Utah Deer News

Proposal Would Allow Motorists to Euthanize Animals if They're Severely Injured in an Auto Accident February 4, 2016 Utah, Utah Policy
... HB284 would allow a defense to cruelty to animals if, having struck and severely injured an animal, you then put the animal out of its misery in a humane manner...

Public lands hears agency reports/deer release February 3, 2016 Utah, Emery County Progress
... As many as 25 deer-sized "clover traps" are baited to catch the deer .. with the help of DWR biologists, move trapped deer into horse trailers for their trip to the southeast side of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The areas where the deer are being released have enough forage to support the newcomers until plants in the areas green-up in the spring...deer are being radio-collared ...

... Representative Rich Cunningham, R-South Jordan, a hunter himself, questions whether these signs have any impact on vehicle collisions with deer. "There is no evidence that deer see these signs as permission to cross our highways," said Cunningham...

Deer herds doing well January 29, 2016 Utah, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Utah.gov
... Surveys after last fall's hunts found a statewide average of 23 bucks per 100 does... In the early 1990s, the statewide average was 8 bucks per 100 does...  355,600 deer estimated in Utah after the hunts were over in 2014...For several years, plenty of rain has fallen from spring through fall. And the winters have been mild...  allowed deer to enter the mild winters in good condition ...

Course required to hunt shed antlers January 29, 2016 Utah, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Utah.gov
... Gathering antlers that drop off the heads of deer, elk and moose is an activity that's grown in popularity across the country ... The Antler Gathering Ethics course is available at wildlife.utah.gov/shedantler. Lane says you must complete the course if you want to gather shed antlers in Utah between Feb. 1 and April 15...

... there is little snowfall for several winters, allowing deer to stay out of residential areas and remain in their habitat, all the while propagating and increasing the herd size. Then a harsh winter comes and drives the large herd into the valley.  That means you not only look at how harsh current weather conditions are ...

Logan, Preserving undeveloped areas in valley will help deer January 22, 2016 Utah, The Herald Journal
... They study found ... Deer received few benefits by spending their winter in the city. The few deer that remained in Logan the entire year produced no fawns, while those migrating to the mountains produced half as many fawns per doe as the deer tagged in rural areas near Richmond. The suggested reason is that deer within city limits must spend the day concealed and only forage at night, while deer in rural areas can feed throughout the day...

... The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has made several arrests in connection with two deer-poaching cases in Tooele and Emery counties... The deer poached include bucks, does and fawns that were all shot and left to waste ...
     Juveniles in Emery, Tooele counties nabbed in deer poaching cases January 21, 2016 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
... Eight juveniles have been connected to the alleged poaching of some two dozen deer ... All the animals were left to rot where they died...

Preventing deer damage on property January 15, 2016 Utah, Daily Herald 
... Most foothill, bench areas and valley floors are traditional wintering and foraging areas for deer. They will regularly feed on many plants used in landscaping. The most effective way to eliminate unwanted browsing by deer is to enclose the area with a fence that is at least seven-to-eight-feet high...

Utah Biologists Keeping Close Eye on Deer January 13, 2016 Ammo Land
...  If conditions get too severe, the biologists are prepared to feed the deer specially designed pellets. The pellets supplement the natural diet of the deer when the browse the deer normally eat is limited. Feeding pellets to the deer may improve the survival of some of the animals and help them make it through the winter...

Mule deer on their winter range in Utah. - January 12, 2016


Why does Utah put a price on coyotes' heads? January 12, 2016
Salt Lake Tribune
... Utah's mule deer population was about 289,000 in 2004, but it had grown to 355,000 after the 2013[4] fall deer hunt. The credit for that goes not to bounty hunting but to efforts to improve more than 1 million acres of deer habitat that began more than a decade ago...

Holladay seeing growing urban deer population January 12, 2016 Utah, KSL 
... Mayor Dahle said the wheels are in motion to assess just how bad the problem is... "Do we take the taxpayer dollars to deal with an issue that just effects a small percentage of the population?" ...

... A total of 8,192 coyotes were turned in to state wildlife officials between July 2014 and June 2015, the report shows. The $50-per-coyote program paid out a total of $409,600 during that period...

Deer Poached Near Salina December 5, 2016 Utah, Mid-Utah Radio
... In the middle of last December, a buck mule deer was found in the foothills near Salina ... calling 800-662-3337

... Unlike Leopold's vision of wildlife management guided by an ethic of respect for the intrinsic value of the land organism, we are witnessing instead an emphasis on reducing predator numbers to boost populations of deer and elk. It's all about big bucks...

