I’ve had some mixed feelings headed into hunting season here in Minnesota. I’m new to the area so I’m more than starting from scratch. It’s exciting but a little unnerving at the same time. I also had a backpacking trip planned that got canceled and didn’t have anything planned for hunting season other than just local hunts and I’ve been in severe need of a getaway. Then, a few weeks ago I met Bobby from Cogburn Outdoors. We hit it off at an event we were both working and through some subsequent conversation he invited me on a Public Land Mule Deer hunt in South Dakota. The twist, instead of hoofing it the whole way we’ll be headed out with camp on our backs aboard a Cogburn CB4!
This hunt may have single handedly renewed my excitement for hunting season. I’ve been looking into Mule Deer hunts for the last couple of years but had yet to make much of a move in that direction. Honestly after my Kentucky Elk Hunt I’ve been slightly fixated on trying to get after some elk. Regardless, I’m excited to say the least. Through our research of the deer populations and maps of the area we should definitely see some deer the challenge will be closing the distance for a shot!
We’ll be heading to Northwest South Dakota in early October for 5 days of trying to fill some mule deer tags. As you can see from the title we’ll be ‘Bikepacking’, so basically backpacking but from a bike, a really cool fat tire mountain bike. This will be new for me. I’ve done BMX and Mountain biking growing up but nothing recently and definitely never had to carry camp and potentially a dead deer on a bike, so this will be a whole host of new experiences for me and I’m pretty pumped about it. I scouted some local public land over the weekend and as I was sweating terribly and getting so many mosquito bites I may have needed a blood transfusion I kept thinking, man if I had a bike this would be so much more efficient.
I haven’t done much spot and stalk hunting, I’ve never hunted Mule Deer and I’ve never even been to South Dakota. So aside from the equipment side of things this will be all new tactics and challenges compared to what I’m used to. I’ve been tapping into every resource I have for the best info and advice on hunting Mule Deer with a bow. Needless to say I’ll be documenting gear, tactics, lessons learned and hopefully details of a successful hunt. Stick around, lots more to come over the next few weeks!