About This Hunt
Description of Mule Deer Hunts
Our mountain ranches are an incredible migratory destination for giant mountain mule deer. Most bucks live in the high country that surrounds our ranches and migrate down onto the lower sage flats to rut and winter every year. These bucks which are extremely hard to hunt early in the year, become very huntable in mid to late November as they descend on the doe groups that live in the willow bottoms and timber fringes that line the valley floor where our ranches are located. We never know exactly what is going to show up, but we know that there will be some giants which make the hunt incredibly exciting. Expectations for our late season hunts are bucks scoring north of 180″ with possibilities of 190-200+.” Huge mass, dark antlers, big square heads make these mountain mulies worthy of anyone willing to brave the snow and cold to put their tag on one of these majestic giants!
The Mule Deer Hunts are Mountain Mule Deer hunts on ranches in Rand, Colorado. These hunts take place in November during the third and fourth rifle seasons (see the Elk Page for details on dates). These hunts can be booked alone or in combination with our rifle elk hunts. These units are 17, 171, 16, 6. We are hunting migrating bucks in the rut, so we never know what is going to show up, but if the snow and weather is right, be prepared to see mature bucks in the 180+ class. Our goal is to harvest mature bucks with a minimum score of 180 or minimum age of 6.5.
This is not a hunt where you will see a high number of deer, however, the bucks you will see will be mature and huge in both antlers and body. Although we cover a lot of ground on these hunts, we also use heated blinds in proven spots where you will be overlooking open sage and dark timber/aspen patches which the deer use for cover and feed during their migration to winter grounds. This hunt is very dependent upon cold and lots of snow in the high country which pushes mature bucks to their winter grounds.
“All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.”
Mountain Hunt Prices
Early Season: $4,500
3rd or 4th Rifle Seasons (Rut Hunt): $7,500
These are 5-day hunts, arrive 1-day prior to hunt by 1:00 PM, depart the day after hunting by 8:30 AM.
2018 Season Dates
Early Rifle Season
September 24 – October 2: Fully Booked
3rd Rifle Season
November 3 – November 11: Fully Booked
4th Rifle Season
November 14 – November 18: 1-Spot Available
- Habit Stamp (Required): $10(Resident or Non-Resident)
- Limited License (Deer): $31 – Resident, $396 – Non-Resident
- Draw Application Fees (Limited): $3 – (Resident or Non-Resident)
- Preference Point Fee: $40 – (Resident or Non-Resident)
2018 Big Game Limited Draw Application Deadline: April 3rd. Draw Results Posted online: June 4-June 8. Limited Licenses Mailed Starting: June 4. Left Over Limited Licenses Available: August 7. Over the Counter Licenses with CAPS available: August 9. You can purchase your Over the Counter License/habitat stamp (http://cpw.state.co.us/). Preference Point Fee ($40) is waived if you purchased a resident of non-resident combination fishing/hunting license in the past three years.
After the harvest, the guides will prepare your game for processing. All animals will be processed in the field, taken back to the ranch house at which time they will be skinned and caped and made ready for transport to the game processor. A local game processor offers limited custom game processing options and will freeze your game to prepare it for transportation back home. If driving out, bring large coolers as you will have a lot of meat, especially if you harvest multiple animals. You can purchase dry ice in Winter Park on your way back to Denver. If flying into Denver, you can make arrangements with the processor to ship your game back home. Just keep in mind it will be expensive as it has to be shipped via overnight delivery to get it into your freezer as quickly as possible.
50% of the Hunt is due within 10-days of booking the hunt. The balance of your hunt fee is due 90-days prior to your arrival.
License, airfare, game processing, alcohol, taxidermy, and transportation to and from Denver are not included in the price of the hunt.
Lodging and meals are included.