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Idaho to release draft management plans for mule deer and whitetail deer

Idaho draft management plans

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) will release new draft management plans for mule deer and whitetail deer for public comment in early June. The revised deer plans include current Idaho deer populations as well as input from hunters who have told IDFG “how they prefer deer hunting to be managed,” the Idaho County Free Press reports.

The current deer management plans are more than 10 years old.

“Management plans allow us to evaluate what’s working, what’s not working, what limitations we’re dealing with, and whether we can address those limitations,” said Daryl Meints, IDFG deer and elk coordinator.

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IDFG presented the draft management plans to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission earlier this month. While the plans cover long-term management strategy, including “population objectives, harvest objectives, preferred hunting opportunities (i.e. general or controlled), balanced with other wildlife populations [and] hunter desires,” they do not include specific set seasons, according to the Idaho County Free Press. Those were determined last March for the 2019-2020 hunting seasons.

Stay tuned. IDFG will hold public meetings to collect comments on the draft plans in just a few weeks.

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