Quality Mule Deer Hunts make Western Hunters Happier.

As we lose more open country and the mule deer numbers continue to drop, so will western resident hunters.

As the General Unit Mule deer numbers continue to drop, so will western resident hunters’ happiness. :(

I am prepared to catch a lot of heat for this old dead mule deer buck, but I think he deserves more credit than he has received over the years.

Mule Deer are the backbone of Western Hunting, but I personally feel like they don’t get the credit they deserve (at least on a national stage or monetary scale).

Why?

  1. Elk
  2. Whitetail Deer

Western hunters long for these big old flop ears to thrive like they once did, because no matter what state you live in out west, these animals are the artery which provide the most opportunity to hunt.  Most Eastern hunters don’t get it, because they have their whitetail deer.  According to many of them, “Mule Deer are just a dumber bigger version of a Whitetail.”

Yeah I know, it’s Pure ignorance!

I have heard more than one eastern hunter say this and I just can’t help but giggle.

This old 30" mule deer buck, found in a general unit, shed and died only 50 yards apart.

This old 30″ mule deer buck, found in a general unit, shed and died only 50 yards apart.

The demand is high for elk tags, especially from the Eastern hunting crowd. Elk hunting permits also bring in more money (margin) than our sacred mule deer, but I am not saying states are managing for more elk numbers, because of this per say.

What I am saying is…

Well I am trying to word this…

Ok, here it is…

Elk permits have more margin than our precious mule deer permits, so managing for more elk seasons/permits (not really more elk numbers or quality hunts) has some incentives. ;)

A 30" Mule Deer is a very rare find through out much of the general units out west.

A 30″ Mule Deer is a very rare find through out most general season units out west.

Calm down Elk Fanatics!

I am not the ANTiELKCHRIST!  I am just speaking up for all the 30″ general season bucks we western hunters crave to see again.

Elk are awesome animals, but they just aren’t a big old mule deer buck.

-Craig Steele

 ps-this was my weird way of stating, I love mule deer and I think we need to invest more in these animals!