A Southwest Colorado
study was done on harvested mule deer bucks from 2007 through 2011 for GMUs 54, 61, 62, 75, 77, 78, 80, 81, 751 and 771. In 2012, teeth continued to be solicited from buck hunters in GMU 54 because managers in the Gunnison Basin are continuing to monitor population dynamics following the severe winter of 2007-08. See the long-term project results and 2012 GMU 54 results by visiting the Mule Deer Aging Project
The Middle Park area in Northwest Colorado
, including GMUs 27, 181, 18, 37, 371 and 28, has 2011
and 2012 buck age-data
The purpose of the mule deer aging studies is to try to determine whether there is an optimum buck-to-doe ratio. Managing for that maximizes both hunt quality and hunter opportunity. The projects also help biologists examine how the age structure of harvested bucks changes in relation to winter severity.