Idaho Deer:  An estimated population of 500,000 deer in 2015.  Deer populations trended up for four years into 2016 given relatively mild winters.    An estimated 440,000 deer in 2014 and 385,000 in 2013.  Emergency feeding began in January, 2017, because of the harsh winter.  Very low fawn survival and reduced deer populations.  Reduced hunting for does in 2017 to held the herd recover.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Idaho deer harvest data and news archive.

Idaho Deer News

Hunters bagging fewer deer after harsh winter November 7, 2017 Idaho, 6 On Your Side
... Through Nov. 2, hunters reported killing 5,605 deer, compared with 6,993 by that date last year ... We cut back a lot of does harvest to aid deer herds in bouncing back more quickly ..,

Boiseans mourn albino doe killed in Hill Road car crash November 1, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... Hill Road is “blood alley for deer,” and thanks to increasing population, a winding road and speeding drivers, multiple animals are struck by vehicles and die there each year...

... the harsh winter killed many fawns and adult deer.  Last year thirty seven percent of deer were at least two years old but this year they dropped to sixteen percent..,

Idaho Fish and Game officer shoots neighborhood's beloved deer October 17, 2017 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review
... “This was an orphan deer that the whole community helped raise,” ... illegal to take in a wild animal and feed them ... “She brought the whole community together, everyone loved this deer,” ...

No antlerless hunts during general deer season in Southeast Region September 29, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  the particularly harsh winter last year, which was responsible for the below-average overwinter survival of both fawns and does in southeast Idaho. Managers felt that this warranted a reduction in doe harvest in order to help maintain population stability..,

... a stretch of U.S. Highway 20 ... a key crossing for deer, elk and moose...

F&G survey: Mule deer hunters can help shape management August 31, 2017 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... Idaho Department of Fish and Game managers want to hear opinions about mule deer hunting in Idaho, so they’re asking hunters to take an online survey...[open until September 18]

Idaho officials decline to ban toxic landscaping shrub August 29, 2017 McClatchy Washington Bureau
... County weed superintendents expressed concern about the costs of enforcing a new rule... Yew poisoning was cited as the cause of death for at least 28 elk, 50 pronghorn and an unknown number of deer this past winter ...
... Idaho State Department of Agriculture ... completed its negotiated-rulemaking process for a proposed rule banning certain species of yew plants as noxious weeds. The department declined to create a rule for the Legislature to review...

Fish and Game predicts fewer mule deer after harsh winter August 23, 2017 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... statewide average survival for mule deer fawns was 30 percent, which was the second-lowest since winter fawn monitoring started 19 years ago... Adult mule deer doe survival was 90 percent ... whitetail herds were less affected by winter kill. Whitetails have typically comprised 30 to 40 percent of Idaho’s annual deer harvest during the last decade ... 

2017 Idaho Big Game Hunting Outlook August 21, 2017 Northwest Sportsman Magazine
... Overall hunting success rates over the last five years have averaged 40 percent for deer and 23 percent for elk... this fall? They will see similar numbers of elk and white-tailed deer, but fewer mule deer...The Panhandle is currently the top elk zone in the state ...Winter in prime whitetail country in the Panhandle and north/central Idaho was closer to average than southern Idaho ..,

Second tags selling for full price August 2, 2017 Idaho, idahocountyfreepress.com
... Due to high demand for nonresident deer and elk tags, Fish and Game commissioners on July 27 decided to keep them at full price... selling even faster than last year when the nonresident deer allocation sold out for the first time since 2008 ...

...  the one year anniversary of the Henry Creek's Fire.  ... the lack of sage brush is a huge concern. The plant does not respond to fires like others, but its need is crucial -- being a big portion of the mule deer's diet in the winter...

... Both sides are upset the agency no longer intends to count wolves the way it has for the past 20 years ...  a rule change that would allow hunters to use bait such as road-kill deer and elk to lure wolves into shooting range...

...  the second-lowest winter survival in nearly 20 years.  About 30 percent of radio collared fawns and 90 percent of collared does survived the harsh conditions last winter with deep snow and frigid temperatures on low-elevation winter range...  a rule change that would allow hunters to use bait such as road-kill deer and elk to lure wolves into shooting range...

... trained to alert upon six species including deer, elk, moose, turkey and fish...  sense of smell is so keen that he can pick up the scent of game days after it has been removed from the bed of truck...

