Deer Management News This Week

Game and Fish puts focus on growing mule deer herds here July 25, 2016 Wyoming,  Wyoming Tribune
... Platte Valley ... the herd was estimated to have about 13,000 members during the winter. The objective is set at 16,000... growing since 2011-12 ... a higher ratio of fawns to does due to a series of mild winters and a habitat with sufficient moisture... more conservative hunting seasons have also played a part...

Biologists, hunters react to hunting season extension July 24, 2016 Alabama, Decatur Daily
... North Alabama hunters will get 10 additional days of deer hunting ... The mature bucks are typically more active later in the season, so the extra 10 days gives hunters a better chance to harvest a mature buck ... Alabama was one of the remaining three states not to have mandatory harvest reporting systems until this year...

Area antlerless quotas unchanged July 24, 2016 Indiana, South Bend Tribune
... Several northern Indiana hunters have complained that the herd is shrinking and that too many antlerless deer are being harvested... Bonus antlerless quotas are the primary tool the DNR uses to manage deer populations ... 

...  a rules change that indicates municipalities and other political subdivisions have to try using recreational hunting to control whitetail populations before they can seek a permit allowing for other methods... Laroche said ... The number of deer with wasting disease may still be manageable now, he said. In five years, it may not...

Laramie Boomerang
...  the herd was estimated to have about 13,000 members during the winter. The objective is set at 16,000.  That number has been growing since 2011-2012, Schultz said, which he credited to a higher ratio of fawns to does due to a series of mild winters and a habitat with sufficient moisture. He said more conservative hunting seasons have also played a part...

Increases in residential and energy development are associated with reductions in recruitment for a large ungulate HE Johnson, JR Sushinsky, A Holland, EJ Bergman… - Global Change Biology, 2016
... Using linear mixed models, we found that increasing residential and energy development within deer habitat were correlated with declining recruitment rates, particularly within seasonal winter ranges. Residential housing had two times the magnitude of effect of any other factor we investigated, and energy development had an effect size similar to key weather variables known to be important to ungulate dynamics. This analysis is the first to correlate a demographic response in mule deer with residential and energy development at large spatial extents ...

...  in Michigan's Upper Peninsula ... Wildlife biologists say nearly every single fawn died after the harsh winters of 2012 and 2013, further hurting a struggling herd. In fact, the population has been on the decline since 1995...  the lack of high-quality deer wintering complexes seems to be the main factor in plummeting deer populations...

2016-17 Georgia Hunting Seasons July 22, 2016, Georgia Outdoor News
... For the second consecutive Georgia hunting season, more than half the state will experience periods of buck-only hunting during firearms deer season ...  hunters complaining of seeing fewer deer in the woods...

Hunters Working to Improve Deer Hunting July 22, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News
     The Pennsylvania Game Commission is bringing several hunting groups together to expand the agency’s goal to improve deer hunting in Pennsylvania.  The groups will work collaboratively as the “Deer Management Working Group” to discuss ideas and develop workable solutions to benefit Pennsylvania’s hunters...

Game Commission addresses technology issues July 22, 2016 Pennsylvania,  Timesonline.com
... the number of cases increased where drones have caused concern for wildlife... The board voted unanimously to prohibit the operation, control, launching or retrieval of drones on commission-controlled property...  use of drones to aid in hunting is already unlawful ...

Chronic wasting disease discovered in deer east of Montrose July 21, 2016 Colorado, The Durango Herald
... Chronic wasting disease has been introduced to Southwest Colorado ... Southwest Colorado has evaded it until now ... Chronic wasting disease has been detected in 77 of Colorado’s 186 game management units...

A light year for disease in deer July 21, 2016 Virginia,  Roanoke Times
... Last year was a “quiet” one in Virginia for hemorrhagic disease (HD) ... herds in some areas continue to be impacted by the heavy dose of HD that occurred in Virginia and other states in 2012 and again, to a lesser degree, in 2014...