... between Dec. 6 and Dec. 10, the injured deer was spotted by residents in the Shurtz Canyon area and appeared to have been shot in the abdomen. The deer was found dead on Dec. 11 and DWR was contacted... contact them at telephone 800-662-3337

DWR launches massive patrol effort December 16, 2015 Utah, Daily Herald
... in the winter, deer congregate on ranges at lower elevations. As large groups of deer bunch together, they provide poachers with an enticing target. But the deers’ behavior helps wildlife officers too: it directs them to areas where poaching will most likely happen...

Patrols protect mule deer from poachers; you can help December 13, 2015 Utah, St George Utah
... the agency has launched massive patrols across ranges where deer gather for the winter so they can protect the animals from poachers.  During the winter, deer gather in ranges at lower elevations ...

DWR collars mule deer to better assess survival rates December 11, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal
... There are about 17,000 mule deer in the Cache unit, which includes the Wellsville Mountains, Bear River Range, Rich County and Blacksmith Fork Canyon.  
“The objective is 25,000, so we’re below, but we have been growing,” ...    “For this year, if they’re coming in in poor condition there’s not much we can do,” ...

...  in Kane Valley near Ephraim, adjacent to the Black Hill Wildlife Management Area, DWR said. A total of four does and fawns were discovered lying in a farmer's field on Nov. 11 ... shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle, likely while they were looking into a spotlight or headlights. The animals were all left to waste ...

... Mule deer were the second-highest illegally killed species with 188 non-trophy deer and 15 trophy deer killed in 2015. In 2014, 166 non-trophy deer and nine trophy deer were illegally taken ...

... Scientific research shows the animals have never lived north of Interstate 40, which runs through New Mexico and Arizona, the Utah Wildlife Board contends in a letter sent this week to the Department of the Interior...

Coyote bounty is human mismanagement of predator/prey balance December 5, 2015 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
...  the number of deer in Utah has been increasing ... much thanks to habitat restoration. Utah's efforts to improve the deer habitat has yielded 1.2 million reclaimed acres... trends in the mule deer population decline would suggest that coyotes are not the primary suspect...

Utah's war on coyotes claims another wolf November 27, 2015 Salt Lake Tribune
... a private trapper discovered an 89-pound female dead in a neck snare he set west of Randolph near the Idaho state line ... Utah taxpayers now subsidize coyote slaughter through a $50 bounty established in 2012 in the name of protecting mule deer. Thousands of coyotes are trapped, shot and poisoned each year, yet their numbers remain strong in many places...

... The deer was found east of the Low Pass Road (Forest Road 106) in Wasatch County ... UTIP hotline at (800) 662-3337 ...


... Since Centerville is within 30 miles of an area with cases of Chronic Wasting Disease, the deer can't be relocated so it's either trap and shoot or do nothing... the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Centerville Police will trap and kill deer only if a property owner requests it ...

Public hearing on deer set for Nov. 17 November 12, 2015 Utah, The Davis Clipper
... The plan, which would require that participants be approved by the Centerville City Police Department, would authorize certain trained individuals to be able to bait, trap and euthanize deer found in certain designated areas ... “About 90 percent want to reduce the number, and 10 percent said they liked the deer and we shouldn’t do anything,” ...

Brad Bradley of Manti Mountain November 11, 2015 Utah, St. George Daily Spectrum
... the cutting of juniper forests, a long time tradition of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Forest Service and Division of Wildlife Resources. Bradley says his studies and experience as a CO show that Utah’s vast cedar lands are of great benefit to mule deer both in thermal cover and as a food supplement in cold weather when survival is most critical...

Stop the deer massacre November 2, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal
...   It started in North Logan.  One councilman expressed his concerns about deer eating his vegetation. The eradication of deer would become his legacy... It is ironic, North Logan citizens were upset with the poaching of “Narrows” trophy deer a few winters ago ...

... Wildlife agencies are asking for help in finding suspects responsible for brutally poaching more than 10 deer in the Cedar City area this last week...  the deer was shot four times, illegally, and left to die...

Get close to mule deer October 23, 2015  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
... Division of Wildlife Resources personnel will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Nov. 7 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in southeastern Utah...

