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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer

 

Since I took over the Editor position for Rokslide in 2014, the blog had to take a backseat, but the fire still burns, especially when it comes to posting about my own hunts.  That time has come again...

It's been a long summer & fall of scouting and hunting.  With tags in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada, there was plenty of opportunity to find and kill a big mule deer, but opportunity never guarantees success. Although I've seen around 250 bucks since July, only two of them were exceptional.  

I'd like to tell you the stories behind those bucks, but before I do, we need to have the backstory of the 2016 season--from the research, to the scouting, to the gear prep, to the actual hunts. I collected quite a bit of material--photos, video, commentary--that I think can help you as a mule deer hunter.

So in that spirit, I'll start this series, "A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer,". If you're looking to up your mule deer game, I'm sure you'll pick up many tips and helpful insights. If you've read my book "Hunting Big Mule Deer," you'll see many of those tactics in action in this series.

Here's a quick video of just a few of the bucks we'll be chasing:

I've also paired up with several of Rokslide's sponsors, Vortex Optics and The Huntin' Fool for some giveaways to help you all out.  

1) First is a sweet scope that I've been using for the last two seasons, the Viper 3-9x40mm with Dead-Hold BDC reticle (shown below) including scope covers.  Although I've put about 30 days on this scope, I take good care of my gear and it's still in near-new condition (and in the original box). It will serve it's new owner well (click here if interested in the scope's performance.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) A full 1-year membership to The Huntin' Fool.  I use these guys a lot in narrowing down good places to hunt big mule deer.  The membership will include their excellent research-based magazine plus access to their professional hunt advisors who can help you with everything from where-to-apply to specifics on how to hunt units all across the West. If you're already a member, you'll can gift the membership to that needy friend who keeps pestering you about when the draws open.

 

3) One signed copy of my book: Hunting Big Mule Deer

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To enter, just comment or ask a question on any post during this series to be entered, but you must be a subscriber to participate.

If you're already a blog subscriber, remember you still have to log-in to comment (see upper right, click on the padlock symbol.)  Even if you're a forum member, you still have to log-in as the forum and blog are separate pages.

If you're new around here, you'll need to sign up at upper right of page at Rok-Blog Sign Up. Once that's done, just comment or ask a question on any post during this series to be entered. 

*If system is showing you're "blocked", send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll check into it. 

I'll draw for winners from the comments section below, one entry per person (but feel free to comment as much as you'd like.)

My plan is to post in chronological order several times per week for a few weeks.

See you on the next post... A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part I

Building an Extended Range Muzzleloader, Part IV
A Season of Hunting Big Mule, Part I

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Comments 25

 
Zach Benedict on Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:15

Subscribed. Thanks Robby!

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Subscribed. Thanks Robby!
Luke Kline on Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:19

Always look forward to getting an email with an updated blog post!

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Always look forward to getting an email with an updated blog post!
Joe Batir on Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:19

I've been wondering why you haven't been posting as much Robby. Looking forward to hear about your hunts this year!

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I've been wondering why you haven't been posting as much Robby. Looking forward to hear about your hunts this year!
Shane H on Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:43

Man those velvet muleys, sure got me excited for August already.

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Man those velvet muleys, sure got me excited for August already.
Scot Edwards on Sunday, 11 December 2016 13:09

I love your blog posts best too! Glad for another round of fun!

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I love your blog posts best too! Glad for another round of fun!
Landon on Sunday, 11 December 2016 14:36

Buckled in and ready for the hunts. Can't wait to see what happens.

Thanks Robby

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Buckled in and ready for the hunts. Can't wait to see what happens. Thanks Robby
Chris Cornelius on Sunday, 11 December 2016 15:11

Really looking forward to this, thank you Robby!

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Really looking forward to this, thank you Robby!
Dustin Hollowell on Sunday, 11 December 2016 15:44

New to Rokslide! Subscribed and excited!

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New to Rokslide! Subscribed and excited!
Madnik on Sunday, 11 December 2016 17:13

I'm looking forward to this. Thanks for sharing.

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I'm looking forward to this. Thanks for sharing.
Cordell Hanson on Sunday, 11 December 2016 17:14

Heading to New Mexico at the end of the month for a Muley hunt!

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Heading to New Mexico at the end of the month for a Muley hunt!
Ben B. on Sunday, 11 December 2016 20:37

Been looking forward to this for a while! Also looking forward to getting that scope....does it come autographed?? ;)

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Been looking forward to this for a while! Also looking forward to getting that scope....does it come autographed?? ;)
Robby Denning on Monday, 12 December 2016 08:44

Sure! I have a metal engraver but maybe just signing the box would be best ha ha

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Sure! I have a metal engraver but maybe just signing the box would be best ha ha
Zach Curtis on Sunday, 11 December 2016 21:30

I've been waiting for this!

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I've been waiting for this!
Doug Talbot on Monday, 12 December 2016 08:17

Awesome, I've missed the annual late season deer hunt from you so this should be good.

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Awesome, I've missed the annual late season deer hunt from you so this should be good.
Darin Fiedeldey on Monday, 12 December 2016 09:14

Missed the blog posts and looking forward to the series. Thanks Robby.

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Missed the blog posts and looking forward to the series. Thanks Robby.
Tayne Peterson on Monday, 12 December 2016 12:48

Oh man. This is a great way to deal with the stress of finals week.

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Oh man. This is a great way to deal with the stress of finals week.
Derek A Bunkers on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:36

I am always learning more about hunting big buck when I read anything you write. Thanks and keep them coming.

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I am always learning more about hunting big buck when I read anything you write. Thanks and keep them coming.
Robby Denning on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:41

Thanks Derek, that makes all the effort worth it right there.

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Thanks Derek, that makes all the effort worth it right there.
Mike Hargenrater on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 05:35

Love reading your blog. Being from PA I need all the help I can get for when I burn my Co deer points.

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Love reading your blog. Being from PA I need all the help I can get for when I burn my Co deer points.
Gibson Kuenzi on Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:51

Robby,

I've been looking forward to this for a few months! I will be following along trying to learn more from you about how to kill Big Mule deer.

-Gibson

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Robby, I've been looking forward to this for a few months! I will be following along trying to learn more from you about how to kill Big Mule deer. -Gibson
Casey Rash on Friday, 16 December 2016 12:00

Hello, Robby, et al! Long-time lurker/reader, newly registered to this blog. I enjoy the blogs! Keep up the good work!

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Hello, Robby, et al! Long-time lurker/reader, newly registered to this blog. I enjoy the blogs! Keep up the good work!
Robby Denning on Friday, 16 December 2016 12:11


Good to have you come out of the shadows Casey, welcome and good luck

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Good to have you come out of the shadows Casey, welcome and good luck
Rory O'Connor on Friday, 16 December 2016 14:13

Glad to see these blog postings. Its been hard going through withdrawls since hunting season wrapped up for me.

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Glad to see these blog postings. Its been hard going through withdrawls since hunting season wrapped up for me.
Mark Greenwell on Monday, 26 December 2016 22:36

Great blog I'll be looking forward to hearing more thanks.

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Great blog I'll be looking forward to hearing more thanks.
Cameron Madsen on Friday, 30 December 2016 11:35

Thank you for doing these! I always learn a lot!

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Thank you for doing these! I always learn a lot!

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