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Are there any states out west where you can apply for mule deer to build points to get a good area that don't charge but a small fee to apply each year?I would like to apply for 5 years or so to get a really good area but don't want to spend several hundred dollars each year when not drawn.

also, can anyone tell me which states and units to apply for?This will probably be a once in a lifetime hunt for me so I want to make sure I draw a good area where I can guide myself and still get a nice buck.I know that is asking a lot .That is why I figure I need to draw a hard to get area to help my odds.

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You are a little late this year to apply for deer tags in most of the western states. I believe that Arizona closing their applications down on June 9 was the last. As far as not having to pay a lot for the points to draw a good area I believe that Colorado is the last state that doesn't require you to buy some kind of hunting license to put in for the draw. But their deadline was April 30. Utah does require you to purchase a small game tag before you put in for the drawing, Arizona requires you to buy a general hunting license also. My suggestion to you is to go to the states DOW websites that you are interested in hunting and downloading their hunting procs and read the requirements. The better areas in each state will require a few points to be able to draw a permit so you have a couple of years to decide where to go.

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What Critter said, plus don't forget that New Mexico does not require an upfront tag fee. There are no bonus points nor preference points, but there really isn't any harm in putting in for the drawing.
Idaho has first come first served tags with many good places to hunt, and Nebraska has some pretty good deer on it's public lands with first come first serve tags.
Might want to check South Dakota too, their drawing is coming up, and I can't remember if you pay up front or not.

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Oh yeah, may as well check on the other fringe Western states also. North Dakota already had their draw I think, but Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas all grow some big deer. I know Texas has a late summer drawing (August I think) for places like Big Bend Ranch State Park, Black Gap, and some of the other very large western WMAs with monster deer.
Oklahoma also has decent mule deer in the west half of the state with drawing to hunt the public areas.

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Wyoming point purchases begin July 1st for $40. South Dakota is only $15 up front, and you will only need 1-2 to draw, the drawing is in July. OTC tags in Nebraska. Here is the point cost for most of the other states for 2010.

Arizona $158.75
Utah $75.00
Nevada $158.50
Colorado $28

Note: AZ/Utah/Nevada costs include hunting license. Putting in for multiple species will decrease the per species cost.

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Thanks for the help guys.I know I am too late to apply for most states this year.I am just planning for the future.I appreicate any info. about the western states.I don't know anything about them.

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For a once on twice in a lifetime I would concentrate on one state and get to know it well. Here in Colorado there are a lot of areas that you should be able to draw a tag with no points and are great hunting areas, and you would have a nice chance of bagging a nice buck. Utah is the same way. Both states have areas that have great trophy potential but it takes time to draw the tags. Colorado uses the point system in that if they say it takes 6 points to draw a tag it takes 6 points to draw it. Utah on the other hand uses bonus points and you could draw a tag in a trophy area the first year that you put it. You just need to decide your priorities and stick with them and hope for the best.

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Colorado in my opinion is your best bet. In 5 years you will have the opportunity for a pretty good tag. If you can front the money for a few months, in the long run your only out roughly 30 bucks.

good luck.

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