Originally Posted by Wildcat Bullets
1. Walk in the dark and get high on a ridge.
2. Glass basin’s and ridges below.
3. Find your buck feeding. Watch him until he beds down. Mark where he is in reference to something close to him – bush, tree, rock, drainage….keep referencing this point as you sneek because things will look different when you get closer to him
4. Plan your stock.
a. Get the wind in your favor
i. Afternoons the wind is usually going up hillb. It’s usually best to come in from above them because they often bed looking down hill
c. Start your sneek – like Elmer Fudd – be vewy vewy quiet.
d. Use any cover you can and never move when the deer is looking your direction.
e. Drop your pack and take your shoes off when you get to about 150 yrds. This will force you to slow down and make you a lot quieter.
f. If your lucky enough to not have the wind swirl on you or have other deer bust you, when you get to a comfortable shooting distance wait until the deer stands up (or shoot him bedded if he’s positioned so you can hit both lungs.) then let it fly.
5. Patience is a virtue. Stocks can take several hours.
6. Plan on lots of stocks before getting a good shot. Don’t get discouraged.
8. If you do make a good hit, give the animal lots of time to die before trying to recover it.
There are some good videos on eastmans.com that show how it's done:
Full Episodes | Eastmans' Hunting Journals | The Magazines for Western Big Game Trophy Hunters
2009 Eastmans' Hunting TV Episode 4Bow Hunt with David Long
Nevada Mule Deer Bow HuntBow Hunt with Cameron Hanes
+1 with what he said. Id also add to try to come in quartering from behind and above if wind and terrain permit. In certain senarios this may alow you to view the deer (from cover if possible) as you close the distance. When the tail twitches the head will move within seconds. Stop and be patient.
If the deer stands, but doesnt blow, DO NOT make direct eye contact. watch him out of the corner of your eye, squinted if possible.
You know that feeling you get when someone is eyeballing you? you can feel it, even if you cant see it. When you turn to look and theres some googley eyed gomer lookin at you you split or chalange. (fight or flight response). On the other hand, if you turn and cant tell who's lookin at you, sometimes you go back to doing what you were doing before, while still keeping an eye over your shoulder.
Muleys, like all wild critters, make a livin out of staying alert/alive. Dont get discouraged if your first few stalks get blown. They are good at thier job
Good Luck, Len.
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