Idaho Deer News

Celebrity mule deer in Twin Falls killed July 24, 2015 Idaho, Local News 8
... city prosecutors have charged 33-year-old Jacob Pool for killing a large, friendly mule deer locals called Rock Creek Monster...
     Idaho town outraged over killing of popular mule deer July 22, 2015 Los Angeles Times 
... For years, the big trophy buck was a celebrity around Twin Falls, Idaho... the so-called Rock Creek Monster... City prosecutors have charged a local hunter with stalking the animal, harvesting only a portion of its meat before cutting off its head and throwing the antlers into the Snake River...

Elk group grants $211,400 to Idaho July 19, 2015 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review
... The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $211,400 in grants that will fund more than a dozen habitat enhancement, research and hunting heritage projects in Idaho ...

Idaho Fish and Game News July 3, 2015 Teton Valley News
... A public hearing will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. Anyone who wants to address the commission on any topic having to do with Fish and Game business may do so at the public hearing... Routine agenda items include rules for all game animals; nonresident deer and elk tag quotas; nonresident deer and elk tag outfitter set-aside ...


'Big bad wolf' image doesn't match behavior June 4, 2015 Idaho, The Idaho Statesman
... wolves were completely eradicated from the West by the 1930s. Hundreds of thousands of wolves were poisoned, shot and trapped... wolves are an important native species that help cull unhealthy elk and deer and keep herds moving, which in turn reduces overgrazing damage to native plants and trees...

Controlled Hunt Process May 31, 2015 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News 
... The procedure has been computerized since 1973 and was certified random by Boise State University in 1977 ... Each application is assigned a randomly generated number, which is scrambled and coded before being drawn by the computer system...

Wildlife groups take aim at lethal control of predators May 30, 2015 Idaho, San Francisco Gate 
... five conservation groups sued the Department of Agriculture for the “wanton killing” of wildlife in Idaho. They want the agency to promote nonlethal methods of control, including guardian dogs, fencing, hazing techniques, night corrals and lambing sheds.  Idaho is notorious for using aerial gunning, neck snares, foothold traps and poison to kill coyotes, wolves, mountain lions ...

Albino buck spotted in the Boise Foothills May 29, 2015 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... Victoria Greener couldn’t believe it when an albino deer walked into her backyard Thursday night...


... Over the past 35 years, Bowyer, working with his students and colleagues, has studied and published scores of articles on black-tailed deer and mule deer, throughout much of the range of these species, from Southeast Alaska to Southern California, including important studies in Idaho...

Population boom forces Dalton Gardens to relocate deer May 18, 2015 Idaho, KREM
... City leaders hired a trapper to begin catching and relocating the deer. He moved ten deer, but blames the population boom on a "chronic" rate of people feeding the animals...

Hailey, Developer seeks input on Quigley Canyon May 8, 2015 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... Two scenarios for annexing portions of the 1,100 acres of private land in Quigley Canyon ... plans met with resistance from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game ... The canyon has been deemed a crucial wintering range for mule deer and elk, and home to other species of wildlife...

Killing the messenger April 24, 2015 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... When two members of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission reported the overwhelming public sentiment opposed to allowing private landowners to profit from the sale of big-game tags to hunters, Republican leaders retaliated by killing license fee increases ...

2015 and 2016 Big Game Seasons and Rules April, 2015 Idaho Fiish and Game

Idaho lawmakers approve rule lifting elk import restriction April 22, 2015 Idaho, Capital press
... The rule lifts the state’s ban on domestic elk from states where the meningeal worm is endemic. The parasite can cause fatal neurological problems in elk, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas...commercial elk breeders say will help their industry be more competitive but opponents argue will endanger wild elk and other animals in Idaho...

Deer removed from Dalton Gardens April 22, 2015 Idaho, CDA Press
... The city of Dalton Gardens had 10 deer safely removed from the city in its first trapping and relocation season...  the deer were all released alive...

