Mule Deer Hunting News

Big Game Hunters Experience Normal to High Success Rates
With the third big game season coming to an end, harvest rates for elk across the state have been good, but not quite as high as division biologists would have liked to have seen. Deer hunters found good numbers of mature buck and good success in most areas.
Deer Winter Range Re-seeding Planned
About 3,540 acres of deer winter range on private lands burned by the Winter, Toolbox and Grizzly fires will be re-seeded with help from a $77,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Access and Habitat Program. A total of 17 landowners are involved in the project.
Outlook Bright for Upcoming Deer Hunting Season
"Generally speaking, body conditions on deer should be good as a result of above-normal summer rains," said Clayton Wolf, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department white-tailed deer program leader. "Rains probably did not have as big an impact on antler growth, since much of the antler material was already 'on the head' when the rains came. The exception would be the northern part of Texas, where springtime conditions were more favorable."
Deer, Elk Openers Show Mixed Results
Deer hunting in southeast Idaho appears to be worse than the already low pre-season expectations, but early check station information in other areas of Idaho indicate big game hunting is about the same as last year.
Deer Tests Positive for CWD
A deer killed by a vehicle about four miles east of Hayden in northwest Colorado has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The animal, found in game management unit 13, was sent in for testing as part of the Colorado Division of Wildlife's routine surveillance for chronic wasting disease.
Mule Deer Herds Looking Good
"Good precipitation this summer means fawns and adult females are going into winter in better shape than last fall," said Glenn Erickson, FWP Wildlife Division bureau chief. Mule deer research in Montana over the past two decades shows that fawn survival depends in large part on precipitation during late spring and early summer. Dry summers with little forage make it difficult for fawns to build the fat they need to survive winter. Older adult females also may be vulnerable if they are in poor condition going into winter.
Comments Sought on Nonresident Elk and Deer License Fees
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed annual rule that will set the prices for outfitter-sponsored nonresident elk and deer hunting licenses in 2003. Commissioners tentatively adopted the rule in September. Oct. 28 is the deadline for public comment. The proposed license fees for both the outfitter sponsored big game and the elk combination licenses would go down by $50.
New License Log Deer Hunting Requirements
As you come upon that freshly killed buck this fall, the adrenaline still flowing, something as simple as filling out a deer tag can become quite confusing. At least, that's what Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens have observed in the past.
More Deer and Elk Licenses Available
Due to the ongoing drought and resulting lack of winter forage, the Wildlife Commission has approved more than 14,000 new antlerless rifle elk licenses and 2,500 new antlerless archery elk licenses for the upcoming big game season. The Commission also approved 1,060 new doe deer licenses for game management units in Middle Park and the San Luis Valley.
Hunters Can Win a Spotting Scope
Hunters who harvest a black-tailed deer in southwestern Oregon have the chance to win a spotting scope if they turn in deer teeth to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Umpqua Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association donated a Bushnell sport view spotting scope valued at $100 for the drawing.