Mule Deer Hunting News

Colorado Big Game Apps Due April 5th

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is rolling out its 2011 big game hunting brochure with some major enhancements to help hunters apply for licenses and find information about big game hunting in the state. Applications for the 2011 fall big game season are due to the Division of Wildlife by Tuesday, April 5.

The fully re-designed brochure includes easy-to-read tables, a detailed list of new hunt opportunities in the state and a reference page with important information about Colorado hunting regulations. Copies of the brochure are available anywhere licenses are sold.

Utah Big Game Apps Accepted Starting Feb. 1st

If you enjoy hunting big game in Utah, a time you wait for all year is almost here. Starting Feb. 1, you can apply for a permit to hunt big game animals in 2011.

"Big game hunting in Utah is very popular with people across the country," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We expect to receive about 280,000 applications this year."

Start applying on Feb. 1

North Dakota Non-Resident Archery Deer Apps Due March 1st

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 1,091 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2011.

Wyoming Resident Online Applications Now Open for Deer, Elk, and Antelope

Starting Jan. 1st - residents can now apply online for elk, deer and antelope licenses. This is a departure from previous years when resident applications for these species were only accepted during the month of May.

License section manager Jean Cole said the early application period is for online applications only. "Hunters who wish to submit paper applications for elk, deer and antelope must still wait until the May application period," Cole said. "But, online applications for elk, deer and antelope will be accepted from Jan. 1 through May 31."

New Mexico DGF Publishes 2011-2012 Big Game Booklet

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has just published the new Big Game and Trapper Rules and Information Booklet for 2011-2012.

Montana Seeking Public Comment on Several Items

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on several recent proposals.

Utah Officers Bust Poaching Ring

A tip on the state's poaching hotline has allowed wildlife officers to break a major poaching ring in Utah.

"We're happy that our officers caught these individuals before they killed any more deer," says Captain Tony Wood with the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Even though officers are happy with the arrest, they say there's still a lot of work to do to curtail poaching in Utah. With only 48 patrol officers in the state, Wood says the DWR doesn't have the resources needed to catch everyone on its own.

"We need the public's help," he says.

Mule Deer in North Dakota 3F2 Unit Tests Positive for CWD

A mule deer taken in November during the deer gun season from unit 3F2 is the second deer in North Dakota to test positive for chronic wasting disease. The first was a mule deer taken during the hunting season in 2009, also from unit 3F2.

Dr. Dan Grove, North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian, said a hunter shot a doe in western Grant County and submitted the head for testing as part of the hunter-harvested surveillance program.

Montana: Feeding Wildlife Against the Law and Dogs at Large are Problem

Feeding of wildlife places the animals at risk and puts them on a collision course with humans. The problem of feeding wildlife has become such an issue across the state that the 2009 Montana Legislature revised the state law (MCA 87-3-130) governing the feeding of wildlife to specifically prohibit the feeding of ungulates—deer, elk, moose, and antelope—and mountain lions.

Wyoming 2011 NonResident Application Booklets Available Now

More than 13,000 nonresident big game application booklets for the 2011 hunting seasons are being mailed out this week to hunters who applied through the mail for the 2010 hunting seasons.