Over five days in early February, Game and Parks staff members surveyed eight areas of the Pine Ridge Management Unit, which encompasses 429 square miles. They counted 862 mule deer, 68 bucks, 477 does and 317 fawns.
A group that overcame a court challenge last winter to hold a wolf-and coyote-shooting derby is seeking a permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to roughly double the area for a second event this winter.
Trail camera surveys are a great way to see how many does and bucks (especially what type of bucks) are on your property just before season starts. Here are a few products that can help with this important chore.