Mule Deer Hunting News

Mule Deer Survival Study
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) will be using a helicopter to capture mule deer and fit them with radio collars next week in the Salida area. CDOW biologists are placing radio collars on deer in the Upper Arkansas River Basin from January 12 thru 21 as part of a study to determine why Colorado's mule deer population has declined over the last ten years.
Deer Draw Applicants Must Pay Fee With Application
Hunters who apply for 2003 deer draw hunts will have until April 26, 2003 to apply and must include their license fees with their applications. The State Game Commission approved the change at its meeting Dec.6 in Carlsbad.
Another Saskatchewan Case of CWD Found in Wild
Saskatchewan's hunters have turned in another deer head that has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. This latest positive case was found in a mule deer doe taken this fall near Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. This is the third positive case found in the past couple of months and the sixth discovered since the late 1990s when the province started monitoring animals in the wild for the disease. The doe was taken in the Herd Reduction Area near Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.
More CWD-Positive Elk/Deer Found Outside Established Area
The Division of Wildlife (DOW) announced today that seven mule deer and five elk harvested by hunters outside the established area have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). One elk and one deer were taken in game management units (GMU) where the disease had not previously been found. The new units were GMUs 4 northeast of Craig and 6 east of Walden.
Confirmation of Fifth Saskatchewan CWD Case
Saskatchewan Environment has received confirmation of another case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a wild deer in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of CWD cases found in the wild to five. Earlier this month this case had been announced as being suspicious.
Live Deer Species Importation Banned
To protect the state's high quality deer and elk herds, Gov. Paul Patton signed an executive order today to ban the importation, and restrict the exportation and transportation of all live deer species in Kentucky, effective immediately.
Deer Depredation Application Deadline Approaching
South Dakota resident deer hunters are reminded that paper applications for the 2002-2003 big game depredation pool must be postmarked on or before Nov. 30. Online applications will be accepted up to midnight, Monday Dec. 2.
Chronic Wasting Disease Testing Continues
The Department of Game and Fish has found no Chronic Wasting Disease in the 178 deer and elk tested so far this fall. Testing will continue through the remaining deer seasons, which conclude in January. The only location in New Mexico known to have CWD is Unit 19, the White Sands Missile Range. A deer from there tested positive in June.
CWD Surveillance Reveals New Area of Infection
A deer harvested in Deer Hunt Area 78, on the western slope of the Snowy Range, south of Saratoga and one harvested in Deer Hunt Area 82 on the western slope of the Sierra Madres tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Mule Deer Trend Remains Positive
The positive population trend for North Dakota's mule deer continues, based on observations by biologists for the State Game and Fish Department during the recent fall reproduction survey. Two primary indicators - ratio of fawns per doe, and total number of deer observed - both increased from last year, according to Bruce Stillings, department big game biologist, Dickinson.