Get Close to Mule Deer


The start of November is a great time to see mule deer. Their breeding season starts then, and the deer are less wary.

DWR Press Release

Register now for free wildlife-viewing event

Green River – November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to get close to mule deer without spooking them. Instead of worrying about humans, mule deer bucks spend their energy breeding or fighting other males.

To take advantage of this time of year, Division of Wildlife Resources personnel will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Nov. 7 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in southeastern Utah.

Because deer hunting is restricted in the area in the Book Cliffs just north of Nash Wash, the WMA is one of the best places to see deer, especially bucks. Viewers can watch deer from their vehicles as they drive along the WMA’s network of maintained roads.

Depending on the year, the weather and the food supply, as many as 100 deer can be seen in a relatively small area. “Please understand that we can’t guarantee you’ll see 100 deer,” says Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR. “Vehicle traffic, predators and weather all affect their location.”

Call now to register

The Nov. 7 trip is limited to 10 vehicles and pre-registration is required. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

When you call to register, Stettler will explain where and when to meet. The meeting location is about four hours from Salt Lake City, one hour from Moab and two hours from Price.

Participants should bring binoculars or a spotting scope, a camera, water, warm clothes and snacks.

To register or for more information, call Stettler at 435-613-3707.

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