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Mule Deer hunting in Special West River

Has anyone ever hunted in this area of SD for Mule Deer. This is my first out of state hunt as well as 1st mule deer hunt. I'm from NJ and have only hunted Whitetail. If anyone has any idea about this area I would appreciate it.

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Mule Deer hunting in Special West River

There is plenty of public land. I personally love hunting badlands. Set up at the junction of several coulees in the National Grasslands and then glass and wait. Good visibility is important, and elevated areas are at a premium(meaning many people know about them if they are too close to main roads). There is also some national forest land included with the West River Tag and you can find plenty of information about hunting that way. As a general rule in any type of hunting, hunt the habitat factor that is limiting. By that I mean if cover is limiting, then food likely isn't, so hunt the cover. On the other hand, in heavily timbered areas hunt where the food sources are. The last habitat factor is water which can be very important in dry areas during the rut or warm weather. However, it is unlikely to be limited enough during a november hunt due to rains or snow to allow you to hunt it with good success. That being said, you still want to hunt an area that has all three important habitat components.

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Mule Deer hunting in Special West River

I have seen some really nice mulies in Northwestern SD. Mostly around Harding County which is about 90 miles north of rapid city. It's easy to get to and there is a lot of public land

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Mule Deer hunting in Special West River

Well,

I live "there" or rather "here"

We have a very good Mule Deer population in western SD, there are some public areas. Although they are usally over hunted and highly pressured hunts, good deer do come off public land from time to time. The key to taking a good deer here is to get in with some landowners/ outfitters Wave

If you want any info on the area email me at

deepcreekhunts@gmail .com

Matt Eisenbraun
Deep Creek Outfitters LLC
South Dakota

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Mule Deer hunting in Special West River

What tag did you apply for? A special tag needed landowner info when you apply. Did you draw a unit tag?

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Will be hunting in the Lemmon area (not sure exact place) Was awarded West River Deer tag. Going with an outfitter from Lodgepole creek. Anyone ever hear of this guy? Seems like he knows what he is doing, never know until you get there. Any advice or comments would surely be appreciated. This is my first out os state hunt for Muleys. Leaving Nov. 10 from Jersey what should I expect weather wise? Thanks for all/any help.

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Mule Deer hunting in Special West River

OK! Best advice I could give you take good optics and MOST mule deer stop and look back when you get them up to give you a shot. Last few years have not been to bad of weather but it can get very cold (below zero) and windy. Don't know the guide but don't get in a hurry. If your hunting alot of ground you can usualy find the same deer on differnt days in the same area if you see them and leave them alone.

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Thanks Walk

I have been glassing for practice, just got my new binos, bought leupold golden ring HD, I never seen a clearer picture, awesome. Been to Canada- on whitetail hunts so I have plenty of clothes, should be ok there. Just want it to be here already. Good luck.

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Mule Deer hunting in Special West River

It will be cold. But it could be warm. That's what is crazy about SD. I'll be in Butte county opening weekend. Probably 20 something in the morn, 30-50 during the day.

Good luck. Send pics after you slay the beast.

RD

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Thanks Rhino

I sure will, hopefully I'll get that beast. Talked to the outfitter, claims he has seen some mighty nice Mullies recently, Its a shame antelope season isn't the same time, I really wanted to take a crack at a duel bag. Yeah been watching the weather, very unpredictable to say the least. I just hope there isn't any rain, that would suck. Good luck on your hunt.

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Mule Deer hunting in Special West River

Rain will kill your hunt. The dirt out west is called "gumbo". It turns into snot when it gets wet, and you can't drive on it. We were in Butte two weeks ago for Antelope season, and it rained/snowed. We had 5,000 acres to hunt, and due to the weather, we couldn't touch any of it unless we walked in. Sucked.

Still got our goats though!!!

RD

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