Eight elk shot illegally around Utah this month October 23, 2015 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
... asking for the public's help ... on Oct. 3, near Dip Vat Canyon ... On Oct. 6 ... in the Big Park area of the Book Cliffs ... On Oct. 8, someone shot a five-point elk in Meadow Gulch, which is in the Fish Lake Mountain ...  call them at 1-800-662-3337...

Logan City seeking public feedback on urban deer October 22, 2015 Utah, Cache Valley Daily
...  a survey will soon be conducted to learn the attitudes of local residents on this issue...

Weather affects deer hunt October 21, 2015 Utah, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources 
... "The weather is just starting to push deer in north-central Utah to their winter ranges. During that transition period, deer can be tough to find. The trees also have lots of leaves on them, and there's plenty of cover for the deer to hide in."  The DWR operates three check stations in north-central Utah. The number of deer brought through the check station in Spanish Fork Canyon was down 100 deer from 2014...

... According to Petersen, people didn’t always see a lot of deer in Logan. ... Two or three years ago, the does started to stay all year, and now, there are bucks staying year-round as well... “If deer are to be killed, DWR will charge the town and donate the meat to charity,” Watkins added. “Newton has a low tax base, and I don’t think it will pay to have deer killed and butchered.” ...

Drivers warned for deer mating season October 17, 2015 Utah, KSL
... fall is the time of year where there's the greatest risk of hitting a deer or other animal.  "October, November and December are the months we see the greatest number of accidents, especially November because it's the height of mating season," ...

More deer, higher success rate October 16, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal 
... Last year, nearly one in three hunters that possessed a Cache Unit rifle tag harvested a deer. This was considerably higher than the one in five hunters who had been successful during many of the previous years.  Part of the reason for improved success has been the reduction in the number of tags in the Cache Unit...

Hunters arrive for biggest hunt of the year October 14, 2015 Utah, San Juan Record
... in southeastern Utah ... the Abajo Mountains unit is the unit where the number of deer is closest to the population objective. The number of deer is about 80 percent of the unit’s objective... La Sal Mountains unit is slightly above 50 percent of the unit’s objective...

Chopped trees up canyon are part of habitat project October 10, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal
... deer and elk habitat restoration efforts recently up Temple Fork in Logan Canyon, which involves cutting down certain stands of juniper trees... 

...  an estimated 50,000 hunters expected to take the field... Utah deer hunting success rates are hovering just below 39 percent ... Utah deer hunting success rates are hovering just below 39 percent ... whenever the number of permits is cut, success rates naturally increase ...

... “These projects are being supported and funded by Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, a variety of private, state and federal cooperators, including Mule Deer Foundation ...

Hunt preview: find water, find deer October 2, 2015 Utah, Utah DNR
... much of the state has dried out. The drier conditions mean less water and less food for the deer. Unless conditions change, deer will be concentrated in areas that have both... the overall number of deer in the state is the highest it's been since the early 1990s. Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources provide the following reports ...

Mule Deer Foundation Starts Wildfire Disaster Fund September 30, 2015 Utah, Ammo Land
... a Wildfire Disaster Fund to raise much needed funding to help restore western landscapes that have been devastated by massive wildfires. MDF will use 100 percent of the donations to the Fund for the restoration of mule deer and black-tailed deer habitat in areas impacted by fire...

Wildlife officers are looking for a deer poacher September 23, 2015 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
... on Sept. 7 that the deer had been killed and left to waste on his farm near Sterling. A wildlife officer concluded that someone shot the deer with a rifle sometime the week before and only took the deer's antlers ...

Mule Deer Foundation Applauds Sage Grouse Decision September 22, 2015 Utah, AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
... MDF [Mule Deer Foundation] has identified mule deer “conservation opportunity areas” where state biologists have identified the most immediate and pressing needs for mule deer conservation – nearly 17 million of those acres overlap with sage grouse priority areas of conservation. Because of these significant overlaps, MDF is working with the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) ...

Centerville considers solutions to deer problem September 18, 2015 Utah, The Davis Clippe
... comments place the majority of the deer in two concentrated populations ... trapping and relocation isn’t a possibility for the local deer populations. According to Thacker, the city’s problem areas are within the proscribed 30-mile radius of a deer with wasting disease that was found in Morgan County...

Holladay proposes ordinance to prohibit feeding deer September 15, 2015 Utah, Deseret News
... Any potential solution the city proposes would require the passage of an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of deer within the city limits, city officials said...
 
