Wildlife of Colorado. Wild Deer in Their Natural Environment in Colorado.

Robby hosts Southeast Idaho Regional Wildlife Biologist, Eric Freeman, on today’s Rokcast episode. Eric is tasked with the challenge of moving Idaho’s Southeast mule deer herd into the future. Eric recently co-authored an article titled “Harsh Winters Mean Harsh Truths for Southeast Idaho Mule Deer”. In this episode, they dive into over-winter counts on the Southeast Idaho Caribou mule deer herd, buck:doe:fawn survival and the interesting trend of bucks surviving at a higher rate than does.  Eric also discuss these engaging topics:

-Why the survival difference variability on individual winter ranges in same units?

-Hunter participation vs. buck harvest graph

-Mule Deer Advisory Group Forming

-Is it realistic to expect mule deer numbers to climb back to previous highs?

-Historical data on buck:doe ratios during that hayday

See the co-authored article by Eric Freeman here


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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