6 big changes coming for deer hunters in East Idaho April 16, 2015 Idaho, Xtreme Idaho
... Six proposed changes were approved by the commission. But four proposals, including one to extend general deer hunting season to Oct. 31, were declined because of lackluster public support.  Before the Fish and Game’s southeast region submitted its proposals to the commission, sportsmen across the region were allowed to submit their input ...

F&G seeks information on deer poached near Lucky Peak April 18, 2015 Idaho, The Idaho Statesman
... east of Boise.  The deer was discovered in Lydle Gulch south of Lucky Peak dam, and was thought to have been shot on Wednesday, April 8. The doe was likely pregnant, and the entire carcass was left to waste ...  Contact CAP at (800) 632-5999

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/04/16/3754439_fg-seeks-information-on-deer-poached.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
Idaho woman accused of violating hunting laws April 9, 2015 Coeur d'Alene Press
... A Bonner County woman who garnered national acclaim after winning a televised hunting competition is charged with violating hunting laws in North Dakota...

Big Game Seasons and Rules Set For Two Years April 3, 2015 Idaho, Teton Valley News
...Deer hunters will enjoy the biggest increase in opportunity in 2015, as populations continue to thrive. Managers are now using GPS radio collars to supplement monitoring in seven elk monitoring zones....



Warm Winter Results in Tick Infestation, “Ghost Moose” in Idaho April 2, 2015 OutdoorHub
... “ghost moose” ... term is used by biologists to refer to moose infested with ticks ... A mild winter in 2013-2014 meant that tick populations have boomed, and to make matters worse, 2014-2015’s winter was even warmer. Wildlife officials are now bracing for a higher number of moose to die from tick infestation...

New big game rules will last until 2017 March 31, 2015 Idaho, The Idaho Statesman
... Deer hunters will see an increase in opportunity in 2015, as deer populations continue to thrive...

Cascading effects of habitat on maternal condition and life-history characteristics of neonatal mule deer, Idaho. JRT Shallow, MA Hurley, KL Monteith, RT Bowyer - Journal of Mammalogy, 2015
... We monitored survival of neonatal mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) inhabiting 2 contrasting ecotypes in Idaho: aspen woodlands (Populus tremuloides) in southeast Idaho (Caribou Mountains) and mixed-conifer grasslands (lodge-pole pine, Pinus contorta; Douglas-fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii) in central Idaho (Salmon River Mountains) ...  Female deer from the Salmon River Mountains exhibited poor maternal condition and small litter sizes compared with females from the Caribou Mountains. Young from the Salmon River Mountains exhibited lower rates of growth, occupied bedding sites with less concealment cover, and subsequently experienced lower survival from birth to 5 months of age, compared with neonates from the Caribou Mountains. Cause of deaths for young mule deer on both study sites was mostly from predation...

Idaho deer alliance offers reward in deer poaching case March 30, 2015 Idaho Fish and Game - News Release - Idaho.gov
... poachers who killed a mature buck mule deer near the Deer Flat National Refuge in Caldwell, Idaho...  on March 9 or 10 across from a busy Caldwell park adjacent to the refuge... a $250 dollar reward in addition to funds already available ...  call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999 ...

All of the meat was left to waste after the poachers took only the head and antlers.
Let's help stop the worst among us March 24, 2015 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... on March 10 in Bingham County when a sportsman stumbled across the remains of a pregnant mule deer that had clearly been poached.      Alongside the deer’s remains were two nearly fully developed fawns — ripped from her womb by whoever killed her...

Idaho Senate Signs Off on $400K for Wolf Board March 20, 2015 Twin Falls Times-News 
... Idaho's Senate has approved giving another $400,000 to the Wolf Depredation Control Board in 2015-2016... Fish and Game’s latest numbers show ... 550 to 750 wolves in documented packs last year. But the actual number is estimated at 1,000 ...

