Nebraska Big Game
Nebraska Mule Deer Hunting
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Nebraska mule deer hunting is a "TRUE SLEEPER" being overlooked by mule deer hunters.
- Nebraska is one of the last states where you can still buy a mule deer hunting permit Over-The-Counter
- Unit specific Mule Deer Permits are $209
- Nebraska is much cheaper and easlier to travel to then other western states with most hunters can just drive to us.
- Nebraska trophy mule deer Over-The-Counter permits with no complicated draw system each year at a reasonable price compared to mule deer hunts in other states.
Our mule deer hunts are Free Ranging Wild Deer Fair Chase Hunts.
On guided mule deer hunts, depending on type of hunt booked. Generally, 1 guide per 2 hunters on Archery and Muzzleloader hunts and 1 guide per 2 hunters for rifle. Each guide will share his time between clients. As hunters fill their tags, guides are freed up to spend excess time with remaining hunters. After your mule deer has been harvested and pictures taken, the guide will take over field dressing, then will bring you and your mule deer to a mandatory game checking station in Valentine Nebraska and then transport your Nebraska mule deer to be processed. Any game processing fees are your responsible. Mule deer hunts can be tailored to your individual needs. Lodging, meals, guiding, transportation and field care are included in all hunts. Not "included" any hunting licenses or permits, meat processing, taxidermy, any shipping cost and cost accrued getting to and from or delays to point of guiding and tips.
We hunt on 135,000 private acres for Nebraska Trophy Mule Deer in 140 - 180+ class. Bigger Deer have been seen on our leases and taken in the surrounding area.
- These select ranches are located in strategic game rich locations which offer some of the finest overall hunting in the area. Mule Deer Rifle, Archery and Crossbow seasons are during November "Rut" with bucks on the move making for exciting hunting action. Another outstanding time to hunt are the Muzzleloader mule deer hunts in month of December which covers last part of the "Rut" and when mule deer congregate in larger numbers to winter.
D & E Outfitters Deer Management program are a key factor in our success. This entails good food sources, good genetics, predator control and harvesting mature animals. D & E Outfitters program requires each buck deer harvested to have a minimal of 4 points on one side. Additionally, to help keep our buck to doe ratio in check we do doe hunting as needed as allowed by regulation.
Mule Deer Hunting Schedule and Prices
5-day Rifle Guided Mule Deer hunt: Call for current pricing, Nov 16-20 and Nov 20-24
5-day Archery Mule Deer Hunts: call for current pricing, Sept 15 - Nov 15, or Dec 1 -31
5-day Muzzleloader Mule Deer hunts: call for current pricing, Dec 1-31
- Tipping is an area not talked about much and can be confusing. A Tip is not reqiured and we all know each hunt can be different. However, a Tip is 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 trip Tip is 8‑15%. Please consider this in your trip planning, it will be greatly appreciated.
*Hunters need to read 2011 Nebraska Deer Regulations
Mule Deer Hunt Details- Nebraska
Nebraska terrain we hunt in is diverse, varying from creek country, cultivated fields, to rolling prairie 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 buck might take us across rolling Sand Hill country. On these 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 can accommodate most deer hunters of any age and hunters with disabilities or challenges.
Rifle shots are normally between 20 to 175 yards. On a recent rifle deer hunt we did have one deer shot at almost 400 yards. Most archery and crossbow shoots are 15-35 yards and muzzleloader 20-125.
- Rifle we recommend bringing the flattest shooting long range rifle that you can effectively shoot with a limbsaver recoil pad, fitted with a highest quality variable scope you can afford, muzzlebrake and a bipod or tripod.
- Good calibers are: 270 win, 270 WSM, 30-06, 7mm rem mag, 7mm WSM, 300 WSM, or 300 win mag to name a few. Lighter calibers will work, but more limiting factors will come into play when using.
- Most important point is to bring a gun you can shoot straight without flinching! You will need to shoot your rifle monthly before your hunt to be proficient.
- Premium grade ammunition and bullets are a must with a high ballistic coefficent, such as the Federal Premium Trophy Bonded Bear Claw or Trophy Bonded Tip Ammo, Hornady Superformance GMX or SST, Barnes VOR-TX Rifle Ammo TTSX, Remington Premier Scirocco, Winchester XP3 Ammo or Nosler Custom Trophy-Grade Ammunition. Your rifle needs to be sighted in with premium grade ammo.
- You have a significant investment in your hunting trip. This isn't an area to be cheap or save money in! Buy one of the best!
- Another item make sure your guns trigger has a safe, light, crisp tripper pull. Bring your gun to a gunsmith and have the trigger adjusted. A trigger adjustment, and a muzzlebrake will help your accuracy greatly.
- A good shooting rifle and hunter should be shooting 3-5 shots in 1" to 1.25" group at a 100 yards. If it don't there is a problem that needs to be worked out well before your hunt.
- Archery is another exciting way to hunt these Nebraska trophies with excellent chances for a prized Pope & Young buck. Using a traditional bow or one of the modern fast shooting bows you need to be able to hold the draw as needed and shoot with pin point accuracy. The new PSE, Matthews, Hoyt or Bowtech bows are all good.
- Along with strong board heads either a fixed or mechanical such as Rage X-Treme or Chisel, New Archery Products (NAP) Kill Zone or SpitFire MAXX or Muzzy MX-4. Our Archery hunters have had excellent success by using only the highest quality equipment. On Nebraska archery deer hunts always bring a spare release.
- Our archery hunts have been very successful with multiple chances.
