I don’t know how many times I’ve been short-stopped by a mule deer I’m hunting.
The terrain appears flat as a pool table, and I convince myself that I just can’t get closer. That conclusion has resulted in plenty of long, low-percentage shots, many of which missed the buck in my scope. [ Read Full Post ]
Should you ever call mule deer? Conventional wisdom says that muleys aren’t vocal critters. But I argue in the video above that a couple of calls—a grunt tube and a high-pitched predator call—can sometimes unlock a mule deer buck that would otherwise ignore you.
The reason calls aren’t reliable is that, even though you can find them in timbered foothills and alpine basins, mule deer are open-country animals. [ Read Full Post ]
What’s your favorite pack for deer hunting? Is it a small daypack that you can hang from a tree hook above your stand? Is it an internal-frame behemoth that you stuff with a week’s worth of gear simply because you can?
Or is it a run-and-gun fanny pack that holds only the essentials?
Read the video here for my take on the perfect pack. I don’t feel too awkward giving away the punch line here: it’s actually two packs. [ Read Full Post ]
The wind had undone many a shooter. Accurately reading the wind’s effect on a bullet’s flight is something that requires a lot of trigger time and concerted effort to develop the skill.
One of the most impressive shots in the wind I’ve witnessed occurred during an antelope hunt in Wyoming a few years back. The last guy in our party was trying to fill his tag when a blizzard descended on us. He was using an AR chambered in .223 and though I don’t recall the specific bullet he was using, I’m sure it was one of the heavier 60-plus-grain loads. [ Read Full Post ]
"Why did I shoot?"
I asked myself that out-loud as I walked back to the truck. Somewhere behind me was my arrow covered in blood and green bile — I stuck it in the ground to mark the spot where I had found the last three tiny drops of red on the brown grass a good 250 yards from where I had taken the shot. And somewhere out there in the creek bottoms or hills was a 4x4 mule deer buck with a hole through his guts.
It was the third day of my very first mule deer hunt. [ Read Full Post ]
Maybe I’m ahead of my time, but I expect the surge in crossbow popularity that has consumed Eastern whitetail hunters to catch fire in the West.
Mule deer hunting is tailor-made for crossbows, but I have only seen a handful of these “horizontal bows” in the Western prairies and mountains.
Check out this video. It illustrates my argument in favor of crossbows. For open-country stalking, they just might trump compound bows. Because you can load an arrow and cock the action before finishing a stalk, crossbows are perfect for the sort of sneak-and-rise situations that mule deer hunters often encounter. [ Read Full Post ]
No matter how good your binocular is, it can be better. Not by cleaning the lenses or making sure it’s focused to your eyes—though both are overlooked by many hunters—but by anchoring it to a tripod.
Many hard-core Coues’ deer hunters know this. These Southwest deer hunters can pick apart big landscapes with high-power binoculars more efficiently and comfortably than they can with spotting scopes. But in order to control the shake of their 12x and 15x binos, they mount them on solid tripods. [ Read Full Post ]