Mule Deer Management Plan Comments

Online Public Comments   (49 Total Comments)

All Plan Section Comments

Population Monitoring and Population Management (Objectives 1 and 2)

VALES, DAVID   October 30, 2015
AUBURN, WA

Comments:
In your discussion of survival rates, lines 274-286, there should be a range of rates cited and a reference to Forrester et al. Mammal Review 2013 A review of the population dynamics of mule deer and black-tailed deer Odocoileus hemionus in North America so that readers can see the range of rates across the range of the species. There continues to be an unwillingness on WDFW's part to provide estimates of cougar predation impacts on mule deer. There are estimates of cougar abundance in CMU's, estimates of a range of kill rates by cougar on deer, and an estimate of deer numbers. You could model projected effects. While it is nice to maintain or increase hunting opportunity, it may be impossible if the suite of mortality factors result in a decline. Improving habitat may not yield positive results if habitat is not limiting, and animal performance (survival, reproduction) does not suggest a habitat problem. Direct mortality may be the problem, and may need to be managed in some areas.
GARDNER, THOMAS M   October 30, 2015
MARYSVILLE, WA

Comments:
I attended the meeting held in Olympia last night (10-29-2015), and I was very surprised that only three people showed up. I have some suggestions to make. On the top of page 52 in your Mule Deer Management proposal, you state the following, "The Departments primary tool to increase or decrease deer numbers is manipulating harvest via hunting regulations." Since you can't control the number of hunters in the field or where they go, the only way you can control the harvest is by when the hunters can hunt. It was stated by the Fish and Wildlife official at the meeting that they set the dates for hunting to do the least amount of damage to the deer. i.e. so the least number of deer are harvested. I propose that it would be better to control the number of hunters and where they go and set the dates so the hunter would have a better chance of harvesting a deer. This way if a unit has had a bad burn, the dept can shut down hunting in those units so the unit can recover.
COON, MAGGIE   October 28, 2015
TWISP, WA

Comments:
Comments of the Methow Valley Citizens' Council are in the attached letter to the Director. Thank you. Maggie Coon, Board Chair Methow Valley Citizens' Council

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SNODGRASS, TED   October 28, 2015
CASHMERE, WA

Comments:
It is almost impossible for the WDFW to manage a resource that a certain population can take as many of the resource as they want. A federal judge has ruled that the only way to keep the tribes from decimating the resources is if the resource is being managed for its survival. Is that not what we are doing at the WDFW? Are we not managing the deer and elk herds for their survival because they are a very limited resource. I think its time to stand up for that fight and require all persons tribal or not to comply with the hunting rules and regulations of the State of WA and let the tribes take us to court. I'm personally tired of the photos and stories of tribal member killing elk and deer for their antlers and leaving the rest to rot, hunting on game reserves, hunting during closed seasons and taking all the quality game etc.
THOMPSON, GARY   October 28, 2015
ELLENSBURG, WA

Comments:
Full disclose of reporting of wildlife taken by tribal members. Also, have tribal hunting seasons posted thru WDFW website and in all future game regulation pamphlets.
TRUMBO, BRAD   October 27, 2015
WAITSBURG, WA

Comments:
Overall, the plan includes a lot of good information. I like the idea of management zones. I do, however, have concerns on the harvest ascpect of population management. I am most familiar with the Blue Mountians zone, so the majority of my comments are focused on that zone, but overall I find there to be little "management" involoved in the harvest discussion of this document. I expected to see harvest goals and objectives for each zone but there were none provided that I read. I elaborate a bit on this in my comments (see attached document), but it appears there needs to be a more firm handle on the population demographics in the Blue Mountain zone before any management can occur.
QUINN, DANIEL W   October 23, 2015
ELLENSBURG, WA

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There is a significant amount of mature old age 2pt bucks in the Withrow 262 unit. Some looking to be in the 30"-32" spread with tine lengths over 18" above fork. I recently saw a cluster of (7) 2 pts together all trophy class 2 pts. Specifically from the Wells Dam area down to Waterville township. Managment hunts to cull old age 2 pt bucks should be "2nd deer tag hunts" during rut only. Successful applicant must take an orientation class with local game agents & report kills immediately.
QUINN, MARK   October 23, 2015
OLYMPIA, W

