Mule Deer Hunting News

Montana Check Station Stats Show Hunting Harvest Still Slow

Statistics gathered at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations over the weekend show that the big game harvest in south central Montana is well below the long-term average.

Though the overall number of hunters who stopped at check stations Saturday and Sunday, the second full weekend of the season, was nearly the same as last year, the percentage of hunters who bagged game was down.

Fish and Game Seeks Help Solving Mule Deer Poaching Near Winchester, Idaho

The Idaho Department Fish and Game is asking for help in determining who shot and wasted a mule deer buck found along Sandhill Road near Winchester.

The entire deer was left to waste, with only the head and antlers removed. Authorities say the large-bodied deer was shot the night of October 22.

"Judging by the size of the carcass, the deer likely sported a large set of antlers," said Senior Conservation Officer Jim Pagel of Nezperce. "Several other deer have been found wasted in the same area this fall, so we really need people to make the call."

North Dakota: Mule Deer Production Lowest on Record

Aerial observations during the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated production was the lowest since the demographic survey began in 1954.

Nine-day Rifle Hunt in 30 New Units in Utah

If you like to hunt deer, get ready—some major changes are happening in Utah in 2012.

Utah Residents Apply for a 2012 Sportsman Permit

Applications for Utah's most prized hunting permits accepted soon.

You can apply for next year's most prized Utah big game hunting permits—2012 sportsman permits—starting Nov. 1.

North Dakota 3F2 Deer Hunters Reminded of Regulations

Hunters with a deer license in unit 3F2 are reminded of preventive measures intended to reduce the likelihood of spreading chronic wasting disease within North Dakota.

Hunters harvesting a big game animal cannot transport a carcass containing the head and spinal column outside of the unit unless it’s taken directly to a meat processor. However, the head can be removed from the carcass and transported outside of the unit if it is to be submitted to a CWD surveillance drop-off location or a licensed taxidermist.

Texas PWD Setting Up Voluntary Trans Pecos Mule Deer Check Stations

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists are asking hunters and landowners to bring their harvested mule deer to one of the six voluntary mule deer check stations in the Trans-Pecos region Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11. Voluntary check stations will be set up during the two weekends in Culberson, Midland, Pecos, Terrell and Brewster counties.

Comments Sought on Fort Benton, Montana Deer Plan

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on Fort Benton’s proposed deer management plan developed in response to a growing urban deer population. The plan was tentatively approved Oct. 13 by the FWP Commission.

To address deer numbers within Fort Benton city limits that present an increased risk to human safety and property damage, the city and FWP have developed a plan modeled after current efforts in use in Glendive, Colstrip and Ekalaka.

Expect Sharply Diminished Hunting Opportunities in Montana FWP Region 6

Resident and nonresident hunters are reminded in advance of the Oct. 22 opening of the general big-game hunting season that deer and pronghorn antelope licenses have been sharply reduced this year in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6.

Washington Deer Hunters Can also Take Cougar When Season Opens Around State

With the state’s most popular deer-hunting season set to start Saturday (Oct. 15), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding hunters that cougars are also fair game anywhere in the state.