2015/16 Annual Deer Control Report

Gary Garrett

Our founding mission continues to be restoring native plants, educating the public on appropriate plants for the community, and controlling the deer population in and around the town. Elsewhere on our website you will find more history of our organization and detailed descriptions of our activities.

The following is a brief recap of the 2015/16 accomplishments of the Deer Population Control operating committee.

Results of the flyover census for the last few years have been as follows:

Flyover Date In-Town Around Town Total
February 12, 2012 25 19 44
March 22, 2013 38 68 106
January 22, 2014 54 30 84
March 17, 2015 28 27 55
March 4, 2016 46 55 101

Based on various articles about Lyme disease and deer control, our target has been 25-30 deer in and around Beverly Shores. Concerned about the 2013 results, we applied for and obtained a three-year DNR Grant in 2014. Based on the instruction received and infrastructure added in the 2014/15 season, our census results dropped to 54 in March 2015.

The recent flyover census of 101 reflects the absence of our winter cull this year. In our application to the DNR for the winter cull, they asked for documentation for damage incurred by the deer that had never been requested before. By the time we received this request, most of any damage done was the obscured by dropping of the leaves, etc. Like every year, this count does not reflect the spring births that, this year, are expected to be much higher due to the mild winter.

We will be discussing this at out Annual ERG Membership Meeting in June but are requesting both members and non-members to furnish documentation of damage done by the deer to private or public property before the end of August 2016. This information will obviously be used in our application for a 2017 cull.

Beverly Shores Environmental Restoration Group,
P.O. Box 667, Beverly Shores, IN 46301