Idaho Deer Population:  An estimated 500,000 deer in 2015.  Deer populations have trended up for the past four years into 2016 given relatively mild winters.  An estimated 440,000 deer in 2014 and 385,000 in 2013.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Idaho deer harvest data and news archive.

Idaho Deer News

Conservation and Agriculture Working Together December 2, 2016 Idaho, Teton Valley News
... Teton Regional Land Trust and two eastern Idaho ranchers recently closed on conservation easements to protect their ranches for future generations...   Wildlife that use this property include ... big game including moose and white-tailed deer...

BLM to implement seasonal closures November 29, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... motorized-use closures in the Wood River Valley to protect deer and elk ... Motorized and nonmotorized recreationists disturb wildlife and cause them to waste vital energy that is needed for survival...

Elk and deer killed, left to rot November 29, 2016 Idaho, KTVB
... a spike elk discovered near Arrowrock Reservoir’s Irish Creek boat ramp - likely happened around Nov. 1 ... a pair of mule deer were found about a mile northwest of Idaho City in early November...

Utah game management model affects Idaho politics November 28, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... "We understand the North American model where wildlife belongs to the people, but we're also seeing dramatic reductions in game populations in the western United States under that model,"  ... The solution, he argued, is to put a higher price tag on big game. [Don Peay, a Utah hunting guide] ...

Chronic wasting disease likened to 'wildfire' November 26, 2016 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review
...  no CWD has been is known to persist in wild deer in Idaho or Washington...  a relatively rare genotype in deer and elk is more resistant to CWD, but still susceptible to the disease... However, three areas just outside of Yellowstone National Park have produced CWD-infected deer ...

Massive project proposed to remove juniper trees in Idaho November 22, 2016 Idaho, Cache Valley Daily
... Experts say juniper trees have expanded, displacing sagebrush needed by sage grouse and several hundred other species in many Western states due to fire suppression efforts and other human activities... elk and deer will benefit because it's the same forage they eat ...

... We are seeking two PhD students to conduct dissertation research focused on how changing habitat conditions, predation, and competition affect mule deer demography in the Boundary Region of British Columbia. This region – located along the BC-WA state border – once supported British Columbia’s most productive mule deer population, but this population has not rebounded since declining in the 1970s...

Idaho white-tailed deer tags could sell out November 14, 2016 Idaho,
Twin Falls Times-News
... In recent years, nonresident hunters could wait until the last minute to buy tags before their hunts.. But Fish and Game is seeing its highest sales of nonresident tags in eight years ...

Don't expect much cold to wrap up deer, elk seasons October 25, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The rut is beginning in most areas in southern Idaho... Most of the main deer hunts end Oct. 31. There are many reports of deer headed to the lower elevations. ...

Slow down and lookout for big game on roadways October 24, 2016 Idaho, KVAL
...Snow in the mountains cause deer, elk and other game to head to lower elevations in a search for food...

General deer season comes to an end October 23, 2016 Idaho, KPVI News 6
... Despite rainy weather ... hunter success rate is up about four percent from last year...

... when authorities responded to the incident they found the poachers had apparently left behind a frozen Butterball turkey.  "The witness observed (the dead elk) from a ways off with a spotting scope," ...
     Witnesses observe possible poaching incident in East Idaho October 21, 2016 Idaho State Journal
... Two poachers were seen dragging a mature bull elk Thursday morning, east of Felt ...  north of Driggs...  Citizens Against Poaching Hotline is: 1-800-632-5999....

Promising start to 2016 Idaho deer hunting season October 19, 2016 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... deer hunters are reporting seeing plenty of animals ... success rates (percentage of hunters who havested) at six check stations were down from last year and six check stations showed increase in success...

Idaho wildlife management muddied by politics October 18, 2016 Lewiston Morning Tribune 
... Communications acquired by an Idaho wildlife group show a wealthy southern Idaho businessman who favors auctioning coveted hunting tags successfully advocated for two Idaho Fish and Game commissioners who opposed the idea to lose their jobs...

... A bill enacted several years ago allowed the Fish and Game Commission to issue about a dozen auction tags per year, but each year the commission has decided against the idea. ... auction tags could raise lots of money for wildlife conservation ...

...  he first saw the rare deer resting in the shade; he took a photo and shared it on Facebook. He says his friends encouraged him to shoot it so he took aim...

... Faced with the possibility of big-game dying from winterkill in the wake of devastating wildfires through winter range, a slug of doe and cow tags are being offered for southeastern Idaho ...

Where the deer and the antelope prey October 8, 2016 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... According to the complaints, deer in droves have been banging into fences, eating flowers, tomatoes, and squash, and defecating on lawns... Remember a couple of years ago when certain neighborhoods were being harassed by wild turkeys? ... reports that eight people near San Francisco have been attacked by a “fearless squirrel” jumping out of a tree...