New report shows Utah drivers more likely to collide with deer September 14, 2015 Good4Utah
.... State Farm found the odds drivers will hit a deer in Utah are 1 out of 195. That's below the national odds of 1 in 169...

... Under the Mule Deer Protection Act, bounty collectors have killed more than 7,000 coyotes each year since the program started in 2012, while contract hunters have killed a few hundred more in areas where mule deer are struggling. Over the most recent year, ending June 30, the bounty program yielded 8,192 sets of ears ...

Killing Fields September 9, 2015 Utah, Salt Lake City Weekly
... That Utah doesn't keep tabs on its coyote population while simultaneously spending half a million dollars a year working toward culling its numbers, Silver says, is "despicable."   And Silver says the Mule Deer Protection Act, which was passed in 2012 in tandem with the creation of the Predator Control Program, is little more than a livestock protection act ...

... convicted of the 2011 killing of a trophy mule deer that was seen so often at Camp Williams that soldiers had given it a nickname... "The Rabbi" for its very large and uniquely shaped antlers ...

North Logan to consider killing deer in urban herd management plan September 8, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal 
... According to the proposed plan, trapping will take place between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15, and Dec. 1 to 31. ... male deer will be released, while the females will be put down with a captive bolt stun gun...

Finding Bambi-What to Do with Mule Deer Fawns [PDF] September 2015 Utah, N Frey
... Do not walk up to the fawn. Disturbing the animal may cause it to cry out and alert
predators in the area.  Do not touch the fawn. Your scent could lead a predator to the fawn...

5 Videos: Wildlife Caught on Utah Camera Traps August 31, 2015 National Geographic
... Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has 30 camera traps set up in the High Uintas Wilderness this summer, and we’ve captured some amazing footage of bears, moose, bobcat, marten and others living in this beautiful corner of northeastern Utah...

... According to survey information released at the Regional Advisory Council Member and Wildlife Board meeting on Aug. 21, 60 percent of hunters were opposed to allowing crossbows during the general season archery deer and elk hunts, as well as the limited-entry archery hunts for elk, deer and pronghorn...

Mule deer bucks filmed in southern Utah.



Hear big game hunter survey results August 28, 2015 Utah, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Utah.gov
... most of those who responded do not think hunters should be allowed to use crossbows during most of Utah's deer and elk hunts... most of the respondents do not think extremely large-caliber firearms — .50 caliber center-fire rifles should be allowed for hunting ... 

... The DWR wants to change the way Utah hunts cougars by factoring in mule deer and bighorn sheep populations when they choose how many cougars hunters will be allowed to kill each year... The Utah Director of the Humane Society of the US said killing off the predator population will not increase the prey population...

... board members voted to increase the number of cougar hunting permits from 460 to 492, starting with the 2016 hunt... the amount of suitable habitat in Utah suggests a population of 2,500 to 4,500 cougars in the state...

Cougar plan causes uproar among conservationists August 20, 2015 Utah, Standard-Examiner
... state officials will start taking populations of mule deer and bighorn sheep into account when they decide how many cougars hunters can harvest...


Logan city council holds decision on ordinance for trapping deer August 20, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal 
... “any city that lives within 30 miles of an animal that has been tested positive for wasting disease, the city cannot approve a trap and transport program,” ... The alternative ... would then be to kill the deer ...

Logan, Deer decision should not be made hastily August 14, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal 
... A plan is being considered to trap deer (some deer, not all deer) in Logan and relocate  ... Surrounding Cache Valley there has been a significant decline in the number of deer. It is interesting that urban deer are seen as too numerous against this larger context of deer decline. A major contributor to deer decline is human encroachment into deer habitat...

... “Right now, after the last meeting we’ve narrowed it down to the two options, which is mitigation by lethal removal or relocation of the deer to another area,” ...

DWR to host open house for deer hunters August 11, 2015 Utah, Sun Advocate
... The DWR will offer an open house in Price on Aug. 11. An open house will also be held in Castle Dale on Aug. 12 ...

... Jon Zinnel, former youth programs coordinator, has been promoted to director of operations at the MDF national headquarters in Salt Lake City. Mike Laughter, Utah regional director and assistant director of field operations has been appointed as director of field operations ...

...  "When we covered up the reflectors with a white canvas bag, basically because we just wanted to neutralize the reflectors, we found that the white canvas bag worked better than the reflectors," ... 65 percent fewer deer carcasses in the areas where they put a white cloth bag over the reflectors simply as a control for their test ...

