Thinking of hunting deer in Utah this season? It just might turn out to be a great hunt.
DWR biologists are seeing a significant increase in Utah's mule deer population. The average buck to doe ratio twenty years ago was eight bucks to every 100 does. In a 2014 study, biologists visited areas where deer were wintering, that showed on average 21 bucks to 100 doe ratio.
Based on the data gathered, mule deer had a great survival rate. The DWR stated that 84 percent of Utah does and 82 percent of fawns survived in 2014. Using radio collars, biologists have tracked 100 deer across the state of Utah. Tracking information shows that there is an overall increase to the deer population in general.