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Preferred method for taking muleys

I live in the midwest and have never hunted muleys. It seems like the preferred way for taking muleys is spot and stalk. Is this because most of the areas don't have the trees to hunt out of or everyone just prefers this. Do any of you hunt muleys out of tree stands? Just curious.

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spot and stock

Ive always used spot and stalk. Where I hunt there arent many trees. Deer densities are low. You cant always depend on them to stick to a pattern. And the biggest reason, its not like whitetails where you can hunt several bucks in a hundred acres. Here you hunt several miles for a buck. Its always worked for me to just let my eyes cover most of the ground for me. I do know a few places that hold big bucks but even when you get there, those bowls or canyons can be a mile or more wide.

 

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That's understandable then.

That's understandable then.

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Mule deer dont usally stay in

Mule deer dont usally stay in the same area, they like to move alot, you may see one in an area than the next time you see him he's 3 countys away, Very hard to pattern. I havent used a tree stand on them but i have used a ground blind with no luck, your best bet is to get up high glass till you find one you like and put a stalk on.

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The area that I hunt with a

The area that I hunt with a muzzleloader is the only place I've been able to pattern mule deer. There I've use ground blinds, treestands etc. Anywhere else it is spot and stalk or stand hunting over a saddle, water, funnel etc.

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Yes, all my archery hunting

Yes, all my archery hunting for mulies is done by treestand.  The area I hunt is interspersed with cabins and other buildings, so the deer stick to their trails pretty well.

I can't rifle hunt there, so I will spot and stalk during that season.

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Out here in the sand the oak

Out here in the sand the oak trees are about 2 feet tall, so we spot and stalk or find a fresh set of tracks and then go on a stalk. It is really neat when you track one down that that you have been on for a couple of miles before you see it.

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I prefer the spot and stalk

I prefer the spot and stalk method, nut I am not against stand hunting.

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Muleys need to be stillhunted

Muleys need to be stillhunted or spot and stalk. It seems like a tradition that muleys be hunted this way. Use your stand to hunt whitetails back home.

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Why do you say that stand

Why do you say that stand hunting can not be done for mule deer. I do not think that they HAVE TO be hunted by spot and stalk or still hunting at all. I have taken many while just set up on a funnel, trail, water source etc. Spot and stalk is my go to method but of course there is a place for these types of hunting in mule deer country. Most people think that mule deer can not be patterned but this is bogus. I have done it. Their patterns are just slightly more loose than white tails.

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I don't know if you are

I don't know if you are responding to my post but I'll clarify my thoghts about this. MOTF is, from what I read, a bowhunter. Maybe I'm wrong to assume that he would be bowhunting. If he is going to bow hunt mule deer on a DIY trip to Colorado, he probably wouldn't have more than ten days to drive out, hunt and drive back home. If he's lucky, he may get 14 days for a hunt, but most working people don't get that much time off each year to spend solely hunting mule deer. So the problem he would have in getting to Co, finding deer, patterning them and setting up stands is enourmous. All the while trying to accomplish this on public land with other bow hunters doing the same thing. That isn't what I would advise someone who has never hunted mule deer to do.  I can understand how a native Coloradian, being able to spend time in the field to find where the mule deer, might would tree stand hunt mule deer. I don't think it's wise for a non-resident to try that metod of hunting for mule deer.

I didn't say you couldn't stand hunt mule deer. I said the preferred method used to hunt mule deer according to hunters on this site and other sites is not tree stand hunting, but rather spot & stalk or stillhunting.  Most every story or show about mule deer hunting is anything but treestand hunting. I don't recall ever reading an article or seeing a show about treestand hunting for mule deer. Not to say it can't be done, just isn't the most popular method of hunting mule deer.

 

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