Mule Deer Hunting News

Leftover Permits on Sale July 15
Permits not issued during the drawing for deer, elk and antelope controlled hunts will go on sale statewide July 15. Permits will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Mountain time and 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. Leftovers include 1,095 deer permits, 984 elk permits and 435 turkey permits.
Deer Permits Available
There are still plenty of 2002 Nebraska deer hunting permits available and now both resident and nonresident hunters who have not yet obtained their first deer hunting permit, as well as those who were unsuccessful in obtaining a permit in a draw unit, can purchase their first permit, including remaining permits in draw units.
Spring Rain Eases Mule Deer Concerns
Wildlife officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks said today spring rains may help stabilize mule deer populations that suffered significant fawn losses over winter in parts of south central and eastern Montana. A regional analysis of mule deer herds for 2001-2002 has also been released.
Deer Tests Positive for CWD at White Sands
A mule deer collected from the White Sands Missile Range has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease and the director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish declared an Animal Health Emergency Tuesday, closing the state to any importation of deer or elk. This is the first positive test for CWD in the state of New Mexico. CWD has been more commonly found on or near game farms, although there are no such facilities near White Sands Missile Range.
2002 Black Hills Deer Season Finalized
Fewer Black Hills deer special unit licenses will be available for 2002, however the number of Black Hills buck-only licenses will remain the same as last year. Wildlife Biologist Ted Benzon of Rapid City said special unit licenses were decreased in number from 1,200 to 950. Buck-only licenses will remain constant at 5,000.
Resident Elk, Deer, and Antelope Applications
It's time for resident hunters to plan their fall. Applications for limited quota elk, deer and antelope licenses must be received at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Cheyenne office by 5 p.m. May 31. Tom Rowe, the G&F's license draw manager, encourages hunters to apply early in the application period. "That way if there's something missing or that needs clarified on your application, we have plenty time to contact you," he said.
Elk, Deer, Antelope and Bear Controlled Hunts
Controlled hunt applications for deer, elk, antelope and black bear can be filed through the last day of May. Hunters can find application forms in the big game proclamation booklet recently delivered to license vendors and Fish and Game offices statewide. Hunting rules and seasons can also be found online at this site where hunters will be able to apply for hunts with the use of a credit card.
West Texas Deer Study Group
The economics of deer versus livestock in the Rolling Plains, the potential implications of Chronic Wasting Disease in the Panhandle and a look at several deer management case studies are among the offerings during the 5th Annual West Texas Deer Study Group meeting here May 29-30. Those interested can pre-register during the next couple of weeks.
CWD Found in Two Wild Deer
The Colorado Division of Wildlife has found CWD in two deer that were taken as part of a culling effort around an infected ranch in western Colorado. In late March CWD was found in two deer within a private game ranch, which prompted the culling of 311 deer within a 5 mile radius of the ranch. Two of these 311 have tested postive. These are the first known cases of CWD found in wild populations in western Colorado.
Deer Importation Suspended
Recognizing that the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is not likely to go away anytime soon, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission voted April 4 to close Texas borders to all importation of live white-tailed and mule deer until further notice. The suspension of importation applies only to live animals and will not prevent hunters from bringing legally harvested game into Texas. The board's action solidifies a March 11 emergency suspension of deer importation.