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Mule Deer Hunting - From Monster Desert Mule Deer in Mexico to Trophy Mule Deer in Alberta, Canada, we?e compiled a great selection of Mule Deer hunts, 87 in total. Mule Deer hunts from reputable big game guides and outfitters for that trophy room filling hunting experience. Guided and self-guided (drop camps) bow and gun Mule Deer hunts.


Top 10 Mule Deer Hunts (Gun)

  Location  # of Outfitters  # of Hunts  Average Cost 
Colorado1616$3,778
New Mexico88$3,794
Montana44$4,350
Alberta33$4,083
British Columbia33$4,583
Nebraska22$3,100
Utah22$5,125
Arizona22$4,250
Idaho22$4,250
Wyoming11$6,250

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Top 10 Mule Deer Hunts (Bow)

  Location  # of Outfitters  # of Hunts  Average Cost 
Colorado1515$3,713
New Mexico88$3,638
Montana44$4,350
Alberta33$4,083
British Columbia33$4,583
Nebraska22$2,825
Arizona22$4,250
Utah22$5,125
Idaho22$4,250
Nevada12$4,500

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Mule Deer Guide (Odocoileus hemionus)Mule deer make their home in the Rocky Mountain region stretching from the northern most areas of Alaska and Canada clear down to the northern areas of Mexico. They are generally larger in overall size than a whitetail deer. The mule deer has several sub-species.

  • The desert mule deer is smaller in overall weight and antler mass than the Rocky Mountain mule deer. Its habitat ranges in the southern desert areas of the United States into northern Mexico.
  • Sitka black-tailed deer are also a sub-species that inhabit the coastal forest areas of southern Alaska and British Columbia in Canada.
  • The Columbia black-tailed deer inhabits the wet forested coastal regions of Oregon, Washington, northern California and British Columbia.

The mule deer gets its name from its large mule-like ears. Adult male mule deer are called bucks, adult females are called does, and young of both sexes are called fawns. Its closest relative is the black-tailed deer (considered by some a subspecies of mule deer). Unlike its cousin, the white-tailed deer, mule deer are generally more associated with the land west of the Missouri River. The most noticeable differences between whitetails and muleys are the color of their tails and configuration of their antlers. The mule deer's tail is black tipped. Mule deer antlers are bifurcated, or "fork" as they grow rather than branching from a single main beam (as with white-tails). Each year a buck's antlers start to grow in spring and are shed after mating season from mid-January to mid-April. Mule deer bucks have somewhat more prominent ears than females. Instead of running, mule deer move with a bounding leap (stotting) with all four feet coming down together.

The mule deer stands 40 to 42 inches at the shoulders and stretching 80 inches or so nose to tail. An adult buck will weigh from 150 to 300 pounds on the hoof, with does averaging 100 to 175 pounds. The occasional trophy-sized mule deer buck may weigh in around 400 pounds. The Mule Deer does not show marked size variation across its range as does the Whitetail Deer.

In addition to movements related to available shelter and food, the breeding cycle is important in understanding deer behavior and personality. The "rut" or mating season usually begins in the fall as does go into estrus for a period of a few days and males become more aggressive, competing for mates. Does may mate with more than one buck and go back into estrus within a month if they do not settle. The gestation period is about 190?00 days, with fawns born in the spring, staying with their mothers during the summer and being weaned in the fall after about 60?5 days. A buck's antlers fall off during the winter, to grow again in preparation for the next season's rut. For more information see main article on deer.


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Elk Camp Outfitters,llc
Elk Camp Outfitters provides high quality big game hunts and horseback trips in the rocky mountains of Colorado. We pride ourselves in providing our clients the most enjoyable fair chase hunts with deluxe camps and high quality meals while maintaining high ethical standards.

Hunting is what we do best. Our hunting permits allow us to hunt almost 350,000 acres. This requires us to keep and maintain the best horses and mules in the business. While we never guarantee a kill our success rates are high each year.

Our guides are all well trained seasoned professionals who always seem to know where the game is. They will attend to your needs and prepare the horses each morning while you enjoy a full breakfast and prepare for the days hunt. After a long day the guides will take care of the heavy lifting and you can relax over a delicious dinner and take a hot shower.

Full service camps continued the success seen in past years. Many of our drop camp hunters were equally successful going home with full coolers. Whether you’re looking for a fully guided hunt or prefer to guide yourself out of our camps, we are your go-to outfitter for rifle, muzzleloader, and archery needs in Colorado Game Management Units 042 and 421. Our massive permitted hunting area gives us unlimited hunting opportunities. From first time hunters to the seasoned hunter we strive to ensure each hunt is better than your last.

Our guides are friendly and knowledgeable. The cooks for the full service camps ensure each meal is prepared to the highest mountain standards. If you have any special dietary needs we are happy to assist you, please let us know prior to your arrival. Please contact us for further information. We look forward to helping you enjoy your next Colorado hunt.

Drop camp do it yourself hunts are what many people enjoy. We will pack your gear and food into one of our camps and point you in the direction of the game. Camps are the same as our full service camps minus the cooks and the food. Feel free to bring along a non-hunting friend to do the cooking at no extra charge. Small groups are fine but we will try to place at least 4 people in each drop camp.

We will handle packing your meat to the lodge where it can hang in cold storage until you return. Several meat-processing companies are located nearby. We have a meat grinder on site for those who prefer to process their own meat.
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