Burley, Oakley, and Murtaugh ag students help rehab habitat in Big Ceder in the South Hills near Oakley. - March 19, 2015, Idaho


F&G seeks info on pregnant doe poaching March 20, 2015 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... near Wolverine Road in Bingham County on Tuesday morning, March 10. The gut pile from a pregnant mule deer doe with two partially developed fawns was discovered by Idaho Department of Fish and Game... call the Citizen's Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999

Mule deer poached near Lake Lowell March 20, 2015 Idaho, KTVB
... the deer was shot on March 9 or 10 across from a busy Caldwell park adjacent to the refuge.. call the Citizen's Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999 [reward possible]

...  Idaho lawmakers so far are split on a proposed rule that would lift import restrictions on domestic elk from states where the meningeal worm is endemic... Rep. Donna Pence, D-Gooding, said the testimony on the technically difficult issue was conflicting and she voted against the rule because “I just don’t feel we can take a chance of bringing that in.” ...

... Make no mistake, prime deer and elk tags are very valuable. Whether sold by F&G or private landowners, they're worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, more than the tag's face value... Legislators are considering adding language to the fee-increase bill currently before lawmakers ... Allowing the sale of landowner tags...

Visit a wildlife management area in Idaho March 12, 2015 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... The Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages 32 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) around the state.  These sites have been established to protect wildlife habitat, and to provide opportunities for hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers...

... Seven hundred forty-eight acres of forestland in Boundary County will be conserved as working forest and wildlife habitat in perpetuity ... The property provides habitat and connectivity for Idaho’s iconic wildlife such as elk, moose, white-tailed deer ...

... Bodily admitted to allowing his 8-year-old son to shoot a deer for him. Until June 2014, the minimum age to hunt deer in Idaho was 12 years old...

... hunters voiced their concerns that extending the general mule deer season to Oct. 31 would put too much pressure on Idaho’s mule deer herds... One sportsman asked Fish and Game officials for photographic or video proof of the deer counted in the aerial surveys. He also told the approximately 60 sportsmen in attendance that he runs a route from Pocatello to Logan, and that the deer populations are not as strong as they were in the past...

Idaho big-game hunting rule changes proposed March 3, 2015 Idaho, The Spokesman Review
... Biologists across the state will answer questions about the proposals during two live web chats set for Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. MST, and again on the same day from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. MST.  See lists of proposals for each region in the state...

Idaho Fish and Game Need Volunteers to Plant Sagebrush March 3, 2015 News Radio 1310 KLIX
... provide food and shelter to a variety of wildlife including mule deer, elk ... will begin Saturday March 21, with a project North of King Hill and continue Saturday March 28, with a project between Richfield and Carey...

... White-tailed deer and the parasitic meningeal worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) coexist fairly well. They have fought each other to a near standstill in evolutionary conflict spanning perhaps a million years... The same can’t be said for mule deer, elk, moose, sheep, goats, alpaca, and llamas. They can die from the infestation... a risk by pushing to remove the ban on importing elk from the East...

Surge in Idaho's deer population February 27, 2015 Longview Daily News
... in the midst of its fourth consecutive mild winter, a trend that has prompted the state’s deer herds to grow as much as 20 percent in some areas last year alone. Last winter — 2013-2014 — statewide mule deer fawn survival was 78 percent, a record high since the department started tracking survival in 1994...

No gray area: Idaho proposal to ease brainworm rules is bad idea February 27, 2015 Idaho, The Idaho Statesman
... The success of numerous elk reintroduction efforts in the eastern U.S. has been marred by documented brainworm mortality from 3 percent in Michigan to 24 percent in Kentucky to 50 percent in Pennsylvania. Scientific studies conclusively prove that elk can perpetuate this disease by shedding infective larva ...

Perfect storm: Brainworm in Idaho's wildlife, Legislature February 26, 2015 Idaho Press-Tribune
... As Valley County veterinarians, we are alarmed about Idaho’s legislative rule proposal to downgrade meningeal worm restrictions for elk importation from east of the 100th meridian, essentially the eastern half of the U.S... Brainworm as a species is so successful that 80 percent of white-tailed deer in some eastern locations are infected...

