Nevada Deer News

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 ...

Friends of Nevada Wilderness And Land Restoration Projects April14, 2016 ThisisReno
... Friends of Nevada Wilderness partners with all four public land management agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service to help get volunteers on the ground to monitor and restore Nevada’s special wild places... Native seedling plantings will provide a critical food source for wildlife like mule deer, pronghorn, and Greater Sage-Grouse....

Nevada big game applications available and more March 25, 2016 Nevada, Tahoe Daily Tribune
... The 2016 quotas will be set by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners at their May 13-14 meeting in Reno...

Elko County’s moose herd March 21, 2016 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... seem to be entering the county at the very northeastern corner, and coming out of Idaho’s City of Rocks area... Moose are finding suitable habitat along Nevada streams, eating aspens, willows and subalpine firs. The expanding riparian habitat created by a growing beaver population may be drawing moose...

Sagebrush leaf adaptations March 13, 2016 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... Mule deer, pronghorn antelope and jackrabbits eat sagebrush during winter, when leaves hold high crude protein values of 11 percent—13 percent... Sagebrush conserves water but also performs less photosynthesis during summer...

Rally planned today at BLM drilling auction in Nevada March 8, 2016 Akron Beacon Journal 
... Dozens of climate change activists will stage a “Keep It in the Ground” rally Tuesday ... These public lands harbor an estimated 486,000 tons of potential greenhouse gas pollution and provide important habitat to sensitive and imperiled species such as the bi-state sage grouse, mule deer, pronghorn antelope ...

100-year-old Carson City woman has had fascinating life February 6, 2016 Nevada, Nevada Appeal
...She even had a pet deer named Juliet she befriended after her brother took it in from the wild. Juliet was only three days old when someone shot and killed her mother, and Gertrude’s brother took the deer in...

Nevada hunters give thumbs-down to drones, electronic guns
Las Vegas Review-Journal
 ... The TrackingPoint rifle, costs between $10,000 and $28,000 and has Wi-Fi for streaming video. The user marks a target with a button and pulls the trigger, but the gun fires itself once the scope locks onto the correct spot... using a drone is a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $500 and an automatic loss of hunting privileges ...

Drones, electronic guns on wildlife board agenda January 28, 2016 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal
... The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners on Friday will take public comment on two controversial topics for hunters: drones and electronic guns... it is illegal to use drones to scout big game...

NDOW seeks information on deer poaching January 22, 2016 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
...  a poached buck mule deer found in the north Toano Range in Hunt Unit 079, approximately 10 miles south of Montello.  “The 4-by-3 buck was found at Loray Draw about one-and-a-half miles southeast of state route 233 ...

... Two underpasses for deer are being built along Interstate 80 ... it's estimated 7,000 deer were stopped from crossing Interstate 80," Nielsen estimated. "If we can save human lives by protecting deer, then that's a good thing." ...

Nevada's overlooked outback stoked on snow, at least for now December 31, 2015 Reno Gazette Journal
... Chris Healy, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, said any relief from dry conditions could help produce healthier deer, elk and antelope in the spring...

... There will be two bridges over the freeway of about 200 feet in length along with fencing to direct the animals to the crossings... The Nevada Transportation Department has built more than a half-dozen wildlife crossings to help reduce potential injuries and even deaths that can come from vehicle-animal collisions...

Carlin man pleads guilty to killing trophy mule deer December 15, 2015 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
...  sentenced to three years of probation, a year of jail time (suspended), fined more than $9,000 in civil and criminal penalties and forfeited a 7mm rifle ...

Sage grouse decision good for Nevada, but hard work remains December 6, 2015 Las Vegas Review-Journal
... conserving and restoring a healthy, vibrant sagebrush ecosystem is critically important. This habitat, in Nevada and across the West, provides great opportunities to hunt not only sage grouse, but also mule deer, pronghorn, bighorn and elk. Approximately 350 species rely on these landscapes, making it even more crucial that we ensure responsible management...

Downtown Carson City signs aim to combat urban deer accidents November 29, 2015 Nevada, Nevada Appeal
... New deer warning signs have gone up along Carson City streets to help warn motorists and cut down on injuries or the deaths of deer roaming the community...
Mining, wildlife coexist in Nevada November 27, 2015 Elko Daily Free Press
... Deer movements on and around mines are a concern for several Newmont and Barrick mines. Both companies have changed mine plans to accommodate deer herd migrations. On some sites, the berms set up on haul roads have cuts in them to allow animals, such as deer, to move through the site...

Nevada Mule Deer getting distracted chasing does during the rut. - November 15, 2015


Carson City residents advised to mind deer in community November 7, 2015 Nevada, KRNV My News 4
... Several deer have already been struck by cars, Sgt. Scott McDaniel said in a statement, with some succumbing to their injuries. Others have limped into surrounding neighborhoods...

Chill out, deer with fabric in antler is fine October 28, 2015 Nevada, Reno Gazette Journal
... even if the deer can’t get all of the material out of its antler, it will get an assist from Mother Nature in January or February.  That’s when deer shed their antlers for the season...
... Dayton resident Connie Higgons Corley was preparing for a ghost walk Saturday morning along the west side of Carson City when she saw an adult male deer struggling with black ropes wrapped around his antlers... The issue is also being discussed on the Carson City SPCA Facebook page ...

