Deer Management News This Week

Deer hunting days up, but take down September 3, 2015 Louisiana, The Advocate
... Deer numbers ... down last year.  State Deer Study leader Scott Durham can explain the decline, but there’s no single-fit, statewide reason other than the explosion of feral hogs across the state’s landscape... We have reports of HD2V, and a disease like this can reduce a deer herd, maybe up to 25-50 percent ...

... Mule deer grow to large sizes ... But human development has thrown their once prolific population into decline, which means that wolves, mountain lions, bears, eagles and coyotes that rely on them for food might eat less...

Predicting mule deer recruitment from climate oscillations for harvest management on the northern Great Plains S Ciuti, WF Jensen, SE Nielsen, MS Boyce - The Journal of Wildlife Management, 2015, North Dakota
...  Large-scale Pacific-based climatic indices (>2,000 km to the Pacific coast) were correlated with local weather and helped explain variability in autumn recruitment. Higher values of the multivariate el niño southern oscillation and Pacific decadal oscillation were correlated with warmer and drier winters in the North Dakota badlands, whereas the North Pacific Index was correlated with colder and snowy winters...

Let's get the facts straight on chronic wasting disease September 2, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... A single infected carcass brought into our state from a deer hunted in a CWD area can cause a new CWD endemic area. This appears to be what happened in the Meridian Township case . We also have learned that plants can uptake prions from the soil and hold them in plant material...

... deer with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) were found this summer near San Antonio ... "At this point we can't say if it's widespread in the captive herds or in the wild herds-- we don't know," said Dr. Galen Austin ... CWD can actually persist in soil for years ...

Indiana Deer Forecast for 2015 September 2, 2015 Game & Fish
... The IDNR has had very liberal limits on antlerless deer in an effort to reduce the deer herd. In some counties it is working and the harvest numbers continue to slide as we see fewer deer to hunt...The acorn mast definitely made this winter easier on the deer ...

From Cecil the lion to Indiana’s deer September 2, 2015 Indiana, Nuvo
... trophy hunters kill approximately 600 lions each year...Canned hunting, a.k.a. high-fence hunting or captive hunting ... There are more than 1,000 captive hunting facilities in the U.S., four of which are in Indiana... The animals are bred to have unnaturally large antlers ... “Last spring 80 percent [of Hoosiers] were against canned hunting.” ...

Chronic Wasting Disease a new normal for deer hunters? September 2, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press 
... In late May the DNR confirmed that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township had tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease — a contagious illness fatal to deer. It was the first time CWD showed up among the state’s free-ranging herd, although in 2008 a deer at a private hunting ranch in Kent County contracted the disease...

The 2015 Rut Report September 1, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
 ...  there is much variation in the breeding dates, even within individual parishes, due to the restocking that was done in the’ 50s and ’60s around the state ...

2015-16 WMA [Wildlife Management Area] Forecast September 1, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  the documented deer harvest total on WMAs in 2014-15 was 3,568 bucks and 2,554 does... one deer per 181 acres ... The 10-year average for all WMAs is one deer per 193 acres...

Crossbows Make Presence Known in Wisconsin September 1, 2015 Bowhunting
... Wisconsin’s first crossbow season for white-tailed deer helped generate a record archery buck kill of 46,201 and a record 275,417 licensed bow hunters in 2014.
Of that buck kill, regular archers accounted for 30,433 (66 percent) and crossbow hunters 15,768 (34 percent)...

Highstead Foundation: Getting data on your backyard eco-system September 1, 2015 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot
... Just beside the Redding Country Club ...  a focus on long-term ecological studies .... one on deer impact that has been running for 17 years... Some exotic species benefit from deer browsing and some do not. Japanese barberry does better in areas where deer can graze, but burning bush and oriental bittersweet do better protected... , there is greater diversity of native shrubs inside a deer exclosure... greater diversity of native herbs outside the deer exclosures...

