collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions  (Read 2066 times)

Offline adamR

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+8)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2011
  • Posts: 1287
  • Location: Naches, WA
Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« on: July 21, 2021, 06:51:57 PM »
I'm looking for some advice on an out of state guided or semi guided mule deer hunt.  I am sick and tired of waiting around for my points in WA to do me any good.  I've been searching online but there are SOOOOO many guide services available it's ridiculous.  Before someone gives me a hard time about using a guide instead of doing it myself, at best, I'll have nine days to hunt and that would be the extent of my vacation time.  There would be zero time for me to scout under those circumstances.  I just started hunting out of state a couple years ago so I have no points built up anywhere and I know that's going to hurt me.  That being said, I thought I'd give you my criteria down below and was hoping for some suggestions.

- I'm torn between a sage brush/open country type hunt or a horse back wilderness hunt so I'm open to both ideas for now.  I've always dreamt of hunting a large river system by raft, hunting a large cattle farm type of place with a big beautiful lodge, hunting sandhills or badlands, or hunting high alpine peaks.  Again, not sure what I want yet.
- I'm not looking for a canned hunt.  I want to struggle but also be able to pass up bucks that I would not pass up in WA.
- I want to see deer, a lot of deer!  I'm not talking giant mature bucks around every corner but I want to see a healthy deer herd.
- If I earned it, I'd be happy with a 165" mule deer.  Obviously looking for 200" but I'm a realist.
- I would prefer a rut hunt but would be willing to give that up for the right circumstances.
- I'm not exactly picky on which state.
- I'm willing to hunt with a rifle or muzzleloader.
- I'm willing to spend approximately $7,500.  (Does that seem too low?)
- This would most likely take place in 2022 or 2023 at the latest.
- This will be a once in a life time kind of thing so I want an experience!  It was always a pipe dream that my dad and I would talk about before he passed so this will be somewhat of a tribute to him.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Online wadu1

  • Grumpy
  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+22)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2008
  • Posts: 4327
  • Location: Tacoma
  • RMEF, DU, NRA, PFE
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 07:01:56 PM »
You might want to talk to Dale @bearpaw at Bearpaw Outfitters, he may have what you are looking for. He is the HW site owner, click on one of the adds when they popup
"a fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi"

Online Karl Blanchard

  • Trade Count: (+13)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Aug 2008
  • Posts: 8361
  • Location: Selah, WA
  • Jonathan_S hunting apparel prostaff
  • Groups: Sitka Gear Fan Boy for LIFE
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2021, 07:02:32 PM »
Alberta. If I was gonna do a guided muley hunt I'd be going to Alberta :twocents:
It is foolish and wrong to mourn these men.  Rather, we should thank god that such men lived.  -General George S. Patton

Aaron's Profile:  http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?action=profile;u=2875
Aaron's Posts:  http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=2875
Aaron's Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/aaron.blanchard.94

Offline MADMAX

  • Trade Count: (+8)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: May 2007
  • Posts: 4577
  • Location: Kitsap
  • I like big bucks and I can not lie
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2021, 07:07:41 PM »
With Cody and Kelsey
👍
I Ain't Captain Walker.
I'm The Guy Who Carries Mr. Dead In His Pocket


What would life be without the thrill of the hunt ?

Offline huntnnw

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: May 2010
  • Posts: 8230
  • Location: Spokane
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2021, 07:08:58 PM »
I think you need to narrow down what type of hunt you looking for and experience. Like you mentioned a horseback mountain hunt or staying in comforts of a lodge and hunting from rig daily. If I were wanting a horseback hunt I’d be looking at WY region G wilderness hunt.  Hunting more open and day hunting from a lodge / hotel I’d look at Alberta like Karl mentioned

Offline Alan K

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2008
  • Posts: 2736
  • Location: Lewis County, WA
  • University of Idaho Alumni
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2021, 07:19:22 PM »
It almost sounds like you'd prefer the guided experience (mentioning horseback, lodge, etc.) but also cite the reason being no time to scout. If you're open to DIY within your budget and for the same quality of deer I'd pick up a 3rd season Colorado unit wide voucher in a solid unit. You'd have no problem finding a 165" buck, with bigger potential. Marathon travel days book ending the 7 day season to fit within your 9 day window.  E-scouting could get you in the right general area, and if you have to learn it a bit during the first couple days of the hunt, so be it. It just keeps getting better as the season goes on.  :twocents:


Offline jjhunter

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2008
  • Posts: 2008
  • Location: Mule Deer Country
  • Aim small. Miss small.
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2021, 07:21:52 PM »
No points?

