California Department of Fish and Wildlife

2000 Deer Kill Report

2001 Deer Kill Report

Prepared by:

Russell C. Mohr

Associate Wildlife Biologist

California Department of Fish and Game

Wildlife Programs Branch

Deer Management Section

1416 Ninth Street, Room 1270

Sacramento, California 95811

2000 DEER KILL REPORT

The 2000 California Deer Kill Report summarizes information gathered from deer tag report cards returned by successful hunters. Data were analyzed by season or hunt category; zone and hunt (Deer Management Subunit, DMS); zone of kill (Deer Management Unit, DMU); Deer Assessment Unit (DAU); county; Department region; Private Lands Management Area (PLM); archery method kill; method of kill; sex; antler class; and land ownership. Also included within the report are analyses of duplicate kill (hunters killing two deer); county of residence information; 2000 deer hunting regulation summary and 2000 deer tag draw summary. In addition, more extensive historical kill data have been included in various tables.

The majority of tables contained in this report present data which is derived directly from returned deer tags (reported kill). Tables 1a and 1b contain estimated kill information as well. The estimated kill is the reported kill times a correction factor which is specific for each zone. This zone correction factor is an estimator of the non-reporting rates specific to each zone and takes into account those successful hunters that failed to submit the report card section of the deer tag. The zone correction factors were derived through a telephonic survey of hunters in 1994 and 1995, and through cross comparisons of meatlocker records and report card databases. Zone specific non-reporting rates vary from 0 to 60 percent, while the 2000 statewide average non-reporting rate was approximately 45 percent. The highest non-reporting rates occur in the A and B Zones, while the lowest are in the X Zones. The reported deer kill on Private Lands Management Areas (PLM) is treated as the actual kill and non-reporting rates are not applied.

When describing deer kill information from this report, it is important to differentiate between reported or estimated kill in order to reduce inconsistency. The estimated kill is considered to be a more realistic approximation of the actual deer harvest and is used primarily for population modeling and analysis within the draft and final versions of the Environmental Document Regarding: Deer Hunting. Whenever possible the estimated deer kill should be used to more accurately reflect the total deer kill attributed to hunting for purposes of determining the effects of hunting on deer populations. When using deer kill data for comparison and detailed analysis of historical kill, method of kill, land ownership, area, and other parameters, it is best to use reported deer kill figures for consistency.

2000 ESTIMATED DEER KILL

In 2000, the statewide total estimated deer kill including all zones, hunts, and PLMs was approximately 40,632; of which 518 were does, and 40,114 were bucks. The estimated deer kill for state zones and hunts accounted for approximately 39,900 (361 does and 39,539 bucks), while the actual deer kill on PLMs was 731 deer (157 does and 574 bucks). The overall statewide hunter success was estimated to be 21.0 percent (PLMs excluded). The estimated archery kill for statewide zones and hunts was 2,484 deer (PLMs excluded). Comparisons of estimated kill numbers between tables may not agree due to rounding.

2000 REPORTED DEER KILL

In 2000, the statewide total reported deer kill including all zones, hunts, and PLMs was 22,508 deer; of which 453 were does, and 22,055 were bucks. The reported deer kill for state zones and hunts was 21,777 deer (296 does and 21,481 bucks). The overall statewide reported hunter success was 11.5 percent (PLMs excluded). The reported archery kill for statewide zones and hunts was 1,397 deer (PLMs excluded).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Deer hunting zone and season date information are contained in the California Hunting Regulations, Mammals and Furbearers booklet, 2000. Information on tag allocation procedures, buck-doe-fawns ratios, and effects of deer hunting are contained in the 2000 Final Environmental Document Regarding Deer Hunting (available in county libraries).

2000 Deer Kill Report List of Tables

§1 - Reported and Estimated Deer Kill, Historical Zone Buck Kill and Hunter Success

Table 1a - 2000 Reported and Estimated Deer Kill by Season or Hunt Category, Sex, and Estimated Kill as Percent of Total Statewide Estimated Deer Kill.

Table 1b - 2000 Reported and Estimated Deer Kill by Zone or Hunt, Tag Quotas, Tags Issued, Sex and Percent Hunter Success.

Table 1c - General Season Reported Buck Deer Kill by Zone for 1990 through 2000, and 5-Year Average.

Table 1d - Reported Percent Hunter Success by Zone or Hunt for 1990 through 2000.

§2 - Zone and Hunt/DMS Analysis

Table 2a - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Zone or Hunt, Deer Management Subunit (DMS), Sex, Antler Class and Percent by Antler Class of Bucks.

