Class: Mammalia Family: Cervidae Order: Artiodactyla Genus: Odocoileus
There are two subspecies of mule deer in California: Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus), and California mule deer (O.h. californicus).
California's deer herds are a valuable resource to both hunters and non-hunters alike. Deer can be seen throughout most of California providing enjoyment for many outdoor enthusiasts. For future generations to experience the benefits that come from having healthy, viable deer populations, updated conservation and management strategies are essential.
CDFW's Deer Program (Program) is composed of branch and field biologists who work together coordinating programs throughout the state. The Program, its activities, and staff are largely supported by hunters through the purchase of hunting licenses and deer tags. Biologists develop hunting regulations, provide expertise on habitat and population assessments, compile harvest information, conduct and direct research needs, monitor and estimate populations and respond to various public inquiries related to deer in California. Biologists also work to coordinate joint projects with outside agencies, universities and private entities.