Best State to Hunt Mule Deer?

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  1. bowtechboss177

    bowtechboss177 Well-Known Member

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    ]Just curious what you guys think the best state to hunt mule deer is.
     
  2. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    The best state could be a province. BC and Alberta take nice bucks.
     

  3. FEENIX

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    Not NM!
     
  4. Dosh

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    Have seen photos of some very nice Muleys from Colorado with B&C racks. Also monsters from the Arizona strip.
     
  5. chas3stix

    chas3stix Well-Known Member

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    Utah has some of the biggest mule deer I've ever seen. Trouble is, they're on private land and limited hunt areas.
     
  6. bowtechboss177

    bowtechboss177 Well-Known Member

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    New Mexico has Rio Arriba County which is the top B & C producing county for mule deer in the U.S.
     
  7. MHO

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    Colorado is still the best state for trophy mule deer. AZ WY ID are all good states as well. But if I had to pick one, the record books don't lie.
     
  8. MHO

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    SO Im not misquoted LOL. Arriba county does have the most county entries, Colorado has 5 of the top ten B and C typical mulies. Comparing states Colorado has 298 B and C entries compared to 144 NM entries. Im just saying as far as pref points and public land, in my opinion Colorado is still the best state for a shot at a record book buck due to how much public land there is. For instance Eagle county has the second most entries in B and C record book. You can hunt most of those units / seasons with 1 - 4 points. Not a lifetime for one hunt like a lot of states. just my two cents.
     
  9. 257Wthrby

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    Definitely Colorado! Tags are relatively easy to get for most areas and you can find a trophy deer in most units if you look hard enough.
     
  10. dzlfarmboy

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    Curious of this question myself but in the general tag perspective and not B&C Muleys but something respectable for a first time mule deer hunt.

    I've been eyeing up idaho

    Has anyone every done a idaho general deer tag before that also gives you the option to harvest a, black bear, mountain lion, or wolf. In place of your deer tag as long as they were in season.

    Seems like a pretty sweet deal to give you great opportunity and a lot of options if an opportunity were to arise.

    Brett
     
  11. HARPERC

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    A very valid point, most of us would love to make the book, I'd rather hunt where deer numbers, ratios, and mature bucks are a good portion of the herd.

    Places where seasons are long, and tags available on my schedule.
     
  12. Woody26

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    Colorado!
     
  13. Bowhunter7

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    I think that New Mexico is the best for Mule deer on public land.
     
  14. MHO

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    Colorado has a lot of public land with solid mule deer in just about all units.