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Old 12-15-2021, 09:38 AM   #1
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Iím looking for recommendations for a really nice solid mule deer hunt. Doesnít have to be a world record animal but a nice solid 5x5 outside the ears decent mass. What guides or outfitter have you used? Texas/New Mexico. Would love to keep it $3,500 or less for next season with a legit opportunity. Or does anyone on here have west Texas/pan connections? Something to hang on wall and be proud of. Itís a bucket list item for me along with gemsbok but those have pretty much out priced me already!
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Old 12-15-2021, 09:52 AM   #2
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new mexico may be a better fit...I've seen some outfitters offer hunts for $3500 in recent years. Mainly hunting Alfalfa fields.

West Texas hunts are going to be more expensive, WTO, Jim Breck Bean, Desert Safaris, all good outfits.


Mule Deer hunting is not like whitetail, Deer numbers are alot lower and you can cover alot of ground to find a mature buck....I'm saying this because you mentioned " outside the ears, decent mass, 5x5" is a particular order you may not be able to fulfill and you need to have realistic expectations.
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Old 12-15-2021, 10:09 AM   #3
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You will be hard pressed to find the deer you described anywhere for $3500. Not saying itís impossible but through an outfitter without some sort of hey buddy deal itís going to be closer to 5-6k.
Good luck on the bucket list item. I love me some mule deer!!
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Old 12-15-2021, 10:52 AM   #4
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Recommend this place big time. It's out west near Kent Texas. 40K acres and low fence. We had an amazing time hunting javelina and aoudad.

https://flyingbranches.com/rancho-del-cielo/

Jesse runs the place and is a cool dude. Give him a call. Should be under $3500 for a cull buck. The Mexican gentlemen who owns the 40,000 acre ranch takes 1-2 200" mulies annually so you will likely see some whoppers. I believe culls were 150-170 but confirm with Jesse. You can see some of the culls on the website. The food and accommodations were amazing.

Jesse King, General Manager: jesseking.jdcranch@yahoo.com
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Old 12-15-2021, 11:06 AM   #5
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I've hunted with Mike Root in New Mexico for mule deer. As some of the others have mentioned, deer numbers are a lot lower, and you will need to draw from the lottery for the price you mentioned.
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Old 12-15-2021, 11:16 AM   #6
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With budget listed and quality of deer you are looking for I think you would have a very difficult time finding that in west Texas. Not as familiar on pricing in NM, but think that would be difficult as well.

Mule deer pricing has been on the high side for years and doesn’t look to be coming down.
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Old 12-15-2021, 11:37 AM   #7
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you Might call and see what west Texas hunt org has and offers.

With that wishlist and budget your best bet is probably a landowner tag DIY hunt in one of the better areas of some of the other states in the west.
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Old 12-15-2021, 12:07 PM   #8
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Talk to Matt Hicks (J-J Matt) on here.
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Old 12-15-2021, 12:45 PM   #9
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Recommend this place big time. It's out west near Kent Texas. 40K acres and low fence. We had an amazing time hunting javelina and aoudad.

https://flyingbranches.com/rancho-del-cielo/

Jesse runs the place and is a cool dude. Give him a call. Should be under $3500 for a cull buck. The Mexican gentlemen who owns the 40,000 acre ranch takes 1-2 200" mulies annually so you will likely see some whoppers. I believe culls were 150-170 but confirm with Jesse. You can see some of the culls on the website. The food and accommodations were amazing.

Jesse King, General Manager: jesseking.jdcranch@yahoo.com
Office: 915-828-3542
Cell: 432-294-2045
This place looks and sounds interesting.. I need to give them a call.
And they dont sell any trophy hunts which is different..
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Old 12-15-2021, 12:47 PM   #10
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Give Jimmy Fontenot at "Safari Studios" in San Angelo a call.. He books mule deer hunts in several different locations and could have exactly what you are looking for.
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Old 12-15-2021, 02:45 PM   #11
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Nope. No trophy hunts. I was hunting with two guys to spend more than $40,000 a year hunting all over the world and they come back here every year because they get a really nice mule deer for the money.

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Old 12-15-2021, 04:09 PM   #12
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Old 12-15-2021, 05:14 PM   #13
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Old 12-15-2021, 11:54 PM   #14
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Need to bump your budget to around $6K for a decent chance at a good buck.


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Old 12-16-2021, 12:02 AM   #15
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Whoa 6k for a deer? Cmon. Mayne!
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Old 12-16-2021, 06:40 AM   #16
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Hunter Ross- Desert Safaris
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Old 12-16-2021, 09:39 AM   #17
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Lemme know if you find a good muley hunt that cheap
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Old 12-16-2021, 09:47 AM   #18
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OP Colorado or Wyoming is the best place to look for the money.
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Old 12-16-2021, 09:48 AM   #19
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Lemme know if you find a good muley hunt that cheap
Oh you can but not through an outfitter and probably not in Texas... The middle man has to go.. I killed a 190" and a 173" for $2,000 each and no I'm not giving the ranchers info out!!!
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Old 12-16-2021, 09:49 AM   #20
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Oh you can but not through an outfitter... The middle man has to go.. I killed a 190" and a 173" for $2,000 each and no I'm not giving the ranchers info out!!!
Thinking some taxidermy connections came in handy there
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Old 12-16-2021, 10:41 AM   #21
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OP Colorado or Wyoming is the best place to look for the money.
Probably need some PP for either state but some areas in Wyoming can be drawn with 0-1 PP and Colorado has RFW ranches that sell hunts without drawing.
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