Picking up where we left off in our previous post, lets discuss spot and stalk archery mule deer hunting. As we talked about earlier stand placement is key when it comes to patterning a big buck, but what happens when you just can’t put your thumb on where and when a big muley buck is going to show? That’s when you have to go after him.
With a bow this is no small feat. 9 times out of ten 10 when you are archery mule deer hunting in idaho, you’re going to have to wait until a buck beds down to make your stalk. It can be done while they are up feeding, but holy mackerel its tough.
There will be a whole slew of factors that determine whether you can make the stalk once you’ve put a big buck to bed. Here are the most important ones in my estimation.
1. You’ll have to make your approach from behind him.
2. The wind will also have to be in your favor.
3. You will still need ample cover to conceal yourself.
4. Last but not least you have to be wary of other deer in the neighborhood.
Mule deer are notorious for traveling in groups during archery season so this last factor is key.
Of course there are other factors to take into account, but these four should help you hit the ground running when it comes to the stalk on your next archery mule deer hunt.