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Old 04-19-2014, 11:37 PM
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Archery Mule Deer?

Hey guys I need some advice on hunting muleys with my bow this year. The area I'm hunting is very dry and a high desert but holds some big bucks. I'm a youth hunter so I need some advice on tactics and how to sneak up on bucks. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:36 AM
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Re: Archery Mule Deer?

Welcome to the forum. You'll find most guys here hunt rifle so I hope you get some feedback but I wouldn't expect a bunch of good archery tactics.

Which unit are you going to be hunting? Just curious as I'm in NM too, but hopefully hunting rifle or ML in unit 17 or around there.

My suggestion is to find a local, neighbor, coworker who would give you advice. Nothing beats talking in person. Plus they may be able to give you scouting support, too.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:40 PM
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Re: Archery Mule Deer?

Mainly reservation hunting and hopefully 2c or 2b bow hunt.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:42 PM
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Re: Archery Mule Deer?

Learn to spot from a distance. Good optics are a must. Let them bed.
Examine the terrain, and get good land marks. Hills, rocks, and brush look different when you see them from a new angle. Use it to your advantage.
Decide if it's worth trying. Sometimes you should pass on a good deer because he is in a spot where you'll spook him, then he'll be harder to find.
Check the wind.
Expect them to move after you leave sight of them.
Slow down
Recheck wind and slow down again.
Use your optics as you start to crest hill tops, did I mention slow down.
Some people remove their boots the last 100yds or so. Get a heavy pair of socks to stock in
Patients is the key to closing the gap. Check the wind.
After you get in bow range you might have to sit and wait for some time so don't forget to get a little comfortable when you stop.

Just a few tips, there are more, but sometimes experience is a good teacher.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:40 PM
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Re: Archery Mule Deer?

I shot a 260 inch typical in 2b at 136 yards with my bow it was a real trophy
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:54 PM
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Re: Archery Mule Deer?

Good Glass, good tripod, good patience and some good sneaky feet.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:03 AM
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Re: Archery Mule Deer?

2C or 2B will be tough no matter what but my suggestion is glass, glass, glass and oh yeah, keep looking more. 2C is amazing country and I love it in there but it's tough and epecially with a bow. Get up high as you can on the ridge and watch the draws coming up and down out of the ridge. Watch the sage flats in the morning and late evening and during the day look through the tops of the ridge in the finger draws that hold any trees. It will be hot so they will want water and shade. Good luck, if you get into C it will be amazing. B is another story, same thing for the high up and watching but some of that country is dog hair thick. Again, I'd do the same thing, watch the sage flats. There are some very large bucks in each area.
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