Deer causing soybean losses across state July 20, 2016 South Carolina, Manning Live
... “We hope to identify effective deer-repellent strategies that are feasible for South Carolina growers and that can be easily incorporated into the crop management program,” ... five commercially available deer repellents will be included in the trials ...

...  Comparison of the deer-management programs and processes in eight states, including Pennsylvania, indicated that, while there were a few differences in procedures and techniques among the states, all eight addressed management of white-tailed deer "in a very similar manner," Feudale wrote in his ruling...

Provo, Provo Municipal Council votes on plan to clear urban deer herds July 20, 2016 Utah, Daily Herald
... [approved] a plan to take care of the issue by using a combination of two options that includes relocating and harvesting. The plan by resolution gives city administration the responsibility to determine the best combination ... “They are completely domesticated,”  ... Up to 300 deer in a three-year period can be harvested ...

Houses, drilling take toll on deer July 19, 2016 Colorado, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
... a study by Colorado Parks and Wildlife ... biologists have watched deer ranges get encroached by new homes, roads, and gas and oil wells, at the same time as deer numbers have declined... Housing had more than twice the magnitude of effect of any factor investigated ...

... "In this case, one of our benefits is agriculture and deer habitat. Deer grasses and maple saplings that deer feed on really benefit from having fire." ...

Super Tag raffles winners announced, over $664000 generated for Wyoming wildlife July 19, 2016 Wyoming, KGWN
... separate raffles are held for bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat, elk, wild bison, deer, antelope, black bear and mountain lion licenses...

... From 2009 to 2015, the number of resident hunters in in Michigan dropped 10 percent, from 769,875 to 695,747...  “The hunting and fishing generation was a lot about family, going away to deer camp together. The millennial generation is much more about weaving activities into their daily life.” ...

Commissioners Emphasize Deer Control Through Hunting July 19, 2016 Pennsylvania, PGC News    
     Provision requires deer-control permit holders to consider hunters first.  Municipalities and other political subdivisions that request permits to manage deer populations will need to more strongly consider managing deer through hunting before gaining approval to use another method...
   
Block Fish and Wildlife Service refuge rule: Agency proposes to limit some hunting practices in dispute with state July 19, 2016 Alaska, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
...  the state has an intensive game management law ... that it uses to achieve management of moose, caribou and deer for human consumption. The Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t allow predator control programs on any federal refuges in Alaska... both the Senate and House versions of the Interior Department budget contain language thwarting the Fish and Wildlife Service rule ...

... The fee increase would be the first for CPW since 2006 ... would increase the cost of a regular fishing license to $50 and adjust the cost of hunting licenses for the rate of inflation. According to a flier distributed at the meeting, the proposed cost of an elk license would be $88...

Greenwich, CT. FLIR Deer Survey 2016 July 18, 2016 Connecticut, Bowsite.com, Glen Ekstrom [see also Redding News]
      In 2016 Vision Air Research was contracted to perform a Forward Looking Infrared survey to determine the deer population in Greenwich, CT. The survey was conducted between 1600-0200 hours; February 27-28, 2016. The results of this survey showed a total of 313 deer  located in 111 groups. Group size ranged from 1 – 10 deer with most deer groups in the 1 – 3 size range.
      The FLIR survey for Greenwich averaged 7.27 deer per square mile and should be compared to the estimated 22.4 or 44.8 corrected deer per square mile claimed by the DEEP for 2015 in Zone 11. The 2016 FLIR survey covered 43 square miles in Greenwich, 90% and therefore represents a true census of its whitetail deer population. In contrast, the DEEP transect surveys for 2015 are based on surveying only .3% of Greenwich. 
      By sampling only fractions of the town, the DEEP surveys can only reliably report the number of deer in those fractions. The CT DEEP attempts to extrapolate the results as town-wide numbers and as a result their numbers are grossly overstated. Wildlife seek out preferred habitat in a town and will never be equally distributed in any town. The repeat surveys merely demonstrate that anyone can repeat the same error multiple times and get the same wrong answer.   In the last six years Fairfield County, CT; Zones 11 and 12 have lost 50% of the deer through over harvest do to unlimited doe tags, baiting and the January harvest.

