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

The middle of November is a great time to see mule deer. Their breeding season starts then, and the deer are less wary.

The middle of November is a great time to see mule deer. Their breeding season starts then, and the deer are less wary.

Photo by Brent Stettler

To take advantage of this time of year, Division of Wildlife Resources personnel will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Nov. 16, 2013 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in southeastern Utah.

Because deer hunting is restricted in the Book Cliffs (just north of Nash Wash), the WMA is one of the best places to see deer, especially bucks. Viewers can watch deer from their vehicles as they drive along the WMA'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," says Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR. "Vehicle traffic, predators and weather all affect their location."

Call now to register

The trip is limited to 25 participants, and pre-registration 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 Interstate 70. The exit is about four hours from Salt Lake City, one hour from Moab and two hours from Price.

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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