Nebraska Mule Deer Hunting
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D&E Outfitters takes 4-8 guided Nebraska trophy mule deer hunters per year between all weapons.
We offer several hunts and will
customize to meet a mule deer hunterís hunting needs. We prefer to talk with each hunter
individually in planning the proper mule deer hunt for them.
We hunt on 135,000 private acres of ideal habitat in Nebraska Sand Hills for Nebraska Trophy Mule Deer in the 140 - 180 class with average spreads of 22-28". Bigger Mule Deer have been seen and taken in the surrounding area.
Our normal average success rates are 98-100% with a 100% opportunity.
It is very common for our mule deer hunters to harvest there buck in 1 to 2 days.
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- Nebraska mule deer hunting permits are Over-The-Counter, no complicated draw.
- Mule Deer Permits are $209. Reasonable compared to mule deer permits in other states.
- Nebraska is cheaper and easier to travel to then other western states, most hunters drive.
- Crossbows are legal during archery mule deer season.
- Mule Deer November Rut rifle, archery and crossbow seasons.
- Muzzleloader mule deer hunts December 1-31 covers part of Rut and when mule deer congregate in larger winter groups.
Our mule deer hunts are Free Ranging Wild Deer Fair Chase Hunts.
Nebraska Sandhill's Mule deer hunts can be tailored to your individual needs.
On guided mule deer hunts, are generally 1 guide per 2 hunters on Rifle, Archery, Crossbow, and Muzzleloader mule deer hunts. 1x1
hunts can be arranged for a fee.
ranches support a very healthy population of Mule Deer. Itís common to see several
good bucks each day during your hunt.
After your mule deer has been harvested and pictures taken. We will take over field dressing, then bring you and your mule deer to the mandatory Nebraska Game and Parks checking station in Valentine Nebraska, and then transport your Nebraska mule deer to be processed or hung up. Any game processing fees are hunters responsibility.
D&E Outfitters Mule Deer Management program are a key factor in our successful Outfitter operation. We are selective on the mule deer we harvest.
- Our goal is to only take mature trophy mule deer over 160". average range 140-180"
- Mule deer harvested has to have a minimal of 4 points on one side.
- Good food sources, genetics, predator control, and harvesting only mature mule deer.
- We doe hunt as needed as allowed by regulation.
Mule Deer Hunting Dates and Prices
We only take a 4-8 mule deer hunters each year so dates are flexible for each weapon. This
assures that hunting pressure is very light, with a minimal harvest of
5-day rifle guided Mule Deer hunt:
5-day Muzzleloader Mule Deer hunts:
6-day Crossbow or Archery Mule Deer Hunts:
Guide Mule Deer hunts dates:
*Archery - Sept 15 to Dec 31
*Rifle - Nov 16 - 24
*Muzzleloader - Dec 1-31
Contact us to book your hunt.
*Hunters need to read 2013 Nebraska Deer Regulations
- Included: food, lodging, guide, field transportation.
- Not Included:
licenses or permits, meat processing, taxidermy, any
shipping cost, cost accrued getting to and from or delays to point of
guiding and tip.
- Gratuities are customary and a good way of saying thank you to those involved for a job well done who made your trip enjoyable. The industry standard for a hunting Tip is 10-20%. Please consider this in your trip planning.
- Non-Hunters are welcomed to come with their friends or family members. The fee is $400 per individual (with a maximum of 1 per paid hunter).
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Nebraska Mule Deer Hunting Permits
All these permits/tags can be purchased online and printed out at www.outdoornebraska.org
Don will call you when it is time to purchase your permit with the unit number.
- Non-resident specific game management unit deer permits are $209.
- Non-resident youth deer permits are $6.
- Non-resident firearm statewide buck permits are $521.
- Non-resident antler less-only permit are $55, which is good for 2 does
- Required Nebraska State Habitat Stamp is $20.
Hunter Education is required for all hunters ages 12 through 29:
- Hunting with either a firearm or crossbow must have on their person proof of successful completion of Firearm Hunter Education.
- Hunting deer with bow and arrow must carry proof of successful completion of Bow hunter Education.
- Who have not completed a Firearm Hunter and/or Bow hunter Education course may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate from the Commission.
