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Mule Deer bowhunting North Dakota/Badlands

I would like to go to the Little Missourri national grassland's bowhunting deer this fall and was looking for anyone who has done it before. I have sharp-tailed grouse hunted before many times close to there but don't really know anything about the deer there. I usually do most of my Mule deer bowhunting above the timberline in Colorado. I just want to try somthing different.

I just want some general info...I am not looking for anyone's honey hole or a specific drainage or creek where they have seen lots of deer or anything like that. Just wondering if some areas are better than others, if backcountry camping is allowed, numbers of deer to expect to see, etc. etc. I know that most of the country out there is wide open and that spot and stalk will be tough but just wondering if anyone has any pointers.

Again I am not trying to weasel in anybodys spot or get detailed info just wanted to get pointed in the right direction.

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Mule Deer bowhunting North Dakota/Badlands

If you have a grasslands map, great. If not, get one. Trespass is not taken lightly by most ranchers, and "getting lost " is not an excuse. It's been so many years since I grew up in that area that I use one when I go back to shoot prairie dogs.

We used to hunt mulies (and whitetail, too) West of Amidon, and North of Belfield.

Mule deer are at their highest populations in recent decades at this time, so you should see a few, but there will be lots of empty ground in between. Backpack camping will be iffy, but there are official campsights here and there. One that comes to mind is the Whitetail campsite a few miles North and then West of Belfield. It was free the last time I was there in '03.

Also bear in mind that these are not your father's Mule deer. They are way
spookier than they were when I was a kid. Back then, they would always run out ahead of you about 100 yards, stop, and look back to see what spooked them. Not anymore. They learned from the whitetails, I guess.

Contacts would be the ND game & fish and another one I found helpful was the ND Stockman's association (based out of Dickinson). Stockman's used to have a list of names/phone numbers of ranchers that allowed/welcomed hunting.

Last thing-fee hunting has reared it's ugly head in that neck of the woods as well.

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