High Country Mulies the Hard Way

By George Martin

High country mulies the hard way

George Martin
Wyoming, 2009, DIY, Public Land 

I live and work in Jackson Hole, where we have some pretty good mule deer hunting. I have the luxury of hunting almost every day after work and believe me, I don’t miss too many days. We have good elk hunting, too, but there’s just something about a big mulie that draws me to the high country year after year. However, this year started out a little different.

On opening day, I took my daughter out for her first deer hunt. After seeing that smile, I think she’s hooked more than me. I sure did get a thrill watching her take her first mulie. I didn’t get to hunt until a few days later, but it was well worth it.

On September 18, my friend called and asked if I wanted to hunt the high country for a few days. He had already set up camp, which was music to my ears. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity and met him at camp late that evening. I went in blind, because I had never scouted this area.

The next morning arrived and I couldn’t wait to get up on the mountain. We decided to pick a high vantage point and start glassing different canyons. We weren’t seeing much activity when my friend suddenly told me he had spotted two monster mulies - a big typical and a non-typical. They were so far away that even with our spotting scopes on 60 power, we couldn’t tell how good they were, but it was easy to see that they were well worth the hike.

We watched them bed down and then planned our stalk. It was extremely rough country, so we didn’t get within range until 3:30 p.m. We worked our way through the timber to a spot where we could see the bedded deer, staying inside the tree line to avoid being spotted.

Just like big mulies do, they had put themselves in a location where they could spot any danger from a long ways off, so we were pinned down. All I could see was one buck’s head and one side of his antler. From that view, he looked like the non-typical. Now it was a waiting game for him to get up.

High country mulies the hard way

For a full account of George's adventure, go to page 40 in the October/November 2010 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.