Mule Deer Hunting News

Utah Considers 30 Deer Hunt Units

A big change awaits Utah's deer hunters in 2012: Instead of hunting buck deer in five large regions, they'll hunt deer in smaller areas called units.

Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending 30.

South Dakota Elk, Bighorn and Deer Seasons Finalized

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized the 2011 Elk Hunting Seasons.

The Archery Elk Season will have 89 "any elk" and 37 "antlerless elk" licenses this year.

The Black Hills Firearm Elk Season will have 470 "any elk" and 395 "antlerless elk" licenses in 2011.

The Firearm Prairie Elk Season will have 49 "any elk" and 79 "antlerless elk" this year.

Oklahoma Controlled Hunt Applications Online

Offering once-in-a-lifetime elk and antelope hunts, highly sought-after buck hunts, and a range of other quality deer, turkey, quail and coon hunts, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's controlled hunts program is a valuable resource for sportsmen, and now is the time for hunters to submit applications.

New Mexico Man Accused of Poaching 39 Animals

A Taos man with a history of wildlife crimes has been charged with 39 counts of poaching in connection with the illegal killing and possession of 29 deer, five bears, one cougar and four elk through August 2010.

Ray Cortez, 25, also is accused of outfitting without a license and throwing the carcasses of several deer and elk off the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing April 19 before Taos Magistrate Betty J. Martinez.

Idaho Super Hunt Entries Now Available

The deadline to enter the first Super Hunt drawing is May 31.

The first drawing in June will pick 26 lucky hunters, each of whom will win one of 25 tags - eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn hunts as well as one moose hunt; and one "Super Hunt Combo" entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, pronghorn and moose.

Utah Meetings Will Discuss Permit Numbers for 2011 Seasons

Offering more spike bull elk hunting permits, a few more hard-to-draw mountain goat permits and fewer buck deer permits are among ideas Division of Wildlife Resources biologists will share at upcoming public meetings.

Permits might go up for some species

If you enjoy hunting spike bull elk or mountain goats, you'll probably like permit changes DWR biologists are recommending for 2011.

Wyoming Antler Shed Hunting Season Still Closed

Even though most elk and deer have shed their antlers this year, antler hunters are reminded that the season to collect antlers in much of western Wyoming is closed until April 30.

Following a series of public meetings held in 2009, the Game and Fish Commission enacted a regulation to establish a season for the collection of shed antlers and horns on public lands west of the Continental Divide.

Washington FWC Meeting April 8-9

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on a variety of new hunting rules at a public meeting April 8-9 in Olympia.

The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will meet both days in room 172 of the Natural Resource Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. in Olympia. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. both days.

Nevada Big Game Apps Deadline April 18th

Applications must be received, either via mail or online by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18, to be eligible for the drawing. Hunters that applied online in the past were sent a postcard reminding them it is time to apply. Those hunters who applied on paper through the mail were sent a pre-printed application.

Colorado DOW Seeking Help With Poaching Incident Near Canon City

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is asking for help solving a poaching crime in Canon City.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 25, a north side resident called police to report a deer lying in a field near Cottonwood Street with an arrow in it.  All hunting seasons are over, so whoever shot the deer did so illegally.