While I have killed many many whitetails while I lived back east, I have yet to kill a mule deer. In fact, I have yet to see a legal fork antlered deer in the scope since I moved to New Mexico. Finally that all changed. on day 3 of my 5 day deer hunt, I saw this young guy sneaking across the ridge. When he cleared some brush my 25-06 spit out a 117 gr Berger and ended my deer season. I passed a small fork horn that was hanging out with a herd of elk about 15 minutes before I saw this guy. I shot him about 200 yards from the location I shot my bull just 3 weeks ago.
So I filled both of my tags and now it is sausage making time. This guy will be turned into snack sticks and breakfast sausage. Well, other than the backstraps and tenderloins.
I hear ya. Unfortunately New Mexico does not manage their deer herd very well. In fact there is no doe season at all in this state. The numbers are not there. Too many people poaching them and they had a free for all for decades. Now I'd say there are a lot more elk than mule deer in this state. I have seen some whitetails on my cameras this year though. They are starting to move in. It might be interesting in a few years if the population keeps growing. Seeing a few hybrids (mule/whitetail mix) also here and there.