Big buck…


Usually the big bucks know when rifle seasons start, but this high-scoring mule deer buck must have forgot to check the calendar as he was out Saturday afternoon walking up Miller Creek Road about a mile from the bridge that crosses the White River, oblivious to the fact it was hunting season. He stood and […]

Bucks rule…

This big buck controls the campus this year, and that is understandable. But his little sidekick on Oct. 8 is the interesting one. He has been coming to the campus for about five years. He has a rack on one side and, if you look closely, you will see a spike on the left side.

Co-existence of energy development and mule deer in Piceance Basin presents challenges and opportunities

RBC I A recently released study by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado State University describing the effects of energy development on mule deer in the Piceance Basin has prompted public discussion and media reports about energy companies and wildlife, and whether the two can coexist. Piceance Basin is an energy-rich area located across the […]

Mule deer factory…

This young yearling buck, above, was seen recently taking a left onto Mesa then eating a few neighborhood wild roses early in the morning in Rangely. Not far away, below, might have been this buck’s dad, with a considerably larger rack.

Future trophy?

It was quite a wake-up call to catch this nine-point buck so early in the day at Rangely School Superintendent Matt Scoggins’ home in Rangely. The buck is still in the early stages of antler growth, but already the buck shows signs of at least nine points.

Mule deer at school…

While the students at Colorado Northwestern Community College were away from campus over the long winter break, several mule deer turned up on the Rangely campus for some peaceful grazing on the campus lawn and nearby brush. Above, the mother shows her two fawns where to find some good grazing, undisturbed by a few folks passing by on campus.

CPW: Please don’t feed the state’s wildlife

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind people that the best way to help hungry animals is to let them find their next meal on their own.

CPW meeting to discuss plans to save mule deer in state

DENVER I Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in coordination with The Keystone Center, an independent facilitator, is holding a series of meetings across the state this spring in order to receive feedback on a Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy. The strategy will guide agency efforts to work towards increasing mule deer populations.

All wildlife but deer appear to be doing well in county

RBC I Nearly all wildlife in Rio Blanco County is doing quite well following a wet spring, and some species are doing so well that they may be contributing to the decrease in number of area mule deer.

Growing deer…


Not overly worried about the strange creature taking her photo, this doe mule deer remained unruffled for at least an hour, preferring to stay cool while laid out in this planter box. This photo was taken in the early evening recently in the Sage Hills Subdivision, just north of Meeker.

Oh deer, more discussion

RBC I Another meeting to discuss the declining mule deer herd was held by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CDPW) Aug. 15, to focus on a few of the many factors contributing to the decline in mule deer numbers.

Public opportunity to learn about deer Aug. 15

MEEKER | Colorado Parks and Wildlife will again offer the public an opportunity to learn about mule deer management and the White River mule deer herd,