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Any Mule Deer Outfitter Recommendations?
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Contributors to this thread:
Newbie 08-Oct-22
Newbie 08-Oct-22
Guardian hunter 08-Oct-22
Dale06 08-Oct-22
MathewsMan 08-Oct-22
Newbie 08-Oct-22
spike78 08-Oct-22
JL 08-Oct-22
Newbie 08-Oct-22
[email protected] 09-Oct-22
TEmbry 09-Oct-22
Rocky D 09-Oct-22
Beav 09-Oct-22
From: Newbie
08-Oct-22
I'm currently 20 and just started hunting whitetail. I'm already in love with it and am looking to branch out in terms of species. I know elk are pretty expensive, but are there any good mule deer outfitters in OTC units? I don't necessary care which state. Unfortunately I don't have any preference points in any state yet - I'll be working on that this off season. Does anyone have recommendations? Thank you!

From: Newbie
08-Oct-22
Sorry, I don't know if it's implied, but I would like fair chase. I know there are affordable places with fences, but that's not my cup of tea. Thanks again!

08-Oct-22
Mule deer guided hunts rival prices of elk hunts. At 20 years old unless you are ahead of the game financially, I would not spend big bucks on this. Priorities.

From: Dale06
08-Oct-22
If you want to branch out from white tails, take a look at Pronghorns. They’re reasonable in price and generally a pretty high success rate. Also an attractive trophy and good meat.

From: MathewsMan
08-Oct-22
Colorado is all draw or landowner voucher purchase tags but many tags are pretty good odds if you start by gaining a preference point or two. Wyoming is also a great place for DIY stuff as long as you are not hunting wilderness areas that require guides.

From: Newbie
08-Oct-22
Thank you all! I agree that pronghorns are probably definitely more reasonable, but with some more research, it's still out of my price range. I think I'll try a DIY.

From: spike78
08-Oct-22
I think you should get your feet wet and shoot a deer in your home state first. If you want the DYI adventure go to NJ, NY, or PA and shoot a deer out of state then go out west.

From: JL
08-Oct-22
My two pennies.....there is a lot of public land to work out west in antelope and muley territory. DIY is the way to go. Definitely start collecting points next year so you can have a chance to draw with 1 or 2 points. I drew Montana lope with 0 points a year or so back. With a bow....you should have a great chance to draw on your first try and go DIY.

As a newer hunter....don't be afraid to ask questions....a lot of great info here on Bowsite that can help you out.

From: Newbie
08-Oct-22
Thanks spike. I'm hunting in Ohio later this year and have some spots to work on this year. I'm planning on the trip out west sometime next year and is just as much about spending a few weeks in the outdoors as it is hunting. I'll try my luck DIY'ing antelope in Wyoming where it's $34 for a doe tag, that way I'm not spending too much outside the trip

09-Oct-22
Take advantage of your youth. Research a unit in CO with some country above 11,000' (timberline), strap on a backpack and go DIY the first week of season. 10-20 years from now, getting a tag, deer numbers, or other factors may make it harder. They already changed the dates and we lost some good early days before they strip velvet and start disappearing. You can draw all sorts of units with no points for archery tags.

Depending on the unit, you could have an elk and bear tag in your pocket as well.

From: TEmbry
09-Oct-22
Are you asking for outfitter recommendations as the title says or for suggestions of where to apply to go hunt DIY? Two totally different topics with totally different answers (and even different people who you should listen to their answers).

I was broke in college and asking for help to go out west hunting, I’m not bashing. Just want to be sure what specifically you are looking for so I can hopefully direct you to the right people. If a guided antelope hunt is out of your price range (been there so again not a judgement) then you won’t dream of a guided mule deer hunt. There are several places to hunt mule deer same year as applying or 1-2 years out, but they vary from low grasslands to 13k+ feet high alpine Colorado country. What interests you?

From: Rocky D
09-Oct-22
I would spend couple of years hunting whitetails then advance to some out of state hunts.

It would have been a waste of money for me to jump to hunting different species in different states within my first two or three years.

Taking all this into account I still had hunted five states and five species DIY by the time I was 25.

Times are different now with YouTube and forums like this but it still takes time to master all of the necessary skills.

I happened to have young guy call me from New Mexico just this year with his first bull elk. Seems like the was things that he hadn’t thought of. Oh, this was his fifth DIY hunt for elk.

Save money takes some time to learn and like all good bowhunters be patient.

There some great young bow hunters on here that you could probably learn a ton from if you take the time and learn their story.

From: Beav
09-Oct-22
Check out Crago Ranch Hunts in South Dakota. Great country and lots of deer.

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