Other Western locales are defined by agriculture, including native hay, irrigated alfalfa, wheat, and other favored grains. Mule deer target these reservation-only dining areas with exuberance, and with a belly full of greens, they require water for digestion. Any nearby reservoir, seep, or livestock tank could be a hotspot, especially along a well-used trail.
Water on the Night Stand**
Like whitetails and elk, some mule deer exhibit nocturnal feeding tendencies. If you encounter such a buck, you may have to back away from the food source and look for water near a remote bedding site. They may use water sources near dense bedding cover for a refresher at dawn, dusk, or even midday if they feel secure under a timbered canopy.