Surge in state’s deer population February 26, 2015 Idaho, Post Register
... A series of mild winters has led to a large surge in the state’s deer population.  fourth consecutive mild winter ... In the Upper Snake Region, Fish and Game proposes expanding hunting opportunity by either extending the general season by seven days or increasing the number of controlled-hunt tags by more than 800 this fall...  hunters are leery of the increases ...

Elk, Deer Herd Sizes Suggest Strong Fall Hunt February 26, 2015 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-New
... elk totaled 7,769 animals with 5,417 cow elk in the Boise River Zone, which exceeded population objectives for the herd. Total cow elk objective ranges between 3,200 and 4,800.  Biologists counted 4,871 elk in the Smoky Mountains and Bennett Hills...  1991-92 was the last “really bad winter” in which Fish and Game fielded lots of reports of animals dying....

...  the powerful 50 to 60 elk breeders continue to force their will on Idaho policymakers despite the fact that legitimate elk hunting brings more than $300 million into the state economy and sport for thousands of Idahoans...
     Idaho lawmakers vote 5-4 to protect wild big game February 24, 2015 The Spokesman Review
... nearly half of the committee was willing to back a rule change sought by domestic elk ranchers at the risk of subjecting wild deer, elk and moose to a deadly parasitic worm...

... Besides providing essential food sources for deer, elk and other wildlife, bitterbrush and sagebrush provide cover from the elements and from predators, while providing nesting habitat for birds and small mammals... locations across southern Idaho...

... the Idaho Legislature is continuing to pursue a controversial proposal that would ease restrictions on importing and transferring farm-raised elk that could expose wild deer, elk and moose to a deadly parasitic worm... This is not just an Idaho issue. Meningeal worms are a problem some scientists have dubbed as "ebola for wildlife." ...

2015 SE Idaho big game proposals now online February 19, 2015 Xtreme Idaho
... Four mild winters have resulted in low deer mortality and good productivity in southern Idaho mule deer herds. This offers a chance to provide more hunting opportunity for sportsmen ...

Fish & Game enforcing leash rules at WMA February 19, 2015 Idaho, The Idaho Statesman
... warm weather has people and pets using the Boise River Wildlife Management Area earlier than usual, which has led to dogs harassing wildlife.  The state's largest wintering mule deer herd resides on the WMA during a critical period, so F&G stepped up enforcement ...

... The Nature Conservancy transferred a conservation easement to the BLM on the 565-acre Empey-Johnson Ranch within the Henry’s Lake Area of Critical Environmental Concern... a critical migration corridor for a variety of animals, it offers important forage and water for elk, moose and deer.” ..

Idaho wildlife official warns against changing elk importing rules February 17, 2015 The Spokesman-Review
... In two letters to the Idaho Department of Agriculture, Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore implored the agency to maintain its existing restrictions on importing domestic elk from areas that are endemic to meningeal worms.  “A few infected elk shedding a few larvae could infect native white-tailed deer ...

... Owners who let their dogs run off-leash in the Boise River Wildlife Management Area could be fined upwards of $200. This comes as Fish and Game agents crackdown to protect deer...

... The proposed rule change would also require domestic cervids to include a certificate of veterinary inspection certifying they displayed no symptoms consistent with meningeal worm infection and were not exposed to the parasite... “We’re playing with fire here,” said John Caywood of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Besides being a threat to Idaho wildlife ...

Men sentenced after several deer poached in Idaho February 10, 2015  Idaho State Journal
... A trespassing complaint from a landowner in Lemhi County led to the capture and conviction of four poachers who contributed to the illegal killings of five mule deer... sentence included $1,152 in fines and restitution, 5-year license revocation, 80 days in jail all suspended, 2-year probation and 20 hours of community service....