In areas we hunt the specific unit and statewide buck permits are for either a Whitetail or Mule deer buck. When compared to other Mid-West and Western States these permits are very reasonable and whatís best can be bought over Over-The-Counter!
Note: permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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Mule Deer Hunt Details - Nebraska
Nebraska mule deer terrain we hunt is diverse, varying from creek country, cultivated fields, to rolling Nebraska sandhills. Hunters are positioned overlooking creek bottoms or bluffs where deer funnel between feeding and bedding areas.
Most our Nebraska mule deer hunting can be done by truck or fairly easy walking, but keep in mind a stock for a trophy mule deer might take us across rolling Sand Hill country.
On mule deer hunts we use some ground blinds, but mainly spot and stalk. As the mule deer hunting changes, we adapt and use the best hunting method.
Our mule deer hunting grounds accommodate most deer hunters of any age and hunters with challenges.
*No smoking in the lodge, hunting
vehicles, or blinds.
Shots are normally between 50 to 300 yards for rifle. Archery and crossbow shoots are 15-50 yards and muzzleloader 25-200.
- Rifle, we recommend bringing flat shooting long range mule deer rifle you can effectively shoot with a limbsaver recoil pad, highest quality variable scope you can afford, muzzlebrake and bipod.
- Archery is an exciting way to hunt Nebraska trophy mule deer with excellent chances for a nice Pope & Young mule deer buck.
- Using a traditional bow or modern fast shooting bows you need to be able to hold the draw and shoot with pin point accuracy.
- The new PSE, Matthews, Hoyt or Bowtech bows are all good.
- We recommend a minimum draw weight of 50 pounds.
- Lazar Range Finder is a must for all Nebraska archery mule deer hunting.
- Sight in out to 60 yards.
- Strong board heads either a fixed or mechanical such as New Archery Products (NAP) Kill Zone, Rage X-Treme, Muzzy MX or G5 Montec Broadheads.
- We recommend a heavier 125 grain board head for our archery mule deer hunts.
- On Nebraska archery mule deer hunts always bring a spare release.
- Our archery mule deer hunts have been very successful with multiple chances by using only the highest quality equipment.
- Crossbow as been added to the authorized weapons to be able to legally used during the archery mule deer season.
- Nebraska Game and Parks did an excellent job getting this approved. My hat is off to them for their vision and understanding on this weapon and how it opens the door for many hunters.
- Our mule deer hunters at this point have used the Ten Point Turbo XLT, StrykeZone 380, and Wicked Ridge Raider with excellent success. Broadheads used have been Grim Reaper Crossbow Broadhead and the NAP F.O.C. Crossbow Broadhead.
- On crossbows, overall weight, speed, and having a light crisp trigger pull are critical.
- I encourage hunters to do self-research on Crossbows and its hunting applications.
- Muzzleloader Nebraska mule deer hunts December 1-31 is an excellent time to hunt. The muzzleloader mule deer season is a great time to hunt for a Nebraska trophy mule deer buck!
- We recommend a muzzleloader with a magnum charge capability of shooting accurately out to 200 yards.
- Many of our muzzleloader deer hunters use a TC Pro-Hunter, TC Triumph, CVA Accura V2 or Vortek Ultra Light LDR muzzleloaders fitted with an actual muzzleloader bullet drop compensator (BDC) scope.
- Scopes: the Bushnell Trophy DOA Muzzleloader Scope, Nikon In-line Muzzleloader Scope, or Leopold Ultimate Slam Muzzleloader Scope.
- Open sites: Truglo Fiber-optic sights works well.
- Quality Lazar Range Finder is a must for all muzzleloader mule deer hunting.
- Sighted in for 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards.
- Magnifying Scopes, Pellets and SABOTS can be used with muzzleloaders in Nebraska for mule deer hunting.
- Our muzzleloader hunters have Excellent Muzzleloader Whitetail Deer Hunting Success with various combinations of the following muzzleloading components:
- "250 grain"Barnes Spit-Fire TMZ, or TC ShockWave Bullets, with "Blackhorn 209 powder and CCI 209M Primers is my first choice" or second would be "Triple Se7en pellets and Hornady MonoFlex ML Sabots with lock and load and Winchester Triple Se7en Primer's #209".
