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WELCOME TO THE MULEY FANATIC FOUNDATION
FUNDRAISING EVENTS
ICON OF THE WEST
SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MORE
MULE DEER POPULATIONS DECLINING AS MUCH AS 40% IN THE WEST IN THE LAST TWO DECADES. WHERE WILL THEY BE IN THE NEXT 20? BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.
FURTHERING THE SPORT OF HUNTING AND SOUND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

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Soda Lake Project

Volunteers from the MFF Upper Green Chapter and SOS Well Services joined the Wyoming Game & Fish Department to install steel jack fence at Soda Lake near Pinedale, Wyoming.

Pathfinder Volunteer Days

On July 12th & 13th, many volunteers joined the Pathfinder Ranch south of Casper, Wyoming. For two days, members of the MFF Southeast Wyoming Chapter and the Central Wyoming Chapter removed old fence and replaced it with wildlife friendly fencing. This is the second year Pathfinder Ranch has held this event.

      

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You show me a fat mom, I’ll show you a MAC DADDY!

Photo by Jason Radakovich
In today’s world, the almighty ‘monster mule deer buck’ is probably the most sought after critter among hunters. Every hunter has their own personal ‘want’ when harvesting a big buck. Whether it be a tall buck, the 30″ spread, the extra points, or the overall B&C Score, a hunter dreams of finding that dream buck for a chance to harvest. The intrigue associated with antlers has been an ever-growing desire in the last 20 years or more. The Wyoming winter ranges have gained huge popularity by sportsmen and photographers for finding the big boy that made it through hunting season and is now in a viewable area.

Today it is also more than showcasing him on the wall for your buddies to see, it is sharing on social media and/or in a ever popular hunting magazine for bragging rights. Although there is nothing necessarily wrong with this, most folks are misinformed on how that buck gets to be the King of the Mule Deer World.

Muley Crazy Magazine, one of many publications that share a hunter’s mule deer photos and story submitted by the hunter themselves.
All the genetics in the world won’t get you a
Mac Daddy unless you got a FAT MOM
We Need More FAT MOMS

Collaborative research by Dr. Kevin Monteith—leader of the Monteith Shop at the University of Wyoming—has demonstrated very clearly, the pervasive and powerful role of nutrition in producing large bucks (Monteith et al. 2009; Journal of Mammalogy). Using a ‘common garden’ experiment, they raised animals in an identical environment and in this instance, with superior nutrition. After 1 generation following improved nutrition, they observed increases in body mass and antler size of male white-tailed deer of ~30%. Even though fathers were raised on an identical, high-quality diet, their male offspring grew 31” larger antlers and were 51 lbs heavier at 6 years of age. The only difference between the fathers and sons in this experiment was that the fathers were born to mothers on a poor nutritional regime. Therefore, the large increase in body and antler size occurred merely because of an improvement in mom’s diet and thus, how fat she was. A mother’s nutrition during gestation can set the trajectory of growth for her offspring that will persist through their lifetime. Fat moms can offer their developing young the ‘silver spoon’, which can set them on a path of rapid growth to large sizes later in life—a skinny mom, to secure her own survival, will withhold the ‘silver spoon’ which can lead to small young with slow growth that persists through adulthood even if conditions improve for her offspring in later years.

So in general terms, genetics certainly plays an important role in affecting size and conformation of a male mule deer’s antlers—and, even mom makes a genetic contribution to her son’s size. Nevertheless, nutrition and in particular, mom’s nutrition, is a deal breaker. Without adequate nutrition and the ability for mom to appropriately provision her offspring, a growing male may never have the opportunity to express his full potential. It truly, is all about the groceries that his mother eats and the nutritional legacy she passes to her unborn male during pregnancy.
So next time you look at a monster muley on the hoof or in a magazine, or are admiring the great buck you were fortunate to harvest, rather than repeating the classic mantra of “Man that buck has great genetics”, you might initiate a valuable conversation with your friends by saying instead,  “Boy that buck must’ve had a FAT MOM!”

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January 8th: Dean Calder #1581

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January 15th: Eric Roren #2240

January 17th: Sandra Johnson #5780

January 22nd: Tracy Haeck #3437

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January 29th: Sawyer Zimmerman #1414

February 5th: Jake Swenson #1851

February 7th: Christopher Heron #2894

February 12th: Beau Giles #3629

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February 19th: Joseph McFadden #3371

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February 26th: Dale Phagan #2853

February 28th: Janie Owens #5761

March 5th: Bob Maddox #1196

March 7th: Allen Patz #3489

March 12th: Darryl Humburg #2861

March 14th: Thomas Arnold #1431

March 19th: Rhonda Ranum #3417

March 21st: Michael Tabacchi #3650

March 26th: Steven Williams #3748

March 28th: Mike Duffy #1222

April 2nd: Scott Blair #3332

April 4th: Sandy Lux #2587

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April 11th: John Bruce #5875

April 16th: Becky Moore #2811

April 18th: Jason Bradley #2552

April 23rd: Christopher Heron #3424

April 25th: Jason Duke #2580

April 30th: Wayne Braun #3530

May 2nd: Joe Lee #1614

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May 14th: Craig Runksmeier #2481

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May 21st: Sean Paxton #2954

May 23rd: Monica Golson #3809

May 27th Memorial Day BONUS: Miguel Munoz #3821

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May 30th: Julie Forrester #2550

June 4th: Terry Reach #1413

June 6th: Trent Flink #3899

June 11th: Robin Allen #5920

June 13th: Orville Vonberg #5861

June 18th: Max Crandall #1206

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June 25th: Tev Kelley # 2120

June 27th: John Burgett #3073

July 2nd: D. Alexander Tillery #3086

July 4th Independence Day: Heather Ramirez #2135

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July 18th: Steven Williams #1207

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July 25th: Emma Kremer #1361

July 30th: Trudy Durfee #2093

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August 20th: Scott Long #2098

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September 10th: Rhonda Ranum #1442

September 12th: Amber Faigl #3603

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October 1st: Shay Bernard #2021

 

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