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 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.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (10)
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? All hunts (208)
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.
7 Day Arch. Mule Deer Hunt United States
The first otc archery mule deer hunt that takes place annually, would be the early season Arizona archery mule deer hunts in the velvet. These early season Arizona archery mule deer hunts typically begin in mid August and will run until the second week of September. Bow hunters who choose to experience these great archery mule deer hunts will have the opportunity to pursue bachelor groups of trophy mule deer bucks that are in the velvet and enjoy a very long hunting season that usually lasts at least 21 days. The Arizona temperatures are generally pretty warm to downright hot during this time of year and this tends to concentrate most of the bachelor groups of trophy mule deer bucks around water sources. We generally experience the highest success on these early season mule deer hunts by hunting these water sources where the most of the trophy mule deer will be congregated around from either tree stands or out of pop up style ground blinds.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 24 Aug 2020 30 Aug 2020
7 Day Archery Mule Deer Hunt '20 Canada
This hunt takes place in WMU 544. Your Mule Deer Hunt TALE starts in one of our two hunting areas. WMU 536, 544 which range from 2.5 hours NE to 5 hours N of Grand Prairie. Both these area’s have shown to have an abundance of food and habitat, which is key, in produce plentiful numbers of high quality trophy Deer. You will be hunting from Deer Stands, Blinds or by Spot and Stalk. During the Rut you can be sure to have encounters that will be second to none of all your past hunting experiences. Take the opportunity to make your Hunting TALE complete by booking a combo hunt, we offer either Mule Deer/ Moose or Mule Deer/ Black Bear. Wolf Hunts are included in your hunt with the purchase of a Wolf Tag. With the high numbers in the area, it is extremely likely you’ll come across one.(Trophy Fee Applies) Hunt dates start Aug 25 (Archery), and Sept 1 – Nov 30th ( Optional Archery/ Rifle)
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 25 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020
Mule Deer Hunt 2020 Canada
Early hunts for mule deer bucks run September 1 - October 31. Late hunts run November 1-10. We consider this a trophy hunt, with the opportunity to harvest heavy-antlered bucks, with scores ranging from 130 to 190 Boone & Crockett. Same principle as all of our hunts. Expect cold weather winter conditions. The possibility of taking a trophy mule deer is definitely here. Hunters are welcome to carry a wolf tag and/or coyote tag for no additional hunt fees, just the cost of the tag(s). Our hunts are 7 days: 1 day in/out, 5 days hunting We would be willing to assess each request to see if we felt capable of fulfilling a disabled hunters needs. Price DOES NOT include: Hotel accommodation in Williams Lake prior to or after the completion of the hunt. (This is sometimes necessary and advisable. Due to the remoteness of our camp, we do not pick up clients for afternoon or evening flights. You will need to overnight in Williams Lake and we will pick them up in the morning and then make the trip out to camp during daylight hours.)
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2020 11 Nov 2020
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