Elk or Mule Deer?

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by MaxnMoses, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. MaxnMoses

    MaxnMoses New Member

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    I have an opportunity to hunt the Three Forks Ranch (CO/WY border) in Sep 2014. I have lots of white tail experience, have hunted coyotes out west at very long ranges, but have never hunted elk or muleys. I have no idea when I will be able to make such a hunt again. Seeing as how I have no idea what, if any, difference is in the hunting of muleys vs elk, I put it to you guys... which one should I choose? This is an expensive hunt so I can't do both, although I may be able to add a pronghorn to the hunt.

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  2. fmajor

    fmajor Well-Known Member

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    Unquestionably ELK.

    I have mule deer walking through my neighborhood several times a week - they're not significantly different than whitetails.

    An elk, on the other hand, is significantly larger and a very different animal than any whitetail I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot of whitetails).
     

  3. Korhil78

    Korhil78 Well-Known Member

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    I would choose elk for sure. Awesome to hunt, very impressive looking and taste WAY better than deer.
     
  4. Topgun 30-06

    Topgun 30-06 Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely elk, especially there!
     
  5. Canvsbk

    Canvsbk Well-Known Member

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    Elk
     
  6. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Dang, that would be a tough one!! I'll drop an elk every time for a good mule deer buck, hunt harder and farther for mule deer bucks than I would an elk but I grew up with elk being around every day and not all that hard to get, kinda like whitetails in the bottoms. For the once in a life time though I'd bet an elk would really stick with a guy!!
     
  7. Triple BB

    Triple BB Well-Known Member

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    I've done a number of guided deer & elk hunts. I wouldn't waste my time with 3 Forks based on what I've seen on tv. Seems like they take nothing but 5 pts or dink 6's. Lotta money for not much quality...
     
  8. wyomingblizzard

    wyomingblizzard Well-Known Member

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    I live and hunt very near to the Three Forks Ranch. Mule deer numbers or on the low side right now, elk numbers or good. I would go with elk. No matter wich you choose it should be a great hunt. Good luck!
     
  9. JST

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    You know you can buy unlimited over the counter Bull Elk tags for the state of Colorado, right??? Where as it takes a minimum of 2 pref points to draw a muley tag, in just about any GMA there.
     
  10. imohunting

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    Where in wyo is this 3 forks ranch? I live in southern wyo, haven't heard of it. I know where I'm at the mule deer numbers have been on the decline for a couple years. Still some great bucks, just have to work harder. We are overrun with elk though and anyone coming in sees lots of elk and has a great hunt. I think you'd enjoy either hunt, but if it were me I'd go with the elk and save my money up for a mulie hunt in the future. The snowy range which has been a general license for deer is now going to limited quota and some areas are having point restrictions. Should be a bright future for mule deer hunting!
     
  11. Topgun 30-06

    Topgun 30-06 Well-Known Member

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    ***It's not in Wyoming. It's a 50,000 acre ranch under the Ranching For Wildlife Program outside of Hayden, CO that caters to the high rollers. The room rates alone at the Lodge start at $700+ per person a night and they have year around activities (hunting, fishing, trap shooting, horses, skiing, etc.). Antelope hunts are $4500, elk starts at $8500 for five days, and a mulie hunt for 5 days is $9250. Just your average place, LOL!!!
     
  12. JST

    JST Well-Known Member

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    Ouch! Could have several DIY hunts for that price.