Mule Deer – Blacktail

COLORADO TROPHY MULEYS $6500 REQUIRES 5 TO 16 POINTS TO DRAW LANDOWNER VOUCHERS AVAILABLE 2021 – 16 HUNTERS 13 BUCKS AVG 178 2020 – 18 HUNTERS 13 BUCKS AVG 180

These trophy units do not require all that many preference points like some other units in Colorado and keep in mind landowner vouchers are generally available. The outfitter primarily hunts 3 adjoining units. Two units should only take 5 points to draw the second season and the other unit just 6 points. The third season is tougher taking about 7 points for two units and 13 for the third unit. Fourth season is over the top requiring 20 and 24 points. Archery tags can normally be drawn with 2 or 3 points. He has over 10 private properties varying from mountain country with oakbrush hillsides to agricul- tural property including alfalfa, hay fields and he also hunts some BLM.

2021 his 2 archery mule deer hunters killed 2 monster bucks grossing a 190 plus and a 189. Second season rifle he had 6 kill 5 bucks and the unsuccessful hunter left due to illness. Top buck went 187 and the rest were from the 160’s to 173. Third season was 7 for 7, including a 201, 188, 184, 2 in high 170’s and 2 in the 160’s. Fourth season finished with one hunter killing a 170 inch buck and two hunters went home empty.

2020 his 4 archery hunters killed a 200 inch monster and a 171, a 180 class buck was hit and lost. Second season (first rifle mule deer) all 5 hunters tagged bucks, 191, 183, 181, 178 and a 170. Third season 7 hunters killed 3 bucks

in the 180’s and crippled 2 really big bucks, HCU’s Cliff Graham was on this hunt. Fourth season their 6 hunters tagged 5 bucks, best went 182 and 4 in the high 170’s.

2019 his 2 archery hunters killed a182anda 176. His only muzzleloader hunter tagged a 169 inch buck and a beautiful 400 pound chocolate black bear. Combining all 4 rifle mule deer hunts they had a total of 19 hunters tag 14 bucks, including a 190 and 4 bucks grossing in the 180’s. Archery and muzzleloader are $6,500 for 5 days guided 1×1, second season rifle is 4 days and third season rifle is 4 days and fourth season is 5 days, all with escalating trophy fees of $500 for every 10 inches over 170; deer harvested gross scoring 170 to 179 inches has a $500 trophy fee added to the price, 180 to 189 is $1,000, 190 to 199 is $1,500 and any buck taken scoring over 200 inches is $2,000. 2 or 3 points are needed to draw an archery tag or landowner vouchers can be purchased from $1,000 to $2,000 unit depending. Second gun season (first deer ri- fle) vouchers are sometimes available from $2,000 to $3,000 depending on which unit and private land only tags or unit tags, which are priced higher. Third season (second deer rifle) vouchers are $4,000 to $6,500 de- pending on unit and type. Fourth sea- son vouchers can be anywhere from $6,500 for private land to $10,500 for a unit wide voucher.
Cabin or ranch house accommodations with airport pickup included at Montrose or fly into Grand Junction and rent a car. Early April draw deadline, with limited 2022 openings. We consider this a great opportunity for a hunter with 5 or 6 preference points for a second season mule deer hunt or 8 plus points for third season, especially for 2022 with having later than normal dates.

HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted with this outfitter.  Hunt MD163. MD163 Hunt Photos.

MONTANA MISSOURI BREAKS MULE DEER 4 DAYS 2X1 $4750 TROPHY PRIVATE RANCH HUNT $5250 2021 – 39 BUCKS 41 HUNTERS

This outfitter located in eastern Montana hunts the Missouri River Breaks in the Charles M Russell National Wildlife Refuge. This area is known for high deer numbers on respectable bucks in the 140 to 160 inch class. He also has 3 private ranches totaling around 70,000 acres where they manage for trophy quality by strictly limiting the number of deer harvested.

2021 was a severe drought year causing poor antler growth. His six 4 day hunts produced 39 bucks for 41 hunters.

2020 his 30 hunters killed 29 bucks. Most bucks were in the 140 to 160 inch class, but 5 of the bucks grossed over 160 including 2 making the 180 mark.

Most hunts take place in the refuge utilizing Lund boats with 200 hp motors on Fort Peck Lake to access different hunting areas. These 4 day hunts guided 2×1 are $4,750 with ranch house accommodations and meals, starting the third Saturday of October and ending about November 20. Pronghorn can be added for only $1,000 on the first 3 mule deer hunts if you draw a tag.

