What should I look for when hunting a mule deer?

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What should I look for when hunting a mule deer?

Hunting Methods Mule deer can be hard to pick out from their surroundings, and good optics are an invaluable tool for finding them. In snow-free terrain, you’ll often locate mule deer by seeing their whitish-colored rumps. With snow on the ground, you’ll find them by looking for their brown bodies.

Where do you aim on a mule deer?

Shooting directly at the side of a deer is the ideal shooting position for a bowhunter—the side angle requires the least amount of penetration to reach the muley’s vital organs. Focus on that area just behind the front shoulder and aim for the heart, keeping in mind that a high shot will hit the lungs.

How do you hunt mule deer during the rut?

Spot and stalk: a pattern within the chaos This is my favorite and preferred way of hunting mule deer during the rut with a bow. Sitting up high with optics and scanning the surrounding hillsides, looking for lust-filled mule deer bucks bestowing their presence on the resident does of the area.

How do I attract mule deer to my property?

For variety and winter cover, you can mix in a few pines or cedars.

  1. Provide minerals. Maybe you’re fortunate enough to have a natural mineral site on your property.
  2. Add water.
  3. Create or enhance staging areas.
  4. Add shrubs and vines.
  5. Build big buck bedding cover.
  6. Create a thermal refuge.
  7. Plant oaks.
  8. Give them fruit.

Where is the best mule deer hunting in Idaho?

Biologists expect the elk hunting Sawtooth Zone to be good in 2020, but weather is going to drive a lot of that. Mule Deer: With generous over-the-counter, any weapon opportunity and given it’s proximity to Idaho’s most populated area, Unit 39 is the state’s most popular and productive unit for mule deer hunters.

Do mule deer bed in the same spot?

Active member. Deer defiantly have certain spots they like to bed. I’ve found deer in the same bedding areas, year after year. Watching deer from a distance and seeing where they like to bed will teach you a lot about an area.

Can you call in mule deer?

Mule deer calls may be throatier and a shade deeper in tone, but with proper inflection and some practice, you can call muleys with your whitetail calls. Mule deer vocalizations to mimic include the previously mentioned snort-wheeze, grunts, bleats, and fawn bawls. Rattling can also get results.

Do mule deer and whitetail rut at the same time?

While many hunters believe that the mule deer rut occurs at the same time as the whitetail rut (and in some regions it’s true), most of the violent rutting action I’ve observed occurred after the first of December. Finding a place to hunt can be complex.

What is the best time to hunt mule deer?

Time of Day: The best time of day to hunt mule deer is in the first hours of morning when the deer who have been feeding throughout the night can be seen heading back to their bedding areas. Temperature: Similar to other deer species, mule deer are the most active during the coolest parts of the day including the early morning and evening hours.

What is the best mule deer rifle?

THE BEST MULE DEER RIFLE CALIBER. The .300 Remington Ultra Mag. can handle bullets up to 250 grains with great speed and accuracy which makes it ideal for the giant mule deer bucks that are found on the Arizona Strip and Kaibab Plateau .

What states have mule deer?

Where to hunt Mule Deer. A true icon of the American West, the mule deer ( Odocoileus hemionus) is found throughout North America from western Texas and the Dakotas in the east to Oregon and British Columbia in the West, and from Mexico to Canada and Alaska. Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana all have great mule deer hunting…

Which Bullet for mule deer?

The sectional density of a good, small bore (.30 caliber or less) mule deer bullet should be at least .215 for adequate penetration and ballistic coefficient.


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