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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
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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!
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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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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part VII

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part VII

I've been an outfitter for about 15 years.  We operate almost exclusively on private land in an OTC unit.  Our bread 'n' butter is elk hunting but because we manage hunter numbers, every once in a while a big buck will show up.   My paid hunters have first shot at these bucks, but I often hunt them once everyone has gone home for the season.

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Will Ellison
Well this is getting exciting!!
Tuesday, 27 December 2016 11:52
Phil Evans
Robbie this is getting interesting. can't wait to see how big a buck you turned up.
Tuesday, 27 December 2016 12:31
Shane
Love the posts Robby! Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us year after year. I always learn a ton!
Tuesday, 27 December 2016 16:55
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part VI

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part VI

I hit town late the night of the 13th.  I had elk hunters arriving the next day who'd need some help learning the country they'd be hunting the next week. 

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Ryan Brucker
Oi Robby, I am looking at getting a seek outside cimarron and was curious to hear your impressions of the shelter and if you woul... Read More
Thursday, 29 December 2016 08:55
Robby Denning
Hi Ryan, Not sure if you saw my videos on the Cimarron- https://youtu.be/_qDhYGGqK9M I've used it two seasons and about 12-14 nig... Read More
Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:34
Ryan Brucker
I had not checked out the videos, thank you for sharing the link. I will let you know how it plays out. Once again thank you for t... Read More
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part V

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part V

The OTC units in much of Idaho open October 10th.  I was up and gone before the sun on the morning of the ninth. 

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Joe Batir
I'm getting excited for the last post Robby. Say, are you still sending email reminders, I haven't gotten an email since Part I. ... Read More
Thursday, 22 December 2016 10:52
Robby Denning
Joe! I'm so glad you said something. Admin has been working on the blog and they may have switched off the email notifications. ... Read More
Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:17
Brian
I received an e-mail today about this post so maybe that answers your question as to whether you fixed it or not. Anyways, I just... Read More
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part IV

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part IV

My plan was to head for the giant buck's locale the next few days but when you're job entails leading 25 employees, there's always some drama.  Sure enough, I was delayed several days putting out fires back at work.

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Joe Batir
All this anticipation, I feel like something good is going to come up!
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:05
Scott Page
These updates are great Robby, keep them coming. Great way to get through the post-season blues.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 14:04
jim carr
Can't wait for as Paul Harvey would say the rest of the story.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 18:42
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part III

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part III

It had been 10 days since I found the giant Idaho buck.  Due the terrain he lived in, I knew killing him with a bow meant still-hunting through the timber hoping for a shot.  I probably have a better chance of orbiting the earth in my own homemade rocket. 

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Shane H
I am not perfect, However, I am amazed constantly by hunters who skyline themselves, Don't tape or or dull down the shiny parts... Read More
Sunday, 18 December 2016 11:47
Robby Denning
Hi Shane, I'm not perfect either and I goof up sometimes and stand on the skyline- only to regret it later. This duffus only care... Read More
Monday, 19 December 2016 11:32
Josh Richesin
It is amazing that people would want to cause another hunter to loose out on game just because they are jealous they did not get t... Read More
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part II

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part II

It was early August when I returned my Nevada tag (backstory here).  That still gave me the best month to scout an Idaho buck up.  I find by early August that the big bucks have settled into their summer core areas where I can expect to find them until heavy snow, hunting pressure, or the rut moves them (in desert areas, bucks can also move if the water sources change.)

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Landon
I think you have a picture of the big fella, you're just holding back to torture us...Well played. Can't wait for the rest.... Read More
Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:47
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Gibson Kuenzi
Now you've got us on the edge of our seats!
Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:54
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule, Part I

A Season of Hunting Big Mule, Part I

The mule deer season really starts for me a year or more ahead of opening day.  To find good places to hunt big mule deer, you have to do plenty of research and even scout areas during the previous winter, if possible.

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Geoff
Yeah baby! I've been waiting all year for your 2016 recap. Thanks for putting this together Robby
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 10:19
Phil Evans
Robby, How many days and how much territory did you cover before deciding to give tag back. Thanks
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:31
Robby Denning
Hi Phil, I was in Nevada five days and scouted about five places in two units where I'd seen good bucks in past scouting trips.... Read More
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A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer

My favorite media to communicate through on Rokslide is this blog. While I love writing articles for our homepage, and our forums are downright fun and informative, it's the blog that is my own little space.  It's here that I can best share with anyone who's truly interested in becoming a better mule deer hunter, particularly for outsized top-of-the-heap bucks.

