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So_NV_Lady_Hntr
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Jun-21-16, 
11:10 AM (MST)
"Area 24 Mule Deer"

Greetings Nevada Monster Muleys hunters!

So the stars aligned for me this year and I drew an Area 24 mule deer tag (Oct hunt). I have received two brochures, so far, for guided hunts of this area...while this is super tempting, I do not have the funds for such a hunt and will have to DIY it. I'm sort of familiar with the area (not hunting wise), but am eager to glean whatever information I can before hunting this fall. I'm still young and fit, so a more strenuous hunt is definitely alright with me. I also have an ATV if the roads turn bad (i.e. washouts or slick from rain).

I would very much appreciate any info fellow hunters that have hunted this area before can provide. Feel free to PM me, if you don't want to publicly share info...I get it.

Please help me with the questions below:

(1) Conundrum #1...Should I use my time to hunt early (Oct 5-15) and focus on summer routines...OR...hunt later (15-31st) and try to catch them in the fall shuffle?

(2) Are the Clover/Delamar/Meadow Valley wilderness areas worth the effort to get away from the road hunters? Or, should I just stick to the state line?

(3) Obviously burn areas are important, how many years past burn, is the best time to concentrate on them? How do you find out where these burn area are?

(4) Should I invest in a mnt. lion tag? Is there a decent chance having an encounter?

(5) I heard this unit is pretty cut-throat with guided/outfitted clients shooting deer out from under other hunters? Is this true from your experiences, or is this some other non-guided hunter with poor morals?

(6) I'm hoping that just getting away from the roads will help with the previous issue...Is that realistic?

(6) I hear Cooper Munson is the NDOW biologist for Lincoln Co. How hard is he to get a hold of via phone? Does he provide valuable information, or are they just cookie-cutter answers (may depend on the question)?

Again, any information is appreciated from my fellow monster muleys fans out there.

Thank you in advance & Cheers!

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Area 24 Mu...  Sallaberry      Jun-22-16   1 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  wildfin      Jun-23-16   2 
   RE: Area 24 Mu...  30bucks      Jun-26-16   3 
 RE: Area 24 Mu...  CAMO      Jul-20-16   4 
 RE: Area 24 Mu...  So_NV_Lady_...      Nov-02-16   5 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  Drod      Nov-02-16   6 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  Drod      Nov-02-16   7 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  BadDogPSD      Nov-02-16   8 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  maxcarp      Nov-03-16   11 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  nvpinstripe      Nov-03-16   13 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  BradA      Nov-03-16   15 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  ramhead55      Mar-06-17   30 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  droptynes      Sep-05-17   31 
 RE: Area 24 Mu...  kickerbuck      Nov-02-16   9 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  Wiszard      Nov-02-16   10 
   RE: Area 24 Mu...  Wapitiwilly      Nov-03-16   12 
    RE: Area 24 Mu...  3blade      Nov-03-16   14 
     RE: Area 24 Mu...  RPAJSR      Nov-05-16   16 
      RE: Area 24 Mu...  6x7      Nov-08-16   17 
       RE: Area 24 Mu...  littlebigho...      Nov-08-16   18 
 RE: Area 24 Mu...  oldcatdriver      Nov-09-16   19 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  ICMDEER      Nov-10-16   20 
   RE: Area 24 Mu...  264mag      Nov-11-16   21 
    RE: Area 24 Mu...  bullskin      Nov-17-16   22 
     RE: Area 24 Mu...  CAelknuts      Nov-21-16   23 
      RE: Area 24 Mu...  BradA      Dec-16-16   24 
       RE: Area 24 Mu...  PleaseDear      Dec-17-16   25 
 RE: Area 24 Mu...  oilcan      Dec-18-16   26 
  RE: Area 24 Mu...  Solotude      Dec-20-16   27 
   RE: Area 24 Mu...  cmbbulldog      Dec-31-16   28 
    RE: Area 24 Mu...  12point      Jan-03-17   29 

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Sallaberry
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Jun-22-16, 
09:57 PM (MST)
1. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Cooper is a super cool dude not sure how much info he's obligated to give out but most biologist give a general idea where to find animals.

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wildfin
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Jun-23-16, 
05:53 PM (MST)
2. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

I would hunt the 1st and last week at a bare minimum , the 2 best bucks I know of from last year were without a guide, I had 2 lions on camera from june through oct. and never saw one during the day, I saw 2 hunters in 25 days there will be an incredible amount of country that will not get hunter this year or the next maybe never, I hunted only one of the five mtn. ranges, I never was any were that there was not deer sign from the desert floor to the top.I love to hunt deer so I did not hire anyone to do it for me,but I had nearly unlimited scouting time and the hole season to hunt.my sites were set for 200 plus and of 2 that size I never got that chance no regrets. good luck.