7 western states report heavy winter losses of deer, elk July 2, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... Mule deer and pronghorn antelope west of the Continental Divide in Wyoming suffered significant losses this winter, probably the worst in more than 30 years ... Above-average losses of mule deer fawns were recorded in northern Utah ... Idaho saw its third worst winter for mule deer fawn survival in the past 18 years ...

Five Years Later: A Look at Recovery Efforts for the Charlotte Fire June 28, 2017 Idaho, LocalNews8.com
... after the fire, there was an effort to push deer out to areas where they could safely find food resources. The organization did this by setting-up feeding stations leading them to those areas... IDFG worked with Bannock County, NRCS, BLM, Century High School, and the Southeast Idaho Mule Deer Foundation ...

... In the McCall/Weiser region, only 3 percent of collared fawns survived the winter... Idaho Fish and Game is feeding 4,000 elk in the fire-ravaged Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area in eastern Idaho...

... About 30 percent of radio collared fawns and 90 percent of collared does survived the harsh conditions last winter with deep snow and frigid temperatures on low-elevation winter range.   Elk survival was substantially better with 54 percent of radio collared calves and 96 percent of collared cows ..,

101 big-game animals died of yew poisoning last winter in Idaho but some oppose ban May 16, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... Representatives of Idaho’s nursery businesses and weed control superintendents united Tuesday to fight a potential rule to ban toxic landscaping yews in Idaho, while citizens concerned about the deaths of 101 big-game animals said that education won’t be enough ...


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/outdoors/playing-outdoors/article150951502.html#storylink=cpy
Tough winter took a heavy toll on Idaho mule deer populations May 12, 2017 Idaho, Lewiston Tribune Online
... Just 34 percent of the mule deer fawns that were radio-collared by Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists survived the winter, and the numbers were far worse in some regions. For example, fawn survival was just 3 percent for a group of animals monitored near Weiser and McCall, and just 11 percent in the state's southeastern corner..,

Pocatello, Fish and Game seeks task force for urban deer solutions May 11, 2017
Idaho State Journal
... Our homes are built inside of deer country. The deer population wax and weens ...  Idaho Fish and Game requested interested attendees to sign up for a urban deer committee task force...  considering some type of ordinance for people who are feeding the wildlife...

... deer population in the western foothills has been growing for the past few years ... Those who support the deer say people need to build taller fences if they want to protect their homes and gardens, and we should be grateful to live so close to wildlife...

There is a regular colored mule deer in the video at three o clock near the albino. - May 1, 2017 Idaho


Pocatello, Public meeting set to address urban deer issues in Pocatello April 27, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... anyone from the public is welcome to attend. Wildlife managers and city personnel will work with area residents to outline issues and identify potential strategies to reduce wildlife conflicts... May 10 ...

... in the Boise River Wildlife Management Area in East Boise.  The trails are closed to protect mule deer and elk...

Idaho fawn survival April 19, 2017 24hourcampfire.com
... in Idaho's unit 48, the Wood River Valley. One of my partners has friends with the ID Fish & Game and they're saying that fawn survival in that unit this winter is zero. They had 200% normal snowfall...

Poacher shoots and kills bull elk March 28, 2017 Idaho, Rexburg Standard Journal
... A poacher shot and killed a bull elk on farm ground near White Owl Butte earlier this month... about 11 miles from Rexburg ... Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline 1-800-632-5999 ...

...  when habitats are improved for non-game species, which the majority of the species on the list are in that category, game like elk and Mule Deer also benefit... State Wildlife Action Plan

Wintering Wildlife Deaths Typically Highest in March March 22, 2017 Idaho, KPVI News 6
... Idaho Fish and Game says they've provided 500,000 pounds of deer feed and over a million pounds of hay to support our local wildlife in southeast Idaho alone... we've had four really mild winters that preceded this one, so our survival rates for fawns and for adults was very, very high ...

... Through mid-March, about 50 percent of mule deer fawns wearing radio collars had died — and that number is expected to increase ..,

Idaho Fish and Game Ask Idahoans Not to Plant Japanese Yew March 20, 2017 Newsradio 1310
... This winter Idaho Fish and Game says 30 elk, 50 pronghorns, a couple moose, several deer, and a number of domesticated animals died from eating Japanese yew...

...  the snow started to pile up in early January and then was crusted with ice by a combination of rain and frigid temperatures ... Fish and Game is only allowed to feed in emergencies, which are declared based on the condition of the animals, snow levels and temperatures... Widener’s crew put out three pounds of hay per elk per day ...

