California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California’s Deer Population Estimates 1991-2014

Each year CDWF biologists estimate deer numbers in California using a computer model that uses harvest numbers along with survey data. Harvest numbers come from harvest reports submitted by successful hunters and data collected from meat locker records. Survey data is collected by field biologists by aerial and ground surveys in the fall and spring. Estimates are computed for each zone and on a statewide basis to provide information for developing tag quotas for the upcoming hunting season.

California Deer Population Estimate by Year

California Deer Population Estimate by Zone

15-Year Overview Graph of Estimate Deer Numbers in California from 1991 to 2014

15-Year Overview Graph of Estimate Deer Numbers in California from 1991 to 2014

15-Year Overview Table of Estimated Deer Numbers in California from 1991 to 2014

YEAR NUMBER OF DEER
1991 850,000
1992 700,000
1993 640,000
1994 684,000
1995 681,000
1996 564,000
1997 561,744
1998 570,000
1999 568,000
2000 510,900
2001 509,000
2002 674,500
YEAR NUMBER OF DEER
2003 554,000
2004 525,230
2005 475,580
2006 602,650
2007 420,140
2008 438,140
2009 487,000
2010 484,400
2011 445,446
2012 445,810
2013 484,750
2014 443,289