What Really Happens to Big Bucks After Hard Winters

I've been blogging on the winter's effects on mule deer since January.  With near-record snow totals in parts of the West, this was a timely subject.  Now that spring...

Hard Winter—Spring Update (and podcasts!)

Back in January, I wrote about the current winter's impact to mule deer across the West here Bad Winter? Now What? I've also done a few podcasts with Avery...

Bad Winter? Now What?

If you're a big buck hunter, you're probably a weather freak, too.  After all, terminal weather conditions usually have the biggest impact on your hunt.  Consider, too, that long-term...

Winners! Vortex Scope, Huntin’ Fool, & Hunting Big Mule Deer Book

  Let's do this! First, thank you for following this project to completion: A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer.  I truly hope you learned something that will help you take...

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part X

I had been home from the Idaho hunt a week and watching the weather closely in preparation for my upcoming Utah hunt. The high pressure ridge that had dogged...

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part IX

The next morning, I was in the big saddle by first light and again sat until close to noon without spotting the big buck.  My phone said there was...

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part VIII

I'd been glassing since first light with my SLC 15x56 binoculars backed up by my 25-50x80mm ATS spotter, both Swarovskis. This is a lot of glass to pack, but...

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part VII

I've been an outfitter for about 15 years.  We operate almost exclusively on private land in an OTC unit.  Our bread 'n' butter is elk hunting but because we...

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part VI

I hit town late the night of the 13th.  I had elk hunters arriving the next day who'd need some help learning the country they'd be hunting the next...

A Season of Hunting Big Mule Deer, Part V

The OTC units in much of Idaho open October 10th.  I was up and gone before the sun on the morning of the ninth. Some recent storms had dumped more...

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