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Mule Deer watching day is Nov. 16

Published: Friday, Nov. 1 2013 10:43 a.m. MDT

DWR personnel will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Nov. 16 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Utah.

Ray Grass, Deseret Morning News

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GREEN RIVER — Division of Wildlife Resources personnel will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Nov. 16 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Utah.

November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to get close to mule deer without frightening them, according to the DWR. Instead of worrying about humans, mule deer bucks spend their energy breeding or fighting other males.

Because deer hunting is restricted in the Book Cliffs just north of Nash Wash, the management area is one of the best places to see deer, especially bucks. Viewers can watch deer from their vehicles as they drive along the area's network of maintained roads.

Depending on the year, the weather and the food supply, as many as 100 deer can be seen in a relatively small area. “Please understand that we can’t guarantee you’ll see 100 deer,” said Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR. “Vehicle traffic, predators and weather all affect their location.”

The trip is limited to 25 participants, and preregistration is required. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The group will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the top of exit 204, the Cisco exit, on I-70.

Participants should bring binoculars, a spotting scope and camera, water, warm clothes and snacks. To register or for more information, call Stettler at 435-613-3707.

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