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A must-know secret for locating mule deer bucks

In season: mule deer

Glass these hideouts, and plan a stealthy stalk

While mature mule deer bucks are crafty and exceptionally difficult to hunt, you can up your odds considerably if you know where to find them. Big bucks use river valleys, coulees and natural drainages to their advantage, often bedding halfway up the sides with the wind at their backs. This enables them to watch for trouble below while relying on scent to warn them of danger from above.

Mulie bucks often bed in natural drainages

Glass these likely hideouts throughout the day for antler tines or the flick of a tail, then plan a stalk using any available cover to keep you concealed. Remain exceptionally quiet, because a mulie buck’s hearing is otherworldly. If you spot does at dawn or dusk during the rut, keep an eye on them—a mature buck will eventually make an appearance. Patience and persistence are key.

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Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.

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