...  wildfire that burned about 75 percent of the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area ... The fire burned most of the crucial range for about 3,500 elk, 5,000 mule deer and 100 moose ... Fish and Game is also prepared to start emergency winter feeding following the hunting seasons ...

America’s Gray Ghosts: The Disappearing Caribou October 3, 2016 Idaho, New York Times
... The only caribou left here in northern Idaho number about a dozen and live deep in the forests of the jagged Selkirk Mountains, near the Canadian border ... At last count, there were some 1,354 mountain caribou in 15 subgroups in southern British Columbia. Ten years ago, there were thousands ...

Wildlife managers prepare to fight cheatgrass in wake of fire September 25, 2016 Idaho, Post Register
... cheatgrass. It’s native to Europe, northern Africa and southern Asia. It invaded America the same year the Civil War started ...    ...  53,000 acres of burned ground ... In addition to the threat posed by cheatgrass, managers expect a substantial number of mule deer will die this winter ... Unlike blue bunchgrass, cheatgrass isn’t good food for deer ...

Pocatello homeowners seeing increased problem with wildlife September 19, 2016 Idaho, LocalNews8.com
... because of a couple mild winters, reproduction and survival rates among mule deer have been high. So it has seen an increase in the deer population...  fish and game is working with the city and other agencies to find the best solution. He said tolerance and public education will be key. He said they will do their best to educate people on how to handle the situation ...

Idaho Falls, Wildlife managers worry animals could move towards the city September 16, 2016 Idaho, LocalNews8.com
... Henry's Creek Fire ... With thousands of acres charred, Losinski says, thousands of deer will likely die because the habitat they normally reside has been destroyed... will be discussing ways to keep wildlife out of the city ...

The 4 best places to hunt for deer in Southeast Idaho in 2016 September 15, 2016 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  harvested a total of 68,764 deer in 2015, a 12.3 percent increase from the 2014 season. It was the biggest harvest Idaho’s deer hunters have seen in 24 years. ... Across the state, the overall success rate for deer hunters in both general seasons and controlled hunts was 45 percent ... 

Deer, elk hunters should expect another success-filled year September 15, 2016 Idaho, Post Register
... Statewide survival of radio-collared fawns was 64 percent, which is down from a record-high 83 percent survival in the 2014-15 winter, and 78 percent the prior winter.  However, last winter’s fawn survival still tracked above the 10-year average of 58 percent...  no reason why hunters couldn’t top last year’s record whitetail harvest because populations remain strong in those core areas... Elk hunting fell on hard times from 2008 through 2013 when annual harvests ranged between 15,155 and 17,470 elk ...

IPNF to conduct controlled burns September 10, 2016 Idaho, Newsbf.com
...  in the upper end of the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River...  to reduce hazardous fuels, to decrease the risk of wildfire, and to benefit wildlife by increasing the quality and quantity of browse available for big game such as elk, deer and moose...

Deer hunters in early Idaho killed as many as they pleased September 10, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... Idaho’s pioneers regarded wildlife as a bountiful natural resource that would always be there for the taking. The notion that some game animals could become scarce and needed to be managed only gradually caught on with the public... In November 1889, there were still no game laws ...

Sandpoint, Deer pose problems with planes September 8, 2016 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... The Sandpoint Airport will again attempt to curb its resident deer population by allowing bow hunters the opportunity to harvest a deer on the property during archery season... If the deer are not harvested during archery season, they will be trapped...

What Is Wrong With That Deer? September 1, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game
... Have you ever seen a deer walking around your neighborhood or in the woods that has odd skin “warts” ... Most of the time deer with fibromas are unaffected unless the growths are located in areas that impede normal activities like eating, walking, or vision.  The disease is not a significant cause of death for deer and fibromas usually disappear over time.  Deer often develop immunity for fibromatosis after having it, so if they are reexposed as an adult they are generally not affected...

Idaho big-game hunting seasons get promising forecast August 30, 2016 The Spokesman Review (registration) (blog)
... The mild winter resulted in high over-winter survival of big game.  We are currently monitoring about 130 collared elk in Units 4, 6, and 7.  Adult cow survival is around 96% and survival of 6-month old calves that we collared in January is about 76%. ...

Mule Deer Foundation Shrub Planting Request for Proposals  August 29, 2016 Idaho, odumagazine.com
... The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) is seeking proposals for a five year contract to plant sagebrush in southern Idaho in areas recently burned by wildlife...

Idaho Fish and Game on the lookout for violations August 28, 2016 Coeur d'Alene Press
...  In 2015, deer hunters had a 43 percent success rate and elk hunters had an average success rate of 27 percent ... Last year, it was an all-time record for white-tailed deer harvested (30,568) and near a record for elk (24,543). I would expect similar numbers this season....

