River February 24, 2021 Wyoming, Wyoming Tribune
... These 30”x30” signs are solar powered with LED lighting around the perimeter of the sign, with the lights continually flashing and providing for a highly visible reminder of possible deer crossing ...

Late hunt finds more infected deer in SW Montana February 23, 2021 Montana, Billings Gazette
... resulted in 52 out of 305 deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease... FWP staff have observed CWD prevalence rates of 3% in Hunting District 320, and 13% in Hunting Districts 324 and 326 ...

21 deer test positive for chronic wasting disease February 23, 2021 Iowa, DNR News
   The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ 2020 surveillance of Iowa’s wild deer herd for the presence of chronic wasting disease has yielded 21 new positive deer, and has added two new counties to the list where positive deer have been found..,

... In past committee meetings, it was decided that the city would take a holistic approach to thinning the deer population... would include, in addition to utilizing sharpshooters, awaiting funding to use a sterilization method being championed by Cuyahoga Co
unty Councilwoman and South Euclid resident Sunny Simon...

... overpopulation of deer, particularly in coastal areas of Maine and in York County... The deer population in the northern half of the state is just the opposite...

... Trahan [ David Trahan of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine] says with deer hunting permits at an all-time high, and a record number of deer harvested last fall, there is no need to using baiting to manage the deer population...

... trail cameras would be included under the devices the Wildlife Board can regulate... also prohibits big game baiting, with baiting being considered “intentionally placing food or nutrient substances to manipulate the behavior of wildlife for the purpose of taking or attempting to take big game.”...

9 more deer on Houston County farm test positive for CWD February 22, 2021 Minnesota, Bring Me The News
... “This herd was in good standing in our farmed cervid program and was double-fenced since 2017,” said Board Assistant Director, Dr. Linda Glaser. “It’s an example of how elusive CWD can be to detect and control quickly before it infects multiple animals within a herd...


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... footage captured by a doorbell camera ... shows a driver accelerate into a herd of deer in North Ogden ... appears to "attack" the herd ...

 Firefighters help free deer stuck in New Jersey fence February 26, 2021 New Jersey, abc7NY
... 
Firefighters were able to bend the iron fence posts enough to free the deer's hind legs... the deer sprinted off...

Sika Deer, Creature Feature February 19, 2021 Maryland, Bay Weekly
... Sika deer have an 18-year lifespan, which is longer than the white-tailed deer... The sub-species introduced here from Japan in 1909 has faint spotting on their back...  They have been recorded as having ten distinct sounds..,

February 22, 2021


Virtual tool teaches kids about Staten Island deer February 17, 2021 New York, SILive
... New York City Parks Department ... recently launched its new “Deer Awareness Presentation,” a digital StoryMap on the WildlifeNYC website designed for fourth- to sixth-grade students...

... It was back in 2004 that Butera took in the three-day-old blind, dying fawn after her mother refused her.  Dillie went on to live in Butera’s home and become part of the family, even getting a bedroom of her own...

In this latest installment of our "Keeping Up with the Alaska Zoo" edZOOcational video series, join Zoo Educator Colleen Farrell and zookeepers on a training mission. Target: Zoo moose Uncle Fudge and Delbert! Learn how training plays such an important role in the mental and physical well being of zoo animals. Watch Uncle Fudge and Delbert the moose as they participate! - February 12, 2021 Alaska


Deer rescued from frigid pond in Plymouth February 5, 2021 Minnesota, KARE 11
... Earlier this week, @PlymouthMNFD was called to assist a deer that became trapped in a pond in Plymouth. Firefighters were able to pull the deer to safety, which ran off into the woods nearby...



Deer trapped on the frozen Genesee River euthanized  February 5, 2021 New York, Democrat and Chronicle
... 
at least one person tried to go into the water to save it ...  due to an increased threat to public safety, DEC and local officials decided to humanely euthanize the animal following appropriate protocols.” ...
... staff called to the scene determined the deer was not viable, “meaning the deer was older. If it stayed out there it would most likely freeze. But if we tried to rescue it, the stress would kill it most certainly.” ...

... The animal looks remarkably robust, and certainly looks to be thriving.  Jones explained that he regularly sees that deer, along with 10 others, as they visit the buffet of peas that he feeds them...

Officials confirm death of beloved, white deer Tilde January 30, 2021 Colorado, KRDO
... Residents have been posting photos and messages following Tilde's passing on the Facebook group, "Tilde the White Deer," which has over 2,000 members...

Colorado Deer Found With Arrow In Nose January 28, 2021 New Country 99.1
... an arrow that was sticking through its nose... Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers ... were able to tranquilize the deer and remove the arrow safely...

... "No animals were harmed in the making of this film" reminder at the end of its closing credits because the movie's producers arranged for a professional hunter to kill the animal so they could film it ...

... After taking pictures, Brown asked Dominic to lead the deer back to the woods. The 4-year-old did as he was asked and the deer followed him back to its proper home...



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