Arizona Deer News

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle Nets Record $598400 for Wildlife July 28, 2015 AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
... The prizes included a total of 10 Special Big Game Tags ... In the 10-year history of the raffle, almost $5 million has been raised for wildlife and wildlife management in Arizona. This year’s event generated a record $598,400 ...

... In Arizona, a total of 91 percent of the big game hunters voluntarily used non-lead ammunition or removed gut piles from the field.  In Utah, 84 percent of big game hunters in the core range did the same. ...  lead poisoning has accounted for just over 50 percent of all condor deaths...

... the doe was killed east of Chino Valley behind a subdivision Sunday night... they found the deer's carcass, stripped of the desirable meat. Two full-term fawns, due within days, were also at the gut pile...

Flagstaff students take part in Southwest Experimental Garden Array project May 11, 2015 Arizona, Arizona Education News Service
... designed to study and model the effects on climate change on ecosystems of the U.S. Southwest ... students worked on construction of a deer/cattle fence and digging holes for experimental plants at the Whitepockets and Little Mountain sites...



... Tests for the fatal neurodegenerative wildlife disease in 1,342 deer and elk have come back negative. Currently, CWD has been confirmed in the neighboring states of Utah, New Mexico and Colorado...

Breeding wolf pair released April 30, 2015 Arizona, Ruidoso News
... Two Mexican gray wolves were released April 22 into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in eastern Arizona by staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department...

... Arizona Game and Fish said one such area is the Kaibab Plateau, the home to the iconic Kaibab deer herd and extensive tracts of old-growth ponderosa pine... the proposal of a Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument could prevent restoration efforts of the Kaibab Plateau...

Arizona Deer, Elk Clear of Chronic Wasting Disease April 20, 2015 Willcox Range News
... Tests for the fatal neurodegenerative disease in 1,342 deer and elk have come back negative.  Currently chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in the neighboring states of Utah, New Mexico and Colorado...

2015 hunting regulations up for approval April 7, 2015 Arizona, kdminer.com
...  that declining numbers of bucks in Unit 18B, and the reduction of tags for the general hunt in the past two years, called for a small reduction of juniors-only deer tags this year in Unit 18B... 

Protecting the Grand Canyon Watershed defies destruction April 5, 2015 Arizona, azcentral.com
...  Designation of the Grand Canyon watershed as a national monument would protect a key wildlife corridor for mule deer and other wildlife, and ensure that habitat is not destroyed...

... The Arizona Game and Fish Department has scheduled a series of six “open houses” for its constituents to review and ask questions about the proposed 2015 fall hunt recommendations for deer ...

2015 fall hunting rules out for review March 27, 2015 Arizona, Kdminer
... The recommendations will be posted online at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines on Monday...

... 117 two- and three-person teams, totaling 294 hunters, fanned out all over northern Arizona to participate in a two-day coyote suppression hunt that is designed to remove coyotes from prime antelope fawning areas in northern Arizona...

... Three Arizona legislators ...  recently sent a letter to President Obama asking him to designate 1.7 million acres of federal lands, both north and south of the Colorado River, as the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.  The action was at the bequest of a number of environmental groups including the Sierra Club ... 

3 charged with using helicopter to herd antelope March 9, 2015 Arizona, The Daily Courier
... "We could see (the helicopter) pushing the antelope towards the ORO Ranch and flying very slowly as to stay right behind them," ... a fascinating glimpse into the world of Arizona trophy hunting ...

Recommendations generally call for fewer deer permits March 3, 2015 Arizona, Kdminer
... Unit 16A will see a decrease in deer permits, as will Unit 17A, and 18A. Unit 18B will see a decrease in permits and Butler said they will recommend a "small" decrease in the number of fall youth only deer tags...

Locals, activists decry border fence's environmental impacts February 25, 2015 Arizona, Willcox Range News
... the border wall has resulted in erosion, flood damage to both countries and a stymieing of wildlife migration... Years ago, mule deer were so plentiful on his ranch that the Arizona Game and Fish Department would conduct an annual survey on his property... “We don’t see that any more,” ...

.. part of a grant called the Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Initiative ... designed to improve the habitat and conditions for mule deer and other wildlife in this unit. Sportsmen and the department are concerned with the continuous drop of the mule deer population here...

Fall hunting seasons topic for meeting February 23, 2015 Arizona, Kdminer
...  The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the first of six statewide meetings regarding fall hunt recommendations on Tuesday in Kingman... Other meetings are scheduled for Yuma on March 4, Flagstaff on March 5, Tucson on March 9, Pinetop on March 11 and Mesa on March 12...

To protect pronghorns, Arizona agency kills coyotes February 21, 2015 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star
... More than 800 coyotes were killed at the direction of the Arizona Game and Fish Department from 2012 to 2014 for the purpose of protecting pronghorn fawns in five areas around the state ... Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club, said the Game and Fish coyote-killing program “is not sound wildlife management.” ...

Mexican Gray Wolf Population Jumps To 109 February 17, 2015 Arizona, Payson Roundup
... The U.S. Fish Wildlife Service counted at least 109 wolves in Arizona and New Mexico in 2014, up from 83 in 2013... All of the Mexican gray wolves alive today are descended from a group of five wolves captured in the wild before the subspecies was exterminated in the U.S. and Mexico...