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You need to allow people to comment of various sections more easily and . My comments deal mostly with issues and management considerations: My compliments on something long overdue. It is well don e for the most part and provides a tremendous amount of information for the hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and others including landowners, gov't entities, etc. More discussion and management direction needs to be focused on: Interference competition from elk, specifically for the east slope MDMZ. One of the reasons this herd (est. size 47,000 animals) is as large and productive as it is, is because there is little to no competition from elk. There is an abundance of anecdotal information in addition to recent research to show that elk compete with and displace mule deer through interference competition. Almost without exception across the West, MD populations are decreasing where elk populations are increasing. This is no coincidence. (See attachment)

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NANEY, BOB   October 22, 2015
WINTHROP, WA

Comments:
I like the idea of larger management units, but think the East Slope Cascades could be divided into 2 sub groups. Most Methow deer don't move much south of Lake Chelan so monitoring the entire area could weaken the sample if funding is based on area. Also, from a management perspective, no or very few elk are in the Methow. I also have concerns regarding the 3-point regulation. As stated in the plan, most bucks are not sexually mature until 1 1/2 years. With fawn drop in early june, yearlings become "full" breeders sometime in December. That results in breeding on the second and possibly the 3rd estrus. Even though there are good post season buck/doe rations, you state a high percentage of those bucks are yearlings. Has there been any work to determine the long term effects on herd fitness, especially with later born fawns and sexually maturity. we have had so many "light" or easy winters (at least the past 6) the past few years fawn survival has been pretty high.
WELLS, MARK L   October 18, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA

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My opinion on the mule deer herd in Washington is that with predators at an all time high and climbing, the end is near for our beloved mule deer. Habitat loss is horrible with this state not caring much as long as it gets it's taxes from land sales. Bears and cougars have coexisted with the mule deer with hunting keeping them in check. The addition of wolves is utterly ridiculous and for whatever stupid reason, our WDFW is trying to establish more. The latest wildlife news I heard was that our WDFW was going to reestablish grizzly bears in the north Cascades. They already travel the Cascade corridor as numerous sightings over the years have proven even though the WDFW denied them all. The WDFW also denied the existence of wolves in WA until they got so populated that their existence had to be verified. Get rid of the wolves and forget about grizzlies.
PATTERSON, BEAU   September 29, 2015
WENATCHEE, WA

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I read the entire draft and would like to commend Mr. Myers and the Game Division on a well-considered, easily understandable document. I strongly support the 7 MDMZ concept for future management. I feel this section undervalues land acquisition as a strategy to meet Objective 2.
DEIBERT, DENNIS H   September 24, 2015
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA

Comments:
After reading this through. I noticed that it tells how many hunters the state has. But I also noticed that there is no data on what the tribes have as so called subsistence hunters. I also noticed that they do not collaborate data about their harvests . why is that not required? I believe this is a major factor that needs to be addressed. I while hunting in area 101 Sherman, during the black powder season that there was a native american and his what I believed was his wife was riding a quad and hunting with a modern fire arm. Can they do that/. wasn't sure but know that area is open unclaimed land that thay can hunt. That beig said. I think the department needs to pursue a more open discussion with them and approach the legislature about tribal rights Sincerely Dennis Deibert
PITTS, TYREL   September 24, 2015
MOSSYROCK, WA

Comments:
I would like to see Washington get away from antler point restrictions and go to a season structure like Colorado has. While at the same time going to a full draw system for every mule deer tag the same as Colorado. Colorado had a season structure much like Washington with over the counter tags up until 1999. In 1999 Colorado stopped over the counter hunts and changed there season structures to what they are now for mule deer and there mule deer numbers exploded. Washington is about the only state that still uses antler point restrictions in more than a few units to manage mule deer. Other states have went away from it because it is a poor management tool for the most part. Washington needs to get up to date with management tools that work. And stop relying on antler point restrictions that all of the western states say don't work for managing mule deer.

Hunting Opportunity (Objective 3)

DE BOER, TRENTON   November 1, 2015
ELLENSBURG , WA

Comments:
I went to the Ellensburg meeting in early October and it was very beneficial and insightful. Great to hear firsthand the management of the department in regards to mule deer management. I would like to see quality deer permits for the Sherman unit (101) in the future, modern firearm specifically. Is there a reason it has no permits? I am glad I can hunt a general season for deer and happy to see an extension of two days for the mule deer season.
LLOYD, JOSH   November 1, 2015
MT VERNON , WA

Comments:
Have more opportunities for mule deer doe hunts for modern rifle.
ANDRESEN, PHIL H   October 31, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA

Comments:
The current hunting season (2015) provides ample opportunities to harvest a legal buck.
GARDNER, THOMAS M   October 30, 2015
MARYSVILLE, WA

