Mule Deer – Blacktail

1 OVER 200 AND 2 IN 190’S

This small personal outfitter normally does 8 or 9 trophy mule deer per year on this 14,000 acre ranch in the CWMU program allowing them to hunt from September 11 to November 10. Last fall they hosted 8 trophy deer hunters and they killed 6 bucks. A 191 and 2 in the high 180’s were the best and 2 hunters passed.

In 2015 they had 9 hunters tag 7 bucks. A 203, 2 in the low 190’s, 185, a 29 inch 4×4, a heavy 27 inch buck with a 10 inch cheater and a 170. The unsuccessful hunter passed on 3 bucks that would gross in the 180’s.

In 2014 they had 8 hunters tag 7 bucks. The early September hunt produced 3 bucks for 3 hunters grossing 186, 184 and 182. Late October hunt produced 3 more bucks, 2 in the 170’s and one in the high 160’s. On the last hunt in November a 190 inch 35 inch wide buck was taken.

Accommodations are travel trailers parked where they can take ATV’s right into the hunting area. Hunts are Monday to Friday and include meals priced at $7,500 guided 1×1 or $7,000 for 2×1. Hunting is mostly done by using pickup trucks and Ranger UTV’s with plenty of glassing and spot and stalk.

They also offer several management deer hunts priced at only $3,000 guided 2×1 for mature 3×3 or sometimes 3×4 bucks, typically scoring in the 140 to 160 class. This is a serious hunt for mature deer that will never grow a high scoring rack, but they can be just as elusive and dif cult to hunt. Lots of fun.

Licenses are guaranteed, NO DRAW, landowner vouchers are included in the price, but you still purchase a license at $345. Airport pickup at SLC is included. 2017 openings at press time. Hunt MD830.  MD830 Hunt Photos



Last September they hosted 7 trophy hunters and killed 7 bucks with an overall average of 188 gross points. In October they killed a MONSTER 271 INCH BUCK they had been getting on trail cam for the past 3 years, all nocturnal pics. They also killed 6 more bucks including a 187 and 186.

This small outfitter takes about 12 to 15 trophy deer and 6 management bucks off a 15,000 private acre ranch each year in northeastern Utah. Most bucks taken are right around that magical 180 inch class. They also take 3 or 4 archers every year with high success on the same quality of deer.

5 days guided 1×1 on the early September hunts is $10,000 or the last 2 weeks of October is $9,200. We prefer the early hunts while bucks are in the bachelor groups.

Hunting is done with the use of pickups and quads with good access, not terribly physical at an elevation from 7,000 to 9,000 feet. Hunters pay for their own licenses and y into SLC and rent a car. Airport pickup can be arranged for $200 per hunter round trip. Hunt MD310.  MD310 Hunt Photos.



This hunt produces just an amazing amount of giant mule deer and as a bonus some monster whitetails. At press time they had killed 12 big mature mule deer for 12 hunters, including a 209, 207, 2 in the 190’s and lots in the 180’s. The first couple combo hunters with whitetail tags had just harvested a monster 187 and a giant 4×4 whitetail grossing in the 160’s. 8 more mule deer hunters were scheduled for the 2016 season and most of those are combo hunters.

In 2015 the rst and second rifle hunt combined they had 11 hunters take 10 mule deer bucks, with the top two bucks gross scoring 190 and 188.

The outfitter specializes in trophy class mule deer for both archery and rifle.  He takes a very limited number of hunters in this trophy unit that is a draw for residents. The hunt takes place in farm country east of Red Deer near Stettler, Alberta. It is known for big mule deer, whitetail and hard to believe moose. This Zone 204 only gives out 125 permits to residents and just a few for non-residents and the area is 40 square miles.

6 day rifle hunts guided 1×1 are $8,500. Nice cabin accommodations, meals, and airport pickup in Edmonton. He also offers a 6 day combination hunt for both mule deer and whitetail for $10,500 guided 1×1 or the last hunt is 9 days for $12,000. Whitetail success has run 80 percent or better on bucks averaging close to 150 and some real big deer are taken. Archery hunts are for 6 1/2 days for $6,500 and consistently produce some monster mulies. Hunters are responsible for licenses and 5 percent tax. Limited openings for 2017.  Hunt MD883.  MD883 Hunt Photos.