Dalton deer in headlights of city council meeting August 31, 2015 Idaho, CDA Press
...  The city is looking for a new trapper because last year's trapper is no longer participating, perhaps due in part to the fact that "the stresses, potential for injury to trapper and animal are not, in my opinion as a professional trapper, ethical and humane." ... a full comprehensive review of the trap and relocation program has not been initiated. And yet the city council has already decided to look for another trapper ...

... According to survey information released at the Regional Advisory Council Member and Wildlife Board meeting on Aug. 21, 60 percent of hunters were opposed to allowing crossbows during the general season archery deer and elk hunts, as well as the limited-entry archery hunts for elk, deer and pronghorn...

... Antlers come from cells on the head of the deer that are similar to embryonic stem cells. They are capable of turning into a variety of tissues — hair, blood vessels or bones... deer antlers may provide important information for treating human bone disease ...

Preserving our hunting heritage August 31, 2015 Texas, The Lufkin News
... the June discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease, an always fatal, highly contagious brain disease similar to Mad Cow Disease, in a deer breeding facility in Medina County. The shocking reality is that deer from this one breeder have been shipped to 66 Texas counties, and during that time, CWD went undetected in his pens...

Science vs. opinion August 31, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist admitted his agency is considering shorter deer seasons and more-conservative limits because the mandatory season, which the vast majority of hunters have ignored, indicate lower deer numbers. The announcement led to hunters on Facebook opining everything from calls to leave the seasons alone to laying the blame on the biologists ...

... The new-age adage of ‘what’s good for the bird is good for the herd’ goes for mule deer and other big game animals, as well as livestock,” says Miles Moretti, president and CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation. “Good management and conservation practices on private land can benefit all wildlife that depend on sagebrush ecosystems...

Appeals court upholds Colorado poaching conviction August 31, 2015 Summit County Citizens Voice
... A convicted northern Colorado poacher will remain in prison after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals last week affirming the 41-month prison sentence and fines the former outfitter received in early 2013 for illegally baiting deer and elk with salt...

Orangeburg public meeting on deer legislation Oct. 13 August 30, 2015 South Carolina, Times and Democrat
... The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled seven public meetings to receive input from hunters concerning DNR-supported legislation related to future deer management ... Senate Bill 454 was filed on behalf of DNR by Sen. Chip Campsen of Charleston ...
     S.C. moves toward whitetail buck limit throughout the state August 29, 2015 South Carolina, The Augusta Chronicle
... the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is pushing a long overdue plan to create a four-buck limit, and to require tagging of all deer ... Georgia, which has a two-buck limit - of which at least one must have four or more points on one side...

Prime elk habitat protected in Elkhorn Mountains August 30, 2015 Montana, The Montana Standard
... The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation this summer partnered with a conservation-minded family and the U.S. Forest Service to permanently protect 317 acres of prime elk habitat in the Elkhorn Mountains, south of Helena...

Feds push Game Commission to allow Mexican gray wolf releases August 29, 2015 New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican
...  commissioners want Fish and Wildlife to provide more information about how increased wolf populations will affect deer and elk populations in the area.  “I think if we exceed these numbers or even double the population, we’re going to see severe impacts on the ungulate [elk and deer] population,” said Commissioner Ralph Ramos ...

State groups stepping up wasting disease control August 29, 2015 Ohio, Courier
...  regulations would apply within surveillance areas:   Required submission of harvested deer carcasses to inspection stations for examination and sampling during the deer gun and muzzleloading seasons. Prohibition of the use of feeds, baiting or attractants for deer or hunting with the aid of such materials...

One that got away? NY loses on hunting, fishing plan August 29, 2015 New York, Elmira Star-Gazette
... from 2004 to 2013 ...  [for New York] strong fishing license sales, while the sale of hunting licenses declined from 696,679 to 592,216 ... National trends in sporting license sales:  2004 total hunting license sales: 14,966,406. Revenue: $656,978,444...2013 total hunting license sales: 14,631,327. Revenue: $790,108,758...