Comments:
I propose that the state go to a lottery system the same as used in Arizona. This way your dept can control the number of hunters and where they hunt. This way you can set the dates for hunting so the hunters have the best chance of harvesting a deer. Instead of the way it is done now. Now the dates are set now so it does the least damage to the deer population. This lowers a hunter chance of success. I would rather go hunting every other year and have a really good chance of success, than go every year like it is and not harvest a deer in 18 years. Why waste my money here in this state. I have started going out of state to hunt. If I had my choice, I would rather spend my money here in this state.
GRAHAM, TROY   October 29, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA

Comments:
The tribal hunting in our permit only areas during the rut needs to stop. This is unfair to the people that pay to support these animals but never get a chance to hunt them. Example the entiat unit. They are in there in november shooting what ever they want! Also making deer season a free for all does not help the matter. We should have to pick a region to hunt, and puchase a tag accordingly.
BROWN, JON C   October 29, 2015
EDMONDS, WA

Comments:
It happens every year during the regular season, Mule Deer are spotted with arrows sticking from them, as well as carcasses found with arrows in them as well. Essentially either game not killed, still alive with a arrow bouncing around, or lost game which had a lethal shot, but got away as lost game. I do not understand why there are two Archery Seasons? Why is there and early and late season? Modern Rifle, and Muzzle Loaders each have one season. Recommendation: Offer one Archery Season only, supplemented by Special Applications on a limited basis for additional Archery hunting opportunity.
WEHMEIER , DANIEL   October 29, 2015
GIG HARBOR , WA

Comments:
I feel that it would greatly benefit the mule deer by creating more roadless areas and definitely baning atv and off road use on forest lands. Last year I hiked in to Graphite Mt. and found a camp that had extensive atv trials and this year I was shocked when I hiked in about 5 miles just to count 20 atv's, and not to mention people 4x4ing around gates to access the endless miles of logging roads
SNODGRASS, TED   October 28, 2015
CASHMERE, WA

Comments:
There is to much hunting opportunity for mule deer in eastern WA and it is having a negative effect on the quality of the hunt itself and the quality of the game to be hunted. Some states have an abundance of game animals and can have an over the counter tag for mule deer but that should not be the case in WA. WA should manage their mule deer resource like Oregon and all mule deer hunting in eastern WA should be draw only. This would accomplish 2 things. It would limit the number of hunters per unit making for a higher quality hunt and it would increase the quality of the mule deer taken. Also some of the tags given out should not be for 3 point or better but for 2 point or less. Constant take of all the upcoming bucks that survive a season or 2 lowers the genetics of the population pool to possibly questionable possible eliminating whole lines of bucks because they never reach maturity.
VOLMER, DAVID   October 26, 2015
WEST RICHLAND, WA

Comments:
In my opinion, there is no reason that a few (2 to 4) special permits (either quality deer or Buck deer) should not be given out through the draw to hunt mule deer in November in unit 278 Wahluke. The state should be constantly looking for special permits that give high quality hunts. The Saddle Mountains would offer a high quality mule deer hunt and if the quota was low it would not effect the mule deer herd in the area. Just my two cents from a hunter that has hunted deer in this state for over 35 years. I do think the 3 point min rule that was introduced in this state back in the 1990's was a huge success. It has its problems but overall has been a good thing. I hunted in the 80's and early 90's and since it has been introduced, the hunting success has been much better. Overall, I think our state does a good job with a large number of hunters and a smaller amount of land to hunt compared to other western states. It truly has its challenges.
SCHLIESMAN, JOSEPH R   October 22, 2015
ELLENSBURG, WA

Comments:
Comments submitted in the form of a PDF to make it easier to read.

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MANNSCHRECK, ROBERT   October 21, 2015
RENTON, WA

Comments:
Subject: Master hunters / abundance of fork horns in Blue Mountains. There has been an unmistakable increase in the number of mature fork horns in the Blue Mt region over the past decade. I understand and support the logic behind the 3 point minimum, but I'm seeing hunters kill 2 year old three points that would eventually mature into trophy class animals. At the same time, they are having to pass on 5 year old fork horns that really should be harvested. I'm assuming wdfw has noted the above trend. Has there been any consideration for having master hunters harvest mature fork horns in the area to get them out of the gene pool? It seems the trick to harvest mature fork horns would be to identify hunters who know how to age deer and master hunters would be a great resource.
NEVILLS, CLINT G   October 10, 2015
KENNEWICK, WA

