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    Unit 33 Mulie Hunt

    I have an upcoming Mulie hunt in unit 33 beginning 1 Jan. It is an archery hunt and from what I understand they should be rutting. This is my first mule deer hunt and I had a couple questions for you guys. I know rattling and grunting at whitetails during the rut can be effective. What about for mulies (yes, I've read through different threads on this matter and there seems to be a lot of varying opinions)? I also have the opportunity to hunt over stock tanks during this hunt. Is this better than spot and stalk?

    Thanks for any info you can provide!

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    I hunted unit 33 with a rifle in 2008. It was a tough hunt, sand dunes & mesquite brush. We saw very few deer and no mature bucks. Not trying to be negative it was just not very good. We hunted blm, we saw some really big pronghorn. If you got any questions let me know & I'll help anyway I can. The rut will be better hunting for sure!
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    I've grunted in a few mule deer bucks during the rut but I've never tried rattling. All the times I've done it the bucks were far away but visible. I've never tried blind calling. They won't come charging in like whitetails do, but it can get them curious enough to check it out. Rattling might just work because I got the pleasure of seeing 2 mule deer bucks going at each other for the first time this fall. People think mulies aren't aggressive but that fight convinced me otherwise. Good luck.

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    Thanks guys! I found a land owner (water rights) that gave me permission to hunt over his cattle stock tanks if I wanted to. I hope with the cold temps and always present lack of water, that this might play in my favor.

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    Well guys I got my Muley on 5 Jan. I spotted what I thought was a lone buck about 1.5 miles out in the dunes and watched him bed and started a stalk. I got within 125 yds and a doe stood up on an adjacent dune to him. He stood as well, so I got out my Montana decoy and held it between the doe and me and stalked another 50 yds or so. Stuck the decoy in the backside of the dune so about half of her was showing and hit a series of doe bleats. He turned and looked in my direction. This also brought a bigger audience as another doe and a bigger buck stood up on the opposite dune. I moved the decoy a few more inches up the dune and bleated again. He started coming to my left...trying to get down wind. I was kneeling behind the doe and when he as about 50 yds away I drew and at 30 yds he was almost completely broadside and I hit the release. Buck Down...first spot and stalk for Muley's and a nice old 4x4 down!

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    Sweet! can we see some pics?

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    Hope this works.Click image for larger version. 

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    I know the px isn't the greatest but he wasn't a bad buck for a first. His forks aren't super deep but I did see some bruisers in that area.

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    Nice buck. Thanks for sharing the picture and story.


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    That is a great buck!

 

 

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