New radar aims to reduce crashes in Idaho August 27, 2016 Idaho, KREM.com
... Sloan Security ... developed the technology that uses radar and thermal imaging to detect nearby animals then notifies drivers with warning lights ...
... The system will be unavailable until the state can ensure that customers’ information is secure ...

Idaho Super Hunt tag winners range from California to Texas August 22, 2016 The Spokesman Review 
... allows widespread access to hunting elk, deer, pronghorn and moose ... More than $168,000 was raised ... supports landowners who provide hunter and angler access to or across private land...

What is wrong with that deer? August 21, 2016 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Idaho Fish and Game receives calls each year about deer with abnormal skin growths... Fibromatosis is a skin disease where deer develop large tumor-like growths ...  can be transmitted through direct contact ... Most of the time, deer with fibromatosis are unaffected unless the growths are located in spots that impede normal activities like eating ...

Idaho hunters in for another great big-game season August 19, 2016 Mountain Home News
... an all-time record white-tailed deer harvest in 2015 and the highest harvests in more than a decade for mule deer and elk ...  deer hunters had a 43 percent success rate in general season hunts and a 61 percent success rate in controlled hunts. They took 68,768 deer ... two consecutive mild winters ...

Hunters can extend their seasons with second tags August 15, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game - Idaho.gov
... Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the price for second elk tags if purchased during August ... The price reduction coincides with high populations of deer and elk due to a series of mild winters and good survival...

... statewide there are about 400 and 600 lions harvested each year... At least 20 people in North America were killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011, including six in California. Of those, two-thirds were children ... On average, a mountain lion will kill a deer every 10 to 14 days ...

... a deer that got stuck in an iron fence ... I called one of our local fire crews and we just cut the fence...

Ask now to hunt on private land August 11, 2016 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... A common misconception is that railroad tracks are open for public hunting. However, the land along railroad tracks is typically owned or managed by the railroad. Railroad companies will not give hunting permission because of safety concerns and Homeland Security rules...

... the 2015 hunt. Deer hunters had a 43 percent success rate in general season hunts and a 61 percent success rate in controlled hunts. They took 68,768 deer, which included a record 30,568 whitetails that topped the previous record of 29,800 whitetails set in 1999. It was also the largest deer harvest since 1991, and 36 percent above the 10-year average harvest...

Deer & Elk Program Coordinator August 3, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Department of Labor - Idaho.gov
... Open for Recruitment: August 3, 2016 - August 24, 2016.   Announcement # 00850016948   Salary Range: $26.07+ per hour DOE -Plus Competitive Benefits!  Location(s): Boise ...

Albino deer spotted in Boise cemetery August 1, 2016 Idaho, NWCN.com
... Susan Briggs Tarbox sent these photos on KTVB's Facebook page of an albino deer. She says her husband took the photos at the Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise ...

Tuana transformation July 31, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
...  Tuana Gulch Habitat Management Area ... has been transformed.... a requirement of its [Idaho Power] Bliss Dam relicensing... Deer, which never disappeared from Tuana Gulch, are more numerous now ... “The beavers kind of did what we struggled to do,” ...

... “Starting 2014, Fish and Game discounted the second tags but, due to popularity and growing demand, only elk tags will be discounted this year, and only during August,” ...


... reward of up to $5,000 ... killed a moose calf near Riordan Lake, south of Yellow Pine, some time between June 30 and July 2...

... Nearly 1,000 acres of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area in the Foothills north and east of Boise burned Thursday in the Table Rock fire — damaging vegetation that is critical to the winter survival of deer and elk...


Group seeks wildlife crossing in Island Park June 24, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
...  Idaho Transportation Department ... is analyzing U.S. 20 from Chester to the Montana border looking for ways to reduce vehicle-wildlife collisions and reduce congestion... Trotter wants to integrate safe wildlife passage into ITD’s study...

Fish and Game Commission to meet in Jerome June 21, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
...  A public hearing will be at 7 p.m. July 6... Routine agenda items include nonresident deer and elk tag quotas ... 

Out and about: Defensive does get tough to protect fawns  June 19, 2016 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review
... Late May through mid-June is peak fawning time.  “A doe will no longer be aggressive toward people once her fawn is able to run to escape danger,” said Phil Cooper, Idaho Fish and Game Department educator. “This should occur by the time the fawn is two to three weeks old.” ...

While sitting by the lake and resting after a hike, deer came to drink from the lake. Got as close as 12 feet to me. - June 19, 2016


Idaho wolf advocates challenge Wildlife Services in court June 10, 2016 Montana Standard
... to reduce livestock depredation or boost elk and deer populations. Idaho Department of Fish and Game reports documented 360 wolf kills in 2014, including 53 by Wildlife Services.  The coalition argues the federal program uses outdated science to justify the wolf hunts... The state hunting plan revised its objective from maintaining a population of 518-732 wolves down to 15 breeding pairs or 150 wolves...

