To me, packing in has to be like running out of the tunnel at the Super Bowl.  Months (years really) of planning have come down to this and emotions are high.

One of the big problems with backcountry horseback hunts after Halloween is keeping your horses fed.  If the snow gets deeper than about six inches, horses will struggle to get enough feed considering the calorie demands of this kind of hunting.  If you’re only hunting a weekend, you’ll be fine.  This hunt is scheduled for nine days, so I’m packing horse feed (weed-free alfalfa pellets and oats) on my saddlehorse Charlie.  Missy will carry camp.  I’ll hike the five miles to base camp in my newly broke-in Tech-Lite Hunters.  Once I get camp set, I can test out my new Titanium Wood Stove:



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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. That big tent and wood burning stove sure makes me yearn for a set of pack animals for myself! Nice work with the video as usual.

  2. Do you use any type of flooring to help insulate you from the ground or just sleeping pads cleared out and leveled,ect?

  3. I must admit your articles/reviews are something I have really come to enjoy. I def would like to know more about the stove.
    Best of luck Robbie.

  4. Looks like a great set up. Never had the opportunity to try a wood stove given that it never gets cold enough to justify it out here. Good luck with the impending snow storm!

  5. Your giveaways have drug me into the darkness Robby… I am on Facebook now.:p You’d better shoot a huge buck to make me feel better!

  6. Robby, Can you show how the chimney is set up to go outside the tent? I’m sure it’s obvious how you don’t melt your tent if you have the tent and stove in front of you, but I unfortunately do not.

    Thanks and looking forward to catching up on the rest!

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