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#25755 - 01/08/18 06:01 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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I checked the camera at Wardney's salt lick yesterday, it had over 200 pictures, nearly all of them nighttime. No antlers this time.

Remember above we were talking about deer not using salt licks, during winter? There isn't any other attraction at this camera.






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#25760 - 01/08/18 01:51 PM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Originally Posted By: redsnow


Remember above we were talking about deer not using salt licks, during winter? There isn't any other attraction at this camera.


Tim, we put out salt and minerals all year round also. I have several stumps around our farm that we use minerals on. I find from my trail cameras that during winter, it doesn't seem like the bucks use the licks much, but I consistently see does at our licks in the winter. I believe this is because the salt helps them lactate so after they are bred, they will need more salt to promote better lactation. The bucks seem to start showing up at them in the spring.

That is a regular ole bachelorette party at the stump. A lot of horns have dropped in this cold. I shot a deer on the last day of our season. Looked at quite a few yearlings before I finally found a mature deer to shoot. Walked up, and it's a darn buck that has dropped its horns already, and they had been off a while because the spots were pretty well healed up. I tried not to shoot a yearling because I didn't want to shoot a button buck on accident, and I end up still shooting a buck after all of that. I was a little bummed out to say the least, but it's meat in the freezer I guess, and hopefully I will catch a couple yotes off the ribcage.

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#25780 - 01/09/18 06:24 PM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Back during our buck season, I scoped over 2 (bigger than average sized) deer, and both of them had both sides of their antlers snapped off, about as long as your thumb. I guess from fighting?

I haven't checked 2 of my trail cameras lately, I figure they are due for batteries. Last spring, I still had deer sporting antlers up until March or after. I'd posted those pictures above, then the fine folks of Photobucket gave us the shaft! Anyway.

I did get the DNR's email today, listing the WV deer kill. I think last season we were down, around 25%. Here's their report:

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Preliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 108,160 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2017 seasons. The 2017 harvest was 4 percent below the 2016 harvest of 112,384 deer, and 15 percent below the five-year average of 127,803.

A breakdown of the combined 2017 deer seasons reveals 44,127 bucks were harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 33,584 antlerless deer were killed during all antlerless firearm seasons, 26,206 deer were harvested by bows and crossbows, and 4,243 deer were taken by muzzleloader hunters.

Antlerless Deer Season
The 2017 antlerless deer harvest, which includes those taken during the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 3.5 percent less than in 2016 and 22 percent below the five-year average of 43,145.

“It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population,” said Paul Johansen, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,703), Upshur (1,300), Ritchie (1,290), Lewis (1,258), Jackson (1,122), Roane (1,101), Wood (1,087), Braxton (1,083), Mason (1,052), and Harrison (1,014).

Hunters are reminded that the DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state March 12 and 13 to gather comments on fall 2018 antlerless deer hunting seasons in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.

Muzzleloader Deer Season
The 2017 muzzleloader harvest of 4,243 was 15 percent below the 2016 harvest of 4,997, and 26 percent below the five-year average of 5,768. The top 10 counties were: Preston (203), Randolph (194), Upshur (163), Nicholas (162), Lewis (146), Jackson (138), Greenbrier (130), Braxton (127), Harrison (126), and Fayette (124).

Archery and Crossbow Deer Season
The bow and crossbow harvest of 26,206 deer was 1.2 percent less than the 2016 harvest of 26,524, and 4 percent below the five-year average of 27,420. Archery harvests are affected by hard mast crops. The average acorn crop in 2016, followed by a better-than-average acorn crop in 2017, likely contributed to the slightly lower 2017 harvest.

More deer were harvested with a crossbow than in past years. For the first time, more deer were taken with a crossbow than a bow. The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,469), Kanawha (894), Randolph (883), Wyoming (824), Raleigh (789), Fayette (765), Wood (738), Greenbrier (722), Upshur (694), and Monongalia (694).