This outfitter only takes 2 hunters for each of the 2 hunts starting late November and early December to try and catch the rut. This hunt has a landowner voucher guaranteeing a tag, no draw. This is a special hunt New Mexico has opened for certain areas to hunt trophy bucks in the rut. 5 days guided 1×1 is $8,000. They do not do any earlier trophy mule deer hunts on these ranches.

2015 ended up with all 4 hunters tagging bucks scoring from 175 to 185 inches. The season was better than in 2014 due to more average rainfall producing better horn growth.

2014 was down due to the drought, just like in 2013. The bucks they took were in the 170’s. In 2013 he only took 2 hunters with the drought and both scored on bucks in the mid to high 170’s. In 2012 they took 4 bucks for 4 hunters averaging just over 180 inches. In 2011 the 4 bucks taken gross scored 232 inches, 190, 185 and a 180.

This outfitter hunts several ranches in northeastern New Mexico totaling over 95,000 acres. Guaranteed landowner voucher is included so there is no draw. Hunters y into Colorado Springs and rent a car. Very limited openings for 2017. Hunt MD278.    MD278 Hunt Photos.    



This is a trophy hunt that does not require all that many preference points like some other areas in Colorado, only 3 to 11 depending on the season and unit (he hunts two). He has over 10 properties varying from mountain country with oakbrush hillsides to agricultural property including alfalfa and hay fields.

In 2016 he had 2 archery hunters kill a 178 at 42 yards and a 170 at 31 yards, both spot and stalk kills. Over the course of 3 rifle hunts a total of 15 hunters tagged 13 bucks, including a 206 and a 194. A 200 inch deer was missed 6 times due to a scope problem. Overall the average was around 180 and of the 2 unsuccessful hunters, one was a repeat that passed and the other crippled a good buck.

In 2015 he had 2 archery hunters take a 180 and a 170 inch deer. Rifle hunts produced 6 bucks for 7 hunters. The six bucks harvested included a 190, 4 in the 180’s and a 170 inch buck.

In 2014 this out tter took 2 archers and both scored taking a 188 and a 171 inch buck. Archery hunts are normally conducted along the riverbottom near agricultural land. He hosted one muzzleloader hunter and he scored on a nice 178 inch buck. First rifle hunt produced 3 bucks for 4 hunters, including a 180, 179 and a big old heavy 3×3. Extremely warm weather and lack of snow kept a lot of the deer up in the high country that is normally down on his leases at lower elevations. Second deer hunt went 5 for 5 with bucks scoring 195, 182, 177, 176 and 171. Late season his only hunter bought a voucher and took a 32 inch 4×4 with a few stickers that grossed just over 180 inches.

Archery, muzzleloader or ri e hunts are $5,000 for 5 days guided 2×1 or $5,500 guided 1×1, with escalating trophy fees of; 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.

Elk/mule deer combo is $8,000. Cabin accommodations include a shower house and cook cabin. Second gun season ( first deer rifle) normally takes 3 or 4 points to draw a deer tag, third season (second ri e) is 6 or 8 depending and fourth season is 17 to 19, but landowner vouchers are available. Airport pickup included at Montrose or Grand Junction. April 4 draw deadline, limited 2017 openings. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this ranch. Hunt MD163.  MD163 Hunt Photos.



Last fall on the early velvet hunt one hunter creased a 209 buck that they later killed hard horned and ended up tagging a 213 inch buck. The other trophy hunter passed on several shot opportunities. They typically take 2 early September velvet hunters. On the next hunts 8 more bucks were killed, including the 209, 203, 199, 196, 192, 2 in the high 180’s and a low 180’s.