Hear big game hunter survey results August 28, 2015 Utah, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Utah.gov
... most of those who responded do not think hunters should be allowed to use crossbows during most of Utah's deer and elk hunts... most of the respondents do not think extremely large-caliber firearms — .50 caliber center-fire rifles should be allowed for hunting ... 

State prepares for inaugural crossbow season August 28, 2015 West Virginia, The Exponent Telegram 
... previously only been used in the state by those who have obtained a special permit ... “If someone had a condition where they could not use a regular bow ... 

A look at 2015 big-game hunting and furbearer seasons August 28, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
...  Overall, there is reason for optimism heading into this deer season. Preliminary field reports indicate a good fawn crop and healthy-looking deer. Last year an estimated 614,593 hunters spent 8.8 deermillion days afield, harvesting roughly 329,000 deer, a significant decrease from 2013. Some 41 percent of hunters successfully tagged at least one deer last year ... Michigan’s elk population, which was above goal for a number of years, has been reduced to a level more in line with management goals. As a result, fewer licenses are available than in some recent seasons...

DNR wants hunters to help with CWD assessment August 28, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... in Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties as biologists work to assess the spread of chronic wasting disease... Deer check stations will be opened in Williamstown and Lansing townships and at the DNR’s Rose Lake facility and will be open seven days a week ... Biologists will keep the head of the deer and allow hunters to take the rest of the animal...

DEC predicts "slightly lower' harvest numbers by deer hunters this fall August 28, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... due largely to "some deer mortality this past winter and resulting reductions (in the issuance this fall) in antlerless permits in parts of the state," the DEC said... However, deer populations in large portions of Central New York, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario Plains and a few units in southeastern New York remain above desired levels ...

DEP warns of possibility of rare deer disease August 28, 2015 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald 
... be aware of any white-tailed deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, and to report any suspected instances since outbreaks typically begin in August... igns of the disease this time of year are difficulty standing, drooling, foaming from the mouth or a carcass with no apparent wounds near water...

... board members voted to increase the number of cougar hunting permits from 460 to 492, starting with the 2016 hunt... the amount of suitable habitat in Utah suggests a population of 2,500 to 4,500 cougars in the state...
... The DWR wants to change the way Utah hunts cougars by factoring in mule deer and bighorn sheep populations when they choose how many cougars hunters will be allowed to kill each year... The Utah Director of the Humane Society of the US said killing off the predator population will not increase the prey population...

... Currently, post-mortem testing of brain tissue is the only form of CWD testing approved by the USDA even though an effective, non-lethal alternative test exists.  A results of a study of rectal mucosa testing for CWD in white-tailed deer published by the USDA’s National Veterinary Research Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, shows extremely high diagnostic accuracy ...

Kansas ponders raising hunting, fishing permit fees for next year August 27, 2015 The Kansas City Star
... Nonresident deer hunters would be the hardest hit by the fee increases. A permit for antlered deer would increase from $300 to $400. The combination two-deer permit (for one antlered whitetail and one antlerless) would rise from $315 to $415...

PGC mulls deer urine use ban August 27, 2015 Pennsylvania, Outdoor News 
... After hearing a presentation by Game Commission wildlife veterinarian Justin Brown on the role that deer urine use by hunters may play in the spread of chronic wasting disease, Commissioner Dave Putnam asked agency staff to prepare a regulation to ban deer urine use for the commissioners’ Sept. 28-29 meeting in DuBois...

Florida launches new deer hunt program August 27, 2015 Florida Today
... Biologists hope hunters see a noticeable increase in whitetail deer populations within five years under the plan ... Eight of the units will require antlers of at least three points on one side ... In the remaining four units, the requirement is a minimum of two points on one side...

Missouri deer hunting changes approved, most for next year August 27, 2015 Missourinet
... The firearms deer season in November 2016 has been reduced in Missouri from eleven to nine days ...  the deer population in Missouri has mostly stabilized or declined ... The number of bucks a deer hunter can kill has also been reduced from three to two ... 

