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.
Deer hunters spend so much time trying to pattern deer that we forget that we also can be "patterned." After all, most of us hunt the same days and the same hours, so it isn't difficult for deer to figure us out.
While we would never recommend giving up hunting the traditional moving times for deer -- early morning and late evening -- it's important to keep in mind that deer will move at other times of the day. Sometimes hunting through lunch, or getting in your stand earlier than usual for an...