Mule deer

Find out more about mule deer and what the DWR is doing to help them.

What the DWR does to help Utah's deer

Working to help Utah's deer herds

Multi-year, multi-pronged efforts are top priorities for the Division of Wildlife Resources. — Read more.

Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative

Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative is an effort between the DWR and other state and federal agencies. The initiative is committed to finding and implementing solutions to problems facing Utah's landscapes. Many millions of dollars are being spent on many thousands of acres of Utah land to improve wildlife habitat. The work being done today will pay big dividends down the road for Utah's mule deer.

More about the Watershed Restoration Initiative — (PDF format)
Investing in the Future of Utah╩╝s Wildlife — (PDF format)

Mule deer facts & information

  • Restoring mule deer habitat: Watershed Restoration Initiative tackles top problem facing deer herds.
  • Mule deer research is underway in Utah: The DWR has started, or is in the process of starting, several mule-deer related research projects across Utah.
  • The effects of predators on mule deer herds: If there's one word that can get a deer hunter's blood boiling, it's this one — predators. But are hunters focusing their frustration on the right target?
  • Supplemental winter feeding of deer: During severe winter weather, the public is understandably concerned about deer. Read more about why winter feeding isn't always the most appropriate solution.
  • Disease issues in Utah deer: The division closely monitors Utah's deer herds to check for chronic wasting disease. If you've stopped at a checking station, you've likely had first-hand experience with these efforts.
  • Minimizing browsing damage from deer: As Utah's housing developments expand, deer find new human neighbors in their backyards who might not like them nibbling on their tulips and fruit trees. Find out what you can do to get along with the deer in your yard.
  • Chronic Wasting Disease: This is a serious disease that threatens Utah's deer and elk herds. Read more about what the DWR is doing to protect Utah's deer and elk from this fatal disease.

Mule deer management plans

The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA)

Deer-related Wildlife Board meetings

You can listen to the audio minutes of Wildlife Board meetings about deer hunting (see December 2013).

A program to control coyotes and other predators

Antler gathering ethics course

  • From Feb. 1 to April 15, shed antler and horn gathers must possess an antler-gathering certificate. To obtain this certificate, take this online ethics course. You may print the certificate at the end of the course.

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