Nevada Deer:  An estimated population of 94,000 in 2015 and 99,000 in 2014, down from about 112,000 in 2012 after several years of drought.  The population increased in 2016 and 2017 after three mild winters.  A recent record high of about 250,000 in 1988.  Herd analysis at right.  Nevada historical deer hunting data and news
Nevada Deer News

Environmental groups' lawsuit challenges sale of oil and gas leases September 11, 2017 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal
... BLM offered nearly 200,000 acres of public lands in Nevada’s Battle Mountain district for fossil fuel development ...  at risk include mule deer, greater sage grouse ...

... After two historically severe winters in 2013 and 2014 when there were hardly any fawns, this year there’s been young spotted deer being spotted all over... The 2016 and 2017 fawn crop is huge with adult does in excellent condition following the mild winters ...It was mild winter number three ..,

... Last September, someone shot eight mule deer and left the animals to rot in the sun near Pahrump... Much of the reward money is coming from the hunting community ...

Court Sends Massive Nevada Groundwater Pipeline Project Back to Feds August 24, 2017 Nebada, Center for Biological Diversity
... The court ruled that the BLM violated federal environmental laws by failing to demonstrate how it would compensate for the destruction of thousands of acres of wetlands and sensitive habitat in eastern Nevada... significantly harm more than 200 square miles of habitat for sage grouse, mule deer, elk and pronghorn ...

Nevada calls emergency deer, antelope hunts due to fires August 16, 2017 Reno Gazette Journal
... fires already have destroyed more than 500 square miles of crucial winter range in Elko County ... issue 700 tags for female deer ...

... l killing of a doe mule deer near Caliente around July 15th... near some irrigation ditches that supply water to farms...

Snowstorm and Roosters Comb fires to impact hunting July 22, 2017 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... “We have to get up there and evaluate after the fire is over to see specifically what areas burned,” he said. “In years past we have done emergency doe hunts ...

... The Long Valley Fire ... an impact to the mule deer winter range, year-round antelope habitat, sage grouse habitat ...

Fire impacting Mule Deer habitat July 13, 2017 Nevada, KOLO
... The 30,000-acre Long Valley Fire is burning in key mule deer winter habitat ..."They are leaving their summer range in the high elevations, coming down and expecting that that winter range will be there because it was there the year before," ...

Pequop overpasses to be done before winter June 22, 2017 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... Almost 50 percent of accidents involving wildlife along I-80 in Nevada happen at Pequop ... mule deer cross the freeway on their spring and fall migrations... NDOW used GPS signals from collars on mule deer to determine the best sites for the latest overpasses ...

It's official: Nevada's getting new state parks June 13, 2017 Reno Gazette Journal
... The new park will cover about 12,000 acres and include approximately 28 miles of waterfront on the East Walker River... home to bighorn sheep and mule deer...

... Assembly Bill 298 would pave the way for massive groundwater export projects that would harm desert water ... “Deer, elk, bighorn sheep ... all rely on sustainable flows from Nevada’s springs and wetlands,” ... the intent of this bill is to facilitate groundwater export by the Southern Nevada Water Authority ...

... At issue is the question how the Nevada Department of Wildlife should spend a $3 fee designated for killing predatory animals such as ravens, coyotes and mountain lions... 

Shasta Pack wolf spotted in Nevada April 1, 2017 Eureka Times Standard
... A single male wolf from California’s “missing” Shasta Pack, was spotted about 20 miles from the California border, in northwest Nevada in November 2016 ... OR-7 (original wolf from Oregon) travelled 4,000 miles to find a mate ...

Nevada “not happy” with Utah shed hunters March 24, 2017 St. George Daily Spectrum
... Utah Department of Wildlife Resources placed a ban on hunting sheds ... protect wildlife herds from being moved around in heavy snow  ... We have seen a 100 percent increase in Utah residents hunting sheds ... 

