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Best place to hunt for Mule Deer & Antelope?

 
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Old 02-28-2005, 02:55 PM
 
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Best place to hunt for Mule Deer & Antelope?

I'm in the process of putting a 2006 hunt together for my Dad 70, my 25 year old son, and myself 50; for Mule Deer & Antelope. I'd prefer Texas to avoid out of state license fees, but sometimes quality can outweigh the fees. Where would you suggest I look for this hunt??? Thanks...
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Old 02-28-2005, 04:08 PM
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Re: Best place to hunt for Mule Deer & Antelope?

Cap Rock outfitters in Pampa TX. They have hunts all over outside of Amarillo. Tell Wayne you want to go to the JA Ranch down by Clarendon. It's all free range with big mulies and Auodad sheep. They do antelope and wild hogs also. They are a good bunch of guys.
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Old 02-28-2005, 06:30 PM
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Re: Best place to hunt for Mule Deer & Antelope?

I'd say your best bet would be Wyoming. Montana offers overlapping seasons but it's not during prime time for either animal. New Mexico may also be another option. However, I thought you asked what the "best" place was...I don't think NM deer hunting overall would qualify it as all that great.
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Old 02-28-2005, 07:40 PM
 
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MIDMOBOY,
Thanks for the information. I'll contact Wayne and see what he has to offer in the area you mentioned!
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Old 02-28-2005, 07:42 PM
 
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Big Sky,
I appreciate your input as well. Although I've hunted for 40+ years, I've never hunted Mulies or Antelope, and appreciate any good experiences you've had in the past.
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Old 02-28-2005, 11:42 PM
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Montana offers overlapping seasons but it's not during prime time for either animal

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Doesn't need to be prime time - both species are ez to get in Montana. Elk and bear are more work.
I think there are plenty of deer in Texas - ask George - he might know [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 03-01-2005, 09:25 AM
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Re: Best place to hunt for Mule Deer & Antelope?

Here's the deal with Montana. The best time to hunt mule deer if'n you want one worth taking a photo of, is during the rut. That is basically the last two weeks of November. If you want an antelope worth taking the best time is the first two weeks of the season which occurs during the middle of October. If you wait until the end of the antelope season to kill a buck (beginning of November) you run an extremely high risk that many of the bucks will have shed their horns. This happened to some out of state friends of mine this year. I begged them not to come out that last part of the season but they insisted that they wanted to combine deer and lopes. The ended up just looking for any antelope with horns let alone a trophy. The latter part of the season is no time to be picky. Granted the deer season is open during that time, but there is no rut going, deer are generally spread out all over the place, and the it's very likely the temperatures could be very hot. If you are serious about a decent mule deer it is a lousy time to hunt compared to the last two weeks of November. I agree with b1g b0re that elk and bear are tougher to get, but that's not the subject of this thread. I also agree to kill just any antelope or mule deer is relatively ez as he put it. However, to kill a mature mule deer or antelope isn't exactly a cake walk and requires a lot more effort. If you hunt during the times I suggested it will definitely stack the odds in your favor.
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