White-tailed deer belong to the order of artiodactyla and family Cervidae and may live up to 12 years in the wild, although they rarely reach anything over seven years of age. But under this "new" system things were working just fine. The state banned deer harvest 1841. As you may recall, the subject of this column a year ago was the reproductive potential of white-tailed deer. History Prehistory. I would much rather do stuff than read about people who did stuff.But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the past and what we can learn from it for the future. There is a rather famous account by John M Phillips in which he and a friend jump a buck and kill it after three days of tracking. Historic accounts notethat furs sent out from the various posts upon the Illinois River included10,000 deer, 300 bear, 10,000 raccoon, 35,000 muskrat, 400 otter, 300 pounds ofbeaver, 500 cat and fox and 100 mink, having a total value placed at $23,700.During this time period, a 60­â€“100 pound whitetail sol… According to Game Commission records, 1,192 deer were purchased during that period. The first white deer, a buck and a fawn, were spotted in the Depot in 1949. Keywords: white tailed deer, history, impact on natural resources Prepared by: David Jackson, Extension Educator Lesson Plan Grade Level: 6-12th Total Time Required for Lesson: 3 hours classroom and research time Setting: Classroom, library, computer room Topics: history, population shifts, impact on natural resources Goals for the Lesson. That's more than six million deer harvested in a quarter of a century. No money and no one to enforce the game laws on the books allowed people to continue to do as they pleased. There are also numerous smaller mammals, including gray and red squirrels, minks, raccoons, muskrats, skunks, jackrabbits, cottontail rabbits, groundhogs, and a variety of mice and moles. White-tailed deer have been prominent in human cultures in North America for thousands of years, likely gaining importance after mostspecies of mammalian megafauna went extinct during the Pleistocene, 12,000–15,000 years ago . But despite the claims of no deer left, Pennsylvania hunters harvested nearly 400,000 deer in 1997, the fourth highest harvest in history, despite an allocation that was the lowest it had been in the previous nine years. The venison that was not sold or traded was salted and used by the colonists themselves. And deer were a good thing. The harvest in 1907 was 230 deer. White-tailed Deer have been in Ohio since the end of the last Ice Age. I sure did. Penn's Woods, themselves, could have been classified as an endangered species. And instead of succeeding into pole stage forest 15 to 20 years after the big cut at the turn of the century, young brushy forest conditions persisted for several decades by repeated fires. And so had the attitude of hunters. C. P. Brown Game Research Investigator New York State Conservation Department ABSTRACT The white-tailed deer is New York's most important big game species. 1915 – Crop damage complaints; 1922 – forest regeneration problems; 1925-26 – investigations revealing deer overstocked the forests and laurel and rhododendron were destroyed in many places; 1931 – the Department of Forests and Waters publishes The Deer Problem in the Forests of Pennsylvania, documenting the extensive damage caused by deer. Limited male only harvests, absent predators, abundant regenerating clearcuts, frequent fires holding back forest succession, and an agency pulling out all the stops to return game to the state. Buck season was closed for the first time in state history. Market-hunting and habitat loss nearly extirpated deer from the state by 1900. The first white deer, a buck and a fawn, were spotted in the Depot in 1949. Like the deer, elk, beaver and the turkey, how could so much ever be depleted? The smallest variety, the Key deer of Florida, stands 76 cm (30 inches) at the shoulder and weighs 23 kg (50 pounds). Description The most characteristic feature of the white-tailed deer is the white underside of its tail or "flag" that is flashed when disturbed. You're telling me that a normal Joe can become rich and spend more money than he has ever made in his life in a matter of a couple of years. "Whitetails" have been a part of Penn's Woods for many centuries. Can you really have too much of a good thing? HISTORY OF THE WHITE DEER Several dozen wild white-tailed deer were probably caught within the fence that was built to surround the Seneca Army Depot in 1941. Deer were plentiful when European settlers first arrived, but the animals were hunted extensively for meat and hide with no thought of conservation or management. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. (And here I thought numbers in the billions were reserved for the 21st century). 1953-1955: 111 deer released throughout the state, with last releases in Sullivan and Ripley counties. For example, I spent a lovely cool July 4th picking raspberries several years ago. Native Americans depended on white-tailed deer as a source of food, clothing, shelter, and goods for trading. Amnesia has two main features: an impaired ability to learn new information, and an impaired ability to recall past events. 1934-1942: 296 deer purchased for release from Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Mr. Phillips tells his friend that "I have killed the last deer in Pennsylvania." First, white-tailed deer are widely distributed and much of the species’ range includes some of the most productive habitats on the contin… Something had to take their place. He wrote that elk, deer, raccoons, beaver, rabbits, turkeys and pigeons were so plentiful that "they run in droves into the house in cold weather." But the storm would gain strength and pound the landscape for decades. 1953-1955: 111 deer released throughout the state, with last releases in Sullivan and Ripley counties. The restocking program continued for 19 years, which was probably 19 years too many. No one was turned away. For many, the story of the white-tailed deer spans only a few decades, or as long as one person's memory. Isolated from predators and hunters, the deer population grew quickly. At five, not getting that blue ball in Target was the end of the world, but after graduating high school, obtaining two advanced degrees, making a life in four different states thousands of miles from friends and family, getting married with all its up and downs, that blue ball is small potatoes. So what if I did live the "hard" life? White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) were common in Delaware when European settlers first arrived. The doe is smaller and weighs in much lighter at 70 to 150 pounds. Proudly founded in 1681 as a place of tolerance and freedom. As a species, the extend from the southern edge of the arctic prairies … (In fact, in some zones the bow season actually opens before the autumnal equinox!) These animals were used extensively by Native Americans and early settlers for both food and clothing. The key word, of course, is nearly. Mothers sometimes raise daughters to adulthood and then depart, leaving their home range to the daughters. 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