Idaho Deer:  About 570,000 deer in 2017, 550,000 in 2016, and 520,000 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.  Average to above average deer survival through the 2019-20 winter.  A below average survival rate for mule deer fawns in 2019.  Emergency feeding in January, 2017, because of the harsh winter.  Very low fawn survival and reduced deer populations.  Reduced hunting for does in 2017 to help the herd recover.  A more mild 2017-18 winter with fewer mule deer in 2018. 2021 Hunting Outlook for Deer & Elk   Mule Deer Management Plan 2020-2025.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Idaho deer harvest data and news archive.

Idaho Deer News

Deer die-off ongoing near Kamiah September 10, 2021 Idaho, Yahoo! Sports
... hemorrhagic disease... The department estimates the number of dead whitetail deer to be between 1,800 to 2,100... An outbreak in 2003 killed an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 whitetail deer in the Clearwater Region...

Idaho Fish and Game confirm cause of death for as many as 300 deer in Kamiah area September 2, 2021 KHQ
... confirmed positive cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) virus in samples taken from dead white-tail deer in the Clearwater area...

... a relatively mild winter and healthy herds in most parts of the state .... Last year also marked the third time in the last 10 years the state’s whitetail harvest exceeded the mule deer harvest.  “If you think back a few decades, that would have been unimaginable,” ...

Expect more of the same for elk and deer August 28, 2021 Idaho, Post Register
... “There’s been no dramatic changes to the statewide populations for elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer up or down, and the statewide harvests for 2021 should also be similar to 2020,” ..,

2021 Hunting Outlook for Deer & Elk  August 23, 2021 Idaho, IDFG News
Thanks in part to a relatively mild winter and healthy herds in most parts of the state, Fish and Game Deer/Elk Coordinator Rick Ward expects 2021 harvests will meet, or possibly exceed, last year’s harvest  ..,

Local man faces felony charge in alleged poaching case August 24, 2021 Idaho, East Idaho News
... The hunter, who had been featured in multiple hunting magazines over the years, had already lost his hunting and trapping license in 2020 after pleading guilty to more than a decade of hunting violations...

Quigley deer migration area to receive wildlife-friendly fencing August 19, 2021 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
...modified barbed wire overlaid with strands of smooth wire... placed at certain heights to allow deer and elk to jump over the fence and pronghorn and other wildlife to pass underneath ...

... Department officials say additional tests are being done to determine the specific type of hemorrhagic disease killed the deer ... 

... Last year Fish and Game sampled 1,113 mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose testing for the disease, and found no positive cases...  but has been detected along the borders with our neighboring states of Montana, Wyoming and Utah  ...

Biologists Investigating 150 Deer Deaths August 16, 2021 Idaho, Patch
...  tests have come back negative for both Bluetongue and Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). Tests were also negative for Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease ....

Deer Found Dead in Kamiah Area Being Tested For Diseases By Idaho Fish & Game August 5, 2021 Idaho, bigcountrynewsconnection.com
...  Idaho Fish and Game officials estimate between 50 to 100 whitetails have died near the Kamiah area due to unknown circumstances ...  tests have come back negative for both Bluetongue and Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD)...

McCall nixes proposed deer feeding ban August 1, 2021 Idaho County Free Press
... The defeat of the feeding ban means the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will not trap and relocate an estimated 150 to 200 town deer ...

Chronic Wasting Disease, CWD, Idaho's deer in danger July 26, 2021 Coeur d'Alene Press
... Idaho Fish & Game has been monitoring CWD since 1998.  While there have been no confirmed cases in the Gem State, outbreaks in Montana, close to Idaho borders, have made the Panhandle a hot zone..,

... It is estimated that roughly 1,500 gray wolves live in Idaho, and in May of this year, Idaho lawmakers passed S1211, a bill that enables the year-around trapping of wolves on private property... a coalition of ten environmental groups filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the state over S1211 ..,

... The Twin Falls Police Department started receiving phone calls and reports of pictures of moose on doorbell cameras on Sunday morning ... Conservation officers and biologists from Fish and Game were called to handle the capture and relocation of the moose.  The moose was safely anesthetized and released north of Carey....

...  a prolonged drought will affect the number of deer and elk in the backcountry over the long term... It will push them into higher areas where temperatures are lower or into more creek bottoms and drainages in search of forage and water ...

... he doesn’t want to see any more deer die after becoming entangled in barbed wire fence...  obsolete fences are significant barriers to migrating pronghorn, deer, elk and bighorn sheep ...

... With permission of a homeowner, the team was able to quickly dart and anesthetize the cow in their backyard. The young calf stayed close to the cow and was easily captured... Both the cow and calf were loaded into a horse trailer and transported to the Silver Creek area where they were safely released along a creek..,

Mule Deer Foundation volunteers remove miles of old fence June 17, 2021 Idaho, Ravalli Republic
... game trails were worn deep where migrating mule deer and elk paced along the wire looking for a place to squeeze through... Mule Deer Foundation volunteers and staff from three states removed close to five miles of the rust-covered fence ...

North Idaho white-tailed deer fawn captures and camera efforts currently underway June 9, 2021 IDGF News
... Of 96 female deer collared, 83 of them were pregnant does implanted with a telemetry device, known as a VIT. The device is paired with the doe’s collar and is expelled when the doe gives birth to a fawn. It also sends out a signal, allowing researchers to locate the birth site and ultimately locate the newborn fawns.  Currently, teams of biologists are in the field locating newborn fawns and outfitting them with their own collars, which are wirelessly connected to the doe’s collar..,

...“They’re getting food [in McCall] so there’s no need to [migrate],” ... If the ordinance goes through, Fish and Game plans to trap and relocate the healthy deer population. This is to acclimate the deer to a natural migration pattern...

... A mule deer doe got herself stuck in a mud pit in a field near McCammon.  She was rescued by Senior Conservation Officer Nick Noll and teen Cole Gunter both of McCammon...

Ungulate crossing May 28, 2021 Idaho, Lewiston Morning Tribune
... Biologists have learned that ungulates’ ability to move between seasonal ranges is critical for many species... Detailed mapping of migration corridors has already paid dividends. Kauffman said as migration maps were overlaid on top of planned oil and gas leases in southern Wyoming, officials decided to defer 22,000 acres of leases ...

Dalton, It's not too late to right Dalton ship May 23, 2021 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... The elected body that has made unfortunate national headlines by considering bow hunting in city limits to reduce the deer population stands on the verge of far greater turmoil and outright disservice to the community....

...Eastern Idaho is following the trends from across the state with above-average winter survival of mule deer fawns and elk calves.  A mild winter and slightly lower snowpack contributed to a 61% survival rate of fawns ..,

Winter survival rates for Idaho mule deer, elk above average May 18, 2021 Idaho, KTVB-TV Boise
... Overall, 64 percent of fawns collared by IDFG and 77 percent of collared elk calves were still alive as of May 1 ... two straight years of above-average survival rates..,

... Since reintroduction in 1995, Idaho's wolf population has grown to 1,500 ... Wolves prey on elk and deer ... Nine out of 10 of their hunts are unsuccessful ... SB 1211 also allows ... citizen hunters to purchase an unlimited number of tags...