1) Idaho unit 26/27 with a good outfitter (guaranteed tag)

2) Boulder Creek Outfitters (Idaho)

3) Montana private ranch hunt with a good outfit.


Offline Boss .300 winmag

  • FLY NAVAL AVIATION
  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+16)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 15740
  • Location: Skagit Valley
  • How do you measure trying, you do, or you don’t.
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2021, 07:30:05 PM »
Alberta. If I was gonna do a guided muley hunt I'd be going to Alberta :twocents:

 :yeah:
"Just because I like granola, and I have stretched my arms around a few trees, doesn't mean I'm a tree hugger!
Hi I'm 8156, our leader is Bearpaw.
YOU CANNOT REASON WITH A TIGER WHEN YOUR HEAD IS IN ITS MOUTH! Winston Churchill

Keep Calm And Duc On!

Offline adamR

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+8)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2011
  • Posts: 1287
  • Location: Naches, WA
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2021, 07:36:22 PM »
Alberta. If I was gonna do a guided muley hunt I'd be going to Alberta :twocents:

Alberta has definitely been on my mind!

I think you need to narrow down what type of hunt you looking for and experience. Like you mentioned a horseback mountain hunt or staying in comforts of a lodge and hunting from rig daily. If I were wanting a horseback hunt I’d be looking at WY region G wilderness hunt.  Hunting more open and day hunting from a lodge / hotel I’d look at Alberta like Karl mentioned

Yes, not knowing exactly what I want is not helping. 

A couple of other great ideas already as well; please, keep them coming.

Offline idaho guy

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2012
  • Posts: 2183
  • Location: hayden
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2021, 07:57:35 PM »
I agree with Alberta but not sure what that costs. If you want to see a lot of decent bucks I would do a private land hunt eastern Montana. I have not hunted with him but I would check out bearpaws Montana hunts looks like he has some pretty good Montana ranches to hunt. Montana private land is my vote for large numbers of “good” bucks . True trophy bucks I would look elsewhere.

Offline bearpaw

  • Family, Friends, Outdoors
  • Administrator
  • Trade Count: (+10)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2009
  • Posts: 34529
  • Location: Idaho<->Colville
  • "Rather Be Cougar Huntin"
    • http://www.facebook.com/DaleDenney
    • Bearpaw Outfitters
  • Groups: NRA, SCI, F4WM, IOGA, MOGA, CCOC, BBB, RMEF, WSTA, WSB
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2021, 08:28:01 PM »
You might want to talk to Dale @bearpaw at Bearpaw Outfitters, he may have what you are looking for. He is the HW site owner, click on one of the adds when they popup

Thanks for the mention wadu1.

adamR the most successful hunt I have is a private ranch hunt in southeast Montana, you have almost no chance of seeing a 200", Montana has excellent hunting but is not a top trophy mule deer destination, but you will generally see numerous mature bucks daily and we try to find the best buck we can for every hunter. We've had 100% shooting for nearly 20 years on these hunts, we only take a small number of hunters on a property to maintain the quality. The down side to Montana is you have to draw a tag, but beginning next year you have twice as much chance to draw on the first year you apply if you book with an outfitter.

The hardest hunt physically speaking I have is southern Idaho, we have general unit hunts and controlled unit hunts. We see an occasional 170-200+ buck, but it's not common, most bucks taken are smaller than 170. The good part about Idaho is that we have tags available over the counter. On the controlled hunts we usually have 80% to 100% shot opportunity, the general units usually run 40% to 80% opportunity.