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Zach Benedict
Subscribed. Thanks Robby!
Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:15
Luke Kline
Always look forward to getting an email with an updated blog post!
Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:19
Joe Batir
I've been wondering why you haven't been posting as much Robby. Looking forward to hear about your hunts this year!
Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:19
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Building an Extended Range Muzzleloader, Part II

Building an Extended Range Muzzleloader, Part II

In Part I, Building an Extended Range Muzzleloader, I covered both choosing a muzzleloader and the best caliber for hunting big mule deer.  In Part II, it's time to choose the best sight and bullet.

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Building an Extended Range Muzzleloader for Hunting Big Mule Deer

Building an Extended Range Muzzleloader for Hunting Big Mule Deer

I've been a fan of the smokin' single shot since my daddy left me in a tree over a bear bait as a young teenager.  He wasn't gone twenty minutes when a small bear (looked huge to me) poked his front end out from behind a Lodgepole Pine 80 yards up the hill.  I buried the big front blade of that Hawken .54 behind his front leg and lit the cap.  The next thing I saw was a somersaulting bear land flat on his back.  The 455 grain T/C Maxiball had hit him square in the heart.  While I know it was a lucky shot, my dad was as proud as a papa could be, and I was hooked on muzzleloading for life.

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Hash Marks or Turrets? A Mule Deer Hunter's Perspective

Hash Marks or Turrets?  A Mule Deer Hunter's Perspective

Before rangefinders came along in the late '90s, most mule deer hunters were banking their long range shots on the power of the gun to produce a flat trajectory. For years, the 7mm Remington Magnum was near the top of the flat-trajectory heap. With a 150-160 grain bullet posting a ballistic coefficient over .500 and a sight-in of 3.25" high at 100 yards, you could expect that bullet to drop about 24-26" at 500 yards. That meant an on-body hold for big mule deer to about 450 yards. That math worked for decades but is also why so few big deer were killed beyond 450 yards; when you're forced to aim at air, it's just easier to miss.

You can read the entire article here Hash Marks or Turrets? A Mule Deer Hunter's Perspective

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Vortex Kaibab HD 15x56 vs. Vulture HD 15x56 Review

Vortex Kaibab HD 15x56 vs. Vulture HD 15x56 Review

For those of you who might be thinking of getting into the high-powered tripod binoculars game, this review is for you.

It took me nearly two years to complete, accumulating around 50 days over six hunts and countless scouting trips. I'm relieved to finally hit the publish button on this one. 

See how Vortex's two high-powered tripod binoculars- the venerable Kaibab HD 15x56 and the the lower-priced Vulture HD 15x56- stack up against each other. I've had this question asked many times over the last year, and I hope this review answers it for you.

To read the review, click the title here Vortex's Kaibab HD 15x56 vs. Vortex Vulture HD 15x56

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Winner Announcement: Vortex Diamondback HP 3-12x42

Winner Announcement: Vortex Diamondback HP 3-12x42

Merry CHRISTmas everyone.

As promised, it's time to announce the winner of the The Vortex Diamondback HP 3-12 x 42 with BDC Reticle

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Yee Haw!! Yippee! I can't believe it...Merry Christmas to me! Thanks Robby this has been a fantastic hunt and journey to follow ... Read More
Thursday, 24 December 2015 14:56
Robby Denning
Yee haw is right! Merry Christmas Benjamin. I've got your email so I'll get a shipping an address from you and get the scope out ... Read More
Thursday, 24 December 2015 16:45
Bruce Cooper
Merry Christ mas Benjamin Wheelwright, what a great win and gift from the Rok Blog and Vortex. Have a great year with it and show ... Read More
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 9- continued

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 9- continued

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(If you missed this mornings' post, you need to view it first here Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 9 or this one might not make much sense)

To me, the most suspenseful moments in hunting are those between the shot and confirming a lethal hit.  Because big mule deer often live in broken brushy terrain, this task is harder than it might seem to the uninitiated.  After a shot, I always remember the old proverb "Fools rush in."

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Thanks for following this hunt to completion.  I truly hope you learned something that will help you Take the Best Buck of Your Life

I'll draw for The Vortex Diamondback 3-12 x 42 with BDC Reticle (shown below) on 12/22 according to the rules posted here.  Make sure you check your email as you'll only have 24 hours to respond to be entered in the final drawing.

