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Early Mule Deer Hunt pressure
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Triax 08-Feb-24
Murph 08-Feb-24
Paul@thefort 08-Feb-24
HUNT MAN 08-Feb-24
wytex 08-Feb-24
Bowboy 08-Feb-24
bowyer45 08-Feb-24
StickFlicker 08-Feb-24
wytex 08-Feb-24
wildwilderness 08-Feb-24
Zackman 08-Feb-24
HUNT MAN 08-Feb-24
From: Triax
08-Feb-24
Question Looking into a Mule deer hunt in the Middle of Sept. This small Ranch that has around ten thousand acres. My fear is they have two groups of hunters coming in before us. How does Mule deer react to the hunting pressure? There is Public that buts up against it also. Will the Mule deer stay around when jumped. Or will they be gone by the time we get there to hunt? Whats everyone experience? Thanks Mike

From: Murph
08-Feb-24
Sounds over hunted too me 10,000 acres of mule deer ground isn’t that much, when you say 2 groups ahead of you I’m assuming 3 or more, I’d be concerned with numbers / trophy quality, but to answer your question mule deer are no different than most other animals when pressured, but with that being said you can bump a buck out of his bed and find him within 100yds of their the following morning, private ground deer are more desensitized imo more used to seeing the rancher drive around check water pastures the normal day to day ranch work, good luck on your hunt ..

From: Paul@thefort
08-Feb-24

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It might depend on how they hunt and the type of property, ie, ranch land, farm land with crops, low land, high mt ranges. Some outfitters might restrict the hunters to tree stands/ground blinds only. Easy in and easy out without disturbing the deer too much. Check with the outfitter on how they hunt the property.

From: HUNT MAN
08-Feb-24
Depends on lots of factors . But that first crack at any animal is the best. Also depends on the hunters before you. I would not want to hunt a place the week after my crew hunted.

From: wytex
08-Feb-24
Bump a big buck and he is gone. Depends on how they hunt it. Stands and so forth , not as bad but still hunting or spot and stalk bucks will get bumped. Ask if they will be hunting the entire ranch first.

From: Bowboy
08-Feb-24
Agree with Huntman. Being the first group in would be better

From: bowyer45
08-Feb-24
I agree with wytex , one bump and the big ones move. Get them first is the best chance. Only exception is ones that hang around people, they though are not much sport.

From: StickFlicker
08-Feb-24
Moving isn't the only concern. The big ones can become nocturnal that time of year.

From: wytex
08-Feb-24
Open country, spotting scope ^^^. Look for bedded deer.

08-Feb-24
Imo an early Mule deer hunt starts in Mid August. The new season dates in CO are way better for archery elk.

Mule deer like to disappear then change areas when they strip velvet

From: Zackman
08-Feb-24
No one would want to hunt after you Hunt!!! There’d be nothing left

From: HUNT MAN
08-Feb-24
Zack your part of my team . Starting Quarterback !

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