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Old 01-10-2023, 08:41 PM
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Thinking about putting in for antlered mule deer in 404. I don't care about taking a "monster buck" I just want the high country experience.

Anyone have any input for me?

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Max
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Old 01-10-2023, 11:15 PM
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Thinking about putting in for antlered mule deer in 404. I don't care about taking a "monster buck" I just want the high country experience.

Anyone have any input for me?

Thanks

Max
Iíve spent quite a bit of time there in the past. I might have seen maybe 3 mulie does. Itís a gorgeous placemats hunt though.
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Old 01-11-2023, 05:07 AM
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Hunted 404 last two seasons and no mule deer period.
But itís super nice country.


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Old 01-11-2023, 05:56 AM
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Its a shame but the once plentiful Mule deer are now history.
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Old 01-11-2023, 05:59 AM
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Hmmmm, guess I'm back to the drawing board. Thanks for the replies.

I was pretty pumped to hunt there because rifle starts Sept 17 and yeah, it's beautiful country
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Old 01-11-2023, 11:30 AM
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412 went on draw a couple years ago for mule deer. Used to get pounded when General tags were offered, but it does hold Alpine MD.....
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Old 01-11-2023, 12:33 PM
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406 still has pockets of Mule deer,Cougars are hard on them though.
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Old 01-11-2023, 03:24 PM
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If youíre keen on that high country experience, get in there this summer and scout. Iíve found some great mule deer up high just by being in the right spot glassing hard and doing what not that many people will do. Lots of surprises when you watch the sun go up/down from a high point.

The bucks are often right near the mountain tops, rounded ridges and shady openings near thick timber.

I donít want to pretend Iím better at this than I am, but once I turned up a few good surprises I gained the confidence to stick it out when Iím not seeing animals. The mountain WMUs are really low density and can be really hard mentally to hunt. Plenty of 3x3s and smallish 4x4s but bigger deer do exist in places. Also, x2 on the cougars.

So maybe you want to move in a different direction, but check it out for yourself first.
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Old 01-11-2023, 08:21 PM
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Thinking about putting in for antlered mule deer in 404. I don't care about taking a "monster buck" I just want the high country experience.

Anyone have any input for me?

Thanks

Max
406 might be a better choice.
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Old 01-15-2023, 11:09 AM
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We spent 4 full days on horses and covered a fair bit of country last fall scouting for elk and mulies. All I heard was crickets and all I saw was great scenery. Not a single animal. Weird.
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Old 01-16-2023, 11:18 AM
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Had a trail cam in the part north of Indian graves and got some muley bucks on it. Thatís more foothills country than high country though , but still real pretty in there
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