Mule Deer Hunting News

First Rifle Season Success Takes Hit From Warm, Dry Weather
The first season of Colorado’s four big game seasons has ended and in most areas of the state biologists have not seen as high of harvest rates as they were hoping for. Hot, dry weather has helped many of the 350,000 elk that inhabit Colorado avoid hunters. Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) officials believe hunters for the upcoming season will need to concentrate their efforts on higher elevations and areas with dark timber as long as the mild weather continues.
Deer and Elk Import Restrictions
Hoosier hunters traveling out of state in search of big game should be aware of new deer and elk import restrictions.
Recent Rains Bolster Conditions for Deer
With much-needed rainfall scattered throughout the state during the last few months, range conditions more resemble late spring than early fall, which bodes well for Texas’ deer herd. For hunters who rely on supplemental food sources to pattern deer, however, those conditions could present a challenge, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists.
Clarifying the Unit 32 Deer Hunt
Deer hunters pursuing their quarry in Unit 32 should be aware that doe hunting is allowed in only a small portion of the unit. A footnote in this year's rule book has been overlooked by some hunters, leaving them with the impression that the entire unit is open to antlerless deer hunting.
2003 CWD Survey
The 2003 annual survey for CWD is targetting Wildlife Management Units in central and eastern Alberta only. A poster has been distributed to licence vendors and other outlets around the province, and particularly in the target areas. Hunters in these areas are asked to drop off mature elk or deer heads (NOT calves or fawns) at any district office of the Fish and Wildlife Division, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development during business hours.
General Deer Hunting Season Open
Washington's modern firearm general deer hunting season opens statewide Saturday, Oct. 11. With participation expected to at least match last year's 147,000-hunter turnout, the general deer season is by far the state's most popular hunting season.
Hunter Success Up, Hunter Numbers Down
Despite the hot, dry weather deer hunter success was up throughout the Magic Valley. "Overall it was a good opener," said Randy Smith, Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Manager. "It was too warm and that dampened hunter enthusiasm a little."
Deer Licenses Still Available
Interested deer hunters still have time to purchase a first, second, third or fourth license for North Dakota's 2003 deer gun season, according to Carrie Whitney, State Game and Fish Department licensing supervisor.
Archery Deer Season Opens September 27th
South Dakota’s archery deer season will begin Saturday, Sept. 27, and remain open through Dec. 31. Archers are reminded about the new archery equipment restrictions set earlier this year, and that archery licenses are unlimited in number and available throughout the archery season.
Wildlife Biologist Provides Elk and Deer Hunting Tips
Determining deer and elk activity patterns in your hunt area can be the key to success, says an Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist who specializes in big game. Here are some tips from Brian Wakeling.