Staten Island, City flubs on Staten Island deer. Again July 18, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Just 527 deer were found on Staten Island during twin aerial surveys of the borough in February. That's less than the 763 that were found during the last survey in 2014... Given procreation rates, experts estimate that the number could be more than 1,000. They've been saying it for a couple of years now...

Kill a Marked Coyote, Get a Lifetime Hunting License July 18, 2016 South Carolina, Edgefieldadvertiser
... South Carolina has a new predator control initiative aimed at coyotes across the state; kill a marked coyote and get a lifetime hunting license... decrease the coyote population ... The agency specifically hopes to have the program in place by this coming deer season...

Deer Guns: Goodbye to Slugs? July 18, 2016 Field Stream
... I can remember back in the 80s reading predictions that some day, every state east of the Mississippi would be slug-only. We are going the other way instead...  there isn’t much demand for them...

WV's chronic wasting disease problem expands with each passing year July 17, 2016 West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail 
... Today the disease has spread from the Hampshire County town of Slanesville, where the buck was found, into parts of Hardy County... In the 39-square-mile area of Hampshire County where DNR officials most closely study the disease, CWD can be found in approximately one in every four whitetails...

Trail-Camera Surveys used to figure out deer population July 16, 2016 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser
 ... A Trail-Camera Survey is an incredibly useful tool to give you a look at your deer population   ... take your photos and start compiling. Count the number of bucks, does, and fawns, or deer under a year... a handy form [PDF] on QDMA’s website from Thomas to help you get all the details worked out ...

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Spring's heavy rains help, hinder wildlife in Texas July 16, 2016 Texas, Houston Chronicle
... For the second consecutive year, a mild, wet winter and wet spring produced a flush of vegetation... should be an average or above-average year for fawn production. Abundant forage meant does maintained good body condition through pregnancies ... Heavy, flooding rains hit parts of Texas early in fawning season, and biologists suspect some fawns might have been lost to flooding...

Researchers Study The Success Of The Snowy Range Moose Herd July 15, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... Most moose herds in Wyoming are in decline, but the Snowy Range Moose herd appears to be an exception. After a moose re-introduction in northern Colorado, they started showing up in the Snowy Range Mountains west of Laramie in the 1980s...

New law to change deer harvesting in S.C. starting in 2017 season July 15, 2016 South Carolina,Aiken Standard
... three buck tags at no charge.  They will have the option of buying two more buck tags at $5 a piece ... historically ... two-thirds of the state having no limit on antler bucks... minimum of four points on one antler or a minimum 12-inch inside antler spread ...

Legislation aiming to reverse deer debate July 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News
... “In a nutshell, this bill [ House Bill 2083] would create an advisory council of political appointees to dictate policy to the Game Commission; dictate seasons, bag limits and hunting regulations; force the use of an unproven and highly controversial wildlife management concept referred to as “maximum sustained yield” [Kip Adams ... Quality Deer Management Association] ...

Mt. Lebanon commissioners to vote on deer management July 14, 2016 Pennsylvania, The Almanac
...  the goal stated by Mt. Lebanon commissioners was to decrease the number of deer vehicular collisions by half... removed a total of 219 deer from the densely populated confines of Mt. Lebanon.  Despite the elimination of deer, vehicular crashes with the animals have risen. In the six months tallied in 2016, with the exception of March, collisions have eclipsed each monthly amount of the past three years ...

Staten Island, D'oh! Just 527 deer on Staten Island in latest city count July 14, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Only 527 deer were found on Staten Island during the city's latest aerial survey of the herd -- 236 less than the last count two years ago and well below what the city expected...

Experts share tips on managing for more fawns July 14, 2016 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledger
... Brian Murphy, president ... Quality Deer Management Association, said age and sex ratio of a herd can affect how vulnerable fawns are to predation ... if there aren't enough antlered bucks in the population, mature bucks in particular, the breeding season is prolonged because it takes longer for the bucks to breed the available does...
Shelter Island, Tempers flare over extending deer hunt July 13, 2016 New York, Shelter Island Reporter
... Mr. Amann raised the issue of liability should anyone be injured during either April or September when the Island’s [deer] population is higher than it is during the winter months.  Who would be responsible for a hunting accident — the property owner or the town, Mr. Amann asked.  There was no clear answer...




