Mule Deer Foundation Videos & Films

Legacy of the Wild: 35 years of the Mule Deer Foundation

“Legacy of the Wild: 35 Years of the Mule Deer Foundation” is a celebratory film that highlights the organization’s history, achievements, and ongoing commitment to the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer, and their habitat.

Featuring archival footage, interviews, and captivating visuals, the film showcases the foundation’s expansion across states and chapters, significant milestones, and successful partnerships. The film concludes with a message from CEO Joel Pedersen, outlining the vision for the next 35 years, and a call to action, urging viewers to join in the mission to protect the legacy of the mule deer.

A special thanks to our long time supporters and partners that made this film possible. Specifically Leupold Optics, Badlands Gear, Drift West, Bedford Camera, and Bergara. Please support these great brands that give so much to conservation.

Disclaimer: “The information provided by Utah State Director, Greg Sheehan, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official, in this video is provided in an effort to educate the public on issues related to the missions of the BLM and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and does not imply any endorsement of any product, service, or enterprise or the participation in fundraising effort or solicitation of donations on behalf of the Mule Deer Foundation by the BLM, DOI, or the U.S. Government.”

Colorado Mule Deer Hunt with Joel Pedersen

Travel along with the Mule Deer Foundation President/CEO Joel Pedersen as he shares a hunt with MDF Board members in Colorado. While chasing the Icon of the West, Joel takes time to get in-depth about his role and the vision for the organization. Special thanks to Mule Deer Foundation Corporate Sponsors Federal Premium ammunition, Leupold Optics and Weatherby for their generous support of the work MDF does, and in pulling this hunt together.

Fire Restoration on the Whaleback

Mule Deer Foundation is improving water and forage availability for deer and other wildlife through a stewardship agreement with the Lassen National Forest. In July 2022, partnering with the Boone and Crockett Club and Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Outdoor Fund to replace the first two guzzlers in a volunteer project bringing together 25 volunteers and staff, including members from three different MDF chapters in Redding, Quincy, and Susanville California

Ensuring the Future

The best way to ensure healthy mule deer and black-tailed deer in the future, is by conserving and restoring the habitat that they depend on throughout the year. When the Mule Deer Foundation began in 1988, mule deer were on the decline. Then and now our mission has been steadfast—ensuring the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer, and their habitat. MDF works to make sure that deer have durable, resilient habitat in the face of these changes so they can survive and thrive. The science is telling us which herds are stable or increasing, and which still need more help. It’s telling us where to invest our funding and our time to truly make a difference for those herds that need us the most. With this information we can focus on doing the right work, in the right place, at the right scale.

Pole Mountain Wildlife Friendly Fence Conversion

On National Hunting & Fishing Day and National Public Lands Day, 40 volunteers gathered with the Mule Deer Foundation outside of Laramie, Wyoming, to help modify fencing on the Medicine Bow National Forest. The project took place on Pole Mountain in an area that is adjacent to the Pilot Hill Wildlife Habitat Management Area and is crucial winter range for deer and elk. Projects like this require a lot of physical work and the help from the local volunteers help accomplish more on the ground.


Learn more about this project and our partners HERE.


#ProjectMuleDeer – A Mule Deer Foundation feature film touching on the life and struggles of mule deer and the conservation that surrounds them.

Executive Producer Jason Matzinger and the Mule Deer Foundation encourage you to tune in to learn more about this iconic big game animal of the West, as this feature film draws attention to the ongoing dialogue around protecting migration corridors and other critical steps being undertaken to better ensure the future of mule deer and black-tailed deer.