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    tips for finding deer above timberline

    Hi folks, im new to the forum. I drew my first archery deer tag in a part of the world that will find me over 11000 feet and im excited for the adventure. I was wondering if you guys have any special areas you start looking at or certain terrain features you hunt the most for high country mulies. Is there a certain forage they feed in more than others/ bedding cover they prefer etc. I have hunted and killed deer in PJ country but never up in the high stuff. Any details like starting on certain aspects/slopes high to low etc. Any trophy pics with a high country backdrop might help me find country that looks "bucky" and get the blood pumping

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    High willow-filled basins with krummholz and ribbon cliffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    High willow-filled basins with krummholz and ribbon cliffs.
    I had to look up krummholtz. I just don't recall hearing the term and I did not seem to retain much from my high school German language class. I seem to learn something new rather frequently on your posts Bitterroot Bulls . Thank you.

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    I've learned more here than I've taught, friend.

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    Hey nm, welcome to the forum. Have you read mike eastmans hunting high country mule deer? I think that would e a good place to start, we will all chime in of course but mike has chapters on this stuff. The last buck I killed was at 10k, though not a monster, the one thing I learned, they like their shade, I always start the day Glassing big basins then positioning myself to where I can see a ton of shady spots in that basin, readjust accordingly throughout throughout the day, they will get up and move into the shade once their spot has run out of it. Hope that helps, like I said, mike has chapters on this stuff

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    Here ya go, Kevin:

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    Wow thats a self explanatory picture BB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    Here ya go, Kevin:

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    Bitterroot Bulls, that is a nice looking example of wind blown twisted, crooked wood at timberline, "krummholtz". Not a bad example of a nice buck either . Well done.

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    Thanks guys. The area im hunting has alot of summer traffic from moutain climbers and backpackers. Do you find that the deer get use to this and settle around it or avoid habitat with traffic no matter how nice.
    also do these bucks use a pattern in early september or do they start going on their own.
    about the book, I will get it soon.

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    High country deer get really used to backpackers. Sometimes I think the best camoflauge would be a bright blue The North Face outfit.

    Usually the bucks in early September are near where they are in early August, so scouting can pay off big.

    While I have and enjoy Mike Eastman's Hunting High Country Mule Deer, the best reference for this type of hunting, IMO, is David Long's Public Land Mulies: The Bottom Line.

 

 

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