Implement White-tailed Deer Antlerless LEH Seasons

Regulation Number: 
2020-05-07
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 5 - Cariboo
MU: 
5-1
5-2
5-13
5-14
Regulation Type: 
Limited Entry Hunting
Species: 
White-tailed Deer
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

This regulation was approved as proposed and is included in the 2020-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Current Regulations: 

There is currently no licenced hunting opportunity for antlerless White-tailed deer in the Cariboo Region

Proposed Regulations: 

White-tailed Deer

Area

M.U.

Zone

Season Dates

Class

Cariboo

5-01

 

Nov 1 – Nov 30

Antlerless

Cariboo

5-02

A

Nov 1 – Nov 30

Antlerless

Cariboo

5-02

B

Nov 1 – Nov 30

Antlerless

Cariboo

5-02

C

Nov 1 – Nov 30

Antlerless

Cariboo

5-02

D

Nov 1 – Nov 30

Antlerless

Cariboo

5-13

B

Nov 1 – Nov 30

Antlerless

Cariboo

5-14

A

Nov 1 – Nov 30

Antlerless

Rationale: 

There are indications that white-tailed deer are increasing in number and expanding their range in the Cariboo region. They are showing up in small numbers throughout many of the regions Mule deer survey areas along the Fraser River. Anecdotal information from various stakeholders suggests a wider distribution throughout portions of the region outside of traditional survey areas (e.g., Horsefly, Northern Chilcotin). There are also sightings of what appear to be mule deer-white-tailed deer hybrids. 

Hunter survey data suggests an increase in total white-tailed buck harvest (however not in hunter success rates).  A limited entry hunt can provide additional hunting opportunity and further sources of data to monitor population trend over time.  There are not considered sufficient white-tailed deer numbers to justify a general open season as utilized in other southern interior regions. The proposal is limited to LEH areas where there are indications of more resilient white-tailed deer populations; and it is proposed to utilize same zone boundaries as current antlerless mule deer seasons for MU’s 5-01, 5-02, 5-13, and 5-14.

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