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Mule Deer Hunting


"...The one thing that varies little when hunting mature mule deer is their amazing senses. Successfully harvesting a mature buck all comes down to you outwitting a buck’s keen senses in order to get within shooting distance, whether you shoot a bow, muzzleloader, or rifle. To consistently get into the “zone” of mature bucks there are three major senses you’ll need to understand intimately…and outsmart…their sense of smell, sight, and hearing.

Ask a seasoned, archery mule deer hunter about getting inside the “zone,” and they’ll respond with a smile. Behind that smile, the hunter will reminisce the times when they were within 40 yards of an unsuspecting big buck. But you’ll also see the corner of their lip droop as they remember the disappointment…ahhh yes, the disappointment and regret; those times when the buck’s senses beat the hunter’s wit. A painful, dismal sensation that only goes away with time, but can return instantly with a simple flashback of that buck fleeing out of your life…again…forever. The pain burns deeply."

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Long-Range Hunting

Hunting High and Hard

Finding a new secret hunting spot on public ground isn’t easy. This hunt started in June as my good friend Paul Klassen and I decided to find a new spot to hunt deer. We researched deer densities and talked to Fish and Game Officers to narrow down some areas that held promise. We also used Google earth to look at some terrain that had few roads and fewer ATV trails. I called the forest service and learned that the one main road into the area had been closed to motor vehicle traffic.  With this information, we had found the area, and a scouting trip later we knew we had chosen wisely.

Backpacking into the high country takes planning and logistics as well as the physical and mental discipline to put forth the effort needed...

Elk Hunting:
How to Avoid Meat Spoilage

I was riding around with a rancher the other day who was telling me about a big bull he had shot on one of Utah’s limited entry units in the late 90s.  He told me it was a hot day when they killed it and by the time they had it taken care of, loaded in the panniers on the horses, and back to the house, at least 10 hours had passed.  He left it in his garage overnight and awoke the next morning to a horrible smell.  He told me the meat had spoiled and the hair had slipped off the cape so he didn’t even mount it. “I had no idea that could have happened so fast,” he told me.