Bills to raise Idaho hunting, fishing fees 20 percent heads to Senate March 7, 2017 The Spokesman-Review
... The bill passed on a 43-26 vote after months of delay. If it passes the Senate and is signed into law by the governor, it would raise resident fees by 20 percent starting in 2018 ...

... First, they fenced the 51-mile long road. That reduced the wildlife mortality by 80 percent. But it kept animals from moving freely. So next they built some familiar underpasses, and some less well-known animal overpasses... 

...the prevention fund would cover materials to help farmers install panels or fencing around haystacks, or take other measures to keep wildlife from eating or damaging crops. The depredation claim fund compensates farmers for losses due to wildlife feeding on their property, provided that they allow “reasonable” hunting access...

Winter feeding in motion on Tex Creek WMA February 27, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game
... an estimated 4,000 elk and 2,500 deer migrate to winter range on the Tex Creek WMA ... But with the grasses, forbs and brush burned off this year ... They would find food just 13 miles away in farm fields, haystacks ...

Fire burned 22,000 acres of winter range on the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area in eastern Idaho in 2016. To support elk and deer, and prevent private property damage, Idaho Fish and Game set in motion the largest winter feeding operation in Idaho’s history.


... About 110 feeding sites are reaching more than 10,000 deer, nearly 10,000 elk and about 100 pronghorn. That represents less than 2 percent of the state’s deer and less than 10 percent of the elk... Other factors are also at play ... Local winter range has shrunk over the past century, and a noxious weed, rush skeleton weed, has choked out other plants used as food by big-game animals...
 
... shot with the tranquilizer ... The elk ran across the road into a field — the drug takes three to five minutes to work — and eventually flopped down under a tree. A crew of seven Fish and Game and city employees converged ... “We’ll haul him out of town where we’ve got some other elk and let him go ...

Fish and Game considers eliminating certain youth-only deer hunts February 23, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... if approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission next month, would prevent youths from harvesting antlerless mule deer in Fish and Game’s Southeast Region during the 2017 and 2018 general deer hunting seasons...


Fish and Game proposes to reduce elk numbers February 22, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express
... since 2008, when elk numbers had dropped below the department’s objectives, the animals have been thriving in the Pioneer Elk Management Zone ... elk numbers in the zone rose from about 6,000 in 2008 to about 10,000 in 2013 to about 12,200 now... the department’s objective is to reduce the number of cows from the current 6,700 to about 5,600...

Idaho man frees deer with head caught in barrel hole February 22, 2017 UPI.com
... had to wrestle with a deer to free its head from a large blue barrel and the moment was caught on video. The video, captured by Tyler Peterson and posted to Facebook ...

South-county wildlife feeding is going well February 15, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express
... feeding of deer and elk at 17 sites in southern Blaine County ... some deer have been dying by eating alfalfa hay at elk-feeding sites.      “Their stomachs are stuffed with alfalfa—they just can’t digest it,” ...

Fish & Game to host meeting on game seasons February 15, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express
... proposed changes include increasing antlerless elk harvest opportunity across the region to address depredation problems due to expanding elk herds and looking at reducing some antlerless deer harvest in some of northern units because of the heavy snows this winter...

Idaho deer tags 'maxed out' during 2016 big game season February 14, 2017 Rexburg Standard Journal
... Idaho sold out its nonresident deer tags last year for the first time since 2008 ... Nonresidents provide a little over half of all the license funds in this state ...  sold its maximum 17,000 over-the-counter nonresident deer tags in 2016 ...

... Since the 1960’s, Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) populations have declined
steadily in the Clearwater Basin in north-central Idaho ... The CBC has attributed declines in the Clearwater Basin elk populations to the loss of early-seral shrub habitat and subsequent limiting effects of summer-autumn nutrition. Based on this analysis, elk populations would be enhanced by converting areas of contiguous forest cover to a diversity of seral communities, particularly early-seral shrubs with adjacent forest stands...

... license revenues for 2016 were at a high of $38.7 million ... Increased collaring of deer and elk is “paying off” he said, and is a “tremendous tool for dealing with those populations in real time. … But it’s expensive.” ...

