Consecutive mild winters set up big deer possibilities

Many Idaho hunters are optimistic about taking a deer, or maybe even two, this fall.

Three consecutive mild winters across most of Idaho are resulting in unusually high numbers of mule deer and whitetail deer. Survival rates have been higher than average in five of the last six years.

Biologists say mild winters and good summer conditions allow bucks to put additional energy into antler growth, so 2014 will not only be good opportunity to take a deer, but also provides potential to bag a trophy.

Even parts of the state which typically endure harsh winters have dodged the bullet. Said Wildlife Manager Daryl Meints: “Sportsmen should take advantage of this while it is available; it could all change this winter.”

In July the Fish and Game Commission approved discount prices for second tags, which are now available on a first-come first-served basis: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/tagdiscount.

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