... The wildlife board approved a total of 74,025 general-season deer hunting permits for the year, a drop of 5,650 from the 2020 season..,

Dalton Gardens target deer issues in public workshop April 29, 2021 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... considering a plan to allow trained bow hunters to kill deer ... many residents confronted that idea with questions Wednesday night. What happens if an arrow goes astray? What happens if the animal is wounded but doesn’t die? ... Questions of indemnification, liability, property values and trespassing ..,

Antler hunters urged to avoid stressed elk, deer April 13, 2021 Idaho, Post Register
... pleading with antler hunters and backcountry visitors to stay away from deer and elk herd wintering areas in early spring to avoid stressing animals during this critical time...

Wolf population gets reprieve March 26, 2021 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Phillips concurred that adjusting the number of wolves to see a positive reflection in other populations like deer, moose, or elk is one method the state has used from a wildlife management standpoint...

Fish and Game Commission sets big game rules March 23, 2021 Idaho, Local News 8
... Mule deer hunters will see reduced antlerless harvest in the Upper Snake and Southeast regions... in an effort to help mule deer populations rebound... increase in mule-deer hunts will be allowed in southwest ..,

Winter went well for South Hills mule deer in wake of Badger Fire March 22, 2021 Idaho, March 22, 2021, Twin Falls Times-News
... September’s devastating Badger Fire destroyed tens of thousands of acres of mule deer winter range ... If the weather had been harsh, lots of deer probably would have starved. It hasn’t been a harsh winter though ..,

... At the end of February, Idaho Fish and Game says 83 percent of fawns and 92 percent of calves with collars survived through winter so far... For them to be in the clear the fawns and calves will need to survive through May..,

... Statewide winter survival for mule deer fawns and elk calves fitted with tracking collars was average to slightly above average through the end of February..,

... ... the statewide mule deer harvest was about 11 percent lower than the 10-year average ...  the statewide harvest benefited from what was an overall mild winter 2019-20. Higher-than-average winter fawn survival carried over into the 2020 ..,

Deer, elk harvests dropped last year  March 6, 2021 Idaho, Idaho Statesman 
...  a drop in fawn survival, reduced tag availability and fewer hunters ... “The last three-year stretch wasn’t the kindest to our herds, particularly in eastern Idaho and in the Weiser/McCall areas.” Fawn survival rates dipped in the harsh 2016-17 winter and again in the 2018-19 winter when record snow fell in February..,

... A group of Southeast Idaho houndsmen are upset with a proposal from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to remove all statewide mountain lion harvest quotas, saying the plan amounts to the agency declaring war on the species....

F&G looks to significantly reduce deer, elk tags hunting tags near Palisades February 16, 2021 Idaho, East Idaho News
... The Upper Snake River Regional Wildlife Manager Curtis Hendricks said the proposals in hunting zones 64, 65 and 67 for female elk and deer have been drafted to “quickly increase” the herd populations that have been impacted by waning winter ranges, livestock impacts and development growth, particularly in the Swan Valley area...

... Virtual open houses will be held Feb. 16–25 for each region  Fish and Game will be setting new seasons for upcoming deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion, and wolf hunts in March, and hunters can now see proposed season and changes and provide comments. The comment period deadline is Feb. 25...
 
Public can comment on 2021-22 big game season proposals February 4, 2021 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The easiest way for hunters to review proposals and weigh in will be visiting the big game proposals webpage at idfg.idaho.gov/big-game...

Recent mule deer survey shows encouraging fawn count January 28, 2021 Idaho, Post Register
... aerial survey in eastern Idaho ... “Our fawn production across the region was pretty incredible,” says wildlife manager Curtis Hendricks. “I think that we have only had fawn ratios rivaling these numbers on the east side of the interstate on one other occasion.” ...

Sportsmen upset and demanding answers about elk depredation study. - January 10, 2021, Idaho


... the commission opened up year-round wolf hunting in most of Idaho’s game units via conference call on Feb. 20.  “Wolf predation on livestock and other domestic animals remains chronic in certain areas and … continues to have a negative effect on elk populations,” the commission stated in February...

Moose in a warming climate January 8, 2021 Idaho State Journal
... The cause of moose mortality is complex and likely due to a combination of stresses, but winter ticks are a common factor in areas with declining moose numbers...

... Through GPS collar data, biologists have confirmed that mule deer are pretty consistent.   “About 99 percent of them will go to the same winter range, and then go back to the same summer area,” ...

... Across the country, moose populations have been declining since the 1990s ... performed necropsies on the animals that died and found that more than half had died of parasites or disease. The majority of those deaths were due to emaciation from winter ticks ... with warmer winters, we don't see tick die-off that we used to see ...

Lawsuit seeks to stop Idaho forest project near Yellowstone December 17, 2020 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The project involves logging, prescribed burning and riparian improvements on about 66 square miles of forest in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest ... important and productive deer fawning and elk calving habitat ...

Proposed Lucky Peak trail denied by Army Corps of Engineers December 9, 2020 Idaho, Idaho Press-Tribune
... denied by the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday, leaving one of the largest mule deer wintering habitats in Idaho alone...  up to 8,000 migrating mule deer and 1,400 elk ...
... “Increasing human activity in the Stinking Springs area creates additional stress on the fragile mule deer that winter there, requiring them to use up their supply of stored winter fat more quickly,” ...

... Idaho Fish and Game has tracked down several eastern Idaho hunters in recent weeks who have violated state law regarding the transport of deer carcasses into the state from places known to have chronic wasting disease...

... “Hunter crowding is a growing concern among many deer and elk hunters in Idaho. Prior to broader conversations related to the future of deer and elk hunting in Idaho, the Commission thought it important to first ensure that nonresident participation levels were addressed,” Idaho Fish and Game Director ...

Idaho Fish and Game commission to meet in Lewiston November 13, 2020 Lewiston Morning Tribune
... On Friday, the commission will consider limiting the number of nonresidents who can participate in general season deer and elk hunts. The commission has the authority to limit nonresident participation to 10 percent of the average number of hunters ...

... Idaho Fish and Game's aerial surveys also revealed that the amount of deer were down, but it's still to be determined why this happened, which could have been due to weather, habitat, or predators...

... “One time he found a single drop of blood at a scene, and it was genetically matched to a deer illegally taken by a poacher.” ... the two headed to Indiana where they underwent 400 hours of training offered by the state’s Department of Natural Resources over a 9-week period. During that time, Dexter was trained on waterfowl, turkeys, and white-tailed deer...

