It was my 4th trip to Wyoming from Michigan with my buddy, Steve to hunt for Mule Deer. We hunt BLM land NE of Casper in an area that has a combination of open grassland, canyons and their associated draws, and patches of Mountain Mahogany, This picture is a good representation of where we spend our hunting hours.
In it you can see all three types of terrain.
The Mule Deer are usually found in and around the canyons, and especially among the Mahogany, which appears to make up a large part of their diet.
Opening morning we had been walking through mahogany next to a small canyon when we spotted a doe and a buck feeding about 600 yards away. Our plan was that I would slip over to some Mahogany and work my way through it to get closer for a shot. Steve was going to circle around ahead in case they went that way. As it turned out, I moved some deer out of the Mahogany I was in right out into the open where he collected this 4x4 at about 80 yards.
We hunted the rest of the day, but didn't see any more bucks.
Late the next morning, we met some folks who just happened to be returning from a spot where their son shot his first buck by a rare stream of running water. They told us there were two more bucks still there - did I want them to take me there to get one? I did, so I hopped on their Ranger and about 20 minutes later had my buck - a 3x2.
As you can see, neither deer is large - they were both probably 1 1/2 years old. This area has never had trophy animals, and the past two winters have been brutal, so we were just glad to be able to enjoy the hunt and collect some venison.
Can't wait to go again next year.