Mule Deer Working Group

Mule Deer
Working Group

Mule deer, Arizona. Photo Credit: George Andrejko

The establishment of the Mule Deer Working Group (MDWG) was approved by the WAFWA President and directors in 1997 to address concerns about the long-term decline in mule deer numbers. The working group’s members consist of state and provincial fish and wildlife agency personnel who have technical expertise and oversight of matters involving mule deer within their respective jurisdictions. The group reports directly to the WAFWA board of directors. Since the time of the MDWG’s inception, the group has been successfully addressing mule and black-tailed deer concerns shared among wildlife agencies in western North America. The working group’s approved Statement of Purpose, last revised January 2021:

  1. Develop and refine strategies to conserve black-tailed and mule deer populations and their habitat throughout western North America;
  2. Improve communication and collaboration among black-tailed and mule deer biologists throughout the West;
  3. Provide research and management information to stakeholders that fosters collaborative conservation;
  4. Provide a forum of experts to respond to information needs from wildlife and habitat management agency administration.
Black-tailed & Mule Deer Distribution

Slide A product of the Mule Deer Working Group. INFO Click Here Mule Deer Fact Sheets Slide 2021
Rangewide Status Report
Black-tailed & Mule Deer
REPORTS Click Here
Slide WALLMO AWARD AWARDS Click Here Slide What do you do when you find a deer fawn? VIDEO Click Here Slide Mule Deer Habitat Guidelines PUBLICATIONS Click Here Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer Slide 2021

The 14th Biennial Deer and Elk Workshop (2021)

The Western States and Provinces Deer and Elk Workshop is a biennial meeting held in odd numbered years.  The workshop provides a forum where leading deer and elk managers and researchers share research results, management strategies, and emerging issues in the realms of deer and elk management throughout North America. Get the latest details on the Deer and Elk Workshop HERE.


The workshop has been held since 1973, view all the proceedings HERE.

The mule deer is a symbol of the West.  The continuing evolution of western land management requires that wildlife managers anticipate changes in land use and make recommendations based on the best science available.



Mule Deer: Saving the Icon of the West

Tim Abell hosts this look into the challenges facing mule deer. We’ll meet the dedicated people working to help this majestic icon of the West.  This video was produced by the Mule Deer Working Group with financial assistance from the Mule Deer Foundation and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. This video production aired on the Sportsman Channel.

Related Events

Event Type Date Location
Deer & Elk Workshop Workshop August 3, 2021 - August 4, 2021 Virtual Platform

Members List

Jim Heffelfinger, Chair
Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Ed Schriever, Director Sponsor
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
Justin Gilligan, Member
Alberta, Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch
Karin McCoy, Member
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
Amber Munig, Member
Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Andrew Walker, Member
British Columbia, Fish and Wildlife Branch
Scott Gardner, Member
California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Andy Holland, Member
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Thomas Ka’iakapu, Member
Hawaii Division of Forestry & Wildlife
Rick Ward, Member
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
Levi Jaster, Member
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Brian Wakeling, Member
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Bruce Stillings, Member
North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.
Luke Meduna, Member
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Orrin Duvuvuei, Member
New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish
Cody Schroeder, Member
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
Dallas Barber, Member
Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Don Whittaker, Member
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Andy Lindbloom, Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Tom Perry, Member
Saskatchewan, Fish and Wildlife Branch
Shawn Gray, Member
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
Covy Jones, Member
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Sara Hansen, Member
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Dan Thiele, Member
Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.
Sophie Czetwertynski, Member
Yukon, Dept. of Environment
Eve Lamontagne, Member
Northwest Territories, Wildlife Division, Dept. of Env. & Nat. Res.