Recommendation For Desert Mule Deer Hunts With Outback Outfitters


Published: May - 2011

If a desert mule deer is on your list of must-haves, then check out the opportunity we learned about recently from Hunting Report subscriber Michael Bodenchuk. He writes, "I just returned from Ft. Stockton, Texas, where I visited with Billy Jackson of Outback Outfitters. I've hunted with Jackson twice and taken family and friends out there as well. Jackson hunts a 250,000-acre ranch in the Glass Mountains for aoudad, pronghorn, free-range elk, and desert mule deer.

"Texas recently implemented a successful Managed Land Deer Permit (MLDP) Program for mule deer, and the quality of deer in West Texas has increased steadily. This coming season is the first year for this program on this very large ranch, and Jackson has 30 management bucks to remove. These management bucks are generally eight-points, many of them older deer that need to be removed to make habitat available for the up-and-coming trophy bucks. I've seen the deer on this ranch on every trip, and there are some very nice quality management bucks.

"There are two elements that make these hunts unique. First, for hunters looking at the SCI Hunting Awards program, desert mule deer are categorized separately from Rocky Mountain mule deer. The mule deer in the Glass Mountains are all considered desert mule deer and are an affordable alternative to hunts in Sonora, Mexico.

"Second, Jackson and his guides use Lannom Ranch Buggies. These are open-top buggies specially made for ranching and hunting purposes. Think of a 60s-style dune buggy with all-metal sides and virtually indestructible tires. These buggies allow hunters of all abilities to access remote corners of the ranch.

"Billy operates from two lodges. The Lower Lodge sleeps 18, and the Upper Lodge sleeps six. I've stayed at the Upper Lodge, a converted ranch house set in a picturesque canyon with wildlife right outside the door. He has full-time cooks, and the food is plentiful and good. A general hunting license (a $25 Texas resident or a five-day nonresident combo for $315) is needed for the deer or pronghorn........(continued)

 
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