The Texas Desert Mule Deer, proper name Odocoileus hemionus crooki, is a desert mule deer named after General George Crook, who chased Geronimo the Desert Mule Deers range. During the 1880s, the Apache nicknamed Crook Nantan Lupan, which means "Grey Wolf." Texas Desert Mule Deer range from Pecos River which is the Eastern part of the state to El Paso in the Western part of the state.Good numbers of Texas Mule Deer being found in the Panhandle region of the state. Mule deer are one of the most valued game animals in the Trans-Pecos and Panhandle regions of Texas and the staple big game animal for landowners and outfitters alike. Whether it’s their limited distribution, low numbers or unique appearance and behavior, most sportsman view the mule deer as a highly sought after trophy and are increasingly becoming the most hard to obtain trophy- class species in North America.
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Desert Safaris merged with the famed Leoncita Cattle Company in 2004 which is owned and operated by Tom and Judge Val Beard of Alpine, Texas. Our exclusive property for Mule Deer Hunting is located in the far part of West Texas spanning across Brewster, Jeff Davis and Pecos counties and encompasses over 104,000 contiguous acres of prime mule deer habitat in the Trans-Pecos region. We feed 365 days a year and adjust the feed mix according to the season and the nutritional needs of our West Texas mule deer at that particular time. This has dramatically localized our mule deer herd and aided in higher numbers, increased antler development and an increased fawn crop from an average of 30-40% to over 70% annually. Our operation has qualified for the MLDP (Managed Land Deer Permit) program which lengthens our season from the standard 17 days to 86 consecutive days because of increased management practices. This allows us to harvest trophy West Texas Mule Deer bucks in conjunction with management bucks in order to balance our mule deer herd.
Numerous springs flow year round and in correlation with dirt tanks on the ranch provide ample water for our mule deer herds. Elevations on the property vary from 4000 feet in the low country and gradually increase to 6500 feet in the Davis Mountains high country. Temperatures for West Texas Mule Deer hunting trips will range from 20F in the mornings to as high as 80F in the afternoons.
Our West Texas Mule Deer hunts are conducted safari style covering thousands of acres daily - hunting very slowly and methodically, constantly glassing and covering as much country as possible to find our clients their mature Mule Deer buck. Deer hunting all day to increase your odds by walking out draws and using deer calls when Mule Deer bucks are bedded in their sanctuaries during the heat of the afternoon. Typically, hunting West Texas mule deer you can reasonably expect to see between 60-100 mule deer per day and one-half of this number will generally be bucks. During our most recent aerial Mule Deer survey in October 2011 the ranch consists of 1.2 bucks to 1 doe.
Our operation in 2012 required 2 new additional private ranches in the state which brings our landholdings for mule deer hunting in excess of 240,000 acres of the most prime mule deer habitat in Texas. All 3 private ranches have qualified for the MLDP (Managed Lands Deer Program) permitting system which gives us a liberal 3 month season from November 2nd until January 26th with any weapon.
Optics are a very crucial part of West Texas Mule Deer hunting with an extreme amount of glassing done daily. This can be straining on the eyes, so we recommend the best glass you can afford to bring, preferably in a 10x power magnification. After a hard day of West Texas Mule Deer hunting, clients relax in our 2800 sq ft hunting lodge on site, equipped with satellite TV, commercial ice machine, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, central heat and air, full kitchen and spacious outdoor porch with breathtaking views of the Barilla and Davis Mountains.
We host a very limited amount of West Texas Mule Deer hunters annually to ensure high success rates and trophy potential on this property, so give us a call and treat yourself to a West Texas Mule Deer hunting trip that is second to none.
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Mule Deer Hunting Clients arriving by commercial air service will fly into Midland, Texas and begin a short 2 hour drive to our West Texas hunting lodge.
West Texas Mule Deer Hunting Trips of a Lifetime!
2935 Thousand Oaks #6-217
San Antonio Texas 78247