Deer Management Topics

P0000115A number of the topics that are listed here, are also covered in the Managemant Plans of the different localities. For more information, view the individual Management Plans

  • Deer Damage in Suburban Areas 2016 , Collaborative Deer Management Initiative, Jan 14, 2016
      An overview of the damage deer can cause around the home and garden and steps you can take to minimize those impacts.
  • AN ABSENCE OF ENEMIES, Margaret Leary, CRTW 527 LYRIC ESSAYA 500-­‐pound buck, hot on the scent of an estral doe, catapults west at 50 miles an hour.
    A 3500-­‐pound northbound car cruise-­‐controlled at 70 miles an hour crosses the path of the deer. A black-­‐smeared swerve, a convergence.
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  • Deer Management, Critter Control
      Aside from deer-auto collisions, most deer damage comes from herds of deer feeding on vegetation on a homeowner’s property. Deer prefer to eat clover, juniper, hostas, flowers, rye, wheat and alfalfa; however, in a harsh winter or when larger populations have made food supplies scarce, deer will eat just about anything, including crops, bark, ornamental shrubbery and landscaping plants. It is not uncommon for some homeowners to find their entire yard stripped bare in a single season.

  • Controlled Focused Hunting, Cary Institute of Ecosystem StudiesFocused controlled hunting has work well at Cary. With the current trend of shrinking hunter numbers in general, deer management in the future is going to be even a bigger challenge. Those remaining hunters need to understand and embrace the role they play in deer population management and ecosystem protection. In concert, landowners must also recognize and embrace their role in ecosystem protection.
  • SPECIES: Odocoileus virginianus, Innes, Robin J. 2013. Odocoileus virginianus. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: [2014, October 16]. In Michigan and the Great Lakes region, quaking aspen communities and croplands are important to white-tailed deer
  • A Deer Manager’s Toolbox, Cornell University, Integrated Deer Research and Management Program, 2014Lists of pros and cons of lethal and non-lethal options for deer management
  • Overabundant deer: Better management through research, Dwayne Etter, et al., Wildlife Damage Management Conference Proceedings, 10-4-2000We culled 2,826 deer from 16 forest preserves in DuPage County (1992-1999) including 1,736 from the 10 km2 Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. We also radio-marked 129 deer from 8 preserves in DuPage and adjacent Cook County (1994-1998). Recruitment was inversely associated with deer density suggesting a classic density-dependent response. Female deer were philopatric and 20% of adult males dispersed. Survival was high for all sex and age classes, and deer-vehicle collisions accounted for >55% of known mortalities.

There are a number of important topics and subtopics associated with this Deer Management Topics page:

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