Whitetail Deer

Mother Nature blamed for muzzleloader harvest decrease

Hunters found tough weather conditions during this past weekend's muzzeloader-only season, and the harvest totals reflected it. According to DNR, pa total of 3,535 deer were taken over the three-day season, a drastic drop from last year's total of 4,878. The harvest was higher that the 2010 total of 3,276. Cold and rainy conditions met hunters through most of the…

Good news on the chronic wasting disease front – finally

With deer farms quarantined in 16 counties, the chronic wasting disease situation seemed to be getting worse by the day. Now, there is finally some good news. The two free-roaming deer with connections to Ronald Rutter’s New Oxford deer farm — where chronic wasting disease was first discovered in Pennsylvania — have been shot and killed by hunters. Even better…

Road harvest

It’s deer season and once again people are blaming hunters “chasing the deer” for the spike in vehicle/deer collisions occurring along Michigan highways and roads. ‘Taint so, of course. There are many reasons deer are more active in the fall and being chased by hunters is far down the list. In researching a few bits of data I found some…