Hunters interested in shaping the future of mule deer hunting in Idaho have the opportunity to do so over the next few weeks by participating in a survey.
The opinions of mule deer hunters will provide the foundation for developing a new statewide Mule Deer Management Plan. This planning process will take place over the next six to nine months.
"We are in the beginning stages of creating a new mule deer management plan for the state of Idaho," said Brad Compton, state big game manager. "What we need to know is what sportsmen want when it comes to hunting opportunities."
The department, in partnership with the University of Idaho, has started an online survey of mule deer hunters. The 50-question survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. It is available at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ until the end of February.
Questions include whether hunters would prefer to hunt every year, or to hunt for a trophy buck every three years; and whether they support reducing elk numbers in an effort to increase mule deer numbers.
"The information we gather from this survey will help direct how we will build our mule deer management plan over the next 10 years," said Kelton Hatch, Fish and Game's Magic Valley Region conservation educator.
The new plan would go into effect in 2008. For information about the survey, contact local Fish and Game offices.