... Most of the prime mule deer country in southern Idaho had a fairly mild winter and average to above-average fawn survival, but many herds are still recovering from brutal 2016-17 winter, and rebuilding mule deer herds could take several years..,

Late fall is primetime for Idaho white-tailed deer hunting October 28, 2020 Idaho, Clearwater Tribune
... White-tailed deer hunting is synonymous with North and Central Idaho...  Despite encompassing a relatively small area of the state, the Panhandle and Clearwater regions account for nearly half of Idaho’s annual deer harvest ...

... The Idaho Fish & Game moved 16 elk out of Elmore County because the herd is too large, and the elk are damaging agriculture in the region... The goal was to remove 70 elk ...

... to restore the Dog Creek Fire burn area.  Officials say The Mule Deer Foundation is planting 100,000 sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings in order restore the big game habitat and help the fire area recover. The seedlings will cover around 3,300 acres...

Idaho hunters beware, shooting that moose could cost you a $1000 October 6, 2020 Idaho News
... illegally targeting elk, deer, and moose from the road could cost you $1,000.  Idaho Fish and Game says it uses decoy animals in areas where there is a history of illegal hunting...

... The disease has never been detected in Idaho, but animals with CWD have been found within miles of Idaho’s border... Hunters are being asked to provide deer heads or lymph nodes ...

... The average survival rate for mule deer fawns and below average rate for elk calves do not indicate a growing population trend for the southeast region... an aerial survey of the Diamond Creek elk zone in 2018 indicated an estimated elk population of 4,251. This represented an 84 percent increase from the 2013 population estimate of 2,300...

Officials offer up a hopeful forecast for deer, elk seasons September 25, 2020 Idaho, Lewiston Tribune
... the agency predicts the possibility of the start of a mulie rebound. That is based on an uptick in fawn survival last winter, following three harsh winters with low survival... In the Clearwater Region of north central Idaho, the agency reports deer benefited from a relatively mild winter ..,

Idaho Fish and Game Battles Chronic Wasting Disease - September 17, 2020


... This past winter (2019-2020), 69 GPS-collared mule deer does and 59 GPS-collared mule deer fawns were monitored in the Southeast Region. Survival of these marked deer were 93% and 61%, respectively.  The Southeast Region also monitored 40 cow and 25 calf elk with GPS collars in the Diamond Creek elk zone (Game Management Units 66A and 76). Cow survival was 90% while calf survival was 44%..,

...  winter ... severe conditions (2016-2017 and 2018-2019), average (2017-2018, 2019-2020), and mild (2015-2016)... Herd composition surveys show an increase from just over 50 fawns per 100 does in December 2017 to nearly 70 fawns per 100 does in December 2019 in most populations... Mule deer in southeast Idaho have not rebounded from the extremely severe 2016-2017 winter ..,

Experts discuss numbers and outlook for eastern Idaho August 29, 2020 Idaho, Post Register
... elk numbers are above average and mule deer numbers, hovering slightly below the 10-year average, are on the rebound after a few harsh fawn-killing winters... Mule deer, less resistant to harsh winters on the other hand, have been struggling ...  three winters of poor fawn survival as the culprit... “The winters of 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 were all pretty harsh,” ..,

2020 big game hunting outlook August 25, 2020 Idaho, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
... The three-year stretch of winters spanning from 2016-2019 was tough on many of Idaho’s mule deer herds, largely due to poor-to-average fawn survival — including the second-lowest on record in 2016-17 ...  “Throughout southern Idaho this winter, we had above average winter fawn survival, which bodes well for the upcoming mule deer season.”  About 63% of radio collared fawns survived last winter, which is the highest number in four years and above the 20-year average of 57%..,

The interactions between predator and prey species are very complex, often much more complex than it may seem. Idaho Fish and Game has undertaken a 5-year research study of most of the big game species in North Idaho, at the same time, to better understand the interactions of predators and prey in this region. White-tailed deer and their fawns are central to this research. - August 18, 2020 Idaho


... non-lethal methods of preventing elk depredation are starting to pay off... hey're focusing on non-lethal methods like hazing that uses noisemakers and other methods to scare elk away from crops...

... The individuals involved left most of the elk carcasses to waste and recovered only the antlers and choice cuts of meat from others.  “It seemed as though they just couldn’t stop killing,” ...

Winter Survival Estimates For Mule Deer and Elk in Idaho Above Average June 15, 2020 Idaho, bigcountrynewsconnection.com
...  After a relatively mild winter, statewide survival of radio-collared mule deer fawns and elk calves in Idaho was above average through the end of May, the final month of Fish and Game’s monitoring period.  Statewide, 73% of radio-collared elk calves and 63% of mule deer fawns survived through the winter..,

... Non-lethal hazing to deter elk from entering private property and depredating on crops... Nighttime sharp shooting of antlerless elk by department staff to change elk behavior and reduce herd size... Fall and spring trap and translocation to reduce the size of the depredating elk herd...

... In terms of big-game, 246 roadkills were counted for the period of December 2017 to December 2019. There were 126 mule deer, 52 elk, 24 moose, 19 white-tailed deer, six pronghorn and 19 unidentified ... 

... “The Chinese–Peak Blackrock Canyon area provides outstanding recreational opportunities, while protecting crucial habitat for mule deer and other native species... The final EIS is available for 60 days on the BLM ePlanning project website ...

Mule deer fawns survival rate below average after cruel winter May 19, 2020 Idaho, Rexburg Standard Journal
... The lingering snowpack during March and April took its toll on Eastern Idaho mule deer with below-average survival rates of fawns...  up to 40 and 50 percent were lost...“It will not be like the winter of 2016-17, but we will be below the long-term average,” ...

... monitoring 193 mule deer fawns and 180 elk calves ... Through the end of March, 73% of the collared fawns and 84% of the collared calves were still alive. That compares with 58 and 84% surviving through March in 2018-19, 69 and 82% in 2017-18, and 41 and 67% in 2016-17 ...

... On state Highway 21 ... In 2016, 77 deer and elk were hit by cars ...  the Idaho Transportation Department is proposing a wildlife overpass that would be 150-feet long and 54- to 66-feet wide ... estimated to cost somewhere around $2.5 million ...

Idaho Fish and Game Commission to meet March 19-20 March 12, 2020 Twin Falls Times-News
... Read the full agenda, includes Deer and elk status update ...

... Legislation significantly increasing what it will cost nonresidents to hunt deer and elk  ... hunters asked for so there will be less overcrowding in the field.  Fish and Game is doing that by capping how many nonresidents can hunt deer and elk. But that will result in reducing Fish and Game revenue ...

