The one piece of gear that differentiates whitetail from mule deer hunters is our boots.
Whitetail hunters can live an entire season in the same pair of boots, and often they’re scent-containing, waterproof rubber boots. That just won’t work for hunting mule deer in steep, open country or in the hot archery season or the frigid, snowy later season. [ Read Full Post ]
Call it the necrophiliac smack-down. In this insane video, which borrows videography from “The Blair Witch Project” and deadpan one-liners from any Chris Farley movie, an enraged 3x4 buck goes off on a freshly dead 5x5, goring it, repeatedly trying to get the dead buck on its feet, crashing its lifeless antlers, finally pushing the dead deer into a trash heap before leaving in a huff.
All I can say is that it appears the dead buck owed the live buck a significant amount of money. That’s the best explanation for the intensity and relentless violence the Colorado buck shows to his former rival. [ Read Full Post ]
We were down to the second-to-last day of the season and I was getting nervous, though not because time was short. A huge mule deer that had been seen previously was in the area and we were going to make a play on him.
Two other hunters had tried, and failed, to take him that season, mostly because he lived in such a challenging spot. [ Read Full Post ]
Trophy mule deer are the most desirable, and elusive, game in the West. In a landscape dotted with does and small bucks, mature mule deer are tough to come by and to see a buck that attains that nearly mythical threshold of 200 inches of antler is like encountering a unicorn.
Whereas bucks of that stature once inhabited a broad swath of the West they are now confined to smaller pockets of the land. [ Read Full Post ]
Mule deer hunting can be both slap-down simple and exasperatingly complicated, depending on the day and the deer. And the terrain.
But there are a few constants when it comes to hanging your tag on a trophy buck, and I tried to boil them down to their essence in this video. [ Read Full Post ]
If you’ve spent any time around deer in November, you’ve seen bucks exhibit a strange sneering expression. They’ll strut up behind does, sniff their rumps or their urine, and then lift their noses in the air, curl their lips and...what? [ Read Full Post ]
I’m always surprised to hear mule deer described as “dumb,” particularly with respect to their whitetail cousins. While whitetails enjoy a reputation for a nearly prescient level of wariness, mule deer have gotten the rap as the class-dunces of the deer world, at least in the eyes of some.
Having stalked a good number of mule deer the past couple days in mountains around Granby on the C Lazy U ranch and surrounding public lands, about the last thing I’d accuse these mule deer of is a lack of intelligence or a diminished sense of self preservation.
A few years back, former Outdoor Life hunting editor Jim Zumbo and I were talking about mule deer and their defenses. Jim said he felt mule deer, as a rule of thumb, have about a 600-yard comfort zone and that if you intrude within that range and aren’t careful the deer will get edgy and start to spook. That pretty much squares with my experience and seems right to me. [ Read Full Post ]