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Biologists caution against moving deer during fawning July 23, 2016 New Mexico, Silver City Daily Press and Independent
... a baby deer left alone is actually safer, and is very rarely abandoned... The mother has a very strong smell after she’s given birth ... she purposefully stays away, because a predator can find her but she can run from that predator a lot better than the little fawn. So the baby has this instinct to stay down on the ground and not move ...

... the best thing to do would be to return it to where it was found ... It was fine when we turned it loose ... Fawn are sometimes left alone for up to 12 hours...

Monterey Bay Area’s Native Amah Mutsun Seek Return to Lost Way of Life July 21, 2016 California, 90.3 Kazu
... The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band wants to restore ecosystems that once flourished here: from the deer herds that roamed the land to the medicinal plants that sustained the tribe...They may use controlled burning to maintain grasslands ...

... Dutch scientists analyzed 90 mammal species for pet "suitability" and came up with five animals ... starting with the best suitable, are:  Sika deer, Agile wallaby,  Tamar Wallaby, llama ... published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science ...
...Experts at Wageningen University in the Netherlands ranked 90 species by the following criteria: Biology, needs, danger to humans and well-being when kept in captivity ... The top spot is taken ... by the sika deer [not dog or cat] ...


I got footage of a group of very nice bucks and couldn't believe it. No feeding or baiting or anything occurred. StealthCam P18 July 2016.


Jefferson County woman learns fate of pet deer July 15, 2016 Illinois, WSIL TV
...The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has granted Rhonda Crawford to the ability to keep her two pet deer, Jude and Dude, after a legal battle over ownership rights...

she's a survivor! This mama deer had her leg broken 3 years ago! - July 16, 2016


St. Clair man fights to save lives of deer herd at farm July 14, 2016 Wisconsin, Fox 2 Detroit
... He's been helping his neighbor care for the herd for years and continued, even after his neighbor passed away.  Now the farm is for sale and the deer are at risk of being put down by the state at the deer farm in Clyde Township.  But the time for the deer time here may be ending soon if these folks can't get some help...

... The horns [antlers] discarded by white-tailed bucks, elk, moose and caribou are the trophies in a small but growing pastime... The business of training dogs to find horns has increased with the popularity of the sport, which peaks in late winter and early spring ...

Fawn euthanized after being adopted by Cheyenne family July 9, 2016 Wyoming, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle News
... Animal Control believed the fawn was the offspring of a doe that had been killed by a car nearby, and an Animal Control officer helped the family retrieve the deer to keep temporarily, as the agency didn’t have a place for the fawn... KGWN-TV did a story on the family caring for the deer, and that’s when Game and Fish came in ... said Lucky had to be euthanized...


TWRA rescues deer stuck on fence in Powell July 5, 2016 Tennessee, WATE 6 On Your Side
... deer hanging on the fence and decided the best thing to do would be to tranquilize it...

Don’t touch the deer: Grand Canyon officials July 5, 2016 Arizona, Gulf News
... they’ll likely cite visitors who thought they were rescuing a baby deer by wrapping it in a T-shirt and bringing it to rangers ....
     Canyon visitors scolded for helping fawn June 29, 2016 Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun
... ranger answered the doorbell to a couple standing with a young fawn ... Luckily, the fawn’s story had a happy ending, with it ending up reunited with its mother... handling wildlife is a Class B misdemeanor ...

... the deer was disoriented and in need of help, as it was suffering from a broken leg... nothing I could do for him. Tears were flowing from many of the shoppers and workers ... 

Great swimmers, deer use water for transportation, safety June 25, 2016 New Hampshire, WMUR Manchester
... swimming in Lake Winnipesaukee ... Some lake residents have seen entire herds leaving points and islands and swimming together as a group ...