Mule Deer Hunting News

Washington Hunters Can Win 2011 Hunting Permits by Filing 2010 Hunting Reports

Hunters have a chance to win one of nine 2011 special hunting permits if they report this year's hunting activities for black bear, deer, elk, or turkey to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by Jan. 10.

Those who meet the deadline will be included in a drawing for five deer permits and four elk permits in various areas of the state. Those permits will be valid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2011.

To qualify for the drawing, hunters must submit a report for each black bear, deer, elk, or turkey tag they purchased in 2010.

Utah Changing Hunting Regions Into Smaller Hunting Units in 2012

In 2011, Utah's general buck deer hunt will run very much like it did in 2010. There is one big change, though—the rifle buck deer hunt will run for nine days.

While the changes for 2011 are relatively small, the changes for 2012 are huge.

Starting in 2012, general deer hunting will happen within smaller hunting areas called units. Currently, the general hunt happens within five larger regions.

Members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved the 2012 deer hunting changes by a 4-2 vote at their meeting on Dec. 2, 2010.

North Dakota's 2011 Tentative Season Opening Dates

To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2011, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.

Montana's Big Game Seasons Will Not be Extended

Montana's 2010 general big game hunting seasons closed Nov. 28 and will not be extended, state wildlife official confirmed.

"We are not planning any season extension anywhere in the state this year," said Ken McDonald, chief of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' wildlife bureau. "If specific population or damage problems emerge, we’ll use management seasons or game damage hunts to address them."

Idaho 2011 Licenses, Tags and Permits on Sale December 1st

The 2011 licenses, tags and permits go on sale at 12:01 a.m. MST, Wednesday, December 1, except for the nonresident Selway B elk tags which go on sale at 10 a.m. MST.

The sale of these popular tags is being delayed because many license vendors and Idaho Department of Fish and Game offices will not be open at midnight. By delaying the sale timing, hunters will have an equal opportunity to buy the tags.

Montana Considering 2011 Nonresident Combination Hunt License Changes

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on the proposed 2011 nonresident combination hunting license annual rule.

With the recent voter approved ballot Initiative 161, which eliminated guaranteed big game hunting licenses for nonresidents who hunt with outfitters and increased the cost of some licenses, the new law affects FWP's annual rule for the sale of nonresident combination hunting licenses.

North Dakota's Deer Muzzleloader Season Opens Nov. 26th

North Dakota's muzzleloader deer season opens at noon Friday, Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 12. Hunters with a lottery muzzleloader license can hunt white-tailed deer statewide.

In addition, unfilled second, third or other concurrent season any-antlerless, antlerless whitetail or antlerless mule deer licenses are still valid, but only in the unit to which the license is assigned. Hunters with these licenses must use a muzzleloader and hunt only the species printed on the license.

Idaho Seeking Anonymous Poacher

Idaho Fish and Game is looking for information to assist with an on-going investigation.

On November 12, Fish and Game received an anonymous letter from "Poacher X" stating:

"Here is a picture of the nice buck I poached up in northern Idaho this year. & I plan to do all my Idaho hunting like this from now on. & I'll send a picture of my nice pronghorn next. Also my turkey." (Expletives deleted)

The return address said only "Poacher X" with a postmark from Everett, Wash.

Colorado DOW Purchase Assures Access to Public Range and Hunting Areas

A 940-acre land purchase by the Colorado Division of Wildlife will protect wildlife habitat, provide hunting access and assure the future of a public shooting range in Grand County. The purchase of the Grand View Ranch property was approved by the Colorado General Assembly's Capital Development Committee and finalized by the Colorado Wildlife Commission. The property opened for hunters in time for the current big game hunting seasons.

Montana's Warm Weather Slows Hunt Success

The second weekend of the 2010 general big-game season was warm and clear in south central Montana– not ideal conditions for fall hunting success.

Fewer than a third of hunters who stopped at four south central Montana check stations operated by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks over the Halloween weekend had harvested game. For the two weekends, the success rate was just 30 percent, well below the long-term average.