Here’s Your Chance to Get a Good Look at Mule Deer

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November is a great time to see mule deer. Their breeding season is underway, and the deer are less wary.

DWR Press Release

Register now for free wildlife viewing event on Nov. 19

Price — 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, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in southeastern Utah.

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

As many as 100 deer can be seen in a relatively small area. But deer numbers will depend on the weather, food supply and other variables. “Unlike visiting a zoo, we can’t guarantee that 100 deer will be readily visible,” says Morgan Jacobsen, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR. “But your chances of seeing deer during the rut at Nash Wash are good.”

The Nov. 19 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, Jacobsen 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 Jacobsen at 435-613-3707 or send an email to morganjacobsen@utah.gov.

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