Utah: Remaining Deer, Elk Hunt Permits to Only Be Sold Online


SALT LAKE CITY — If you didn’t draw a buck deer or bull elk permit during the hunt drawing earlier this year — and you’re still interested in hunting deer or elk this fall — your last chance to obtain a permit begins next week.

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Archery Mule Deer Rut Special

If you are in the hunt for a late season archery Mulei hunt, the great team over at Outdoors International have an early Christmas present for you!


DOW Researcher Presents Plans for Mule Deer Study

KREMMLING, Colo — The Colorado Division of Wildlife is preparing for a large study of buck mule deer survival in Middle Park to improve the Division’s ability to manage deer populations around the state through more informed modeling and harvest decisions.

The study plan will be explained by lead researcher Eric Bergman at a meeting of the Blue Valley Sportsman Club on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The public is invited to attend the meeting which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Blue Valley Sportsman Club.

Management of deer populations has become more complicated since the state responded to mule deer population declines by moving from over-the-counter deer licenses to limited licenses in 1999. [Read more…]

Wyoming Range Mule Deer Survey

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to help conduct a survey of the Wyoming Range mule deer herd.

Wildlife biologist Gary Fralick says the point of the annual survey is to figure out how the herd fared the winter.

The results will help provide information for the hunting season in the Wyoming Range, Grey’s River and Smith’s Fork.

Fralick says this winter was relatively easy on the deer herd because of the absence of deep, persistent snow and extended periods of below zero temperatures. But the herd is struggling with the effects of drought over the past 15 years.

Survey parties will meet at the Stateline Gravel Pit in the Cokeville area at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. More information is available from the Pinedale and Green River Game and Fish offices.

So You Want To See and Hear About Hunting Mule Deer in Real Time?


FMP Bowcast

Do you want to see and hear about hunting mule deer in South East Colorado –  in “real-time?  Then make sure and tune in to BowCast.com starting November 18th as Aneal Roney and Matt Hogue from BowCast tell us through semi-live audio and video podcasts what they are experiencing in the field.  BowCast is welcoming you in to join this hunt – for 5 days straight!

Tune in beginning November 18th on BowCast.com to see video of the animals they are seeing, tech tips along the way, and every other aspect of their hunt with guide Miles Fedinec from outfitter Outdoor Expeditions.

Aneal and Matt will be hunting during the mule deer rut in South Eastern Colorado.  This time of year the bucks are moving and Aneal and Matt will be talking to you about the equipment and tactics they are using to increase their success in the field.

These live feeds should make for an exciting week on BowCast.  Make it a point to check in, especially if you are thinking about hunting out west in the future for big game!

To learn more about where these BowCast Pro-staff will be hunting visit Atkinson Expeditions.

Important Links for “BowCast In The Field” beginning November 18, 2009:

The BowCast Blog

BowCast Video

The BowCast Team

Hunters Should Use Their Antlerless Deer Tags

Hunters still possessing licenses for antlerless white-tailed and mule deer in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 should plan to harvest those animals before the end of November, state wildlife officials said Friday.

That’s because at this point there are no plans to schedule any additional special deer management hunts after the general deer season ends on Nov. 29, said Region 6 Supervisor Pat Gunderson. If no additional deer management seasons take place, unused 2009 licenses will simply expire.

In past years deer management seasons — used to control populations of big game animals that are over objectives — typically took place after the general hunting season was over. This year, however, big-game managers are running two special management seasons in select Region 6 hunting districts at the same time as the general deer season.

Nonresidents participating in these hunts can purchase the special licenses at a reduced rate if they possess a prerequisite license. Montana residents can buy special management licenses for $10 each.

As of Nov. 6, there were 573 of the 699-01 Deer “B” licenses left. These licenses cover the special white-tailed deer management season now taking place in Hunting Districts 630, 640, 641, 650, 651 and 670.

Also as of Nov. 6, there were 78 Deer “B” 640-01 licenses that remained unsold. These licenses cover a special antlerless mule deer management season now underway in Hunting District 640.

In addition, as of Nov. 6 there were 832 other antlerless mule and white-tailed deer surplus and over-the-counter licenses available for sale for use in Region 6. Resident hunters also can purchase one 006-10 regionwide, antlerless, white-tailed Deer “B” license apiece. All of the other Deer “B” licenses are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the general 2009 big game season, each hunter may possess up to seven “Deer B” licenses in any combination via drawing, over-the-counter, or surplus purchase. Because the special management seasons are administratively separate from the general season, hunters may purchase up to four more of the 699-01 or 640-01 licenses — or a combination of these two license types — apiece.

This expanded license possession limit is in addition to the “Deer A” license, which can be used for harvesting a buck deer or either-sex deer in many Montana hunting districts.

More Deer Hunters Sought in Northeastern Montana

Resident and non-resident hunters heading to northeastern Montana during the 2009 big game season will again have many extra opportunities to harvest deer.

In addition to excellent hunting expected during the general rifle season — which runs from Oct. 25 to Nov. 29 — the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks will concurrently run two special management seasons in Region 6 for antlerless white-tailed deer and mule deer during the period. The state’s archery deer season is already underway.

Non-residents participating in the special management hunts, which are taking place in a limited number of hunting districts, can purchase the licenses at reduced prices. The licenses are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only those hunters holding a 699-00 or a 640-00 prerequisite license are eligible to participate in the special management seasons. The management season licenses cost $10 apiece for Montana residents. Non-resident hunters will need to buy a $75 prerequisite license to be eligible to purchase management season licenses for $20 each.

