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Area 87 and 88

I drew a doe tag for Area 88 during regular rifle; my partner drew Area 87 for the same. Anyone have any experience hunting mulies on either of the Pawnee areas? I have the Forest Service map with private and public land, so that's at least a start. My partner is an avid hunter, but he has never done plains' hunting for deer. 

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By "regular rifle", do you

By "regular rifle", do you mean "early season rifle"?  I also assume you will be hunting public land?  I would try to find the best cover nearest to public land, remembering that with plains hunting, "cover" is a relative term.  In early season, it will be rather hot, so deer are going to be in the shade.  I hope you both have a good set of binoculars and a spotting scope because that is how you need to spend the majority of your time.  If you can, I would drive out to the area, and check it out.  You could drive and glass a large portion of both units in a single day.

I have never hunted mule deer in either unit, but a friend of mine got the largest mule deer buck of anyone I know while hunting in unit 87, bowhunting no less.  I realize you are both doe hunting, but I thought I would mention it.  I do have some familiarity with both units. I have hunted antelope in 87 and I went to school in the only school located in unit 88.  I am glad you already have a map showing public vs. private land because some maps I have seen show Pawnee National Grasslands as one continuous chunk of public land, and that is just not the case.  On the east side of 87, I have seen a few mule deer, but never very many together.  I have heard that there are more mule deer on the west side of the unit.  In unit 88, there is some dryland farming, concentrated mostly along the southern edge.  If you can find some dryland corn or sudan hay growing next to public land, the deer love to bed in that during the day so you could try to catch them coming and going.  Also, about 2 miles (I don't remember exactly, but you will know when you get to it) north of New Raymer is the Pawnee (or New Raymer depending on who you ask) Creek.  It isn't much of a creek, but there is always water, atleast in parts of it, and the terrain is a little more broken up in this area, so I would check that area out.  Good luck to both of you, and let us know how the hunt goes. 

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So, I saw on another post

So, I saw on another post that you have coyote hunted somewhere out in 87/88, so you already have some familiarity with the area.  Generally, where were you at?

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Coyote hunting

We started off by Cty Rds 69 and 96, then worked north and west. Found a nice high hill with a radio tower south of Cty Rd 108 that I would like to scout from prior to the season for my partner's tag. I also hope to get set up there some evening soon and try calling in the coyotes as the dark comes on. We didn't see any, but did get a couple to answer our electronic call.

I appreciate all the advice. I don't own any good glass, so I hope Bob does. (I've pretty much already blown my hunting budget for the year.)  Whistling

I love the grasslands. You really get a feeling for "lonely places" when you are there. 

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Oh, yeah, and...

...yes, early rifle seaon. We're also hoping to get OTC tags for some mountain hunting. 

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Wow, tough tag!

I know that tower well! We go shooting in the dry reservoirs just to the north of it!

 

Though I will have to admit, that I have been up there like 150 times in the last 40 years, and have never once seen a deer in that area! Heck, I hardly ever see any prongers either!

We did see several does right off Hwy 14 in some private drops on Memerial Day as we were driign out there.

 

IMO, most of the deer in that area will be stuck close to any crops and private land they would be on. So I would suggest scouting out the private props, and see if they hold any deer, if they even leave at all, and if so, what trails they are using and set up an ambush.

 

Good luck!

 

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