Mule Deer Hunt - Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Do you hunt public or private land? How much land do you have to hunt? Is there much hunting pressure?
We hunt 100 percent public land for the Mule Deer but when we say public land it doesn't mean that we are covered with local hunters. Our area is approximately 4500 square kilometers (1.11 million acres) of secluded area where there is little hunting pressure.
2. How do you hunt the deer?
The hunting area ranges from thick forested areas, forestry cut blocks and cut-lines, to grassy hill sides. 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.
3. Do you guys do much scouting or patterning of the deer before the hunt?
Yes we do extensive scouting before your hunt using local guides and game cameras which allows us to keep track of certain big deer.
4. Which week is the best to hunt? Isn't the rut the best time?
Every week throughout the hunting season has its advantages and also brings its own new challenges. While hunting Mule Deer during the early season, bucks are found in bachelor groups and are easier to scout and pattern. Hunting the rut from the last week of October to the end of November is when the big mature bucks are traveling their territory in search of receptive does. This is also a great time to add a whitetail tag for a perfect combo hunt.
5. What is the average buck size, what is a top end buck?
With a limited number of hunters taken every year, we strive on finding the best deer possible for each and every hunter. The average Mule Deer a hunter can expect to harvest will range between 135 inches and 170 inches Boone and Crockett. With intense rutting activity happening there is always the possibility of harvesting a much larger trophy. A poor or great year is usually determined by several factors such as how severe the past winter was, how much spring moisture we get, what the weather is like on your hunt etc. There are many things that we just can't control. What we can control is how much effort we put in and we always put in 100% effort to get you the biggest deer we can find for that year.
6. Do I have to put in for a draw to get my license?
No, all of our licenses are guaranteed.
7. What's the country/terrain like? Is it hard to hunt? Do I need to be in good shape?
The hunting area ranges from thick forested areas, forestry cut blocks and cut-lines, to grassy hill sides. The deer can usually be found in higher elevations in bachelor groups during early season and spot and stalk is the best way to hunt them. Being in good shape will make your hunt that much enjoyable and give you better odds at taking a bigger trophy buck. Spike camps, ATV’s and 4 wheel drive trucks can be utilized to minimize the amount of hiking needed to be done.
8. How do you handle a 2 on 1 guided hunt, will I simply have to wait my turn to shoot? Why don't you just get another guide?
The 2 on 1 guided hunt usually work just fine with enough opportunities for both hunters to get their animals. We can typically split up the 2 hunters. Some of the hunting will be done in tree stands, ground blinds and tower blinds. Road hunting and spot and stalk are also used while the other hunter sitting in blinds. The main reason we do most of our hunts 2 hunters to 1 guide is because it is difficult to find great guides who have the private land access that we need. We have found that one excellent guide can do a better job than just getting a somewhat unqualified one to take one hunter. Wages, vehicles, fuel and food are all much higher than practically anywhere in the United States too, it isn't cheap to get a guide. Since all the guides work as a team as soon as one animal is down the 2 hunters will get split up and the hunts quickly become one on one guided anyway. If it is a big concern for you, you can get a separate guide for $1500 a hunt.
9. What caliber of gun do you prefer, bullets? How far a shot can I expect?
We prefer that you shoot the gun that you are the most accurate with. Our deer can have huge 300+ lb. bodies but it still doesn't mean you need to shoot a big caliber gun. A 30-06, 270, 7 mm are all perfectly adequate. Most of our deer are shot well under 300 yds. but a 300+ yard shot is definitely a possibility. As for bullets the only kind we don't like are ballistic tip bullets, we have seen them blow up on a shoulder blade and not even enter a deer's chest cavity.
10. What temperatures and weather can I expect? What clothes are best? Do I need blaze orange? Gear list?
The normal temperature for September is highs of 60 to 70 F and lows of 35 to 50 F. It can be hot and dry or cool and rainy. Be prepared for both. In November it can be very cold, with lots of snow and temps in the -30F range or mild with highs of 60 F. Good hiking boots and sweat wicking clothing should be worn for spot and stalking. Sometimes you may be sitting a tree stand or ground blind so you do want some good warm clothes for that though. No blaze orange needed, you can wear full camo. View our Mule Deer gear list.