See Mule Deer Up Close in East-Central Utah


DWR News Release

Green River — November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to see mule deer without spooking them. Because it’s deer mating season, also known as the rut, mule deer bucks spend their energy focusing on does or fighting other males, rather than worrying about people nearby.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is hosting a free wildlife watching event on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area, located east of Green River in east-central Utah. The event will be held from 2-6 p.m.

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, especially bucks. Viewers can watch deer from their vehicles as they drive along the WMA’s network of maintained roads. While visitors will likely be able to see deer fairly close, remember that it can be dangerous to approach wild animals, especially during mating season, so be sure to maintain a safe distance.

As many as 100 deer can often be seen in a relatively small area. The number of deer you see on Nov. 16, however, 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 at the event,” Aaron Bott, DWR regional conservation outreach manager, said. “But your chances of seeing deer during the rut at Nash Wash are good.”

While this event is free, it will be limited to 30 people. Register on Eventbrite to save your spot.

Participants should bring binoculars or a spotting scope, a camera, water, warm clothes and snacks. This event is weather dependent, as rain and snow can make the road impassable.

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