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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

More Whitetail deer bucks were taken by hunters in 2010 than in 2009, according to the data from 35 states compiled in the 2012 Whitetail Report by the Quality Deer Management Association........... The 60-page report (pdf) below) lists information on deer taken,, species' range, sex ratio, and other popular management topics in the United States and Canada.......Of course, even though deer are at densities two or more times historicical pre-settlement levels, writer Agnieszka Spieszny insists on putting a negative spotlight on Coyotes and Bears, suggesting that these trophic carnivores are limiting agents of Whitetails........Ms. Spieszny, the evidence does not back up your hypothesis...........Instead, you should be writing about the fact that Wolves and Pumas need to be back on the ground across the USA if in fact we are to have healthy forest regeneration, minimize lymes disease and ultimately to have the fleetest, wildest and healthiest deer herds on our landscape..............Deer without Wolves and Pumas chasing and stalking them are like domesticated cattle,,,,,,,,,,,not the fleet of foot/graceful hoofed browsers that historically graced our woodlands and fields

Key Statistics from the 2012 QDMA Whitetail Deer Report

by Agnieszka Spieszny 

Key Statistics from the 2012 QDMA Whitetail Deer Report
More bucks were harvested in 2010 than in 2009, according to the data from 35 states compiled in the 2012 Whitetail Report by the Quality Deer Management Association. The 60-page report (pdf) lists information on harvests, species' range, sex ratio, and other popular management topics in the United States and Canada. In this article, I've compiled a short list of highlights of whitetail deer statistics below.



Antlered Buck Harvest

  • Buck harvest for all the regions of the United States in 2010 was 2,776,867. Canada's total harvest for 6 providences (Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan) was 116,147.
  • The top five states for the 2010 antlered buck harvest were Texas with 357,378 bucks, Michigan – 212,341, Georgia – 155,255, Wisconsin – 148,378 and Alabama – 129,000.
  • The top five states for 2010 buck harvest per square mile were Texas at 5.8 bucks per square mile, South Carolina – 4.8, Wisconsin – 4.4, Indiana – 4.3 and Georgia – 4.1.

Buck Harvest Age Structure

Western states did not report their harvested buck age data, therefore they are excluded from the findings.
  • The top six states with the lowest yearling-buck harvest rates are Kansas at 9 percent of all harvested bucks being yearlings, Arkansas – 10 percent, Louisiana – 17, Missouri – 17, and Rhode Island and Texas which both averaged 22 percent yearling bucks.
  • The top five states with the highest harvest of 3½-year-old and older bucks were Arkansas with a 68 percent of bucks that were taken were 3½ or older, Louisiana – 65 percent, Texas – 59 percent, Kansas – 56 percent and Oklahoma with 51 percent.

Antlerless Harvest

  • Antlerless harvest totaled 3,347,150 in the United States. In six Canadian provinces (Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan) the total harvest amount was 80,587.
  • The top five states for antlerless harvest in 2010 were Texas with 330,698, Georgia with 308,747, Alabama with 208,000, Michigan 205,509 and Pennsylvania with 193,310.

Deer Predators

  • Coyotes have the most significant impact on fawn survival and recruitment rate. Every state and part of Canada allows coyote hunting within set perimeters except for the state of Delaware, which does not allow coyote hunting.(California also does not have a sanctioned hunt--blogger Rick)

coyotes and bears will take fawns in the Spring & Summer
but "prey swamping(mass births) and odorless fawns in most
cases allow for a healthy fawn recruitment to take place.......
Historically, deer survived the simultaneous suite of carnivores
wolves/pumas/bears/coyotes/ that shared home turf with them      

  • In response to coyote predation, the following states have increased opportunity or changed their management model in the last five years: South Carolina, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Dakota and Manitoba in Canada







    Fawn Recruitment Rates

    The top five states for fawn recruitment in 2010 were Iowa at a ratio of 1 fawn to 30 adult doe, Wisconsin at 1:7, South Dakota at 0:95, South Carolina at 0:88 and Ohio at 0:81.

    Hemorrhagic Disease Outbreak

    • The most significant viral disease affecting whitetails annually is hemorrhagic disease (HD). The outbreak of HD in the summer of 2011 was the not as bad as the 2007 outbreak that was the worst in 50 years, but it did affect deer in at least 18 states.
    • Thirteen states confirmed HD by the time of this report. Suspected and confirmed states with hemorrhagic disease in 2011 include Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana.
    • The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study is conducting research into the disease and will release their full report on the 2011 outbreak in November 2012.

    Hunting License Sales

    • Hunting license sales have increased. About 4.9 percent of the United States population purchases a hunting license in any given year. From 2008 to 2009 each region of the United States saw more licenses purchased. The U.S. total for license sales in 2009 was 14,973,528.
    • License sales increased every year from 2006 to 2009 in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and North Carolina.
    • The states where license sales decreased for two to three periods were California, New Mexico, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

    Hunting Numbers Increase With More Women Hunting

    • At one point in time, the report admits that hunting numbers have steadily declined between 1979 and 2009, but speculates that the hunting industry may have made it across that hurdle. With more and more women hunting each year, hunting numbers have seen an uptick. QDMA credits the National Shooting Sports Foundation for their data that women hunters increased by 653,000 from 2002 to 2009, totaling 3,204,000 women hunters.

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