... The Kootenai Tribe is trying out a new way to protect the freshly planted vegetation from being eaten by deer, beaver, geese and other wildlife. Last summer the Tribe’s contractors wrapped the new plantings in bundles of already dead branches and brush to protect them from browsing by wildlife while the plants get big enough to survive on their own ...

Idaho Falls Zoo welcomes baby 'vampire deer' May 26, 2016 Idaho, East Idaho News
... the oldest known deer species in the fossil record. The muntjac ... is also called the vampire deer because it possesses elongated canine teeth...

East Idaho man gets jail, probation for poaching deer and elk May 5, 2016 East Idaho News
... Idaho Department of Fish and Game ... contacted by an employee from Matt’s Custom Meats in St. Anthony regarding two suspicious deer that had been brought in to be butchered and processed...
     Serial poacher kills at least 4 deer, 2 elk in East Idaho May 5, 2016 Idaho State Journal
... poached at least four mule deer and two elk from the Big Hole Mountains near Rexburg and the Sand Creek Desert ... a $1,000 criminal fine plus court fees, $2,800 in civil penalties, 100 hours community service and 42 days in the county jail ...

Opening 13000 acres for the public to enjoy April 29, 2016 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
...  Rather than sell to a golf course developer, the land owner, Stimson Lumber Company, preferred to sell the development rights, valued at $12.6 million, and keep the land in timber production in perpetuity. This transaction would help protect the region’s drinking water; protect wetlands; maintain habitat for elk, deer, moose, bear, forest grouse ...


Protecting Open Space in the Boise Foothills March 30, 2016 Idaho, ICL Blog 
... consistent use of wintering elk and deer. The permit for this potential airstrip and adjoining hangar, located just to the east of Table Rock, lists the frequency of use of up to 14 times per week ... Submit your comments by Apr 5, 2016

Ghostly gray moose bugged by ticks March 26, 2016 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review
... The so-called “ghost” moose wandering around the region are likely infested with ticks.  “Moose can experience tick infestations that start in mid-September, but the problem is not clearly visible to people until late in the following winter,” ... some moose die from factors such as loss of blood, hypothermia because of hair loss ...

Protecting habitat is good business March 24, 2016 Idaho, Rexburg Standard Journal
... Places like the Sand Creek winter range, which serves as a temporary home to roughly 3,600 elk, 3,800 deer and 400 moose, can continue to produce wildlife and hunting opportunities for generations to come — if we manage these areas properly...

Replenishing deer habitat in Gem County March 23, 2016 Idaho, Messenger Index
... Volunteers, including about 40 Cub and Boy Scouts, spent the past two Saturdays planting over 4,000 bitterbrush plants on the slopes heading up toward Squaw Butte from the highway above Black Canyon Dam...

... Hunters took an estimated 30,568 whitetails in 2015, topping the 1996 record of 29,800. The combined estimated mule deer and whitetail harvest was 68,764, which exceeded the 2014 harvest of 61,200, and it was the highest deer harvest since 1991. The mule deer harvest was also 5,200 more than in 2014... "Both harvest and hunter participation for whitetails has been on an upward trend since 1973," Koehler said. He noted that the outbreak of bluetongue last summer hit some localized whitetail herds, but had little effect on the overall population. He also doesn't think there was an overharvest from the record take of whitetails...

Idaho fish and game to hold mule deer seminar in pocatello March 12, 2016, Idaho Fish and Game 
... Have you ever wondered how Idaho Fish and Game estimates mule deer populations? ... The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is hosting a half-day Mule Deer Seminar in Pocatello on Saturday, April 2, at Idaho State University...

Idaho Fish and Game seeks information about recent elk poaching February 23, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... poaching of a bull elk just east of State Highway 21 along the Spring Shores Road north of Boise. The poaching incident occurred in late January or early February...

...  in the Sand Creek Desert northwest of St. Anthony. Over 50 moose migrated from Big Bend Ridge across the Sand Creek Road in three days in late November to start the concentration.  “We really don’t know how many are out there, but during the elk surveys we have seen about 500 moose,”  ...

... seeking to remove any doubt that the state’s annual drawing for controlled hunt tags is fair to all who enter.  Senate Bill 1305, introduced by Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, would put an independent, private contractor in charge of the state’s controlled hunt drawing, instead of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game ...

Mule deer poached north of Boise November 17, 2016 Idaho, KTVB
... a young buck mule deer north of Boise... during Presidents Day weekend along a well-traveled stretch of Idaho 21 ... all Citizens Against Poaching - anonymously if desired - at 1-800-632-5999

ITD tests device to limit animal collisions February 13, 2016 Idaho, CDA Press 
...  To help alleviate this cost to both the state and motorists, ITD is testing a system that uses a Doppler-radar sensor mounted on top of a 25 foot pole to detect large animals on either side of the road.  The system, according to a press release, is connected to flashing warning beacons that are activated to alert motorists...

