Posts tagged: mule deer
HUNTING — In what’s being called a “bold” move, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission gave initial approval Thursday to convert all but a few mule deer tags to antlered only, which would prohibit taking does in light of what appears to be a rapidly dwindling population, according to the Helena Independent Record.
In addition, the commission is proposing to eliminate almost all of the “B” licenses for mule deer statewide and for white-tailed deer in most of regions 4, 5 and 6; these licenses allow people to harvest more than one deer of the same species. About 30,000 B licenses were issued last year at a cost of $10 for residents and $75 for nonresidents.
The moves are supported by a wide range of hunting organizations, whose representatives noted that their members are seeing anywhere from a 60 to 90 percent drop in the number of deer on the landscape. It’s something commission members said they’ve also noticed.
Read on for more details.
WILDLIFE — Tough times for mule deer.
Western states search for reason mule deer populations declining
A recent report from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies found mule deer populations in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Saskatchewan were in decline, and that, while Montana's mule deer populations in the central and eastern regions of the state were generally stable, the numbers in Western Montana were decreasing.
HUNTING — Mule deer numbers seem to be improving, as predicted, in the Okanogan County area as indicated by the number and size of bucks that came into check stations on opening weekend.
Some deer checked in and checked out voluntarily (click Continue reading to see both photos).
Here's the initial report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife… more to come:
General Deer Opener –Biologists Fitkin and Heinlen ran the Winthrop deer check station for opening weekend of the general modern firearm season. We checked 107 hunters with 30 deer. These numbers suggest a reduction in hunting pressure, but a significant increase in success as compared to last year’s opening weekend. Thus far, we’re also seeing a higher than average percentage of the harvest in the >4 ½ year old age class as expected including one nice 30” wide buck (see photo). Prospects for the rest of the season remain good, although mild weather will likely keep deer well distributed on the landscape. Hunters who harvest animals on the weekend are encouraged to bring their deer to the WDFW Deer Check Station located at the Red Barn in Winthrop (some are even showing up on their own).
WILDLIFE — Deer antlers are among the fastest types of tissue growth in mammals.
Each year, a buck's antlers typically begin growing in April in response to increasing day length. They develop fully in four months.
When the antlers are growing, they are full of nerves and blood vessels and are covered with a hairy skin covering tissue commonly called “velvet.” Antler growth is like building a skyscraper. What is first built is the structure or a frame or matrix. Think of pouring concrete; you must first build a form. That is what deer do. During the early summer, deer antlers are soft to the touch or spongy. Towards the middle of summer, as the form is being finished, the deer begins to “pour” the bone. — Izaak Walton League report
It's early in the antler growing season, but this buck spotted by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson is showing a lot of potenti
See you this fall.
HUNTING — Although the story in the video doesn't totally add up, this footage illustrates the power and violence two rutting mule deer bucks devote to battle — even if one of the bucks is dead.
The hunters probably picked up a rifle sooner for self defense just in case the attacking buck decided they were worth fighting, too.
A mule deer buck is a big load to pack around, but this buck whips his deceased foe around as though it were a rag doll.
URBAN WILDLIFE — For years, Cranbrook, British Columbia, has had a problem with an urban deer population that's burgeoned to nearly 200 animals.
But it wasn't until a video of a deer attacking a dog went viral that the town was galvanized into action. The town is adopting the Helena, Mont., model of trapping deer, euthanizing them and distributing the meat to the needy. Cranbrook already has an ordinance that prohibits feeding deer.
The deer are pleasing to see, but they can be dangerous to pets and people and destructive to landscaping when they take up residence in a town and lose all fear of humans.
The video above might be disturbing to some people. You can't blame the doe mule deer for defending her fawn. But it's simply best not to let deer to move into town.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — A big deal is made of human encounters with predators such as bears and wolves.
But a wide range of wildlfie — including prey species such as deer — can become dangerous when conditioned to lose their fear of humans.
I blogged this story earlier in the month, but I thought you might want to see the photo of the father-daughter team that came to the rescue of Sue Panter of Whitney, Idaho as she was being attacked by a young mule deer buck.
Panter was minding her own business on a walk near her home on Sept. 30 when the buck began ramming into her and goring her legs with its antlers.
Click below to read the story by Jennifer Jackson of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
BIG-GAME HUNTNG — “Too little. Dang it!” emailed my friend Adam Lynn on Sunday evening. The photograph was the only legal shot he could take at the fork-horn mule deer buck. It summed up his experience on the opening weekend of Washington's deer hunting seas.
In the Eastern Washington unit he was hunting, mule deer bucks must have at least three antler points on one side to be legal game for hunters.
OUTBID– For the first time since at least 1981, mule deer on Utah’s Antelope Island will be in the cross hairs of a hunter’s rifle, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
A hunter won the right to kill one buck later this year on the 26,000-acre Utah state park with a bid of $265,000 during the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo held last weekend in Salt Lake City.
Hunting groups had been trying to get the Antelope Island hunting tags for more than a decade. One tag was approved last summer on a one-year trial basis, with the requirement that 90 percent of the money from the auctioned tags be used for wildlife habitat improvements on the island.
“I want the money going into habitat improvements, not toilet paper and plungers,” said Miles Moretti, president of the Utah-based Mule Deer Foundation, which helped auction the tag.
The hunt will be the easy part. The deer are virtually tame.