Nebraska Mule Deer Hunting
Email (719) 591-8934
D&E Outfitters takes 6-8 guided Nebraska trophy mule deer hunters per year between all weapons. This assures hunting pressure is very light, with a minimal harvest of mature bucks.
We offer several hunts, and will
customize to meet a mule deer hunter's hunting needs. We prefer to talk with each hunter
individually in planning the proper mule deer hunt for them.
We hunt on 70,000 private acres of ideal habitat in Nebraska Sand Hills for Nebraska
Trophy Mule Deer in the 140 - 180 class with average spreads of 20-27".
Bigger Mule Deer have been seen and taken in the surrounding area.
Our normal average success rates have been running at 100% with a 100% opportunity.
It is very common for our mule deer hunters to harvest there buck in 1 to 2 days.
4-day rifle guided Mule Deer hunts: Cost
5-day Muzzleloader guided Mule Deer hunts: Cost
2017 Guide Mule Deer hunts dates:
*Rifle: Nov 11-14 Nov 16-19
*Muzzleloader: 5 days between Dec 1-31
Rifle "Rut" mule deer hunts run "Saturday to Tuesday" and "Thursday to Sunday".
The opener each year is the closest Saturday to November 15. This falls
the week before Thanksgiving.
Contact us to book your hunt.
*Hunters need to read 2017 Nebraska Deer Regulations
- Included: guide and field transportation.
- Not Included:
licenses or permits, meat processing, taxidermy, any shipping
cost, cost accrued getting to and from or delays to point of guiding and
is customary and a way of saying thank you to those involved for a job
well done who made your trip enjoyable. The industry standard for a
hunting tip is 10-20%.
- Non-Hunters are welcomed to come with friends or family members. The fee is $400 per individual (with a maximum of 1 per paid hunter).
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- Nebraska mule deer hunting permits are Over-The-Counter, no complicated draw.
- Mule Deer Permits are $242. Extremely reasonable compared to mule deer permits in other states.
- Nebraska is cheaper and easier to travel to then other western states.
- Mule Deer November Rut rifle hunts.
- Muzzleloader mule deer hunts December 1-31 covers part of Rut and mule deer congregating for winter.
Our mule deer hunts are Free Ranging Wild Deer Fair Chase Hunts.
Nebraska Sandhill's Mule deer hunts can be tailored to your individual needs.
On guided mule deer hunts, are generally 1 guide per 2 hunters on Rifle, and Muzzleloader mule deer hunts. 1x1
mule deer hunts can be arranged for an additional fee.
ranches support a very healthy population of Mule Deer. It's common to see several
bucks a day.
your mule deer has been harvested and pictures taken. We will field
dress, then bring you, and your mule deer to the mandatory Nebraska Game
and Parks checking station in Valentine Nebraska, and then transport
your Nebraska mule deer to be processed or hung up. Any harvested mule deer processing fees are hunters responsibility.
D&E Outfitters Mule Deer Management program are a key factor in our successful Outfitter operation. We are selective on the mule deer we harvest.
- Our goal is to only harvest mature mule deer with average range between 140-180"
- Mule deer harvested has to have a minimal of 4 points on one side.
- Good food sources, genetics, predator control, and harvesting only mature mule deer.
Nebraska Mule Deer Hunt Details
Nebraska Mule Deer Hunting Permits
All these permits/tags can be purchased online and printed out at www.outdoornebraska.org
Don will call you when it is time to purchase your permit with the unit number.
- Non-resident specific game management unit deer permits are $242.
- Non-resident youth deer permits are $8.
- Non-resident firearm statewide buck permits are $600.
- Required Nebraska State Habitat Stamp is $25.
Hunter Education is required for all hunters ages 12 through 29:
- Hunting with a firearm must have on their person proof of successful completion of Firearm Hunter Education.
- Who have not completed a Firearm Hunter may obtain an Apprentice Hunter Education Exemption Certificate from the Commission.
In areas we hunt the specific unit and statewide buck permits are for either a Whitetail or Mule deer buck.
When compared to other states these permits are very reasonable, and can be bought over Over-The-Counter!
