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Montana mule deer hunt offers high hunter success on representative bucks, possible combo with antelope

This outfitter operates on more than 200,000 acres of private land that he leases from ranchers. We have worked with him for more than 15 years. His hunter success has exceeded 95 percent.

"Our bucks on our regular hunts usually range from 22 to 29 inches," he said. "Our hunters all get chances at mature bucks. There are some really big bucks. We have good, representative deer and lots of mature animals. We manage one ranch just for big bucks, but we charge extra there."

There are good numbers of whitetail deer on parts of his leases. He takes a few whitetail hunters a year, and most mule deer hunters can take a big whitetail if they see one. Most bucks harvested range from 135 to 165 Boone and Crockett points.

The outfitter caters to many bowhunters and has figured out how to produce deer for his archery customers. For mule deer he said the most productive method has been to hide by trails in the badlands as the deer move from feeding to bedding grounds or vice versa.

"On the bow hunt we often see bachelor herd sof five to 15 buckds, and it's exciting to see them coming," he said. "It's pretty steep, so we play the wind and hide in the brush downwind of the best trails."

You also may add a pronghorn antelope on your hunt. Most bucks have horns that are 12 to 15 inches long.

Hunt MD4118ME

Hunt, length Price per person
Mule deer, rifle, 5 days From $2,500
Mule deer, archery, 6 days From $2,,000
Muley/antelope combo, archery, 6 days From $3,000
Muley/antelope combo, rifle, 5 days From $3,500
Hunter success Travel
Typically 95% to 100%. Everybody has seen four-point bucks but not always as big as they want. Fly to Billings, rent a car for the drive to the ranch
Licenses Lodging/meals
Mule deer licenses are sold over the counter to outfitted customers. You must apply for an antelope tag. Click here for details. Ranch house or motel quarters and meals are included in the price of the hunt
Trophy size Area
Most muley bucks are 22 to 27 inches wide. Typical scores are 155 to 170. There are a few bigger bucks from 27 to 30 inches or more wide and scoring 170 to 200 B&C. Whitetails normally score 135 to 165. Private leases covering more than 200,000 acres in eastern Montana.
Season Notes
Combo hunts start Oct. 23 and Oct. 30. Muley rut hunts start in November. If you book a combo hunt and don't draw an antelope tag, the price of the hunt drops $500. 1x1 hunts are $1,000 extra