Table 2b - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Zone or Hunt, Deer Management Subunit (DMS) and Method of Kill.

Table 2c - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Zone or Hunt, Deer Management Subunit (DMS) and Season or Hunt Type.

Table 2d - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Zone or Hunt, Deer Management Subunit (DMS), and Land Ownership.

§3 - Zone of Kill/DMU Analysis

Table 3a - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Zone of Kill, Deer Management Unit (DMU), Sex, Antler Class, and Percent by Antler Class of Bucks.

Table 3b - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Zone of Kill, Deer Management Unit (DMU) and Method of Kill.

Table 3c - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Zone of Kill, Deer Management Unit (DMU) and Season or Hunt Type.

Table 3d - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Zone of Kill, Deer Management Unit (DMU) and Land Ownership.

§4 - Deer Assessment Unit (DAU) Analysis

Table 4a - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Deer Assessment Unit (DAU), Sex, Antler Class and Percent by Antler Class of Bucks.

Table 4b - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Deer Assessment Unit (DAU) and Method of Kill.

Table 4c - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Deer Assessment Unit (DAU) and Season or Hunt Type.

Table 4d - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Deer Assessment Unit (DAU) and Land Ownership.

§5 - County Analysis

Table 5a - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by County, Sex, Antler Class and Percent by Antler Class of Bucks.

Table 5b - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by County and Method of Kill.

Table 5c - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by County and Season or Hunt Type.

Table 5d - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by County and Land Ownership.

Table 5e - 2000 Reported Deer Kill Distributed by Zone or Hunt and County of Kill.

Table 5f - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by County, CDF&G Region and Sex.

Table 5g - Reported Buck Kill by County for Years 1927-2000, Record Buck Kill and Year Set.

Table 5h - Reported Doe Kill by County for Years 1949-2000.

§6 - California Department of Fish and Game (CDF&G) Regional Analysis

Table 6a - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by CDF&G Region, Sex, Antler Class and Percent by Antler Class of Bucks.

Table 6b - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by CDF&G Region and Method of Kill.

Table 6c - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by CDF&G Region and Season or Hunt Type.

Table 6d - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by CDF&G Region and Land Ownership.

§7 - Private Lands Management Area (PLM) Analysis

Table 7a - 2000 Deer Kill by Private Lands Management Area (PLM) and Sex.

Table 7b - 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Private Lands Management Area (PLM), Sex, Antler Class and Percent by Antler Class of Bucks.

Table 7c - 2000 Private Lands Management Area (PLM) Deer Kill by Zone of Kill, Deer Management Unit (DMU) and Sex.

Table 7d - 2000 Private Lands Management Area (PLM) Deer Kill by Deer Assessment Unit (DAU) and Sex.

Table 7e - 2000 Private Lands Management Area (PLM) Deer Kill by County and Sex.

Table 7f - 2000 Private Lands Management Area (PLM) Deer Kill by CDF&G Region and Sex.

§8 - Archery Methods Analysis

Table 8a - 2000 Reported Archery Deer Kill by Zone or Hunt, Deer Management Subunit (DMS), Sex and Antler Class.

Table 8b - 2000 Reported Archery Deer Kill by Zone of Kill, Deer Management Unit (DMU), Sex, Antler Class, and Percent by Antler Class of Bucks.

Table 8c - 2000 Reported Archery Deer Kill by Deer Assessment Unit (DAU) and Sex.

Table 8d - 2000 Reported Archery Deer Kill by County and Sex.

Table 8e - 2000 Reported Archery Deer Kill by CDF&G Region and Sex.

Table 8f - 2000 Reported Archery Only Tag Kill by Zone of Kill.

Table 8g - Total Reported Archery Deer Kill by County for Years 1990-2000.

§9 - Miscellaneous Analysis

Table 9a - Distribution of 2000 Reported Deer Kill by Hunter's County of Residence and Zone or Hunt.

Table 9b - Distribution of 2000 Reported Deer Kill by County of Kill and Hunter's County of Residence.

Table 9c - 2000 Reported Deer Kill for Hunters Killing Two Deer by Selected Zones, Groups of Zones or Hunts.

§10 - Miscellaneous Information

Table 10a - Summary of 2000/2001 Deer Hunting Regulations by Zone or Hunt including: Season Length, Season Dates, Tag Quotas, Bag and Method Restrictions, and Special Conditions.

Table 10b - 2000 Deer Tag Drawing Information for X Zones, Additional Hunts and Area-Specific Archery Hunts including: Tag Quotas, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Total Choices.