Mule Deer Hunting News

Some Hunters in Colorado are Unprepared for Heavy Snowfall

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding hunters to be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions in the Colorado high country.

"While hunter success increases with snowfall, folks need to have the proper winter gear before heading out to hunt at this time of year," said Perry Will, area wildlife manager for the Division of Wildlife in Glenwood Springs.

Utah's 2011 Sportsman Permit Apps Available Nov. 1st

Applications for next year's most prized Utah hunting permits — 2011 sportsman permits — will be available by Nov. 1.

Only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison, hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat, black bear, cougar and wild turkey.

South Dakota Has Free Antlerless Deer Tags Available in Some Areas

South Dakota resident landowners still have several options available to purchase a 2010 East River Deer or West River Deer license before the season opens, including some units where free antlerless licenses are available.

South Dakota residents who own, or lease and operate, a minimum of 160 acres of land for agricultural purposes are eligible for these licenses. In addition, immediate family members (spouse, children living at home, and children who live on the land) are eligible.

North Dakota Landowners Still Seeking Hunters

There are still some landowners looking for doe hunters in hunting units 2I, 3D1, 3E1, 3F1, 4A and 4E.

Idaho Incentive Program to Increase CWD Sampling

Collecting Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) samples is really nothing new for the staff of the Upper Snake Region. For over six years they have been sampling wild ungulates to check if the disease has spread to Idaho. This year a little honey has been added to sweeten the pot, so hunters will be more likely to have harvested animals checked out.

While IDFG will continue to collect CWD samples at check stations across the Upper Snake Region and at certain taxidermists and meat processing plants, a new option and incentive program is being tried out.

Utah Deer Hunt Only 3 Days Long in 5 Units

If you're going to hunt deer on any of the following units in Utah, remember that this fall's rifle hunt ends on Oct. 25, 2010.

That's right; the following units in the following regions are open for only three days of rifle deer hunting this year:

Montana Offers New Hunting Opportunities in 2010

Montana's deer, elk and antelope regulations—the hunter's bible—is newly formatted this year and includes some new hunting opportunities for deer, elk and antelope for the upcoming season.

"We made the changes in response to requests for simpler, easier to read hunting regulations," said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim.

Utah Puts Deer and Elk Season Changes on Hold

Members of the Utah Wildlife Board want hunters to see more buck deer during Utah's general hunts.

That goal has led the Division of Wildlife Resources to put on hold big game hunting ideas it's shared with hunters over the past several months.

Instead, the DWR will present some new ideas. The goal of these ideas is to increase the number of bucks per 100 does on Utah's general-season units.

To increase the number of bucks per 100 does, fewer people would be allowed to hunt in some areas of the state.

Oregon's General Hunting Season Opens Oct. 2nd

The peak of Oregon's hunting season begins next month, and ODFW reminds hunters that playing it safe is the first step to a successful hunt.

"Hunting is a very safe sport and enjoyable experience as long as hunters take some basic safety precautions," said James Reed, ODFW statewide hunter education coordinator.

"All hunting and firearm incidents can be avoided if some basic hunter safety rules are followed," Reed added.

Colorado DOW Approves Free Big Game Licenses for Wounded Warriors

The Colorado Wildlife Commission unanimously approved final regulations and big-game license allocations to provide free licenses to hunt deer, elk and pronghorn to Colorado combat veterans severely wounded in action while deployed overseas since Sept. 11, 2001. These licenses will be available this fall.

As set forth in Colorado Senate Bill 10-211, the DOW will provide a free deer, elk and pronghorn license to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are participants in the military's Wounded Warrior Programs.