Moose on the loose in Idaho Falls! February 13, 2016 East Idaho News 
... Animal control officers in Idaho Falls report a moose was captured and relocated in Ammon on Tuesday by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game...

Should more of Idaho's hunting tags go to the auction block? February 12, 2016 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... a pending bill from the Idaho Legislature might force the commission to offer 12 big game auction tags every year...“We want to get input from sportsmen who want to make their opinion known so we can make the right decision,” ...

F&G opens more elk feeding sites February 10, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has opened three more elk-feeding sites in the Wood River Valley, in addition to an existing one along Warm Springs Road west of Ketchum, to try to keep the animals off roads and out of agricultural fields...

Wildlife should be protected in winter months February 10, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express
... It is unfortunate that subdivision owners are still allowed to promote use and recreational development in an area of mapped winter range without considering wildlife. This area is also very important for deer in April, and Red Devil drainage is fawning habitat...

Wolf Board Asking for Another $400K Next Year February 8, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... If the original budget request passes, this would be the third year in a row the board was funded with $400,000 from the general fund. The board was created to kill wolves that attack livestock, deer and elk...

Fish and Game Opposes Bill Requiring More Big Game Tags Auctioned February 6, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The Fish and Game Commission says it opposes a Senate bill that would require it to put more big-game tags up for auction...The tags would come from the non-resident pool, and the bill would raise an estimated up to $200,000 a year for the program depending on the auction prices in a given year...

... they don't feel like they had enough public input to make a decision at this point...

Man forfeits hunting for 2 years February 3, 2016 Idaho, Ontario Argus Observer
... “We had an amazing response from the Facebook world,” Fish and Game regional investigator Kurt Stieglitz said in the news release. “I received a message the very first evening from a caller who identified Mark Richens as the driver of the Ford Raptor and provided other case details.” ...

Public Comment Period Ends Today for Fish and Game Proposal February 3, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... commissioners are considering offering five additional tags for auction including one each for elk, mule deer, mountain goat, pronghorn and moose ...

Idaho wildlife in good winter condition January 20, 2016 LocalNews8.com
...The Idaho Fish and Game Department reports wildlife are still in good condition on upper Snake River winter ranges. There are no winter feeding operations underway...

Deer Trapping Is Game Management Meets Rodeo January 16, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News 
... Radio collaring is a vital part of game management ...  Each doe is measured around her chest and between her hoof and knee to gauge body condition. Blood is drawn to check for pregnancy and disease, and numbered plastic tags are attached to ears. ...

Ririe, IDFG seeks help in tracking poacher who left blood trail January 13, 2016 Idaho, LocalNews8.com
... the incident was on the north side of the road between the Heise Bridge and the Cress Creek Hiking Trail... contact the Idaho Department of Fish & Game at 1-800-632-5999

South Hills Road Closure Protects Deer, Grouse Habitat January 14, 2016 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... “The importance of the South Hills as crucial mule deer winter range cannot be overstated ... Any excessive disturbance is perceived as a threat by the deer, causing them to deplete their fat reserves and move away from their important foraging areas...

Native animals entitled to safe grazing January 13, 2016 Idaho, MTExpress.com
...  I truly hope that the yew in this valley was planted in the past out of ignorance and not with the intent of killing local wildlife...  If you have yew, cut it down, dig up the roots and dispose of it where roaming ungulates cannot get to it ...

Helicopter allowed in wilderness elk study January 7, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... the Forest Service initiated an environmental analysis that weighed the possible degradation of wilderness character due to the decline of elk populations and the effect of using mechanized equipment ...  the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness ...

Wintering elk are in good shape January 6, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
...   The department does have a feeding station near Penny Lake west of Ketchum. Hatch said that’s been going on since the 1930s, when elk were reintroduced into the valley from Yellowstone National Park after having been decimated by hunters during initial development of the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, he said, the department continues to conduct the feeding to keep the elk out of the residential area along Warm Springs Road. He said about 200 elk are fed there, with grain pellets delivered about twice a week...

Legal Petition Seeks Extension of Federal Monitoring for Northern Rockies Wolves January 5, 2016 Idaho, Center for Biological Diversity 
... Five conservation groups filed a petition today requesting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue monitoring northern Rocky Mountains gray wolves for another five years. The existing monitoring program, which is required by the Endangered Species Act after protections are removed for a species, is set to expire in May. The monitoring is crucial to ensure that the wolf population doesn’t slip to levels at which Endangered Species Act protections are again needed. The groups based today’s request in part on a new study in the journal Science that found the Fish and Wildlife Service and states of Montana and Idaho have underestimated the impacts and risks of aggressive hunting policies for gray wolves ....