St. Joe elk show signs of increase February 10, 2015 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review 
... Surveys conducted this winter showed a substantial increase in elk calf-cow ratios for elk in portions of North Idaho as the region's elk seem to be digging out of six-year slump... Two hard winters starting in 2007 delivered a blow to the region's big game. In 2012, low calf-cow ratios caused Idaho wildlife managers to eliminate the general either-sex elk hunt. ...

Trophy Buck's Poaching Sparks Outrage, $2.8K Reward February 5, 2015 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... Last week’s poaching of a trophy-class mule deer buck right in town created a storm of outrage and inspired $2,800 in rewards offered for information.  “This deer was basically a local celebrity,” ...

Trophy deer poached within Twin Falls city limits February 4, 2015 Idaho, The Idaho Statesman
... A mule deer that grew to trophy proportions because it lived inside Twin Falls city limits where hunting is illegal and became something of a celebrity has been poached...

... U.S. Highway 20 and Idaho Highway 87 ... mitigation measures may consist of crossing structures--such as overpass and underpass structures--which allow wildlife to cross road barriers without accessing the road surface itself. In addition, associated fencing and warning systems to alert motorists of wildlife approaching the roadway are being considered...

During our trip to Idaho we drove up to McCall and did some exploring. On our way out of the town we saw a deer and a fawn grazing. - February 4, 2015



... The Interstate 15 corridor in Inkom has been a hot spot for wildlife collisions for many years... From 2009 to 2011, the I-15 corridor in Inkom recorded 102 mule deer vehicle collisions ... South Bannock Highway in the Mink Creek area south of Pocatello cuts through a region with a booming urban deer population... 

... a trophy class mule deer was killed during the closed season. Authorities believe the deer was killed on the night of Monday January 26 or Tuesday January 27... taken within city limits of Twin Falls... Citizen’s Against Poaching Hotline at 1-800-632-5999

Mild winter keeps Idaho deer and elk herds strong January 28, 2015 Idaho, outdoornewsdaily.com
...  some of the highest winter survival rates this century. Biologists documented the highest rate of fawn survival since monitoring began 15 years ago. Adult doe survival was extremely high during the last two winters at 95 percent and 97 percent respectively...

Idaho takes aim at hunting with drones January 21, 2015 KIVI-TV
... "It's illegal strictly from a fair chase issue," said Greg Wooten with Idaho Fish and Game ... Drones can, however, be useful in scouting terrain. Tiny transmitters can send video back instantly to a monitor or special goggles. Under Idaho rules, if you happen to spot a deer you can pursue it, as long as you wait until the next day...

Archers called to airport to shoot deer on the runway January 20, 2015 Idaho, Daily Telegraph 
... An urban deer hunt was just what city authorities decided was needed to deal with a herd of up to 50 deer, and so a crowd brought their bows and arrows onto the grounds of Sandpoint airport ... [the airport in Racine, Wisconsin, effectively uses noisemakers to haze the deer]

Fish and Game proposes hunting and fishing fee increase January 13, 2015 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... For the second straight year, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be asking state lawmakers to consider a proposal to raise the price of resident license and tag fees.
Under the proposal, the prices will increase between $1 to $6 starting in 2016 ...

Deer Rescue from Icy River January 12, 2015 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
...  three deer trapped in a diversion of the Snake River... One fawn was beyond saving, the other two deer eventually wandered back into the brush ... (photo from Fish and Game)

Idaho Fish and Game seeks to raise license, tag costs January 11, 2015 The Spokesman Review
...  Fish and Game officials will ask legislators to approve a 15 to 20 percent increase in the cost of licenses, tags and permits ...  if approved, would raise about $1 million in new revenue for the department, and it would be the first increase since 2005 ...

Coeur d'Alene man tries to help deer hit by arrow January 10, 2015 Idaho, KREM · 
... a deer that had an arrow stuck in its back was trapped inside his yard... the deer had been trapped in his yard for three days and it was tough trying to help it...  The deer got spooked and jumped the fence officers approached it...

