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Old 06-23-2020, 08:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My wife shot a big old buck in 2016, opening morning of the rifle deer hunt, lip curling and chasing a doe all over the place. Had not a care in the world about anything else. Same canyon, the next year, same thing. High pressure area, deer on full alert, another big deer chased a doe out of the hole he was in, out into the wide open, where he had to have known better. Same ridge in 2018, 2nd day of the rifle deer hunt I shot another big deer, with 13 does and he didnít have a care in the world. I think some start earlier than others, and weather will definitely play into that. If I had the late muzzy tag, Iíd skip the first 3 days and start hunting Saturday and go from there. But thatís just me.
I've had this same thought as far as holding out until November 1. My 14-year old son drew this hunt this year but for Oquirrh Stansbury. I have a game plan, but its interesting reading through some thoughts on this thread.
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I've had this same thought as far as holding out until November 1. My 14-year old son drew this hunt this year but for Oquirrh Stansbury. I have a game plan, but its interesting reading through some thoughts on this thread.
In years past the hunt has went until November 9. When I saw it only goes till the fifth this year I got a little worried. The last few days is all that will possibly be good Iím feeling.
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Old 06-23-2020, 08:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
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In years past the hunt has went until November 9. When I saw it only goes till the fifth this year I got a little worried. The last few days is all that will possibly be good Iím feeling.
Possibly. I am hoping for some early snow. Though I was seeing some decent bucks down low last year around the 5th of November. I wish they would have waited an additional week to open this hunt. Or maybe even on November 1.

Still think it has the potential for a pretty awesome hunt but the dates are earlier than I would like. But I knew that when we put my son in. Truthfully, I am grateful he got lucky and pulled it. I haven't drawn a tag since 2016, and none of my other boys drew either.
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Last year on the deer muzzy hunt on the Monroe spike elk were one thing that we had a real hard time finding. Lots of big bulls but very few spikes.
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I'm going to share a little nugget of info. with you guys.
Have you heard of the saying "look around the fringes"?
It mean that during pre-rut, some mature bucks will hang near a group of does waiting for one to go into heat. I would be glassing the shadows down wind from these group of does. I have also seen a few mature bucks doing rutting actions during the rifle hunt.
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If ridge is talking about mature mule deer, Iím listening!
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If ridge is talking about mature mule deer, Iím listening!
Just trying to be a voice of reason.
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If ridge is talking about mature mule deer, Iím listening!

There are hard learned trick of the trade in hunting mature bucks..... grasshopper.


One season I watched a 195-205 class buck with his does. The does were out in a clearing and the buck wanted to stay in the cedars. He would come out just long enough to try and chase a doe into the trees, he was always on the move unless he was back under cover. That buck lived to see another day.
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Just trying to be a voice of reason.
Well, your reason has led to many mature bucks. So reason on! Iím listening.
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The best way to ruin a mule deer hunt is to shoot an elk. I've had enough overlapping tags to know it really isn't as much fun as it sounds - IF the mule deer tag is "special". If the goal is to hunt and shoot the best mule deer buck you can find then I'd leave the general elk tag for another year.

And I'd hunt Saturday thru the end. Sure there are some hunters who can go the whole season, but too many can't (work, physical, mental, family). Don't wear yourself thin the first few days and miss out on the full effort the last few days which are the best.

Should be fun to hunt with minimal pressure.
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