- We recommend trying a muzzleloader rifle Hammer Extender, TC Power Rod and Speed Loaders.
- If you are a hard core muzzleloader mule deer hunter or just a mule deer hunter wanting to extend your season. The Nebraska month long December muzzleloader mule deer season is must to consider for all trophy mule deer hunters.
Note: A takes a mature mule deer hunter to only take shots they know they can make. It is a must you come prepared being able to shoot straight and use your weapon of choice accurately and ready to perform to the best of its and yours ability!
- Our commute from our lodging each day to one of the ranches is approximately 20-45 minutes.
- Hunter Orange is required by any person except archers, hunter must display on their Head, chest and back at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material. Camouflage hunter orange patterns are legal if the minimum 400 square inch requirements are met.
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Lodging and Meals Valentine, Nebraska
Lodging you will stay at Valentine's Econo Lodge located at 340 E Hwy 20. The rooms are very clean, comfortable and well maintained, with the staff and housekeeping at its best. Rooms also have Internet.
Breakfasts are continental style buffet consisting of biscuits & gravy or eggs, cold cereal, instant oatmeal, pastries, and fruit. Also assorted juices, coffee and tea. Very tasty and opened to early morning hunters.
Lunch you will pack your own sandwiches the night before. Also, along with sandwiches there will be chips, crackers, peanut packs, cookies, candy, Gatorade and water. We recommend you pack double the lunch you are use to. These food items will be in your room for you to manage and use as you like.
Dinner will be a hot meal at one of the local popular dining locations that we eat at in town after you clean up from your days hunt. All meals are homemade and delicious including dessert, with plenty of variety.
If you have certain snacks or drinks you like you can bring those on your own as needed.
If you have any meal concerns or special meal needs please bring it to our attention before or when booking your hunt.
- On guided mule deer hunts food and non-alcoholic drinks are always available to you and plentiful.
- Alcohol is not provided, but is allowed after hunting is done for the day. Intoxication will not be tolerated.
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Getting to Valentine Nebraska
We hunt near the town of Valentine Nebraska in North Central Nebraska.
Note: Our cell phone reception is very minimal in this area.
We expect you to drive to us:
For driving directions to Valentine Nebraska click on the city name in blue, then put in your zip code to Valentine Nebraska.
If flying and hunting near Valentine Nebraska you can fly into either:
- North Platte Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 2 hours
- Omaha Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours 40 min
- Rapid City South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 3 hours
- Sioux City Iowa then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours
When flying with the airlines you will need to follow the regulations for guns and ammunition, ask the airlines for information if unsure.
You will need to call Don on his Cell phone 2 hours prior to arrival to Valentine NE, he will discuss with you where to meet.
You need to plan to arrive into camp 12:00 - 3:00 pm during the daylight the day before your hunt start. After arriving you will get your gear unpacked and ready, shoot your gun for zero as needed, hunt orientation and safety brief. Please do not call early in the morning or arrive before scheduled time.
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Meat and Taxidermy - Mule Deer
A problem a deer hunter faces who has just driven or flown across the country to go on a deer hunt is how to get the meat, cap and antlers safely home. Please read below on what we have learned and know:
- Ensure you know Nebraska, states traveling thru and state you live in big game transportation and importation laws and any other legal requirements in this area. This is your responsibility.
- After the mandatory deer check in requirements are completed. One option, on the ranches we hunt there is a water source and place to hang and breakdown your own deer.
- Check with your airline or ground carrier about any restrictions about transporting meat/cape/antlers.
- Keeping the same airline on connecting flights will help avoid luggage issues.
Some hunters that drive will put a freezer in the back of there truck or in a utility trailer which can be plugged in or ran with a generator.
You should use coolers for transporting your meat and cape.
Flying: duct tape the coolers shut after you get to the airport in case they need to open and pack them as tightly as possible with frozen solid meat.
Driving: use duct tape to hold the lids tightly shut. This keeps out air, even when the truck is on rough roads, and hits bumps.
