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Hunting Early Season Mule Deer (feature article)

August 2007 Feature Article:

Hunting Early Season Mule Deer

Ask most North American hunters and nine out of ten will probably say that early season mule deer hunting is for archers. As a committed bowhunter I've spent many early season days in the mountains, along river valleys and in the prairie grasslands chasing mule deer. It is indeed a great opportunity to catch deer relatively uneducated. But in recent years I've been hearing more about gun hunting these great deer in the early season. Aside from opportunity, the early season also presents several unique challenges. The heat alone is usually enough to keep most of us out of the woods. Daytime highs are frequently off the charts, bugs (i.e., mosquitoes and flies) are out in full force, and lush foliage on trees and shrubs offers abundant cover for the deer. To most of us, it's just not deer hunting unless the weather is cold and crisp, fall brown colors are prevalent and the leaves are on the ground. In turn, a lot of us just can't wrap our heads around the idea of deer hunting in the late summer time. Read more...

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Great article

Love hunting Mulies eary!

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Right now the link is not

Right now the link is not working 8/08 at 1800

But the early fall hunts have to be one of the best out there.  While the heat can be a challange so can the early snow storms or the downpoors of rain that we get.  It is just another excuse to get out of the house for a couple of weeks.

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Still not working 8/17 and

Still not working 8/17 and I'm guessing it will not be back up. I was looking forward to reading it. I haven't been bowhunting for muleys yet but I plan on trying next year.

Critter, are you retired military?

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I just looked and the

I just looked and the original post was 3 years ago so I don't expect to see it back up. 

ecubackpaker:  Nope just retired.  I put in 33 years with the telephone company and decided that it was time for me to take up my hobbies full time.

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Link works now, some older

Link works now, some older links may not work and may never be updated for various reasons.  If a link does not work, go to the seach box, copy in the article title and it will find the the current location.

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Thanks for getting the

Thanks for getting the article back up. Great article and some good looking velvet bucks. Hopefully next year I'll be able to put the tips to use.

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Thanks for getting it back up

Thanks for getting it back up

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Our season actually starts

Our season actually starts this Saturday.  The only thing I don't like this early is the heat.......

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At least you don't have the

At least you don't have the humidity we have. You'll sweat just staying outside. No activity, just standing still. It can be miserable at times. It's hard to keep scent free in the early season.

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True.  don't like the

True.  don't like the humidity, for sure.  It's a "dry heat" here..... lol

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