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Read all about the research, gear, and techniques I use in my new book, Hunting Big Mule Deer, How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life

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Kurt Baus
Robby, love your hunts! Thanks for sharing and great buck!! Also just wondering, I really like your hat, who makes it?... Read More
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:20
Robby Denning
Kurt sorry I didn't see your question earlier. Hat is a Stetson Wool Crushable. Warm, water repellent, and durable. Worn em for ye... Read More
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 07:38
J Trevor Heaney
Excellent!
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:31
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 9

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 9

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I camped as close to the area I wanted to hunt as possible, but I was still about 90 minutes from where most of the deer had showed up in the last few days.  That meant 90 minutes of riding a horse in subzero temps.  Riding a walking horse is a pretty sedentary activity.  About every 20 minutes, I'd have to dismount and walk to warm up.  Once in the deer country, I'd tie the horse and hike, so staying warm wasn't as tough; that is until I sat down to glass!  What I'm getting at is that while hunting in these conditions can be great, you're always in survival mode.

Today dawned cold and clear- perfect conditions for some Extreme Long Range Glassing (I wrote an entire chapter on this subject in my book).  Time for the big Vortex 15x56 Kaibab HD Tripod Binoculars along side my old favorite, the Swarovski CT 75 (I take a lot of ribbing on that scope but I still crown it the best spotter for the backcountry hunter.)

 Don't wait too long to get entered. Good luck and thanks for following.

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Read all about the research, gear, and techniques I use in my new book, Hunting Big Mule Deer, How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life

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Will Blackman
Robby, thanks for letting us live vicariously through you! I love these videos and look forward to watching a new one every day. G... Read More
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:40
Rory O'Connor
Jerk. Leave us hanging like that. Hope it's a dandy and the next post of meat hanging!
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:50
Coryell Koch
Good luck , shoot straight !
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:30
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 8

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 8

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Seems like no matter the time of year, there will be good hunting days and bad hunting days.  The difference often lies in the conditions.  Typically the colder winter weather makes for good and even great hunting (notice the game trails in the freshly fallen snow in the lead image of this post). Problem is, hunting in subzero temperatures (0 was the low, 14 degrees was the high this day) all day long is both mentally challenging and physically tiring.

The migration is in full swing and bucks are rutting hard.  If I can stay off the trigger, I might have a chance at a really good buck. Here is today's video.

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Cameron Madsen
I really enjoy following along on these hunts. I hope you get a good one!
Monday, 14 December 2015 09:49
Robby Denning
Glad you guys are following. Stay tuned, maybe we'll put the smack on a good buck!
Monday, 14 December 2015 09:53
Brian Drake
I'm hooked! Thanks for taking us along on the ride.
Monday, 14 December 2015 22:22
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 7

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 7

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Buck hunting is about logistics.  You can be the best hunter on the planet, but if you don't have the gear and a plan to be where the deer are, no hunting skill can make it up.  Today's video is a good example of logistics:

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Rory O'Connor
My Dad has always been my greatest hunting partner and taught me most of what I know. The buck I killed this year was one of the f... Read More
Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:30
Bruce Cooper
Keep safe up there.
Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:39
Robby Denning
Thanks for the heads up Chris. I'd seen those style of cots but ultimately went with the E-kot at this point due to it being less... Read More
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 6

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 6

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It's day six.  I was up at 4:45 to saddle the horse and grab a quick breakfast and coffee.  The weather report says a big storm is coming in less than 36 hours and could dump up to 10" of snow at the elevation I've been hunting.  With a solid foot on the ground now, I know this will be enough snow to push the deer out of here. Besides that, I might not be able to get camp out to the main road as even now I'm chained up on all fours and can barely get around.  

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Bruce Cooper
Robby, what do you use to get weather updates? I think I have seen you with a radio up there, is that what you use?
Saturday, 12 December 2015 22:41
Robby Denning
Bruce, the weather radio couldn't pick up a NOAA station up here so just using my iPhone for NOAA updates.
Sunday, 13 December 2015 08:47
MarkDavis
Good Luck and Thanks for the book I enjoyed the motivation
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 5

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 5

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On migration hunts, you have to pay close attention to the conditions- snow depth and temperature (and in some units, the calendar)- on a daily basis. The deer are responding to those conditions and if you don't, you might end up where there are few deer, even if hundreds were in the area just days ago. That is why migration hunts can be frustrating to the unprepared.

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patrick Harrington
Love your blog and hunting stories, free scopes are cool too!
Friday, 11 December 2015 09:17
Tyler Denham
Love the videos that go along with your blogs! Keep it coming!
Friday, 11 December 2015 11:12
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 4

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 4

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With day 4 already here, I had hunted most of the immediate area on foot and by glassing from the truck.  I'd seen some good bucks, even one crowding the 180" mark.

