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California Deer Population and Management

California Deer Population and Management News and Information Archive
See the California page for current news and a history.  See information about the long term decline of the deer population in California
Reported Annual Deer Hunt
1911:    6,200
1912:    7,800
1913:    8,100
1914:    9,000
1915:    8,100
1916:    8,117
1917:    Closed to 1927 to preserve herd 
1927:  19,292
1928:  21,163
1929:  21,148
1930:  24,067
1931:  25,693
1932:  18,509
1933:  17,671
1934:  20,696
1935:   22,032
1936:  24,954
1937:  32,113
1938:  35,035
1939:  43,225
1940:  46,367
1941:  43,655
1942:  26,526
1943:  25,570
1944:  36,182
1945:  37,775
1946:  48,645
1947:  47,416
1948:  47,718
1949:  52,502
1950:  48,129
1951:  66,505
1952:  50,882
1953:  58,936
1954:  76,273
1955:  78,643
1956:102,636
1957:  68,262
1958:  62,251
1959:  75,460
1960:  82,182
1961:  72,540
1962:  59,813
1963:  60,167
1964:  71,126
1965:  66,627
1966:  75,954
1967:  46,006
1968:  54,468
1969:  51,290
1970:  40,115
1971:  41,218
1972:  38,569
1973:  31,300
1974:  23,810
1975:  26,679
1976:  29,875
1977:  37,062
1978:  31,516
1979:  36,321
1980:  32,899
1981:  42,586
1982:  31,963
1983:  26,524
1984:  32,659
1985:  32,798
1986:  31,067
1987:  26,580
1988:  25,986
1989:  28,399
1990:  26,454
1991:  25,853
1992:  29,192
1993:  23,406
1994:  23,773
1995:  17,230
1996:  23,658
1997:  20,937
1998:  18,883
1999:  18,059
2000:  21,934
2001:  18,494
2002:  17,878
2003:  15,816
2004:  20,402
2005:  15,910
2006:  15,670
2007:  18,381
2008:  16,312
2009:  15,466
2010:  14,817
2011:  10,892
2012:  12,526
2013:  14,159



CDFG "The (2011) decline in harvest is a reflectrion of ALDS tag changes and a corresponding increase of nearly 20% in the state wide non-reporting rate." Big  Game Digest 



Related News and Information


The pdf file at the bottom of the page labeled CaMuleDeerHabitatGuidelines provides a detailed explanation for some of the causes leading to the decline of California Deer Herds.  The article in the PDF file below "More Questions than Answers" comes from the proceedings of the 1972 Mule Deer Working group and discusses the reasons for the causes of the decline in the California deer population beginning around the late 1950's and earoy 1960's.




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