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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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Winners! Vortex Scope, Huntin' Fool, & Hunting Big Mule Deer Book

Winners! Vortex Scope, Huntin' Fool, & Hunting Big Mule Deer Book

 

Let's do this!

First, thank you for following this project to completion: A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer.  I truly hope you learned something that will help you take the best buck of your life.

Now let's giveaway the Vortex Viper 3-9x40mm, the 1-year membership to The Huntin' Fool, and a copy of my book, Hunting Big Mule Deer

I used Random.org's random number generator to draw from the qualified entries (including those of you who were blocked by the system but emailed me your entries.)

1st Place: Vortex Viper goes to Josh Weeks

2nd Place: Huntin' Fool Membership goes to Brian Bitter

3rd Place: Hunting Big Mule Deer Book goes to Gentry Distefano

I need each of you to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to claim your entry.  Feel free to post up in the comments below.

You have 10 days (January 21st) to claim your prize or I'll redraw from the qualified entries.

Thanks again.  I'll be posting this year on research, gear, and more information related to mule deer hunting.  If you've never done so, sign up for the Rok Blog upper right at "Rok Blog Sign-Up" to receive email notification when I post.

Thanks and God bless your hunting.

For more tips & tactics, check out my book, Hunting Big Mule Deer

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Josh Weeks
No way, I can't believe I won! I was thinking how I really need to upgrade from the $60 BSA scope I have been using for the last 6... Read More
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 13:52
Gibson Kuenzi
Glad to see this go to a guy who needs it! Congratulations!
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:50
Gentry Distefano
Awesome!! I am excited to receive the book so I can learn some new tips!! Thank you!
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:19
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part X

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part X

I had been home from the Idaho hunt a week and watching the weather closely in preparation for my upcoming Utah hunt. The high pressure ridge that had dogged me during the Idaho hunt had mostly just strengthened over the last 10 days.  This meant virtually no snow in the Intermountain West.  Buck hunters from Colorado to Montana had been handed their worst season in years due to the mild conditions, and it wasn't looking any better for me.

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Zach Benedict
Thanks for another great series Robby, but more importantly, thank you for sharing your mule deer hunting knowledge and feeding my... Read More
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 12:48
Clay Rector
Robby, very nice and insightful series! It was definitely a weird fall here in Utah, glad that you didn't eat 15 points! Thanks fo... Read More
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 12:49
Joe Batir
Thanks for the series, sounded like a rough but well played season for you. Looking forward to some more stories from you in the f... Read More
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:56
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part IX

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part IX

The next morning, I was in the big saddle by first light and again sat until close to noon without spotting the big buck.  My phone said there was important business waiting on my email, so I hiked out to the truck and fired up my laptop to put out the fires.  By the time I was done, it was after 3:00 PM and time to head back to the saddle.

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Will Ellison
Congrats Robby on a great buck!!
Thursday, 29 December 2016 08:27
Joe Batir
Great buck man! Congrats. I've had fun following your season, and looking forward to the rest of the posts.
Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:13
Shane
Great buck! congrats!
Thursday, 29 December 2016 10:17
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part VIII

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part VIII

I'd been glassing since first light with my SLC 15x56 binoculars backed up by my 25-50x80mm ATS spotter, both Swarovskis. This is a lot of glass to pack, but when I don't have to hike far, it's really the best combination for finding big mule deer.

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Adam Dixon
I'd like to know your thoughts on deer and elk living in harmony? The area we used to hunt always had large racked Muleys but ver... Read More
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 10:32
Robby Denning
Adam, without digging through my files for published research on the subject, I'll answer with I've gathered over the years in my ... Read More
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 12:03
Phil Evans
Robbie, Where in the area would the buck have been hiding? Any thoughts? Would it be too aggressive to have gone different places ... Read More
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 11:43
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