Mule Deer Hunting

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Monday - June 11, 2012

The summer has started. With temperatures across the nation in the 80’s and higher, the cool breezes of fall are often forgotten amongst the summer vacations, baseball practices and time spent with the kids. Unfortunately, the busy activities of summer leaves many hunters unprepared for the fall season, whether it’s because they didn’t make the time they wanted to practice with their weapon, or if it’s because they missed the opportunity to plan their fall season.

Monday - June 4, 2012

Sitting Bull is famously quoted as saying "I will remain what I am until I die, a hunter, and when there are no buffalo or other game I will send my children to hunt and live on prairie mice.

If you are a hunter, you know exactly what he meant.  Peter Hathaway Capstick reasoned that there is biological proof that humans evolved as hunters.  He explained herbivores (prey animals) have eyes on opposite sides of their head to better watch against danger.  But all hunting mammals have forward facing eyes with which we focus on the prey ahead while stalking and pursuing them when they flee.

Our lives would be incomplete without the hunt.  Yet there are times when the hunt must pause.  Game laws and closed seasons protect against over hunting.  New York’s spring turkey season ended yesterday.  It is a long wait until the September goose season and even longer until we can pursue cotton tails and white tails in the fall.  I used to find this wait almost unbearable.  I would feel frustration seeing deer casually browsing in the summer fields.  I filled my evenings with reading about other’s hunts and longing for a chance to get back in the field.  

Tuesday - April 10, 2012

Utah used to consist of 5 hunting units - for deer management purposes the state was divided it into 30 smaller units. Smaller units would make it easier to manage the deer populations in each of those 30 units. While working out the logistics and the number of permits for the 2012 deer hunt, the Division of Wildlife Board reviewed the success ratio per unit from the last couple years, as well as the buck to doe ratio per unit. After totaling all the numbers up, statewide there may be 500 fewer permits available this year.

Wednesday - February 22, 2012

When Kansas Rep. Anthony Brown first saw the bill to allow crossbow hunting for deer, elk, antelope and wild turkey - he voted no. That was Tuesday morning, by Wednesday he was ready to change his vote. Tuesday evening driving home in his truck he collided with a large doe. The responding officer said this was his second deer related car accident that night. With this new insight Brown went in Wednesday with a yes vote on the crossbow bill.

Saturday - February 18, 2012

Wyoming Game and Fish Department needed to go a bit further with charging three people; Shenae Blakemore, 29, Cody Gilligan, 23, and Colton Lapp, 19, with poaching a trophy class mule deer. Game wardens had found the trophy buck in a shed in Worland. They had been investigating something else when they came upon the buck. When asked about the buck, Lapp told them that the buck had been shot by Blakemore in an open area near the Black Hills by Sundance.

Wednesday - January 25, 2012

Last year the California Department of Fish and Game offered two random drawings for a deer license, and an elk license. Offering licenses by raffle brought in over $130,000 for the Department and for conservation. This year they are raffling four random drawing chances to win a big game license. This year along with the deer and elk, there is a desert bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope tag.

Any interested hunter can purchase the raffle tickets from the DFG, or online for $5.66, no limits.

Friday - January 20, 2012

Kansas' Secretary of State Kris Kobach is trying to pass a bill that would enable the governor to distribute 12 big-game licenses. These licenses currently go to each commissioner for the Department of Wildlife, where in turn the commissioner usually gives it to a conservation group to auction off. The licenses are special licenses allowing the hunter to hunt either sex deer, whitetail or mule, statewide and in any season.

Monday - December 26, 2011

On Christmas Eve one Salt Lake City family was hoping for Santa and his reindeer, but instead got a buck that had crashed into their home. The Kellers believe that the deer tripped on a window well and fell into their home through a window. While waiting for wildlife officers, they captured several photos and videos. It will be a Christmas they won't soon forget.

Friday - December 23, 2011

Two men in New Mexico could not resist the deer. It was right by the roadside, they pulled the truck over, got out and started shooting at it. Little did they know the deer was a decoy set up by Game and Fish officers to catch poachers. This area was a high traffic area where poaching had previously taken place. The duo's actions were caught on video.

Wednesday - December 21, 2011

Brock Lesnar is known for his fighting skills, and had been invited to Canada to hunt for a filmed episode sponsored by Trophy Hunters Alberta in 2010. Lesnar needed a guide, to hunt legally in Canada.

Three charges were filed against him after this 2010 hunt. One for unlawful possession of wildlife, this was for a whitetail deer. Second charge was for wastage of wildlife, from a mule deer. Third charge and the one that Lesnar plead guilty to was for failure to immediately tag an animal.