Mule Deer Hunting News

Colorado PWC Hunt License Numbers for 2012

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved big game hunting license numbers on Thursday for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Agency staff utilized herd population estimates to recommend reductions in license numbers for mule deer, elk and pronghorn while recommending increases in licenses to manage growing populations of moose and black bears. According to a 2008 study, big game hunting in Colorado provides more than $430 million per year in economic impact to the state and supports 4,660 jobs in the state.

“Badlands” Await as Pure Hunting Searches for Mule Deer Today on Sportsman Channel


Idaho Application Period for Controlled Hunts Opens May 1

The application period for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey controlled hunts starts Tuesday, May 1, and runs through June 5.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; or online at An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a 2012 Idaho hunting license to apply.

Mule Deer Foundation Partners to Purchase Habitat in Southeast Washington

Earlier this month, the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife negotiated a deal to conserve 1,144 acres in the southeast corner of the state and open it up to public access. The Mule Deer Foundation and other conservation groups contributed money toward the purchase price of $624,500, in conjunction with a sizeable federal grant for the protection of critical habitat that supports threatened and endangered species.

Mule Deer Working Group Releases Outreach Materials

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Mule Deer Working Group (MDWG) recently released two new publications to help managers improve monitoring of the species and deal with the rapid expansion of energy development in the west.  The MDWG also completed a documentary titled “Mule Deer: Saving the Icon of the West” that is now showing on the Sportsman Channel.  Each of these outreach materials is helping to spread the word about the status of mule deer and what is being done to reverse the declines in deer numbers, reports the Wildlife Management Institute.

Applications for Deer and Pig Hunting Open up in Western Merced County, California

Opening weekend requires tags, access permit and reservations

Applications are being accepted for a limited number of deer and pig hunt access permits on opening weekend, August 11-12, of the Zone A season.

Montana Hunting Permit Drawing Results Available Soon

With the new March 15 deadline to apply for 2012 deer and elk hunting permits, comes the wait for the drawing results.

"Hunters' anxious to hear if they drew a deer or elk permit will know the drawing results the week of April 16," said Ron Aasheim, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesperson."These will be the first big game hunting permit drawing results of the year."

Important Information for Arizona Sportsmen and Other Wildlife Enthusiasts – Part 1

A great deal of discussion has occurred over the past few months on important issues related to hunting, fishing and wildlife management. As part of its promotion of the partial privatization or diversion of Arizona's wildlife resources, one constituent group recently circulated an “open letter” regarding problems, or challenges, facing sportsmen.

Colorado's Big Game Application Deadline Draws Near

With the April 3 big-game application deadline drawing near, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding hunters that the agency offers a wealth of information and planning resources to assist them in making their license application selections.

From CPW's website resources and secure license application portal to video tutorials and hunt planners manning the agency's call center, hunters have at their fingertips all the resources they need to plan their hunt, said CPW director Rick Cables.

How Many Permits Will be Available for Utah Hunt?

The time to decide how many buck deer permits will be available for hunts in Utah this fall is almost here.