Episode 5 – WAFWA Mule Deer Working Group Chair – Jim Heffelfinger
Jim Heffelfinger is the wildlife science coordinator with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, chair of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) Mule Deer Working Group, and a renowned expert on western deer management. Jim describes how WAFWA developed the Mule Deer Working Group in the 1990s to help coordinate state efforts for conservation of mule deer. We talk about these efforts – along with some interesting biology knowledge about why hybridization between whitetails and mule deer is so rare, the proper pronunciation for Coues deer, antler development, and other ramblings. He’s also leading the charge to write the latest definitive text book on mule deer and black-tailed deer biology.
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation. Get involved in your state or become a member at www.muledeer.org or call 1-888-375-3337.