Mule Deer Population

Res #: 20-22M
Number: 20
Year: 2022
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

WHEREAS the population of Mule Deer increased in the province of Saskatchewan.

WHEREAS the increased population and presence of Mule Deer have caused crop damage.

WHEREAS the increased population results in an increase of near miss incidents or motor vehicle accidents.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to increase the draw limits for the Mule Deer population for the 2023 season.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

February 17, 2023

In addition to public considerations, wildlife managers evaluate information on mule deer population size, trends and health collected through aerial surveys, ground-based spotlight surveys, spring deer recruitment surveys, hunter harvest surveys and the rate of chronic wasting disease prevalence to inform harvest management strategies. Collectively, this information is reviewed within the Game Management Plan framework to guide management decisions. 

Cold temperatures and high snow depths in recent years have challenged mule deer populations in many areas of the province to obtain an adequate food supply and shelter from the elements. As mule deer seek alternate sources of food and shelter, we are aware of increases in the reporting of nuisance deer in some populated areas. The concerns of rural municipalities will be given careful consideration in the upcoming season setting process. 

Additionally, the ministry is in the process of developing a long-term management plan for mule deer in Saskatchewan. In this plan, additional mule deer hunting opportunities to stabilize population growth, address rural resident concerns and limit the spread of chronic wasting disease will being considered. The ministry will engage the Wildlife Advisory Committee – which SARM is a member of -for input on the development of the management plan and related harvest management strategies. 

The Honourable Dana Skoropad – Minister of Environment, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment