Opening Weekend Mule Deer

Doug Bolender, of Kalispell, had success mule deer archery hunting on opening weekend.

“I drew a tag in an area in Western Montana that is known for its large mule deer, so I was excited to get the chance to try and get a big muley with my bow,” Bolender┬ásaid. The permit was good for either archery season or rifle season.

“I start to practice shooting with my bow at the beginning of July so come September I feel pretty good about my accuracy,” Bolender said.

Bolender prepares for archery season by practicing from 20-30 and 40 yard distances. “I went in the Saturday before to my hunting area and scouted around,” added Bolender.

“Then on opening day I decided to put a tree stand up so I could hunt from it that afternoon.”

big mule deer

Bolender didn’t have to wait long to see a nice mule buck come by but it was to far away to try shoot.

“The next morning I got up early and went to the same stand and this time it came within 30 yards at 7:15am and I made my shot.”

Bolender figures it would have a Pope and Young rough score of 157, it is 25 inches wide and 20 inches tall.