Mule Deer Hunting News

Mule Deer Study
A group of 40 mule deer fawns is being bottle fed in captivity as part of an on-going, five-year, cooperative study aimed at determining the reasons for the species' decline in eastern Washington.
Anterless Big Game Hunting Permits Available
Hunters who don't obtain a 2002 antlerless big game hunting permit in Utah's draws will have another chance for one beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 29. A list of permits that weren't sold in Utah's second antlerless draw will be available by Aug. 27 at Division of Wildlife Resources offices and hunter education centers, and the Division's Web site (www.wildlife.utah.gov).
Nonresident Deer and Elk Tags Available Aug. 28th
Deer and elk tags not sold under the nonresident quota will become available for purchase as second tags August 28. The tags cost the nonresident price, $235 for deer, $338 for elk. The nonresident deer tag may also be used to tag a black bear or mountain lion. A hunter may purchase one deer tag and one elk tag.
Saskatchewan Antlerless Mule Deer Licences Still Available
Saskatchewan's hunters are being offered another chance to get a licence to hunt mule deer, other than adult bucks. Only hunters who do not already hold an antlerless mule deer tag may apply. There are approximately 2800 licences available in the mule deer range which is across the southwestern and western parts of the province.
Thief Nabs Trophy Deer Mount
Sometime late on the night of August 4 or early the next morning, a person or persons broke a front window at Fish and Game's Nampa office and walked away with one of the trophy mule deer mounts from the office's front lobby area. Killed illegally in 1981, the trophy mule deer has been hanging just inside the front door of the office for more than a decade.
Good Buck Numbers Await Hunters
Good numbers of buck deer and dry conditions will await hunters when Utah's 2002 general archery buck deer hunt kicks off Aug. 17. The DWR estimates the total deer population in Utah at about 310,000 animals, which is 115,000 animals under a statewide objective of 425,000. "We're not where we'd like to be at far as total numbers of deer, but the number of bucks per 100 does is very good, with most of our general seasons units at or over the objective of 15 bucks per 100 does," Steve Cranney, big game coordinator for the DWR said. "Depending on the area they hunt, hunters should see good numbers of bucks this year."
Leftover Deer and Elk Licenses On Sale Aug 13th
Leftover deer and elk licenses remaining after the draw will go on sale Aug. 13 at 8 a.m. at all Colorado Division of Wildlife offices statewide. Service is on a first-come, first-served basis, except for the Denver, Fort Collins and Brush offices. These three offices will have a wristband process to randomly give hunters a position number in line that day.
Deer Tags Still Available
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) remind hunters to buy deer tags now before tag quotas fill. Due to a change in the start date for issuing second deer tags for certain zones - from Sept. 2 to Aug. 2 - hunters are applying for their first tags earlier this year. DFG reports an increase in the number of applications received for deer tags issued over-the-counter, up from 31,123 in 2001 to 34,585 in 2002.
Big Game Prospects Look Good
Idaho's big game hunters should find animals as numerous as they were last year, perhaps a little more plentiful. Although autumn hunting seasons seem a long way off, resident big game hunters will be able to buy tags for the most popular species beginning August 1 at private vendors as well as Fish and Game offices.
Buck Permits on Sale
A total of 153 Central Region permits will be among the general buck deer hunting permits available for purchase at the Division of Wildlife Resources' Internet Web site, and its six offices, beginning at 6 a.m. on July 18.