On this episode of the Nomadic Outdoorsman Dan talks with Colorado mule deer fanatic Joel Crisman. Joel is a self taught western hunter that is passionate about chasing monster mule deer in Eastern Colorado. Dan and Joel talk about strategies for finding, stalking and
Joel’s outdoor journey started in Iowa fishing for catfish and hunting small game and birds as a kid. After graduating HS he left Iowa to go to college at the University of Southern California on a football scholarship which then led him to play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Joel has always had a fascination with hunting the West for elk and mule deer, but it wasn’t until he moved to Colorado in 2001 that he started chasing his hunting dreams. “Colorado has just about everything that a person could wish for”. He immediately started hunting elk, waterfowl and upland birds. In 2002 he got his first pointing lab named CJ and his first bow. He started hunting the eastern plains of Colorado for mule deer. Joel had 20 seasons of failures and near misses. After learning from his mistakes and investing in better equipment he has now connected with a number of very large mule deer. “After a number of years I honed my skills. I learned how to glass, judge size, stalk etc. I have killed a number of large mule deer. Now I will pick 1 or 2 bucks a year that I chase with my bow”. Joel is also a part time deer/antelope guide for his buddy Jim Hubbard at Eastern Colorado Outdoors. Besides chasing mule deer he also archery hunts for elk, bear and antelope in Colorado.
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