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I have been hunting my whole life and usually hunt at least 2 out of state hunts as well . As a avid hunter , something that has been bothering me for quite a few years is the way mule deer hunting is ran , opening weekend of mod firearm is sad , I usually find anywhere from two to five 2 points , wounded or shot dead and left to rot because they are not legal and I wish I could catch the careless hunters responsible for their actions , truly sickening !!! Solution #1 : have a draw and give up to 4 hunt choices , which ever hunt choice you draw , you can only hunt that unit and can harvest any antlered buck for that unit period . This means that unit only if selected and if you don't draw you can hunt the west side or north for late white tails and that's it . Solution #2 : operate the deer hunts just like Eastern Oregon , one of the best ideas for maintaining healthy deer herds and quality hunting experience I have seen . # 3 if your caught shooting a ill legal buck , 5 yr sus .
ANDERSON, MARK L   October 6, 2015
EDGEWOOD, WA

Comments:
I would like to recommend either adding more special permit youth tags for "Any Buck" during general seasons or opening hunting to "2-point or better" once every 5 years to allow the harvest of mature 2-point bucks from the gene pool. I am noticing a significant increase of mature 2-point bucks (antlers out past their ears - typically 21"+ wide) that are becoming the breeding bucks in an area because the 3-points and 4-points are being shot during the season. I understand that 3-point+ deer will hide more if they are hunted and typically less visible during hunting hours, but in the past 15 years I have seen many of the "200" areas (i.e. 248) become dominated by mature 2-points. This is a direct result of harvesting the 3-point or better deer. As a result, I suggest adding plans to reduce the mature 2-point population of animals so they are removed from the gene pool. An open harvest of any buck or 2-point or better every 5 years would do that and support branch antler objectives.
NEFF, ADAM   October 5, 2015
EAST WENATCHEE, WA

Comments:
I would support the decrease or complete stoppage of mule deer doe harvests, as well as an increase in the antlered harvest to 4-point minimum. This coupled with an increase in whitetail doe harvest opportunities and instituting any buck for whitetail antlered opportunity I think would be beneficial.
BYNUM, ARDIS   October 1, 2015
WINTHROP, WA

Comments:
It is October 1, 2015. I just watched a very small fawn grazing the bitterbrush near me (?Gardner 231, Winthrop). Too many fawns are being born late compared to the abundance of food and time needed to grow enough to survive the winter. It is horrific to see them struggle/suffer some winters before they die. WDFW needs to change its hunting priorities to ensure that fawns are born early in the summer---this may include increasing the probability that more mature bucks are available when does first come in heat each season.
HARVEY, JOHN P   September 30, 2015
SELAH, WA

Comments:
Naches zone: Hunting should be permit only for Deer. Im disgusted by the management of the mule deer in the Naches area. Deer population have been low for years yet you let hunters in for general season, including my self. This area should be permit only like the LT Murray once was. I have spent the whole Deer and Elk season hunting in these units and have seen 2 deer that 14 days of hunting 2 DEE, this was not from a vehicle.
GOULET, ROSS W   September 30, 2015
MOSES LAKE, WA

Comments:
More needs to be done to limit hunting congestion. Ever since the multi season tag the pressure has increased substantially. During muzzle load season I now see deer running all over with their tongue hanging out, similar to rifle season. Other states have adressed this by having to draw for all units. This can be done while allowing leftover tags to those who didn't draw their first choice to allow everyone an opportunity.
PATTERSON, BEAU   September 29, 2015
WENATCHEE, WA

Comments:
You correctly note that increasing human population in Eastern Washington will continue to lead to lost habitat and hunting opportunity. To meet the goal of maintaining or increasing harvest and opportunity, additional land protection and acquisition to offset these losses would go a long way toward the probability of meeting the goal. Every proposal for acquisition for RTEs in eastern Washington seems to laud benefits for mule deer; if money was budgeted for mule deer habitat acquisition, it could be very effectively leveraged with RTE money and vice-versa. I would like to see an annual pot of money sought for mule deer habitat acquisition (plus, as a primary prey species for gray wolf, you should be able to leverage Federal Section 7 dollars as well).