As of Oct. 14, there were 2,602 of the prerequisite 699-00 licenses left. In Hunting Districts 630, 640, 641, 650, 651 and 670, a total of 2,000 additional 699-01 “B” licenses for antlerless white-tailed deer were authorized this year. As of Oct. 14, there were 1,430 of these licenses remaining.

Also in Hunting District 640, which encompasses the far northeastern corner of the state, 200 additional 640-01 “B” licenses for antlerless mule deer were authorized. As of Oct. 14, there were still 141 of these 640-01 licenses and 153 of the prerequisite 640-00 licenses left.
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2009 Nonresident Deer and Elk Tag Quotas – Updated

The number of tags available may have increased due to return of unsold outfitter allocated tags.

You can get all the information here!

Idaho Southeast Region Hunting Forecast


By Toby Boudreau – Idaho Department of Fish and Game


The forecast for mule deer hunting in the Southeast Region is a mixture of good and bad news.

The good news is that a fair number of deer made it into the three-year-old age class, and even some have made it into the four-year-old age class. These bucks should be more than 24 inches; antler growth appears to be better than average due to our wet spring this year that produced abundant forage early. People who are already seeing some of these deer are optimistic for the hunting season.

The bad news is that we again suffered low fawn survival, 32 to 38 percent, despite the relatively mild winter. This lower survival of fawns is because mule deer does came through the harsh winter of 2007-2008 with lower body fat reserves. This lead to lighter fawns being born during spring 2008, fawns which then grew at slower rates because of lower plant production from that summer’s drought. During the summer of 2008, no measurable rainfall fell between early June and Labor Day weekend in much of the Southeast Region. Hard winters combined with dry summers are the conditions that really suppress mule deer populations.

This lower fawn survival translates into fewer two-point bucks on the hill, since most yearling bucks are two points. Our two-year-old age class – small four-points and three-points – will also be weak from the low survival during the 2007-2008 winter.

There is no doubt that people will go out and see harvestable deer this fall and some nice deer will be taken. The overall numbers should be about equal to last year, with a slightly higher number of mature bucks.

Hunters should also be aware that there are a few bucks wearing radio collars in the region. It is legal to take these animals, but we would like to get collars back so we can re-use them in our on-going mule deer research projects.

Anyone who has questions, wants more information, or possibly wants to volunteer, please call Fish and Game at 208-232-4703.


Elk hunting should be about what it was last year. Winter does not affect elk populations nearly as much as it does mule deer populations. Elk numbers have grown in areas within the Bannock Zone herd.

Biologists will be surveying the Bear River Zone elk this winter to and will compare that to the 2006 survey results. This population appears to be stable, based on harvest and hunter information. This winters survey will give Fish and Game a better chance to measure any changes.

The Diamond Creek Zone numbers from the January survey showed a decrease of nearly one-third of the population since 2005. Therefore, Fish and Game reduced this fall’s harvest. Cow elk tags were cut by one-third and bull tags by one-fourth, and extra-tag hunt permit numbers were reduced. During this reduction, archery hunter numbers also were reduced by capping the A-Tag at 1,837 permits – or about 350 fewer permits available.

Since the Diamond Creek elk herd is so productive at 33 calves per 100 cows, positive changes in that zone should be seen in the next couple years.

Upland Birds:

Upland bird hunting has started well, with good numbers of forest grouse being reported in some areas. It is still unclear whether the late spring rains were a positive or negative effect on pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, gray partridge (Hungarian), and sage grouse. It appears from observations that populations appear to be good in some places and poor in others. Weather can have a positive or negative effect based on whether it rains when chicks are at the critical stage. Overall, upland bird hunting should be worthwhile throughout the region.


Waterfowl production was likely very good this spring. Waterfowl numbers suffered a setback with the recent duck die-off that has been blamed on botulism poisoning.

Biologists picked up 16,000-18,000 waterfowl and shorebirds from September 16 through 25on the north end of American Falls Reservoir. This may cause a reduction in the numbers of regional waterfowl in the early season before migrants from Northern Idaho, Montana and the prairie provinces of Canada show up late in the season.

However, even after that many dead ducks being picked up, large flocks of ducks were still observed in the area. So, it will still be worth heading to the duck blind this fall.

Hunters should not shoot waterfowl that look sick, cannot fly, or are having trouble holding their heads up. These birds might have botulism. They would be safe to eat if properly cooked, but hunting dogs may be at risk if they pick one up and ingest any of the toxin. Please call Fish and Game at 232-4703 to report any waterfowl that may be affected.

Please consult the regulations for current information on seasons and bag limits. And, don’t forget to use Fish and Game’s Hunt Planner when planning your hunting excursions this year. The Hunt Planner can be found online at fishandgame.idaho.gov.

Toby Boudreau is the regional wildlife manager for the Southeast Region.

Idaho’s Salmon Region Big Game Forecast


Hunting seasons are coming up fast, and deer and elk in the Salmon Region should be in good condition as hunters head out this fall.

A long spring and wetter than normal summer provided ample moisture for grasses and shrubs. Plants are still green at higher elevations, which means deer and elk will be able to find forage without having to move around a lot.

Regular deer tag, general, any-weapon season opens October 10 in most units. General B tag, any-weapon elk season for most zones opens October 15. Check rules brochure for specific areas before heading out.

Mule deer fawns fared better in the Central Mountain area (Units 21A, 30, 30A, 29, 37, 37A) this past winter and spring with 55 percent survival compared to the Mountain Valley area (Units 21, 28, 36B, 36A), which had 37 percent survival. In the Central Mountain area, hunters should see a fair number of spikes, which usually make up the majority of the harvest.

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