The Mid West is famous for hosting some of America’s finest trophy deer heads, and Colorado is one of the states most tied to hunting. With one of the largest elk herds in America, the rocky mountains on her west, and plains with marshes and water ponds, the state is host an abundance of different flora and fauna. Hunters in Colorado can choose to pursue anything from Big Horn Sheep down to coyotes and prairie dogs. The most accessable and desirable of the game species in Colorado are Whitetail Deer, Pronghorn Antelope and Mule Deer.
The biggest and most desired of the 5 American deer species needs no introduction, the Mule deer. Aptly named because its ears resemble that of a mule, he is indigenous to the Western States. The Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is the largest of the Odocoileus family of deer that inhabit the America’s. He has a number of subspecies including the slightly smaller Black tail deer, which we arrange in California, to the much smaller Sitka Black tail that we arrange on Kodiak island. The white tail deer however, although related is not a subspecies and their antler formation is different: Mule Deer Buck’s antlers fork forming two brows whereas Whitetails have tines coming off a single main beam. They cast their antlers in Mid February. Also unlike Whitetail there is less of a size disparity across their range, although habitat and food source most certainly does make a difference. We hunt the cattle pastures of Central Colorado, “cowboy country” where the feed is good throwing some top quality heads.