Five Tips for Hunting Mule Deer in November

Hunting mule deer in November is one of the most exciting things in western hunting. It’s addicting, and it’s easy to see why many hunters become obsessed with mule deer.

Hunting mule deer during the peak of the rut is not available in all states. Here in Montana, we’re lucky to have this opportunity. Using an outfitter to access private ranches, particularly in the central and eastern parts of the state, can make for an epic mule deer hunt. Here at Lazy J Bar O Outfitters, we offer mule deer hunting opportunities on both private land and public land in remote wilderness areas.

Montana Mule Deer

When hunting mule deer in November, here are several tips to remember:  

1. Be Prepared for Any Conditions

There’s no predicting the weather in November. You could experience warm temps and hot midday sun, blizzard conditions or anything in between. Pack a complete layering system that includes everything from light base layers, to warm insulation, to waterproof and windproof outerwear. We also recommend bringing two pairs of boots. Bring one standard pair of hunting boots, plus a pair of pac boots or insulated boots for cold weather.

2. Be Prepared to Glass…and Then Glass More

November mule deer hunting is all about spending time behind the glass. If you aren’t using your binoculars constantly, then you’re not seeing enough mule deer. Learn how to work your field of view in a grid, and leave no stone unturned. Sometimes, the flick of an ear or the tip of an antler is all that will give them away.

Glassing for mule deer in November

3. Be Very Persistent and Don’t Give Up

Mule deer have an uncanny ability to materialize out of thin air. You may have glassed the same hillside a dozen times. Then suddenly, a buck will be standing there. If you’re not seeing deer, don’t give up. Keep your eyes glued to your binoculars and your persistence will eventually pay off. 

4. Be Patient When You Don’t Have an Approach

When you spot a good buck, don’t go rushing in. Take the time to plan your approach. Make sure the wind is in your favor. Mule deer are creatures of habit. If you don’t bump them, they’re likely to stay in the area and follow the same routines. Be patient, and wait for the perfect opportunity to stalk in on a big buck.

5. Don’t Spook the Does

During November, finding does is just as important as locating bucks. When you find a group of does, it’s only a matter of time before a buck shows up. Don’t treat your encounters with does with a cavalier attitude. Remain cautious, knowing that there may be a mature buck nearby, or that one will show up as long as the does don’t spook.

Lazy J Bar O Outfitters offers hunts for mule deer during the rut in Montana, plus elk and deer combo hunts. For more information on all of our Montana hunting opportunities, please explore the rest of our website. You can also call us at 406-932-5687 or send us a message.