If you’re a book collector or simply a lover of hunting history, you’ll want to have a look at the new release about mule deer from the Boone and Crockett Club: A Mule Deer Retrospective.
While it can be stated with some confidence that today’s hunters might be living the “good old days” when it comes to pursuing big whitetail deer, the same isn’t true for those with a special affinity for the iconic mule deer of the West.
Unlike whitetail populations that can thrive in urban/suburban environments, which have adapted to agricultural expansion and housing development in most regions of their native habitat, the opposite has been the case for the mule deer. Years of drought in the West, in addition to consistent forest fires, increased predators, gas and oil development, urban sprawl and myriad other factors, have contributed to a decrease in fawn production and a general falling-off of populations throughout the West.
The contributors of A Mule Deer Retrospective agree that the Golden Era of mule deer hunting is, sadly, behind us. They point to the undeniable fact that nearly 80 percent of the top 50 mule deer recognized in the B&C record book were taken prior to the mid-1970s—with some as far back as the 1800s.
The book features a special section with photographs and descriptions, which is dedicated to many of the historic bucks, including such well-known trophies as Ed Broder’s world-record non-typical mule deer taken near Chip Lake, Alberta, in 1926, and Doug Burris’ Colorado King, taken in 1972, which still reigns as the world-record typical.
A preview of many of the features and photos included in A Mule Deer Retrospective may be viewed right here.
In addition to photos and stories of some of the biggest mule deer ever taken, the book includes perspectives by some of the nation’s best-known writers and experts, including Guy Eastman, Ryan Hatfield, Jim Heffelfinger, Miles Moretti and Wayne van Zwoll.
The 304-page book, the third in a series that includes A Whitetail Retrospective and An American Elk Retrospective, is priced at $34.95, and is discounted for B&C associates.