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#6544780 - 11/15/16 12:52 PM Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire?
Chief Wood Offline
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Are there public places to hunt mule deer? Is it possible to hunt without spending a small fortune on fees?
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#6544814 - 11/15/16 01:10 PM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
Teamvit Offline
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Registered: 02/18/15
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OTC in a AZ and ID, easy draw odds in NM, UT and WY. With a little research it is very doable

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#6544859 - 11/15/16 01:36 PM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
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Your going to have to draw as a non-resident in western states. Lake Meridith has public hunting for mule deer, from what I hear its crowded though, not sure on numbers of deer either
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#6544954 - 11/15/16 02:36 PM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Your going to have to draw as a non-resident in western states. Lake Meridith has public hunting for mule deer, from what I hear its crowded though, not sure on numbers of deer either
It was very crowded in '08 when we went!!! Saw a few mule deer doe but nothing with head gear.
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#6545083 - 11/15/16 04:05 PM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
TxHunter80 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/15
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Sure, it is. There are plenty of public land hunts available. The question is do you want to hunt mule deer or do you want to kill a monster? If you want to kill a monster without spending years and thousands of travel miles to do it, the price rises quickly.

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#6545832 - 11/16/16 06:01 AM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
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Registered: 09/17/10
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Do a little studying and find the areas in the west that consistently produce trophy deer and start putting in the drawing with a second choice area too. If you don't draw your area you get a preference point. Stay with it a few years and you will be drawn for a great area. Units 66 and 67 are big deer areas in Colorado for example.

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#6546013 - 11/16/16 08:04 AM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
EddieWalker Offline
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Loc: Tyler, TX
I have friends in CA that hunt near Casper out in public land every year and they do very well. Some years they only get pronghorn tags, but this year all four had mule deer an pronghorn tags. They all scored on 4x4 bucks with one being really nice. They hunt hard and they get back away from where everyone else is at, which I feel is the secret to any public land hunting. It took them years to find this spot, and if you are serious, you need to put in the time to find a good place.

I personally found it cheaper in the long term to pay to hunt on private land. More money to have access to a great place to hunt, but the experience is so much better, and I didn't spend years going to places that didn't have any animals, or where over run with hunters. I actually did do that for many years, but now avoid public land unless it's a very limited draw area.

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#6546155 - 11/16/16 09:44 AM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
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Registered: 10/15/14
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Yes...the answer...Wyoming....really it's not that bad, if you need contacts, PM me and I can see what I can do for you. It will cost something but a lot less than the guided Colorado or NM hunts usually found in this part of the world...now shooting a 200 class bruiser...well better get to work...

I'm hunting Texas mule deer first time this year...I'm pretty stoked...

Ed

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#6546189 - 11/16/16 10:03 AM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
Tony270 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/16
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Loc: Peoria, AZ
I live in ARIZONA good luck on getting a MULE DEER tag in a good area! Its easy to draw a Coues Whitetail tag down by the border since most hunters I know put in for Mule Deer and if they don't get drawn they put in for the left over deer tags which are almost all in Southern AZ!
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#6546222 - 11/16/16 10:28 AM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
JohnRussell Offline
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I would not mind shooting a mule deer doe... don't care about antlers.. just large meaty things that taste good on a bun, in a stew... etc.. lol
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#6546243 - 11/16/16 10:36 AM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
Chief Wood Offline
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Registered: 11/01/16
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All I care about is the meat. I big rack is cool but a steak on my plate is way cooler. I just got real serious about whitetail hunting in 2010. I used it as my therapy when I came back from my 2nd deployment to Iraq. It calmed me down to sit in the stand in the quiet. Now I am hooked.


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#6546264 - 11/16/16 10:47 AM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
txtrophy85 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Chief Wood
All I care about is the meat. I big rack is cool but a steak on my plate is way cooler. I just got real serious about whitetail hunting in 2010. I used it as my therapy when I came back from my 2nd deployment to Iraq. It calmed me down to sit in the stand in the quiet. Now I am hooked.


if your in it for the meat you might want to look at something other than a mule deer....
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I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#6546367 - 11/16/16 12:02 PM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Registered: 10/22/05
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Loc: Lubbock
Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: Chief Wood
All I care about is the meat. I big rack is cool but a steak on my plate is way cooler. I just got real serious about whitetail hunting in 2010. I used it as my therapy when I came back from my 2nd deployment to Iraq. It calmed me down to sit in the stand in the quiet. Now I am hooked.


if your in it for the meat you might want to look at something other than a mule deer....


Not sure about that, the best venison I, and those who I shared with, have ever eaten came from a mule deer buck.

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#6546395 - 11/16/16 12:23 PM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: TWarren]
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Originally Posted By: TWarren
Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: Chief Wood
All I care about is the meat. I big rack is cool but a steak on my plate is way cooler. I just got real serious about whitetail hunting in 2010. I used it as my therapy when I came back from my 2nd deployment to Iraq. It calmed me down to sit in the stand in the quiet. Now I am hooked.


if your in it for the meat you might want to look at something other than a mule deer....


Not sure about that, the best venison I, and those who I shared with, have ever eaten came from a mule deer buck.


Alafafa field yes....mountain sage country takes a little more effort.

To the OP NM and CO have decent draw odds for meat type hunts. Cow elk NM is probably the easiest draw

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#6546905 - 11/16/16 05:41 PM Re: Is itpossible to hunt Mule Deer withoutbeing a millionaire? [Re: Chief Wood]
Russ79 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/09
Posts: 390
Loc: Nacogdoches, Tx
On another site I visit you can buy your own little piece of mule deer heaven in Sanderson, about two hours west of Del Rio. For $63,000 you can purchase 160 acres with a cabin on it.

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