What you get when you combine Wyoming, mule deer and whiskey, is a great combination of conservation and fund raising.

National Bourbon Day was June 14th and a perfect day to pick out the next special batch of Wyoming Whiskey for this year's fundraising special from the Wyoming Mule Deer Foundation.

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The special 'Morty Living Legends' Wyoming Whiskey bottles was narrowed down from 850 barrels of Whiskey, to just 5. Mule Deer Foundation staff, Eastmans' staff, a few select volunteers and Wyoming Whiskey's master distiller all worked together to pick the perfect batch of Whiskey for the 'Morty' bottles from those 5 barrels.

There will only be 72 bottles available over the next year at MDF events all over Wyoming.

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During the banquet season, the Mule Deer Foundation will sell the special bottles of 'Morty' to help raise money for the mule deer conservation mission. 100% of the money raised contribute to the mission and with the last batch of bottles, which were called the 'Popeye' bottles, 90% of the thousands of dollars raised when to habitat projects right here in Wyoming.

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Some of the projects that have happened this year are fencing projects, habitat enhancement projects, migration studies and even mule migration tracking. Including last year following a mule deer named 'Del' during her long 140 mile migration from Red Desert to Hoback Basin. Mule Deer Foundation was one of the partners that funded the research to have a better idea of what a mule deer goes through as they migrate.

Buying the bottles and attending the banquets are just a couple of the many ways you can be a part of the mule deer conservation in Wyoming. Becoming a member, offering your time by volunteering to help out at one of the many field days or donating at muledeer.org

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