Harvesting of does remains the target of the deer hunting recommendations making the way through IDNR. The big change would be an extended nine-day January antlerless gun season.
This doe was eating outside Pyramid SRA a few summers back.
Personally, I think this is the single greatest challenge facing new IDNR director Marc Miller, even greater than the funding and staffing issues.
Not ever will everyone be pleased with new deer regs.
Below are the basic recommendations, via a good source.
1) Make an extended nine-day January season for antlerless deer for firearm hunters.
2) The difference would be bowhunters would also be able to hunt in this season (currently their season ends just before the three-day late-winter season) and take both antlered and antlerless.
3) These permits would be sold over the counter, including being unlimited in a few counties in some counties where the biologists hope to reduce the doe numbers.
4) Maybe sell unsold firearm and muzzleloader deer permits OTC.
5) Youth season permits would be sold OTC, and not be county-specific.
6) Despite the recommendation for the deer task force to add another day for gun season, that won't happen.
These recommendations have not been officially submitted yet, but this is the likely format.