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Garrett
Hope you find monster Robby! Good luck!
Thursday, 10 December 2015 10:19
Robby Denning
Michael, I don't post dates (or units), but this hunt started in mid-November
Thursday, 10 December 2015 13:07
Tyler Denham
Love all the tips! Thanks for sharing your experience with the rest of us! Keep up the good work!
Friday, 11 December 2015 11:09
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 3

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 3

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I think one reason many people are drawn to mule deer is because glassing for them is fun.  I think in some cases we can actually spend too much time glassing but when the conditions are right, no other technique will show you more deer.

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Scot Semmens
Just curious, what bullet in the 7mm did you use the most over the years?
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 09:22
Robby Denning
Scot, my longest run was with a Speer 160 grain Boat tail. It was the most accurate bullet in my Weatherby for years- even after ... Read More
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 10:06
Jeff Mitchell
Good luck out there!
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 09:51
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 2 (and Win a Killer Vortex scope!)

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 2 (and Win a Killer Vortex scope!)

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One of the techniques I write about extensively in my new book, Hunting Big Mule Deer, How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life, is Still-Hunting.  A few generations ago before scopes and rifles capable of shooting beyond 100 yards became widely available, still-hunting was more popular.  However, even today it's the perfect technique for hunting the timber and brush of the West where so many mature mule deer spend the dayllight hours.  

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Will Ellison
Good luck!
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 10:25
Troy Paulson
I always enjoy these, thanks for another one!
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 12:05
Thomas Warren
Still hunting is my favorite method to hunt. Good luck!
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 13:01
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Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 1 (and Win a Killer Vortex Scope!)

Hunting the Rut & Migration: Day 1 (and Win a Killer Vortex Scope!)

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While I wait all year to hunt big big bucks, I'm surprised at the emotion I sometimes experience as the hunt approaches: Dread!  That's right, dread.  I can't really explain it but it's a common emotion I feel (I've heard other serious hunters admit the same thing).  I find it's worse if I'm going to be hunting alone.

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Brian Bitter
Good luck, and shoot straight. Vortex scopes are awesome. Curious how the Christensen does.
Monday, 07 December 2015 10:03
Nate
Good luck Robby. Hope you stay warm.
Monday, 07 December 2015 10:19
Christopher Killingsworth
Good luck hoping you fill your tag
Monday, 07 December 2015 10:31
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Goodbye 7mm Rem. Mag, Hello 270 WSM

Goodbye 7mm Rem. Mag, Hello 270 WSM
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Robby Denning
Kelly, in it's time, the 6.5x55 was a flat-shooter and certainly a good caliber. Fed reliably even in machine guns. You do leave... Read More
Monday, 16 November 2015 13:23
Robby Denning
Nice looking gun Kelly. Thanks for the photo.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 09:28
Robby Denning
Joe it depends on which 7mm bullet you're comparing. I compared the 130 grain in 270 to 168 in 7mm because that is what I've been ... Read More
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Winner Announcement: Vortex 15x56 Vulture Binoculars

Winner Announcement: Vortex 15x56 Vulture Binoculars

Oh yea, baby!  It's time to give these bad boys away to one lucky Rok Blog subscriber.  If you're just landing here on the Rok Blog, let me catch you up.  I started writing in my series, Killing Big Mule Deer, about the number one technique to kill big mule deer in the West: Glassing.  As part of that series, I arranged a killer giveaway with long-time Rokslide sponsor, Vortex Optics.  They generously donated a set of their new 15x56 Vortex Vulture binoculars for me to review AND giveaway to one of you (thanks Vortex).  

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Robby Denning
That didn't take you long Chad! You're going to enjoy these optics. I'll watch for your email and ship them next week. Congrats ... Read More
Friday, 21 November 2014 10:14
Joe Batir
Looking forward to following the next hunt Rob!
Friday, 21 November 2014 10:52
Daniel Partridge
ready for the next hunt! Thanks, Daniel
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Colorado Live Hunt, Day 8

Colorado Live Hunt, Day 8

 

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Shrek
Good hunting Robby ! I hope today is the day.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 06:16
Mike Peterson
Hope this is the day... Hope you get one!
Saturday, 20 September 2014 06:54
Bob Crosby
Go get em and good luck Robby!
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Colorado Live Hunt, Day 7

