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#6509877 - 10/24/16 08:07 PM Mule deer hunting shamrock Area?
TonyUSMC Offline
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Registered: 09/17/11
Posts: 309
Loc: Amarillo Tx/ Rockwood Tn
Question for you guys, what's the best week for the big boys to be chasing in the shamrock area? Thanks
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#6509955 - 10/24/16 08:40 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
Jkd106 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/13
Posts: 896
Loc: Fannin and Hall
I hunt in Hall county, the rut won't be until Christmas (out of season unfortunately) but they usually start getting their Heram together that last week of season. Hunt the rough stuff early and late, you can catch them around there bed. Or wheat fields are good.
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#6509996 - 10/24/16 08:55 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
TonyUSMC Offline
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Registered: 09/17/11
Posts: 309
Loc: Amarillo Tx/ Rockwood Tn
Ok thanks! I'm looking hard to connect with a big one this season, seen some real nice young ones the last 2 yrs
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#6510000 - 10/24/16 08:59 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
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I hunt Mulies a world away, south of there, Terrel county. Last year they didn't start rutting until 11 days into the season.

And the best advice I can give is to move, move, move! Drive, walk, drive, walk, repeat.
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#6510007 - 10/24/16 09:01 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
Jkd106 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/13
Posts: 896
Loc: Fannin and Hall
Yea I have only been hunting muleys about 5 years now and still trying to learn these suckers. I have figured out they migrate some and you don't always have the same deer back each year. We let young ones walk every year and not sure if we ever see them again, but man I love to hunt em!
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#6510013 - 10/24/16 09:03 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
stxranchman Offline
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The rut on our Mule Deer lease in Western Pecos County is after Christmas or later. I would have thought it would be before ours up in that area. Get you some good binos and good spotter. Your eyes will thank you at the end of the day for spending on the best glass you can afford.
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#6510020 - 10/24/16 09:06 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
TonyUSMC Offline
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Registered: 09/17/11
Posts: 309
Loc: Amarillo Tx/ Rockwood Tn
We have a long deep canyon on one side of the lease I'm going to glass and stalk , and it leads right to our wheat field
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#6510054 - 10/24/16 09:28 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
Jkd106 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/13
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Loc: Fannin and Hall
Originally Posted By: TonyUSMC
We have a long deep canyon on one side of the lease I'm going to glass and stalk , and it leads right to our wheat field

That will be perfect, watch that canyon in late evening, the old boy's will get up and head to wheat right at dark. And Stx is right, good glass. I have good binos but not real expensive spotting scope and my eyes hurt everyday of mule deer season.
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#6510059 - 10/24/16 09:33 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
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Registered: 05/14/09
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Loc: Denton/Argyle
Originally Posted By: TonyUSMC
We have a long deep canyon on one side of the lease I'm going to glass and stalk , and it leads right to our wheat field


Pattern the draws they use to come out of the canyon. They'll be on that wheat soon as a good hard freeze hits the area.
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#6510115 - 10/24/16 10:13 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
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Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 846
Hunted east of Canyon,Texas and the season starts the week end before thanksgiving an last two weeks. Some small bucks try to get frisky around first of December but major rut kicks in middle of month. rifle

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#6510156 - 10/24/16 10:53 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
TonyUSMC Offline
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Registered: 09/17/11
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Loc: Amarillo Tx/ Rockwood Tn
Thanks guys! Good luck this year too
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#6510307 - 10/25/16 06:49 AM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
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They have purposely set up the seasons to be over before the rut starts.

Get really good glass, range finder and shooting sticks. Hunt that canyon with the sun at your back.

The bucks like the top edges with good cedar for cover. They like to lay on the edges under the shade of the cedars with the wind at their back. Be very patient and really carefully look over each cedar clump that meets this criteria. The sun along with their head movement or antler reflection is how you spot them.
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#6510851 - 10/25/16 11:47 AM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
Chuckw Offline
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Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 122
Like has been said, the rut is generally going well after the season has ended. Sounds like you have an ideal spot to intercept one on his way to food though. I also agree that they are highly "migratory" most times of the year. I guess thats a blessing and a curse. You just never know when a good one will be moving through that you have never seen before.

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#6511341 - 10/25/16 04:27 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
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Registered: 06/13/15
Posts: 256
Loc: West Texas
We hunt the sandhills of West Texas. Rut will be mid December through first week in January.....you can bank on it. You see bucks you never ever see during any other time.

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#6511498 - 10/25/16 06:12 PM Re: Mule deer hunting shamrock Area? [Re: TonyUSMC]
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When we had the lease east of Shamrock the mule deer were in a heavy chase mode right around Thanksgiving. Everyone told me that it would be later in the month on into December but for the five years that I was there it was around Thanksgiving every year.
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