Nevada Deer News
... Due to ongoing drought conditions, an overall reduction was seen for mule deer ... increases were approved for desert bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain elk... Mule deer buck quotas are down nearly seven percent from last year, partially due to drought conditions... the statewide management objective of 30 bucks to 100 does...

Wildlife advisers vote on tag quotas May 13, 2015 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
...  a glut of hunters in close quarters can be discouraging for outdoorsmen... board members agreed with big game quota recommendations made by wildlife biologists, who’ve spent hours in the fields and air counting animals. They voted to increase cow elk tags in a few areas ...

... About 4,000 mule deer have disappeared from a mountain range near Reno between late last year and now, likely because of drought. “Our level of concern is very high,” Catalano said. Nevada has placed low fiberglass pools called guzzlers that hold up to 3,600 gallons of water at more than a thousand wilderness areas across the state to provide water for wildlife...

Drought affecting Nevada big game hunting this year April 16, 2015 Nevada, KRNV My News 4
... . "With mule deer we're starting to see numbers going lower, so we recommend fewer to be taken, what we're going to recommend with those other species will be decided next week at our meetings here in Reno." ...

Weak mining regulations damaging state's water, economy April 16, 2015 Nevada, Reno Gazette Journal
... The Nevada Department of Wildlife predicts the expansion of just one gold mine, Barrick's Bald Mountain, could decimate nearly one-quarter of the state's mule deer population.  It's past time to create a level playing field. We can do that by providing meaningful oversight on mine de-watering ...

Mining industry due for regulatory overhaul April 5, 2015 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal
...  A mine can pump up to 70,000 gallons of groundwater per minute ... Few people realize that this water is not just being pumped from a pit and put somewhere else, it is being lost forever... The Nevada Wildlife Department predicts the expansion of just one gold mine, Barrick’s Bald Mountain, could decimate nearly a quarter of the state’s mule deer population...

Nevada big game tag application opens March 24, 2015 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... Hunter’s can find population reports, draw odds and harvest statistics, maps, Hunter Information Sheets and much more on the agency’s website at ndow.org.  The 2015 quotas will be set by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners at their May 15 and 16 meeting in Reno.

... A Nevada Republican who has publicly feuded with state wildlife officials is sponsoring a bill that would require a court order to suspend a hunting license.  Assemblyman Ira Hansen of Sparks is sponsoring AB142 ...

Barrick addresses deer migration complaint March 5, 2015 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... Barrick Gold Corp.’s Bald Mountain Mine, located in north White Pine County, is in the permitting stages of an expansion at its site ... Alan Jenne, NDOW’s habitat division chief, said a problem could occur if the deer were forced to find an alternative route under extreme weather conditions...

... The two males were seen with a mule deer doe that was shot in the yard of a home on Broken Arrow Lane in Pleasant Valley at the base of the Ruby Mountains... call Operation Game Thief at (1800) 992-3030 

Wardens seek information on Lamoille deer poaching February 27, 2015 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... game wardens are seeking the public’s assistance with details on the poaching of a mule deer doe on Broken Arrow Lane in Pleasant Valley, just east of Spring Creek at the base of the Ruby Mountains.  The poaching occurred on Feb. 20 ...

BLM releases draft EIS on proposed gold mine near Ely February 14, 2015 Nevada, Kansas City Star
... Public meetings on the project are scheduled for March 10 in Ely, March 11 in Eureka and March 12 in Reno...

Nevada gold mine expansion prompts concern for deer herd February 3, 2015 Las Vegas Review-Journal
... conservationists and hunters worry that expanding the Bald Mountain Mine about 350 miles north of Las Vegas will cut off the migration route used by Nevada’s largest herd of mule deer, leaving roughly 24,000 animals without access to their traditional winter range.  
State wildlife officials have raised similar concerns about the Ruby Mountain Herd ...

Save Deer from Mine Expansion [petition] January 15, 2015 Nevada, Animal Petitions
... The Ruby Mountain mule deer population is a coveted species of Nevada. However, the expansion of Barrick’s gold mine threatens this species’ migratory route. Barrick Gold Corp. wants to expand Bald Mountain Mine by more than 4,000 acres as well as construct a transmission line and a haul route. This project will significantly impact the mule deer population, especially during harsh winters when the population travels south for suitable winter habitat...

Gold mine plans could harm Nevada deer herd January 11, 2015 Nevada, Bradenton Herald
...  A group of sportsmen and conservationists is trying to rally opposition to Barrick Gold Corp.'s plans to expand a major gold mine in northeast Nevada, a move the critics say could harm the state's largest herd of mule deer... Barrick proposes to expand "surface disturbance" at Bald Mountain's north operations area from 9,292 acres to 13,640 acres ...

