Mule Deer Hunts
Colorado Trophy Mule Deer Hunts
Many hunters are beginning to realize that eastern Colorado
holds some of the largest whitetail and mule deer bucks in the country. This is
because the vast majority of the land is private, rifle licenses are very
limited, the winters are mild, and there is an abundance of crops for growing
huge racks. And our outfitters lease several of the best ranches the area has
to offer. All of our outfitter's leases are hand-picked and provide the habitat
to produce trophy class bucks. These ranches are spread over several game
management units and offer a diverse selection of habitats for our clients. Their
leases are managed for both trophy class animals and a quality hunting
Without exaggerating, eastern Colorado rivals any place in
North America for trophy mule deer and whitetails. Hunters come from all over
the country to hunt eastern Colorado. Trophy quality is just unbelievable!
Mature muley bucks generally range from an incredible
160 to 200 inches gross. Several bucks grossing over 200 have been taken.
Matt Burrows with my
205" nontypical eastern Colorado mule deer.
Hunting is generally by spot and stalking which is an
exciting deer hunting method.Deer will
be glassed from a vehicle or hillside until they bed and then a stalk will be
planned.With this hunting method, you
can select the buck you want to hunt rather than relying upon chance.
All deer licenses in Colorado are issued by a lottery
drawing and the application deadline is usually at the beginning of April.
But we have many hunts that only require 0-1 preference points and the
outfitter takes care of all application procedures. But if you don't draw a
license or happen to book your hunt after the application deadline, our
outfitter can generally get you transferrable landowner
permit for approximately $250-$500.
Our outfitters lease property in several
different game management units in eastern Colorado and can assist you in
applying for the correct group of units. Archery licenses are generally
valid for a group of game management units.
With the exception of whitetail only licenses, your license
will be valid for either a whitetail or mule deer. This is important
because on our hunts, you never know whether a trophy whitetail buck or mule
deer buck might stroll by. All of our leases have both whitetails and mule deer
but some units are better for mule deer and some better for whitetails.
Archery deer season in eastern Colorado
is very generous and goes from October 1
to December 31, excluding the short
rifle season(s). However, for big mule deer we recommend hunting during the rut in November. However, the early season towards the beginning of October can also be good as the bucks are still in bachelor groups and more predictable than the rut.
Archery Hunt Duration and Price
We book hunts for two excellent eastern Colorado outfitters
with different pricing structures.
6 day 2x1 hunt
Food and lodging included
$4500 plus $1000 harvest fee
5 day 2x1 hunt
Food and lodging extra
Our outfitters only take a very limited number of hunters on
each property so book early.
Western Colorado Trophy Mule Deer Hunts
We have an excellent archery mule deer hunt in western
Colorado near the town of Silt. The hunt
is on private land and the ranch consists of 8,000 prime mule deer acres with
extensive habitat improvements with hunt elevations from 6500 to 7500 feet. It is easily accessed by vehicle or foot and
has a very high harvest rate. The
lodging is right on the ranch. The ranch
is very secluded and a great place to get away from it all with a second to
none hunt. The ranch has been featured
on many outdoor TV shows. The lodge has
all the comforts of home with Direct TV, hot showers, home style meals,
land-line phones, etc.
The ranch has excellent trophy quality and because of that many outdoor
TV hosts have hunted there.Lee and
Tiffany Lakosky of the “The Crush” TV show generally hunt there every year
and country star Blake Shelton hunts there. These hunting celebrities can hunt anywhere
they want but they keep coming back to this ranch. That says a lot!
Hunting TV star Lee Lakosky with a monster velvet mule deer.
Country singer Blake Shelton with his nice buck.
Most of the hunting is done by
ground blinds set up on crop fields with some spot and stalk.
$4500 for 5 days
Hunt dates from Aug. 31 until Sept. 29, 2013
This is a fully guided hunt with 2 hunters to 1 guide and
includes food and lodging.
All deer licenses in Colorado are issued by a lottery
drawing and the application deadline is usually at the beginning of April.Archery licenses are generally easy to draw
for this area.
COLORADO STATE LAW: All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1949 must
have and carry their valid safety education
card while hunting.
These hunts are very popular and book up early so please
South Dakota Spot and Stalk Mule Deer Hunting
The mule deer shown above was harvested with our outfitter by Jeff Miller on September 28th, 2009. This incredible mule deer,
along with five other big mule deer bucks were located in a brushy draw between an alfalfa field and a small pond. Jeff and his
cameraman positioned themselves in between the feild and small pond. After a long chess match with this monarch, Jeff was able to
draw on him and make a well placed shot. The deer went approximately 100 yards and tipped over. This monster mule deer scores 203
Jeff Miller's 2009 203-inch gross buck!
