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6:30 am: The Ol’ Knight 45 is ready for action.  Hoping to get her some today.  Glassing across a huge canyon right now.  If I see bucks over there, it will be tonight before I can hunt them but often that is the only way to find a big deer.  I think I’ve glassed over 16 hours so far on this hunt.

11:00 am:  Glassed about 2.5 hours. Saw another nice buck.  There’s defintely plenty of the 160 to 170 class bucks available this year- even more than last year. Just waiting to see one a step above those.  This morning’s bucks were also too far to video (2+ miles).   Today, I was only a 1/2 mile from the truck to glass, so I took the big Swarovski tripod along with my compact Leuopold and both the big optics.  This canyon has heavy heavy cover so you just catch the bucks between the oaks & junipers and have to be ready to get the spotter on them.  It takes a lot of glass to do this.  I looked like a garage sale going up the mountain this morning


Super nice feature about the big Swaro tripod is that when your back gets tired or the terrain is too steep for a compact, you can raise it way up there.


It’s too big for the backcountry, but for hunting from a road camp, it’s way nice, way stable, way functional  

Here’s a quick video from this morning:

4:07, headed out for some higher quakie/conifer habitat.  Tougher to glass but big buck potential!  My daughter Grace has a singing recital tonight.  Oh how I wish I was there…

 9:08 pm: Got to a big saddle and sat down about 5:30. Hunted higher. About 10 K. Saw my first elk of the trip A good six by six trying to breed a cow and tearing up the quakies. Didn’t see any deer but with the leaves on the quakies and oak it’s tough to glass. I still think it has good potential so I’ll glass it one more morning. Some big bucks live in the aspen/conifer zone of Colorado, Idaho, and Utah. Just tough to hunt without snow. 

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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, your patience while hunting is impressive. My brother and I were talking about it on the phone the morning, and how we hope to have the same patience as you in our upcoming hunts this November. Keep at it, and thank you for bringing us a along. I learn a lot.

  2. Thanks guys. Landon, I’ve just learned over the years that good bucks take time. If I’m patient that is the product of watching way too many get away because I rushed in. Plus I’ve been skunked on so many hunts it doesn’t bother me as much I’ll either get one or I won’t. Might as well enjoy the process and hunting big deer is enjoyable. All the best on your hunt in November.

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