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    Early Wyoming Mule Deer

    Hello everyone, I have been tasked with the bulk of the planning for a Mule deer hunt for me and a couple buddies. We would like to do the early season option that opens October first. We all work in a hospital and getting time off together is hard it looks like we could all get vacation 10/1 to 10/10. Doing some research it looks like there are only two real options in Wyoming that would let us hunt this time period; i.e. tag and public land availability. General M and hunt zone 164 is an option as well as General F and hunt zone 105 or 106 is an option. I have read many bad things about zone 164 so I am concerned about that option; comparatively I have read many great things about zone 105 and 106 but they are all about late season options. If you guys could do either of these hunts which would you pick? Or are we wasting our time going out that part of the year and should just try to make the second half of October work for us? Thanks for all of the advice!

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    Welcome to EF! Where are you from?

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    I am from northern Minnesota. Hunting is in my blood and I am ready to expand on my experiences.

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    Have you considered antelope? Prob alot more seasons that fit your time frame.

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    Island laker. You should stop by the New Members area and introduce your self.

    Welcome to the forum. Antelope might just be the ticket as MM said.
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    You will do yourself a favor to hunt as late in October as possible. When you get into the last 3 days of the month you will get some pre-rut activity and those are your money days.
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    Wow thanks for all the advice so far guys. We are interested in antelope but I have always wanted a mule deer. I think we are moving towards making the end of the month work. What kind of weather extremes can we expect out there? Also is it looking like a heavy winter kill year?

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    I would completely snuff 164 personally. Go with antelope. Much better idea

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    The weather extremes are just that, extreme! Depending on what unit and what your elevation is will determine a lot for your weather. The higher you go the colder, etc.

    Last year in Sept the Yellowstone area go some snow, we got a big snow in the Big Horns around 13th or so of Oct. 2 years ago I it snowed on me just East of Buffalo on Oct 4th and made for some crappy roads for 2 days.

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    If you decide mule deer over antelope [although, I do echo others thoughts on starting out with the speedsters] pick up Mike Eastman's "Mule Deer Hunting Tactics." It's got a lot of valuable information for setting yourself up for success both this upcoming season and the next following few. It covers mule deer behavior, how to research, how to hunt different terrain and general hunting strategies and tactics. You'll learn a lot.

    Also, check your PMs- I'm a northern MN guy also.

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