Big game doing fine despite the cold January 2, 2016 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  in Southeast Idaho, and after four mild winters, the herd numbers are up, and the animals represent a good diversity of age. The region does have a winter feeding committee that will meet this week to gather input from Fish and Game field officers and the public... Fish and Game doesn’t implement any supplemental feeding programs unless emergency situations exist...

Hungry Elk And Deer Find Trouble In Variety Of Northwest Towns December 31, 2015 Idaho, Boise State Public Radio
... In the last week or so, Hailey has seen 10 elk die in the town cemetery from eating poisonous Japanese Yew plants. City of Hailey and cemetery workers have removed the Japanese Yew from the cemetery to prevent future elk deaths...

... Heavy snow in Idaho's higher elevations is causing wildlife migration to change along several of southwestern Idaho's roadways -- including Interstate-84...

Judge slams elk poacher with jail time, overshooting prosecutor December 23, 2015 Idaho, The Spokesman Review
... Magistrate Gregory K. Kalbfleisch sentenced Wallace to 180 days in jail with 170 days suspended, imposed $2,480 in penalties, fines, fees and restitution, suspended Wallace’s hunting and fishing privileges for three years and placed him on probation for up to two years...

... Reporting is required either 10 days after a deer, elk or pronghorn is harvested, or ten days following the end of the season for which a tag is valid. Hunters are required to file a report for each tag they purchased whether they went hunting or not.   Hunters can file their reports online

Wildlife face extra challenges in deep snow December 19, 2015 Idaho, KMVT
... According to Idaho Fish and Game, about 95 percent of the Wood River Valley’s deer population migrated south for winter.  But for the five percent who didn’t get the memo, adjusting to the deep snow pack can be a struggle...

Watch out for wildlife on Southeast Idaho's roads December 17, 2015 Idaho State Journal
... This recent wintery weather has contributed to the movement of deer and elk to lower elevations throughout Southeast Idaho ... If you would like to see what else is being done to work on wildlife road mortality issues in the state, visit this page

There is a shortage of whitetail deer December 15, 2015 Idaho, CDA Press
... The IFG is still propagandizing that there is an abundance of deer as they continue to ramp up either sex tag sales and extend seasons...got to keep the coffers full.
What few spring fawns were born this year….quickly became the first victims to blue tongue disease. I would find them dead by standing ponds of water and creeks...

Hunter pleads to shining of decoy deer December 6, 2015 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... A Bonner County hunter who fired on a decoy whitetail deer while illuminating it with artificial light during an Idaho Department of Fish & Game sting operation pleaded guilty ...
 
BLM to begin seasonal closure November 30, 2015 Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... seasonal motorized use closures in the Wood River Valley beginning Dec. 1 and ending April 30 to protect deer and elk...      “Motorized and nonmotorized recreationists disturb wildlife and cause them to waste vital energy that is needed for survival,” ...

How many Idaho elk are illegally killed? November 19, 2015 Idaho State Journal
...the department is developing data that could show two out of three elk killed in Idaho annually are poached.  ...  Citizens Against Poaching, an independent group made up largely of hunters who keep their eyes and ears open for people who brag about illegal takes or, as is often the case in poaching, multiple takes. ....

Idaho deer tags nearly sold out November 18, 2015 The Spokesman-Review
... Fish and Game has had its highest sales of nonresident tags in seven years. Part of that is because of an improved economy that’s attracted nonresidents back to Idaho, but it’s also due to improved big game hunting...

Conservation Officer Frees Buck And Video Goes Viral November 16, 2015 Idaho, IDFG News
...In August, McLain received a call about an entangled buck near Orofino, and he went to investigate it. Finding the buck, he turned on his body-mounted camera and thought, "this might be a video of me getting my butt kicked, or it might turn out alright." ... Once freed, the deer remained on the ground for a few seconds, then bound away and appeared uninjured by the experience.  It wasn't the first time McLain dealt with entangled deer during his nine years as a Fish and Game conservation officer. Another time, he untangled a deer from a soccer net, and in a sports-related coincidence, another deer wandered into a batting cage in Orofino. When McLain tried to help it get out, "I kind of went for a ride," ...

It wasn’t an average day at the office for Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officer John McLain when he encountered a white-tailed buck tangled in baling twine. In August, McLain received a call about an entangled buck near Orofino, and he went to investigate it. Finding the buck, he turned on his body-mounted camera and thought, “this might be a video of me getting my butt kicked, or it might turn out alright.” - November 16, 2015 Idaho



Poached trophy mule deer found along Boise River November 16, 2015 Idaho, KBOI-TV
...A trophy mule deer was found poached along the Boise River -- not far from Eagle Island State Park... around Nov. 7 and was found near Linder Road...  call Citizens Against Poaching at 1-800-632-5999.