Galena deer panel targeting impartiality? August 27, 2015 Illinois, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... Three of the committee's five members, however, signed their names to a petition in support of culling deer within the city... Citing a lack of manpower, the city in February suspended its controversial deer-culling program, drawing applause from residents who packed the council chamber to get an update and voice their opposition to the short-lived program...

... Hunters bagged 20,700 elk in 2014, which was 4,200 elk ... more than in 2013, and the largest harvest since 2005 ...  sold 93,100 elk tags last year, which is 4,400 more than in 2013 and the most since 2008... sold more than 90,000 elk tags annually between 1995 and 2008, then participation in elk hunting gradually declined. In 2009, tag sales dropped below 90,000 for the first time in 13 years and bottomed out at 82,950 in 2012...

Drought, wildfires combine to impact region's wildlife August 27, 2015 Washington, The Spokesman Review
... In the 2014 Carlton Complex fires, we were very concerned about the impact to deer winter range and what the loss of so many deer fences would mean to crops. But some rains came last fall; we had a little green-up followed by a mild winter, so we came through better than many would have expected...

Hunters must deal with chronic wasting disease August 27, 2015 North Dakota, The Bismarck Tribune
... during North Dakota’s 2009 deer season, a hunter shot a mule deer in Sioux County that was later confirmed to have CWD. That set into motion some transportation rules for deer taken in that part of the state ... Hunters harvesting a big game animal this fall in North Dakota deer unit 3F2 cannot transport a carcass containing the head and spinal column outside of the unit ...

... The 280,000 acres burned by the fire are currently the BLM's highest rehabilitation priority ... a lot of life depends on it...  wildlife like pronghorn, mule deer, elk, golden eagles, and possibly soon-to-be-listed sage grouse...
Trail cameras provide deeper insight into wildlife habits August 26, 2015 Idaho, Idaho Press-Tribune
... “We’ve been studying deer for decades, but only recently have we identified a major whitetail deer migration route — and it’s within a half a mile or less from a paved state highway,” ... cameras out in rocky wilderness mountain passes that caught photos of (woodland) caribou last year ...

... herds knocked back by outbreaks of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) have rebounded to pre-2007 levels ... During the past five seasons, the overall number of deer reported taken has climbed from 110,376 in 2010 to 138,898 in 2014... During the past five seasons, the overall number of deer reported taken has climbed from 110,376 in 2010 to 138,898 in 2014 ... 

Fish and Game forecasts good hunting season August 26, 2015 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express
... Four consecutive mild winters have helped deer and elk herds grow ... Fish and Game sold 157,400 deer tags last year, which was the most since 1993, and the statewide success rate was about 40 percent for those who went deer hunting ... Biologists also said more than 95 percent of mule deer does that were radio-collared in the past two years survived each winter ...

... only 20 to 30 percent of the deer harvested in the state last season had the tags validated ... failing to tag a deer is a Class 3 violation which has a $250 to $500 fine with up to 90 days in jail. An unvalidated tag violation is a Class 2 offense, carrying a $100 to $350 fine with up to 60 days in jail...

Deer baiting survey: "no consensus" August 26, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... approve or disapprove of shooting deer over supplemental feed or corn without restrictions in Mississippi, and there is no consensus ...  Responsive Management wrote in the report. "While a majority approve (52%), there is a substantial percentage who disapprove (37%)...

State Deer Management Assistance Program Seeing Growth August 26, 2015 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Ag Connection ·
... Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance Program ... provides habitat and herd management assistance to private landowners and public land managers interested in improving habitat conditions for deer and other wildlife... 

Hunting and wildlife management in Colorado August 25, 2015 Journal Advocate
...  combination of on-the-ground work and computer analysis helped wildlife biologists recognize in the late 1990s that Colorado's deer population was struggling. In 1999, based on that information, the agency moved to limit the number of deer licenses every year. Deer herds recovered after that action...

Pa. Game Commission proposes increasing hunting license fees August 25, 2015 Pennsylvania, Allentown Morning Call
... or the first time in 16 years... would boost an adult resident hunting license by $20 over five years. The current $19 fee would increase by $10 in the first year and then by $5 in the third and fifth years, pushing the total cost to $39...

