I'm jealous of you guys living & hunting in mule deer / whitetail transitional areas. Half the fun has got to be wondering what will show up next - a big white tail or big goofy ears. Living in a mule deer only area, I'd probably have shot a whitetail too!
Oh, and don't you just love those early afternoon naps out in the hills while hunting?
Congrats on the fine buck, To me a deer is a deer whether it's a muley, whitetali or blacktail. I'd shoot any of them. Good to hear you had a good trip and again congrats on your great hunt. looking forward to the full version story.
I'm leaving tomorrow morning for Wyoming on my first ever Mule Deer hunt. My tag is for "Any Antlered Deer", but It will be the last hour of the last day before I pull the trigger on a whitetail (unless it's a Booner, of course)!
Nothin' wrong with a whitetail - I, like you have shot a good many of them. But since this may be my one and only opportunity at a Mulie and it's a 3,000 mile round trip - - well, you know.
Sometimes it sure is hard to pass up a good deer. Personally, I think whitetails taste better anyway. Maybe your next mulie trip you can bag a monster whitetail. Look forward to reading your story when you post it.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.