Fish and Game needs volunteers for sagebrush seed collection November 15, 2015 Idaho Statesman (blog)
... he Soda Fire that burned across 280,000 acres in Southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon damaged critical habitat for sage grouse, mule deer ... Sign up to help online

Punishment Fits Crime for Deer Poacher November 15, 2015 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The buck’s death triggered widespread public outcry. A once-in-a-lifetime deer, tame enough to roam a park in the middle of the city, shot down ... The investigation was so aggressive officials likened it to a murder case ... Pool struck a plea deal with prosecutors last week. They’re recommending 90 days in jail, a fine and a lifetime hunting ban ...

Hunters having banner season in Blaine County November 13, 2015 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... “The big fires have helped elk populations because they are grazers,” Hatch said. “Mule deer are browsers. They eat more forbs and the buds off of plants.” ... both species have benefited from higher-than-normal spring precipitation... 

Bluetongue Impact on the Northwest Localized Overall November 12, 2015 Idaho, Field and Stream
... the disease has hit whitetail herds in the Grangeville, Whitebird, Harpster, Juliaetta, Kendrick, Troy, and Deary areas this summer. The 2003 outbreak was significantly worse, officials reported, and it was estimated that more than 10,000 whitetails died in the Clearwater region alone.

Oh, deer November 7, 2015 Idaho Press-Tribune
... Idaho Fish and Game estimated 5,000 deer, elk and moose were killed in collisions on Idaho's roads in 2011, a number so high officials worried about the impact that would have on the hunting season. In 2012, the agency ramped up wildlife crossing programs to try to alleviate the issue ...

Climate change clouds trail ahead November 5, 2015 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... Elk ... aren't having as difficult of a time adjusting because they can migrate and find suitable habitat higher in the mountains, he [Bill Greer] said.
"Elk can go farther (than mule deer) and survive in higher areas," ...

Idaho man pleads guilty to poaching celebrity deer November 3, 2015 The Seattle Times
... A hunter accused of poaching a well-known and well-liked buck in Twin Falls last winter has reached a plea deal with prosecutors...

... 20 percent of hunters finding success.that success rate is up slightly from last year... a good survival rate among fawns about 40% of the deer that were brought into the check stations were yearlings and 30% were four point or better...

Mule deer killed by poacher October 27, 2015 Idaho, KMVT News 
...  on October 25.  After a 3-by-2 buck was found in an alfalfa field - about one mile downstream from the Minidoka reservoir ...

Check stations give Fish and Game a glimpse of the hunting season October 10, 2015 Idaho, Teton Valley News 
... The primary goal is to get an immediate feedback on how the season is going ...  CWD has never been detected in Idaho, but it is found in neighboring states... Idaho law requires all hunters and anglers to stop at check stations regardless of whether they have harvested game ...

Bluetongue' Virus Kills 1,000 Deer in Idaho October 6, 2015 Idaho, Boise Weekly 
... up to 1,000 whitetail deer have died from an outbreak of so-called "bluetongue," a virus transmitted by gnats... Idaho hunters should not be harvesting obviously sick deer ...

... , the 4.5-mile stretch of State Highway 34 between U.S. 30 and Grace can be considered one of the region’s most dangerous roads.  “It’s not unusual for us to get one, two or even three calls a day of deer getting hit by cars on that road ...

Bluetongue cases increase among wildlife, livestock October 1, 2015 Idaho, Capital Press
... The lab detected bluetongue in animals from Whitman, Spokane, Asotin, Garfield, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties in Washington and Latah, Clearwater, Canyon and Nez Perce counties in Idaho....

Dalton discusses deer management, noise September 23, 2015 Idaho, CDA Press
.... presentation with Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, director of the Science and Conservation Center at ZooMontana in Billings. He discussed the contraceptive vaccine porcine zona pellucida, known as PZP ...  the necessary two-and-a-half day classes to administer the vaccine via injection or dart is $200 per person. The doses are $24 each...  "There is no connection between urban deer management and recreational hunting," he said. ...

... veterinarians have confirmed a similar outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in the Clearwater region of Idaho.  Both states are pointing out that the disease shows up in different degrees in spots of the region almost every year.   But this year's outbreak appears to be boosted by drought-related conditions...

Idaho hunters have positive outlook despite wildfires September 17, 2015 The Spokesman Review
... “Surveys show that we’ve had good survival of elk calves and deer for two consecutive winters,” ... Closures and restrictions caused by wildfires kept early-season hunters out of many traditional hot spots, including much of the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe river areas...

Odds rise of drivers hitting deer on Idaho roads September 16, 2015 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review
... The odds of hitting a deer on Idaho roads are 1 in 146, the company reports, above the national odds of 1 in 169 ...

... Fish and Game’s annual winter monitoring showed the highest mule deer survival rate since the program began 15 years ago. Fawn survival was nearly 80 percent. By comparison, during the worst winter in the monitoring program’s history only about 25 percent of fawns survived... Drought can mean less available forage for animals, which means they can be less fit to survive the coming winter...

