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Zone 121 hunting.







#1
I came up to Ely, Nv to do some mule deer hunting. We went to the mountains behind Cherry Creek and found plenty of signs of elk, mountain lion, horses, and very little amount of deer. Trying to see if anyone has any other suggestions on where to go where there might actually be some deer? Spent 3 days there and didnt see one deer!
 

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Do you have 121 or 221? I sent info for 121, then you changed your request to 221 and got good responses on that and now you are asking how about 121 again.

Old timers refer to hunt areas by the first two digits a lot so it can be confusing at first. This is why on hunt maps it shows in the Northwest corner of the state an area numbered 011. That is area 1 and it is subdivided into areas 011 012 013 + 014.

Cherry Creek is in area 12 (121), and south of Ely is area 22.
 
#4
Do you have 121 or 221? I sent info for 121, then you changed your request to 221 and got good responses on that and now you are asking how about 121 again.

Old timers refer to hunt areas by the first two digits a lot so it can be confusing at first. This is why on hunt maps it shows in the Northwest corner of the state an area numbered 011. That is area 1 and it is subdivided into areas 011 012 013 + 014.

Cherry Creek is in area 12 (121), and south of Ely is area 22.
I did post a few months about 121 originally. I got mixed up and changed it to 221. Probably because I applied for elk in 221. Thanks for the info though
 

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Typically, mule deer have no real reason to come down to the foothills until snow forces them down or feed is better (like an ag field or serviceberries down below, etc). They stay above the treeline otherwise. There are muleys that always break the rules though, so use your glass more than your feet when scouting.

Did you draw a late season (into November) tag? If so, I would wait until the last week if possible. The bucks will be a little more mobile during the day and will start to have thoughts of procreation on their minds thus defenses will be down slightly.

Good luck! My buddy drew a late rifle tag in that unit so I'll be out there with him.
 
#8
Seeing signs of Lions indicates a much lower deer population. I believe our game management is missing the boat on Lions and Wolves. I am experiencing a much lower deer population than the biologists are indicating in most areas.
 

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one of our "group", coworkers from ely, was down a little to the south, i think the area around pioche. their young (jr) son got a very large body mulie with a pretty fair rack.

also, they sent some elk from last season down this way. gotta try it. never had elk before.
 

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Typically, mule deer have no real reason to come down to the foothills until snow forces them down or feed is better (like an ag field or serviceberries down below, etc). They stay above the treeline otherwise. There are muleys that always break the rules though, so use your glass more than your feet when scouting.

Did you draw a late season (into November) tag? If so, I would wait until the last week if possible. The bucks will be a little more mobile during the day and will start to have thoughts of procreation on their minds thus defenses will be down slightly.

Good luck! My buddy drew a late rifle tag in that unit so I'll be out there with him.
Tell that to the monster field bucks. Lots of bucks will be low. I am pretty sure the "old timers" have lied to me all these years. "Go high, get on top, you won't see them around 5,000' until the snow gets deep". They want me to stay away from the deer.

Bull(crap). Animals do what they want, when they want. I found a herd of deer @ 4200' when daytime temps were 65-70 in November who would stay at 3800-4500'. They had a peak less than a mile away that was a lot cooler but had no need to go there.
 

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Tell that to the monster field bucks. Lots of bucks will be low. I am pretty sure the "old timers" have lied to me all these years. "Go high, get on top, you won't see them around 5,000' until the snow gets deep". They want me to stay away from the deer.

Bull(crap). Animals do what they want, when they want. I found a herd of deer @ 4200' when daytime temps were 65-70 in November who would stay at 3800-4500'. They had a peak less than a mile away that was a lot cooler but had no need to go there.
It's just a general rule, my friend. That's why I said, in my post that "There are muleys that always break the rules though, so use your glass more than your feet when scouting". Sounds like you were slighted before by "old timers" and I sure hope you don't lump me into that group. Like pretty much everyone else in the hunting community, my advice was based on personal experience and was a sincere effort to help the OP locate deer where he had zero success seeing a single one in his previous attempt.

I find no humor or satisfaction in sending complete strangers on a wild goose chase
 
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It's just a general rule, my friend. That's why I said, in my post that "There are muleys that always break the rules though, so use your glass more than your feet when scouting". Sounds like you were slighted before by "old timers" and I sure hope you don't lump me into that group. Like pretty much everyone else in the hunting community, my advice was based on personal experience and was a sincere effort to help the OP locate deer where he had zero success seeing a single one in his previous attempt.

I find no humor or satisfaction in sending complete strangers on a wild goose chase
Unfortunately I wasnt able to get back up there to try my luck again because I got acute bronchitis with bronchospasms. I could hardly walk without losing my breath or stop coughing, so definately couldn't be out hiking. I do appreciate the advise though
 

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I used to pound the mountains like crazy when younger, and left some tags unfilled. Since I have gotten older, the truck does the pounding while I study through binos and scheme ambushes and interceptions, usually down low.... have left no buck tags unfilled since.
 

doz

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It's just a general rule, my friend. That's why I said, in my post that "There are muleys that always break the rules though, so use your glass more than your feet when scouting". Sounds like you were slighted before by "old timers" and I sure hope you don't lump me into that group. Like pretty much everyone else in the hunting community, my advice was based on personal experience and was a sincere effort to help the OP locate deer where he had zero success seeing a single one in his previous attempt.

I find no humor or satisfaction in sending complete strangers on a wild goose chase
Wasn't directed at you but plenty have no issue sending people on wild goose chases. Me? I try to give people all the info I have gathered. I'm not worried about losing a buck in the future because I gave a few people an area that holds deer. If I dont get one because of that, then I probably don't deserve one.
 

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Wasn't directed at you but plenty have no issue sending people on wild goose chases. Me? I try to give people all the info I have gathered. I'm not worried about losing a buck in the future because I gave a few people an area that holds deer. If I dont get one because of that, then I probably don't deserve one.
Understood. I suppose there are those who would do such things. Karma tends to catch up to them at some point or another.

Same here. I have no problems giving out information about a particular hunt. The recipient of this info still has to put eyes on the glass, boots on the ground and skills to execute an ethical kill.
 

HomeSkillet

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Unfortunately I wasnt able to get back up there to try my luck again because I got acute bronchitis with bronchospasms. I could hardly walk without losing my breath or stop coughing, so definately couldn't be out hiking. I do appreciate the advise though
Oh man. Sorry to hear that. Did your season end on the 31st of October or do you have the November tag that ends on the 8th?