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MULE DEER

Hunting, shooting, fishing for Mule deer

Stalking, Bowhunting, Highseat, Hunting from a Blind


Mule deer is a general classification of deer with particular ear and antler characteristics that are unique to the species.

The ten most validated subspecies include sitka blacktail, California, desert, Rocky Mountain, southern and peninsula.

Mule deer are fairly gregarious with a few solo deer, sometimes easy to glass and find, other times too far deeply bedded and hidden. They are also particular eaters, feeding, concentrate feeders that depend on young buds and other highly nutritional plants such as herbs, seeds, fruit, and forest lichen.

If you consecutively hunt in or near their passing zones, meaning from where they were bedded to where they feed, the hunt will always fall in your favor; it is a great way to stalk deer from the ground or in a tree blind.

Mule deer go into run sometime between November and December, making them a little bit incautious, unfocused on predators and rather more interested in buck confrontations, antler competitions as bucks gather and court pretty does.

Basic Info


Varieties: Desert Mule Deer, California Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Mule Deer, Southern Mule Deer, Peninsula Mule Deer

Scientific name: Odocoileus hemionus 

Size: height: 91 – 105 cm, length: 165 – 214 cm

Weight: 57 kg Lifespan: 11 years

Methods: Bow hunting, Hunting from a blind, Highseat, Stalking

Continent(s): North America