Coeur d’Alene, Deer aren’t the problem September 10, 2015 Idaho, CDA Press 
...  We love the slower paced traffic and the offering of wildlife to also view along the way... Let’s visit what is really becoming a dilemma in this area and that is angry, rude, speeding and distracted drivers!...

Sandpoint, Killing deer at airport OK September 9, 2015 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Airport Manager Dave Schuck had requested the use of cross bows, which the council denied during the regular council meeting ... Cooper said that using them is only permitted for people who cannot physically pull back a long bow and a different permit is required...

Dalton, DEER: Just leave them alone September 9, 2015 Idaho, CDA Press 
... if you residents are tired of the deer eating your flowers, please purchase a red spray bottle of Deer Stopper ...  I have a hard time believing someone can move into a rural area and not know there are deer...

Dalton's deer dilemma September 5, 2015 Idaho, CDA Press
... Taylor said she and other residents have been conducting research and working on making connections with wildlife experts at the state level to possibly implement other methods of deer population management, such as administering contraceptives to the females to stymie the birth rate and, in turn, lower the overall numbers...

Sandpoint, Airport deer can be hunted September 4, 2015 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Dave Schuck was denied permission to kill the animals with short range weapons or cross bows, a request he made to the council during the regular meeting Wednesday. The council agreed to allow the airport to use archery, traps and humanely kill the animals trapped with a .22-caliber weapon...

... A heavy toll may be exacted on elk, moose and other wildlife whose habitat has been destroyed by wildfires that have charred hundreds of thousands of acres (hectares) of forests and grasslands across the U.S. Northwest this summer, wildlife managers said on Thursday...

Idaho data:  About 500,000 deer in 2015.  Deer populations have trended up for the past four years into 2016 given relatively mild winters.  In 2015 an estimated 281,500 mule deer. About 440,000 deer in 2014.  In 2013 an estimated 170,000 to 200,000 mule deer and about 200,000 white tails, about 385,000 deer.  Fawn survival  of collared mule deer was nearly 80 percent.  About 25 percent survival in hard winters. About 1,000 deer died from bluetongue around Granveville. 
      Mule deer populations have reached some of their highest levels since the early 2000's when hard winters and habitat loss brought the mule deer numbers down to a level that in 2004 the state developed the Mule Deer Initiative to support populations. Mule deer populations over their entire range have suffered declining populations over the past two decades. In 2015151,799 deer hunters took 68,764 deer with a 43 percent success rate.  In 2014,157,400 hunters took 61,200 deer. Hunter success in 2013 was 38 percent; 40 percent in 2014; 45 percent in 2015.
     Historically, deer were scarce in Idaho by 1900 from over hunting.  Concerned about the severe decline of the elk and deer populations in 1909, the legislature approved its first game preserve - 220,000 acres  in the Payette River drainage west of the Sawtooth Mountains.  Citizens voted to create the Fish and Game Commission in 1938. The growth of the logging industry created deer friendly habitat that acted as one factor to spur population growth, including limits on doe hunting.  By the 1954, there was an effort to reduce deer populations by increased hunting pressure as evidenced in the estimated deer harvest, although there has been some skepticism about this data.  Pressure from the people of Idaho resulted in reduced hunting during the 1970's and limits on the number of does.  A large increase in the number of tags resulted in the peak harvest of 1989, estimated at 95,200.  The winter of 1991-92 was the last very severe winter in recent history, resulting in a large die off -- sixty percent of males and 20-30 percent of females, fawn survival rate near zero.  A 2003 outbreak of bluetongue killed about 10,000 deer around Clearwater and more in other areas.
      Elk  An estimated 107,000 in 2014, down from a peak of about 125,000 in the 1990's.
      Wolves  In 2015 a survey count of 550 to 700, with a total estimate of about 1000.   A minimum of 770 wolves and 104 wolf packs in 2014, up from 659 in 2013.  Hunters killed 256 in 2014. About 680 wolves in 2012, down from about 900 to 1,100 before the wolf hunt.    
     Lions  About 3,000 
mountain lions.

Report Poaching:  contact the Idaho Fish and Game Department at 208-232-4703 ; or, the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP Facebook Page) hotline, at 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a CAP reward.


Other useful links:
- Report a Deer or Wildlife Collision in Idaho to help with Deer Management
- Idaho Deer Alliance, Committed to the Conservation of Idaho’s Deer Herds and Wildlife Habitat for Future Generations.
- WMA view map, a map application
- Earthfire Institute, deer and wildlife rescue
- Idaho Deer Alliance, Southeast Idaho Facebook page

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Idaho Fish & Game wildlife biologist Toby Boudreau discusses the large number of mule deer and whitetails in Idaho. - August 4, 2014