From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
-- As Utah hunters head into the woods Aug. 21, the number of young bucks they see might vary.
In northern Utah, where the winter was mild this past winter-, hunters could see more young bucks. Hunters in southwestern Utah, where deep snow covered the deer's winter range, might see less. Overall, the number of mule deer in Utah is holding steady at just over 300,000 deer. The number of bucks wildlife biologists saw after last fall's hunting seasons averaged about 16 bucks per 100 does on the state's general season units.
The total number of deer in Utah has been hovering around 300,000 for several years. "That indicates that the habitat we have in Utah right now can support about 300,000 deer," says Anis Aoude, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Aoude explains the Division and other agencies and organizations are pouring millions of dollars into work to improve habitat for mule deer and other wildlife.
Mule deer winter ranges have received most of the attention, but summer ranges are starting to receive attention, too.
"Habitat improvement work doesn't pay off overnight," Aoude says. "It takes years for plants to grow and establish themselves. But when they do, and the state's habitat has the ability to support more deer, the number of deer in Utah should grow."
To find success during the archery hunt, Aoude encourages hunters to do three things: practice shooting your bow until shooting it becomes second nature; scout the area you're going to hunt before the season starts, and keep the wind at your face while you're hunting. Those three things can make all the difference between taking a deer home and coming home empty handed," he says.
Information on deer hunting prospects for each of the Division's five regions is available at http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/news/42-utah-wildlife-news/338-2010-archery-hunt-preview.html