Coeur d'Alene, Buck stuck and injured in CDA backyard January 9, 2015
KXLY Spokane
...Lawyer contacted Idaho Fish and Wildlife right away, they said there was little to be done expect to let nature take its course, so Lawyer reached out to the Coeur d'Alene Press....

... Police believe the man killed four elk during a single morning in Idaho when he only had a tag to take one animal. He reportedly had his friends put their hunting tags on the other three animals ...

Predator Derby set in Idaho, despite opposition December 26, 2014 Idaho, Elko Daily Free Press
... A coalition of conservation groups sued in early November to block the event ... Proponents say wolves need to be managed because they kill livestock, deer and elk... A federal judge ruled a year ago that Idaho for Wildlife didn’t need a Forest Service permit ...

Man sentenced for shooting fake deer December 20, 2014 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... Lawful hunting hours ended at 4:37 p.m. on Nov. 15 ... around 4:48 p.m.  The lights from Birkhimer's pickup illuminated the fake deer and he exited the vehicle ... fired a shot ...

Possible Deer Poaching: Fish and Game Seeks Info on Pickup, 2 Men December 20, 2014 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
...  a newer-model, tan-colored Ford Raptor, Fish and Game said. The suspects were documented fueling the vehicle at the Interstate 84 Stage Stop gas station east of Boise at about 2:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3.... contact Fish and Game's Nampa office at 208-465-8465 ...

A herd of mule deer between the Big Jacks and Little Jacks Creeks Wildernesses, Owyhee County, Idaho. - December 20, 2014


New hunting season proposed in SE Idaho December 19, 2014 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... open house is scheduled for Dec. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Fish and Game office at 1345 Barton Road in Pocatello... “We are getting more observations of moose in that area,” ...

Mule Deer Poaching Duo Gets Revocations, Jail Time, Fines December 18, 2014 Idaho, kunamelba.com
... Convicted of poaching a mule deer buck this fall, a father/son duo from Kuna ... ordered to pay fines and civil penalties totaling more than $1,400... a 10-year hunting license revocation, two years of probation ... also received 180 days in jail (165 suspended), and was ordered to serve five days in jail immediately ...

Studying selenium December 14, 2014 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... A government study of selenium pollution in a southeastern Idaho watershed where hundreds of grazing animals have died has found that the toxin is likely moving through groundwater... . Elk and deer, the report said, appear to be more tolerant of elevated selenium...

Dalton Gardens, Idaho community addresses deer problem with no feeding ordinance December 9, 2014 abcfoxmontana.com 
... The city has taken steps in the past like issuing ordinances that require people who want to keep gardens to have eight feet fencing... City council members say their goal is to trap and relocate at least 25 deer between January and March of next year...

Two poachers lose hunting privileges for life December 7, 2014 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... a poaching spree that lasted for three months and was responsible for the illegal killing of at least eight deer, one elk and a moose ... serve jail time and pay combined fines over $100,000, with lifetime license revocations...

Dalton Gardens, Feeding deer in N. Idaho town could cost $100 December 5, 2014 Idaho, KTVB 
... city council of a northern Idaho town passed an ordinance Thursday night which outlaws feeding deer...

Powered Parachutist Spotting Deer Fined in Idaho December 2, 2014 Idaho, East Idaho News
...  Three southeastern Idaho men have been banned from hunting for a year after one of them used a powered parachute to spot deer and radio back information to two others on the ground...

What happened to all the pronghorn? December 2, 2014 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... A new study looks to discover why some of Idaho’s native pronghorn population has been stagnant over the past 20 years... “Some of these populations can migrate up to 80 miles, so we’ll have to analyze and map their winter migration routes as well,” ...