Provo city considering urban deer hunt program July 8, 2015 Utah, Utah Valley 360
... The first step toward a deer hunt in the city was when the council passed a law prohibiting people from feeding deer and other wild animals in the city limits — a requirement of the state, said council attorney Brian Jones...  Curtis wants everyone to understand that once the hunt program starts there won’t be a point at which the city has solved the problem and can stop...

High wildlife kill rate along I-84 in Morgan County June 27, 2015 Utah, Standard-Examiner
... “One spring, the (UDOT) Region 1 maintenance crew loaded a 10-wheel dump truck with slaughtered deer, elk, and moose,” ... Cramer and her staff are trying to develop electric pavement mats to give animals a small shock and encourage them to stay away...  their hooves insulate their bodies and it doesn’t work.”  ... even with the expense, bridges and underpasses aren’t always effective ...

Moose on the loose: Researchers study health of Utah's population June 14, 2015
Daily Herald
... 120 radio-collared moose cows  ... So far, 2015 is looking like a good sign for the moose. Calving rates are greater than 60 percent so far in the study in the Wasatch group, and higher than 70 percent in the Uintas. These are good signs for Utah’s species of moose, Shiras moose ...

Trophy deer and elk poaching case adjudicated June 11, 2015 Utah, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Utah.gov
... During the spring of 2014, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers began investigating the unlawful taking of a trophy buck in San Juan County... During the investigation, another incident was discovered involving three of the same individuals... The fines and restitution for both cases totaled $20,500. The men involved face potential loss of hunting privileges for 10 to 20 years...

Bountiful deer program makes progress May 29, 2015 Utah, The Davis Clipper
... teams of DNR personnel and volunteers trapped more than 200 deer in Bountiful, releasing them in other areas around the state... The deer were trapped with drop nets, which Howard said she likes because an entire family can be trapped and relocated together ...

Three deer slaughtered by motorist, police seek clues May 21, 2015 Utah, Standard-Examiner
... State wildlife officials are asking for help from the public in solving what they call a disturbing and heinous slaughter of deer... The two deer left to die were fawns, 6 to 8 months old.  The third was an equally antler-less doe, which was pregnant...

Little shrubs, big effort for habitat improvement May 5, 2015 Utah, Sun Advocate 
... volunteers planted over 5,000 shrubs at the Gordon Creek Wildlife Management Area. In years to come the shrubs will provide winter food and cover for wildlife.  The shrubs, purchased by the Mule Deer Foundation, are meant to improve habitat for deer...

2K additional permits approved for 2015 general deer hunt May 5, 2015 Utah, KSL.com
... Most of the additional permits would be for a high-country buck deer hunt on Unit 8a (the North Slope/Summit unit... DWR biologists manage 14 of Utah’s 30 general-season units for 15 to 17 bucks per 100 does. The remaining 16 units are managed for 18 to 20 bucks per 100 does, the DWR said...  to be at a statewide average of 21 bucks per 100 does is great news for Utah’s hunters ...

State wildlife managers boost hunting permit numbers May 4, 2015 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
... The number of general season buck mule deer tags climbed to 86,550 for this fall, compared to 84,800 last year...

Logan exploring non-lethal options for urban deer herd April 24, 2015 Utah, Cache Valley Daily
...  in Bountiful. That approach is to trap and release... Petersen says that plan is the one he favors becsause he personally sees the archery hunt as "too brutal." ...

Logan considering urban deer trap-and-release program April 22, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal 
... North Logan kicked off its winter trap-and-release program this February after much public discussion. Thirty deer were captured over about four weeks ... One male, which had been transported to Hardware Ranch, returned and was re-captured...  the public is split on a trap-and-removal program, but if offered the option of a kill program, they tend to lean toward a trap-and-release option...

... The survival rate of the deer in 2013 was fairly low at only 50 percent ... still higher than expected. In the second year, another 10 percent of the translocated deer from 2013 died, raising the mortality rate to 60 percent for the entire 2013 herd.  The 98 deer that were moved in 2014 had about 76 percent survival in their first year however, proving that translocation could potentially be a viable option ...

Mule Deer Foundation awards $25,000 to local project April 15, 2015 Utah, Plumas County Newspapers
... The Mule Deer Foundation, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, awarded a $25,000 grant to the local Mt. Hough Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest to improve habitat for mule deer...

