Nearly every western state holds huge, breath-taking mountains with populations of mule deer. The mountains guard their big mule deer with huge peaks, vast wilderness and gnarly cliffs. These big bucks migrate to the high-country for a few months each year. Archery seasons allow us to hunt these bucks during this early season where they are most vulnerable. On a backcountry muley hunt your desire to succeed will be tested. It takes grueling miles packing all your gear and water, day in and day out. Thousands of feet gained and lost are mandatory. Your back will be sore and legs tired. Bucks can be tough to locate and then they have a knack for sensing danger. Then stack dangerous, steep terrain and high-country lightning storms on that – it will have you questioning if it’s all worth it. I can tell you it almost always is. It may not be fun all the time but the thrill of the stalk and sense of adventure the backcountry gives you stays long after the hunt. It’s the type of fun that you have to work for, where everything is earned.