Mule Deer Assistance

nv-hunter

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Fixed it for you, in the bold type.

The best units in Colorado for a mule deer tag will take 25+ years of points before you can even think of drawing it.
with that being said some states offer a bonus point system and you get your name in the hat more times each year but first name drawn gets the tag over the preference point systems that give most of the tags to those with the most points first then random to those left over ( 10 to 20 % of the tags saved for random)
 

JimP

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with that being said some states offer a bonus point system and you get your name in the hat more times each year but first name drawn gets the tag over the preference point systems that give most of the tags to those with the most points first then random to those left over ( 10 to 20 % of the tags saved for random)
I have worked with Utah's bonus point system for quite a while. My problem is that for the two tags that I have drawn there elk and deer I was at the max points for both tags. I'm still trying for bison 23 points, and pronghorn 11 points, and my second LE deer tag 3 points.

The only state that I have gotten lucky in was Arizona where I drew a coues deer tag two years in a row with the first tag taking max points 9 and the second year with just a loyalty point.
 

Gerald

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We have the hybrid draw here in Colorado too.. 5 points to get your name in the draw for units that take 10 or more points.. and it changes anyways I've seen units that used to take 13 points that are now only taking 2-3 points to draw and vice versa so it really is a just system that's fair to everyone who puts in
 

ScottR

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The flatland's have just as good of mule deer as the mountains have. However you might have to work harder for them, perhaps not physically but in just finding them.

Even in the very best mule deer units in the west you have to work hard to find a buck over 200" if that is what you are looking for and I'll even say a buck over 170" is hard to come by very easy.

I have hunted the west for over 55 years and honestly I can say that I have only seen less then 10 200" bucks during the hunt and perhaps 20 or so that would go over 180". In my younger years I would wear out a pair of boots hiking the high country from 10,000' on up. It takes a lot time to figure them out and once you learn what they want in the area that you are hunting the easier it gets, so to speak.
Lots of good info here.
 
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ScottR

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I am going to throw this out there on the 200" inch chasing....

200" mule deer are INCREDIBLY hard to find. Even on the winter range finding legitimate holy grail bucks is the challenge of a lifetime. They are truly the top 2-5% of bucks on the mountain and they are that big for a reason, they lived long enough to reach their potential. I am now reaching the point in life where I have legitimately looked over 1000's of bucks, in all kinds of mule deer country. There are still giants out there, we see them every year gracing the covers of both journals. But I am saying all of this to point out that...

170- 180 is a TOP NOTCH buck, anything past 180 is fantastic and 190+ is a huge. Setting your standard at 200" isn't realistic for most of us, but enjoy the process and when you put a 170 on your wall just know that you beat one of the mature bucks on the hill.
 

Bonecollector

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True.
However you can get away with the flyrod for a few minutes until the crowd starts to gather and the staff wants to know what’s going on,,,, 🐠
 
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