White-tailed Deer Draft Management Plan 2020-2025: Review and Comment Opportunity


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This planning document provides guidance for the Department to implement management direction, actions, goals and objectives for white-tailed deer throughout the state.

Please note, this feedback form is for the white-tailed deer draft plan. The draft mule management plan comment period is also open.

White-tailed Deer Management Plan Overview

This plan is designed to provide guidance to IDFG staff to manage Idaho’s white-tailed deer populations over the next 6 years.

Statewide white-tailed deer management direction includes:

  • Balancing overall hunter satisfaction with contending desires for amount and timing of hunting opportunity and oppportunity to hunt mature bucks
  • Research to develop methods to estimate white-tailed deer numbers, gain a better understanding of habitat use, survival, most significant causes of mortality, and herd productivity
  • Emphasis on increasing hunter access to private lands
  • Hunter congestion issues and possible solutions
  • Habitat
  • Agriculture and urban deer
  • Illegal harvest and unlawful commercialization
  • Disease
  • Buck quality and management
  • Antlerless harvest

Review the white-tailed deer management plan summary article for descriptions of these summary items




[PDF 5.2 MB, 81 pages]

Public Comment Instructions

Public comments can be left online here and are taken at multiple public comment opportunities around the state.
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We welcome comments for any part or all of the draft management plan. Please review the plan then leave comments below:

  • Please mark if you generally support, support with concerns, do not support, or are neutral or undecided
  • If your comments are focused to specific regions, please select those regions from the list
  • Please address items of support or concern in the "general comments" section
  • Please leave your contact information for public record. Please note, your email is only used to contact you for topics about this comment period.


Referrals to specific sections or pages in the plan within your comments are very helpful.

Thank you for your participation!

Public comment period closes at end of day on June 30, 2019