Idaho Mule Deer Management Plan 2020-2025

TButtars

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Idaho’s tags sold out last year before season..... Its only going to continue to get worse they are going to have to change something. I see Idaho going more to Wyoming’s system of keeping the res. Otc and the non res will become a 6 year draw before long so yes I would rather see them change more like Utah’s general draw 1-3 year draw
 

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Why? The tags sold out after 9 months of being on sale and probably by residents who bought a second tag. If you can figure out how to enter a drawing, you can buy your tag in 8 months.
 

bluetick78

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Idaho’s tags sold out last year before season..... Its only going to continue to get worse they are going to have to change something. I see Idaho going more to Wyoming’s system of keeping the res. Otc and the non res will become a 6 year draw before long so yes I would rather see them change more like Utah’s general draw 1-3 year draw
You might be the only individual I've ever ran across that wants Idaho's big game management to be anything like Utah's.
 

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This has been an extremely insightful conversation thread and I have learned a lot. I am a resident and hope to be able to continue to hunt each year as I continue to find good bucks each year.

From what I’ve learned about deer management so far here, winters are key to overall mule deer herd size and consequently big bucks. Has there been any research done that suggests a shed season, such as Nevada and Wyoming have in place, limits human travel in critical winter months enough to see an increase in survival rates?

I get that a shed season only stops the honest people and that it gives an unfair advantage to those who are “above the law”, and as an avid shed hunter, that sucks. But if the research suggests that a shed season helps take the pressure off the mule deer and allows the young bucks to get older, I would be in favor of picking up a few less sheds.

Interested on peoples thoughts on if this would help and if there is any research on this.
 
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This has been an extremely insightful conversation thread and I have learned a lot. I am a resident and hope to be able to continue to hunt each year as I continue to find good bucks each year.

From what I’ve learned about deer management so far here, winters are key to overall mule deer herd size and consequently big bucks. Has there been any research done that suggests a shed season, such as Nevada and Wyoming have in place, limits human travel in critical winter months enough to see an increase in survival rates?

I get that a shed season only stops the honest people and that it gives an unfair advantage to those who are “above the law”, and as an avid shed hunter, that sucks. But if the research suggests that a shed season helps take the pressure off the mule deer and allows the young bucks to get older, I would be in favor of picking up a few less sheds.

Interested on peoples thoughts on if this would help and if there is any research on this.
There has been quite a few thoughts on shed seasons and there are a couple of hang-ups. Upland bird season runs until the end of this month. Most winter ground is also upland bird habitat. January also seems to be the worst of the cold/snow. You generally start to see some melting and green-up in February. The other problem, is there really is no way to enforce other folks (hikers, snow shoers etc) to stay out of the hills.
 

87TT

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Good thing, you can hunt there. I am pretty sure it won't happen here.
 
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I don't imagine anything will change this year it's too convoluted. But I would like to see the second tag go away. Double the price on everyone. Three-point Minumum statewide.

I don't like having seasons like colorado but I like having zones even less. It seems everything has to be so drastic with Idaho F&G. Let's try a few little things first.
Why do you dislike zones?
 

Jim Carr

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I can't speak for anyone else but I would prefer to not have deer zones because I like the freedom to explore new areas every year while still having the option to fall back on familiar units.
I absolutely second this opinion. Thats one of the great joys I have in our state. To beable to explore new country and have a chance to hunt it if we choose.
 
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