Mule Deer Hunting News

Wyoming Walk-in Atlas Now Available

The 2010 walk-in hunting atlas is now available, featuring hundreds of walk-in areas and thousands of acres where hunters can access private lands for a variety of species.

Oregon Fall Hunting Outlook Available

ODFW released its fall hunting forecast. Based on surveys by staff biologists, the report offers hunters a good look at what to expect this fall.

Kansas Offers Plenty of Hunting Opportunities in September

Most hunters recognize September as the month when Kansas hunting seasons begin, and dove season, which opens Sept. 1 each year, usually comes to mind. However, several other hunting opportunities unfold in the first autumnal month, including rail, snipe, teal, archery antelope, muzzleloader deer, muzzleloader and archery elk, and youth/disabled deer seasons.

Washington Man Caught in the Act of Poaching

A Walla Walla man was charged last week in Walla Walla County District Court with poaching four deer, based on evidence gathered earlier this month by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) enforcement officers.

Kyle O’Brien, 18, was charged with four gross misdemeanor counts each of hunting deer during closed season and wastage, one gross misdemeanor count of spotlighting big game, and one misdemeanor count each of shooting from a road and having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

North Dakota Private Land Tags Available

North Dakota Game and Fish Department big game biologist Bill Jensen is currently working with 33 landowners in 20 hunting units across the state who would like to host antlerless deer hunters in 2010.

"The current list of landowners has more than 400 openings for doe hunters," Jensen said. "We will continue to add landowners and doe hunters over the next several months, and by time the season is over with we could match more than 500 antlerless deer hunters with perhaps 40 landowners."

Oregon Biologists Asking Black-tail Deer Hunters to Submit Tooth from Deer

ODFW biologists are asking black-tailed deer bowhunters to send the department a tooth from the animal they harvest. ODFW staff uses the teeth to determine the age of the animals, which is used in population modeling efforts.

Accurate population estimation is a key goal of the Black-Tailed Deer Management Plan which was adopted in 2008 by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to strategically manage black-tailed deer populations consistent with available habitat and other land uses.

California Begins Study on Black-tail Deer Decline

A new study is under way to determine why Black-tailed deer populations in some areas of northern California have declined over the past 20 years. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the University of California, Davis and several doctoral candidates recently began a three-year study of habitat changes, predation and land use patterns affecting black-tailed deer in Mendocino County. The decline in the harvest of black-tailed deer over the past 20 years is well-documented.

Arizona's Leftover Deer, Turkey and Javelina Tags on Sale Now

The more than 5,500 hunting permits left over from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's fall drawing/lottery process are now available on a first-come, first-served basis by mailed application only.

For those individuals who missed the draw deadline for fall hunts or were unsuccessful in getting a permit-tag, there is a second chance at more than 4,300 deer tags, 900 fall turkey tags, and 300 juniors-only fall javelina tags through the leftover process.

Saskatchewan Offers Additional Mule Deer Licenses - Aug 9th

More than 1,900 antlerless mule deer licences are available for purchase beginning August 9, 2010. The licences were originally made available through the Big Game Draw but were not allocated due to lack of applicants.

Licences are available for 21 different wildlife management zones including: 1 to 3, 5 to 8, 10, 12 to 14, 18, 24; 27 to 30, 43, 46, 47 and Saskatoon Wildlife Management Zone. Quantities are limited in each zone.

Wyoming Leftover Big Game Licenses Available

Online sales of issue-after full price elk, deer and antelope licenses remaining after the initial drawing has gone very smoothly this year according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Chief fiscal officer Rich Reynders said that 3,617 big game licenses were sold on July 6 and a total of 2,813 licenses have been sold since that time.