Day 10 is here.  I’ve only got two more days to find a good buck. The buck pictured above is from my 2008 season taken in the same conditions and with the same techniques I’m using on this hunt.  The 2008 season was preceeded by a deadly Idaho winter and there were very few bucks around.  In seven days, I’d only seen two or three bucks total.  I kept after it and on the second to the last day, caught up with this heavy buck that sported a few non-typical points.  I’ve passed up bucks better than him on this current hunt only because I believe there are better bucks around this year.  Passing up bucks is always a gamble, but in 23 seasons of hunting exclusively for big bucks, I’ve learned that if you can’t pass up the nice bucks, you’ll never kill a big deer.  Hang on a few more days here and see if my gamble pays off.


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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. Loving this hunt Robby…I’m sitting in my cube at work and I had to put on my coat after watching that footage.

  2. I havent commented but have been along for the ride since day 1. Looking forward to seeing the outcome of day 11. Your patience is second to none. Educational as always!

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