Note: permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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Mule Deer Hunt Details - Nebraska
Nebraska mule deer terrain we hunt is diverse, varying from creek country, cultivated fields, to rolling Nebraska sandhills. Hunters are positioned overlooking creek bottoms or bluffs where deer funnel between feeding and bedding areas.
Most our Nebraska mule deer hunting can be done by truck or fairly easy walking, but keep in mind a stock for a trophy mule deer might take us across rolling Sand Hill country.
Mule deer hunts we use some ground blinds, but mainly spot and stalk. As the mule deer hunting changes, we adapt and use the best hunting method.
Our mule deer hunting grounds accommodate most deer hunters of any age and hunters with challenges.
*No smoking in the hunting vehicles, or blinds.
Shots are normally between 50 to 300 yards for rifle, and muzzleloader 50-200.
- Rifle: we recommend a flat shooting long range mule deer rifle you
can effectively shoot, limbsaver recoil pad, highest quality variable
scope, muzzlebrake and bipod.
- Good whitetail deer calibers are: 270 win, 270 WSM, 308, 30-06, 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm WSM, 28 Nosler, 300 WSM, or 300 Win Mag.
- Most important bring a rifle you can shoot straight without flinching,
and able to shoot out to 300 yards. You will need to shoot your deer
rifle often before your hunt to be proficient.
Quality Rifle Scope is needed for our guided mule deer hunting! We
recommend a 3-9X, 3-12X, or a 4-14X scope.
- Premium grade ammunition and bullets are a must with a high ballistic coefficient. Good ones are: Federal Premium Trophy Bonded Tip Ammo, Barnes VOR-TX Rifle Ammo TTSX, Remington Premier Accu-Tip, Winchester XP Ammo, Nosler Custom Trophy-Grade Ammunition, or HSM’s
Trophy Gold with Berger Bullets.
Buy only one of the best!
- A bullet weight of 150-180 grains
- Make sure your guns trigger has a safe, light, crisp tripper pull between 2.75 and 3.25 pounds .
Bring your gun to a gunsmith and have the trigger adjusted. This will
greatly help your accuracy.
- Breathing Control is a must for accurate shooting.
- Install a muzzlebrake to reduce recoil and help your accuracy!
- We recommend a bipod or shooting sticks.
- Good shooting mule deer rifle should be shooting 3-5 shots in 1" to
1.25" group at a 100 yards. If it don't there is a problem that needs to
be fixed before your hunt.
- We recommend sighting
your deer rifle 2 inches high at a 100 yards. This will have most mule
deer rifles on to 300 yards.
- You need to practice shooting in the standing, sitting, kneeling, prone
positions. We don't know what type of shot you will have, best to be
prepared for all.
- Make a 50-yard increments bullet drop chart of the bullet drop from 100 to 450 yards and tape it to your stock.
- Muzzleloader Nebraska mule deer hunts December 1-31 is an excellent time to hunt. The muzzleloader mule deer season is a great time to hunt for a Nebraska trophy mule deer buck!
- We recommend a muzzleloader with a magnum charge capability shooting accurately out to 200 yards.
- Many of our muzzleloader deer hunters use a TC Triumph Bone Collector, CVA Accura V2 Long Range,or Traditions Vortek Ultra Light LDR muzzleloaders fitted with an actual muzzleloader bullet drop compensator (BDC) scope.
- Scopes: the Bushnell Trophy DOA Muzzleloader Scope, Nikon In-line Muzzleloader Scope, or Leopold Ultimate Slam Muzzleloader Scope.
- Open sites: Truglo Fiber-optic sights works well.
- Quality Lazar Range Finder is a must for all muzzleloader mule deer hunting.
- Sighted in for 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards.
- Magnifying Scopes, Pellets and SABOTS can be used with muzzleloaders in Nebraska for mule deer hunting.
muzzleloader hunters have Excellent Muzzleloader Whitetail Deer Hunting
Success with various combinations of the following muzzleloading
- "260 or 300 grain"Harvester Scorpion PT Gold, "250 or 290" Barnes Spit-Fire TMZ, or "250 or 300 grain" TC ShockWave Muzzleloading Bullets, along with "Blackhorn 209 powder using CCI 209M, or Federal 209A Primers is my first choice".