If you fly, once the meat is processed and frozen, it can be boxed and checked as excess baggage. Meat should be frozen as dry ice is not allowed on airplanes.
If you fly, a Cape can be frozen and put in a cooler then checked in or checked as excess baggage.
Antlers can be packaged and shipped by mail or checked as excess baggage.
We have an excellent local meat processor that will try to have your deer packaged and frozen by the time you are ready to leave for home.
- The cost for basic processing is approximately $125 and $25 additional for capping.
- If you do not wish to take your meat home, arrangements can be made to have it donated. You are still responsible for the processing fee.
- The butcher will not accept the deer for donation unless the processing fee is paid at time of drop off.
US Mail, UPS, or FedEx, we have had hunters use all with good
success. To make this work best with perishable items. They need to be shipped out at a
office by the main airport you fly into. Reason, where we are located in Nebraska we are far away from the interstates and major airports so everything is
Ground shipment first, then overnight so "overnight" actually
turns into 2-3 days. Note: if shipping nonperishable where time isn't a factor. We have a Post office and drop boxes for UPS and FedEx in our local areas.
Local Taxidermist is available to expedite (ship) your trophy to your home taxidermist or they can mount your trophy and ship back to you. They are very knowledgeable and skilled on species we hunt. This is an easy and efficient way to handle your taxidermy needs. Most often they will often do a better job than someone who has seen few of the particular animals from our areas.
- The one we will recommend is an award winning "small Full-Time Taxidermy Studio" focused on providing high quality taxidermy within a reasonable time period, averaging six to nine months. They do everything they can to meet your expectations. They are very methodical, meticulous and a driven person that never settles for second best or "just good enough" I would trust them with my finest trophy.
Note: With all this said above, our hunters are telling us it is best "to drive when you can". They say with a partner and rotating driving, you can get anywhere within the states in a days travel, which is what you are burning up flying anyway, along with renting a car and driving to us. This way you get to bring all your gear and take everything back and use a meat processor close to home and your own taxidermist. Our recommendation is to drive if at all possible. Plus, it's
nice just to take a day off and do some touring while your deer is being butchered
and frozen and then loading the cooler for the ride home.
Most important it is a must to plan ahead in this area and determine before the hunt how you want to handle your meat/cape/antler needs.
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Wounded Deer Policy
We take great pride in having almost no unrecoverable wounding's since we have been in business and ask that our hunters show up prepared and so that we can do our best to keep woundingís to a minimum.
Deer are a precious resource. If an Deer is wounded during your hunt. We will exhaust all of our efforts to find the animal. If the animal is not found, it is still considered yours and the hunt is considered completed.
Deer are a valuable resource that landowner relies upon for financial funds for the operation of there ranch/farm. It is not fair to the landowners to allow each hunter the opportunity to potentially kill two animals. In this case, a hunter would, in essence, be potentially killing two animals while only paying for one. Plus, the next hunter loses from having fewer trophy deer to hunt.
D&E Outfitters believes in ethical fair chase hunting and strive for clean kills. This can only be achieved by your utmost practice and preparation for your hunt. Keeping your head in highly intense situations and walking away or waiting when the shot opportunity is not right.
It takes a mature trophy mule deer hunter to only take shots they know they can make. It is a must you come prepared being able to use your weapon accurately and have you and your weapon of choice ready to perform.
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Mule Deer Hunt Trip Insurance
Hunting out of state is expensive, with life being unpredictable and the unexpected does happen to everyone and for this reason D & E Outfitters highly recommends buying Travel Guard's Sportsman's Travel Protection Plan Insurance.
You need to make sure it includes cancellation coverage.
The Sportsman Travel Protection Plan is one of Travel Guard's most customized packages and is idea for traveling hunters.
This is your responsibility to ensure you and your hunting investment are covered and protected.
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If you are looking for a great mule deer hunt!
Please contact us to discuss our mule deer hunts in Nebraska for a Trophy Mule Deer.
Please call or e-mail D & E Outfitters to book your Nebraska mule
deer hunting adventure. Phone: 719-591-8934 or Contact us form
Thank you for visiting and we look
forward to talking to you soon about a mule deer hunt in the beautiful
Nebraska Sand Hills!
Contact us today to book your hunt.
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