In my opinion, spot and stalking mule deer is some of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding bowhunting available. Nothing
thrills me more than trying to get in bow range of a bedded group of bachelor mule deer bucks. An advantage of spot and stalk
hunting is that can pick the buck you want to hunt. Also, rather than just hunting early in the morning and late in the evening,
you can hunt all day. Once you spot a bedded buck or group of bucks, your hunt begins and it may take all day to stalk within bow
range and get a shot. You have the opportunity to make things happen rather than relying upon the animal to move into your
range. I've personally hunted mule deer in South Dakota by spot and stalking several times. I shot this buck
there a few years ago.
My 2007 buck taken spot & stalk
South Dakota has some prime spot and stalk hunting due to the broken, open terrain. Our outfitter has access to approximately
100,000 acres of private hunting ground in southwestern South Dakota. All of the hunts are conducted on private ranches that were
selected because of the trophy quality animals they hold. Our outfitter believes in wildlife management and that is why they try
to harvest only mature bucks or cull bucks. They also harvest several does per year to keep the buck to doe ratio in check.
Trophy Quality and Population
Trophy quality is excellent. Mature bucks geneally range from 150-180 inches and the average sized buck harvested is in the mid
160's. Our outfitter's goal is not to harvest anything smaller than 160 which is a great buck with a bow. The opportunity rate
with a bow is also very high generally 100%. It will be up to you whether you harvest the big one. While you are hunting, it is
not uncommon for the hunter to see 50 to 100 animals a day. You will see a variety of different country to include: badlands,
river bottoms, brushy river breaks, crop fields and food plots.
A huge typical muley
License Availability and Season
Archery licenses in South Dakota are guaranteed and the nonresident license fee is only $195. The best times to hunt mule deer
are mid to late October and early November.
Food and Lodging
All of our hunts are fully guided and include room and board, food and guide. The hunts we provide are conducted either from a
motel or a ranch house with all of the modern coveniences. Once a hunter has booked a hunt with us, they would then make
arrangements to fly into Rapid City, SD. From there, you would rent a car and then it is a short drive to the hunting location.
Or airport pickup can be arranged for a fee of $200 per round trip (not per hunter).
Hunt Price and Duration
5 day 1x1 hunt for $3950
Airport pickup - $200 per round trip (not per hunter)
A 50% nonrefundable deposit is required to book a hunt. The balance is due prior to start of hunt payable in cash, cashiers check
or travelers check. 5.5% sales tax not included in price of hunt.
New Mexico Mule
Mule deer are hunted on
private ranches. Our outfitter leases over
15,000 acres in Southeast, New Mexico. It
has taken him many years to put together the
quality private land hunts he now offers. He
offers late season mule deer hunts for the bowhunter. The archery
season is a late-season hunt running from
January 1-15. All deer licenses are
available over the counter. This
private-land deer hunt is priced at an
incredible price of $2750.
Ted Nugent with his 2008 buck with our outfitter
Location, Terrain, and
Elevations in our hunt areas
range from 6500 to more than 9000 feet, with
the terrain being rugged so it is helpful to
be in good physical condition. The terrain
consists of cedar trees, pinion and juniper
trees, and canyons. We take bucks 25" and
larger every year and mule deer bucks
generally range from 140" to 190".
Late Season Archery Deer
The late archery season in
this area of New Mexico runs from January 1
- 15 which is a great time to hunt because
the deer are usually still rutting and there
is not much else to hunt this time of year.
Hunting is generally conducted by sitting
waterholes, blinds along trails, and spot
and stalking. There is a good number of deer
on the ranch and it would not be uncommon to
see 25 bucks per day.
Food and Lodging
Food and lodging is included
in the price of the hunt and you will stay
at a ranch house located on the hunting
Deer licenses can be
purchased over the counter after you arrive
and the cost of the license is $310 (high
Seasons, Prices, and Hunt
| Archery Season
January 1 - 15
Water holes, blinds on trails,
spotting and stalking
Prices do not include license fees, 5%
state tax or gratuities. Guided hunts are 2
on 1 hunter to guide ratio and 1 on 1 is
A 50% nonrefundable deposit is required to book the hunt.