Proposed changes for the 2017-2018 deer hunting seasons for the Magic Valley Region. - February 10, 2017 Idaho

Popular landscaping bush kills big-game animals February 10, 2017 Idaho, Post Register
... watched a mule deer eat from the poisonous yew bush in Smith’s back yard Feb. 3. They followed as the deer ran over a hill.  “And it was dead,” Smith said. “They die that fast. It was not 10 minutes and that deer was dead. … 

Garden Valley plays hosts to deer and elk and both species gather at winter feeding sites. - February 9, 2017 Idaho


Aerial shots of deer and elk gathered around winter feeding sites near Dingle and Bancroft. - February 9, 2017


Plant plants that are nontoxic to wildlife February 8, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
...  plant Idaho native shrubs instead of yews and other evergreen shrubs that are deadly to those ungulates (hooved animals). Evergreen native shrubs that are safely ingested by those that browse on twigs and needles include Oregon grape-holly (Berberis aquifolium) and Oregon boxleaf (Pachystima myrsinites), both tolerant of shade...

Trapped deer herd rescued in South Pocatello February 7, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  wrong side of a deer fence  ...  approximately 12 deer were trapped between the fence and Interstate 15 ...  cut a hole in the fence and successfully herd the deer ...

... Dozens of big game animals including deer, elk, and pronghorn have died this year after eating the plant ...

Collaring Wild Deer to Estimate Populations - January 6, 2017 Idaho



Several deer spotted on Main Street in Pocatello February 4, 2017 Idaho, The Smithville Herald
... a half-dozen deer nibbling on shrubs ...  they’re just in shock and awe because this weather hasn’t happened in years, ... Pocatello has a fairly large population of mule deer that reside on the fringe of residential areas year-round ... 

Wolves reported in lowlands as deer, elk struggle in hardpack snow February 3, 2017 Idaho, The Spokesman-Review
... With crusty snow making it difficult for deer and elk to feed and move, it's not surprising that reports of wolves in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area seem to be increasing...

Idaho spending $650,000 to feed elk, deer and antelope February 1, 2017 Idaho, 6 On Your Side
... feeding about 10,000 elk, 10,000 deer and 100 antelopes ... at 110 sites around the southern half of the state ...

Officials say the emergency feeding is intended to reduce damage to private crops, keep animals from roads and provide nutrition.


... a plan to increase hunting and fishing license fees for the first time in 13 years  ... The cost to hunt and fish in Idaho for residents is among the lowest in 11 Western states, with ... a hunting license $12.75... 

...A Ketchum resident who shoveled snow off a shed roof to prevent it from being damaged was dumbfounded by what she found on the roof soon after: a small herd of deer...

Agencies plead: Keep away from deer, elk herds January 30, 2017 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
...  disturbing the herds that this winter’s deep snow pushed into popular Wood River Valley recreation areas puts stress on animals already struggling for survival...

Moose falls through window into Hailey family's basement January 29, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... tranquilizers to sedate the animal.  “With all hands on deck, the sleeping giant was carried up the stairs and out the front door. It woke up in the snow-covered street, groggy and confused, but free ...

Idaho hunters bag more game, but wildlife agency struggling January 26, 2017 Washington Times
... In 2015, Idaho hunters killed nearly 70,000 deer and about 25,000 elk, numbers not matched since the 1990s. The agency relies on revenue from licenses, tags and permits to cover operational costs and does not receive general state tax dollars. However, those fees haven’t increased in roughly 13 years...

F&G begins elk, deer feeding in south county January 25, 2017 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
... the department has been working with private landowners to plow out areas where it can spread the feed—hay for elk and pellets for deer. He said the feeding areas have to be reasonably accessible, but far enough away from fenced areas so the wild animals don’t interfere with domestic ones...

More emergency winter feeding stations open across Southeast Idaho January 22, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...To address depredations on haystacks by elk and to reduce their movement across highways, Idaho Fish and Game has been helping with hazing efforts, including the authorization of depredation hunts.  Snowmobiles have been used to move animals away from haystacks and off the roadways. ..

Fish and Game begins emergency feeding in Bellevue Triangle January 21, 2017 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The department this week set up emergency feeding grounds at Cove Ranch southeast of Bellevue, where 200 elk and 150 mule deer were raiding haystacks and creating a traffic hazard ... “We are trying to pull them away from (livestock) feed lines and busy roadways to keep drivers safe ...

Idaho Fish and Game closes 3 wildlife management areas January 21, 2017 Idaho State Journal
... The three WMAs were established to permanently protect portions of big game critical winter range in the Southeast Region. During severe winters like the one we are experiencing this year, approximately 2,000 mule deer, 250 elk and about a dozen moose can utilize these WMAs...

Winter feeding needs to start before it's too late January 18, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  a proposal to add money to hunting licenses to establish a dedicated fund for big game winter feeding...  (HB596) passed but unfortunately was amended to include verbage for monies for depredation, along with other things... there is no incentive for the F&G to spend any sizable amounts of money out of the account for feeding starving animals, which was the true intent of the legislation...

