Few things are as satisfying as watching a herd of mule deer migrate though the backcountry.
When people travel to the plains of Wyoming, there are two things they're certain to see: beautiful rolling hills a lot of pronghorns.
Plenty of other wildlife inhabits the High Plains, too, but many make a point to stay out of sight. And, perhaps none is as seemingly invisible as the mule deer.
However, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was generous enough to share the footage captured on a trail camera set up along the Baggs Mule Deer Corridor.
In this clip, we see that mule deer are most definitely out there, abundant in numbers and striking in size.
Watch the video below:
The Baggs mule deer herd, numbering more than 15,000, migrates each fall from the Sierra Madres and Atlantic Rim, some of the most diverse and productive summer habitats in Wyoming. They migrate south and west to survive the winter in a mostly desolate and unproductive high desert winter range near the town of Baggs, west of Baggs and sometimes even further south into the state of Colorado. These mule deer consistently travel the same migration corridors each year, picking up valuable calories in stopover areas along the way to help them survive their long journey. Some of these deer migrate 100 miles one way and some have been known to go as far as 40 miles into Colorado. Watch this compilation to see mule deer as they migrate through a high-use portion of the designated Baggs Mule Deer Corridor.
Posted by Wyoming Game and Fish Department on Wednesday, December 11, 2019
According to the WGFD, the Baggs mule deer herd comprises a little more than 15,000 deer. Each fall, that herd migrates south and west from Wyoming's Sierra Madres and the Atlantic Rim to survive the winter.
While their summer habitats feature especially diverse and thriving habitats, their winter habitats near the town of Baggs are more desolate and unproductive desert ranges, which stretch all the way down into Colorado.
So if you're ever hunting in Wyoming and wondering where the mule deer are, we can assure you, they are there. And, perhaps this mule deer migration route could point you in the right direction.
What's perhaps the most interesting part of this video, though, is the fact that the only animal to actually notice the trail camera was a curious raccoon toward the end.
Mule deer are a mysterious bunch, often regarded as the most evasive of any cervid species. Seeing them move in such high quantities is a special sight.