South Dakota Mule Deer Hunts. Starting at $3350 per hunter.
South Dakota Mule Deer hunting on over 50,000 plus acres of private rich farmland. You will be hunting for Mule deer in the 140 to 160 class guided by the rancher or guides living in the area.
Bow hunting tags are guaranteed in the draw and rifle hunts have a 50/50 chance of drawing. Great hunt at a great price.
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Crooki Desert Mule Deer Hunts. Starting at $5500 per hunter.
Old Mexico has always been an infallible source of satisfaction for big-game trophy hunters all over the world and, surprisingly, still has some well kept secrets in regards to trophy hunting. One of these little known trophies is the Crooki Mule Deer (Odocoileus Hemionus Crooki). It is a lesser known sub-species of Mule Deer that inhabits the mystical desert badlands of northern Old Mexico.
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Mule Deer Hunting
Mule deer hunting is one of the most popular sportsman’s pursuits in North America, and it isn’t hard to see why: these deer carry enormous, beautifully-shaped antlers and are larger than their cousin the whitetail. Highly alert and gifted with excellent senses, they offer a true challenge that adds even greater value to the trophy.
Mule deer can be found all across western North America, ranging from northern Mexico to the Yukon and as far east as the Minnesota/Wisconsin border. There are several different subspecies with a total population of well over five million animals. Hundreds of thousands are bagged every year.
The name “mule deer” comes from the large, mule-like ears which provide them with an incredible sense of hearing. Other common distinguishing marks include a black-tipped tail, light-colored face or eye patches, white throat patch and rump, black nose, and a black patch across the brow. These patterns may vary across subspecies.
Bucks are noticeably larger than does, weighing in at an average of 200 pounds and standing about 40 inches tall at the shoulder. They can occasionally weigh over 300 pounds, and record-winners that tip the scale at well over 400, while rare, are not unheard of.
The antlers make for an excellent trophy, and hunters can usually expect to find bucks with a spread of 20-30 plus inches. With their great size and beautifully forked construction, even moderately-sized sets look impressive on the wall. The SCI minimums for bronze medals are 151” for desert mule deer (found in Mexico, Texas, and along the U.S./Mexico border) and 155” for Rocky Mountain mule deer.
Mule deer hunting can be a real challenge. It must usually be done with spot-and-stalk methods, which can make it a physically demanding pursuit. It is sometimes possible to do most of the transportation by vehicle, but even if this is the case, the wariness of the quarry means that a decent hike will almost always be involved.
You can count on your outfitter to get you within range, but you should be practiced in stealth if you want the best odds. Mule deer have a wide field of vision, incredible hearing, and an amazing sense of smell . . . but they do make mistakes from time to time. Don’t give up immediately if you have the bad luck to frighten your buck before you can line up your shot. It’s not uncommon for him to get curious and turn back to see if you’re following, giving you a fresh opportunity to take him down.
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