Mule Deer


  • What Is Wrong With That Deer?

    Have you ever seen a deer walking around your neighborhood or in the woods that has odd skin “warts” and thought to yourself, “What is wrong with that deer?”  Well, you wouldn’t be the only one.  Even though it's fairly rare, Idaho Fish and Game receives a few calls each year about deer with abnormal skin growths.

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    Second controlled hunt drawing list of available big game tags

    Over 2800 deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunt tags will be available for hunters in the second controlled hunt drawing.  

    Hunters can apply for these tags during the second controlled hunt drawing from August 5 through August 15.  Results of the drawing will be available around August 23. The available tags are listed below by species. 

  • Mature mule deer buck

    Idaho hunters in for another great big-game season

    Idaho’s fall hunting season is likely to be outstanding. Coming on the heels of an all-time record white-tailed deer harvest in 2015 and the highest harvests in more than a decade for mule deer and elk, hunting this fall should be similar last year.

  • Homestead Trail Now Open

    The popular Homestead Trail – part of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) – is once again open for use by foothills recreationists. The trail was closed after the Table Rock wildfire roared through the area, burning more than 2,500 acres, and nearly 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat on the WMA. “We’re happy to re-open the trail to foothills users,” Fish and game regional habitat manager Jerry Deal noted.

    The only caveat is that users stay on the trail; cross-country travel through any burned area within the WMA is prohibited.

  • Gavin Moody elk Super Hunt

    Super Hunts live up to their names in 2015

    There’s time to apply for Idaho’s best hunts, but it's going fast. The deadline to apply for Super Hunts is Aug. 10, and you can buy as many chances you want. Super Hunt tags are available for deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, and one Super Hunt combo, which includes one tag for each of those species. 

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    Fish and Game discounts nonresident elk tags sold as second tags

    Elk hunters can double their hunting opportunity at a discount in August by buying a second tag to extend their season and have a chance to harvest two elk.

    Starting Aug. 1, nonresident elk tags will be $299 when purchased as a second tag, which is discounted from the regular price of $416. It will return to the regular price on September 1.

  • Bull elk in velvet / Photo by Scott Rudel
  • Every Call Counts

    On November 15th, 2015 Senior Conservation Officer Lauren Lane was contacted by an employee from Matt’s Custom Meats in St. Anthony regarding two suspicious deer that had been brought in for processing.

  • Winter tests big game animals, but they’ve adapted to harsh conditions

    After several mild winters in a row, this winter is starting to look a little more "old fashioned" with ample snow in the mountains and frosty temperatures in the valleys, but most big game animals around the state are doing fine so far. 

Mule Deer

Odocoileus hemionus

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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