I have been hunting mulies in Wyoming for five years and while it isn't consistent, I have many, many times witnessed one buck with up to as many as ten does. The buck I shot this year was with three does as well as the one I shot last year. This is in early October which I believe is a month or so before their rut begins.
I thought, perhaps incorrectly, that mulies were similar to whitetails and that they pretty much stayed separate from bucks except during the rut. However, this seems to be more like elk or antelope behavior.
I believe I saw five different individual mulie bucks this year with harems of does. I also saw several groups of bachelor bucks as well.
Is there any rhyme or reason to this behavior, specifically at that time of year?