How do I become a better mule deer hunter?

How do I become a better mule deer hunter?

Tips for a successful mule deer hunt during any season

  1. Find the correct habitat. The perfect habitat for mule deer depends 100% on the region.
  2. A vantage point is key. Whenever you are hunting mule deer, the hardest part is finding them.
  3. Hunt all-day.
  4. Slow down.
  5. Do not get hung up on scouting.

Where is the best mule deer hunting in BC?

British Columbia produces some of the largest mule deer in the world, and the rugged South Chilcotin Mountains, ranging northwest from Lillooet, are a premier place to hunt this challenging species.

How do you attract mule deer bucks?

Rattling and Scraping Antlers Rattling is a great method for attracting mule deer. Essentially, you rattle a set of 2 antlers together and it creates an illusion of 2 dominant bucks fighting. This is great for drawing in other bucks that are looking to establish dominance and even does looking for a dominant buck.

What calls work best for mule deer?

Mule deer calls may be throatier and a shade deeper in tone, but with proper inflection and some practice, you can call muleys with your whitetail calls. Mule deer vocalizations to mimic include the previously mentioned snort-wheeze, grunts, bleats, and fawn bawls. Rattling can also get results.

Where do mule deer hang out during the day?

The deer you can find during the summer months are typically in the same area during the hunt. Mule deer might not run the same program every day, but they are habitual in the drainages, basins, and areas they hang out in.

Where do mule deer bucks hide?

Thickets along stream corridors and brushy dry washes are also popular hides. Bedded deer tend to watch for danger approaching from below; so stalking from above affords the hunter an advantage. My first big muley buck was taken by bow at close range as he bolted from his bed.

Do mule deer need water everyday?

Mule deer, like most large mammals, need water almost daily. Over the course of a 24-hour period, they gulp approximately 4 quarts–more during oppressive autumn heat. In the Southwest, the opportunity for water-hole encounters increases given the scarcity of water.

How many mule deer are in BC?

165,000 deer
Populations of mule deer in BC are between 20,000 to 25,000 in the north and approximately 165,000 deer in the Interior.

What triggers mule deer rut?

In mule deer, the hormone melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in response to the onset of darkness. When it reaches a certain level in the blood it induces estrus in does.

Where do mule deer go during the day?

Mule deer are primarily active during the morning, evening, and moonlit nights. In the middle of the day, the mule deer will rest in a cool, secluded area. Males prefer to bed down on rocky ridges, while females and fawns prefer open areas.

Does grunting work for mule deer?

That’s why rattling doesn’t particularly work to attract mule deer bucks, even in the active pre-rut phase. And it’s why calling–grunting, snorting, bleating–isn’t a reliable way to call mule deer, even when you find them in heavy cover. They’re just not as social–or as dependent on vocalization–as whitetail deer.

Do mule deer respond decoys?

Many people have asked me if the Heads Up Decoy really works on mule deer as well as it does on whitetail, antelope, turkey, and elk? The answer is Absolutely! The proof is in the pictures.