2015 was a spectacular year for big deer on this ranch. A very mild 2014 winter and a very wet 2015 spring produced super antler growth. This outfitter killed 9 bucks for his 9 hunters and amazingly 6 grossed over 200 inches along with a 197 and 2 in the 180’s.

In 2014 this out t ran 5 trophy mule deer hunters and they killed a 198, 194, 191 and a 186. The unsuccessful hunter missed a buck and passed on others.

2013 was down with all the bucks scoring from 182 to 189 and in 2012 all the bucks taken averaged a gross score of 195 inches. This 35,000 acre ranch normally averages gross scores over 190 Boone and Crockett and several bucks have been taken over the 220 inch mark. The ranch is in the Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit Program where they can set their own dates and the guaranteed landowner permit is included in the price. State license and tag still need to be purchased. Hunts typically take place in September and October.

The ranch is located in northeastern Utah along the Wyoming border. All hunts are guided 1×1 for 5 days including lodge accommodations and airport pickup in Salt Lake City. 2017 is booked full and if you are serious for 2018 or 2019 call for more details. This hunt typically books 2 years in advance. Hunt MD255.  MD255 Hunt Photos.                                       



This rancher/outfitter has been 100 percent on nice mature deer and pronghorn for several years. He runs a small personal operation in southeastern Montana. Muley bucks average 23 to 25 inches with good mass gross scoring in the 160’s, with the chance on a 170 inch deer. Deer tags are good for either mule deer or whitetails and he takes some nice whitetails. IF YOU DRAW A PRONGHORN TAG HE ALLOWS YOU TO TAKE ONE AT NO CHARGE DURING THE FIRST TWO DEER HUNTS.

Success has been 95 percent on mule deer ranging from 155 to 170 inches, same with whitetails in the 130 to 160 inch range and 100 percent on antelope. This rancher will normally take about 12 rifle deer hunters per year between mule deer and whitetails.

4 days guided 2×1 is $3,250 and hunters pay for their own meals and lodging at the local motel for about $70 per room or the rancher has an older trailer on the property that the hunters can use for lodging and do their own meals. Hunt dates are about October 20 to Thanksgiving. Hunters fly into Rapid City or Billings and rent a car for the 2 1/2 hour drive.

Montana has changed their deer license program, so now you can typically draw an elk/ deer license for $944 and then apply for the special draw for bull elk in this trophy unit and it is very unlikely that you would draw so you should get back $383, so your deer license is only $561. If you do draw the elk tag this is a great trophy unit and the outfitter will upgrade your hunt to include a bull on a $2,500 trophy fee only. Montana now allows you to purchase a bonus point from June to September for $50. Deer/elk draw deadline is March 15 and pronghorn draw is about 20 percent with a June 1. IF YOU WANT TO BOOK THIS HUNT CALL ASAP AS 2017 IS BOOKED FULL AND 2018 IS PARTIALLY BOOKED. HE TAKES A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF HUNTERS. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has hunted this ranch. Hunt MD427.  MD427 Hunt Photos.



This outfitter has over 20,000 private acres in southeastern Wyoming. Deer tags for Region J Area 64 are generally left over so the draw should be good on the regular tag. Pronghorn will probably require the special tag to draw or have one preference point and you should draw on the regular tag.

In 2016 his 6 muley hunters all killed bucks ranging in size from 135 up to their best buck grossing 170. Average is probably in the 150 to 155 range. Pronghorn was 100 percent and averaged in the high 60’s.

5 day mule deer hunts guided 2×1 are only $3,500 or combination hunts are $4,250 from October 15 to 25. Cabin accommodations with electricity make this a very nice affordable hunt. March 31 draw deadline. Hunt MD264.



This outfitter has 7 ranches totaling about 200,000 private acres near Miles City and also another 40,000 acres he only hunts two weeks during the rut. Over the course of about 5 weeks of hunting he normally takes a total of 35 to 40 deer hunters and success typically runs 90 percent or better. Mulies average in the 155 to 160 inch class with the top bucks grossing 175 to 180 inches. Whitetails average close to the 140 inch range. Pronghorn is a tough rifle draw, but hunters lucky enough to draw a tag have been 100 percent success on bucks averaging around 15 inches. If you are lucky enough to draw a bull elk tag success is near 100 percent on bulls gross scoring 300 to 350 inches.

