The wild lands of British Columbia are some of the wildest and most majestic in all of Canada, featuring picturesque woodlands, rough conditions and an abundance of plant and wildlife, ranging from the simple rabbits to the exotic bears and timber wolves. There are several ways to experience these lands. Even simply driving through them on a clear summer day will be dazlling and going deeper into the forests will only improve the experience, whether you’re talking a short walk from your car to embarking on a month long personal safari and camping trip. One of the best ways to experience the wonders of the wilds of these incredible lands is with British Columbia mule deer hunts.
However, there is quite a bit of work that goes into all British Columbia mule deer hunts. The first thing to understand is what you’ll be hunting. The mule deer is a species of deer indigeous to the western regions of the North American continent; while the species is sometimes found elsewhere, it is almost always found west of the Missouri river, usually inside the Rocky Mountain regions where they have lived and thrived since the last ice age. They are named for their ears, which are large and resemble the ears of a donkey or mule. Their height ranges between 31 and 42 inches and weigh between 121 and 331 pounds, making the larger specimens fairly serious game and a potential threat to humans they deem threats to their young or herds. Female deer are normally smaller. Their movements are dictated by the seasons and their autumn mating season marks their largest antler sizes, while a male mule deer’s antlers fall off in the winter to regrow over the next year. Female mule deer lack antlers.
Canadian laws have some standards for B.C. mule deer hunts. The open season with bows is fairly loosely regulated, and happens largely in the autumn season between September and November, while Canadian firearms laws make hunting with rifles a trickier matter. Hunters are usually allowed to bag a single mule deer male. The British Columbia hunting regulations are of course far more complex than a single article can cover, so it behooves all honest hunters to know those regulations before going into the field. The exact type of mule deer hunt depends on personal preferences. Most hunting expeditions have a base camp where the hunters rest before setting out to find some prey. Depending on the exact setting, this may be at a higher elevation than you’re used to. The experience of hunting mule deer in British Columbia is not for the faint of heart, but can be fairly exhilarating while being a reasonably safe and legal hunting trip for those who enjoy such North American safaris. The main tip for hunters should be to be cautious and obey all pertinent hunting laws to ensure that there will be mule deer to hunt next season. Finally, the wilds of British Columbia, while beautiful, can also be dangerous and one shouldn’t stray too far from civilization without a guide or serious training in survival.