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In Search of Big Public-Land Mule Deer

How and where to find trophy muleys in the West.

In Search of Big Public-Land Mule Deer

Photo by Wayne van Zwoll

Easing through North Park timber, Edison Pillmore stepped into a clearing too quickly and startled a small group of deer. They bounded for cover as the hunter reflexively shouldered his rifle. The enormity of the two racks rocking over his sights stunned him, but he managed to peg the bead to the biggest buck’s ribs. At the crack of his .303 Savage, the animal faltered, then pitched to earth. That 1949 Colorado mule deer set a world...

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