Colorado Live Hunt, Day 7

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Shrek
As you know , it can happen in a moment. Good hunting !
Friday, 19 September 2014 05:59
Robby Denning
Thanks Shrek and Randy! It takes a lot of patience to follow an uneventful Live Hunt. Glad you two are hanging in there. Just ... Read More
Friday, 19 September 2014 12:39
Landon
We're still here, Robby. It's Go time! Good luck.
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:25
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Colorado Live Hunt, Day 6

Colorado Live Hunt, Day 6

  

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Andrew miller
I still don't know how you do it. I think I would have had a truck full of a 160-170" buck by now. I hope your patience is rewarde... Read More
Thursday, 18 September 2014 05:53
Robby Denning
Hi Andrew. Good to have you along. The one most important thing you must do to kill a big buck is not shoot a smaller buck (at l... Read More
Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:31
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Colorado Live Hunt, Day 5

Colorado Live Hunt, Day 5

    

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Joe Batir
Looking forward to seeing some of these bucks you've been glassing!
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:11
J Trevor Heaney
Great updates, knock one down soon and send some pics of the 170-180s!
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:36
Landon
Robby, your patience while hunting is impressive. My brother and I were talking about it on the phone the morning, and how we hop... Read More
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:23
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Colorado Live Hunt, Day 4

Colorado Live Hunt, Day 4

 

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Shane H
Are you mainly focused on the transitional areas between feed sources and day beds when glassing at first light or are you all tu... Read More
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:24
Robby Denning
Shane I'm focusing on catching them between feeding and bedding. This time of year and with short range weapon I think that is the... Read More
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:23
Shane H
Yep.. and it's always nice when the game themselves are the ones moving easier to spot. Another question what is the water source... Read More
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:54
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Colorado Live Hunt, Day 2

Colorado Live Hunt, Day 2

  

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Shane H
Looks life a calf elk track next to that musket cap can.......
Sunday, 14 September 2014 10:52
Robby Denning
Big buck tracks are very similar to calf elk tracks. Except calf elk are rarely alone or just with other deer
Sunday, 14 September 2014 14:54
Robby Denning
MOHunter, Good to have you along as always. yes, when I don't have a good buck pre-scouted, I cover lots of country. That always ... Read More
Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:14
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Colorado Live Hunt, - Opening Day!

Colorado Live Hunt, - Opening Day!

             

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Bob Crosby
That is a nice tent. Have to check it out more. Thanks for the link, and good luck.
Saturday, 13 September 2014 13:42
Shrek
I'm hoping for an update with a hero shot so you can get back after Jalapeño . Good hunting !... Read More
Saturday, 13 September 2014 19:04
Robby Denning
Shrek! Amen!
Saturday, 13 September 2014 19:33
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Follow the Live Hunts & Win the Vortex 15x56 Binocular

Getting back to hunting big mule deer, I'll continue the review of my personal optics package.

If you missed my post on the number one technique to kill big mule deer, see Killing Big Mule Deer: Glassing.  There, I make a case for the first optic in my set, a low-power binocular.  Let's discuss my second optic here.

In the early season, before the freezing temps and snow hits, I glass more.  This is for several reasons:

1) The big bucks are typically in the more open country and are easier to spot.

2) I can sit longer without moving due to the warmer temps.

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Robby Denning
Chris, the Vultures are 43.6 oz, the Kiababs 43.5
Sunday, 13 July 2014 18:09
Mike Henne
Mule deer are my passion. Looking forward to talking to many of you on this site.
Sunday, 13 July 2014 18:13
Robby Denning
Welcome Mike! You've arrived at the right place.
Sunday, 13 July 2014 18:20
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Spot & Stalk Tactics, with Jared Bloomgren

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Jared has been featured on the Rok Blog before, and for good reason.  He has been successful on a wide variety of species with all weapon types.  Jared is back and this time giving us the low down on his favorite type of hunting: Spot and Stalk.  Take it away Jared.

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Vortex's New Viper HS-T Riflescope

You can find the latest product releases and connect directly with the manufacturers here on the Rok Blog.  If you're a long-range hunter, you might be particularly interested in this blog post.  Mark Boardman, marketing manager of American-owned, Wisconsin-based Vortex Optics, just sent me some information on another great scope they recently released.  Check it out (you can also ask Mark questions in the comment section below).  Be sure to subscribe to the Rok Blog at the top of the blog just under Fitness/Other at "Subscribe to Blog" to be first to hear about new gear releases.

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Timber to tactical – Vortex’s new Viper HS-T riflescope is sure to dazzle with its feature rich  versatility

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Bruce Cooper
Good write up. My son has the Viper PST and it is as clear and crisp as the higher priced optics I have used. I really enjoy using... Read More
Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:44
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