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5 Tips to Bag a Big Mule Deer Buck in the Dry Country

Follow these proven steps to help increase your chances to tag a big mule deer.

5 Tips to Bag a Big Mule Deer Buck in the Dry Country
In a dry West, the key to finding a big mule deer might largely turn on your ability to understand how bucks are using the sparse water available to them. (Photo courtesy of Game & Fish Magazine)

What to Look For

With a dry hunting season ahead, you’ll need to look for certain types of deer habitat and have the discipline to ignore other spots that in normal years would offer good hunting.

By October, mule deer are likely to be focused around the remaining water holes. Some deer will adapt and go to water in the night, sometimes traveling a mile or more from their core areas. It may be more important than ever to locate the little springs and seeps that other hunters don’t know about. That kind of detail cannot be found on a BLM map or a county road map. You, like the deer themselves, will have to search for those water sources.

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