He also has 3 trophy ranches totaling over 70,000 private acres that he will take about 10 deer hunters targeting bucks in the 160 or better class priced at $5,250 each.

Draw deadline is April 1 and PREFERENCE POINTS CAN BE ACQUIRED JULY 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30. Normally it takes 1 prefer- ence point plus you need to purchase an additional point with your application to draw a deer tag. It typically takes 2 or 3 points minimum for pronghorn. 2022 is booked full so reserve a spot now for 2023. Hunt MD219.

HUNTERS INTERESTED IN MONTANA MULE DEER AND OR PRONGHORN NEED TO ACQUIRE PREFERENCE POINTS FROM JULY 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30. MULE DEER TYPICALLY TAKES 1 PREFER- ENCE POINT PLUS YOU NEED TO PUR- CHASE AN ADDITIONAL POINT WITH YOUR APPLICATION. PRONGHORN CAN BE DRAWN WITH 2 OR 3 POINTS BUT ARE STILL NOT A GUARANTEE. ONLY 3 POINTS CAN BE ACCUMULATED BE- FORE USING THEM OR THEY ARE CAN- CELLED OUT, SO YOU CANNOT SAVE FOR SEVERAL YEARS WAITING TO USE THEM LIKE MANY OTHER STATES. GO TO THE MONTANA FISH AND WILDLIFE WEBSITE.

MONTANA TOP END MULEY HUNT $7500 2X1 5 DAYS

This outfitter has about 200,000 private acres located in the Miles City area of southeastern Montana. HCU has known and worked with this hard working outfitter for over 25 years.

They run about 45 mule deer hunters per year and typically maintain a 95 percent success rate. They specifically target deer in the 5 1/2 year or older age bracket. They do not want to shoot young deer even if they score well. The average buck harvested is in the mid 160’s and they normally will take a few deer reaching the 180 mark.

5 day hunts guided 2×1 and running from late October to Thanksgiving are $7,500. If you draw a pronghorn tag it can be combined with mule deer on the first 3 hunts for $8,500. Super nice lodge accommodations, great meals, along with camp camaraderie makes this a class hunt.

Draw deadline is April 1 and PREFERENCE POINTS CAN BE ACQUIRED JULY 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30. Normally it takes 1 preference point plus you need to purchase an addi- tional point with your application to draw a deer tag. It typically takes 2 or 3 points minimum for pronghorn. Due to repeat bookings openings are limited. Hunters fly into Billings and rent a car for the 1 hour drive. Call ahead to get on the schedule and get your preference point. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted with this outfit. Hunt MD79.

AFFORDABLE $3500 MULE DEER UTAH CWMU MANAGEMENT HUNT NO DRAW – VOUCHER INCLUDED

This 7,800 acre ranch conducts trophy elk and mule deer hunts and they also do 6 to 8 management deer hunts per year. The north- eastern Utah ranch is in the Controlled Wild- life Management Unit so they receive vouchers from the state, guaranteed tags, and can hunt from September 1 to October 31. Since the ranch is managed for trophy deer, they want big 3×3 and 3×2 bucks taken out of the gene pool. These are big mature bucks that will never be a 4×4, so they do not want them breeding.

They offer a serious inexpensive hunt for these mature bucks at only $3,500 for 5 days. This is a high success great adventure for an exceptionally good price on a beautiful setting. 2021 all 6 management hunters killed bucks, mostly mature bucks from 2×2 up to 3×4.

2020 had 5 management hunters kill 5 good management bucks.
2019 produced 8 management bucks for all 8 hunters.

Accommodations are trailers in a park where they can take ATV’s right into the hunting area or motel accommodations at $80 per night. Hunts are Monday to Friday and include meals, not license or tax. Hunting is mostly done by using pickup trucks and Ranger UTV’s with plenty of glassing and spot and stalk.

Licenses are guaranteed, NO DRAW, land- owner vouchers are included in the price. Air- port pickup at SLC is included. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have been on this ranch. Hunt MDMG830.

SEPTEMBER 1-5 VELVET MULEY HUNT UTAH 20,000 ACRE RANCH
5 DAYS 1X1 $6500

The outfitter’s family owns this 20,000 acre ranch in southeastern Utah and it is in the CWMU program, Cooperative Wildlife Man- agement Unit, allowing hunters to use rifles September 1 when the bucks are still in velvet and in bachelor groups. It can be one of the most productive times to hunt a trophy muley. This $6,500 hunt is on one of the most scenic ranches you will ever hunt and has mule deer that will gross 180 to 200 inches but having an opportunity at that caliber of bucks is difficult.

