Mule Deer – Blacktail

COLORADO TROPHY MULEYS $6000 1X1 REQUIRES 3 TO 12 POINTS TO DRAW LANDOWNER VOUCHERS AVAILABLE 2020 – 18 HUNTERS 13 BUCKS AVG 180

These trophy units do not require all that many preference points like some other units in Colo- rado and keep in mind landowner vouchers are generally available for a price. The outfitter primarily hunts 3 adjoining units. Two units should only take 4 points to draw the second season and the other unit just 5 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 nor- mally be drawn with 2 or 3 points. He has over 10 private properties varying from mountain country with oakbrush hillsides to agricultural property including alfalfa, hay fields and he also hunts some BLM.

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 a 182 and a 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, in- cluding a 190 and 4 bucks grossing in the 180’s.

2018 he had 5 archery hunters kill 4 bucks, 189, 2 in 170’s and a nice framed 160 type buck.  Over the course of 4 rifle hunts his 19 mule deer hunters killed 13 bucks, best buck grossed 198 and 5 more bucks went over 180 inches.

Archery and muzzleloader are $6,000 for 5 days guided 1×1, second and third season rifle are $6000 1×1 for 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 rifle) vouchers are usually available from $2,000 to $3,000 depending on which unit and private land only tags or unit tags, which is priced higher.

Third season (second deer rifle) vouchers are $2,500 to $6,000 depending on unit and type. Fourth season vouchers can be anywhere from $6,000 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 2021 openings. We consider this a great opportunity for a hunter with 3 or 4 preference points for a second season mule deer hunt or 7 plus points for third season, especially for 2021 with having later than normal dates.  

HCU has worked with this outfitter for over 15 years. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted with this outfitter. Hunt MD163. MD163 Hunt Photos.

SEPTEMBER 1-5 VELVET MULEY HUNT UTAH 20,000 ACRE RANCH
5 DAYS 1X1 $5500
PLUS TROPHY FEES OVER 170

The outfitter’s family owns this 20,000 acre ranch in southeastern Utah and it is in the CWMU program, Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit, allowing hunters to use rifles September 1 when the bucks are still in velvet and in bache- lor groups. It can be one of the most productive times to hunt a trophy muley. This $5,500 hunt is priced on a sliding trophy fee scale, making it quite a bargain. It is one of the most scenic ranches you will ever hunt and definitely has mule deer

that will gross 180 to 200 inches but having an opportunity at that caliber of bucks is difficult.

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

2019 first hunt, September 1 to 5, 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.

The 2018 September 1 to 5 hunt finished up with all 5 hunters tagging bucks, most were nice 4×4’s grossing in the 170’s.

5 hunting days guided 1×1 with cabin accommodations will be $5,500 plus a trophy fee on a sliding scale if your buck gross scores over 170 Boone and Crockett. 170 to 179 will be an additional $1,000 trophy fee, 180 to 189 is $2,000, 190 to 199 is $3,000 and any buck grossing 200 or more inches is $4,000.

They will also do an October hunt at $4,500 2×1 plus trophy fees.

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. HCU has worked with this outfit for over 30 years. HCU’s Craig Green has hunted this ranch. Hunt MDGE72.  MDGE72 Hunt Photos.

MULEDEER/PRONGHORN COMBO $5000 1×1 SE WYOMING 4 DAYS

One of our best Wyoming outfitters was able to acquire hunting rights on a 9,000 acre parcel that had not been hunted for 5 years. He has had the grazing rights leased and in 2019 acquired the hunting.

2020 he only took one hunter and he killed a real nice buck breaking the 170 inch mark. The hunter did not have a pronghorn tag.

2019 produced one buck for two hunters along with a couple pronghorns. The unsuccessful hunter passed on a decent muley buck and then a major storm dumped on them.

4 day combo hunts from October 15 to 31 guided 1×1 is only $5,000 including motel accommodations and restaurant meals. If a hunter only draws the mule deer tag the price is $4,000.

The outfitter expects to take bucks in 160 class, with the possibility of taking something special. Hunters fly into Denver and rent a car for the 3 1/2 hour drive or fly into Laramie and get picked up at no cost. Draw odds should be near 100 percent with 0 points for the less expensive general draw for deer and we expect the pronghorn to take 2 points for general or 1 point for special draw.

ACQUIRE WYOMING PREFERENCE POINTS
FROM JULY 1 TO OCTOBER 31 so you can draw tags in the future. Go to the web and look up https://wgfd.wyo.gov and follow the simple instructions to purchase the points. This outfitter also has some terrific elk hunts and if you are interested you should purchase points for elk $53, deer $43 and pronghorn for $33. Accumulate points so you can draw a quality hunt at a reasonable price down the road. If you have problems call us and we can assist you. May 31 draw deadline. Hunt MD/PG5586.

NEW MEXICO MULE DEER $4000 EARLY DECEMBER RUT HUNT

This outfitter normally only takes up to about 4 hunters per year on this 5,000 acre ranch. The season runs from November 1 to December 15, but he prefers to run his hunt early December and try to hit the rut. This is not big deer country, but rather a high success hunt for nice respectable bucks in the 140 to 160 class at a very reasonable price. The ranch is fairly open juniper country making it easy to glass and find deer.

5 days 1×1 is only $4,000 or 2×1 $3,500 with guaranteed tag, no draw. License, tag and 5% tax are not included. Ranch house accommodations next to the outfitters home with meals included. Hunters fly into Roswell or Albuquerque and rent a car for the 1 or 2 1/2 hour drive. 2021 openings. Hunt MD575.

SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO MULE DEER $4500 2X1 5 DAYS

This outfitter has over 50,000 private acres in southeastern Colorado near Trinidad. He runs a small outfit and typically only takes 6 to 8 muley hunters per year. Opportunity continues at 100 percent and hunters can expect bucks in the 140 to 160 inch category with bigger bucks on the property.

2020 he had 2 hunters second season kill one buck and the other hunter passed on bucks. Third season both hunters killed bucks in the 160 class.

2019 he only had one hunter on the second season and he took a nice 25 inch 4×4. On the third hunt he had a group of 6 and all 6 killed bucks in the 150 to 165 inch class.

They normally run 2 hunts, 5 days 2×1, at $4,500 from mid-October to early November. Basic ranch house accommodations with meals and hunters fly into Colorado Springs or Denver and rent a car for the 2 or 3 hour drive. Deer hunt- ers should be able to draw a tag with 0 points, if not vouchers are available for only $750. Draw deadline is early April. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this property. Hunt MD554.

UTAH CWMU TROPHY MULE DEER $8000 1X1 VOUCHER INCLUDED

This small personal outfit normally does 8 or 9 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.

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. 5 management hunters killed 5 good management bucks.

2019 produced 3 bucks for 7 trophy hunters, top 2 scored in the 180’s and everyone had opportunities. 8 management bucks were also taken out of the gene pool.

2018 produced 6 bucks for 8 hunters includ- ing a 204, 188 and a 181. Of the 2 unsuccessful hunters both were several year repeat hunters. One was 86 years old that hit and lost his deer and the other got on a 190 class buck that just didn’t work out.

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. They also offer several management deer hunts priced at only $3,500 guided 2×1 for mature 3×3 or sometimes 3×4 bucks, typically scoring in the 140 to 160 class.

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. MD830 Hunt Photos

NUMBER 1 TROPHY MULE DEER HUNT 5 DAYS 1X1 $16,500
35,000 PRIVATE ACRES UTAH CWMU 2020 – 220, 206 PLUS 4 OVER 190 2019 – 3 AT 200, 3 OVER 195

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 voucher is included in the price. State license and tag still need to be purchased. This outfitter takes 3 hunters September 1 on a more expensive velvet hunt and the rest are hard horned in mid Sep- tember and October.

This hunt is for the very serious trophy mule deer hunter looking for that buck GROSSING OVER 190 INCHES.

2020 season had 12 deer hunters kill 10 bucks. Top bucks went 220, 206, 197, 2 at 196 and 191. It was a drought season with poor feed.

2019 finished with 14 of the 18 killing bucks. Best buck grossed 209 and two more were taken right at 200 inches. Three more were between 195 and 200 and two were in the low 190’s. One really good buck was hit and lost. Four bucks were seen in the 195 class or better that were not taken.

The ranch is in northeastern Utah along the Wyoming border. Hard horned hunts are $16,500 guided 1×1 for 5 days including lodge accommodations and airport pickup in Salt Lake City. The outfitters lease situation with the landowner is priced yearly, so the hunt price is subject to change. 2021 openings. HCU has worked with this outfit for over 15 years. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have been on this ranch.  Hunt MD255. MD255 Hunt Photos

COLORADO TROPHY DEER UNIT $5500 BUCKS AVERAGE 175 TO 185
8 POINTS TO DRAW SECOND SEASON 13 POINTS TO DRAW THIRD SEASON

This is a premier hunt that requires 8 preference points minimum to draw second season or 13 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.

2020 produced 5 super bucks above 195 inches and this is definitely not the norm. 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.

2018 he had one archer and she killed a 180 inch buck. The 2 rifle hunts combined produced 15 bucks for 16 hunters. Best buck gross scored in the mid-190’s and 3 more were taken in the 180’s with an overall average of 175 to 180.

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 outfitter in the past 25 years for elk or deer with nothing but praise and have taken lots of great trophies. HCU’s Cliff Graham has hunted with this outfit several times. April 3rd deadline. Hunt MD21. MD21 Hunt Photos.

SOUTHEAST MONTANA MULE DEER PRIVATE LAND RANCH TRESPASS FEE HUNT $2000

This private ranch is located near the town of Powderville in the southeast corner of Montana. The property has good deer numbers and is easy country to hunt, fairly open with coulees, good for glassing, and decent vehicle access if the roads don’t mud up. This is not a trophy hunt, but just a fun do it yourself hunt for a group of buddies that has produced very high success.  If you want to apply in the June draw for a pronghorn tag and are successful there is no additional charge to shoot a pronghorn if you are deer hunting one of the first two hunts. Pronghorn hunting is good up to about November 5 when they start shedding their horns.

Accommodations consist of a small rustic cabin for no additional cost. It is 12 x 16 with 4 bunks, mattresses, small gas stove, propane heat with a wood stove, no shower. Hunters should take sleeping bags and towels, so they can get a shower at the ranch manager’s cabin. If a hunter wants to butcher his own deer they have a facility with a hoist and tables. Hunters arrive on Saturday, hunt Sunday to Friday, 6 days, and leave Saturday morning. Hunts start about October 20 and run to the end of November. It takes a group of 4 minimum, $2,000 each, to book the ranch. Remember this is a trespass hunt, no guides, no food and you will need at least one four wheel drive truck.

Deer draw deadline is March 15 and we recommend purchasing a deer point ahead of time and also during the application process to increase your odds. Antelope draw deadline is about June 1 and preference points are necessary. If you don’t draw make sure you purchase a preference point to draw for a future year either with your application or between July and September. Hunt MDUN534. MDUN534 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 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.

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 operates 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. Excellent 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.