- We recommend trying a muzzleloader rifle Hammer Extender, TC Power Rod and Speed Loaders.
- If you are a hard core muzzleloader mule deer hunter or just a mule deer hunter wanting to extend your season. The Nebraska month long December muzzleloader mule deer season is must to consider for all trophy mule deer hunters.
Note: A takes a mature mule deer hunter to only take shots they know they can make. It is a must you come prepared being able to shoot straight and use your weapon of choice accurately and ready to perform to the best of its and yours ability!
- Our commute from our lodging each day to one of the ranches is approximately 20-45 minutes.
- Hunter Orange is required by any person except archers, hunter must display on their Head, chest and back at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material. Camouflage hunter orange patterns are legal if the minimum 400 square inch requirements are met.
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Lodging and Meals Valentine, Nebraska
Food & Lodging will be on your own in Valentine
Lodging: you can stay at one of Valentine's Motels, we have a list.
Breakfast: most Motels have continental style breakfasts.
Lunch: you will need to pack your own lunch and drinks the night before. Grocery stores in the area will have all you need.
Dinner: there is many restaurants in Valentine to choose from, after you clean up.
Alcohol is not provided, but is allowed after hunting is done for the day. Intoxication will not be tolerated.
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Getting to Valentine Nebraska
We hunt near the town of Valentine Nebraska in North Central Nebraska.
Note: Our cell phone reception is very minimal.
We expect you to drive to us:
For driving directions to Valentine Nebraska click on the city name in blue, then put in your zip code to Valentine Nebraska.
When hunting near Valentine Nebraska you can fly into either:
- North Platte Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 2 hours
- Omaha Nebraska then rent a vehicle and drive 5 hours 20 minutes
- Rapid City South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 3 hours 20 minutes
- Sioux City Iowa then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours
- Sioux Falls South Dakota then rent a vehicle and drive 4 hours 20 minutes
(Call Airlines for best prices), When flying with the airlines you will need to follow the regulations for guns and ammunition, ask the airlines for information if unsure.
You will need to call Don on his Cell phone 2 hours prior to arrival to Valentine NE, he will discuss with you where to meet.
You need to plan to arrive into camp 12:00 - 3:00 pm during the daylight the day before your hunt start. After arriving you will get your gear unpacked and ready, shoot your gun for zero as needed, hunt orientation and safety brief.
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Meat and Taxidermy - Mule Deer
A problem a deer hunter faces who has just driven or flown across the country to go on a deer hunt is how to get the meat, cap and antlers safely home. Please read below on what we have learned and know:
- Ensure you know Nebraska, states traveling thru and state you live in big game transportation and importation laws and any other legal requirements in this area. This is your responsibility.
- After the mandatory deer check in requirements are completed. One option, on the ranches we hunt there is a water source and place to hang and breakdown your own deer.
- Check with your airline or ground carrier about any restrictions about transporting meat/cape/antlers.
- Keeping the same airline on connecting flights will help avoid luggage issues.
- Some hunters that drive will put a freezer in the back of there truck or in a utility trailer which can be plugged in or ran with a generator.
- You should use coolers for transporting your meat and cape.
- Flying: duct tape the coolers shut after you get to the airport in case they need to open and pack them as tightly as possible with frozen solid meat.
- Driving: use duct tape to hold the lids tightly shut. This keeps out air, even when the truck is on rough roads, and hits bumps.
- If you fly, once the meat is processed and frozen, it can be boxed and checked as excess baggage. Meat should be frozen as dry ice is not allowed on airplanes.
- If you fly, a Cape can be frozen and put in a cooler then checked in or checked as excess baggage.
- Antlers can be packaged and shipped by mail or checked as excess baggage.
We have an excellent local meat processor that will try to have your deer packaged and frozen by the time you are ready to leave for home.
- The cost for basic processing is approximately $125 and $25 additional for capping.