The deer are all right January 15, 2017 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Fish and Game has started emergency feeding big game in eastern Idaho, where a wildfire last summer burned through a lot of the food supply, and in the Wood River Valley in southern Idaho to keep elk off the highway and out of agricultural operations...

No need for emergency feeding at this time January 11, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... Fish and Game personnel and the WFACs in each region of the state have developed a set of criteria that, when met, can trigger a winter feeding emergency.  Factors considered include snow depths, subzero daytime temperatures, crusted snow, animal condition, number of animals, winter range condition and the expected number of days of winter conditions remaining...

IDFG ready to feed big game if needed January 5, 2017 Idaho, Newsbf.com
... “We are watching snow conditions closely and our regional wildlife program staff are in close communication with their regional citizen winter feeding advisory committees to assess where and when it is appropriate to initiate feeding operations,” said Jon Rachael, state wildlife game manager...

7 elk dead after grazing on poisonous plant in South Idaho January 4, 2017 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... A review of the stomach contents confirmed the presence of Japanese Yew needles in each of the elk, leaving little doubt about the cause of death, officials said. A small handful of yew needs is enough to kill an adult elk...

Rogue deer and elk descend upon Weiser January 3, 2017 Idaho, KTVB.com
... For ranchers wanting to keep the nuisance animals away, Fish and Game says to give them a call.  “We provide paneling so they can put it along the haystacks to prevent deer and elk from getting into them,” ...

... The Egin-Hamer Area Closure places nearly 500 square miles of land off-limits to human entry for the protection of wintering deer, elk, and moose herds. The closure begins on January first and lasts through the end of March ...

Herd of huge elk holds up cars near Hailey December 24, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... The video was shared by a “Hailey, Idaho” Facebook page, earning more than 42,000 shares and over 2 million views...

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/outdoors/article122851139.html#storylink=cpy

Muley, White-tailed or hybrid? December 17, 2016 Idaho, East Idaho News
... The odd tail had a black stripe down the center unlike a mule deer’s that has a complete white one except for the black tip... these things may indicate that the small buck may have been a hybrid ... We assume that hybids between the two species happen ...never verified or documented it through genetic testing ...
... Anyone with a license, tag or permit in 2017 would be eligible for a “price lock” as long as they continue to make those purchases on an annual basis, for a minimum price lock of three years. Anyone purchasing licenses, tags or permits in 2018 without having made a purchase in 2017 would pay the higher prices...

...  Depending on the year, 5,000 to 8,000 mule deer and up to 1,800 elk use the WMA to escape snow as they migrate from as far away as the Sawtooth Mountains...  it’s important for people to give animals wintering in the Foothills a break ...

... The elk use alone “is pretty impressive,” ... In other areas, elk have been willing to use wildlife overpasses built above highways but were reluctant to enter anything that looked like a dark cave. Since the U.S. 95 underpasses were built, brush has grown up around the entrances, which may make them more natural-looking ...

Annual Stinking Springs area closure in effect December 8, 2016 Idaho, East Idaho News
... “Increasing human activity in the Stinking Springs area creates additional stress on the fragile mule deer population that winters in the area ... 

Idaho Fish and Game to try for fee hike once again December 7, 2016 Idaho Statesman
... fees haven't increased in roughly 12 years... this would bump hunting licenses from $12.75 to $15.75, while an elk tag would jump from $30.75 to $36.75. The plan is expected to raise $1 million annually...

Elk herd concerns drivers along HWY 53 near Hauser December 6, 2016 Idaho, KREM.com
...  a herd estimated at roughly 40 elk came down to this area near Hauser from Rathdrum Mountain 10 years ago due to heavy snow. They have now stayed in this area, often crossing Highway 53 to come to the prairie.  The busy highway has no mercy ...

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 trended up for the four years going into 2016 given relatively mild winters.  But the hard winter of 2016-17, worst in the east, has resulted in about 70 percent mule deer fawn mortality, whitetails fared better. Reduced hunting for does in 2017 to held the herd recover  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 in 2013.  About 25 percent survival in hard winters. About 1,000 deer died from bluetongue around Granveville. 
      In 2016 mule deer populations 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
- Chronic Wasting Disease, none found yet in Idaho
Hydatid Disease, the immature form of a tapeworm called Echinococcus granulosus. Echinococcus granulosus is a very small (3-5 m) tapeworm

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