Border Security Efforts Clash with Movement of Wildlife February 2, 2015 Arizona, Arizona Public Media
... The big border barriers used to curb the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs from Mexico are having detrimental effects on wildlife ...in Cochise County, where the San Pedro River, which originates in Sonora, Mexico, and flows into Arizona, is a route for wildlife. It's one of the few spots for animals to cross from one country to the next, and the big fence on either side of it is a problem ...

...  a dead mule deer with its head removed was discovered January 20, beneath the Cushing Street light rail bridge over the Santa Cruz River... Just two days later, on January 22, Game and Fish was tipped off about remains of another deer, this time in a cooler...

 January 21, 2015 Arizona, The Outdoor Wire
...  The Arizona Game and Fish Commission honored the recipients of the 2014 Commission Awards on January 17 including three Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) volunteers and MDF's Arizona Regional Director...  Get involved at www.muledeer.org

Ride, watch, listen: What to do over the long weekend January 16, 2015 Arizona, Arizona Daily Wildcat
...  drive down to Kartchner Caverns State Park and you can experience one of the stunning natural landscapes that’s practically right in our backyard. Drive north to Picacho Peak and you’ll get to feed some ostriches, deer and adorable lorikeets ...

Big Game Hunters Need To Speak Up Now January 13, 2015 Arizona, Payson Roundup
... In a Jan. 7 recent news release, the Arizona Game and Fish Department asked for public input on future big game management in the state... Many hunters in the Rim Country had concerns about the deer and elk seasons and the number of tags being allocated per unit in addition to the number of hunts offered.  Now is the time to let your voices be heard ..

Wolves get more area to roam in Ariz., N.M. January 13, 2015 Arizona, azcentral.com
... Under the Fish and Wildlife proposal, livestock owners could kill any wolf that is biting, wounding or killing livestock on federal land. Pet owners could do the same... The last count in January 2013 showed at least 83 wolves in the wild in the two states...

State Vows Lawsuit To Stop Wolf Plan January 9, 2015 Arizona, Payson Roundup
... Arizona Game and Fish filed its lawsuit threat this week in an attempt to block a proposed expansion of the 15-year-old federal recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolves. ... Critics of the wolf reintroduction effort say they fear the wolves will drive ranchers out of business by preying on cattle and sheep and reduce hunter success by preying on deer and elk.

... up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for the crime.  The deer was killed in the early morning hours on New Year's Day off Old Sycamore Road just outside of Mayer ... call the OGT hotline at 800-352-0700

January Is Archery Deer And Javelina Season January 6, 2015 Arizona, Payson Roundu
... During the cooler temperatures of winter and the rut being very active, deer have a tendency to move all day. This increases the chances of at least seeing a few deer in a day’s hunt ... The purchase of a $45 deer tag can be used in January, late August, or mid December in some units ...

Here's Poop in Your Eye: Studying Deer Scat for Science January 5, 2015 Arizona, Indian Country Today Media Network
... For young Navajo wildlife worker Chase Voirin, scat is where it’s at—specifically, the droppings of mule deer on his 28,000-square-mile reservation... hopes to assess the diet of two distinct populations of mule deer on the Navajo Nation.   “This study will provide the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife with dietary information on their deer population ...



White Mountain Wildlife Compilation Video December 5, 2014 Arizona
Arizona Outdoor Adventures presents a video compilation of the sights and sounds of White Mountain wildlife, including herds of Bull Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Deer, Wild Turkey, and Antelope. All “White Mountain Wildlife” shot throughout the White Mountains of Arizona. Please visit www.azoutdooradventures.org for more White Mountain information and also to learn more about our purpose.

White Mountains, Arizona. - December 5, 2014


Deer Data:  The 2014 drought, worst in 110 years, has devastated deer populations in some areas, about 135,000 deer in 2014. The post-hunt 2009 mule deer population was estimated at 75,000 to 80,000 [see p. 6, Hunt Arizona 2012], the white-tailed population was estimated at 70,000 to 75,000.  The all time high population was around 1961 when hunters took 35,897 deer [see p. 7].  A second, more recent peak in the early 1980's with the deer declining through until about the year 2000, about stable since then.  The states decision to go a buck-only hunt in 2000 has had no appreciable impact on the population. 
   Despite a serious overpopulation of deer on the North Kaibab in the 1920s, deer numbers had decline dramatically from over hunting in the rest of the state. From the  Arizona Daily Star, Friday, May 12, 1922: "Deer and other game became scarce for a while when human predators almost killed them off in the area, so a reserve was created where hunting was banned. "  In 1929, the mule deer season was closed south of the Gila River, and even as recently as 1946, fewer than 5,000 mule deer were harvested.  For reasons that are still unclear, deer populations began to increase, 1961 was the all time high.  Poor fawn survival reduced the harvest to 16,000 by 1970. 
      A series of droughts since then have kept populations down. [Hunt Arizona, p. 7] Whitetails comprised less than 15 percent of Arizona’s deer harvest in 1961, nearly 40 percent in 1998 , and just over 40 percent today. The 2013 deer survey found 23 mule deer bucks per 100 does, 26 whitetail bucks per 100 does.

Report Poaching:  call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700 or report online at: www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml   Rewards up to $8,000.

Other useful links:
Arizona Deer Association   - Volunteer to provide water to deer and other wildlife   Hunters can help monitor chronic wasting disease
HabiMap.Org a wildlife information system to help the state in conservation efforts, 300 layers of wildlife data and interactive maps
Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Center at 623-582-9806.  Information on fawn rescue and other wildlife issues. 

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