... Nevada's largest herd of mule deer already have a migration route dotted with physical obstacles, and conservationists say a proposed mine expansion would create a "convoluted pathway" that would lead to "deep open pits, ore and waste rock stockpiles and haul routes".

... Newmont Mining Corp.'s Long Canyon Mine project would involve about 1,600 acres of public land on the east side of Pequop Mountains ...  mule deer migration corridor ...
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     The BLM Wells Field Office is soliciting public review of the Long Canyon Mine Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this FEIS analyzes the Plan of Operations submitted by Newmont Mining Corporation for the Long Canyon Mine as well as two alternatives.  The proposed project would be located on the east side of the Pequop Mountain range, about 30 miles east of Wells, Nevada and 32 miles west of West Wendover, Nevada on Interstate 80. The proposed operation would consist of one open pit, a heap leach pad, a waste rock storage facility, a tailings storage facility, water supply wells, milling facilities, mine haul roads, and other ancillary facilities. A natural gas pipeline will be constructed north of the mine site for a self-generated power source at the project site...

Mine expansion may threaten Nevada's largest deer herd January 9, 2015 Reno Gazette Journal
... The planned expansion of a major gold mine in northeast Nevada could cause big problems for Nevada's largest herd of mule deer, a sportsmen and conservationist group contends.  The Coalition for Nevada's Wildlife is urging people to weigh in on Barrick Gold Corp.'s proposed expansion of its Bald Mountain Mine ... You're talking literally about a quarter of the herd in the state ... 

Facebook post leads to Nevada wildlife poaching bust December 22, 2014 Nevada, 11 Alive 
... Nevada Department of Wildlifeauthorities used a Facebook post featuring illegally killed deer to unravel a poaching ring. Besides the illegal killing of dozens of animals, authorities found the ring fraudulently obtained hunting licenses and illegally possessed rifles ...

Reid to keep pushing rural Nevada land withdrawal December 14, 2014 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal
... Conservationists describe the valleys as scenic and unspoiled basin and range that provide habitat for mule deer and Pronghorn antelope and contain ancient Native American trails and rock shelters... His bill would allow grazing but forbid federal land sales or leasing for mining or renewable energy development...

Mule deer and mining in the Pequop Mountains December 6, 2014 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press 
... The Pequop Mountains provide vital winter habitat for mule deer... also being developed as the Long Canyon Project by Newmont Mining Corp ...   One collared deer traveled 115 miles from the Jarbidge Mountains to the Pequops... A half-mile wide corridor will be left along the lower slopes to provide for this deer movement... 

     In Nevada, mule deer (Odocoileus hemonius) herds managed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife are experiencing a general population decline. Recruitment into the population is an important measure of the success of a mule deer herd. This study quantifies weather patterns across the Great Basin ecoregion to examine the influence of weather on over-winter survival of mule deer fawns. Major climate oscillations such as El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) are known to influence local weather fluctuations across the Great Basin. The Great Basin ecoregion was subdivided based on weather into five groups: high elevation, mid elevation, northern lowlands, southern lowlands, and the northern Mojave Desert. Climate oscillations control up to 44% of variation in weather in parts of the Great Basin. At high elevation, December weather explains 64% of variation in the mule deer fawn population during the following spring. Summer weather explains 56% of the variation in the Mojave Desert. It is clear that weather in the Great Basin is a partially a result of major climate oscillations and is also affecting recruitment in mule deer herds.

I-80 deer beheading mystery solved November 20, 2014 Nevada, Reno Gazette-Journal 
... the animal had been struck by a vehicle... an out-of-state couple who confessed to removing the head, which put them in violation of Nevada law ...
     Beheaded deer near I-80 makes for gruesome scene November 17, 2014 Nevada, Reno Gazette-Journal
... eastbound on Interstate 80 near Verdi on Monday ... Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-992-3030.

Gruesome deer carnage on I-80 could be avoided November 19, 2014 Nevada, Reno Gazette Journal
...  it all could have been avoided, experts say, if the community put more effort into fencing or other measures to keep wildlife off roadways..

... A Nevada poaching ring put itself in the crosshairs of game officials when one member posted a photo on Facebook of a mule deer killed out of season...In addition to the illegally killed deer in Hiko, authorities found evidence of illegal deer killing in Elko County, Nev., and fraudulently obtained hunting licenses and tags...

