Idaho hunters will get more elk tags, fewer mule deer tags in 2017 after rough winter March 20, 2017

Idaho Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

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

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...

... 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 ...


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 ..,

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..,

... 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..,

Are mule deer in decline in Southeast Idaho? April 24, 2018 Idaho State Journal
...we have had some harsh winters where fawn survival was around 25 percent, which could be a possible reason we didn’t see as many deer while hunting in 2017.  The winter of 2016 was devastating for fawns. Only 30 percent of mule deer fawns survived... quaking aspen forests are decreasing in the state ...  provide high-quality forage for mule deer, as well as hiding deer and providing a thermal cover ..,

Hunters Should See More Deer This Year August 30, 2018 Idaho, CDAPress
... A hard winter two years ago throughout much of the state’s mule deer range, and reductions by the state in the number of antlerless tags available to the public — an effort to increase the survival of breeding does — decreased mule deer harvest by nearly a third statewide. Statewide harvest numbers dropped from 37,070 in 2016 to 25,496 last year,.,

... “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, [2016-17] we lost a lot of mule deer and we’ve been getting more lion calls ever since.” ...

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 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...

... 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 ..,

... 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...

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 ...

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 ... 

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