Habitat (Objective 4)

ANDRESEN, PHIL H   October 30, 2015
OLYMPIA , WA

Comments:
The WDFW has done a very good job of securing private properties. Recent acquisitions along the Methow River provide access for fishing while protecting mule deer migration routes. THANK YOU for paying attention and proactively securing these key properties for ALL OF US!!!
BROWN, JON C   October 29, 2015
EDMONDS, WA

Comments:
Reviewing the plan, in general I support the effort to better understand our Mule Deer, especially population estimates. Sections listing food competition between Elk, Sheep, etc. No where in the report did I find any reference to food and habitat competition or impact with cattle? A large amount of Mule Deer Habitat is also open cattle range, often public land leased for cattle range. How do cattle impact habitat. Also now with the 2014 and 2015 wildfires in Eastern WA, it will take a number of years for re-growth. Much of this was also cattle range. Will cattle now be more concentrated in none wildfire impact areas? What will this impact be? Is the cattle lobbies influence so great that that they were not mentioned in the study?
GAUSMAN, RYAN   October 16, 2015
THORP, WA

Comments:
I strongly support placing strong emphasis on improving winter range habitat. Especially since the fires of the past few years have caused extensive, although non-permanent, damage to the winter range in many areas of central Washington. I have also witnessed the change from extensive logging to very little logging during my lifetime and see that much of the previously logged land has grown up in reprod or fairly dense timber with little or no understory or feed available for mule deer. I support efforts to remove timber in significant quantities to restore winter feed levels. Planting and controlled burns are also something I support to remove unwanted weed species and replace useful plants which have been choked out or which have stopped growing for whatever reason over the years. Living on the boundary of LT Murray wildlife area I appreciate that the area is closed for wildlife security during the winter when animals are at risk. I support closing roads as well.
PATTERSON, BEAU   September 29, 2015
WENATCHEE, WA

Comments:
Please see my comment on objective 3, maintaining and increasing habitat my comments are the same as for maintaining and improving opportunity. > habitat = >mule deer = > opportunity. I would like to see funding sought for a dedicated annual pot of money for mule deer habitat acquisition.

Human-Wildlife Conflict (Objectives 5 and 6)

SNODGRASS, TED   October 28, 2015
CASHMERE, WA

Comments:
What is WDFW doing to limit the conflict between motorist and deer on state highways like SR 153 and SR 20 where hundreds of deer are killed by motorists yearly.
NEWHOUSE, MICHAEL E   October 6, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA

Comments:
in 346 gmu there was a green dot red dot rule wy not bring it back into effect like 336 340 342 to protect deer and elk habitat with the logging roads in 346 the deer and elk have no natural highway feeding grounds to Yakima if no budget let the hunters patrol it im a packer into the norse peak wilderness trail in the early 90s it took 5 miles to get there that was not a problem now only 1hr every one can drive rite into deer and elk habitat
NEFF, ADAM   October 5, 2015
EAST WENATCHEE, WA

Comments:
I completely support additional fencing and road crossing as opposed to increased harvest for reducing the human/wildlife conflicts. In urban areas more short range seasons should be offered (handgun, shotgun, archery).
PATTERSON, BEAU   September 29, 2015
WENATCHEE, WA

Comments:
I support seeking increased funding for cost-share fencing to reduce orchard-mule deer conflicts. I believe one reason observed mule deer female survival is so high in the ESC, CP, and OH is the virtual annihilation of the year-round resident mule deer cohort in orchard (and now vineyard) areas.

Public Education (Objectives 7 and 8)

SCHLIESMAN, JOSEPH R   October 22, 2015
ELLENSBURG, WA

Comments:
Just wanted to submit my comments in PDF again, just in case they didn't make it last time. Sorry for any inconvenience! My daughter has been sitting on my lap distracting me.

Uploaded file: 1_MuleDeerPlanComments.pdf
MADISON, MEAGAN M   October 8, 2015
M, WA

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Educate the public with videos of what a wolves do to wildlife daily and they will not approve of the wolf tragic inhumane violence get it on a vote to over throw the government corruption! our deer herds were suffering look at permit and season reductions throw out the years have hunted Entiat herd for 27 years I know different maybe I will quit giving this state a good few thousand dollars of revenue money.

Public Safety (Objective 9)

No online public comments received at this time.

