If your heart is set on a buck with a 30-inch spread (the Holy Grail of mule deer hunting), you'll have a tough task, as very few are taken each year. Better yet, don't be so focused on getting a huge buck, unless you're really into it, but consider settling for a nice representative animal, or even no buck at all. In the latter case, you might not be bringing a deer home, but your memories of a Western hunt will no doubt keep you coming back for more. that cross high-elevation passes. You can park anywhere on public land and easily make one-day forays. Be sure you have a compass and a good map or GPS unit. If you're up for it, you might carry a sleeping bag, food and other supplies and bivouac where night finds you. Carry a pack that will allow you to carry meat if you're successful, as well as the antlers. All Western states require that you pack out all edible meat. One option is to hire a packer to bring your deer out on horseback, but you have to make arrangements before the trip.