Legal rain barrels could catch hundreds of gallons of water in Nevada March 14, 2017 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal
... The bill also formally recognizes the use of water collection systems known as guzzlers used in the outback to provide water for thirsty animals. Nevada has 1,725 wildlife guzzlers around the state. ... 433 are for big animals such as deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep...

... Nevada Lawmakers are debating a plan that would remove hundreds of thousands of dollars from a program that targets predators such as coyotes, mountain lions, and bears... Wildlife Services is a welfare program for ranchers, and on top of all the other ones where the government comes in, they do aerial gunning, they use traps and snares ...

Use of hunting fee riles Nevada lawmakers February 22, 2017 Las Vegas Review-Journal
... The $3 fee ... generates roughly $500,000 annually. The goal was to boost Nevada’s declining populations of mule deer, bighorn sheep and sage grouse by better managing the predators ... bill seeks to lift a mandate that requires NDOW to spend at least 80 percent of those funds on the lethal removal ...

Antler shed hunters urged to respect deer and habitat February 16, 2017 Nevada, CarsonNow.org
... extreme winter conditions ... “Wildlife is stressed across Nevada, particularly in the winter range,” said Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed. “It’s critical that shed hunters, hikers and anyone encountering wildlife give them plenty of space. Harassing wildlife is a crime.”


Conservation groups help NDOW with fire rehab January 5, 2017 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... The Hot Pot Fire destroyed much of the Izzenhood mule deer winter range, including one of the last major stands of sagebrush... Snowstorm Forage Kochia is a new cultivar of forage kochia that grows much taller than other strains of forage kochia, making it available for wildlife when snows are deep...

Reward jumps to $18K in Spring Mountains mule deer killings December 21, 2016 Nevada, Washington Times
... an additional $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case of eight mule deer that were killed and left to waste near Mount Charleston...
  Reward in mule deer poaching case swells to $8,000 December 16, 2016 Nevada, 
Elko Daily Free Press
... The deer were killed and left to waste over the course of three weeks in September in Unit 262 near Mount Charleston. NDOW game wardens discovered several kill sites ...
     $5000 reward offered in mule deer killings in Southern Nevada December 14, 2016 KRNV My News 4 
... asking for help bagging the person or persons who illegally killed eight mule deer in Southern Nevada...
...  a mule deer was killed at the foothills east of Rose Valley in area 231 November 28. The head of the animal was partially removed ...

$12.4M easement OK'd for Jacks Valley Ranch December 7, 2016 Nevada, The Record-Courier
... More than 1,230 acres of conservation easement on Jacks Valley Ranch, located at the base of the Sierra, has been recommended for purchase ...  home to a variety of wild species, including black bear, mule deer and mountain lions...

... funding and volunteer manpower to modify 2.5 miles of existing fencing in the Thousand Springs drainage to be wildlife-friendly to aid elk, mule deer, pronghorn ...

Eight mule deer killed and left to waste, $3,000 reward November 22, 2016 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... eight mule deer were killed and left to waste over the course of three weeks in September in hunt unit 262 near Mount Charleston...

Wildlife officials want answers about eight dead deer found rotting on the side of a road near Mount Charleston.


Bobcats, cougars, and coyotes get a stay of execution in Nevada October 14, 2016 Nevada, The Verge
... study found that removing 78 percent of coyotes from a region didn’t significantly increase the survival of white-tailed deer born there over a three-year period... Wildlife Services agreed to stop killing predators ...  until they’ve conducted a new environmental impact analysis ...

What to ban next on federal land? October 7, 2016 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... our Nevada mule deer population managed by NDOW that continues a “death spiral” under their mismanagement!  Let us shoot some more doe deer to build up the population ...

Nevada game officials schedule emergency mule deer hunts September 29, 2016 Las Vegas Review-Journal
...  “Since a large portion of this winter range burned, it will no longer support as many deer as it has in years past. If we have a severe winter this upcoming year, we may see a large scale die-off of mule deer ...We typically target adult females when trying to reduce the density ...

