The Two Faces of October

Last post, I wrote about considerations in applying for tags during the early seasons--August and September.  Moving into October, this can be the toughest month to find big mule...

“I want a big buck, where should I apply?”

The calendar tells me that this is likely the number one question on buck hunters' minds right now.  The days are becoming dim when a hunter can plan a...

Book Review: David Long & Mike Duplan’s “The Edge”

David Long, author of the 2006 best seller "Public Land Mulies—The Bottom Line" is back and back in a big way.  Along with long-time mule deer hunter, Mike Duplan,...

What Happened to the Rok Blog?

Hey Rokslide followers. As everyone knows, the world is changing fast. Just five years ago, blogs were all the rage. I started mine in 2013. Three-hundred-plus posts later, I...

The Problem with a Hit List

The term "Hit List" is everywhere these days.  Formerly reserved for the mafia guys, mule deer hunters talk of building a list of bucks--through scouting--to hunt come fall.  The...

Scout Big, Hunt Small

The more I've hunted for big mule deer, the more I've learned to focus my hunting days only where I've seen big bucks previously. Hunting anywhere else, even for...

Winterkill Results

  This was a hot topic earlier this season.  Idaho Fish and Game has released some of their findings from radio collar studies that I know some of you will...

Why Buck Hunters Still Need a File Cabinet

Twenty years ago when researching hunts, I ordered hunting statistics directly from the biologist, bought newspapers over the phone from towns near where I wanted to hunt, and clipped...

Exactly Where to Hunt After Hard Winters

Mule deer have been studied intensively the last 50 years. While we don't know as much about the species as we do whitetail deer, we do have a body...

Bucks I’ve Taken After Hard Winters

Winterkill is one of the wildcards a mule deer hunter has to contend with.  You can't predict it nor can you ignore it.  It will affect you at some...

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“I want a big buck, where should I apply?”

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