- Crossbow as been added to the authorized weapons to be able to legally used during the archery season. Nebraska Game and Parks did an excellent job getting this approved and in place. My hat is off to them for their vision and understanding on this weapon and how it opens the door for many hunters.
- Our hunters at this point have used theTen 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. As we learn more on this new legal weapon I will share what we have seen and learned. I encourage all hunters to do some self-research on Crossbows and its hunting applications.
- Muzzleloader December 1-31 Nebraska whitetail deer hunts are a excellent time to hunt. The muzzleloader deer season in Nebraska is kept secret among resident hunters, because it is a awesome time to hunt! A TRUE SLEEPER HUNT for a prized Nebraska trophy whitetail buck!
- We recommend having a muzzleloader with a magnum charge capability that can shoot accurately out to 150 yards. Many of our 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 to name a few. The Bushnell Trophy DOA Muzzleloader Scope, Nikon In-line Muzzleloader Scope, or the Leopold Ultimate Slam Scope long with a quality range finder sited in for 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards. For open sites: Truglo Fiber-optic sights works well.
- Magnifying scopes, Pellets and SABOTS can be used on/in muzzleloaders in Nebraska for hunting.
- Our hunters have had Excellent Muzzleloader Whitetail Deer Hunting Success with various combinations of the following muzzleloading components: PTS "Dead Center", Barnes Spit-Fire TMZ, or TC ShockWave Bullets, with Blackhorn 209 powder and CCI 209M Primers and Triple Se7en powder and Winchester Triple Se7en Primer's #209.
- We also recommend you look trying at a Hammer Extender, a TC Power Rod and Speed Loader.
- If you are a hard core muzzleloader hunter or just a deer hunter that wants to extend your season. The Nebraska month long December muzzleloader season is must to consider for all deer hunters.
Note: A takes a mature hunter to only take shots they know they can make. You need to 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.
- Our hunting grounds can accommodate most hunters of any age and hunters with disabilities or challenges.
- 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. This is for your own safety, but failure to do so can result in a fine.
Lodging and Meals Valentine, Nebraska
Lodging you will stay at one of Valentine's motels. The rooms are very clean and comfortable.
Breakfasts are light and quick continental style consisting of cold cereal, instant oatmeal, pastries, and fruit. Also there will be assorted juices, coffee and tea.
Lunch you will pack your own sandwiches the night before. Also, along with sandwiches there will be fruit, chips, crackers, sweets, assorted juices, water and sodas. There are plenty of choices to pick from with no limit. 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 in town after you clean up from your days hunt.
- If you have any meal concerns or special meal needs please bring it to our attention before or when booking your hunt.
- Food and non-alcoholic drinks are always available to you and plentiful.
- No alcohol provided. No going to the field without being fully alert.
Meat and Taxidermy - Mule Deer
We have an excellent local meat processor that can try to have your deer packaged and frozen by the time you are ready to leave. The cost for basic processing is $125 and $25 additional for capping. You should have a cooler for transporting of your meat. If you decide you don't want to keep the meat and want to donate it, you are still responsible for the processing fee. The butcher willl not accept the deer for donation unless the processing fee is paid at time of drop off.
A local Taxidermist is available to mount your trophies and ship back to you. They are very knowledgeable and skilled on all local species we hunt. This is an easy and efficient way to handle your taxidermy needs.
Nebraska Mule Deer Hunting Permits
- Nonresident specific game management unit deer permits are $209
- Nonresident firearm statewide buck permits are $521
- Nonresident antler less-only permit are $55, which is good for 2 does
In the areas we hunt the specific unit and statewide buck tags can be used for either a Whitetail or Mule deer buck. The required Nebraska State Habitat Stamp is $16. When compared to other Mid West and Western States these tags are very reasonable and what’s best they all can be bought over Over-The-Counter! Note: these permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. All these permits/tags can be purchased online and printed out at www.outdoornebraska.org
- Hunter Education Required for all hunters ages 12 through 29: 1) hunting with either a firearm or crossbow must have on their person proof of successful completion of Firearm Hunter Education; 2) hunting deer, antelope, elk, or bighorn sheep with bow and arrow must carry proof of successful completion of Bowhunter Education; 3) who have not completed a Firearm Hunter and/or Bowhunter Education course may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate from the Commission.
Valentine, Nebraska Getting There
We hunt near the town of Valentine in North Central Nebraska, "The Heart City". For driving directions please go to Map quest and put in your zip code to Valentine NE. Note: Our cell phone reception is minimal when we are out on the ranches.
We expect you to drive to us. To get to Valentine you can fly into either:
- North Platte Nebraska then rent a car and drive 2 hours to us
- Pierre, South Dakota where you will rent a car and drive 2 1/2 hours into Valentine
When flying with the airlines you will need to follow the regulations for guns and ammunition, ask the airlines for information if unsure.
You need to plan to arrive into camp after 12:00 pm in the daylight the day before your hunt start. After arriving you will get your gear unpacked and ready, shoot your weapon as needed, hunt orientation and safety brief.
Mule Deer Hunt Trip Insurance
We at D & E Outfitters highly recommend buying Sportman's Travel Protection Plan Insurance for your Nebraska Mule Deer Hunting trip. Life can be unpredictable, for this reason alone we strongly recommend Travel Insurance to protect your investment. This is your responsibility to ensure you are covered and protected.
Feel free to contact us to discuss our Nebraska Mule Deer hunts. Please call or e-mail D & E Outfitters to book your nebraska turkey hunting adventure. Phone: 719-591-8934 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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