Mule Deer


  • millet_food_plot_2017

    Niagara Springs Wildlife Management Area: Food plots coming on nicely

    The food plots have been planted and are now popping out of the ground at Niagara Springs WMA. Food plots of sorghum, millet, sunflowers, and soybeans were all planted this year to provide forage and cover for both game and nongame wildlife.

  • Superhunt 2nd Chance

    Enter the 2nd Super Hunt Drawing!

    In 2015, Dawn Paynter won a Super Hunt elk tag.  This tag meant she was able to hunt elk in any open  hunt in the state.  

    “When I got the phone call, I couldn’t speak, and I had tears in my eyes,” Paynter said. “I knew I had endless opportunities to fill my tag and never doubted that I would harvest a large bull.”

  • Draw Results Available Now...

    Controlled hunt results available, pick up tags by August 1

    Big game hunters who were successful in drawing controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, fall turkey and black bear have until midnight Mountain Daylight Time, Tuesday, August 1 to buy their tags.

    Applicants can find out if they drew a tag by checking the controlled hunt drawing results on the Idaho Fish and Game web site at

  • Draw Results Available Now...

    Big game controlled hunt drawing results online

    Hunters who applied for elk, deer, pronghorn, fall turkey and black bear controlled hunts can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing.

    Drawing results are now available at:

    Applicants can enter their hunting license number and follow three simple steps to find out instantly if they were successful or not in the drawing. Traffic on the website may be heavy at times, so please be patient.

  • Controlled Hunt Drawings - What happens between June 5 and July 10?

    One question we’re frequently asked is “why does it take so long to get controlled hunt drawing results?” Here’s a brief synopsis of what occurs between the close of the application period (June 5) and the date we commit to providing results (July 10):

    First, not everyone applies for controlled hunts at a vendor or online; we also accept mail-in applications. Because these applications can be postmarked through June 5, we’re often still receiving and processing mail applications in mid-June. Mailed applications are entered as quickly as possible.

  • mule deer, winter, southwest region, Weiser

    Winter kill was less than expected for mule deer, and elk fared better

    Elk survival was better than mule deer with 54 percent of radio collared calves and 96 percent of collared cows making it through winter. 

  • new super hunt

    Super Hunt winners announced

    Winners in the first of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings have been drawn.

    Of the 57,048 total entries, 20,092 were for eight deer tags, 19,904 were for eight elk tags, 4,286 were for eight pronghorn tags, 8,438 were for one moose tag, and 4,328 entries were for one Super Hunt Combo, which includes a tag for each of the four species.

    All winners have been contacted. State law prohibits Fish and Game from releasing the names of the winners.

    Super Hunt winners by species, number drawn and state were:

  • Allie Ward with first deer

    Awkward Moment Reveals Old Bonds

    It was one of those awkward social moments we all dread. Fish & Game Officer Marc Porter was doing a routine summer patrol below American Falls Reservoir in eastern Idaho. A group of senior citizens from an area nursing home were fishing off a pier. Porter was chatting with the director of the home when a young woman came up and asked, “Do you remember me?”

  • Yellowstone elk

    June 5 is last day to apply for big game controlled hunts

    Hunters have until midnight Monday, June 5 to apply for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear and turkey controlled hunts.

    Apply now

  • new super hunt

    First Super Hunt drawing deadline is May 31

    With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands.

    Enter Online

Mule Deer

Odocoileus hemionus

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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