Mule deer breed from early November through early December. That’s why Brent Stettler has chosen Nov. 17 as the day to hold a mule deer watch in southeastern Utah.

“During the rut, which will be in full swing, deer tend to be less concerned about vehicles and people,” says Stettler, a regional conservation outreach manager with the Division of Wildlife Resources.

“If you attend the event, you should get a close look at a good number of deer.”

1:30 p.m. on Nov. 17

The free viewing event will happen Nov. 17 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Utah. Because limited hunting happens in the area, you can see a good number of mature bucks on a regular basis.

“Depending on the day,” Stettler says, “you can see anywhere from
50 to 100 deer in the fields.”

If you’d like to attend, meet at 1:30 p.m. at Exit 204 (the exit to
Cisco) on Interstate 70. For more information, call Stettler at (435) 613-3707. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Stettler also encourages you to bring a pair of binoculars, a camera, snacks, water and warm clothes. “And please be on time,” he says.

“We don’t want anyone to get lost on their way to the wildlife management area.”

Image courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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