Mule Deer



Bowhunting Trophy Mule Deer is one of the greatest challenges in all of Bowhunting. Bowhunting for mature Mulie Bucks will definitely put your stalking & shooting skills to the test. Mature Mule Deer have impressive antlers usually between 24″ – 30″ with some rare specimens being well over 30″. To be successful on a Mule Deer bowhunt you need to do everything to try and stack the odds in your favor. This is where our FREE SERVICE TO YOU CAN PAY HUGE DIVIDENDS!! Every year discriminating bowhunters who are looking for the very best possible opportunity to Stalk trophy bucks contact us and every year we preform well above the average success rates. This is due to the fact that we work with the best in the business in the very best areas through out the West and in Canada. OUR CLIENTS TRACK RECORD ON RECORD BOOK MULE DEER WITH STICK AND STRING SPEAKS FOR ITSELF!! We typically average nearly 100% shot opportunity on TROPHY BUCKS. This should tell you that we are with the right folks in the right areas.


The outfitters we have surrounded ourselves with are passionate about BIG MULE DEER. Many of them ranch and work the ground where these awesome trophies call home and they study and keep track of the BIG BUCKS throughout the year. Management is a key objective in bowhunting for mature Mulies. To take a big buck you have to let the young bucks walk. Unfortunately many outfitters do not allow this to happen. We have partnered with outfitters who strive to grow BIG BUCKS and not only know how to work with bowhunters but actually enjoy hosting our bowhunting clients. These guys and gals know bowhunting and they know big Mule Deer.


Bowhunting for mature Mule Deer is something many hunters dream about, but is rarely turned into reality.  Mule Deer inhabit a vast area of the western half of North America that is characterized by arid deserts, rugged mountains, forests, and prairies. To harvest a mature mule deer with a bow is one of the most difficult things a hunter can do. For the serious Mule Deer bowhunter, a mature mule deer is what dreams are made of. A mature mule deer is on a different playing field than young mule deer.  Although a mule deer can successfully breed at 3 years of age, serious mule deer bow hunters typically refer to a mature mule deer as 4 years old or more.  This is the age when you start to see their antler growth potential and their ability to evade hunters.  While antler size will continue to increase through at least their 6th year depending on nutrition, most hunters (regardless of weapon) will agree that a four year old buck is often a shooter and has developed the skills to keep himself alive even with hunters pursuing them.


There are several methods that can be employed to harvest a mature mule deer.  The most common are Spot and Stalk and stand hunting.


Stand Hunting: Tree Stands and Ground Blinds


One of the (dare I say) easiest methods to take a big mule deer buck with archery equipment is using a tree stand or a ground blind.  While sitting there waiting for a buck may not require a lot of energy, it does take a lot of patience.  Patience is the easy part.  The real work is finding a good spot that a mature mule deer will walk by in daylight hours.  This takes a lot of work with preseason scouting, trail cameras, and patterning bucks so you will have a good idea of where they will be when the season arrives.  It is much harder than it sounds and takes a lot of time to be consistent year to year which our outfitters do. This style of bowhunting can prove to be very productive on water holes, agricultural field edges, creek and river bottom along with areas the deer prefer to cross the fences.


Spot and Stalk:


Though requiring a little bit more energy than hunting out of a tree stand or blind, spot and stalk bow hunting is usually a faster paced way of bowhunting Mule Deer.  The object is to spot a big mature Mule Deer buck and then stalk to within bow range undetected. The number one thing to remember when spot and stalk bowhunting mule deer is to be patient.  If conditions are not right, then wait for them to improve.  This might mean waiting for the buck to bed down in a better place where you will be able to get closer, or waiting for the wind to pick up or change direction to not only carry your scent away from the buck, but also to cover up your noise once you get close.


Our outfitters continued success every year is also due largely to scouting. Scouting and knowing where these bucks are at and will be is one of the many tactics that sets our outfitters, guides, ranches and farms apart from the pack. You can never do enough homework and our clients continue to reap the rewards year after year!! One of the biggest things to consider when you are choosing a guided Mule Deer bowhunt is that you would be wise to choose a hunt that will allow you the opportunity at MULTIPLE STALKS. Very few bowhunters (if we can be honest) get his or her trophy on their first stalk. No matter how good the place and guide is Mule Deer are just hard. Multiple stalks (sometimes each day) have proven to be a consistent ingredient in our clients success. If you blow a stalk and chances are you will then chances are you will learn from that encounter and apply it to another trophy buck not far down the road.


When it comes time for you to choose the absolute best possible outfitters,guides and situation for you we are completely confident in our outfitters who specialize in TROPHY MULE DEER!! We have been providing top shelf archery hunts for magnum Mulies for many years now and is one of our favorite species to pursue ourselves. There are A LOT of outfitters out there that will take you on a Mule Deer hunt but very few have the consistent track record with BOWHUNTERS. You can rest assured that if you bowhunt with us you will be bowhunting with some of the finest bowhunting outfitters and guides in the business. Let our knowledge work for you in finding the TROPHY MULE DEER BOWHUNT you have been looking for. We look forward to visiting with you and helping you sneak in for that broadside shot at the buck you are looking for. Please contact us soon as our Mule Deer hunts are highly sought after and book up early and often. We hope you will join us for your next Archery Mule Deer, Bow and Arrow Adventure!!


Best regards, Scott Alberda & R.L. Foster






” I have been on several hunts including Africa…I can say that Bow & Arrow adventures has a first class company. They value your business while providing top level service with an opportunity to harvest some of the largest bulls anywhere. “
Matthew Miller, MD – New Mexico Elk Hunt


" We had a great hunt, three out of five hunters in my party were successful on P&Y quality bucks. Scott provided all the information and took care of all the logistics for us. We will be using Scott and Bow and Arrow Adventures for future hunts. "


Chad Hole, CA - Wyoming Mule Deer Hunt


" Accommodations are in a top notch B&B. Trophy Quality is excellent. Guide worked hard to be sure you had the best possible opportunity to take a trophy. Would highly recommend to other hunters. "


Tim Fisk, AL - Kansas Whitetail Hunt


" Scott set us up with a first class hunt. The camp was the best, lots of game, great quality. It literally couldn't have been better."


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