Similar to the special permits for bighorn sheep and elk also offered by Alberta every year, the Special Mule Deer Permit allows the holder to hunt one antlered mule deer in any Alberta general or special zone where antlered mule deer are open. The season for the special permit also extends past the resident hunt to December 31, 2009. Whoever buys this permit must hire an outfitter.
Canadian correspondent Ken Nowicki says the real bonus to this hunt is the chance to hunt in December, which has proven key in taking top-end trophies on the other special permits. With the sheep permit allowing hunting to December 15th, for example, the possibility of a massive ram leaving the restricted Cadoman mine area is very likely and has resulted in some giant sheep taken in the past.
The Mule Deer Permit will be auctioned alongside the special elk and sheep permit. Details on the three special permits should be available soon on the Wild Sheep Foundation web site. The proceeds from the auction benefit wildlife in Alberta. One of each permit is also available for Alberta residents through a raffle.