Mule Deer Hunting News

Report Hunt Results By the Jan. 31 Deadline for Chance to Win Special Tags in Oregon

Hunters need to report the results of most big game and turkey hunts by Jan. 31, 2012. Hunters should complete a report for each and every deer, elk, bear, cougar, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased, even if they didn’t fill their tag or go hunting. The participation and harvest rate information is critical for setting tags and seasons.

Some Oregon Wildlife Areas Close Feb. 1 to Protect Big Game

State and BLM lands on Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area in Grant County will be closed to all public access from Feb. 1-April 14, 2012 and in future years. The winter closure began last year and is a cooperative effort meant to protect wintering mule deer as part of the Mule Deer Initiative, an effort to restore mule deer populations which have declined in Oregon and across the West.

California Hunters and Wildlife Both Win With Big Game Fund-Raising Tags

Random drawings expected to generate more than $250,000 for big game conservation in 2012

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is pleased to announce four random drawings for big game license tags in 2012. These drawings will raise funds needed for vital wildlife conservation programs.

New This Year: Montana Deer and Elk Permit Applications Due in March

Hunters in Montana can get an early start on making plans for the upcoming season thanks to recent license-purchase and special permit-application deadline changes.

This year hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Jan. 16 and the deadline for residents and nonresidents to apply for deer and elk permits has moved up to March 15.

In past years, new hunting licenses would go on sale at the end of February and special deer and elk permits were due June 1.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently adjusted the dates in response to public comment.

Inaugural Monster Buck Classic (We Are Kansas) Event, Scheduled for January 27th-29th, 2012

The first annual Monster Buck Classic We are Kansas event, Presented by Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland, will be making its debut  at the Kansas ExpoCentre in Topeka, KS January 27-29, 2012.  This will be  Kansas’ first ever annual statewide Buck contest and Deer Hunting Expo.

2011 South Dakota Firearms Antlerless Season Closes Sunday

The 2011 East and West River Firearms Deer Seasons close Sunday, Jan. 8. The firearms seasons reopened on Dec. 31, 2011 for antlerless deer only.

North Dakota's Tentative 2012 Season Opening Dates

To help North Dakota hunters make vacation plans and lodging reservations for hunting seasons in 2012, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides tentative opening dates for the coming year.

Some popular hunting seasons will have opening day arrive nearly a week later in 2012 due to the calendar change. For example, opening day of pheasant season is always the second Saturday in October, which in 2012 is Oct. 13. Therefore, nonresidents will not be able to hunt on state wildlife management areas or Private Land Open To Sportsmen acres from Oct. 13-20.

CWD Found in Buffalo, Custer, Holt Counties Nebraska

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer has appeared for the first time in Buffalo, Custer and Holt counties, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

There were 1,565 lymph node samples collected from deer taken during the 2011 November firearm deer season, with 26 samples testing positive for CWD. In addition, samples were taken from 37 culled deer that showed clinical symptoms for CWD, with one male mule deer from Garden County testing positive. Those symptoms include a rough, emaciated appearance and a lack of fear of humans.

Chronic Wasting Disease in New Area in Utah

Disease doesn't affect people, but it's fatal to deer.

A deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been found in a new area in Utah. That's not a surprise, though—the new area is next to an area where the disease has been for years.

Fallon, Nevada Man Sentenced for Felony Poaching

A Nevada man pled guilty of felony poaching Tuesday, stemming from a case discovered Jan. 7, of this year when a mule deer was illegally shot and left to rot near Fallon.