- If you do not wish to take your meat home, arrangements can be made to have it donated. You are still responsible for the processing fee.
- The butcher will not accept the deer for donation unless the processing fee is paid at time of drop off.
US Mail, UPS, or FedEx, we have had hunters use all with good success. To make this work best with perishable items. They need to be shipped out at a office by the main airport you fly into. Reason, where we are located in Nebraska we are far away from the interstates and major airports so everything is Ground shipment first, then overnight so "overnight" actually turns into 2-3 days. Note: if shipping nonperishable where time isn't a factor. We have a Post office and drop boxes for UPS and FedEx in our local areas.
Award Winning Local Taxidermist is available to mount or expedite your
trophy. They are very knowledgeable, and highly skilled on all species
we hunt. This is an easy and efficient way to handle your taxidermy
needs. Most often they will often do a better job than someone who has
seen few of the particular animals from our areas.
We highly recommend Tall Tails Taxidermy Studio, LLC in Burton, NE. They are a "small Full-Time Taxidermy Studio"
focused on providing high quality taxidermy within a reasonable time
period, averaging six to nine months. They do everything they can to
meet your expectations. Ann and Aimee are very
methodical, meticulous, and driven that never settle for second best or
"just good enough". I would trust them with my finest trophy.
Ann's Cell: 1-402-376-6379
Aimee's Cell: 1-402-382-8696
Web Site: www.talltailstaxidermystudio.com
They use a highly reputable Concierge Shipping Service that ships from
there door to your door that is insured, and bonded.
Note: With all this said above, our hunters are telling us it is best "to drive when you can". They say with a partner and rotating driving, you can get anywhere within the states in a days travel, which is what you are burning up flying anyway, along with renting a car and driving to us. This way you get to bring all your gear and take everything back and use a meat processor close to home and your own taxidermist. Our recommendation is to drive if at all possible. Plus, it's nice just to take a day off and do some touring while your deer is being butchered and frozen and then loading the cooler for the ride home.
It is a must to plan ahead in this area and determine before the hunt how you want to handle your meat/cape/antler needs.
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Wounded Deer Policy
We take great pride in having almost no unrecoverable wounding's since
we have been in business and ask that our hunters show up prepared and
so that we can do our best to keep wounding's to a minimum.
Deer are a precious resource! If
an Deer is wounded during your hunt. We will exhaust all of our efforts
to find the animal. If the animal is not found, it is still considered
yours and the hunt is considered completed.
are a valuable resource that landowner relies upon for financial funds
for the operation of there ranch/farm. It is not fair to the landowners
to allow each hunter the opportunity to potentially kill two animals. In
this case, a hunter would, in essence, be potentially killing two
animals while only paying for one. Plus, the next hunter loses from
having fewer trophy deer to hunt.
Outfitters believes in ethical fair chase hunting and strive for clean
kills! This can only be achieved by your utmost practice and
preparation for your hunt. Keeping your head in highly intense
situations and walking away or waiting when the shot opportunity is not
It takes a mature trophy mule deer hunter to only take
shots that they know they can make. It is a must you come prepared being
able to use your weapon accurately and have you and your weapon of
choice ready to perform.
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Mule Deer Hunt Trip Insurance
Hunting out of state is expensive, with life being unpredictable, and the unexpected does happen to everyone, and for this reason D & E Outfitters highly recommends buying Travel Guard's Sportsman's Travel Protection Plan Insurance.
You need to make sure it includes cancellation coverage.
The Sportsman Travel Protection Plan is one of Travel Guard's most customized packages, and is idea for traveling hunters.
This is your responsibility to ensure you, and your hunting investment are covered and protected.
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D&E Outfitters Contact us Form
If you are looking for a great mule deer hunt!
Please contact us to discuss our trophy mule deer hunts in Nebraska for a Trophy Mule Deer.
Call or e-mail D & E Outfitters to book your Nebraska mule
deer hunting adventure. Phone: 719-591-8934 or Contact us form
Thank you for visiting and we look
forward to talking to you soon about a mule deer hunt in the beautiful
Nebraska Sand Hills!
Contact us today to book your hunt.
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