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#25791 - 01/11/18 06:03 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Here's the WV DNR's bear kill report, just got it yesterday.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters in West Virginia harvested 3,160 black bears during the combined 2017 archery and firearms seasons, which is the second highest recorded bear kill in state history.

Due to more abundant mast production in 2017, the Division of Natural Resources expected a decrease in the archery harvest and an increase in the December firearms harvest compared to 2016. While both predictions held true, the harvest count for the 2017 seasons increased 5 percent over the 3,012 bears killed in 2016. This is the third straight year the black bear harvest has topped 3,000.

“Historically, an abundance of mast makes bears harder for archers to target, yet leads to a large December firearms harvest,” said Colin Carpenter, DNR’s Black Bear Project leader. “Mast abundance delays denning and keeps bears available to hunters for both the buck-gun and December firearms seasons.”

Hunters killed 612 bears during the first segment of the 2017 archery season (Sept. 30 – Nov. 19). Hunters harvested 327 bears with vertical bows and 285 with crossbows. The top five counties for archery harvest were Nicholas (53), Randolph (45), Fayette (43), Mercer (38) and Preston (38).

Firearms hunters harvested 2,548 bears in 2017. Hunters took 623 bears in September and October, 678 during the concurrent buck-gun bear season, and 1,247 during the traditional December season. The top five counties for firearms harvest were Randolph (224), Webster (210), Pocahontas (204), Pendleton (193) and Nicholas (187).

“The addition of early bear seasons and the buck-gun season over the past 10 years has helped decrease the influence of mast crops on total harvest," Carpenter said.

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#25814 - 01/21/18 05:13 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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I checked the trail cam at the lower salt lick yesterday, it had 545 pictures. First time I've ever had the white deer on my camera, they'd been seeing it on the next property, maybe a half mile away? I did have 2 buck deer on the camera, the last pictures I have of them is around the first week of January.

While I was out yesterday I did track a bear, maybe 2? The tracks were about the same size, crossing the road in different directions, could have been the same bear? Our snow is just about gone, but I did track a nice bobcat.




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#25815 - 01/21/18 05:52 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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#25825 - 01/27/18 11:17 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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I checked the trail camera at Wardney's salt lick today, 152 pictures.




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#25835 - 02/11/18 12:08 PM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Checked the camera at the lower salt lick today, 324 pictures. Notice the deer's head on the left edge of the picture. As well as I can tell his antlers have popped off. Also had a picture of a spike buck, dated 2/9/18.





A friend of mine found a shed antler, about 2 weeks ago. Also had a picture of a big coon, the temperature was 5* F. Our ground is wet and sloppy now, freeze and thaw, plus 1/2 inch of cold rain this morning.

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#25836 - 02/11/18 05:00 PM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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Caught a wolf this week that was hunting deer. The deer are in runways with snow almost to their shoulders. The fact that you are on bare ground amazes me. Unless you are on snowshoes or skis, you aren't going anywhere off of a tapped trail around here.

Question: Do deer eat cat tails/bulrushes?

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#25840 - 02/12/18 08:09 AM Re: 2017 Deer Antler growth. [Re: redsnow]
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I honestly don't know if a deer would eat cattails or not? I've never seen any evidence of where they did. I've tracked where they've walked through them to get water and stuff. But then, with 3 feet of snow on the ground I don't know? Not sure about bulrushes, we don't have them in this area.

We've had a very dry fall and winter, we've had some cold days, when we did get moisture, the temperature was right at the break point. A couple of little snows here in the valley, nothing serious. It was 34* F. the other day when it rained. It's snowing on the mountains east and west of town right now, I've got 38* here, and light rain.

Our deer are bunched up now, I did see a bunch about 300 yards above my camera the other morning. As well as I could tell there were 18 or 20 head, does and fawns. There is a little construction going on, I figure that's why they were all pushed up into my area.

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