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6:15 am, I’d love to post pics of something besides my optics but I can’t seem to kill a deer 🙂  Glassing away at the break of day- hey!

1:45 pm.  Ok, I glassed that place from a few days ago for the first two hours.  Only saw 5 skinheads.  That means it’s crunch time.  Colorado allows 9 days on this early muzz season, so two evenings and two mornings to go (I have to be in Idaho Monday so I pull out Sunday mid-day unless I’m on a buck)  I’ve checked all the spots I know, plus that new one yesterday.  I’m pushing 30 hours behind the optics.  I’ve seen “nice” bucks every day except this morning.  The bucks are here, just not the quality of the last two years.  So decision time.  That buck I posted the crappy pic of last night is the best I’ve seen.  He’s been in relatively the same place since opening day.  He’ll be my first choice and I’m headed in there to see if I can kill him tonight moving from bed to feed.  If I don’t, I’ll try again in the morning as he moves from feed to bed, then reevaluate.  I have a second choice buck in mind that is in an easier spot to kill, but I’ll worry about him when I’m sure this one doesn’t pan out.

Now that I’m heading into their core areas, several things will change.  I’m seeing all these nice bucks because I’m staying out of their core areas and letting them do their thing undisturbed.  I’m 1 to 3 miles away with vantage and I’m about to give that up.  Buck sightings will likely drop drastically and there is a good chance I’ll  blow them out of their routine but hopefully not before I punch a 360 grain Precision Rifle Conical through the boiler room of one.  I’m heading in there right now so I can be ready when he gets up.  He’s usually up by around 6:00 PM

The other thing that is going to happen is my communication with you will go to nill.  I can post from my iPhone, but all you’ll see is the text and the ads that lead the post.  I can’t upload video or pictures until I get to the truck.  So radio silence is about to commence… stay tuned.


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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, I haven’t seen a lot of comments posted but wanted to let you know that at least some of us are following your hunts. Thanks for taking the time to share and as you know, things can happen fast. There is NOTHING better than chasing mulies……………….I wish I was there.


  2. Thanks Shrek and Randy! It takes a lot of patience to follow an uneventful Live Hunt. Glad you two are hanging in there. Just getting ready to do an update with the plan for the last two days. Something could still hit the dirt.

  3. Get’em Robby. Uneventful or not you’ve got my attention. I drew goose eggs on mountain tag(s) this year so your live hunts are filling the void.

  4. I’m amazed to hear the difference between the live hunts, your bow vs. gun, it’s been really informative! Thanks for the updates Robby, I’ll be excited to hear what happened, although I won’t find out until Monday. I try my best to have “radio silence” every weekend.

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