These hunts take place on large private ranches in the Trans Pecos region of far West Texas. This is big ranch country, untamed and as pristine as it has principally been since the Comanche’s and Apaches ruled this region over two centuries ago. Situated in the Chihuahuan Desert, this is amazing mule deer hunting country with topographical features ranging from expansive flats to undulating hills to rugged canyons and sheer, breathtaking bluffs. Vegetative complex is classic desert mule deer habitat with brushy plants consisting predominantly of creosote, mesquite, acacia, various cacti, and other thorny shrubs in the flats. Slopes and rough areas are comprised of pinon pine, juniper, oakbrush, madrone, mountain mahogany, and various other shrubs. Mule deer hunting in this region is unique and fulfilling.
Wildlife Systems’ mule deer hunting packages are set up to take the work out of the hunt so that your experience is all pleasure with little hassle. Each of these hunts are set up as 4 day programs with meals, lodging, guide, as well as skinning, caping of heads, and quartering of meat.
The facilities are modern, well-appointed cabins/lodges. No tents here and no roughing it. You will be comfortable, fed well, treated right, and provided with a quality desert mule deer hunt. Airport shuttle is not provided on these hunts, but we will get you detailed directions, so you can conveniently reach your mule deer hunting destination. Closest airport is Midland, which is 2.5 hours from your hunting destinations near Marathon. We do offer a hunt on one property where the clients stay in Marathon in a cabin and the lunches and dinners are taken at local restaurants.
These properties are set up under a special permit (MLDP) that allows us to have an extended season. Hunts typically take place in December and early January. Weather conditions are generally on the cool, but comfortable side, with lows normally getting down to around freezing at night and highs in the 70s during the middle of the day. However, it’s best to check the internet for weather forecast for Alpine and pack accordingly.
We recommend a minimum of a 150 grain bullet that’s well constructed. Please, no highly expandable bullets such as Nosler Ballistic Tips, Berger bullets, or hollow points. We suggest A-frames, partitions, or bonded bullets that retain most of the bullet mass but will expand sufficiently. We recommend that your gun be sighted in dead-on at 100 yards. Bring a good set of binoculars, a small day pack, and any other regular gear that you would normally bring on this type of hunt.
Be sure to inquire about adding on a free-range aoudad sheep to your mule deer hunt. Javelinas and predators also roam this country. Big country and big smiles. What do you say? Give us a call at 325-655-0877 to set up your next mule deer hunt.
Texas is one of the overlooked, best kept secrets in the mule deer hunting world and Wildlife Systems offers excellent hunting opportunities on multiple private ranches in West Texas. One of the intriguing and exciting features of mule deer hunting is the notion of being able to hunt a big game animal that is still relatively “unspoiled” and in an unscathed area of the world. Our mule deer hunts take place in a region where the subspecies is classified as desert mule deer (Odocoileus hemoinus crooki) and these deer are recognized by Safari Club International as their own category of deer. Mature desert mule deer generally weigh 190-250 pounds on the hoof, sporting dichotomous forked 4x4 antlers with spreads typically ranging 22” – 27”, but wider spreads do occur. With a proven track record dating back to 1987, Wildlife Systems is long recognized as one of the most seasoned outfitters in North America.