By knowing your hunt areas well, you’ll spend more time shooting and less time hunting.  It doesn’t matter if I’m hunting Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, or anywhere, I make sure I’ve scouted or I return to areas I’m familiar with.  This helps me know exactly where to be opening morning.  

I usually start my hunts off slower and end with a bang as far as effort is concerned.  I “ease” into it if you know what I mean.  With each passing day, I have more knowledge and my odds of success go up.  I used to hit it hard the first few days then be so burned out that I was ready to quit.  I’ve learned that if I pace myself, especially if I’m alone, I’m ususally more effective.


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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. How is that tent and stove working out Robbie? Looks like its starting to cool off a tad.
    Good luck with the hunt.

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