Hunting whitetail in mule deer country

jsoronen234

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Every year I pick up a Colorado seasons choice WT only tag. It's good for 5 different units. I usually carry it around while I hunt mule deer in one of those units, and hope i get lucky and stumble upon a whitetail along the way. I never do..... The seasons choice tag is easy to get, and WT ONLY because the population of deer out there is primarily mule deer. Well, this year I'm going to hunt that whitetail tag only, because I didn't snag an either species deer tag out there.
Out in eastern Colorado, the whitetail primarily seem to stay near river bottom, and the mule deer are out in ag fields, rolling hills, and literally everywhere. There's not much river bottom in these units where the tag is good. So my question is this, what other terrain or landscape are you guys specifically targeting when hunting whitetail in mule deer country?
 

Super tag

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I don’t hunt Colorado but where I hunt the WT and MD share the same areas in some units, mountain and lowland. i have seen and hunted both species in the same general areas if that helps you.
 

Customweld

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I don’t hunt Colorado but where I hunt the WT and MD share the same areas in some units, mountain and lowland. i have seen and hunted both species in the same general areas if that helps you.
I’ll mirror what Super tag has experienced. Where I hunt, they will overlap in certain elevation bands. I’m by no means an expert wt hunter. When I am hunting them, I’ll generally find a well traveled trail and pick a shooting lane and sit and wait.
 
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jsoronen234

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This is all out in the plains. Very minimal public land, so a lot of driving dirt roads, glassing, and knocking on doors for permission.
 

Dirtbag

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I look for breaks and coulees with thicker yucca within a couple miles of river bottom and/ or Agriculture. Thick CRP, shelterbelts and brushy corners of pivots are also a good place to check. Have fun.
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Rich M

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This is a roadkill in CO. Nice buck - we stopped, checked it out, came back by an hour later and he was gone. We were mule deer hunting. We saw a couple guys looking for WT.

Found WT in 2 diff areas while we were going from place to place for muleys. One was an area of evergreens in crop area - saw multiple WT there multiple times. Second was a valley or sorts with water source and cotton woods. Buddy sat there one evening, seen 3 does and a horny buck with 1 antler, other was broke off. He said he'd a shot him if he had a tag.
 

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