Public Policy with the Mule Deer Foundation

Though it would be nice to think that wildlife conservation is not a political issue, the truth is that decisions made by federal, state, and local elected officials impact mule deer and black-tailed deer.

MDF senior staff works closely with elected officials and policymakers to ensure that conservation and habitat restoration remain a priority. We have a strong relationship with the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state wildlife agency directors, working together on a variety of issues that impact western deer. This includes the implementation of federal migration corridor/seasonal range policy and state mule deer plans, as well as Chronic Wasting Disease and other cross-boundary issues that require even greater coordination with our partners.

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Major New Partnerships with USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management

The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announced today expanded partnerships with the USDA Forest Service and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that will leverage millions of dollars with…

MDF President/CEO Appointed to Federal Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council

On Friday September 23, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed Mule Deer Foundation President and CEO Joel Pedersen to the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council.…

MDF and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Establish Formal Partnership to Further Conservation Priorities

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), the leading advocate for sportsmen and women in the political arena, and the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF), the only conservation group focused on mule deer and black-tailed…

Chronic Wasting Disease – After the Harvest

If you hunt big game in the United States, you have probably heard about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade. CWD and…


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