10 Best Public Mule Deer Hunting

Updated on: January 2022

Best Public Mule Deer Hunting in 2022


Arizona - Arrow Released, Stalk on a Bedded Buck!

Arizona - Arrow Released, Stalk on a Bedded Buck!
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2022

Kaibab Mule Deer - Arizona Enchantment

Kaibab Mule Deer - Arizona Enchantment
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2022

Mule Deer Surprise

Mule Deer Surprise
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2022

Hunting Open-Country Mule Deer

Hunting Open-Country Mule Deer
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2022

Eastern Colorado Archery Mule Deer

Eastern Colorado Archery Mule Deer
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2022

The Last of the Plainsmen

The Last of the Plainsmen
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2022

Hard Time Bucks

Hard Time Bucks
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2022

The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2022

Mule Deer: A Handbook for Utah Hunters and Landowners

Mule Deer: A Handbook for Utah Hunters and Landowners
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2022
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Tahr Above the Clouds

Tahr Above the Clouds
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2022

Butterfield Overland Trail: Worlds Longest Stage Coach Route Gets Study

The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2020 will study if the Butterfield Overland Trail should become part of the National Trails System. The Butterfield Overland Trail was the world's longest stagecoach route.

During the years 1858-1861, The Butterfield Stage ran passengers starting in Tipton Missouri and traveling through Arkansas and then turning west to end in San Francisco California. Not only is this trail of significant historical importance to the US as a whole, it is of particular importance to northwest Arkansas.

In Arkansas, the Butterfield Overland Trail passed through the current day cities of Fayetteville, Hogeye, Strickler, Van Buren and Fort Smith. In Fayetteville the stage was changed from a horse drawn stagecoach to one pulled with a team of 4 mules. The reason for this was the tough terrain through the Boston Mountains. A passenger on the stage, Waterman Ormsby (see sources #2) a writer for the NY Herald described his experience as follows:

"...It is impossible that any road could be worse. I might say the road was steep, rugged, jagged, rough and mountainous, and then wish for more impressive words..."

Currently part of this trail resides in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. It comes within 2 miles of the renowned Butterfield Hiking Trail in Devil's Den State Park, a trail named for the stagecoach route. The terrain here has not changed very much except that some of the roads are paved. Hiking the trail one can imagine how difficult it would be to travel through this area by stagecoach. The terrain is steep and full of rocks, fracture caves, and crevices that were formed by the mountain faces falling off of the mountains and into the Quaill Valley. Hiking trails in this area are usually rocky and the 15 mile Butterfield Hiking Trail is not a trail for beginners. Mountain Bike along the Holt Road Trail and one will experience a ride that could shake the teeth out of your head; very similar to what Mr. Ormsby must have experienced.

It is great to see that an effort is being made to preserve these areas. The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2020 does a lot more than allocate funding for a study for the Butterfield Overland Trail. There are a lot of other watershed, wilderness and natural areas discussed. You can read the entire bill here. It is long, over 1200 pages.

Hopefully the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2020 will get signed into law. Devils Den State Park and the surrounding area is one of my favorite places to hike and I would love to see the Butterfield Overland Trail preserved or at least marked.

To read more articles about legislation by this author click on the links below:

Act 1 Protest Starts: March to Repeal Act 1 at the Arkansas State Capitol Scheduled

ACLU to Challenge Act 1 in Arkansas

Is a State Lottery in Arkansas' Future

Bailout Vote: Arkansas Representatives Vote Yes

Are Gas Prices in Arkansas Price Gouging

Sources:

1) Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2020

2) Butterfield Hiking Trail Pamphlet (in print not online), Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas State Parks.

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