The definition of a quality hunting experience is different for everybody. Many hunters find satisfaction in simply the opportunity to experience the hunt and to provide meat for their families, while others are serious about finding and harvesting a mature buck. Wildlife agencies strive to provide hunting experiences for diverse interests by implementing various management strategies to provide a lot of hunting opportunity or the chance to harvest a large-antlered, mature buck. Trade-offs among management strategies are often at odds with each other and can create conflict among some hunters and managers. Implications and benefits of both strategies need to be considered within biological constraints of mule deer and their habitat.
A product of the Mule Deer Working Group - Sponsored by the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. Produced with support from the Mule Deer Foundation (www.muledeer.org) - Approved January 2018
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