I was intending to have an update in subscriber’s inboxes every morning but SE Idaho is experiencing a power outage to over 50,000 people right now.  So instead of blogging, I was running around in 5-below zero weather dragging camping gear in the house and keeping our fireplace stoked.  Finally got to a place with electricity and internet. 


Before I post Day 4, I’ve been getting a few light-hearted calls wanting to know if I killed a buck on this hunt?  My response has been the same to everyone: “If you aren’t patient enough to watch an internet hunt unfold, don’t start hunting for big deer- you’ll go stir-crazy!” 🙂

 Day 4: The daily grind


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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. Robby, good stuff. We experienced the same thing this year, we picked a spot that was well hidden and could access about 4 different basins. There were people camped in the bottom of several of the basins, and wandering all over hill sides that we normally see bucks. Luckily the opening day melee ended and a LOT of them went home.

    I want to know the outcome too……..but I suppose I will be patient.

  2. Hi Scott. You’re right, the only thing more frustrating than a bunch of blaze orange in deer country is a bunch of tents. Even if you camp right, doesn’t mean anyone else will. Glad you’re hanging in there.

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