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Flat land Mule Deer

Where I live in Saskatchewan its flat, I mean flat like you watch your dog run away for a full day. But our Mule deer population is fairly good and we don’t have the high elevations that is typical with mule deer is there any one else here that hunts the same sort of terrain?

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not me

Most of us are public land hunters, and where I've lived, flat land is usually private.

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Public land

It sounds like the public land is hard hunting there.

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Same here flat land usally

Same here flat land usally means private. Most public land in mountainous

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Flatland muleys

Some of the best hunting areas I hunt are huge flat areas. My muley area has private at the very bottom with 2-3 miles of flats that turn into huge canyons and go straight up vertical canyon walls. I try to find those out of the way hidey holes that big muleys find to be safe. It can be a small 10' deep ravine with a lone cedar tree with fast escape routes to a little spot next to a road that is overlooked by everyone. The advantage I have is I can still get back against the canyons and get high to see what I can't see at eye level.

One thing about those big muleys is the way they can hide and get away from you. I have seen them lay there head down on the ground and not move for hours. I have also seen them belly crawl between two guys making a deer drive. They did not get big by being stupid.

Despite what everyone believes about muleys from back in the 60's and 70's, they are not the same creature from the past.

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Good post elkkill06. I also

Good post elkkill06. I also like hunting flat country with some breaks. Those old bucks know where to bed and hide. Many of us learned a lot about hunting that type of country while hunting antelope and seeing monster mulies. Those old bucks can hide in places that still shock me.

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Ya know i've even seen some

Ya know i've even seen some huge mulies out in the sage flats in NV. One way i glass the sage is looking for magpies then watching them, they like to land on those big guys backs and pick the bugs/ticks off. The deer blend in so well but those black birds stand out.

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Great tip!

Hoggetter Thats a great tip, I'll have to remember that for archery season. We quite often walk the coulees and stop, glass and blow on a predator call once or twice and that will get them to stand up and have a look around but only once or twice if you do it any more they will spot you and game over!

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I read in an article one time

I read in an article one time that the mule deer is really a flat land animal and that he was pushed into the mountains when the setlers came out west.  If you look at its habits of how it runs jumps and can hide in the sage it makes sence.  Their bouncing gate is designed to get above the brush to see any danger around them and with their ears being larger to hear what is approaching. 

But I do agree some of the largest mulies that I have ever seen have been miles away from any real mountains and out in the sage flats.  I also got a report of an area in Utah this years that there are a few nice bucks to be had in the area that I am headed for muzzle loader season and it is fairly flat where they are hiding.  My scouting trip at the end of this month will determine if I am headed high or low over there this year. 

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Bouncing Gait

I read somewhere that the bouncing and purposeful pounding hooves is to give an impression of a bigger animal to discourage predators from chasing after. There is a term to describe this act, but I can't think of it now.

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Bouncing Gait

plumdog wrote:

I read somewhere that the bouncing and purposeful pounding hooves is to give an impression of a bigger animal to discourage predators from chasing after. There is a term to describe this act, but I can't think of it now.

The pogo stick like gait is called stotting.  Whether flat land or mountainous habitat, mule deer are historically associated with brush type vegetation and that bouncing stride provides a means for rapid escape and possibly providing better visability while escaping.

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