Camera surveys provide new statewide wolf population estimate March 4, 2020 Idaho, Clearwater Tribune
... staff reported there were an estimated 1,541 wolves in the state during summer 2019. The estimate represents the peak population shortly after pups were born... Recent monitoring of deer populations in Southeast Idaho using game cameras while simultaneously using traditional aerial surveys produced almost identical results ..,

Deer, elk harvests dropped last year February 26, 2020 Idaho, IdahoStatesman.com
... “Our mule deer populations are driven by survival of fawns and adults, as are our harvest numbers,” Fish and Game’s deer and elk coordinator Daryl Meints said in the release. “The last three-year stretch wasn’t the kindest to our herds, particularly in eastern Idaho and in the Weiser/McCall areas.”  Fawn survival rates dipped in the harsh 2016-17 winter and again in the 2018-19 winter when record snow fell in February..,

... Hunters took fewer mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk in 2019 compared to 2018.  The 2019 statewide elk harvest and deer harvests were down about 8 percent and 13 percent from the prior year. The number of deer hunters in Idaho was also down by 5.5 percent from the prior year, while the number of elk hunters remained fairly consistent (down by about 1.5 percent)..,

... the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reached out to Jefferson County Solid Waste officials with concerns regarding disposal of deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease ... the county would need to designate specific equipment to the disposal of bodies to avoid transferring the disease ...

... Idaho hit a record-high number of paid hunting license holders in 2019: 295,281... Idaho slid to 20 hunters per 100 people in 2000. And last year, there were 16 hunters per 100 ...

Out-of-state hunting fee hike clears Idaho House February 4, 2020 Idaho, Idaho Press-Tribune
... The Idaho House on Tuesday voted 55-15 in favor of legislation proposed by Idaho Fish & Game to limit the number of out-of-state big game hunting tags ... out-of-state hunters, who pay higher fees than residents, provide about 50% of the budget for the Department of Fish & Game...

... The Forest Service contends the planned treatments — which entail cutting and masticating junipers, maple groves and woody shrubs and burning limb piles — would improve the landscape as elk, deer, ruffed grouse and sharp-tailed grouse habitat. Leaders with three conservation groups, however, see the project as part of a larger ruse, planned at the cattle industry's behest to boost the forage capacity of public lands...

... The herd of about 70 elk ventured out of the Teton Canyon ... IDFG is working with landowners to implement a baiting operation to try and lure the elk away from the highway and back toward the canyon...

... there were an estimated 1,541 wolves in the state during summer 2019. The estimate represents the peak population shortly after pups were born... Idaho Fish and Game staff deployed 569 cameras specifically for estimating wolf abundance, which took about 11 million photos over the course of a few months...

Idaho Mule Deer Management Plan 2020-2025 Idaho Department of FIsh and Game, Prepared December 2019
... A significant component of the Plan introduces concepts for addressing hunter congestion, which has been an ongoing concern for Idaho’s mule deer hunters... The Plan also provides in-depth information regarding collection of mule deer demographic and survival data, how those data are utilized to assess population abundance and trends, and how that information is ultimately used to manage harvest..,

Researchers, biologist, and sportsmen from across southern Idaho convened in King Hill, ID to capture mule deer. - January 21, 2020 Idaho


... What is unusual ... is the frequency at which residents have seen the big cats in recent months, a figure amplified by a spate of recent attacks on pets in the area...

... In this year’s comp count, the Pioneer DAU (Unit 50) had the lowest fawn numbers with 57:100:27 (fawn/doe/buck), while the Mountain Valley DAU (Units 59A and 58) had the highest fawn ratio at 77:100:21.  “As a general rule, entering winter with fawn ratios of the upper 50s to low 60s means the population, given an average winter, will likely hold even,” ... The buck numbers are seriously low in several DAU’s. In the Caribou area (units 66 and 69), the count totals were 13 bucks per 100 does, and in the Island Park DAU there was only 18 per 100 adult females...

Idaho Works to Make Travel Safer—for Drivers and Big Game January 17, 2020 Pew Charitable Trusts
... More than 100 mule deer die each year from vehicle collisions along a short section of U.S. Highway 30 ... Idaho Fish and Game and the state Transportation Department are working together to design a solution to help wildlife safely cross this segment of Highway 30 ...

...  game cameras will be used to track and sex animals to help biologists generate more reliable estimates of sex ratios for mule deer in Southern Idaho.  In the past aerial surveys were used to generate sex ratio estimates, but because of ground cover that hides animals, only a small portion of a winter range could be sampled from the air. The use of cameras will expand the study over the entire range...

... the elk were killed [206 elk] as part of a research project with a graduate student from the University of Idaho... The research was looking at ways to help keep elk off private property and prevent them from damaging crops. The research identified four different methods to see which was most effective. One of those methods was sharpshooting ...

State white-tailed deer management plan calls for research, hunter opportunities January 9, 2020 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press
... Some hunters, according to the latest survey, were dissatisfied with hunter congestion in some areas, caused primarily by out-of-state deer and elk hunters, and with the low percentage of large — more than 5-point — whitetails... The sport adds around $30 million annually to the state’s economy, according to IDFG ...

... a film about three women following a scrawny, pregnant mule deer on its spring migration from its wintering grounds near LaBarge, Wyo., over the Wyoming Range, to an alpine cirque in the Salt River Range — about 85 miles...

When wildlife safety turns into fierce political debate December 30, 2019 Idaho, High Country News
... More than a million large animals, and around 200 drivers, die annually from collisions nationwide. Over the last two decades, researchers have converged on a solution palatable to politicians on both sides of the aisle: wildlife crossings, tunnels and bridges that funnel creatures under and over highways...

MP Atwood, JG Kie, JJ Millspaugh, MD Matocq… - Mammal Research 2019, Idaho
... We assessed body condition, diet quality (indexed by fecal nitrogen), and stress levels (using fecal glucocorticoid metabolites) in mule deer Odocoileus hemionus in southeastern Idaho, USA, during a mild (2007) and a harsh winter (2008) to evaluate spatial overlap and potential competition with North American elk ...  A reduction in elk populations may not improve diet quality, physiological stress levels, or body condition of mule deer on winter range, especially during severe winters. Consequently, management and conservation of winter habitat are more likely to benefit mule deer than would altering density of elk...

... Fish and Game roadkill data indicates over 100 mule deer are struck and killed annually on a 20-mile stretch of Highway 30... Fish and Game and the Idaho Transportation Department are working on a joint project to establish wildlife crossing in the area...

... BLM closes the Egin-Hamer Area (in eastern Idaho) every year for the protection of wintering deer, elk and moose herds. The area's temporary annual closure's been in place for more than 20 years.  It designates nearly 500 square miles of land off-limits to human entry ...

... The 39-year-old teacher is one of many Idaho hunters who say they’re often hit with blowback when they post hunting photos online. To avoid the onslaught of vitriol, some of them are changing the way they hunt and share their stories on social media...

Idaho begins aerial wildlife surveys December 13, 2019 The Spokesman-Review
... will use low-flying helicopters to count deer and elk populations ... Care is taken to minimize disturbance to the animals ...

Grant money rehabbing Idaho aspen stands with an eye toward elk November 29, 2019 Idaho, Sports and Weather Right Now
... Officials on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest are leveraging grants to help rejuvenate isolated aspen stands important to biological diversity, with a particular emphasis on improving elk habitat...

... The lack of snow has allowed the deer, moose and the elk, to remain in the high country,... In the Mackay area, both white-tails and mule deer have moved into the town and the hay fields south of town and a large herd of elk have set up homes north of Mackay Reservoir...

