Mule Deer Hunting News

Idaho Deer Killed to Control Exotic Louse Infestation

With help from USDA Wildlife Service, Idaho Fish and Game killed 60 mule deer in Riggins to help stop the spread of an infestation of exotic lice.

In March 2009, a male mule deer about nine months old suffering from hair loss was reported in Riggins. Officials who responded found the deer dead and sent it to Idaho's Wildlife Health Lab for a necropsy. The animal was emaciated, with evidence of pneumonia and thousands of lice on the body - an exotic louse not previously reported in Idaho.

Nonresident Wyoming Deer, Antelope Applications Due March 15

Nonresidents who would like to hunt deer and antelope in Wyoming during the 2012 hunting season are reminded that the application deadline to be included in the drawing is 5 p.m. on March 15. Deadline times are for both online and paper applications.

Utah's Deer Doing Well as Winter Winds Down

March and April are critical months

As they do every winter, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources have been watching Utah's deer herds closely.

Attend a Deer Open House in Utah

Proposals that wildlife biologists will put together soon will affect the number of deer hunting permits that will be available in Utah this fall.

Montana's New, Streamlined Elk and Deer Permit Application Packet Available Now - New Deadline is March 15

Along with the new March 15 deadline to apply for 2012 deer and elk hunting permits, the new streamlined eight-page application packet—that contains all the information residents need to apply— is now available at all license providers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and online at

Colorado Biologists Studying Pervasive Deer Disease

Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists recently began monitoring mule deer bucks in the North Fork Valley in an effort to better understand a disease that causes antler deformities and the possible long-term effects on herd health.

March 15 is New Deadline for Montana's 2012 Bull Elk, Buck Deer Permits

Montana hunters have a new, earlier deadline in 2012 to apply for bull elk and buck mule deer permits in some hunting districts.

In districts where a special permit is required to harvest a bull elk or buck deer, the new application deadline is March 15. Drawing results will be announced by the end of April.

North Dakota Nonresident Any-Deer Bow Licenses

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 682 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2012. However, pending the final proclamation, antlerless mule deer may not be legal to harvest within a large area of western North Dakota.

The deadline for applying is April 1. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. If licenses remain after April 1, they will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can apply together as a party. A separate check is required for each application.

Antler Gathering Course Now Online in Utah

Gathering antlers that drop off the heads of deer, elk and moose is an activity that's grown in popularity across the country, including here in Utah. The challenge with shed-antler gathering is that it happens during the worst time of the year for the animals and the habitat the animals rely on in the winter.

Web Page Helps Utah Deer Hunters

Switch to 30 hunting units leads to questions from hunters

Utah's five deer-hunting regions have been split into 30 smaller areas—called units—for the 2012 hunt.