Where to hunt Mule Deer
A true icon of the American West, the mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is found throughout North America from western Texas and the Dakotas in the east to Oregon and British Columbia in the West, and from Mexico to Canada and Alaska. Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana all have great mule deer hunting potential, and so do the Canadian province of Alberta can be described as mule deer hunter’s heaven.
Mule deer hunting with BookYourHunt
Mule deer are one of North America's "Crown Jewels" for a hunter. A mature mule deer buck is will challenge any hunter and if successful provides fine table fair as well.
Mule deer hunts usually start at about $2,000, and more hunts are offered under $5,500 than over. Some mule deer hunting offers on BookYourHunt.com that go over $10,000, but they are usually a package deal in combination with hunts for elk, antelope, or other species. A hunter must check if an OTC tag is included in the price of the hunt or the offer implies that the hunter has successfully drawn a tag in the lottery.
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When to hunt Mule Deer?
Mule deer season open and close dates vary greatly not just between states and provinces, but often also between different wildlife management area within one state. Typically, the archery season may start as early as in August, and run into December or even the next year, with modern firearms and muzzleloader seasons somewhere in October or November. A lot of hunters believe the rut is the best time to hunt deer; with mule deer, the peak of the rut takes place in November or December, depending on area.
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Most mule deer hunting is spot-and-stalk, with hunters spending long periods glassing likely habitat until a buck is spotted. In some areas hunters may cover their ground on horseback, looking for deer. When a suitable buck is found, a stalk begins, which can be be long and difficult, often covering challenging terrain. An accurate rifle and some practice of long-range shooting are essential. Bowhunters may try to harvest mule deer from trees stands or ground blinds, set usually over a water hole, or near the “scrapes” made by a buck as part of the rut ritual.
Why hunt Mule Deer?
Mule deer are easily distinguished from white-tailed deer by the large ears from which they get their name, as well as their dark forehead and light gray face, white rump patch, and small tail with a black tip. A large buck can weigh more than 250 pounds. Mature mule deer bucks typically have antlers with two forks in each antler; such deer are called 4-points (only the points on one side of the rack, not including the brow tines, are counted). Even though mule deer are fairly widespread in the West, a large, mature mule deer buck is one of the most challenging animals to hunt in North America, and this challenge is the hunter’s greatest rewards.
Mule Deer Archery, 2021, EK United States
PLAN AHEAD AND BOOK NOW FOR BEST DRAW ODDS IN 2021! Archery Mule Deer Hunts, General License required, Hunt dates from 9-4-2021 through 10-17-2021 available. All our archery mule deer hunts are fully guided 1x1 hunts, this allows the hunter to participate in each encounter in the field. These are 5 full day long hunts priced at $4450. Eastern Montana has long been known for the trophy quality of its mule deer, this area offers not only quantity, with high deer numbers, but many trophy caliber bucks as well! Spot and stalk is the strategy used most often as the hunter tries to work his way into the effective archery range of bedded or feeding animals. Tree stands and ground blinds may also be used depending on weather conditions or the hunters physical ability. This is a very exciting and challenging hunt that offers great reward to successful as well as unsuccessful hunters! Many consider the mule deer to be the big game icon of the western states and hunting them with archery equipment is considered second to none! I walk you through the entire application process from start to finish taking the worry out of it for you!! Draw odds are: 1st year 70%, 2nd year 90%........plan now for this great western hunting adventure!
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 4 Sep 2021 17 Oct 2021
2021 Archery Mule Deer Hunt United States
In our area, the best time for trophies is anytime during the season -- period! We can say that because we limit the number of hunters on any one lease to provide excellent hunting for each client. Licenses for both deer and antelope are easily obtained in our areas. Terrain hunted varies from gently rolling to mighty rough and steep. We can make your hunt as easy or as tough as you like. Ranch elevations range from 4,000 to 6,000 feet. Archery hunts take place during the month of September. Mule deer hunts are all spot and stalk. All hunts are conducted on our private leases. Expect to see lots of game and have many opportunities at good, quality bucks. We hunt sun up to sun down. Archery mule deer hunts are one on one adventures. The best chance for success is to practice quick shots, especially for mule deer. Average shots are 30 to 35 yards for deer but practice out to 50. For mule deer, practice from kneeling, sitting and standing positions to enhance your chances for success. Also downhill shooting, most shots for mule deer are from above a bedded or feeding buck. As for equipment, of utmost importance is your confidence and familiarity with your setup and gear. Being able to draw your bow in multiple positions is key, especially for mule deer. The mule deer range from 20" - 28" 4X4 bucks. If you must have trophies larger than these, you should consider hunting elsewhere. Trophy bucks are usually hard to come by any time, any place, but we do get our share.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2021 20 Sep 2021
Mule Deer Hunt 1x1 2021 Canada
During our early season Mule Deer hunts we take advantage of the bucks being in bachelor groups which makes them easier to scout and pattern. Later in the season, we hunt these bucks during the peak of the rut focusing our efforts towards large open forestry cut blocks and cut-lines where big mature bucks are covering territory in search of receptive does. We hunt Mule Deer mostly by spot and stalk methods and occasionally use blinds and tree stands. With the use of four-wheel drive trucks and ATV’s we can cover a lot of the area and get off the beaten path. Getting into some hotspots may take some hiking, but after putting in the extra effort, the reward is that much greater. Hiking and using spot and stalk methods will be needed to get close to animals. Being in better physical health will make your hunt that much more enjoyable and give you a greater advantage for harvesting a real trophy animal.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 15 Nov 2021 30 Nov 2021
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