Our early season mule deer hunts were full of promise with visuals of no less than ten 190”+ Boone & Crockett mule deer. Expectations were very high.
September mule deer hunting normally provides us with bachelor groups of bucks in fields feeding.
September 2014, 95% of the crops were either harvested or being swathed, thus removing the summer cover. The deer retreated to the creeks and canyons one month earlier than normal making this a very difficult hunt. We chose to cancel our 2nd trip of mule deer hunters and moved them to November. This was a very good decision.
November 2014 was as good as it gets. We harvested 10 bucks in excess of 180”. Two were over 190”. The best being Jeff Mayo’s 197” taken with veteran guide Rob Brown.
Carry over is the best we have seen in ten years. A lot of 170” deer and a few over 190” survived the hunting season. So far the winter has provided excellent conditions for high survival.
Our hunters had a 98% success rate with average just over the 175”. 10 bucks grossed over 180”.
|Devin Aherne||905-527-0262||Ontario, Canada|
|Tina Randello Gardner||570-594-9435||PA|