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favorite hunting terraine for mule deer when hunting is hard?

What type of terraine do you guys like to hunt for muleys in during the middle of the season? Is it heavy timber, alpine? or sage flats?

For instance, i'm a sage flat kind of guy, I could watch them most of the day and love every minute of it. But this can be less than productive in dry years.

What I'm really wondering is what's your go-to spot when the hunting is tough? what do you look for?

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My main go to spot if I

My main go to spot if I really want to kill a mule deer is the oak brush and aspen trees in the area.  But then that is what I will usually hunt anyway unless I am in the cedar and juniper areas that I also hunt.  You have to think about the feed for the deer.  They love oak brush and the sage areas that you are hunting, but they prefer young sage brush to the older patches for the feed.  If I have nothing but a lot of sage I will glass until I find some antler tips sticking up above the brush and then plan a stalk.  My problem isn't finding a buck deer to shoot but finding a buck deer that meets my standards to shoot. 

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yep

Foothillsy, scrub oak, mountain mahogany, sage, and juniper type hillsides in 3rd season.  I like aspen and scrub oaks when I'm after an older deer in an OTC season.  If I get desperate I'll find some BLM that nuzzles up to some irrigated fields and hunt the small pockets of public there.  Usually all I see are does and little bucks, but it perks you up.  For self inflicted hard hunting, absolutely love high country mulies, but you can only get rifle tags for those hunts so often.  Last year while goat hunting, couldn't believe all the deer we saw above 12,000 feet.  And no does, just bucks.  Even saw a few bucks up over 13,000 feet.

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like this

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Other than the mountain in

Other than the mountain in the background that looks exactley like the areas I hunt. Some has much thicker brush and some is more open but that is my preferred terrain all the time no matter what the conditions really. I do hunt other areas but that is what I like the most and where I have had the best success.

I have not moved up to being a true trophy hunter yet and maybe that would change things some but as a rule I'm sure it will always be my favorite.

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i saw most of my deer last

i saw most of my deer last year up high as well. i think because colorado and wyoming were behind on their rainfall.

that was the only theory i could come up with, anyways. it was hot and dry and pushed them up into cooler temps.

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I bet I am one of the few on

I bet I am one of the few on here that can say I hunt mule deer from a treestand..... Wink

Our best mule deer area out here is an area that has lots of oaks and pines, and it's around a bunch of cabins.  The deer here are more like whitetail, in terms of their patterns.

They have established trails, and you can place a stand along any of them and have a good shot at a deer if you spend your time in the woods.

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My favorite terrain to hunt

My favorite terrain to hunt mulies is where ever the mule deer are. I dont care if its sage flats or big timer, or thick new growth. I'll hunt anywhere as long as theres deer to be hunted.

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I suppose....

Well since I have only hunted mule deer for a single week I suppose my answer has to reflect where I bagged my buck. It happened to be a wiode open wheat field.

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I just love muley hunting !

I have hunted muledeer in most types of terrain including quakeys, oakbrush, sagebrush, pinions and junipers and some dark timber, except for high country mulies. I guess my biggest trick is to hunt areas with the least amount of people hunting there. That usually puts me in very low country (even for elk) and typically that means less deer, but I do find joy in taking great animals where most will not hunt. HOT NASTY CACTUS COUNTRY !!!! Yes

Good luck to all chasing that elusive muley this year !

Quinton 

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elkkill!! CORRECTAMUNDO!

elkkill06 wrote:

HOT NASTY CACTUS COUNTRY !!!! Yes

EXACTLY! Yes ...hopefully desert for me this year! ...I should find out in the next fews days!

Though most years this is the terrain I have been bagging my mulies in!

 

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