Statewide Mule Deer Initiatives

Please join the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative and help secure the future of Wyoming's mule deer. 

During the last couple decades, those who appreciate mule deer have reported seeing fewer. This is real. Mule deer populations are in decline across western North America. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is committed to conserving wildlife for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, and that includes doing all we can to reverse the downward trend among mule deer. 

Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for the decline in mule deer populations. Mule deer will likely never return to the population peaks of 50 years ago. However, the success of efforts to stop mule deer declines in Wyoming will depend on public involvement. Mule deer are integral to maintaining the diversity and abundance of Wyoming's native species for generations to come, and you can make difference. 

Working together provides the best opportunities to improve conditions for mule deer. 

To initially focus efforts the Wyoming Game and Fish Department identified herd units statewide for increased public participation in their future management. To share your thoughts or get involved, call your local contact and/or click on the links below:

Jackson/Pinedale – Doug McWhirter: 307-733-2321

The Wyoming Range and Sublette

Cody – Corey Class: 307-527-7125
Owl Creek/Meeteetse

Sheridan – Dan Thiele: 307-672-8003
Upper Powder River

Green River – Mark Zornes: 307-875-3223

Laramie – Corey Class: 307-745-4046
Sheep Mountain and Platte Valley

Lander – Daryl Lutz: 307-332-2688
Green Mountain and the South Wind River

Casper – Justin Binfet: 307-473-3400
Casper Hunt Area 66

To read the Mule Deer Initiative, click here  or open this publication (Mule Deer Initiative Booklet) and the fact sheets below.

And follow this link for even further information: muledeerworkinggroup.com

Wyoming Mule Deer Public Working Groups

Public Working Groups Information

Recommendations for Managing Mule Deer Habitat in Wyoming

Recommendations for Managing Mule Deer Habitat in Wyoming

2012 Wyoming Mule Deer Hunter Attitude Survey

This study was conducted for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to determine mule deer hunters' opinions on the quality of mule deer hunting in Wyoming and their opinions on season structure and hunting regulations.

2012 Wyoming Mule Deer Hunter Attitude Survey

​Western Wyoming Mule Deer Research

The Highs and Lows for Mule Deer in Western Wyoming - Jan. 2018 WGF Commission presentation by Dr. Monteith, Univ. of WY

Mule Deer Winter Feeding Information

Mule Deer Winter Feeding

Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Mule Deer Fact Sheets

Relationships Among Mule Deer and Their Predators
Understanding Mule Deer and Winter Feeding
Highway Effects on Mule Deer Movement and Survival
Competition Between Mule Deer and Elk
Carrying Capacity - How Many Deer Can We Have?
Understanding Mule Deer and Antler Point Restrictions
Antlerless Mule Deer Harvest
Illegal Harvest and Mule Deer Populations
Urban Mule Deer Issues
Translocation of Mule Deer
Understanding Mule Deer Migration
Understanding Mule Deer and Fencing

Mule Deer: Saving the Icon of the West

Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Mule Deer Working Group

Critical Review of Antler Point Regulations
Mule Deer Working Group Activity and Accomplishments
Statewide Mule Deer Initiative
Recommended Strategies to Manage Mule Deer Hunting

Additional Mule Deer Links

Muley Fanatics Foundation
The Mule Deer Foundation
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Mule Deer Working Group

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