Have You Ever Killed a Mule Deer?
Mule deer hunting has a heritage that dates back to the beginning of the world. As I set here and think about my time spent afield chasing chocolate-racked mule deer, I can’t help but think about the multitude of centuries that these incredible animals have walked this earth and the memories that have been made while hunting them. It’s hair-raising and truly something special, as were these eight hunts during the 2016-17 season. Check them out below.
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1 | David Virostko's Big Mule Deer
David Virostko of North Rim Outfitters, Virostko’s Hunt Application Service and BaseKamp is a western big game hunting extraordinaire. He hunts elk. He traps and chases predators. He slays turkeys. But his specialty? His specialty is finding and bringing down giant mule deer bucks. Here he is with a huge buck from this past season.
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2 | Rachelle Hedrick's Wide Muley
This woman is a die-hard outdoor enthusiast. It doesn’t matter what game it is. She’ll hunt it. Rachelle Hedrick is a top-notch huntress. And here she poses with a stud of a mule deer buck from 2016.
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4 | Tyler Jordan's Velvet Mule Deer
Tyler Jordan was raised in the outdoors. Literally. He knows his way around a bow, shotgun and rifle. He took this beautiful velvet buck during the 2016 season, and he couldn’t have been more excited and proud of the outcome.
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6 | Jeff Danker's Mule Deer
Jeff Danker of Buckventures has long been a Realtree prostaff member. The guy is as knowledgeable as they come about mature muleys and whitetails, and he never backs down from a challenge. This buck was proof of that.
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8 | Josh Honeycutt's Alberta Buck
I'm the associate editor and deer hunting editor for Realtree.com. I've been going to the woods since I was able to walk. This is a nice mule deer buck that I took in Alberta last year. This buck didn't have huge antlers, but the body was enormous. Plum gargantuous. Watch that hunt here.