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Exactly Where to Hunt After Hard Winters

Exactly Where to Hunt After Hard Winters

Mule deer have been studied intensively the last 50 years. While we don't know as much about the species as we do whitetail deer, we do have a body of evidence to draw from that can help make us better hunters.

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Bucks I've Taken After Hard Winters

Bucks I've Taken After Hard Winters

Winterkill is one of the wildcards a mule deer hunter has to contend with.  You can't predict it nor can you ignore it.  It will affect you at some point...

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What Really Happens to Big Bucks After Hard Winters

What Really Happens to Big Bucks After Hard Winters

I've been blogging on the winter's effects on mule deer since January.  With near-record snow totals in parts of the West, this was a timely subject.  Now that spring is taking hold and the worst should be behind us, I thought we'd move to the subject of what to expect come fall.  If you're just joining in, see these previous posts to understand where winter had the most impacts: Bad Winter? Now What? and Hard Winter—Spring Update (and podcasts!)

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Hard Winter—Spring Update (and podcasts!)

Hard Winter—Spring Update (and podcasts!)

Back in January, I wrote about the current winter's impact to mule deer across the West here Bad Winter? Now What? I've also done a few podcasts with Avery Adventures (more on that below).

While conditions did somewhat improve shortly after that post, it may have been "too little, too late" for some mule deer. As a big buck hunter, you need to pay close attention to winterkill. I certainly do.  It can affect everything from big buck numbers, your ability to draw a license, and even where big bucks will show up in your unit come fall. 

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Nino Ripepi
Thanks for taking the time to summarize winterkill throughout the west and letting readers know what you found out from multiple s... Read More
Monday, 27 March 2017 11:36
Robby Denning
Nino, thanks for pointing that out. My blog was getting a little long, so I left out Colorado till next post. But since you brough... Read More
Monday, 27 March 2017 12:18
Zach Benedict
As always, great stuff Robby. Thanks for putting in the time and efforts to educate us.
Monday, 27 March 2017 11:59
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Bad Winter? Now What?

Bad Winter? Now What?

If you're a big buck hunter, you're probably a weather freak, too.  After all, terminal weather conditions usually have the biggest impact on your hunt.  Consider, too, that long-term weather patterns also affect your hunt even though it may be months away.  Drought, fire, and hard winters all can have a negative effect on your upcoming seasons. 

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Nate
Good article Robby. I'll be hunting a northern Utah unit this fall as it's home so hopefully the current feeding program helps a f... Read More
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:26
Robby Denning
Nate, yes, you and I are kinda in the bullseye right now of a hard winter. Glad to see Utah helping those struggling deer and I s... Read More
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:56
Mike Peterson
Robby we have taken a big hit up here also... I am sure the whitetail are struggling big time. The worst part this area up here ... Read More
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:57
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