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DIY Which State

I am planning hunts for next year and liked to do a DIY mule deer hunt.  I've hunted WY before.  Any suggestions on a state to do it in?

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Are you looking for a harder

Are you looking for a harder to draw tag, but better trophy potential.  Or are you looking for an easier draw tag, and take your chances on the quality of the deer?  There are some monster units in Utah, AZ, and New Mexico, but good luck drawing a tag.  Colorado has some better draw odds, and Utah is also good in some of the general season tags.  I would have to know what you wanted for a hunt first.

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I am thinking easier to draw

I am thinking easier to draw tags provided they have potential to harvest a deer, but not necessarily a tropy buck.  I guess I'd be interested in hearing about the hard to draw tags too.

Next season is a long way off so I have time to dream and plan which is part of the fun.

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I'll be hunting three states

I'll be hunting three states this year and they are Colorado, Utah, and Arizona.  Now that state that I would really like to hunt would be Montana but the area that I am trying to get into is a little sticky.  Of the three states for a trophy animal on a easy tag to draw would be Colorado with Utah and Arizona following.  Now if you are willing to wait for a few years Utah is the way to go.  The chances of shooting a 200 pt booner there on one of their limited entry units is a lot higher than the rest except for possibly Arizona. 

The one nice thing about Utah is that it doesn't cost that much to apply.  All you have to do is buy a small game license and then the $10.00 application fee and you can draw the first year that you put in if you are lucky, or it may take 15 years or more for the way that their system is set up.  I am one of the lucky ones for the limited entry units in that all I do is give them my money and wait until the next year.  But I do know of some hunters that draw coveted tags with 1 or no points. 

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Thanks for the info. Just in

Thanks for the info.

Just in the planning stages right now, day dreaming mostly.  I am definitely thinking mule deer next year, but also considering a cow elk.

A bull elk would be nice, but I have no place for the antlers so figure I might just go for the cow. Less expensive and better meat.

But I guess that is a post for a different thread

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cvc, utah has great general

cvc, utah has great general archery deer hunts that always have leftover tags. Tons of deer with plenty of shot opertunity. If you want a big buck then you cant pack into the high country. Fishlake national forest is a place to check into.

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HOGGETTER wrote:

cvc, utah has great general archery deer hunts that always have leftover tags. Tons of deer with plenty of shot opertunity. If you want a big buck then you cant pack into the high country. Fishlake national forest is a place to check into.

The leftover tags for general archery deer in Utah are a thing of the past anymore.  This last year if you didn't have general archery as your first choice you may not of got your tag.  But there were around 1400 general archery youth tags that went unused.  It is hard to say what will happen for 2011 since the DOW is rethinking a lot of things as far as the hunts as they try and get the herds back up to a diecent population. 

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Anyone South Dakota,

Anyone South Dakota, Nebraska?  I'd like to find a state within fairly easy driving.  I guess I could try my home state of Kansas, but not much public land to hunt on here.

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I am gonna go with CO on this

I am gonna go with CO on this one.  We have decent draw odd on decent units and we have alot of mule deer.  The population seems to be coming back slowly.  I have started to see deer in areas that I have not seen them in for years.  Wyoming is also still a really good choice.

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Its pretty hard to make a

Its pretty hard to make a decision on that one. I do not really have the financial ability to put in for tags in many other states but if you can than you can really up your odds of drawing a good tag. If you can apply in 4 or 5 of the big states than you will be hunting on good tags a lot more often than if you only put in for one state. Utah is the exception to costing quite a bit to put in for. You can get into that game without losing a bunch of money every year. And they have some great deer. Our population in Colorodo is making a come back too though so don't skip right over us. I think there are better places to go if taking a boone and crocket buck is your goal but we do kill an occasional bomber buck.

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For me, not only is it cost

For me, not only is it cost prohibitve to apply in multiple states, but what happens if I draw in more than one?  I can only do one out of state hunt per year - not only for financial reasons, but more importantly for happy marriage reasons. 

You live in Colorado and from all your hunting stories, are an experienced hunter.  Where would you suggest to go in Colorado for a DIY mule deer hunt?  Trophy mule deer is not a priority, what is, easy access and plentiful public land (less hunters the better) and a reasonable chance of taking a decent mule deer.

Any suggestions?  Thanks in advance for your help.

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