Poaching Abatement (Objectives 10 and 11)

ANDRESEN, PHIL H   October 30, 2015
OLYMPIA , WA

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"While poaching has less of an effect on mule deer than habitat loss, the Department still gives enforcement of regulations a high priority." This sounds like an oxymoron... I think there is much more 'party hunting' taking place than the WDFW realizes. It would be appropriate for F&G staff to cruise popular camping areas to visit & check hunters/tags & game.
BROWN, JON C   October 29, 2015
EDMONDS, WA

Comments:
This past hunting season, I spoke with a Landowner who lives in the Lake Chopaka area, outside of Loomis WA who has witnessed significant poaching literally in his back yard. Spot lighting at night, shooting with rifles or handguns, then recovered, shooting with an arrow while dead or down. Chasing down with snowmobiles then shooting with a bow. Mr. Johnson, also mentioned in conversation with a local Fish & Game Wildlife officer, that the Archery Season, within the Fish & Game Department; is known as the "Felony Season" as these are often hunters who are convicted felons who cannot own guns, and cannot legally hunt with firearms! Can this be true? Recommendation: Requirements should be implemented with for the purchase of ALL Hunting licenses that convicted felons be not allowed to purchase hunting licenses. I am sorry, but they have shown they are irresponsible, and should not be allowed. At the very least if this is too controversial, felons should not be allowed to hunt arch
ROSS, MICHAEL J   October 29, 2015
EDMONDS, WA

Comments:
Please do not take what I am saying the wrong way. I have hunted GMU 352,342,346 since 2007 for Elk and spend 4-5 weeks in those areas.From the first of Sept to the middle of Nov. at night from N aches to Cilfdale there probably 5 to 6 Does and fawns killed every night, might look a lowering the speed limit at night.Under Special Considerations 2335-2338 if you do not Know how many Deer and Elk the Tribes are harvesting and from what GMU I don't think your numbers are much good. I have seen a lot of deer and elk both taken in those ares at night, I know the Dept. hands are tied but numbers don't lie.On hy. 20 in Skagit Co. they have flashing lights every 1/4 to 1/2 mile for Elk crossings up to Concrete I don't know if it helps you can still see spots were they have been hit. From what the people say that live up in those areas They say the Tribes are hunting 365 days a year. "They Say" might be BS Warm Regards Mike Ross I am normally up in the Nile middle of Sept middle Nov
PATTERSON, BEAU   September 29, 2015
WENATCHEE, WA

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The plan states that compliance is important to the public but seems to imply poaching is biologically insignificant. Effective enforcement must be maintained in order for poaching to not be a population-level effect. Further, I do believe trophy poaching has the potential to slow population growth potential by desynchronizing fawn drop, thus increasing predation losses due to female mate selection processes. It is not uncommon for late hunt permittees to find .22 caliber and/or shotgun projectiles in harvested trophy class older age bucks, suggesting this may be a greater issue than recognized - at least in ESC.

Research (Objectives 12 and 13)

GAUSMAN, RYAN   October 16, 2015
THORP, WA

Comments:
I spoke to the Muckelshoot biologists who were doing helicopter collaring and surveying of mule deer in Joe Watt Canyon, next to my house, the past several winters. I support the research and partnership between tribes and WDFW in this effort. I have several observations though. 1) Make the results of these studies available to the public. 2) Continue to use all available technology to collect accurate data. 3)While this partnership is beneficial to all I'd also emphasize building additional cooperative relationships with the tribes reference reporting of harvest data. With their holding back this information they reduce the ability of WDFW to develop accurate data for management of the resource. I also recommend enlisting local citizens, outfitters, or others beside WDFW biologists to survey and gather information regarding mule deer in the area. I, as an example, ride horses in Joe Watt Canyon weekly, year round when it is open. I see a lot. Others do the same elsewhere.

Spending Priorities

SNODGRASS, TED   October 28, 2015
CASHMERE, WA

Comments:
I feel that the WDFW needs more enforcement officers. As a lifelong hunter in this state who hunts elk and deer yearly, I see all kinds of violations yearly and never see any enforcement presence. Infact, I can count on one hand the amount of times I have seen a officer while hunting the 36 years I have been hunting. One way for WDFW to pay for more enforcement officers would be to not make special permit applicants for deer or elk have to choose which weapon they were going to use or if they were going to hunt eastern or western. This could add at least half and again more permit applications if not double them. Probably could add 6 or 7 more officers with that revenue.
NEFF, ADAM   October 5, 2015
EAST WENATCHEE, WA

Comments:
1. Habitat preservation 2. Habitat enhancement 3. Enforcement 4. Research (though outside of population estimates, I would think that studies from other western states could be used just as easily as performing our own studies with much less cost). 5. Education
PATTERSON, BEAU   September 29, 2015
WENATCHEE, WA

Comments:
I am concerned there is no funding goal for land acquisition. I also believe the research funding level sought is inadequate. I would like to see the research funding level sought increased to $150,000 annually, the bare bones level to keep one researcher working in the field on mule deer.