Idaho Fish and Game wildlife managers are asking deer hunters to review draft management plans for mule deer and white-tailed deer and provide feedback on the overall concepts of the plans and whether topics are missing that might improve them. The plans will guide deer herd management over the next six years.
Hunters have until June 21 to comment online, at open houses or by calling a regional office. Open houses will be held statewide, and hunters are asked to review the plans before attending. The closest meeting to the Wood River Valley will be held in Jerome on Wednesday, June 12, from 3-8 p.m. at the Fish and Game regional office, 324 S. 417 E., Suite 1.
There are separate plans for mule deer and white-tailed deer. According to the department, white-tailed deer are rare in the area surrounding the Wood River Valley.
Both plans are the result of extensive hunter surveys done in 2017-18.
The plans mostly outline management statewide and do not go into unit-by-unit detail, nor do they provide season frameworks or specific rules.
Wildlife managers will incorporate hunters’ comments, then present a final draft to the Fish and Game Commission during the summer.
The mule deer plan can be found at idfg.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/draft-management-plan-mule-deer-may-30-2019.pdf.