Although last winter was harsh at times, deer losses apparently were minimal in North Idaho.
Archers, who have been hunting deer for more than a month, say they’ve seen deer nearly everywhere, according to Idaho Fish and Game Department reports.
Several North Idaho game management units will open to general deer hunting Oct. 10. However, to hunters who live in the most northern counties, the most important opening will be Nov. 1.
As usual, most Idaho hunters won’t get serious about hunting deer until after they’ve tagged elk and until there is snow on the ground.
Incidentally, the Fish and Game Department will expand efforts this fall to learn more about North Idaho’s mule deer population.
Regional wildlife biologist Dave Spicer of Coeur d’Alene said that a voluntary check will be implemented in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 4A, 5, 6, 7 and 9.
“All that hunters need to do is to take the lower jaw and antlers to one of our established check points and help the clerk fill out the report form,” he said.
“We want either sex of mule deer but no white-tailed deer.”