Owl Creek/Meeteetse Mule Deer Initiative

In October 2014, the Cody Region of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department initiated the Owl Creek/Meeteetse Mule Deer Initiative.  The primary goal of the initiative was to work collaboratively to develop management recommendations for the benefit of the Owl Creek/Meeteetse mule deer herd. 

Over the course of six months, Game and Fish personnel worked with a variety of public interests and stakeholders to develop, implement and finalize a working management plan for this mule deer herd.  The effort  involved surveying 2,000 hunters and conducting five public/stakeholder workshops in Thermopolis and Meeteetse in order to gather input, provide information, and develop management recommendations.

During the initiative, priority values identified by most stakeholders were to have more mule deer and larger bucks, and that hunters valued a quality hunt by seeing a lot of mature bucks without seeing a lot of other hunters.  The over-riding concern identified was the decline of mule deer numbers in the Owl Creek/Meeteetse herd and the increase in white-tailed deer numbers, as well as habitat concerns.  Potential solutions brought forward that address concerns included changing current hunting season structures, continue addressing habitat issues and developing research projects.    

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January 14, 2015 
December 8-9, 2014
Habitat Presentaion
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