Commission Endorses Emergency Doe Hunt September 27, 2016 Nevada, Nevada Department of Wildlife
... Hot Pot and Izzenhood fires burned roughly 128,800 acres ... the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners have endorsed an emergency antlerless deer (doe) hunt proposed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) designed to reduce the size of the Izzenhood portion of the Area 6 deer herd and minimize deer malnutrition and starvation on the winter range ...

... directly benefits the future existence of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitats in Southern Nevada. Hosted by the Mule Deer Foundation’s Las Vegas Chapter, attendees will enjoy an evening of exceptional cuisine and conservation on Saturday, November 5th ...

...  building wildlife overpasses like in Eastern Nevada on Highway 93 and I-80; those have actually saved a lot of mule deer," Healy said. "In two different migrations, 7,000 deer used it going back and forth  ...

Mine makes way for wildlife August 26, 2016 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... Bald Mountain Mine south of the Ruby Mountains has started expansion work ... Bureau of Land Management has approved an alternate plan that mitigates concerns about mule deer migration, including a major cut in the acreage that can be disturbed...The mule deer also will benefit from the mine’s agreement to backfill Redbird when the gold mining is over ... 

Area deer herd now on the rebound August 23, 2016 Nevada, The Ely Echo
... For the first time in 10 years we had back-to-back mild winters...  the number of fawns per doe is increasing ... he prediction for this deer season is an increase in the harvest, including bucks.  “But we’re going to be more conservative to allow for growth,” ...

Northeastern Nevada fires continue to burn August 11, 2016 Elko Daily Free Press
... Overland Fire ... burning in mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope habitat ...

Witness to Nevada range conditions June 29, 2016 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... There were lots of deer and Elko County was a destination for out-of-state deer hunters... The range sheep flocks began to disappear. With the domestic range sheep gone, predator control activities diminished. Trails grew up and brush became thick, old, and decedent.  Both mule deer and sage grouse are “disturbance species” that needed the browsing from livestock to create new growth on plants such as bitter brush...

Wildlife crossing project affects I-80 traffic June 29, 2016 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... Interstate 80 travel lanes have been shifted in the Pequop Summit area between Wells and West Wendover as the Nevada Department of Transportation continues construction of two wildlife safety crossings... designed to reduce the chance of vehicle-animal collisions by carrying deer and other animals over the interstate...

Bald Mountain another step closer to expansion June 24, 2016 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... The final EIS analyzes a number of alternatives that were developed specifically to address concerns about the potential impacts of the project on Greater Sage-Grouse, mule deer, wild horses ... final EIS is posted online at http://on.doi.gov/14R9rZ8

The Buzz About Drones April 20, 2016 Nevada, Vegas Seven
...  the Federal Aviation Administration designated Nevada as one of six drone test sites in 2013, Las Vegas has become a hotbed for drone development ... people scavenging deer antlers in Utah are among the groups of people actually using drones to make money ...

Data: After three mild winters, an increasing population in 2016 and 2017.  An estimated mule deer population of about 94,000 in 2015 and 99,000 in 2014 according to the Department of Wildlife, down from about 112,000 mule deer in 2012 as a result of the drought.  Mule deer tags were reduced by 7 percent in 2015 in response.  About 109,000 in 2011, up from 107,000 in 2010; but down from a record high of over 250,000 in 1988 (another estimate, Table 30, at 240,000) and the mid-1970s.  About 130,000 deer during the 1998 to 2001 period.  NDOW targets 30 bucks per 100 does.
     Hunter success in 2015 was 47 percent in 2015, in 2014 was 44 percent, in 2013 about 41 percent.  Does were about 18 percent of the hunt in 2015, 16 percent  in 2014 and 10 percent in 2013.  Hunters purchased 20,998  in 2015, 22,643 mule in 2014 and 22,992 in 2013.  The 2015 buck to doe ratio was about 33 to 100.   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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