More deer could mean more fall licenses from DWR April 10, 2015 Utah, Davisclipper
... Biologists are currently recommending that a total of 87,050 general deer permits become available for the fall hunting season. Last season there was a total of 84,800 permits ... “To be at a statewide average of 21 bucks per 100 doe is great news for Utah’s hunters,” Shannon said. “It means the herds will have plenty of bucks in them.” ...

Logan's urban deer population is becoming a growing problem April 9, 2015 Utah, Cache Valley Daily
... Petersen said he wants to work with the Division of Wildlife Resources on developing a program and also seek extensive public input because people are divided on the issue...

Hunting ranch owners should be accountable April 2, 215 Utah, The Herald Journal
... A bull elk shot last fall on Rulon Jones’ Broadmouth Canyon Hunting Ranch tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). This high fence ranch is located just south of Cache Valley... That farm-raised deer and elk are the most likely way CWD will make it to the windward side of the Wasatch Mountains in the next 10 years should make everybody stop and ponder...

... Biologists believe about 84 percent of does and 82 percent of fawns made it through 2014, helping to bolster the population.  The state wildlife agency manages 30 deer hunting units. Just over half are managed with an objective of carrying a ratio of 18 to 20 bucks for every 100 does. And 14 have a ratio goal of 15 to 17 bucks for 100 does...

Alpine residents participate in deer management survey March 30, 2015 Utah, Daily Herald
... The majority of residents who responded to a recent city survey online feel their community has a serious urban deer problem... 45 percent of those responding said they thought a bow hunt was a great idea...

Utah's deer herds doing well March 25, 2015 Utah, Standard-Examiner
... After the hunts were over last fall, biologists saw an average of 21 bucks for every 100 does... biologists manage 14 of Utah’s 30 general-season units for 15 to 17 bucks per 100 does. The remaining 16 units are managed for 18 to 20 bucks per 100 does...

Investigators want help after someone poached two young deer March 25, 2015 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
... On March 16, two young bucks were shot and left to waste on Stump Flat Road, west of the Emery County town ... call 1-800-662-3337. A reward ...

DWR proposes adding 2K general deer hunting permits March 24, 2015 Utah, KSL.com
... Based on surveys after the 2014 hunts, biologists estimate the total number of deer in Utah at 355,600 — approximately a 22,000 deer increase from the 2013 hunts. After using tracking radio collars, biologists also estimate that 84 percent of the does in Utah and 82 percent of the fawns survived during 2014 ...

Deer herds focus of public meetings March 23, 2015 Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Utah.gov
... The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold two open houses to discuss deer management strategies in south-central Utah. The meetings will specifically cover the following units: Plateau, Boulder; Plateau, Fish Lake; Plateau, Thousand Lakes; and Monroe... March 31, at the Sevier County Administration Building, 250 N. Main St. in Richfield.  April 1, at the Loa Civic Center, 90 W. Center St. in Loa... Both meetings will run from 6 to 8 pm. DWR biologists and other wildlife officials will be available answer questions about the deer unit management plans, habitat projects and range trends, mule deer predator control, and deer population status and data...

Decapitated deer carcasses found near Clarkston March 23, 2015 Utah, Cache Valley Daily
... Officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are asking for the public's help after four deer carcasses were found decapitated Saturday, a mile north of the Clarkston Cemetery... DWR's poaching hot-line at 800-662-3337.

North Logan should reconsider deer removal March 17, 2015 Utah, The Herald Journal
... The big problem is timing... they need to do it only during times when the migratory deer are NOT being trapped and relocated. There are a lot of wide-ranging wild deer that come down off the mountains in midwinter, and then return to the higher elevations with warmer spring days.  It is not fair or ethical for the City to haul these wild deer off that are only returning to historic winter ranges to escape starvation...

New Chair and Members Join Mule Deer Foundation Board of Directors March 17, 2015 Utah, Ammo Land
... the Mule Deer Foundation board of directors added three new members and elected Brian Fienhold as the new board chair and Bethany Erb as the new vice-chair...

Alpine survey: Do we have a deer problem? March 13, 2015 Utah, Daily Herald 
... 49 percent have indicated the bow hunt program implemented in neighboring Highland to manage the deer was a good or great solution, and 24 percent think it’s a terrible idea.  
Bountiful's solution was to move the deer...

North Salt Lake, NSL proposes deer removal plan March 13, 2015 Utah, The Davis Clipper
... we’ll seek public comment and decide what to do next,” ... The plan includes two possible methods of killing the deer. The first step would involve bow hunters lethally removing the deer... City officials have approved a change to the city’s land use development code that would allow for eight-foot-high fences ...

