Archive for June, 2009

South Dakota Shines

Posted by on Tuesday, 30 June, 2009

I find it interesting that South Dakota harvests more mule deer than Utah or Arizona. Why do you think that is?


PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota hunters can look back on 2008 as another record-setting year for deer harvest.

According to harvest surveys compiled by the Game, Fish and Parks Department, last year brought the highest-ever recorded deer harvest in the state. It was the ninth straight year that the deer harvest increased.

GFP Game Harvest Survey Coordinator Corey Huxoll said an estimated 74,000 white-tailed deer and 18,000 mule deer were harvested during the 2008 hunting seasons, or a total of more than 91,000 deer. That is an increase of more than 4,000 deer from 2007 and nearly double the 46,000 deer harvested in 1999.

Overall harvest success of 48 percent remained unchanged from 2007. The number of deer tags issued more than doubled from 88,000 in 1999 to 189,000 tags in 2008.

The 2008 Big Game Harvest Projections Report is complete and can be accessed through the GFP Web site at in the “What’s New” section, or it can be requested by mail or in person in printed form from 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501.

Arizona Rains Deer

Posted by on Tuesday, 30 June, 2009

As is being pointed out by Arizona meteorologists: Northern Arizona has had unusual moisture and coolness for springtime. Typically, the season for moisture is late summer/early fall when the monsoons arrive. Because of the early moisture and the abundance of feed it promoted, some are forecasting a year for massive antlers. If you are lucky enough to have an Arizona Mule Deer tag, let us know what you think of this forecast.

Lion Attacks Arizona Boy

Posted by on Tuesday, 23 June, 2009

A ten year-old boy by the name of Paul John Schalow was attacked by a mountain lion early in March 2008 when visiting Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. The lion turned out to be rabid.

The boy was commanded to stand still by family members and did so even when the cat started scratching and biting. The boy’s uncle ran to get a handgun and dispatched the lion, which later proved to be rabid. A series of six shots prevented the boy from getting infected.

The boy and his family inadvertently saved the lives of many mule deer. For that they ought to be congratulated.


Cat killed on Highway

Posted by on Saturday, 13 June, 2009

I am now aware of four cats being killed by vehicles in this small canyon in Northern Utah, three of which were over 200 lbs, and one of which was finished off by a police officer. Automobiles are a fine weapon for saving the lives of hundreds of mule deer even though they are also responsible for killing mule deer, as well. Drivers beware.

Here is the latest:

Photo submitted by Paul Baxter

Lion attacks Bighorn and Pays for it

Posted by on Saturday, 13 June, 2009

A friend sent me these photos of a supposed lion attack on a bighorn sheep. The two were in the cliffs next to a highway and both tumbled to their deaths. The sheep was all busted up and the cat still had sheep fur in its mouth.

Photos provided by Paul Baxter

Remaining Nevada Tags

Posted by on Wednesday, 10 June, 2009

Tags Still Available For Deer, Elk Hunts

(Press Release) 06-07-2009

For those hoping for another chance to get a tag for this year’s big game season, there are still 1,191 tags remaining for hunters wishing to apply for the Second Draw on June 19.
The Second Draw will open at 8 a.m. on June 19 at and will close at 5 p.m. on July 6.

Any eligible hunter, including those who didn’t apply in the first draw, may apply for the following remaining tags in the Second Draw.

· Hunt 1341 Resident & Nonresident Mule Deer Antlered Longbow Archery: 101 tags. A portion of these tags were nonresident remaining tags that are now available to residents.

o Units 101 – 108 Early: 80 remaining tags

o Units 211, 212: 17 remaining tags

o Units 251 – 253: 2 remaining tags

o Units 261 – 268: 1 remaining tag

o Units 271, 272: 1 remaining tag

· Hunt 4111 Resident Elk Antlerless Longbow Archery

o Unit 073: 3 remaining tags

· Hunt 1181 Resident Mule Deer Antlerless Rifle

o Units 101,102 and that portion of Unit 104 East of the CCC and Quilici Spring Roads: 740 remaining tags

· Hunt 1107 Resident Junior Mule Deer Either Sex: 347 tags

o Unit 032: 2 remaining tags

o Unit 035: 6 remaining tags

o Unit 051: 72 remaining tags

o Units 071 – 079, 091: 66 remaining tags

o Units 101- 108: 62 remaining tags

o Units 141 – 145: 14 remaining tags

o Units 171 – 173: 93 remaining tags

o Units 181 – 184: 12 remaining tags

o Units 211, 212: 5 remaining tags

o Units 251 – 253: 15 remaining tags

For more information on remaining tags, maps, hunter information sheets and season regulations visit

Some Utah Deer Tags Remain

Posted by on Tuesday, 2 June, 2009

At 7:00am June 11, the remaining Utah archery and muzzleloader deer tags will be sold first-come-first-serve. Good Luck. Click UTAH TAGS