How to E-Scout for Mule Deer Using BaseMap PRO
Mule Deer Versus Elk
To start, let’s talk about the difference between mule deer and elk habitat use. Mule deer are habitat specialists while elk are generalists. At a species level this means mule deer have very specific habitat requirements while elk have a broader range of habitats. Mule deer are browsers and are generally found in shrublands such as mountain brush, sagebrush, savannah, and desert scrub habitat types. Elk on the other hand can do well in several habitat types and can take advantage of almost all vegetation types. This is why historically elk were found in most every part of the United States while mule deer were not. Elk can take advantage of a wider variety of vegetation for energy while mule deer have to be more selective. This is probably why you have heard people say elk are more adaptable. We bring this up for two reasons: 1) It’s a neat fact. 2) Knowing this helps you understand that while there is overlap between the two species, they utilize the landscape very differently.
For this article we will focus on mule deer, although the scouting techniques discussed here could be adapted to elk, using elk specific data in BaseMap PRO.
Scouting for a hunt really is a function of time and money. Everyone loves to scout for a hunt, but not everyone lives close to the hunt unit, has a lifestyle allowing ample scouting time, or has the financial independence to aggressively scout before a hunt. But, a scouting technique anyone can do is e-scouting. Everyone can have access to e-scouting tools like BaseMap PRO on mobile and desktop.
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