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Mule Deer on the Eastern Edge

Fifty years ago it was tough to find a mule deer in West Texas, but today it seems like they’re everywhere … unless you’re hunting them, of course. Last year, the author scoured the area’s red rock canyons and mesquite-covered ridges to learn what has led to their abundance.

Canyon Country Bulls and Bucks

A hunter’s first elk and a bogged-down stalk on a desert mule deer highlight hunts with new versions of Ruger’s M77 Hawkeye bolt actions.

The Shot

In the open Sonoran Desert, where mule deer can be spotted at the edge of your range, it pays to prepare for long shots. A decent short game doesn’t hurt either.

Sandhill Bucks or Bust

Six women with varying levels of experience go six-for-six on Nebraska bucks.

Don't Miss Colorado's April 1 Application Deadline!

Attention hunters: Today marks Colorado's big-game application deadline. If you have your heart set on chasing Western big game with your bow or rifle this fall, act now!

Pull Trigger, No Bang

Customizing a rifle is a great idea—but don't wait until the last minute to do the work. Otherwise, you might learn some lessons a little too late.

Deer in the Long Grass

Pockets of plum hold prairie mule deer and whitetails—a few little ones. For more bucks and big antlers, look in the grass.

One Tough Customer

In mule deer country, success begins with being prepared to take long hikes in steep country to get—and stay in—the game.

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