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.
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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.
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