Saskatchewan Antlerless Mule Deer Licences Still Available

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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.

Over the past few years there has been a gradual increase in the mule deer population. This year not enough hunters entered the Big Game Draw for mule deer to buy all the licences available. Under the draw process hunters enter their names into a pool to hunt the big game animal of their choice. Their names have to be drawn from that pool in order to receive a licence.

There are approximately 2800 licences available in the mule deer range which is across the southwestern and western parts of the province. The number of licences available in each Wildlife Management Zone, varies from 25 in the Saskatoon Wildlife Management Zone to a high of 542 in Zone 2W, west of Val Marie.

The extra licences will be available on a first come-first served basis, or until quotas are filled, from 8:00 a.m. August 12th until midnight on August 19th. Applications will only be accepted through the Saskatchewan Environment website: www.serm.gov.sk.ca. If hunters don't have access to the Internet they can apply on-line by visiting any Saskatchewan Environment field office. Each licence costs $20.00.

This year also marks a return of a hunting season for antelope. Surveys show that for the first time since 1996 antelope numbers are high enough to support a hunt. This year 350 licences were issued and filled during the Big Game Draw.

Although antelope numbers are up, Saskatchewan Environment will continue to monitor the antelope herd. A decision as to whether additional antelope hunting seasons will be allowed will be made yearly, after a survey of the population.