Most hunts are weather dependent in one way or another.  I’ve killed several of my biggest mountain bucks when the weather was at its worst.  While I’ve still put the hurt on a few in nice weather, given the choice, I’ll take a blizzard over a suntan any day.  As I enter day six, the weather warms and I’m digging in for what could be a few slow days of hunting.  This is when you have to know what you’re doing to keep seeing bucks or you’ll get discouraged and quit.


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Robby Denning
Robby Denning started hunting mule deer in the late 1970’s, only missing one season in 35 years. At 25, he gave up the pursuit of all other big-game to focus on taking the best bucks possible. He began hunting the West on a DIY budget hunting an average of 30 days a year for mule deer. Robby loves the hunt as much as the kill and the entire process from research to scouting to hunting. He’s killed four bucks over 200 inches in the last 15 seasons, mostly on easily-obtained tags. He owns a public-land scouting service and runs a private-land outfitting business helping other hunters in their pursuit of deer and elk. Robby has scouted and hunted literally thousands of square miles of mule deer country and brings a wealth of knowledge about these experiences with him. To him, the weapon of choice is just a means-to-an-end and will hunt with bow, rifle, or muzzleloader – whatever it takes to create an opportunity to take a great mule deer. He is also the author of "Hunting Big Mule Deer" available on Amazon. Robby believes all of creation is from God for man to manage, respect, and through which to know its Creator


  1. Again, thanks for sharing. It looks like you have been wearing the Sanctuary jacket on this hunt. That is a great coat and FL did a great job with it, kept me in the stand this year.

  2. That crunchy snow doesn’t help much either. How long did it take you to figure that area out enough to be able to hunt it effectively? Did the deer start to move uphill as the weather got better?

  3. I will be without internet service over the next week, so I won’t be able to see how this plays out. But, make it happen! I’ll be ready to see how this plays out when I get back.

    Thanks again for taking us along.

  4. Ron, good question. I hunted there probably three times before I figured out where the deer are and how to hunt it without spooking them. Yes, the deer did move “up” as the weather moderated. As you know, they usually do.

  5. That’s awesome you’re seeing so many bucks. Hope you find a big one!! Good luck and thanks for sharing.

  6. Glad to hear you are seeing deer! I hope a buck that meets your requirements shows up soon! I’m enjoying the ride! 😀

  7. First time ever to comment, anywhere. I was turned onto Rokslide a few weeks ago and the article about last years Nov.deer hunt. Now I am going insane waiting for ” The Rest of the Story” as Paul Harvey used to say, for this years hunt. I hunted an area in Idaho with an Nov. 18 close date for deer up till 2 years ago(for elk earlier in the year). Last time was 12 miles and alone. Thank you Mr Denning. I believe it is time to get back to LIVING!

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