We feel like we have some of the best mule deer hunting in Northwest Colorado here at RTS Hunting, LLC. Our entire 53,000-acre ranch is prime habitat for mule deer and we are proud to manage our deer herd responsibly for mature bucks. We have both resident and migratory mule deer herds on this ranch and the opportunity to hunt during the mid / late November rut. The rut hunts are exciting hunts where you can expect to see lots of bucks and look for one that truly fits your desires. We also offer a few early (September) mule deer hunts, and although you may not see the rutting activity then, this is a great time to hunt mature bucks that are still in bachelor herds and possibly harvest a great deer in full velvet.
Our shooter bucks average in size from 160”-170” with several 180”’s taken every year. There is always a chance at a 190 buck, or better, if the stars align correctly for you. This is a spot-and-stalk hunt; you can expect to drive around in a pickup truck or Polaris Ranger and glass for a mature buck. Once you spot a buck you like, you will continue your stalk on foot. Because of the open terrain, you should be proficient with your rifle to 300 yards and expect to walk 1 to 3 miles a day, although we can accommodate almost any hunter. The success rates on our Mule Deer hunts is typically 98% or better.
All trophy deer hunts are 5 days, fully guided, with meals and lodging included.
We also have a limited number of “management buck hunts” available. These hunts are for mature deer that have reached their maximum trophy potential but are not considered “Trophy Bucks.” These are fully mature deer with undesirable antler configurations. Your guide will tell you if an animal is a shooter buck. Management hunts are offered at a greatly reduced price and are great hunts for a youth hunter or someone who just wants to fill the freezer with venison.
Management hunts are 3 days, fully guided, with meals and lodging included.
If you wound an animal (draw blood), every attempt will be made to recover the animal. If it is not recovered, then your hunt will be over.
You must have a Hunter's Safety Card to purchase a hunting license and hunt in the state of Colorado if you were born on or after January 1, 1949. You must also carry your Hunter's Safety Card with you in the field unless your license is verified with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).