Mule Deer Hunting

The Jicarilla Apache Reservation is famous for producing trophy-class Mule Deer bucks. The reservation lies in the middle of Rio Arriba County, NM, which is the #1 Location in the World for a Boone & Crockett Mule Deer (typical) buck; due in large part to the Nation's Mule Deer Management Program.

The relatively low harvest level allows many bucks to reach maturity at 5-7 years old. The combination of prime habitat, outstanding genetics, and sound deer management produces high numbers of monster bucks and world-class hunting.

There are two types of Trophy Mule Deer Hunts available on the Jicarilla. A limited number of 10-day licenses are offered during early December. Variations in the number of permits issued each year are a reflection of the availability of trophy bucks in the population. Our goal is to have every hunter harvest a buck-of-a-lifetime. These permits are issued by random-draw in June; there is no preference point system so each applicant has an equal chance of drawing a tag. Success rates for these hunts approach 100%, and, over the past several years, the average gross score of our client bucks has been 200+. Each year 2-3 bucks taken will qualify for entry into the all-time Boone & Crockett record book.

The second opportunity for trophy Mule Deer Hunting are Auction and Sealed Bid Licenses. Each year two 35-day Mule Deer Sealed Bid Hunts are sold to the highest bidders, by sealed bids submitted to the Jicarilla Game and Fish Department. This hunt begins in November and spans the entire rut period, making it a truly unique opportunity to search for that special buck. Bid hunters consistently harvest slammer bucks! Live auction licenses may also be available at various Hunting Expos and Conventions.

All Mule Deer Hunters are guided by experienced tribal member guides, who specialize in locating and field judging big Mule Deer bucks. Hunting monster bucks on the Jicarilla is as good as it gets. Opportunities for permits are limited, but the quality of bucks is unparalleled. 

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