When guys call me looking for 200" inch deer I often send them to Color Country Outfitters in southern Utah, you can google that, their hunts are legitimate hunts for super big bucks, they get a lot of really large mule deer. The down side is these hunts are price driven, everyone wants a 200" deer and these guys get them, it will cost a lot to hunt there, but they have tags available and you should kill a whopper.

Other good choices for super big bucks: Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Nebraska, Sonora Mexico, and some areas in Alberta & Saskatchewan

Good luck wherever you decide to hunt, quality mule deer hunting is a challenge and a blast!
Americans are systematically advocating, legislating, and voting away each others rights. Support all user groups & quit losing opportunity!

http://bearpawoutfitters.com Guided Hunts, Unguided, & Drop Camps in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wash. Hunts with tags available (no draw) for spring bear, fall bear, buffalo, cougar, elk, mule deer, turkey, whitetail, wolf! http://trophymaps.com DIY Hunting Maps are also offered.

Offline jrebel

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+14)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Feb 2008
  • Posts: 8477
  • Location: East Wenatchee
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2021, 08:42:55 PM »
Sounds like a lot of great advice. The only thing I will add is……you may think it is a once in a lifetime experience, but a good guided hunt that meets all your expectations, can be very addicting.   My one in a lifetime moose hunt has tuned into 3out of 4 years with Covid-19 being the reason we didn’t make it last year.   

Wish you luck and can’t wait to hear how your experience plays out. 

Offline M_ray

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Oct 2007
  • Posts: 4429
  • Location: I'm takin the 5th on this one
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2021, 09:17:06 PM »
I’m with Karl that’s one on my bucket list!
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed here are not those of HW Management, Admins, Mods or Myself... But they are the opinions of Elvis who has revealed them to me through the medium of my pet hamster, Lee Harvey Oswald...


MB

Growing old is mandatory ... Growing up is optional!

Offline carpsniperg2

  • Site Sponsor
  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+118)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2009
  • Posts: 30633
  • Location: Goldendale,WA
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2021, 09:25:20 PM »
Alberta. If I was gonna do a guided muley hunt I'd be going to Alberta :twocents:

x2 I would be looking out of country to Alberta as well.
Owner: SPLIT DIAMOND TACTICAL
Firearms/Transfers/Parts/Optics
2011 HW Head Competition Winner

Offline buggy

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jun 2015
  • Posts: 133
  • Location: Washington
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2021, 09:41:59 PM »
No points?

1) Idaho unit 26/27 with a good outfitter (guaranteed tag)

2) Boulder Creek Outfitters (Idaho)

3) Montana private ranch hunt with a good outfit.
[/quote

Unit 26/27 are guaranteed tags? I haven't been able to draw one since 2017. What am I missing?

Sorry. Just realized you said "with outfitter". Dont mind me.

Offline Benny

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Feb 2012
  • Posts: 105
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2021, 09:42:46 PM »
Big deer are dollar driven 100%. There just aren’t enough of them anymore. I’ve known quite a few guys who’ve killed 200s in Canada and there were hands out at every turn up there. It only starts with the outfitter…by the time your done your giving cash to the Uber driver cause he was a cousin to the ranch hand whose brother in law saw a picture of the deer you killed in the hoof.

If I was you, I’d spend 10k on a LO tag and giver her hell. Luck will play a part in all trophy deer. Have fun!!

Offline WAcoueshunter

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: May 2007
  • Posts: 2142
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2021, 10:07:23 PM »
If it were me…I’m a big fan of western Wyoming. Region G will take a bunch of points, so I’d build a few and go on an outfitted horseback Region H hunt. 165+ is very doable, decent chance for a monster, and some of the coolest mule deer country anywhere.

