Hunting for shed antlers could disrupt wildlife

Posted at 8:20 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 14:28:08-04

IDAHO — While the Treasure Valley is enjoying warmer temperatures, wildlife in the area are not out of the woods yet.

While it is not illegal to hunt for shed antlers in Idaho, it can disrupt the wildlife.

"They're at their last fat reserves," said Krista Biourn, Wildlife Biologist, Boise River Wildlife Habitat District.

"Because you're pushing them around. You're using that energy that they might need to survive," said Biourn.

She says the plants that deer start to eat this time of year don't have as many nutrients.

"We find a lot of those fawns particularly die in March and April because they just don't have quite enough energy to get them through spring. So they're not out of the woods by any stretch," said Roger Phillips, Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters.

Biourn says if you do see a deer or an elk while you're out, try to stay as far away as you can and don't walk straight toward them, which can make them think you're a predator.

She says these next couple of weeks are critical for the deer to survive.