When snow, cold, and rut come together, the hunting can get good, but the big bucks still aren’t easy to find.  They are often in the cover by sunrise as you’ll see in Day 8.  


A good camp is everything when it comes to cold weather hunts.  No matter how “tough” we might think we are, a few days of zero degrees and snow in a subpar camp will send even the most hardy hunters back to the truck.  I’ve found complete camps crushed by snow that hunters have just walked away from when the cold weather hit.  You can’t just survive out there, you have to thrive.  Make sure your gear is ready for anything so when the hunting gets good, you can be out there enjoying it.

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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. Sure took some big buck discipline to pass on that skylined buck! You still have company out in the hills or did the snow/cold scare everyone else out of there?

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