... Utah Sportsman for Fish & Wildlife organization funded the translocation of female mule deer ...  78 mule deer were translocated ... students at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah who have assisted in the studies to ensure the deer are healthy enough to move and will be successful in their new habitats...

...  the helicopter swooped in with a blast of dry snowy ice, dangling three pregnant does from from its base. With surprising delicacy the pilot slowly lowered each sling-wrapped doe one at a time until they were all safely on the ground.  Hastily transferring the blindfolded deer to gurneys, researchers carried them to a weigh station before placing the does on the exam tables in the triage tent...

DD Olson, JA Bissonette, PC Cramer, KD Bunnell…Utah,  - Wildlife Biology, 2015
...We found that precipitation decreased 50% and snow depth decreased 48% between winters. In response, deer used habitats that were 16% higher in elevation and that were 213% farther from roads with high traffic volumes. Consequently, crossing rates also decreased as much as 96% on roads with high traffic volumes. Reduced crossing rates were likely responsible for much of the 75% decrease in deer—vehicle collisions that occurred during the second winter....



... The well-known buck named Bart was found dead in the fall of 2013, and officials said photos on a hunting website led them to the 36-year-old Rhodes and 28-year-old Spillett...

Utah wildlife by the numbers March 2, 2015 KSL.com
... In 2013, 29,270 mule deer were legally taken in the state ... after the 2013 season, we estimated the population at 332,900 deer. That's the highest number of deer in Utah since 2000. After the 2000 hunts were over, surveys turned up an estimated 322,000 deer.”...

... a nearby deer allowed them to approach it and even pet it before following them around for several moments...

Reward offered in in Utah deer hit-and-run February 26, 2015 Utah, Ogden Standard-Examine
... a $2,000 reward for information about the killing of a pregnant deer and two fawns run down with a car... a Box Elder County grain field and ran them over on Feb. 14 or 15...

Cache County girl spots ghostly white doe February 26, 2015 Utah, Salt Lake Tribune
...  After looking at Elder's pictures, Utah wildlife biologists believe the white doe was not a true albino.  "If it was a true albino, it would have a pink nose...   it seems probable that it is leucistic, with a white coat, but normally colored eyes, skin and hooves...

Five deer killed in two counties February 25, 2015 Utah, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources 
...  Conservation officers are investigating three deer-poaching cases, two in Box Elder County and one in Carbon County. A total of five deer are dead, and officers believe they were killed unlawfully... If you have any details or information about this case, please contact Officer J.D. Abbott at 435-650-0654 or jonathanabbott@utah.gov  ... Rewards are available to those who provide information that leads to the apprehension and successful prosecution of individuals involved in poaching Utah's wildlife.

DWR reports highest buck-to-doe ratio in 10 years February 24, 2015 Utah, KSL.com
...  On general-season units that are comprised mostly of public land, biologists saw an average of 21 bucks for every 100 does, according to a DWR news release. Twenty years ago, the average buck-to-doe ratio was eight bucks per 100 does ...

... seeking the public’s help ... The first poaching case occurred around Feb. 14 near a grain field on the Long Divide Road in Box Elder County between Fielding and Newton ... It's pretty callous to chase two fawns and a pregnant doe, run them over for the fun of it and then leave them to suffer and die... Utah Turn in a Poacher (UTiP) Hotline at 1-800-662-3337.

... A bidder from Canada has set a new world record high, paying $390,000 for the right to hunt one mule deer buck at the state park next November... bids for the Antelope Island mule deer hunt have generated more than $1.4 million for wildlife conservation on the preserve in the middle of the Great Salt Lake...

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources discusses Mule Deer transplant project February 19, 2015 ironcountytoday.com
... “we’d rather the deer get moved to an area where the population is lacking and where there is enough winter range, rather than see them just die or get killed because of the lack of winter range where they are now.” ...

... H.R. 644, includes extensions to a number of different tax credits; it passed with 67 percent of Representatives in support... [From Mule Deer Foundation]: Private lands provide some of the best habitat for the country’s mule deer and black-tailed deer ...

Chronic Wasting Disease reported in Weber County elk February 13, 2015 Utah,
outbreaknewstoday.com
... The office of the Utah State Veterinarian confirms that one domestic bull elk has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  The discovery came following routine testing of a male elk that was harvested by a hunter at the Broadmouth Canyon Ranch in Weber County...