Dalton, Destiny of Dalton deer decided this week December 1, 2014 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... City Council will vote for a no feeding ordinance ... Idaho Fish and Game employees have stated that a no feeding ordinance would be ineffective as most Dalton Gardens’ property owners have ornamental plants, fruit trees, unfenced gardens and/or livestock feed/salt licks that attract deer...

Trophy mule deer buck poached near McCammon November 25, 2014 Idaho, Goskagit 
... around Nov. 17.  It was shot in the neck with a high caliber rifle and left on private property approximately 100 yards off of Robin Road... call Tyler Peterson at 208-251-4515 or CAP at 1-800-632-5999. 

Average Year for Poaching, Fish and Game Officials Say November 17, 2014 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor poaching offense is six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.  Idaho wildlife is owned by the citizens, and taking it is considered theft ... Citizens Against Poaching .. has a hotline ... 1-800-632-5999.

... The department is encouraging everyone who purchased a deer, elk, or pronghorn tag to report the results of their big game hunts ... Reporting is required either 10 days after a deer, elk or pronghorn is harvested; or 10 days following the end of the last season for which a tag is valid... Harvest reports may be submitted ... online at Fish and Game's website,fishandgame.idaho.gov.

Sandpoint approves deer hunt November 11, 2014 Idaho, CDA Press 
...  Council members approved a request from Sandpoint Airport officials to hunt deer within city limits this year...  the deer hunt will be conducted by experienced bow hunters filling their normal hunting tags during the regular hunting season ... Eventually, a wildlife fence will be installed on airport property to serve as a permanent solution ...

Two Deer Poached Near Hagerman November 11, 2014 Idaho, KMVT News 
... · two deer that were shot and left near Hagerman. Kelton Hatch said the deer were found on October 29 on private property north of Tupper Grade, between Billingsly Creek and 1050 East... contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999

Two bucks rescued from deep window well November 9, 2014 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... officials believe the two bucks were sparring when they got trapped in the deep window well... The deer population in the Mink Creek area has become very prominent in recent years, which has caused both positive and negative consequences...

... There are no laws forbidding people to feed the deer ... Lucker is in favor of a no-feeding ordinance but is afraid it would be too difficult to actually enforce... suggests making peace with the living situation and learn to live with the deer ... 

Dalton Gardens to trap deer November 7, 2014 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
...  the council is likely to take action on a do-not-feed ordinance and possibly sign a contract with a trapper to remove approximately 25 of the animals before next spring... 

Archery club to remove deer from Sandport runway November 7, 2014 Idaho, KREM 
... City leaders have given the airport permission for hunters from the local archer's club to come ... the critters have become so used to planes nearby, that they are not fazed by them....

Checkstation deer harvest stats for SE Idaho November 2, 2014 Idaho,  Xtreme Idaho
... The percent of 4+ point bucks in the harvest during the opener was 32.8 percent, an increase from 24 percent of the harvest for the combined opening weekend in 2013. The percent of yearling bucks in the harvest was 43.6 percent, a decrease from 52.8 percent of the harvest for the same checkstation effort in 2013.... 

Social media page in the fight against poaching October 27, 2014 Idaho, Newsbf.com
... Citizens Against Poaching offers cash rewards to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected poachers. Callers may collect a reward while remaining anonymous... Social media is proving to be a highly effective way to spread the word about these crimes...

A very friendly deer in the bottom of the snake river canyon says hello with a surprise on his antler, most likely the doughnut was placed there by another camper. - October 29, 2014



Panhandle elk hunters are enjoying time outdoors October 22, 2014 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... The majority of hunters also said they saw more elk and deer and more elk and deer sign than the past few years... hunters are seeing numerous spike elk. Good spike numbers typically mean high overwinter calf survival through the previous winter...

Homedale, IDFG and Citizens Against Poaching Asking for Your Help October 20, 2014 Idaho, KMVT News 
... officers found five dead mule deer near the Homedale Airport on October 17th ...  1–800–632–5999 twenty four hours a day ...

