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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Idaho data: Three years of relatively mild winters have allowed mule deer populations to recover in 2014 to some of their highest levels since the early 2000's when hard winters and habitat loss brought the mule deer numbers down to a level that in 2004 the state developed the Mule Deer Initiative to support populations.  In 2013 an estimated 170,000 to 200,000 mule deer and about 200,000 white tails. Mule deer populations over their entire range have suffered declining populations over the past two decades. Hunter success in 2013 was 38 percent, 53 percent mule deer and 47 percent whitetails.
     Historically, deer were scarce in Idaho by 1900 from over hunting.  Concerned about the severe decline of the elk and deer populations in 1909, the legislature approved its first game preserve - 220,000 acres  in the Payette River drainage west of the Sawtooth Mountains.  The growth of the logging industry created deer friendly habitat that acted as one factor to spur population growth, including limits on doe hunting.  By the 1954, there was an effort to reduce deer populations by increased hunting pressure as evidenced in the estimated deer harvest, although there has been some skepticism about this data.  Pressure from the people of Idaho resulted in reduced hunting during the 1970's and limits on the number of does.  A large increase in the number of tags resulted in the peak harvest of 1989, estimated at 95,200.
    An estimated 107,000 elk in 2014, down from a peak of about 125,000 in the 1990's  About 680 wolves in 2012, down from about 900 to 1,100 before the wolf hunt.    About 3,000
mountain lions.

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


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

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