Mule Deer Hunting News

CWD Found Near Craig
Chronic wasting disease has been found near Craig in a single mule deer taken by a hunter within a private elk ranch. At this time it is unknown how the mule deer contracted CWD. The DOW has started a culling operation to test for CWD in wild game within a five mile radius of the private ranch.
Big Game Harvest Down
Colorado's final elk, deer, moose, and pronghorn harvest numbers are in. The success rate and total harvest numbers are down, in some cases considerably, from the 2000 harvest. The one exception is moose, which saw a doubling in available licenses last year. The DOW blames unseasonably mild weather and low hunter participation due to the economic recession.
Strong Volunteer Effort For Fawn Survivability Study
Thanks to the help of about 30 local volunteers, IDFG was able to add another chapter to its ongoing study of fawn survivability in Idaho. Volunteers of all ages showed up near Marsh Creek in Unit 50 on Saturday, January 5th, to help Department personnel trap deer.
Higher Bull Tags; Lower Cow Tags
The Division of Wildlife (DOW) has decided to reduce non-resident cow elk licenses for the 2002 season to $250, taking the price back to its pre-2001 level when the DOW nearly doubled non-resident tag costs. Meanwhile the DOW increased the bull elk non-resident tags to $470, to "keep pace with inflation". Colorado resident tags will remain at $30 per tag. All hunters may purchase two elk tags in 2002 as long as one of the tags is an antlerless license. The article notes that Colorado's elk herd is roughly 90,000 head over population objectives.
Nonresident Any-Deer Bow Licenses Available
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 772 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2002, up from 547 issued in 2001.
Big Game Awards Honor Texas Hunting Heritage
The rewards of hunting may be self-apparent, but the recognition of the role it plays in Texas often goes unnoticed.
Live Test For CWD In Deer
A test for chronic wasting disease that samples tonsil tissue from live mule deer has been developed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, providing a new tool to help prevent the spread and reduce the prevalence of the disease in wild and captive deer herds. The testing of tonsil tissue appears to also be effective in white-tailed deer, but is not effective for elk because the disease develops differently in the two species. There continues to be no live test for elk. The test was developed in conjunction with Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Special Season Antlerless Deer Hunts
The Division of Wildlife is holding a series of special season antlerless deer hunts in game management units 19 and 191 as part of the agency's continuing efforts to reduce deer densities in areas affected by chronic wasting disease. Three-hundred special season licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Dec. 10 at the Fort Collins Service Center.
CWD Management Plans
The Division of Wildlife (DOW) has posted an article reviewing their plans for management of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in infected deer herds around the state. The article notes that within infected areas the DOW primary goal is not public hunting, but disease management. The DOW intends to meet a "one-percent or less disease prevalence" in the following areas: northern Boulder County, North/South Larimer County, Northwest of Fort Collins, and around the South Platte Drainage Basin (Logan, Sedgwick, Weld and Morgan counties).
Deer Gun Season Questions and Answers
The 2001 deer gun season opens at noon Nov. 9. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department issued a record number of licenses, 106,350, for this fall's season, an increase of 18,000 from last year. Game and fish issued 5,150 mule deer licenses, an increase of 1,500 from 2000. Muzzle-loader permits increased from 1,694 to 2,024. The regular deer gun season runs through Nov. 25.