... Three mule deer were shot and left to waste in Game Management Unit 71 off Bonneville Road in Inkom... around September 27 or 28. It is likely that the deer were killed while being spotlighted...  call CAP at 1-800-632-5999 or the Southeast Regional Fish and Game Office at 208-232-4703

Wildlife motion detectors sought by county October 17, 2014 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... the committee decided Wednesday to seek funding from the Idaho Transportation Department for “nontraditional” warning signs and an animal detection system that has proven to be effective in reducing vehicle-animal collisions in northern Idaho.      The animal detection radar system was developed to protect military convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan by Sloan Security Technologies...

Dalton Gardens, Disease may be deer killer October 15, 2014 Idaho, CDA Press
... organ samples from a dead deer in Dalton Gardens suggest it died of disease, not from poison.  The preliminary diagnosis from a Georgia lab is either epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or a lung tumor ... More tests are to be done ...

...  the Browns Bench/China Mountain region of southern Idaho and some areas that were devastated by the 2007 Murphy Complex Fire... The greater sage-grouse is an umbrella species, sharing the sagebrush with more than 350 other kinds of wildlife, including elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and golden eagles...

Dalton Gardens, Urban deer becoming a nuisance for Dalton Gardens residents October 14, 2014 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review 
... Three mild winters have boosted survival rates ... “It’s a social issue,” said Wayne Wakkinen, Idaho Fish and Game’s regional wildlife manager. “Some people think it’s really cool to have deer. Some want to feed the deer. Others don’t appreciate having them in their yard.”  Does with access to nutritious forage are more likely to give birth to twins ...

Dalton Gardens, More dead deer found October 14, 2014 Idaho, CDA Press 
...  A buck with no obvious signs of trauma was found dead Monday morning, near where four does were found dead in similar condition three weeks ago... Residents who found the deer suspected poisoning ...

Deer hunters see success in opening of general rifle season October 11, 2014 Idaho, Idaho State Journal 
... Nice weather helped and about 18 percent of them were coming home with antlers and venison on the first day ... the majority of the bucks killed on opening day were two and a half to three years old. The largest buck to come through the check station by Friday afternoon was a 26-inch spread typical four-point ...

Dalton Gardens Mulls Paintballing Deer October 8, 2014 Idaho, The Spokesman Review 
...  the city is working on a deer strategy with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and considering both a deer population survey and a do-not-feed ordinance. Additionally, the city is looking at whether it can "allow some type of paintball guns in regards to that as a deterrent," ...

Rifle season for deer opens Friday October 7, 2014 Idaho, Xtreme Idaho
... . Three consecutive mild winters across most of Idaho are resulting in unusually high numbers of mule deer and whitetail deer. Survival rates have been higher than average in five of the last six years...

Farming Deer October 6, 2014 Idaho, Northwest Ag Information Network 
... Aaron Phelps operates Black Pine Deer farm up near McCall, Idaho. They have been farming European Fallow Deer since 1998... The deer are a lot easier on the land and a little different handling. You don't go down to D&B supply and just get deer farming stuff.” ...

Reader spots white-tailed deer in the Barber Park area October 2, 2014 Idaho, The Idaho Statesman
... white-tailed deer are less common than mule deer in the Boise River corridor ... whitetails like river bottoms, and mule deer prefer open, sagebrush country... There are lots of whitetails in north and central Idaho, and the densities decline as you go south and east...

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


Idaho data: Three years of relatively mild winters have allowed mule deer populations to recover in 2014 to 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.  In 2013 an estimated 170,000 to 200,000 mule deer and about 200,000 white tails. Mule deer populations over their entire range have suffered declining populations over the past two decades. Hunter success in 2013 was 38 percent, 53 percent mule deer and 47 percent whitetails.
     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.  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. 
    An estimated 107,000 elk in 2014, down from a peak of about 125,000 in the 1990's  In 2015 a survey count of 550 to 700 wolves, 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.    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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