Response of native versus exotic plant guilds to cattle and elk herbivory in forested rangeland  BK Pekin, MJ Wisdom, CG Parks, BA Endress… - Applied Vegetation Science, 2015
... Cattle and elk have variable effects on different plant guilds at managed vs unmanaged forest stands. Overall, cattle grazing tends to have a larger impact on herbaceous plant guilds at managed stands, while elk grazing tends to have a larger impact on woody plant guilds at unmanaged stands. However, in contrast to findings from other ecosystems, grazing only has a minor impact on exotic plant dynamics in our study area, and cattle grazing does not favour exotic plants any more than grazing by elk or ungulate exclusion...

Tough hunting results in fewer big game trophies August 25, 2015 Virginia, Roanoke Times
... a 16-percent decline in the deer kill west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a 24-percent drop in the east... Biologists point to a number of factors, including disease in the herd, a massive acorn crop that kept deer scattered, predation, fewer hunters and liberal hunting regulations in previous years that trimmed the herd...

...  most Lyme-control measures focus on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) ... When Sam Telford, an epidemiologist at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts, and his colleagues cut the deer population on Great Island in Cape Cod by 50% in the early 1980s, they saw no drop in tick numbers — the number of tick larvae on the island actually increased ...  Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies ... Ostfeld and others contend that mice are a major driver for both the tick problem and the disease problem ...

State releases 23 elk in Jackson County August 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Ashland Daily Press
... For the first time since the 1800s, elk can be found roaming free in the Black River State Forest.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released the 23 elk ... during the quarantine period, in which seven elk died and four calves were born... "In the little town of Clam Lake in northern Wisconsin where we put elk, they estimate that brings in probably $200,000 to that local community a year," ...

... Holden Arboretum ... a five-mile long, eight-foot tall deer-proof fence to protect the 233-acre central core gardens... "We're fencing them out so we don't have to shoot them." ... The $400,000 deer fence ... designed to replace the biannual erecting and tearing down of miles of temporary fencing around new trees ...

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Deer hunters asked to consider copper vs. lead August 24, 2015 Minnesota, SC Times
... “If we wish to continue our image as hunters, as conservationists, we should not be causing collateral damage in connection to deer hunting,” ... fragmented lead can wind up in venison...

... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is concerned about this decision ...  The deer population in Ann Arbor is six deer per square mile, which is already extremely low... The City of Ann Arbor, just voted 8-1 in favor of killing 100 deer because some residents allegedly complained about the animals eating their vegetation...

Import of deer, elk parts into SC still limited by state regulation August 24, 2015 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
... To protect the state's extremely valuable white-tailed deer resource, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has maintained a regulation restricting the importation of certain carcass parts from deer and elk harvested in states with diagnosed cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...  There is evidence that movements of live cervids for commercial purposes may have impacted the current CWD situation as many cases have been linked to captive animals...

Energy Production Impacts on Colorado Deer August 24, 2015 Public News Service
... A new study confirms that oil and gas production in northwest Colorado is disrupting important winter habitat for one of the nation's largest herds of mule deer... A Bureau of Land Management report on Wyoming's Pinedale Anticline drilling area found a 60 percent loss of mule deer population between 2001 and 2009 – oil and gas boom years...

NY Officials Want More Public Input in Deer Management August 24, 2015 New York, Patch.com
... The internet and email will allow the DEC to gather more input from more people ... The old way—25 years old—has been to appoint a small committee of stakeholders, including hunters and homeowners, to canvass the community ... There will be an increased opportunity for public input ...

Local deer numbers similar to 2014
 August 24, 2015 Minnesota, Fergus Falls Daily Journal
... deer numbers are up in general in the northwest region of Minnesota ... After several harsh winters, the DNR has been taking a conservative approach to deer management...

