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Aha

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Muleys
« on: May 23, 2012, 05:44:15 AM »
Can anyone help me out hear I am looking for a good zone to put in for a Muley buck draw.. The zones that I normally hunt in I haven't seen any muleys for the last few years any help would be great
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BruceW

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012, 06:24:46 AM »
Where are you at?  How far are you willing to go?

Aha

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2012, 05:26:08 PM »
I am a p 5 willing to go anywhere for a crack at a good deer but I am in the Edmonton area
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JIMMY 808

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012, 07:12:24 PM »
I am a p 5 willing to go anywhere for a crack at a good deer but I am in the Edmonton area
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 Look around before you blow that much priority.  I am p 7 need 8 for the zone I will be headed to.

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2012, 10:34:47 PM »
13?  :-X you are correct

nube

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2012, 09:57:29 AM »
I'm in the same boat right now as a few others.  I have about 7-8 yearsfor mule deer points and I don't have the time to spend on it and really don't know the best area to even try.  Got other priorities this year again so it will have to sit out this season but hopefully next one after I can spend some time at it. 

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2012, 10:10:14 AM »
I have a P3    and know a great area   that I will get drawn for    most people don't put in for this area   but it has a  pocket  of some amassing Mule bucks. keeping fingers crossed     

Aha

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012, 05:20:59 PM »
Come on fellas someone throw me a bone I think my post is getting a little jacked hear...
Any help would be great thanks

nube

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 05:53:07 PM »
Here ya go Aha.  Try zone 200-234,  102-118,  and might as well throw in a few of the 500 zones.  Heck even some of the mountain zones you could find a good one on a general tag.  I killed a good one up in 350 a few years ago as well.  I hate to say it but there are good mule deer in a lot of places.  You have some time, why not see what you can do about getting some permission and checking out a few of the zones where you think you could find a good one.  Anywhere near a big rivervalley wit lots of cover is a good bet.  Red deer river, South Saskatchewan maybe

MuleyHunter

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2012, 06:51:09 PM »
WMU 202 and WMU 160.  ;)

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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2012, 08:53:34 PM »
Lots of mule deer made it through the hard winter of 2010/11 in 160. We did a tour through there last fall (2011) when we tagged the wife out in 166 as I usually hunt 160. We were just curious what was left for deer after hearing of the die offs. In the 2hrs we were in the area of the zone that I hunt we saw 103 deer and 18 bucks. About the same amount of deer in the same feilds as when I hunted it the fall of 2010 with my last tag. Only saw one granddaddy buck and as usual it was on a chunk of land that allows no hunters at all. And from what I hear this past winter wasnt to hard on populations unless what I was told was wrong from what I saw in zones just north of 160 the winter was pretty minimal. Im sure the die offs hurt some areas but there were still a good number of animals in the portion of 160 we checked out. And im sure a few booners!!
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MuleyHunter

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2012, 09:19:33 PM »
I hunted 160 last season and the epic "die off" has definitely been misrepresented. Sure numbers are down (+-20%), but still lots of deer and we saw lots of shooters.

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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2012, 09:32:19 PM »
What is a shooter???   Trust me I guide that zone every once in a while.   Numbers are way down. How many 190+ Typicals did you see. how many 200+ nontypicals???   I am not knocking you muley hunter. Numbers are down on big deer there. Big time.

I am a landowner in the zone. I did acknowledge numbers are down, but the "internet winterkill" was greater than the winterkill we actually experienced. I figure about 20%, thats my observations in the part of the zone I frequent. How many 190"+ typicals did you see in 2005-2009 in the zone?

Curious who you guide for in WMU 160.

Oh- and a "shooter" to me is a gross 170"+ for what its worth...

Aha

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2012, 09:49:09 PM »
Thanks for the info Guys.... I hunt 350 a fair amount and haven't seen much for mule deer around for a while.

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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2012, 10:42:12 PM »
You do have a screw loose :o
I think Muley hunter is probably right.  It seems the prairie and farmland deer have done better than the bush deer.  I also think it was the upper age class of the deer that died off.  There are still a pile of deer.  It just seems it might be harder to find high trophy class for a couple years and it is not looking as great in the bush country where it seems they have been hit harder. 
AHA the deer in 350 are in pockets and hard to find at times but when you do you can usually bet there is a hidden gem.  It takes a few years to learn the pockets.  Right now though it is the last place I would look for a mule deer.  They have been hit hard!

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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2012, 11:37:04 PM »
Actually I have not guided in a few years.  So really it does not matter.  Since I can remember every year I see probably 5 deer over 190" all over.  My minimums are way higher than most. I pass up alot of 150-185" every year.  All my friends think I have a screw loose.

5 deer over 190" each season - WOW!

JIMMY 808

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2012, 11:46:52 PM »
5 deer over 190" each season - WOW!

I was in the bow zone of Calgary once at a friends places along the sheep river and a bow hunter rolled his truck looking at a moster Muley.  Not sure of size but it was big forsure.

JIMMY 808

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« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2012, 11:50:58 PM »
Have you ever hunted there?  Do you have any good ones found for your tag?  I know all of those zones pretty good as I grew up in them and have hunted all of them.

  Huterites have bought up a lot land and are putting cows in my deer spots.  Not sure what I am going to do I may keep building my priority and get a buddie of mine in nanton to guide me.

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« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2012, 09:35:38 AM »
Justin is correct, if you know where to look and have the access, there are some great donkey's out there..  Passed on a couple in archery season, mid to high 180's for sure..   Was on a quest for a booner we have watched for a couple season, never did have a good opportunity on him, but had a blast trying..

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JIMMY 808

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Re: Muleys
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2012, 05:25:28 PM »
Who is that? That is were I grew up.
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