Mule deer rut hunts start in late October and run through to the end of November when bucks can be found chasing does that have migrated to their lower elevation winter ranges. Our mule deer populations are excellent and hunters can realistically expect to harvest dark heavy horned bucks in the 150”-170” inch class consistently, though using our various options of hunt styles can bring forth true trophy class bucks in the 170”-190” range as well.
OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE
Arcadia Outfitting has many mule deer hunting options available. Whether you want to backpack style hunt for early September bachelor groups in the high alpine on your own two feet, or use our 4×4 ATV’s or vehicles to access some wider ranging areas, we are here to suit your needs. Hunting from our main basecamp lodge is also an option, and this will be a mix of 4×4 vehicle and ATV use from the comfort of our main camp.
HIGH ALPINE BACKPACK
Early season high alpine backpack style hunts are a fun and challenging way of hunting bachelor groups of bucks, ranging from 5000’ to 8500’ foot elevations. Hunting begins September 1st, and runs until October 1st for this option. Hunters should come in good physical shape and be prepared for some hard hikes and to carry loads both up the mountain to setup camp, and back down again with a heavily loaded backpack full of deer meat and antlers. Normally, we can get within a few kilometers of our chosen hunting destinations, using 4×4 vehicles or ATV’s, saving ourselves some long walks. We also utilize some of the highest quality Electric Mountain Bikes on the market for these hunts. These bikes allow us to access areas 4×4 machines cannot go, but save us a pile of walking as well. A great option for anyone looking for a consistent physical hunt, without needing to use an ATV.
LATE SEASON LODGE HUNT
November 15th to December 10th will be the most active deer hunting option. Temperatures are colder and the rut is in full swing, causing bucks to stay on the move consistently. Higher numbers of bucks may be seen, though the likelihood of getting within bow range is lower. This is best suited to a rifle style hunt, and the success rate is very high. Those big smart bucks that stay away from the lower ranchlands during the regular season will begin to funnel down and look for does on the flatlands and river breaks. This is a great time to come find a big, heavy horned mule deer buck and get in on the action. Hunts will be conducted out of either high alpine horse camps (weather permitting) or the comfort of our basecamp lodge using a combination of 4×4 vehicle, ATV, or spot and stalk glassing. A great option for anyone.
September 1st – December 10th
High Alpine Backpack Hunt – $7,000 USD
September 1st– October 15th (8 Day Hunt)
$5,000 USD per Hunter for a 2×1 Hunt
Late season Lodge Hunt – $7,000 USD
November 1st– December 10th (8 Day Hunt)
$5,000 USD per Hunter for a 2×1 Hunt
Benjamin, had the best time up here with you this past week. We saw lots of great animals, did some awesome exploring, and killed a great deer. Beautiful cabins and land and hands down the best hunting trip I’ve been on. You pushed me physically to a point I couldn’t have gotten to without your help to get to the amazing mountain we hunted. It was great to look at all the wildlife, tell stories, and just talk about life.Patrick Saunders, Massachusetts 2018 Mule Deer Hunt
This was one of the most physically demanding weeks of my life and not an experience that I will soon forget. Thankyou Ben for how hard you worked finding me a deer through all the poor weather and difficult terrain, and also for encouraging me along our journey in the mountains. I had a great time and hope to be back again for another adventure.Lucas Geary, West Virginia2019 Mule Deer Hunt
Apart from getting to take my first buck, this place is second to none as far as the experience goes. Getting to watch you navigate and hunt this country was not only enjoyable but extremely valuable and educational for a new hunter as myself. Hunting up here is inspiring and going to push me to get out and bust ass back home.Jake Beardemphl, Oregon 2019 Mule Deer Hunt
“Thank you for a great hunt, vacation, and getaway. Always fun to hunt with good people. Wonderful area to hunt and look forward to next time.”Gary Calloway 2018 Mule Deer Hunt