     Loss of migratory corridors has been identified as an important ecological issue among species that exhibit long-distance migration worldwide. Increased mineral exploration and development has raised the level of concern over the protection of terrestrial migration routes for ungulates...  mule deer migrating through the mine complex avoided the highest disturbance levels by spending the majority of their time in undisturbed habitat patches within the mine complex. These results suggest an increase in energy expenditures of mule deer navigating the highly disturbed areas, which may negatively affect migratory movements. Such increases in energy expenditure during migration may decrease survival or productivity of migratory populations of large terrestrial mammals.

... a poaching ring that saw untold numbers of deer, antelope, birds and other wildlife killed illegally across Nevada ...  convicted in a state court of misdemeanor hunting violations earlier this year. In July they were indicted by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas on felony firearms offenses and criminal charges under the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act...

Facebook-posting deer poachers in U.S. illegally November 11, 2014 Nevada, Reno Gazette Journal
... Nevada Department of Wildlife authorities used a Facebook post featuring illegally killed deer to unravel a poaching ring... "It was surprising it was so blatant," ...

... Three men convicted of state hunting violations in Nevada now face trial on federal charges stemming from a poaching ring that saw untold numbers of deer, antelope, birds and other wildlife killed illegally across Nevada ... 

Gerber was right about wildlife conditions November 7, 2014 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... Back in the day, Elko County was a premier hunting spot ... There were mule deer everywhere, especially, where domestic sheep were pastured. They followed the sheep and the granulated salt that the herders put out for the sheep...

...  saw the moose about ten miles south of the Denio Junction, where Highways 95 and 140 meet... This is not the first time a moose has wandered into Nevada. Last May, two of them were photographed in the Jarbidge wilderness, in Elko County...

Harry Reid bill would set aside large part of Nevada October 27, 2014 Nevada, Reno Gazette Journal
...  legislation to withdraw 805,100 acres of federal land in Garden Valley and Coal Valley straddling the Lincoln and Nye county lines ... the area provides habitat for mule deer and pronghorn antelope ... [see also Las Vegas Review-Journal] ... 

Scouting for buck mule deer in the mountains October 23, 2014 Nevada, Carson Now
... We were in Nevada's Big Game Management Area 192... bounded by U.S. 50 on the north side, the California state line on the south side, U.S. 395 on the east side and Lake Tahoe on the west side ... On our entire trip, we saw some hawks, a number of squirrels, lots of chipmunks and one lonely doe deer. Geez, only one doe. Not very promising ...

Big game not hindered by conditions September 25, 2014 Nevada, Nevada Appeal
... Mule deer buck quotas are slightly down (4 percent) from last year, excluding junior hunts. The harvest level expected from the 2014 tag quota is intended to maintain the statewide management objective of 30 bucks to 100 does.  “Nevada’s mule deer populations have been relatively stable over the past two years,” ...

Data: Nevada has an estimated mule deer population of about 108,000 in 2014 according to the Department of Wildlife, down from about 112,000 mule deer in 2012 as a result of the drought. About 109,000 in 2011, up from 107,000 in 2010; but down from a record high of 240,000 in 1988.  About 130,000 deer during the 1998 to 2001 period.  NDOW targets 30 bucks per 100 does.
     Hunter success in 2013 was about 41 percent and the harvest was about 35 percent of the recent peak in 1988.  Does were about 10 percent of the harvest. In 2012, Scott Raine, the Wildlife Commission’s former chairman insists that the modeling used to estimate Nevada’s mule deer population is based on false assumptions or conjecture and that the numbers are far lower than cited.  “They’re just wild guesses ... We're over harvesting,”  Harvest Data
   In 1925, Nevada restricted the restricted the harvest of bucks to those with two or more points. From the late 1970's through the late 1980's, mule deer populations were
 increasing rapidly and  tag quotas were at all time highs. Mule deer populations began to decline in 1989.  After the severe winter event that occurred in 1992 - 1993 tag quotas were reduced. When mule deer populations failed to respond positively even 4 and 5 years after the winter conservative quotas were implemented, with post-hunt buck ratio objectives of 30 and higher. Over the last 30 to 40 years mule deer habitat has been on the decline.  Nevada's Mule Deer [PDF]
    Elk populations have grown since their reintroduction around 1990 with the 2004 population at about 7,300 and the 2014 population at about 17,500.  Estimated 1,360 mountain lions in 2014.  

Report Poaching:   Operation Game Thief at 1-800-992-3030. Tips can be given anonymously.  Rewards.

Other useful links:
Current status of ungulates in sagebrush systems and - USGS (this link will open a large pdf file containing a graphical history of mule deer populations are related issues) 
-  History of Mule Deer Population Dynamics in Nevada
NevadaMuleys.com Helping Preserve Mule Deer Lands and Habitats. 

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