5 day hunts are $4,750 for either of the first two rifle deer hunts and if you draw a pronghorn tag there is no additional charge to add pronghorn. Later dates, deer rut hunts, are priced at $5,150.

The season normally opens around October 20 and he hunts until late November. Accommodations are a nice ranch house with full service including home cooked meals and 2×1 guiding.

Montana has changed their deer license program, so now you can typically draw an elk/ deer license for $944 and then apply for the special draw for bull elk in this trophy unit and it is very unlikely that you would draw so you should get back $383, so your deer license is only $561. If you do draw the elk tag this is a great trophy unit and the out tter will upgrade your hunt to include a bull plus your deer for only $6,950. Montana now allows you to purchase a bonus point from June to September for $50. Deer/elk draw deadline is March 15 and pronghorn draw is less than 20 percent with a June 1 deadline. Hunters y into Billings and rent a car. Hunt MD232.  MD232 Hunt Photos.



In 2016 this outfitter had 12 muley hunters kill 11 bucks, one hunter passed. Best buck taken was a 208 inch typical and had a 34 inch frame. Next best bucks went 187 and 186.

In 2015 over the course of 2 hunts 16 hunters tagged 14 bucks, with the best buck having a 33 inch main frame and gross scoring 196 inches.

2014 was a little tougher for big bucks. Second gun hunt went 3 for 5 with the best buck going 186. Third season is split into 2 hunts and everyone scored with the top 2 bucks grossing 199 and 190. Overall size was down averaging in mid 170’s.

This is a premier hunt that requires 11 preference points minimum to draw. Landowner vouchers are sometimes available, but they can be expensive.

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 has had over 100 hunters with this out tter in the past 20 plus years without any complaints and have taken lots of great trophies. Next available deer opening is in 2018. HCU’s Cliff Graham has been on this hunt. April 4th deadline. Hunt MD21.  MD21 Hunt Photos.


This outfitter has several private ranches to hunt in western Oregon near the town of Roseburg. This hunt is typically near 100 percent success.

2016 was pretty much a normal year with all 14 hunters taking home a blacktail buck. Average buck gross scores in the 110 to 115 class and top bucks go in the 120’s. Glassing with spot and stalk is the main hunting method.

5 day hunt guided 1×1 with bunkhouse accommodations and meals is $5,250. He normally takes about 15 hunters total from mid October through the rst week of November. The last 2 weeks are best for rut and this is not a physical hunt. License is $150 and over the counter tag is $420, no tax. One opening for 2017 at press time and 2018 is half full. Hunt CB101.  CB101 Hunt Photos.

This outfitter also does Columbia whitetails with near 100 percent success on bucks averaging 105 inches. He did not hunt the whitetails in 2016 due to an EHD breakout. In 2017 he will take two hunters at $7,500 each. 2017 is booked, call for 2018.



HCU works with 2 Kodiak Island outfitters and currently Kodiak has experienced several years of moderate winters and the blacktail deer numbers are at an all time high, so don’t wait.

This outfitter offers a 4 day unguided hunt for $3,800 and hunters can take up to 3 bucks and also enjoy some fantastic duck hunting and shing. Private cabins or suites for accommodations 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.

Past HCU customers have been astounded with the excellent duck hunting that is also included. Extra days are available for $950. License is $85 and deer tags are $150 each, no taxes. Hunt SD162.

We work with another outfitter that operates out of a lodge with 6 bedrooms, shower, bar, TV and sauna. Success has run 100 percent on this 7 day guided hunt from October 5 to November 30. 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 out tter including the new #3 SCI and #11 Boone and Crockett. Excellent sea duck hunting for many species and fox hunting is also included. Hunters y into Kodiak and charter to the lodge for about $200 round trip. Hunt SD783.  SD783 Hunt Photos.