... even residents with bird feeders who inadvertently feed deer could be found in violation and fined in some cases... The City Council voted 9-0 to give initial approval to the feeding ban last week, calling it a complementary strategy to be implemented along with culling. he city is planning to hire sharpshooters to kill 100 deer this winter, followed by annual culls in future years...

North Jersey
... Officials are considering revisions to an ordinance that currently outlaws hunting in the borough ... A few officials said last week there's little hard data on the local deer count. Environmental Commission member Jerry DeCrosta said he received little support for his idea of an aerial survey to more accurately gauge the population...

... reports of dead or ill deer showing the symptoms associated with epizootic hemorrhagic disease, also known as EHD, are filtering in from parts of the Clearwater basin... Deer with EHD may aspirate blood, but show few other signs...

Is the deer breeding industry worth the risk? August 23, 2015 Texas, San Antonio Express-News
... deer from this one breeder have been shipped to 66 Texas counties, and during that time, CWD (chornic wasting disease) went undetected in his pens... Texas is the only state in the U.S. that allows captive-raised deer to be liberated into the wild, and on top of that, no visible external identification, such as an ear tag, is required to differentiate them from wild deer and aid in disease tracking...
     State agencies get deer breeders up and running again August 23, 2015 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... the state’s 1,300 deer breeders ... state animal health officials and wildlife biologists developed a testing plan  ...  “Our math shows that of the 1,300 breeders, 1,123 would have to test three or fewer deer. Of those 518 don’t have to test any and 380 owe one to testing,” said Clayton Wolf, TPWD Wildlife Division director...

Deer disease at core of proposed rules August 23, 2015 Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch 
... The Ohio Division of Wildlife is seeking the right to establish “disease surveillance areas” at the discretion of the chief when chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in wild or captive deer...

Five deadliest things in Mississippi's woods, sort of August 23, 2015 Jackson Clarion Ledger
... For hunters ... It's the tree stand... , there were more than 20 tree stand-related injuries last year and four were fatal. That number of annual fatalities is about average ...there are only about 138,000 deer hunters in Mississippi and not all of them use tree stands, four deaths a year becomes significant... "They're climbing 20 to 25 feet." ...

Changes afoot for Missouri deer hunters August 23, 2015 Columbia Daily Tribune
... After 2015, Missouri is going to be a two-buck state.  ... Crossbows have been controversial for years... they’ll be legal for use during the entire archery season... urban zones weren’t accomplishing their goal of removing deer from the most troublesome urban areas. Hunters were mainly hunting the more rural, outlying areas of the urban zones ... 

Five deadliest things in Mississippi's woods, sort of August 23, 2015 Jackson Clarion Ledger
... For hunters ... It's the tree stand... , there were more than 20 tree stand-related injuries last year and four were fatal. That number of annual fatalities is about average ...there are only about 138,000 deer hunters in Mississippi and not all of them use tree stands, four deaths a year becomes significant... "They're climbing 20 to 25 feet." ...

Mt. Lebanon, Deer reduction redux: Mt. Lebanon tries managed archery to remove deer August 23, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... In July Mt. Lebanon voted to pay $15,460 to White Buffalo to organize and execute a managed archery hunt that will start Sept. 19 ...  The state archery safety zone is 50 yards from an occupied building ...  Mt. Lebanon commissioner Coleen Vuono ... is urging fellow commissioners to hire federal sharpshooters...

Even in 1542, Southern California's air quality was in question
August 22, 2015 The San Luis Obispo Tribune
... During the 19th century, many recent arrivals from the East and Midwest thought the fires were deliberately started by Native Americans to facilitate their killing of wild game ...  historical documents, indicate that Native Americans employed extensive burning of chaparral and shrub lands as a means of land management. They sought to turn the former into native grasslands to promote the proliferation of deer, antelope and small game...

... Diane Nicholas believes a dearth of water and fresh vegetation in the Sierra Foothills is behind what's been the busiest year for her fawn rescue Kindred Spirits Fawn rescue ... she received more baby deer in April than in any other year and is on track to rehabilitate a record 200....

