Archive for May, 2009

Did you draw in Nevada?

Posted by on Saturday, 30 May, 2009

This year, Nevada posted draw results in a record 48 hours. If you applied, click NEVADA 2009 DRAW RESULTS, to see if you drew a tag.

Hunters who see their names listed as successful should check that they have sufficient balances on their credit cards; also check whether there have been any changes (address changes or credit card expiration date changes can also cause problems). If you are shown as successful and need to report credit card changes, call Systems Consulting, Inc. at 1-800-576-1020 M-F, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Over 50,000 hunters sent in 151,000 applications for 22,164 big game tags available in the draw. There are still 1,191 tags remaining after the first draw. Remaining tags are available for eligible hunters, including those who did not apply in the first draw. For more information go to

Arizona Deadline Approaching

Posted by on Wednesday, 27 May, 2009

June 9 is the deadline to apply for a mule deer hunt in Arizona. You must apply by mail. Online applications are not accepted. Go to the states tab and click on Arizona for more information.

Myra Smith Buck

Posted by on Monday, 11 May, 2009
This huge muley buck is supposedly the largest ever killed by a woman. It was taken in Mexico
Largest mule deer buck taken by a woman

Largest mule deer buck taken by a woman

If she can do it, why can’t you?

Save Lions, Spend Money, Kill Mule Deer

Posted by on Saturday, 9 May, 2009

How many mountain lions would you have to kill near this same stretch of highway in order to save 95 mule deer per year? Answer: three. How many predators could you kill for $15 million? Answer: A lot!


BEND, Ore. – Every spring, mule deer migrate from the High Desert to the Cascade foothills in search of summer forage. And every fall, the deer sweep down from the foothills back to the desert to escape winter snows.

And during each migration, the deer run smack into a sometimes-deadly barrier: U.S. Highway 97.

To provide deer with an alternative to bounding across four lanes of traffic, the Oregon Department of Transportation is incorporating two wildlife underpasses into its highway expansion south of Bend, where an estimated 95 deer are hit by vehicles each year.

But it’s not easy to get a skittish deer through a tunnel.

So wildlife experts are using lessons learned from previous crossings to figure out how to get the animals to use the $1.4 million underpasses. They’ve factored in features such as tall fences, vegetation and salt licks, natural building materials and hiding cover to entice the animals.

“The science of transportation ecology is rather new, so we’re learning a lot,” said Sandra Jacobson, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service who specializes in the field. “But it’s turned out that using some good biological principles and some good engineering ingenuity, we can come up with structures that do work.”

The four-mile stretch of road south of Lava Butte will look significantly different upon completion, which is scheduled for fall 2011, said Peter Murphy, Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman. The two northbound and two southbound lanes will be separated by a natural, forested median that’s about 100 feet wide.

And the $15 million project is slated to include two wildlife crossings, which make up about a tenth of the project’s cost, he said.

Truck Buck

Posted by on Saturday, 9 May, 2009

How would you like to have this buck in the back of your truck?

Monster Truck Buck

Monster Truck Buck

Huge Flatlander Muley Buck

Posted by on Monday, 4 May, 2009

How’s this for a flatlander buck?


Photo by Patrick Montgomery (guide)

Mule Deer die-off in Dakota Badlands

Posted by on Monday, 4 May, 2009

Mule Deer in the South Dakota Badlands National Park apparently had a bad winter and are being found dead or in bad condition. It is believed that lack of forage, parasites, disease and harsh winter conditions are to blame. Typically, there aren’t many mule deer deaths in the Park. No CWD has been found to date.