2021 all 5 hunters the first week of Septem- ber killed bucks, but nothing huge. All in the 150 to 160’s class.

2020 first hunt went 6 for 6, top 2 bucks just broke the 170 mark.

2019 first week of September ended with 4 bucks killed for 5 hunters. Two nice 4×4’s, 3×4 and a 30 inch wide 3×3. A 30 inch 3×4 was also missed.

5 hunting days guided 1×1 with cabin accom- modations will be $6,500. Nice lodging, home cooked meals and the ranch is picturesque with high deer numbers. Hunters fly into Grand Junction and rent a car. Availability has been marginal due to repeat bookings, next opening is in 2023. HCU’s Craig Green has hunted this ranch. Hunt MDGE72.  MDGE72 Hunt Photos.

UTAH CWMU TROPHY MULE DEER $8000 1X1 VOUCHER INCLUDED

This small personal outfit normally does 6 or 7 trophy mule deer per year plus some management hunts on this northeastern Utah private ranch in the CWMU program allowing them to hunt from September 1 to November 1.

2021 his 6 hunters killed 4 bucks ranging in the 160’s and 170’s. A couple big bucks were seen but not taken.

2020 had 6 hunters kill 3 bucks, nothing huge best went high 170’s. Had a hunter pass on 2 bucks in the 180’s.

2019 produced 3 bucks for 7 trophy hunters, top 2 scored in the 180’s and everyone had op- portunities.

Accommodations are trailers in a park where they can take ATV’s right into the hunting area or motel accommodations at $80 per night. Hunts are Monday to Friday and include meals priced at $8,000 guided 1×1 or $7,500 for 2×1, plus license and tax. Hunting is mostly done by using pickup trucks and Ranger UTV’s with plenty of glassing and spot and stalk.

Licenses are guaranteed, NO DRAW, landowner vouchers are included in the price. Airport pickup at SLC is included. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have been on this ranch. Hunt MD830.

COLORADO TROPHY DEER UNIT $5500 BUCKS AVERAGE 175 TO 185
11 POINTS TO DRAW SECOND SEASON 15 POINTS TO DRAW THIRD SEASON

This is a premier hunt that requires 11 preference points minimum to draw second season or 15 for third season. Landowner vouchers are sometimes available, but they are normally at least $4,500 to $6,000.

The outfitter is top notch with great guides and plenty of private land to hunt besides BLM. This outfitter owns ranchland, and they can hunt some terrific low ranch properties owned by their neighbors.

2021 second season went 4 for 4, 3 grossed in the high 180’s plus a 30 inch 3 point. Third sea- son was 5 for 7 including a mon- ster 210 typical, 193, 183, 30 inch 3×4 and a high 170’s buck. HCU’s Cliff Graham and his buddy passed on bucks.

2020 produced 5 super bucks above 195 inches and this was an exceptional year. All 10 deer hunters, 4 on the second season and 6 on the third season scored on bucks.

2019 over the course of 2 rifle hunts 16 bucks were tagged for 18 hunters and majority were in the 170’s. Both unsuccessful hunters were repeats looking for that rare 190 type deer.

5 day hunt guided 2×1 is only $5,500 with cabin accommodations and airport pickup can be arranged in Grand Junction for $150. HCU’s Cliff Graham has hunted with this outfit several times. April 3rd deadline. Hunt MD21. MD21 Hunt Photos.

HUNT KODIAK ISLAND SITKA BLACKTAIL/DUCKS/FISHING

HCU works with 2 Kodiak Island outfitters offering sitka blacktail deer along with ducks and fishing. This can be a physically demanding hunt so hunters should be in shape.

This outfitter offers a 4 day unguided hunt for $3,900 and hunters can take up to 3 bucks and also enjoy some fantastic duck hunting and fishing. Private cabins or suites for accommo- dations with prepared meals are included, along with daily transport to hunting area by boat. He starts about the second week of November and finishes by early December.

5 days/6 nights is $4,850 or 6 days/7 nights are $5,600. License is $85 and deer tags are $300 each, no taxes. Hunt SD162.

We work with another outfitter that oper- ates out of a lodge with 6 bedrooms, shower, bar, TV and sauna. Success has run 100 percent on this 7 day guided hunts in November. One deer limit priced at only $4,000 guided 2×1 or $5,000 1×1. Many hunters have taken record book bucks with this outfitter including the new #3 SCI and #11 Boone and Crockett. Ex- cellent sea duck hunting for many species and fox hunting is also included. Hunters fly into Kodiak and charter to the lodge for about $200 round trip. Hunt SD783.  SD783 Hunt Photos.