Idaho Man Struck In Neck By Stray Bullet In Home Survives November 18, 2019 kezj.com
... The bullet is thought to have come from a hunter's riffle... [he] is recovering ...

Car-deer collisions peak with colder weather, time change, hunting November 11, 2019 Idaho, Idaho Press-Tribune
... The primary driver of increased deer-vehicle collisions is the fact that deer are heading into mating season – known as the rut. This sends sex-focused male deer dashing across highways and roads... Also, hunters push deer toward a more nocturnal schedule ...

Eastern Idaho mule deer hunt shows slight drop in success November 8, 2019 Casper Star-Tribune
... mule deer hunting success was slightly down. Fish and Game pointed to harsh winters reducing the number of fawns the past two years. With fewer overall numbers, one youth doe hunt was cut to one week and eliminated in the Tex Creek area..,

... the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) planted 70,000 Wyoming sagebrush and bitterbrush plants on approximately 1,000 acres near Gooding Idaho that was the site of the 2017 Dog Creek Fire. This planting operation represents the fourth year of a five-year $500,000 assistance agreement that MDF coordinated ..,

Idaho's too friendly elk is heading to the Lone Star state October 17, 2019 Idaho News (press release)
... A bull elk that was illegally removed from the Idaho woods in early 2018 and grew to show no fear of humans has found a new home.  Texas A&M University...

Idaho Fish and Game wants new hunters. So it created a video game to help them learn October 17, 2019 Idaho Statesman
... it asked Leman and his fellow students at Boise State University’s Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile Technology program to design a virtual reality field dressing...

... The plan that runs through 2025 calls for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to develop ways to monitor whitetail deer population numbers and various dynamics within the population, such as doe-to-fawn and buck-to-doe ratios as well as the ratio of mature bucks...

Ungulate threat creeps toward Idaho September 26, 2019 Idaho, Lewiston Morning Tribune
... with the recent detection of chronic wasting disease in deer near Libby, Mont. — 25 miles from the Idaho Panhandle — and the disease found in deer in Wyoming’s Star Valley — less than 2 miles from the Idaho border — Boudreau said he thinks it’s only a matter of time before “zombie deer” show up in Idaho.,.

IF&G trains its sights on whitetail data September 21, 2019 Idaho, Lewiston Tribune
... develop ways to monitor whitetail deer population numbers and various dynamics within the population, such as doe-to-fawn and buck-to-doe ratios as well as the ratio of mature bucks... using game cameras placed throughout whitetail territory to try to come up with survey techniques that are statistically viable ...

North Idaho's 2019 prospects September 16, 2019 The Spokesman-Review
... Statewide, hunters harvested 26,977 mule deer in 2018, for an overall hunter success rate of 31.1%. Meanwhile, hunters took 25,134 whitetail deer with an average success rate of 41.5%... the harsher, later winter didn’t seem to impact deer populations too much..,

Deer and Elk Hunting Season Preview September 13, 2019 Idaho, KPVI
... around the same amount of total deer as they did last year, but with less two point deer due to last year's extended winter where it stayed cooler for longer.  Three points may also be less due to the 2016-2017 winter which took a toll on fawns ..,

Comment sought on proposed new Idaho hunting rules September 7, 2019 Idaho, Post Register
... Limit nonresident participation on general season big game hunts without reducing resident opportunity... Reduce tag buyer congestion for highly competitive general season capped tags... [Comment until September 25]

F&G mulls limits to nonresident hunting September 6, 2019 Idaho, Lewiston Morning Tribune
... To compensate for revenue reductions related to future limits on out-of-state hunters, the department has proposed legislation to Idaho Gov. Brad Little that would increase nonresident fees for the first time since 2009...

... more than 800 game cameras  ... Because researchers know all cameras are firing at the same time, any wolves captured on camera are clearly individual wolves...  builds off time-to-event analysis, which is used in medicine ... it hadn’t been used in wildlife science ...

2019 Idaho Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Hunting Forecast August 26, 2019 Northwest Sportsman
... A difficult winter for mule deer fawns took its toll on herds for the second time in three years ... prior to 2016, Idaho had five consecutive mild winters, which helped build mule deer throughout the state, mostly in the south and central areas where mule deer dominate. Then the 2016-17 winter hit, which took a large segment of that year’s fawn crop..,

Big game hunters face variable prospects August 25, 2019 Idaho, Local News 8
...In Southeast Idaho (Pocatello region ... Winter fawn survival was average or slightly below average... in the Upper Snake Region ...  Because of harsh winter conditions, big game on fawn mortality in these areas was over 70 percent ... the west side of the region fared better than those on the east side ..,

Idaho roadkill study begins along wildlife migration route August 12, 2019 Idaho News
...  The project started earlier this summer and uses volunteers to identify dead animals on U.S. Highway 20 and State Highway 87...The list of roadkills includes White-tailed Deer Elk ...Mule Deer ...

Getting ready for the fall hunting season August 6, 2019 Idaho, KMVT
... the late winter and late spring was not good for the fawns. A lot of young deer didn't make it through the winter.  Mature deer numbers are the same as last year, but the numbers of elk are up..,

Study: In Idaho, cougars kill slightly more elk than wolves August 3, 2019 The Spokesman-Review
... 15 years of data collected on Idaho’s wolf and elk population... found that wolves accounted for 32% of identified mortalities for female elk while mountain lions accounted for 35%. That disparity grew when looking at elk calf survival with wolves accounting for 28% of known-fate deaths and lions accounting for 45%...

This spring, Montana wildlife officials confirmed five cases of a deadly neurological disease less than 25 miles from the Idaho Panhandle ... will likely trigger year-round monitoring efforts ... no confirmed cases of CWD in Idaho ..,

Idaho Wildlife Officials Propose Animal Import Ban To Fight Disease July 29, 2019 Boise State Public Radio... Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is on Idaho’s doorstep, affecting animals in Wyoming, Montana and Utah... 

Idaho elk habitat gets $233,000 upgrade July 24, 2019 The Herald Journal
...  The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided $233,726 in grants to fund 22 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in Idaho.   “There are many places in Idaho’s backcountry where overly thick forests and noxious weeds are taking a toll on forage and habitat,” ...

... Fish and Game staff have deployed over 800 game cameras in a high-density grid throughout the state, which will take millions of pictures. When Fish and Game staff collect the cameras at the end of September, researchers will download and analyze the photos and apply statistical modeling to estimate the population...

One stretch of the South Fork is now federally protected July 21, 2019 Idaho, East Idaho News
... the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) specifically recognizes the property’s value for wintering mule deer and provided financial support for the project through their Mule Deer Initiative program...

Linking forest management to moose population trends: The role of the nutritional landscape TV Schrempp, JL Rachlow, TR Johnson, LA Shipley… - PLOS ONE, 2019
... The quantity of forage shrubs was estimated to have declined over the past 30 years in about half of the population management units, with the greatest declines predicted for high-energy forage species. The population trend index was correlated with the percent change in availability of moderate-energy forage shrubs, indicating that availability of forage shrubs and change in availability over time might be affecting population dynamics for moose in northern Idaho...

