The Best Places To Hunt Mule Deer

Andy L. from Texas writes to ask about where to hunt mule deer. “I know this is a whitetail column, but I have a question on mule deer. Years ago the hot states for mule deer were Colorado and Utah. Are they still the best? Also, I’m seeing more and more hunting television shows going for mule deer in Mexico. Why has that jumped into the picture? Finally, a friend told me that Saskatchewan has great muleys, but why don’t I hear more about that?”

Dr. Dave Samuel

Three great questions Andy. First, in many places we’re seeing a good resurgence in quality mule deer. Colorado still takes more big mule deer than most places, and Utah is getting back to where they were in the late 1980s. You’re seeing more opportunities for good bucks in Mexico in part because they’ve figured out how to use bait. So, bowhunters are now going there for big muleys, and gun hunters are more successful as well. Finally, your friend is right about Saskatchewan. They have great mule deer hunting in the southern part of that province. The kicker is that it is only open to residents, so you just don’t hear much about it. Too bad, but there are huge mule deer there!

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Dr. Dave writes a weekly column for sportsmansguide.com. If you have a question for Dr. Dave, e-mail your question to Dr. Dave in care of Tom Kacheroski, senior editor of www.sportsmansguide.com‘s content at tkachero@sportsmansguide.com. Dr. Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he has been a bowhunter for over 40 years, with deer being his main prey. He’s also an outdoor writer and has been with “Bowhunter” magazine for 31 years.

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