Nevada Deer News
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,” ...

Changing Seasons Bring Deer Back to Carson September 20,2014 Nevada, KOLO-2 
... as the days and nights become cooler, many deer are being seen around Carson City... As they forage for food and water, they cross yards and roadways in their search...

... Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says this year's raffle brought in more than $300,000 for wildlife habitat rehabilitation projects...

Clear Creek fire endangers mule deer habitat July 18, 2014 Nevada, Record-Courier 
... This mule deer herd was estimated to be about 4,400 animals in the late 1970s, but development along the Carson Front and adjacent valleys (Eagle Valley and Carson Valley) has reduced the herd estimate to 970 mule deer...

Nevada Drought Pushing Wildlife Closer to Human Life July 8, 2014 The Center for Public Intergrity
... ultra-dry conditions are causing mule deer, elk, black bears, coyotes, and rattlesnakes to seek food and water wherever it's available... Healy says Nevada's mule deer population, numbering about 108,000 today, is down by about 4,000 due to the drought over the last several years... 

... the entire state is in drought, with over 40% in extreme drought and 11% in exceptional drought... Experts like Cody Schroeder, Nevada’s resident mule deer biologist, say this is particularly worrisome when it comes to fawns born this summer as they are “much less likely” to survive through next winter...

Drought stresses Nevada wildlife June 24, 2014 Reno Gazette Journal
... Drought is affecting Nevada's mule deer herd, which declined from an estimated 112,000 animals when dry conditions arrived in 2012 to about 108,000 this year, said Cody Schroeder, mule deer specialist with the Department of Wildlife. The Truckee-Loyalton herd, which wanders the mountains west of Reno along the Nevada-California border, dropped from an estimated 1,750 to 1,700...

Nevada drought: The most crucial facts and figures June 24, 2014 Reno Gazette-Journal 
... 3: Years the current drought has lasted...  Mule deer: Numbers are down. A big winter after drought could be disastrous...

Mule deer and US 93’s wildlife crossings June 21, 2104 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... Since the construction of the two wildlife crossings north of Wells, wildlife collisions have dropped significantly... Nova Simpson ... conducted this research as part of her graduate studies at University of Nevada, Reno ...  photos captured 4,521 successful deer crossings ... This is the first instance anywhere in the U.S. of pronghorns using an overpass... 

Nevada hunters could see record number of elk tags April 30, 2014 Nevada, Reno Gazette-Journal 
... The high recommendation is an attempt to control a statewide elk population that's increased from an estimated 7,400 ten years ago to 17,500 today...  elk numbers are up in part because the animals have been more successful than wildlife managers envisioned since setting about in earnest to reintroduce them to Nevada beginning about 25 years ago...

NDOW makes big game quota recommendations April 30, 2014 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... The state wildlife agency said due to a successful buck hunt last year — which in many areas had record buck-to-doe ratios — the buck quota recommendation for 2014 is 4 percent lower statewide compared with last year except in junior hunts.  In a few areas, however, the anterless deer quota will increase due to poor habitat conditions...

Public ownership better for mule deer April 30, 2014 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... I’m a longtime hunting guide in Elko County and voiced concerns of the proposed Long Canyon Mine impacts to wintering deer. Mr. Fuell listened, so did his staff... Public land ownership allowed me the opportunity to have input about the deer I love ...

NV Limits Times for Collecting Elk, Deer Antlers March 26, 2014 Nevada, The Center for Public Intergrity 
...  "Deer and elk are struggling to survive ... The last thing they need are people out on their wintering ranges harassing them, at a time when maintaining their energy levels is extremely important to survival."

Nevada wildlife board restricts antler gathering March 25, 2014 Nevada, Washington Times 
... Nevada’s estimated 17,000 elk are found throughout much of the state. The state’s 110,000 deer are likewise found throughout much of the state ... Because other states have regulated the practice and Nevada has not, collectors come to the state during the winter to search for antlers ...

Nevada wildlife board OKs 'shed antler' hunting regulations March 23, 2014 Las Vegas Review-Journal
... Commissioners voted unanimously Saturday to prohibit antler collecting in Nevada during a winter-spring period to reduce the stress on the elk and deer ...  prohibits “shed hunting” from Jan. 1 to April 15...

Nevada wildlife board seeks to regulate 'hunting' of elk, deer antlers March 21, 2014 Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal
... Nevada Department of Wildlife is looking at regulating the growing practice of “shed hunting” to protect the state’s deer and elk populations... "The price is somewhere around $9 to $12 a pound for elk antlers ... If you find a matched set from a trophy bull elk, they could be worth from $500 to thousands of dollars.” ...

Man convicted, sentenced in deer poaching March 2, 2014 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... “This particular area of Lincoln County can be a tempting target for illegal wildlife activity as hundreds of deer congregate in a relatively small area near Echo Canyon Reservoir,”  said Cameron Waithman, the investigating game warden stationed in Boulder City. “We keep a close eye on it ...

Hunting mountain lions February 14, 2014 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press
... The approximate Nevada population estimate of adult lions is 1,360 animals... Typically, dogs are used to chase a lion up a tree and keep it there until the hunters arrive... The USDA Wildlife Services killed 20 lions based on depredation issues and five were killed to protect bighorn sheep...

2014 big game seasons are set, ewe hunt makes debut February 12, 2014 Nevada, Reno Gazette-Journal
... “Residents applying for antlered deer tags in certain units or bull elk tags in certain units will have the opportunity to purchase an additional cow elk tag if they are drawn for either,” NDOW game chief Larry Gilbertson said. “These combination tags were added to help manage elk populations that are above objectives in particular areas.” ...

$1,000 reward offered in deaths of fawn, 2 deer in Clark Co. February 11, 2014 Nevada, Fox 5 KVVU-TV 
...  killed two mule deer and a fawn last month near Indian Springs last month... the animals were left for dead during the early-morning hours of Jan. 25 in the Cold Creek community - about six miles from the High Desert Correctional Facility ...

... significant changes in elk management due to thriving elk populations created new options for Nevada resident hunters that offer combination tags... “The goal with adding these hunts as combination tags is to increase elk harvest without increasing hunter congestion,” ...

Nevada-California Deer Herd at a Crossroads January 29, 2014 Nevada, Tahoe Quarterly
... In an effort to stem death tide, biologists, government officials and interested members of the public sat down together ten years ago to create the Highway 89 Stewardship Team. The goal was to reduce the number of dead deer along the 25 mile–stretch of Highway 89 between Truckee and Sierraville. That work laid the foundation for the construction of highway underpasses ...

Retired biologist describes benefits of grazing, predator control January 27, 2014 Nevada, Elko Daily Free Press 
... In the early ’70s ... ADC efforts and the private trappers resulted in a large decrease of coyotes preying on livestock, upland birds and big game. I also had five mountain lion hunters stationed around the state ... in the late ’80s, times began to change. Domestic sheep were being driven off the land by the wild sheep clubs .. These young NDOW and BLM biologists ... do not know that range domestic sheep were a buffer between the predators and mule deer...

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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