Record Quest host Andrew McKean has learned a lot throughout his mule deer hunting career. These are the bucks that educated him.
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I killed my first mule deer in 1989. It was a doe. It was snowing hard, and she ran across the two-track road I was driving in eastern Montana. I jumped out, settled my Savage 99 .243 across the hood, and dumped her.
Since then, I’ve been deeply in love with mule deer. I’ve killed dozens of them, including some fair bucks. While I’ve never killed a whopper trophy, the hunt for him is what keeps me excited, and it’s the basis for our Record Quest program this year.
If you hunt them long enough, and in different places, mule deer will teach you plenty about stalking, shot selection, trophy judgment, and stamina. Here are 12 lessons I’ve learned, and the bucks that educated me.
Don’t Get Hung Up on Width