Idaho deer and elk hunters could have a season to brag about September 16, 2015

Idaho Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

... 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...

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...


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 ...

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... 

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