HABITAT

Green Mountain/ South Wind River Mule Deer Initiative

The Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Initiative and Working Group were started by Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) to apply and adapt the overarching objectives and strategies of the Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative to address herd-specific issues in the South Wind River and the Sweetwater herd units. The continued decline in the number of mule deer and hunter satisfaction in the South Wind River and Sweetwater herd units was the primary focus of these efforts.

The Working Group and collaborative process was governed by a charter outlining goals, sideboards, outcomes, and time lines. The Working Group is comprised of 13 individuals representing the public at large, landowners/livestock producers, hunters (one was a youth hunter), outfitters, area businesses, and WGFD. To ensure recommendations were made to best address all those interested in these herd units, the Working Group and WGFD distributed a survey which assessed the attitudes and concerns of those who hunted in these herd units.

It is recognized mule deer management entails a myriad of biological considerations. In addition, management decisions and strategies must also integrate society’s expectations. These tenets are part and parcel with the premises of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. The most effective management strategies are founded in the species’ biology and also supported by society. The Working Group, in concert with public input, identified major needs or issues contributing to reduced hunter satisfaction and declining mule deer numbers including: Research, Adaptive Management, Hunting Season Structure, Habitat Management, Education and Public Outreach, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Predator Management, and WGFD Presence and Law Enforcement.

The Working Group developed recommendations with the intent that they would be useful for WGFD to address management challenges in these herd units. 

Green Mountain/ South Wind River Mule Deer Initiative and Herd Information

Green Mountain/ South Wind River Mule Deer Herd Initiative
Habitat Management Plan for South Wind River and Sweetwater Mule Deer Herd Units

Historic Working Group Information

Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Working Group Charter
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Workshop Notes
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Workshop
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Update Presentation

Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer History of Herd Units Presentation
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Habitat Management Presentation
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Hunting Seasons Presentation
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Workshop Presentation
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (April 6, 2015)

Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (March 16, 2015)
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (February 24, 2015)
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (February 5, 2015)
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (January 26, 2015)
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (November 10, 2014)
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (October 20, 2014)
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (September 2, 2014)
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (July 23, 2014)
Lander/Green Mountain Mule Deer Meeting Minutes (June 17, 2014)
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