Wyoming Public Land Mule Deer Hunt
My buddy Chris and I left San Diego early on 9/30. The plan was to drive through Salt Lake to pick up our friend Mike, then follow him to our hunting area in the southwest corner of Wyoming. This was a public land hunt so we expected other hunters, but not as much as we see in SCAL. Anyway, it was mid-week so we thought we’d be okay till the weekend. Also Mike and his buddy Cody have hunted here a lot and know the land, as well as the habits of other hunters. The WY draw is late, and non-residents draw tags about 3 out of every 4 years that they apply. This year Chris and I put in together. Mike and Cody just applied for points because their plan was to guide us. Chris had never hunted deer at all, so he got dibs on the first kill opportunity.
We got up early on October 1, opening day, and headed out to a ridge line just below a high mesa where the deer feed at night. We hoped to catch deer on their way down to bed in the cedar flats below us. Just before first light some hunters passed us in a ranger heading down to a lower position between us and the flats. They didn’t affect us, but we could see people (hunters?) on the edge of the mesa above. Doing what, we had no clue, but we expected they’d affect the deer.