DEER IN UTAH REACH RECORD NUMBERS – Deer numbers in Utah are at an all-time high. Thanks to an improved habitat, mule deer numbers in Utah have increased. Along those same lines, the number of bucks have also increased.
According to Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources, mule deer numbers in the state are more than 370,000. That is an increase of 100,000 deer since 2011. This increase in mule deer provides more encounters for those lucky enough to get a deer tag in Utah.
DWR officials explain what has caused the increase in deer numbers:
“Over the last three years, we’ve had the highest deer numbers in Utah in 25 years. We have more bucks on the statewide landscape currently than we’ve ever had. A lot of that is due to good habitat work and climate. With the wet spring, habitat has flourished, providing the necessary nutrition for antler growth. Hunters who are targeting buck mule deer should expect some of the best antler growth they have ever seen. It’s been a great year for deer. Hunters are set up to have a very memorable year.”
Covy Jones, DWR Big Game Coordinator
What does this mean for hunters?
As stated above, the increase in numbers provides more encounters for hunters. It also provides improved antler growth and overall quality of the mule deer. As the DWR Big Game Coordinator mentioned, this year could be a “very memorable year” for Utah hunters, and many have already obtained that result.
Utah has already concluded its archery and muzzleloader hunts, and the general deer hunt will wrap up this coming weekend. Through social media, we’ve seen the success that has been obtained during these hunts. Not just in the number of deer harvested, but also in the quality. It seems like it’s a daily occurrences that a big, mature, Utah buck is being harvested. And congratulations to those that have been successful.
For those that haven’t punched that tag yet, good luck. The numbers are in your favor. Please share your success stories and pictures with us. We look forward to seeing and reading them.
Have you seen an increase in deer numbers as you’ve hunted Utah’s public lands?