Get a Close Look at Mule Deer in Utah

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Free viewing event on Nov. 19, 2011

Green River — November is a great month to see mule deer.

Mule deer

November is a great month to watch mule deer.

Photo by Brent Stettler

Mule deer breed from early November through early December. That's why Brent Stettler has chosen Nov. 19 as the day to hold his first mule deer watch in southeastern Utah.

"During the rut, which will be in full swing, deer tend to be less concerned about vehicles and people," says Stettler, a regional conservation outreach manager with the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Because they're mostly interested in 'the ladies,' Stettler says the bucks will be less wary. "If you attend the event," he says, "you should be able to get a close look at the deer."

2 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2011

The free viewing event will happen Nov. 19 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Utah.

If you'd like to attend, meet at 2 p.m. at Exit 202 (the exit to Cisco) on Interstate 70.

Stettler encourages you to bring a pair of binoculars, a camera, snacks, water and warm clothes. "And please be on time," he says.

Stettler also encourages you to carpool to reduce the number of vehicles in the caravan. "We'll also provide two large passenger 4WD vehicles for the event, which will end at dark," he says.

For more information, call Stettler at 435-613-3707.

How to get there

The exit to Cisco—Exit 202—is on I-70 just west of the Colorado, Utah border.

  • If you're traveling from Salt Lake City, it will take about four hours to reach the exit.

    To reach the Cisco exit, travel south on Interstate 15 to Exit 261 (the Price exit), which is just south of Springville. Then travel southeast on U.S. Highway 6 past Price and on to its junction with I-70. Then travel east on I-70 to Exit 202 (the Cisco exit).

    Drive time from Price to Cisco is about two hours.

  • If you're traveling from Moab, it will take about an hour to reach the Cisco exit.

    To reach the exit, take State Road 128 in a northeast direction along the Colorado River to Cisco. Meet at Exit 202.


Retired2hunt's picture

  A great way of introducing


A great way of introducing wildlife to more people.  This is a unique way of having more people involved in the spotting and viewing of wildlife in their natural habitat.  I don't think this will contribute to more people becoming hunters or involved in the sport of hunting but it does generate a greater amount of people involved in the management of wildlife which is good for hunters and viewers alike.  This can only be a win-win situation for all involved.  A great idea to generate more interest in the Utah wildlife.



hunter25's picture

An interesting idea and a way

An interesting idea and a way to get more people out and to enjoy the outdoors. This is the kind of thing most of us guys do on a regular basis anyway so it's not such a big deal but I bet there are many people who don't know the first thing about looking for animals but really want too. This may be the perfect opportunity for them and maybe spark an interest to learn more or who knows maybe end up hunting as well. Good lick with the program and I hope it takes off really well. I know the area a bit and it should make for a very good show for the people who decide to participate.