Urban and suburban deer management by state wildlife-conservation agencies, Wildlife Society Bulletin, Sept 2011
- Deer biologists in 41 states were surveyed to investigate what agencies are doing to control urban deer, which management techniques have been used in the past and are currently being used, and which techniques are believed to be most effective. Urban and suburban deer populations were increasing in most states (75.8%); accordingly, most biologists (97%) believed that urban and suburban deer were a problem in their state. Managed archery hunts (85% of states), sharpshooting (68%), and managed firearm hunts (59%) were the most utilized methods during the past 5 years. Biologists ranked managed firearm hunts (54%) as the most preferred method for deer control, followed by managed archery hunt (39%) and sharpshooting (39%). Ninety-one percent of biologists listed deer–vehicle accidents and damage to gardens as primary reasons for managing urban deer populations.
Deer Management Plans
The deer management plans listed under
range from formal plans to announcements of practice on Websites.
These three sections of the country represent the areas where white-tailed deer are in abundance, and have been for the last 20 plus years.
Michigan is represented separately.
Some management plans from Canada are listed below.