Deer hunting season is almost upon us here in Idaho and we cannot wait. That being said, we know a few people who were lucky enough to score a muley tag either here in Idaho or on Utah. Last year one of our crew was lucky enough to get a muley tag and managed to get a beautiful buck. We asked him to share some of his top tips to help you bag a big buck too, so we present you with his Top 5 Mule Deer Tips!
1. Location, location, location. This one may seem a no brainer to many, but it is literally the best piece of advice you can get no matter what you happen to be hunting. Mule deer in general love rough terrain, so the higher your vantage point, the more visibility you will have between the shrubs and bushes, and the more likely you are to keep an eye on your deer. If you find an area with a good vantage point and white sand you are in an amazing spot, so hunker down and wait for the deer to come.
2. Timing is everything. By timing we mean two things: picking the best time of day for a big buck, and also timing your shot just right. Big bucks tend to be out and about either an hour or so before sunrise or sunset and shortly after. These boys know that their large racks make them highly visible, so they tend to prefer to be out and about in low-light or evening hours, rather than the glaring light of day. For your shots, be patient. Wait until your buck is alone. A deer alone means you are less likely of being spotted by other deer that can alert your buck to danger, and that more than likely your buck is being calm and moving slowly, which increases the likelihood of a kill shot.
3. The bird is the word. Which bird in particular? Why the Magpie! For some reasons mule deer and magpies seem to be BFFs. Mule deer love how magpies help to keep their coats clean, and the magpies love the free food, so in most cases where you find one you are likely to find the other.
4. Don’t be the smelly kid. Mule deer have a surprisingly great sense of smell; which means no matter how quiet or how stealthy you are, your scent can give you way in a New York minute. Therefore, it is extremely important to either accurately mask your scent or keep a very close eye on wind direction.
5. Just because he’s #1, doesn’t mean he’s your #1. Mule deer are notorious for having beautiful, yet deceptively sized racks. Which makes this tip a hard one, don’t shoot the first buck you see. We know it’s tempting, but especially with mule deer, waiting will likely get you a beautiful buck. We saw so many last season, but our guy bided his time and ended up with a beautiful boy that put all those other bucks he saw to shame.
So those are our top muley tips. We hope these help you all to bag that perfect buck that not only fills your table with delicious food, but can also decorate your home and make you proud! We hope this fall you have a great hunting season. Don’t forget to bring along your Pro-Tracker, ultimate recovery system with fully charged batteries too! You don’t want to hit your big guy, only lose him in that rough terrain and dense brush that mule deer love. Make sure to take us along to help make sure your hunt goes off without a hitch. Happy hunting!
The Pro-Tracker® Transmitter is a rechargeable, lightweight, water resistant transmitter that disengages from the arrow upon impact; allowing for pass-throughs. The transmitter hooks into the animal’s hide and begins sending Radio Frequency (RF) signals every three seconds for the duration of the battery life (10-12 hours). You will need the Pro-Tracker® Receiver to read and track the signal.
The Carrier is what screws into your arrow and holds the transmitter. It is aerodynamically designed to compensate for the weight and shape of the transmitter. Meaning minimal adjustments to your equipment for the same precision. This item comes in a pack of four.
The Pro-Tracker® Radio Frequency (RF) Receiver is a compact system with an easy to attach antenna. This state of the art receiver can track up to 6 different transmitter signals at the same time. Displaying signal strength, transmitter number, current time, time spent tracking, and current battery life, all on an easy to read LED screen. Available only in the Pro-Tracker® System
The Pro-Tracker® custom metal carrying case helps you keep track of your Pro-Tracker system and ensures everything stays together. Its lightweight and durable design ensures your equipment is protected while being as easy as possible to carry during your hunting trip and recovering your trophy.
This dual-charging station allows you to charge up to two transmitters at a time. It includes both a USB and outlet adapter. The outlet adapter allows you to charge your transmitters at home while the USB adapters allow you to charge your transmiters in your truck for extended hunting trips.
The patented Pro-Tracker® Recovery System will help you locate your kill with durable, state of the art technology. The compact system can track 6 different transmitters while using the same RF receiver with an easy to read LED screen. Best of all, our transmitters don’t require the purchase of batteries and can be recharged both at home and out in the field.
The Pro-Tracker® System has been field tested by top experts in the archery industry. With the Pro-Tracker® Archery System you’ll see virtually no difference in the trajectory of your arrow because of the aerodynamic carrier. Tests have shown the Pro-Tracker® Recovery System will give you many hours of use and the precision to recovery your trophy.
In the reports, we found that while many of the deer either die (Ditchkoff) or are recovered within 24 hours (Pedersen), that some can survive 5-7 days with wounds before they perish. When looking at these numbers and percentages for any individual state, the number of animals that are not recovered seems miniscule. However once you look at the entire population of bow hunters within the United States alone, the amount becomes much more significant (Ditchkoff). This more significant number of unrecovered animals has been causing animal rights and anti-hunting activists to state that bow hunting is both cruel and inhumane. It is because of this that the Pro-Tracker was invented. Our goal is to eliminate the possibility of losing even one animal while maintaining the integrity of the hunt. Pro-Tracker has been in use since 2010 and thus far we have a 100% accuracy rate in animal recovery. The Pro-Tracker system, while not ideal for every hunter, is thus far supporting the goal of striving to ensure bow hunting is appreciated for the skill it requires and given the support it deserves, rather than seen in a negative light. With technology and advancement in the archery industry, we can help in recovering the animals wounded and work to improve the loss rate. We all have a responsibility to the natural resources we are given; no one is perfect every time. Accidents do happen, and we need to be prepared for those occasions.
1. Ditchkoff, Stephen S., Edgar R. Welch Jr., Robert L. Lochmiller, Ronald E. Masters, William R. Starry, William C. Dinkines. 1998. Wounding of White-tailed Deer with Traditional Archery Equipment. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 52:244-248. Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ronald_Masters/publication/237609363_Wounding_Rates_of_Whitetailed_Deer_
2. Pedersen, Andy M., Seth Berry, Jeffrey C. Bossart. 2008. Wounding Rates of White –tailed Deer with Modern Archery Equipment. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 62:31–34