Mule Deer Hunting News

Damage Hunt Available in Portion of HD 640
Valley and Daniels Counties will be open to the hunting of antlerless mule and white-tailed deer to holders of an unused deer A license and/or any unused deer B licenses valid anywhere in Montana during the 2003 general season, and/or any special damage hunt B licenses valid in Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 in 2003. In addition, individuals may purchase two additional special damage hunt B licenses for antlerless mule or white-tailed deer.
Extended West and East River Firearms Deer Hunting
South Dakota deer hunters are reminded about extended opportunity for unfilled and unsold regular West and East River deer firearms licenses.
DOW Looks for Information on Deer Left to Waste
Game wardens are looking for information concerning a deer carcass that was left to waste in Mason Valley at the O-N Ranch just north of Yerington, along the Walker River. Whoever shot the animal only took the head and antlers, leaving the entire deer carcass and meat to waste.
Extended West River Deer Season
South Dakota’s 2003 West River deer season closes at sunset on Sunday, Nov. 23. However, West River deer hunters are reminded that all unfilled and unsold West River deer tags, with the exception of special buck licenses, will be valid one week longer from Nov. 24-30. This will include unfilled antlerless tags from the October season for Jones, Lyman and Mellette counties.
2004 Big Game Hunting Rules Approved
A simpler, fairer and more consistent approach to limited entry elk hunting in Utah in 2004 was approved by the Utah Wildlife Board at its Nov. 13 meeting in Salt Lake City.
Southeastern Deer Tests Positive for CWD
A buck deer taken during this year's Utah rifle hunt has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Division of Wildlife Resources announced Nov. 10. The mature buck deer was taken on the LaSal Mountains in southeastern Utah during the hunt, which ran until Oct. 22 in the southeastern part of the state.
Big Game Success Rate Remains Below Average
Colorado’s 2003 big-game season continues to be difficult for elk hunters. Low success rates due to a warm and dry start continued through the third season. Recent weather patterns have made access difficult for hunters, keeping harvest rates lower than average as hunters prepare to head out for the fourth season, which began on Nov. 8.
Deer and Elk Importation Banned
The director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish modified a complete ban against importing elk and other cervids into the state, the agency announced Friday. New Mexico's regulations will not allow the importation of animals from any area where CWD has been found in the past 60 months.
Hot, Dry Weather Challenges Big Game Hunters
Unseasonably hot, dry weather has impeded hunters tracking elk and deer through Colorado’s first two big game rifle seasons. However, sportsmen should not lose hope. Wildlife biologists say cooler days and higher head counts promise to boost success harvest rates in the third and fourth seasons.
Deer Depredation Application Available
South Dakota resident deer hunters should note that the paper application for the 2003-2004 big game depredation pool is available and must be postmarked on or before Nov. 30. The option to apply online is not available.