Scouting for mule deer. What does that mean? When you’re looking at a huge area, you’ve got many different levels of scouting.
We’ve hunted CA deer zone X12 before and it has huge deer habitat. It seems as if the entire unit holds deer. We’ve concluded that the biggest bucks are in the most difficult spots to reach and as we approach the age of 60 those spots are really getting difficult. However, we’ve got a couple more years left, we hope.
The biggest advantage we have now is that we’re willing to pay a packer to get us back into fairly remote county – instead of carrying our packs in and using the remaining physical resources to get to where the deer are.
This weekend we hiked into a prospective site that we’ve not been to before. It holds plenty of remote ridges over 10,000 feet and plenty of places for big bucks to grow old. My brother, Rob, and cousin, Wes did spot one of those type bucks on the trip, but mostly we were just trying to figure out where to set up our base camp.
We have another spot we know well and it will serve as our backup. We had another spot that looked good, but the packer said he couldn’t reach it. I guess that means that it’s really good.
The Hoover Wilderness is one of the prettiest spots on earth. I’m always awed by the scenery.
I brought my fly rod and tested the fishing. The creek was loaded with eight in brook trout. If we use this site, we’ll be bringing some bread crumbs and vegetable oil.
We didn’t see a lot of bucks, but we believe that some of the deer have not reached the highest elevations yet and the moon was full. It was so bright out at night that one didn’t need a flashlight.