Utah Data: 2015 Herd Status.  About 350,000 deer in 2015. Lots of rain in spring of 2015 has provided food and helped keep the deer population at around the highest level since the 1990s.  DWR estimated 355,600 deer in Utah after the hunts in 2014, an increased over the estimated 332,900 mule deer in Utah after the hunts in 2013, 318,000 in 2012, 286,000 in 2011, 289,000 in 2004 and 322,000 in 2000 - post hunt. About Recent mild winters have brought the population back during the last few years after a long downward trend of over 40 years.  The current population is about equal to the year 2000 population.  DWR suggests that "better habitat and other efforts like highway fencing, wildlife underpasses and predator control have also played a role in the rebound." Harvest data  Hunter success about 30 percent.  About 19 bucks for every 100 does. The state issued 84,800 deer permits in 2014, 84,600 in 2013, and 79,066 in 2012 for a success ratio of 37 percent with 29,411 deer harvested.  Populations have been climbing since the hard winters of 2007 and 2008.  An estimated 50,000 deer hunters in 2015.  Hunter success has been around 38 percent.
     Although many state deer management strategies include the goal of balancing demographics to maintain good herd health, age and sex distributions similar to a wild herd, the DWR is targeting a buck-to-doe ratio of 15 to 20 bucks per 100 does. In 2013, the ratio was estimated at 19 bucks per 100 does.  The target is designed to maximize short-term herd growth, allowing hunters to take as many bucks as possible, assuming that one buck can impregnate multiple does.  Recent research indicates this strategy may be unsustainable.  Buck-to-doe ratios were below state objectives in many areas in 2013.  Fall 2012 fawn survival was 65 per 100 does. 
     In 1908 the deer season was closed to protect the herd from over hunting. The season reopened in 1913 with a bucks only regulation to help increase the population. Although the rule remained in effect until the 1950's, limited harvest of does began in 1934.  The deer harvest peaked at 132,000 in 1961.  In 1975 the state reinstated the bucks only rule to bolster the declining population.  A devastating winter in the 1980's significantly reduced the herd.  "Following several years of drought and an unusually hard winter in 1992–1993, it was evident that Utah’s deer herd could no longer sustain unlimited hunting opportunity, and in 1994, buck deer permits were capped for the first time."  From State Management Plan [PDF]  The loss of key winter range has contributed to the decline of the mule deer population.  Also see Mule Deer: A Handbook for Utah Hunters and Landowners
     Utah build the first wildlife crossing in North America in 1971.
     About 81,000 elk, fast growing population in Northern Utah. 
     Cougar population estimated at 2,500 to 4,500 based on available habitat, a rough estimate.

Report poaching:   Call the poaching hotline at 800-662-3337. callers can remain anonymous.  Email turninapoacher@utah.gov
    What to Do If You Find a Fawn

Other useful links: 

- Utah Department of Natural Resources     - Utah efforts to help declining mule deer herds
- Utah Division of Wildlife Resources      - Discussion Forum on Declining Mule Deer Population, Utah wildlife Network     - WildAware, Mule Deer:  Information on living with deer
- The Mule Deer Foundation     - Antler Gathering Ethics Course  If gathering deer antlers between February 1st and April 15th, a certificate is required showing completion of this course.

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Mule Deer: Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), WAFWA is particularly concerned about mule deer, a species that lives in every North American habitat except for the tropics, arctic and extreme deserts. Mule deer numbers and distribution have been declining throughout the West since the latter third of the 20th century. To address this concern, the Mule Deer Working Group was established at the midwinter meeting of WAFWA in 1998. The group was charged with finding “solutions to our common mule deer management problems,” expanding “cooperative research and management in the Western states and provinces,” and sharing information with agency directors and administrators on mule deer issues."

Image below shows hunters afield and deer harvest for Utah from 1925 to 2014, data from 2014 Big Game Report [PDF].  Double click on image to enlarge.

"Mule deer thrive in early successional habitats, where forbs, grassy plants and shrubs dominate. These environments are not as stable as forest habitats, and they rely on fire or some other type of disturbance to return them to an early successional stage. If they are not disturbed, they eventually become more stable plant communities dominated by trees and large shrubs. Tree-dominated habitats offer mule deer a place to retreat from severe weather, but these areas offer very little in the way of food. That is why it is important to provide mule deer with a mosaic or pattern of habitats that can provide food, cover and water."




Time Lapse Photography of Deer Using Crossing Structure -- Double click for full screen