Moose population declines in Idaho July 18, 2019 The Bulletin
... Biologists have no clear answers but say the decline is happening across the West ... does not know moose population numbers, but estimates there are 10,000 to 12,000 moose ...

Fish and Game giving ungulates, burn areas a boost July 16, 2019 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... They’re collecting the seeds of a plant that can be an integral part of ungulate diets... help state and federal agencies jumpstart the recovery process in areas decimated by fire... Mule deer and pronghorn love bitterbrush...

Environmental lawsuit: Stop improving wildlife habitat July 15, 2019 Idaho, Capital Press
... The project aims to improve habitat for elk and deer, as well as ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse species by removing up to 85% of juniper trees — which behave like an invasive species — across nearly 1,700 acres in the forest...

Idaho Super Hunts June 26, 2019  Coeur d'Alene Press
... Of the 66,116 entries in the first drawing, 24,548 were for the eight available deer tags ... 

Idaho proposes changes to hunting rules June 14, 2019 Lewiston Morning Tribune
...The rule would give the commission authority to limit the number of nonresident deer and elk tags issued in general season hunts to no less than 10 percent of the number of resident tags without necessarily limiting tags available to resident hunters...

Fish and Game releases winter survival rates for elk, deer June 11, 2019 Idaho, KTVB
... just 42 percent of radio-collared mule deer fawns made it through the winter, well below the average survival rate of 58 percent. Fish and Game officers say February's significant snowstorms, followed by a cool and wet spring, contributed to the number of deaths..,

... A plan to kill wolves and other predators that attack livestock, deer and elk in Idaho is the subject of an environmental study that will include public comment ...

... [until June 21] ... review Fish and Game’s draft management plans for mule deer and white-tailed deer and provide feedback to the department on the overall concepts of the plans and whether topics are missing that might improve them... the Mule Deer Plan ... the White-tailed Deer Plan ..,

... A single claim by an Elmore County organic farmer exhausted an Idaho Department of Fish and Game account to compensate Idaho farmers for wildlife depredation, leading the Legislature to impose a payment cap...

Don’t become an inadvertent fawn napper May 28, 2019 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... Mother deer will leave their fawn for hours while they go off to feed nearby. The mother does this so predators will not see a vulnerable fawn when they see her. She can be gone many hours ... If a fawn is seen lying upright, eyes wide open, but flattened to the ground, do not touch it. This is a fawn’s camouflage position ...

Fawn survival is below average May 22, 2019 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express Newspaper
... Through the end of April, mule deer fawn survival was below the 20-year average of 58 percent, which is tracked annually through the end of May. Some additional mortality is expected during May ... it appears that elk calf survival is doing just fine ..,

IDFG panel gets earful in Grangeville May 17, 2019 Idaho, Lewiston Morning Tribune
... Those who addressed the commissioners said deer and elk numbers have slid over the past decade or more, and changes are needed to hunting seasons to bring them back. They also said the Idaho Department of Fish and Game needs to collect more data on deer herd sizes and composition...

... lingering snowpack during March and April took its toll on eastern Idaho mule deer ... In some places, up to 40 and 50 percent were lost. .. “It will not be like the winter of 2016-17, but we will be below the long-term average,” ..,

Watching the whitetail, research project April 11, 2019 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... “Whitetail populations drive a lot of the predator populations because there are more whitetail than anything else ... We are trying to figure out how predators use whitetail deer and how that impacts other ungulate like elk.” ...

... "Across the state, we've been seeing [moose] numbers go down," ...Across Idaho, available tags for antlered moose dropped from 669 in the 2017-2018 season to 560 later this year. For antlerless moose, the tag amounts dropped from 136 to 74...

... Commissioner Daniel Blanco ... hopes to enhance whitetail populations in units 10, 12, 16A, 17, 19 and 20, all on the eastern side of the region, by eliminating the use of second tags hunters can purchase at nonresident prices and shortening seasons in some of those units...

Wildlife biologists turn to solar-powered ear tags March 26, 2019 Idaho, LocalNews8.com-18 hours ago
...  solar-powered ear tags ... expected to last four to five years... tags will record and save the locations of tagged bucks every 30 minutes, then transmit the data the next time the device is near cellular service ...

Seven wolves taken in control actions in the Lolo Elk Zone March 21, 2019 Idaho, Cherokee Tribune Ledger News
... The operation is consistent with Fish and Game's Elk Management Plan and Lolo Predation Management Plan... hunters and trappers have reported 18 wolves taken in the Lolo zone during the 2018-19 season...

... Through the end of February, 78 percent of the collared fawns and 94 percent of the calves were still alive.  That compares with 88 percent of the fawns and 97 percent of the calves surviving through February in 2017-18, and 55 and 80 percent in 2016-17...

... the elk population is doing well in southeast Idaho... Data also indicates that southeast Idaho has an abundance of young mountain lions ...

Time to feed the elk  March 13, 2019 Idaho Mountain Express Newspaper ·
... With our weather pattern predicted to remain cold, it is unlikely that early spring will provide any bare ground for deer and elk to feed in the north portion of our county... For every elk tag sold, $1.50 goes into a fund for feed...

Elk hanging in despite snowy February March 8, 2019 Idaho, Bonner County Daily Bee
... The latest mortality numbers are lower than in previous big snow years, possibly because this season’s snow came later. That allowed elk to feed across their range until February, when the snow hit ...

... “In Southeast Idaho between 2012 and 2016 the mule deer population was doing really well so it would make sense that the mountain lion population was doing really well as a result of that,” Lockyer said. “Then we had that really bad winter two years ago, we lost a lot of mule deer and we’ve been getting more lion calls ever since.” ...

Blanco seeks to ease the pressure on Clearwater Region deer, elk March 7, 2019 Idaho, Lewiston Tribune Online
... Blanco would like to boost whitetail populations by shortening seasons in units 10, 12, 16A, 17 and 19, all on the eastern side of the region, and eliminating the use of second tags hunters can purchase at nonresident prices...

... “Wintering big game animals are very susceptible to any kind of disturbance whether it is from passing motorists, domestic dogs, predators or shed hunters in late winter and early spring,” ...

What extinction in Idaho looks like: Last caribou captured, ending conservation program March 1, 2019 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... The British Columbia Ministry of Forests’s capture ended more than 35 years of conservation ... lone female ... Forests were cut and burned. Deer that thrive in the brush that was left over moved in, carrying a parasite known as a brainworm. That all but wiped out the caribou...

