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Idaho mule deer

I'll be hunting in the Salmon region in Idaho come Oct. Never hunted mulies, only whitetails. So I need to know how to hunt them. Where do I look for them? Are they active in the morning and evening like whitetails? Any info to help me with this hunt would be great. Totally on our own, and need to find out what to do. I have called fish and game, talked to biologiest, and searched alot of info online and cant seem to find what I need to know to hunt these deer. Feel kinda dumb asking for help seens I've hunted my whole life, but I dont want to mess this up. Thanks for any info I get

 

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Idaho mule deer

I'm the opposite, doing more Mule deer than Whitetail, both in the desert which is my favorite stalking fun, and in forests here too. I would advise doing a lot of scouting and glassing in areas that Mule deer are known habitat in Idaho (never been there). As far as the morning evening thing, I'd say it is pretty much the same, and in my experience an overcast/cloudy day may find more movement any time. If anything in behavior differences, Mule deer usually/supposedly aren't as repetitive or habit forming as Whitetail in their travels, seeming to wonder around more or vary approaches so to speak to get where they are going in a given area. I rarely come across a heavy game trail from repetitive use by them myself. I've seen them bed down most anywhere as well, from under trees with low branches in the shade, to right out in the open in the prairie grass, to down in heavy brush cover and against/under cliff like faces. They are where you find them, LOL.

I spent a lot of time observing/glassing and taking mental notes where I saw them most frequently to establish where I usually hunt them; a lot of time just driving dirt roads slow and glassing occasionally, as well as getting to a high point and spending some time sitting. It just sort of happened over time, including when I was out there for other things as well. A favorite thing of mine was to go out just after a rain driving slowly along roads checking the edge on each side to see where they may have left fresh tracks in the clean/soft dirt before crossing earlier that morning or night, and then following those tracks in to find them.

Sometimes they are there, other times scarce, so that is why I like to have several areas in mind when I go out as back-up plans.

Good luck.

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Thanks so much for the info.

Thanks so much for the info. Will try to apply it to my hunt.

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If you are into an area that

If you are into an area that is a lot of grass land then find pockets of trees and ravines and glass them out.  Don't look for the whole deer but bits and pieces of them such as ears and antler tines.  I have see big mulies lay in a sagebrush flatt all day where all you could see of him was the tips of his antlers. 

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Will do. I am unsure of the

Will do. I am unsure of the terrain, but I think its a mix of sage brush, grass and forest in the area we are going. But I am gathering that glassing is a must for mulies. I hope I can pull this off. So out of my element with this, but still excited.

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In terms of rifle. Dont know anything about Kansas but we out west are under the impression that Whitetails are hunted with shotgun and lever action rifles etc.

Leave .243 or smaller at home.

You will want a 25/06, 270, 30/06, 308, or 7mm mag in a 22-24" thin contour barrel with a synthetic stock for wieght savings. 3x9 or 4x12 scope. Leave it on 3-4 power until you have a good restand are ready to shoot. A small harris bipod is nice too but adds about another pound.

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I think i'll take my 30-06 this trip. I'm comfortable out to 300 with it. Pushing a 165gr. Sierra BT right at 3,000 fps. Should be good medicine for a muley. I knocks 250 lb whitetails right over. Thanks for the info JJ. Who knows, mabye our paths might cross up there.

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Best of luck to you!

Best of luck to you!

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good luck to you, let us know

good luck to you, let us know how it goes.

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Good luck to you, kansaskid

Good luck to you, kansaskid Thumbs up

What part of Kansas do you live? I have some friends that went out to hunt turkeys in the spring. They had a great time. I may have to join them next year.

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I disagree with leaving the .243 at home. I have killed multiple deer with a .243

How to hunt the mule deer really depends on the terrain your hunting them in. If your in an open area like Critter described then just like he said, spend a TON of time glassing. Those suckers hide like Superman in a sagebrush flat.

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