Offline opdinkslayer

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2008
  • Posts: 2299
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2021, 05:23:17 AM »
Not knowing your point situation from state to state I would go eastern Colorado or Alberta for a realistic chance of obtaining a tag & killing a big buck :twocents:

Offline MerriamMagician

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Mar 2012
  • Posts: 488
  • Location: Eastside
  • Success is the only option
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2021, 09:07:50 AM »
Bull Basin Outfitters in Colorado take a lot of great bucks. Or as already mentioned, try to find a good private land voucher for a late season Colorado hunt.
Gobblers only, all jakes must walk

Offline mburrows

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Aug 2007
  • Posts: 1209
  • Location: Montana
  • Go Cougs!
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2021, 09:25:39 AM »
Land owner tag in the states that sell them is a great option

Offline daddyelk

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Tracker
  • **
  • Join Date: Jun 2013
  • Posts: 94
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2021, 09:40:09 AM »
I have a buddy who guides for Big Buck Outfitters in Wyoming. He is always sending me great buck pics during his guiding season.

https://bigbuckoutfitters.net/index.html

Offline Wingin it

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Aug 2009
  • Posts: 695
  • Location: Stanwood
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2021, 06:28:02 PM »
Lots of great suggestions here and your budget will definitely secure you a great opportunity. Keep in mind the cost of the outfitter while it is generally the largest cost is just the beginning. Travel costs, tips, taxidermist fees can all add up pretty good too.

Offline deerhuntr4885

  • Trade Count: (+3)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jul 2007
  • Posts: 356
  • Location: Selah
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2021, 11:31:09 PM »
Alberta. If I was gonna do a guided muley hunt I'd be going to Alberta :twocents:

Exactly! I went about 10 years ago.  Got a nice muley and a big white tail. 
Mike Henne

Offline Limhangerslayer

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 1213
  • Location: Dryside
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2021, 06:48:41 AM »
No points?

1) Idaho unit 26/27 with a good outfitter (guaranteed tag)

2) Boulder Creek Outfitters (Idaho)

3) Montana private ranch hunt with a good outfit.


Dave runs a good outfit, check them out and see what you think.  They pack into the wilderness on horseback.

http://www.huntidaho.com/



Online Bob33

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2009
  • Posts: 19932
  • Groups: SCI, RMEF, NRA, Hunter Education
Re: Guided Mule Deer Hunt Suggestions
« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2021, 12:53:12 PM »
Nature. It's cheaper than therapy.

 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

2 or 3 pellets? Copper no good? by 10thmountainarcher
[Today at 09:33:33 AM]


Sons Sheep Ram Tag by Karl Blanchard
[Today at 09:28:54 AM]


Sta-Ball 6.5 by AROTTY
[Today at 09:11:10 AM]


Interbond in 7mm08 by AROTTY
[Today at 09:07:57 AM]


Help target a blacktail buck I caught on Cam by p_m_clean
[Today at 08:58:05 AM]


GMU 658 Access by 7t9cobra
[Today at 08:58:00 AM]


What's it worth? by phildobaggins
[Today at 08:33:22 AM]


Idaho unit 49 Contacts by theleo
[Today at 08:18:47 AM]


Found a dead cougar by time2hunt
[Today at 08:10:42 AM]


Wanted: 300 Savage 150 grain by Acrosstheriver
[Today at 08:05:47 AM]


Favorite floro leaders by Curly
[Today at 07:59:44 AM]


Crispi boots to try on at skagit arms in burlington by Duckslayer89
[Today at 07:56:32 AM]


A Dream Realized: Mountain View by SilkOnTheDrySide
[Today at 07:50:28 AM]


Any Tips Or Tricks On Installing A Flatbed On A Truck by Norman89
[Today at 07:48:47 AM]


WTS Mathews Z7 LH by Dirty Mike
[Today at 07:24:24 AM]


What pellets for muzzleloader? by Dirty Mike
[Today at 07:21:08 AM]


Colorado Moose by Karl Blanchard
[Today at 07:07:56 AM]


Razor Clam night dig lighting options? by trophyhunt
[Today at 06:48:07 AM]


Montana’s first traditional muzzleloader season by trophyhunt
[Today at 06:39:15 AM]


Rimrock bull tag by demontang
[Today at 06:25:49 AM]

SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2021, SimplePortal