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New to Mule Deer hunting

Hello to all;

I live in Ohio and have been drawn to hunt Mule Deer for the 1st time in my life in Colorado. I have hunted Whitetail deer for 30 years and know how to do that. However I know nothing of how to hunt mule deer. Can anyone point me to a web site that discusses this or let me know where to purchase a video/DVD on how to hunt Mule Deer? We will be hunting in north central Colorado in area 7, south of Jelm WY.

Thanks,

Colorado

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New to Mule Deer hunting

Monster Muleys.com

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Altough you didn't mention books, I might suggest the following:

Big Game Hunter's Guide to Colorado by John Axelson

It contains information specific to different hunting units in Colorado, as well as information related to hunting Colorado big game species (deer, elk, bear, cougar, sheep, goat). Available on Amazon.com.

JLM
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New to Mule Deer hunting

I'm just curious to know why you picked GMU 7 ??? Are you going on a guided hunt.

Again just curious

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Friend is a Coloradian Native

A friend of mine that is a native and a life long hunter gave me 3 unit options and thought that unit 7 would be the easist to get a draw in. A know there are better units but this is my 1st year and am just happy to get drawn. Any thoughts for the future? Big smile

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New to Mule Deer hunting

Colorado,

Just keep in mind, Muley hunting is a lot different then Whitetails. I would get up high, don't skyline yourself and glass, glass and look over every inch of the country and look for part of the deer insted of the whole deer, like antlers tips or there white rear-end. If you spot one you want to pursue get in a draw or behind some cover, with the wind in your face, always keep the wind in your face! Stalk it and hopefully everything works out. Older Bucks do not stay with the Does until the Rut. Older Bucks stay by themselves or with other older bucks. Mulies do not need a lot of cover... many times they will lay in a draw behind a bush and not move until you get really close or they might let you walk right by them and the hold tight.
I personally like to still hunt along draws, even really dry ones without any cover. If unit 7 has a lot of Black Timber, I'd get up high, early, before light, with the wind in my face and try to catch them before they bed for the day. Scout before season and try to find there bedding areas, in a dry year I find their watering holes and hunt the trails to & fro.
Each year we hunt, we get smarter and better at it and learn from our mistakes and when we finally figure it all out we'll be to old to hunt. lol

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Thanks for the info.....

Thanks for helping me out. We will be there the day before opening day so scouting won't be much of an option. We do plan to go check it out somewhat but not really walk around in the area where we plan to hunt. I just didn't know how to hunt Mule as oppossed to Whitetail. I know how you hunt Whitetail as I have been hunted them since 1978. However I know nothing about hunting Mule Deer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated......

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