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#7086037 - 02/20/18 10:50 AM DIY Mule deer hunt
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Registered: 09/16/12
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Loc: Terrell
Harvesting a mule deer is on my bucket list before I die but I would like to do a DIY hunt. Could be a bow or gun hunt, makes no difference. With that being said, can anyone point me in the right direction, give me pointers on where to try to look at hunting? I have no clue where to start. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Born to hunt and fish.

#7086042 - 02/20/18 10:53 AM Re: DIY Mule deer hunt [Re: Booner1]
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Are you thinking public or private (Texas) land? And if private, what would your budget be?

Edited by Creekrunner (02/20/18 10:53 AM)
...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28

#7086052 - 02/20/18 11:02 AM Re: DIY Mule deer hunt [Re: Booner1]
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Registered: 10/22/12
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Loc: Winters
Budget and animal quality would be driving factors.

#7086058 - 02/20/18 11:09 AM Re: DIY Mule deer hunt [Re: Booner1]
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Prefer a public hunt and budget will be whatever it takes to get it done. As far as quality, any mature buck would fill the bill. Not really looking at Texas hunts but might put in for some draw hunts here, never know. I might actually get drawn.
Born to hunt and fish.

#7086154 - 02/20/18 12:05 PM Re: DIY Mule deer hunt [Re: Booner1]
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Registered: 07/27/07
Posts: 232
Loc: Midland, TX
New Mexico has some draw hunts with decent odds if you arenít looking for a giant. Utah has general deer hunts that can be drawn with 0 points. Colorado has a few good units that can be had with only a few points. Idaho has general deer hunts that you can just buy tags for, but with the recent tough winters, I would wait a few years. Wyoming and Montana will take a few points for a good unit, you can buy points after the draw until September/October in those two states.

Iíll, hopefully, be hunting muleyís in NM and Utah this year, and antelope in Wyoming and Colorado. Not sure Iíll be able to squeeze in an elk hunt or not. If I donít draw my AZ late season elk tag, iíll likely be applying for a deer tag in Kansas as well.

#7086270 - 02/20/18 01:33 PM Re: DIY Mule deer hunt [Re: Booner1]
Wytex Offline

Registered: 12/07/16
Posts: 586
Loc: Wyoming
Not too late to apply in Wyoming for this fall. Some decent areas can be drawn with 0 PP. Some region tags are pretty good because of the season length.
Look at the Hunt Planner on the website for G&F, you can find draw odds and check the map for public access.
A mature buck can be found almost anywhere with effort.

#7088400 - 02/22/18 12:37 AM Re: DIY Mule deer hunt [Re: Booner1]
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Mulie Mike..

#7088685 - 02/22/18 09:32 AM Re: DIY Mule deer hunt [Re: Booner1]
DonPablo Offline

Registered: 09/20/11
Posts: 189
You should put in for Matador. They do a bow and a gun hunt and you can put in for both. They have antler restrictions and (unless things have changed) you will see bucks that meet the minimum. Awesome place. Plus in my opinion public land in TX is more challenging than public land in any of the other states (not that I've hunted many other states).

Or you could hunt Lake Meredith and not even worry about drawing.

Edited by DonPablo (02/22/18 09:32 AM)


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