Heat, rainy weather combine to frustrate deer hunters October 21, 2015 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal
... Heat, rain and low-hung clouds thick enough to make deer hunting little better than futile...  in Area 10 ... The deer, he said, were moving well before the sun came up. But by the time it was legal shooting time, the deer were bedded and difficult to dig out....

Alleged deer poachers arrested in Nevada County October 14, 2015 Nevada, The Union
... A caller from the 20000 block reported hearing a shot fired at about 2:30 a.m., and seeing a man in a field across the street with a spotlight ... pulled a deer over a fence ...

Nice weather working against deer hunters September 30, 2015 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal 
... When temperatures are cold enough for you to wear a coat and perhaps a knit cap, deer will continue to move until late in the morning before they bed down. However, when it is warm, they will bed down early...

Sage grouse decision benefits birds, herds September 23, 2015 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal
... Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that a listing of the sage grouse is not warranted... While the focus of this conservation effort has been the sage grouse, numerous other species will benefit from any effort that protects the sagebrush ecosystem. Among those is the mule deer, which has struggled in areas where sagebrush habitat has been lost or significantly degraded...

... Each man will pay $300 for the criminal penalty and $300 for the Operation Game Thief fund. Both are barred from hunting, fishing or trapping for three years...

... The annual event has a “brand new” venue this year which is the Santa Fe Station Hotel/Casino at 4949 N. Rancho Drive., Las Vegas ... Saturday, November 07, 2015...

Urban deer in Carson City; it's not like a zoo August 28, 2015 Nevada, Nevada Appeal
... The chronic issue developed over time as urban sprawl grew into deer habitat, the second issue was the habitat destruction resulting from the “Waterfall Fire” in 2004 and the third issue has been the extended drought and the effect on wildland food and water sources.  Combine these issues and the result is a rapidly expanding urban deer population into many areas of Carson City ...

Judge OK's Federal Range Work in Nevada August 18, 2015 Courthouse News Service
... The Bureau of Land Management can continue improving 600,000 acres of wildlife habitat in northern Nevada after a federal judge found it properly assessed potential environmental impacts... Western Watersheds Project's lawsuit ...  claimed the plan would harm sage grouse, elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, desert bighorn sheep and 31 sensitive species by fragmenting and destroying habitat ...

Nevada Hunting Season Begins August 1 July 31, 2015 KOLO 8 NewsNow 
... last April a bull elk was found in northern Elko County, a victim of poaching where the Humane Society was offering a five-thousand-dollar reward... At the same time Nevada Wildlife officials reported a decrease in poaching when compared to past years...

Firewood company wants to build mills, restore sagebrush habitat; Nevada, Utah July 25, 2015 Nevada, St George News
... Caliente Firewood hopes to sell 4,000 T-shirts or raise $40,000 through GoFundMe.com... a strategy that will allow the company to help restore sagebrush habitat. Due to suppression of wildfires and other factors in the Great Basin, pinyon and juniper have expanded tenfold in the last 150 years ... mule deer ... are declining in numbers due to the loss of habitat, but all respond favorably to removal of pinyon and juniper ...

In monuments, nature is free to nurture July 21, 2015 Nevada, Stars and Stripes
... Basin and Range National Monument, two hours north of Las Vegas ... protects mountains and valleys unfragmented by roads and sprawling housing developments; critical sagebrush habitat for mule deer and the greater sage grouse ...

... "Bighorn sheep, vast numbers of mule deer and elk and important populations of sage-grouse, a keystone species of the Rocky Mountain West - all stand to gain by the conservation of these valuable, intact landscapes," ...  The 700,000-plus acre national monument, located about two hours north of Las Vegas, encompasses quintessentially Nevadan landscapes that harbor a range of big-game ...

... Reid asked Obama if he would be willing to designate a huge swath of desert in central Nevada as a national monument ... For more than a decade, conservationists have sought to protect the area, which bridges the Mojave Desert and the sagebrush steppe, an important environmental ecosystem stretching across the Western United States. It serves as a migration corridor for large mammals such as mule deer and pronghorn ...

... The investigation uncovered the illegal use of exposed bait and trap visitation times far outside the legal limit, causing the death of many animals, including a mule deer fawn and an elk calf...

Conversation about Mule Deer in Carson City - June 11, 2015


Elko man admits illegal elk, deer and coyote killings June 11, 2015 Nevada, Reno Gazette-Journal
... An Elko man who once offered his predator control services to the state ... sentenced to more than $7,000 in court fines and fees ...  failing to check the traps contributed to the deaths of an elk calf, yearling deer and three coyotes...

Bald Mountain considers deer path during expansion plan June 1, 2015 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press 
... A mine representative expects to see an agreeable solution for a pit expansion proposal that drew concerns from outdoorsmen and conservationists due to its potential impact to deer herds... A BLM draft environmental impact statement is expected to be released soon...

... 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...

Data: After two mild winters, an increasing population into 2016.  An estimated mule deer population of about 99,000 in 2015.  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 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 2014 was 44 percent, in 2013 about 41 percent.  Does were about 16 percent of the harvest in 2014 and 10 percent in 2013.  Hunters purchased 22,643 mule deer tags in 2014 and 22,992 in 2013.   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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