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White-tailed deer abundant; mule deer, elk, so-so September 8, 2011 Idaho

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White-tailed deer abundant; mule deer, elk, so-so September 8, 2011 Idaho, The Idaho Statesman

Idaho deer hunters killed 44,328 deer in general and controlled hunts in 2010, including 25,337 mule deer and 19,031 whitetails for a combined success rate of 37 percent. In 2009, hunters killed 42,300 deer.... The harvest will likely drop this fall because of a hard winter that killed lots of mule deer fawns... Last winter, Fish and Game biologists monitored 192 radio-collared fawns in 39 hunting units south of the Salmon River, and only 26 percent survived. It’s the lowest survival rate since monitoring started in 1998, and a fraction of the long-term average of about 60 percent survival.


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