... The first zone would cover parts of Homes and Wayne counties where two captive deer tested positive last October at World Class Whitetails, a deer farm and high-fence hunting operation.  Triggering the proposal were 17 additional deer testing positive for CWD in June after the World Class Whitetails herd of approximately 300 deer was euthanized...

Deer Management: Prescribed Fire for Better Whitetail Habitat - August 21, 2015


... There is a unique research program going on over at Texas A&M Kingsville. It's an experiment to see whether deer eat better and are healthier if they are raised in an air conditioned environment...

... Prior to 1920, ranchers and hunters made it very difficult for the gray wolves to survive in California. Because they were a danger to livestock, ranchers would place bounties on the wolves. Hunters in the area also damaged the wolves’ feeding patterns by hunting so many deer that the wolves found it difficult to find enough food to survive ...

... in violation of quarantines imposed to manage the spread of chronic wasting disease ... She said she was not aware of the quarantine when she donated Prancer — a 4-year-old reindeer she raised  after purchasing it from a "reindeer seller" — to a nearby private sanctuary for lions and tigers... 




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Deer in the News

Deer with arrow lodged in face expected to survive September 1, 2015 New Jersey, USA Today 
... After more than nine months, a doe with an arrow lodged in her face has finally found relief...The New Jersey Division of Fish and
Wildlife successfully removed most of the arrow from the deer's face after tranquilizing her Tuesday morning [Photo of the doe named Grace from New Jersey Fish and Wildlife after arrow was removed]
... removed the shaft sometime ... followed the recommendation of a veterinarian ... said removing it could have further injured the doe since the injury healed around the arrowhead...
Activists petition state to save deer with arrow in face August August 29, 2015 New Jersey, Asbury Park Press 
... Activists from around the world are calling on state officials to save a doe named Grace.  For at least nine months, the deer has roamed the township with an arrow lodged in her face...


... The Ohio SPCA is supporting the Progers in their efforts to keep Wheezer ...  Ohio used to be able to rescue and care for wild deer before 2009.  However, the law changed that year due to fears about Chronic Wasting Disease ... 
Saving Wheezer, the Orphaned Deer August 31, 2015 Ohio, Ohio SPCA
... two years ago, a mother deer was killed on the highway. Her newborn baby was then rescued by Jodi Proger ... wildlife officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) showed up at the Proger home. They informed the Progers that it was illegal to keep a wild deer and they wanted to seize Wheezer and then kill him... Help Jodi and Wheezer - Sign and Share the Petition ...
     Kill Order Put on Deer on Belmont County August 29, 2015 Ohio, The Intelligencer
...  the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered that a tame deer in Stewartsville be killed.  Jodi Proger has owned her pet deer, Wheezer, for two years, and she says in all
that time she has never heard a complaint about the animal from neighbors.  
"He's basically like a big dog," ...

Ohio Woman Fighting to Keep Pet Deer August 28, 2015 Ohio, fox45now.com
... Jodi Proger says Wheezer's mother had been hit by a car. She's had him now for two years... Proger has started an online petition to keep Wheezer ...

Woman campaigns to save pet deer from ODNR August 28, 2015 Ohio, Dayton Daily News
A campaign to save an Ohio woman’s pet deer is quickly gaining attention online. Jodi Proger took to Facebook after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) visited her home on Wednesday. …


Deer rescued from Nags Head surf August 27, 2015 North Carolina, HamptonRoads.com
... The fisherman rescued the exhausted animal, and bystanders wrapped it in blankets and a towel ... Deer will swim in the ocean to rid themselves of parasites ...



Bellingham, Deer found shot by crossbow bolt in Bellingham August 24, 2015 Washington, Bellingham Herald 
... A deer had to be euthanized after it was found with a crossbow bolt in its neck ... they are processing the bolt for fingerprints ...