Trying to find the middle ground on wolves March 1, 2019 Idaho, Lewiston Morning Tribune
... Even though Idaho opened wolf seasons for both hunting and trapping in 2011, wolf numbers have continued to increase to roughly 1,000 in more than 90 packs ... In seven years, through 2018, F4WM has paid trappers about $250,000 of privately raised money for harvesting more than 470 wolves..,

Weather prompts depredation-related calls in E. Idaho February 26, 2019, Capital Press
... Corn, which offers easy access to food, water and security cover, “is basically perfect habitat for elk,” ... IDFG expects claims, which in late February totaled about $443,000 plus $114,000 in continuing-use agreements, to be well above last year’s roughly $700,000 ...

Deer and Elk Statistics Across Idaho February 25, 2019 KPVI News 6
... The amount of mule deer was slightly lower than the 10 year average by 3.5%, but was not too bad considering the terrible winter of 2016-2017, where 100% of fawns were lost in some areas including some of the adult population which hurt hunting the following year.  A milder winter in 2017-2018 allowed for a slight improvement, but still yielded a lower harvest as expected...,

Caribou County bait site prevents interaction with livestock February 25, 2019 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... The Idaho Department of Fish and Game with input from the Southeast Idaho Winter Feeding Advisory Committee (WFAC) has authorized a feed site on the west side of the Ninety Percent Range in Caribou County to bait approximately 200 elk from a landowner’s property...

Targhee Elk Herd an enigma February 20, 2019 Idaho, Jackson Hole News&Guide 
... “Everything we now know about their migration is so important for identifying priority areas to conserve,” Courtemanch said. “That could be through trying to prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions on the roads or trying to determine where conservation easements should go...

Idaho Fish and Game adding big game proposals February 18, 2019 LocalNews8.com
... Winter surveys are also showing that mule deer populations in 66 and 69 are 38 percent lower in 2019 than they were when last surveyed in 2013... wildlife managers are recommending elimination of either-sex hunts in units ...
... “One incident in Bonner County which did result in a prosecution involved around a dozen deer and elk that were incidentally caught in snares and killed by one trapper. The trapper’s only crime was that he did not report the catches...

... Hunters took more mule deer and fewer white-tailed deer in 2018 compared to 2017, while the elk harvest was similar between the two years -- dropping by less than 2 percent from 2017 to 2018..,

Despite storms, Idaho winter is normal and emergency feeding is unneeded  February 14, 2019  Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press 
... in mid February, Idaho’s snowpack was ranging from 81 percent to 112 percent of average with the majority of drainages running between 85 and 95 percent.  Fish and Game has winter feeding advisory committees in each region of the state except the Panhandle ...

...  the bulk of its funding comes from licenses, tags and permits. Fish and Game gets additional revenue from taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, but the state's share of those funds is determined by the number of license holders in the state...

Game cameras provide new methods for counting and managing wildlife February 11, 2019 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... During November, biologists deployed a network of trail cameras on winter range of mule deer in Eastern Idaho ... An innovative approach using trail cameras to capture wildlife will allow Idaho Fish and Game biologists to estimate deer and elk populations in a safer, less invasive and less expensive way ...

Herd of elk raising concern near Rexburg/Sugar City February 7, 2019 Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game
... On Feb. 4 a herd of about 100 elk wandered into a rural area between Sugar City and Rexburg ... “They are in a tough spot to move given their proximity to Highway 20, Highway 33 and the high density of fences in the area,” ...

... Climate change, reduced forage and predation are blamed for the large ungulates’ decline, Idaho Department of Fish and Game regional wildlife biologist Kara Campbell said...

... a herd of elk standing on railroad tracks was hit by a Union Pacific freight train traveling between Montpelier and Soda Springs... wild animals often walk on train tracks in the winter in Idaho because the tracks are usually not covered by snow ...

... In order to discourage animals from crossing US 20 on its road surface, to reduce WVCs and to maintain landscape permeability for animals crossing the highway, IDFG recommends three wildlife crossing overpasses with wildlife fencing between the crossing structures for the length of the project area ...

... Legislation to compensate Idaho farmers and ranchers for damage caused by elk, deer, antelope and moose to irrigation equipment and ground planted with seeds in the fall will get a hearing before lawmakers...

... Climate change, reduced forage and predation are blamed for the large ungulates’ decline ... Fire suppression and reduced logging has also limited the summer forage for moose ... moose populations rebounded in Idaho and Montana roughly 50 years after the massive 1910 wildfires...

... Biologists use a model based on statistical sampling, which allows them to estimate the total population without having to count every animal.  When they survey a grid of land for animals in a helicopter, they also correct for the animals they don’t see – known as “visibility bias.” ... usually between 5 percent and 20 percent ... biologists only need to conduct comprehensive surveys every five years ...

Idaho wolf control board seeks $200,000 to kill wolves January 16, 2019 KIVI-TV
... contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services and Idaho Department of Fish and Game to kill wolves that attack cattle, sheep, deer and elk...

... Yew, the toxic landscaping plant, has killed about a half-dozen elk in the Horseshoe Bend and Garden Valley areas this month ... 

... People who helped with grabbing and holding the deer are called “muggers.” ... Seeing how many fawns don’t make it through the winter, that helps us with our population to know our success rate of how many were recruited into the population for the upcoming year.”...

Members of Idaho Fish and Game spent Wednesday collaring deer. The agency uses a helicopter to herd fawns into nets. Volunteers and biologists then measure, weigh, tag, and collar them. The GPS collar allows them to track the animals until there death helping scientists to determine the general health of the herds. - Idaho



... An anonymous landowner donated 0.26 square miles (0.67 square kilometers) of mule deer winter range in Pocatello to a local land trust...

... Northern Idaho Whitetails Forever (NIWF) ... our current whitetail deer herds of northern Idaho have declined ... group has managed to see some changes made, and were successful in shortening the 2018 season by 11 days and eliminated the used of second deer tags... A dense forest makes it too hard to collect biological data...

Fawn dies near Rexburg after eating toxic plant December 21, 2018 Idaho, East Idaho News
... he young fawn had ingested a large amount of Japanese yew and died of yew toxicity.  Japanese yew is a non-native plant that is often used as an ornamental shrub for landscaping...

Meeting to discuss whitetail numbers set December 14, 2018 Idaho, Lewiston Morning Tribune
 ...   ....successfully lobbied the Idaho Department of Fish and Game ... to shorten the whitetail season in Unit 10A ... members believe whitetail populations ... have declined because of their vulnerability to hunting during the rut when whitetails mate...

... Twenty-two deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Montana, and cases were also found in Teton County, Wyoming... 

Stnking Springs area closed for winter to protect wildlife December 4, 2018 Idaho, LocalNews8.com
... “Increasing human activity in the Stinking Springs area creates additional stress on the fragile mule deer that winter there, requiring them to use up their supply of stored winter fat more quickly,” ..

... Chronic wasting disease has been found in Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Last week, for the first time, a roadkill deer was found to have chronic wasting disease in Grand Teton National Park. Cases of the disease also have been found in Star Valley, Wyoming...

Idaho Fish and Game offering savings on hunting license November 23, 2018 Rexburg Standard Journal
... “Each year, 34 winners are drawn for elk, deer, moose, pronghorn or the ultimate super hunt – a combo of all four species ... Entries are $6 for specific species and $20 for combo entries... also guaranteeing sportsmen’s ability to hunt Idaho big game with a lifetime license...