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Jun-26-16, 
10:23 PM (MST)
3. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Hey wildfin. Check your pm. Thanks

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Jul-20-16, 
11:40 PM (MST)
4. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

I've talked to cooper about elk in the area, and he is awesome. Call ndow and they will pass his number. As far as muleys, I've seen a bunch in 242 beaver beaver dam state park

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So_NV_Lady_Hntr
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Nov-02-16, 
08:11 AM (MST)
5. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Thanks folks for all your help! I did chat with Cooper and he gave me "some" information, though I know he cannot give out specifics. I was able to harvest a great 193" typical buck on Oct. 26 while doing a solo back-country, camping trip. I had first spotted this tank in early September on a scouting trip and was able to find him again in the same general area. This fall has been so much fun discovering the area, finally seeing some deer, and then really getting into them.

I will confess, this is my first ever mule deer and first time I have finally got to hunt mule deer (I move a lot all over the country...1st time in mule deer country)! I feel truly blessed.

Thank you MonsterMuleys.com & forum members!

P.S. In the future, if any folks draw this unit, I am happy to share the information I have gained from my time there. Cheers!

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Drod
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Nov-02-16, 
07:31 PM (MST)
6. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Awesome buck! You might want to re score that buck he looks better than 193" looks close to 190"net? Congrats!

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Nov-02-16, 
07:41 PM (MST)
7. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Awesome buck!!! Looks bigger than193"!!congrats!!!

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Nov-02-16, 
09:17 PM (MST)
8. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Nice buck! Congratulations, I'm glad it all worked out for you.

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Nov-03-16, 
00:32 AM (MST)
11. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Wow!Great Buck!All the prep work paid off big time.

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Nov-03-16, 
10:18 AM (MST)
13. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Great job!

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BradA
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Nov-03-16, 
11:43 PM (MST)
15. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Congrats on your first one it is going to be a tough one to beat !

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Mar-06-17, 
06:51 AM (MST)
30. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Wow

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Sep-05-17, 
10:09 PM (MST)
31. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

I have a muzzy tag for area 24 this year. I have had no time to scout. I camped there when I was young but that's about it. I have next week off so that is good. Please share any info you can! Thanks
angelhavenalaska@gmail.com

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Nov-02-16, 
09:38 PM (MST)
9. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

That is a seriously beautiful deer, love the Cape! Way to get it done major congrats!

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Nov-02-16, 
10:09 PM (MST)
10. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

What a buck!! Congrats. Gonna take some work to top him on future hunts. Great job.

Steve

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Nov-03-16, 
08:28 AM (MST)
12. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Congrats on a monster buck! You have set the bar pretty high for the future. Can't wait to see your next one😜

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Nov-03-16, 
09:57 PM (MST)
14. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Well done!

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Nov-05-16, 
08:37 PM (MST)
16. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Magnificent buck! Solo hunt and first buck, that's amazing and impressive. Thanks for sharing!

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Nov-08-16, 
06:43 PM (MST)
17. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Just saw a monster 3x3 down there yesterday on the highway heading north he was all over a doe.

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Nov-08-16, 
07:24 PM (MST)
18. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

What an incredible first time muley adventure!
Taking a buck that you scouted earlier is always an added bonus and doing it solo says So Nv Lady has some serious "Moxy"!
Congratulations on a buck of a lifetime!

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Nov-09-16, 
07:59 AM (MST)
19. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Congratulations on a beautiful buck. I hunted 24 also this fall. Found some great bucks early but could not find them during the rifle. Just curious as to where you ended up and you did it.

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Nov-10-16, 
04:15 PM (MST)
20. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Congrats on a great first buck. And the way you did it was also super. Your picture is also very well done. You know what you are doing!!

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Nov-11-16, 
00:20 AM (MST)
21. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Super Buck....Congrats!!!!

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Nov-17-16, 
02:00 AM (MST)
22. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

I like stories like this one. Nice work.

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Nov-21-16, 
11:30 PM (MST)
23. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Congratulations for what sounds like a super hunt. I'm impressed that you got it done solo and were fortunate to take such a fantastic buck. Very happy for you, way to go.

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BradA
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Dec-16-16, 
11:10 PM (MST)
24. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Wow that's a great buck congrats

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Dec-17-16, 
03:33 AM (MST)
25. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

You did Great young lady

congats

Robb

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oilcan
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Dec-18-16, 
08:21 PM (MST)
26. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Awesome Buck congrats

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Solotude
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Dec-20-16, 
03:26 PM (MST)
27. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

That is a great buck!! Congratulations on turning him back up during the season, not an easy task.

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cmbbulldog
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Dec-31-16, 
02:14 PM (MST)
28. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

What a pretty buck, congrats!

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29. "RE: Area 24 Mule Deer"

Super deer, love the side with the extra points.

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