My buddy met a guy with a deer. - August 26, 2015


Rally Held in Support of Wildlife Rehabilitator Fighting to Keep Deer August 23, 2015 New York, time Warner Cable News
... Cindy McGinley rescued a malnourished fawn that was just hours old. Then in 2014, she rescued another fawn. That one was blind...  the DEC told her she should have euthanized the blind deer, Lily ... If you'd like to sign the petition, head here



Born Free: Stories from the heart August 23, 2015 Colorado, Steamboat Today
... Flag was a fawn that was picked up by a hiker ... Bye “soft” released Flag behind her home, but the deer kept coming back ... so she decided to load the animals in a trailer to take them to a refuge near Meeker ... Four years later ... I could not believe I was seeing her again and knowing that she was okay. Her mate called to her from the hillside and off she went. She came back many times that fall...

... “The Deer God is a karmic journey through a beautiful but hostile world. For your sins against deerkind, you have been reincarnated as a tender fawn. While your new path is fraught with danger, it also provides an opportunity to redeem yourself.”...

Dog and fawn form friendship in West Michigan August 21, 2015 Michigan, WWMT-TV
...  they’ve captured hearts all over West Michigan and literally stopped traffic in the streets... For the last month, the two have been inseparable, the dog, Nala, has been caring for the fawn, who showed up without a mother...


MJ fire chief nearly skinny dips to save a life August 21, 2015 Tennessee, Wilson Post
...  a baby deer that somehow got stuck in a swimming pool, and by the time I got there she was almost a goner ... when I put my hand on her back, she just rolled over onto her side and she never kicked once ...


... Park rangers believe the buck jumped off a 60-foot cliff before getting stuck in the popular sea caves below... " ... I talk and do deer calls, and later he just calmed down a little," ... swimming right by my kayak ...


On his own land, lion hunter is tough on poaching August 20, 2015 Minnesota, The Bulletin
... Long before he was accused of poaching an African lion named Cecil, Walter Palmer was stalking suspected poachers on his private hunting land ... Over the years, Stetz and his friends and relatives would wrangle with Palmer over property lines, deer stands and trails of deer blood...

... the deer was becoming something of a celebrity  ... It is with a heavy heart that we must report the albino buck pictured in numerous Musselshell County Sheriff's Office posts was discovered deceased on the side of US Highway 12 this afternoon...

Officer shoots deer in front of Middleburg Heights church August 17, 2015 Ohio, Fox 8 Cleveland
... The officer responded to the church after a young deer collapsed on the front lawn with an injured leg... In a letter to the city, the woman said she and her daughter are traumatized by what happened... the officer also did not turn on his body camera ...

Animal abuse can lead to more serious crimes August 17, 2015 Wisconsin, The Oshkosh Northwestern
...  the illegal “thrill killing” of 15 deer near Green Lake reminds us that Wisconsin can do more to prevent the illegal killing of wildlife... Animal abuse committed by young people is a serious threat and it is often a precursor to violent crimes against people...

Albino deer is a legend for the Chickasaw Nation August 14, 2014 Virginia, WWBT-TV NBC 12 
... young warrior for the Chickasaw Nation fell in love with the daughter of a chief... "Bring me the hide of the White Deer," ... Bright Moon would often see the white deer in the smoke of the campfire, running, with an arrow in his heart...

Buck's antlers won't be getting any larger August 14, 2015 Pennsylvania, Beaver County Times 
... as far as antler growth goes, what you see is what you get. In fact antlers stopped growing back in mid-July... antler tissue is the fastest growing tissue known to man ... Antlers, like trees, grow from the tip (not the base) and it takes about 160 to 170 days to complete antler growth ...

Last call for moose? NH biologist fears for its future August 8, 2015 New Hampshire, The Union Leader
... The saddest thing she's encountered in her work are moose calves whose mothers have been killed by cars or disease ... They have the saddest call in the world. They are completely naive so they will come right up to you. ... They sit in your lap and make these little noises...” ... in 1901, moose hunting was banned. And it was logging for the paper mills that helped the moose recover ... 

The Idaho Statesman
...  the deer didn't shed his antlers every year like most bucks do. Some fans called him Brillo, as in Brillo Pad, because his scraggly antlers  ...  lacked testicles and never went into rut ...