...  Effective on Sunday, November 25, the National Elk Refuge will require a mandatory sample of all elk harvested on the refuge for the remainder of the 2018 hunt season. Refuge Manager Brian Glaspell is implementing this mandatory sampling effort due to the recent detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a mule deer recovered in Grand Teton National Park..,

... Sixty percent of hunters wanted IDFG to spend more resources developing access to private land, because, according to the survey, “whitetail deer are often tied to private agricultural land and cause depredations.” ...

Idaho eyes new deer management plans November 2, 2018 Lewiston Tribune Online
...  a sizable and vocal contingent of whitetail hunters in the Clearwater Region is concerned by the lack of information available on the size of the whitetail herd and the age class distribution of bucks... More detailed information on the whitetail deer survey [PDF] ... Information on the mule deer survey [PDF] ...

Deer Season Wraps Up October 31, 2018 Idaho, kpvi 
... [southeast Idaho] There were more two-point bucks due to more fawns surviving last year's winter, but there were fewer adult and bigger bucks..,

Overpasses: a better deal for taxpayers, cost less than detection system October 27, 2018 Idaho, Rexburg Standard Journal
... studies have shown that the detection systems are far more expensive than building overpasses and some fencing. Why? Because the detection systems last 10 years at best and require a lot of maintenance, while overpasses and underpasses last for 75 years or more, according to research by Marcel Huijser and others ...

Tubbs Hill deer hunt infuriates residents October 27, 2018 Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Press
... The deer gut pile found Wednesday in the popular city park raised the concerns of Coeur d’Alene residents who fear getting shot by hunters within city limits.  They wonder why town deer are being illegally targeted...

Studying wildlife ecology through road-killed animals October 19, 2018 Idaho. Rexburg Standard Journal
... I-84 became an impediment to migration...  many were killed ... many deer remained on the east side of the freeway and spent winters near Snowville, Utah. That winter range had insufficient forage for deer, and during the following winters, an estimated 40 percent of the herd died of malnutrition... the deer herd is currently less than half of what it was in the 1960s ...

... Chronic Wasting Disease has been reported in nearby states ... Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.  On opening weekend IDFG had several check stations to take biological samples of game to test for the disease...

Inmates help restore habitat through sagebrush planting program October 14, 2018 Idaho, Idaho Press-Tribune
... Since 2015, offenders at the two correctional centers have grown over 233,000 sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings ... will benefit species that depend on them such as antelope, elk and mule deer...

Survey finds mule deer hunters satisfied, but management could improve October 10, 2018 Idaho, Idaho County Free Press ·
... Unsurprisingly, the type of mule deer most desirable to harvest was a large buck, and an antlerless mule deer was the least desirable... read the survey

... He’s hoping to convince the city council to meet half way with concerned citizens who at least want to be allowed to feed the animals in the winter when food and shelter is scarce...

Fish and Game: Idaho outdoorsmen to have some of the best elk hunting conditions of all time September 17, 2018 Idaho Statesman ·
... In 2017, hunters took 22,751 elk ... The 10-year average from 2008-17 is 18,865 ... historic high harvests in Idaho that topped out at 28,000 in 1994... mule deer  ...a tough winter in 2016-17 and cutbacks in antlerless tags to protect breeding age does dropped the harvest by nearly a third from 37,070 in 2016 to 25,496 last year ..,

Wildlife crossings make sense September 5, 2018 Idaho, Post Register
... The best solution is for voters in Fremont County to step up and tell the world that safe travel and safe wildlife passage are important to them; important enough to vote YES to wildlife crossings on the November 6 advisory vote...What ITD is looking at to keep drivers safe on Highway 20 is simple – some crossings and fencing...


Idaho data:  About 570,000 deer in 2017.  Up from about 520,000 deer in 2015.  For mule deer, the state estimates 238,733 in 2020, 267,039 in 2019, 280,000 in 2018, 310,000 in 2017, 298,390 in 2016 and 281,500 in 2015.  Elk and deer populations in 2021 are about the same as in 2020.
     Good fawn survival after the 2020-21 mild winter, a second consecutive mild winter.  For the 2021 hunt, antlerless licenses were reduced in the Upper Snake and southeast to help mule deer populations rebound and increased in the southwest.  Average to above average survival for deer and above average survival for elk fawns after the mild 2019-20 winter, but mule deer are still struggling with three previous winters of low fawn survival.  A low survival rate for mule deer fawns in 2019 due to harsh February snowstorms combined with three years of harsh weather that reduced populations.  2020 big game hunting outlook.
    The whitetail deer population of 260,000 in 2017 and about 240,000 in 2015 are based on harvest data.  Deer populations trended up for the four years going into 2016 given relatively mild winters.  The hard winter of 2016-17, worst in the east, resulted in about 70 percent mule deer fawn mortality, whitetails fared better. Reduced hunting for does in 2017 to held the herd recover and emergency feeding.  One 2017 survey found 30 bucks for every 100 does.  A more mild 2017-18 winter improved deer survival.  Low whitetail numbers reported in northern Idaho.  Another hard winter in 2018-19, not as bad as 2016-17.
      Mule deer fawn survival in 2015 was estimated at 80 percent, the highest rate in 15 years in spite of wildfires and an outbreak of bluetongue.  A record 30,568 whitetails taken by hunters in 2015, an upward trend since 1973. 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.
     History  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 much 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 other areas.
     Population estimates:  In 1951 a state estimate of 120,000 mule deer and 20,550 whitetails, about 141,000 deer.
     Chronic Wasting Disease In spring of 2019, 5 cases of chronic wasting were detected in Montana 25 miles from the Idaho panhandle border.  No cases found in Idaho.  Testing began in 1998.
     Hemorrhagic Disease  Outbreaks in the Clearwater region in 2021 and 2003 when 10,000 to 15,000 whitetail deer died.
     Elk  An estimated 107,000 in 2014, down from a peak of about 125,000 in the 1990's. As of 2016 there has been a feeding station near Penny Lake west of Ketchum., going on since the 1930s.  About 3,600 hundred elk sing the Sand Creek winter range in 2016.
     Moose  A rough estimate of 10,000 to 12,000 in 2019.  A declining population in Idaho and throughout the West.  Causes not clear.  A large concentration in Eastern Idaho in the Sand Creek desert area, around 400 - 500 in 2016Ticks are a significant mortality issue for moose.
     Caribou  Only about a dozen left by 2016 in the Selkirk Mountains near Canada.
      Wolves  About 1500 wolves in 2021.  A detailed 2019 camera survey found 1541 wolves during the spring when populations are at their seasonal high;  More than 1,000 in 90 packs in early 2019.  A 2015 estimate of 786.  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.   To protect livestock, elk, and deer the state reduced its target wolf population from 518-732 down to 150 in 2016.
     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.

- 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