In case you missed it on the forum here Live Hunt! Idaho Early-Rut Hunt,

I just spent five days helping a few friends find some bucks- Ryan Avery (Co-owner of Rokslide) and Kenton Carruth of First Lite

I thought I better post up the results of our hunt.  For those of you who’ve been following my “Huntin’ the Pockets” series, you’ll recognize the buck we took the evening of the second day from this post: Huntin’ The Pockets- Day 13-16

As I wrote in Hunting Big Mule Deer, I don’t think big mule deer roam far (except during migration hunts) and sure enough we ended up killing him less than 3/4 of a mile from the open country he summered in.  It had been nearly six weeks since I’d seen him even though I’d hunted and guided in the area at least two weeks during that time.  Clearly he was just hiding in one of the many brushy pockets.

Here is the video taken just moments after we killed him.

Kenton and I hunted hard until the last day when he took this buck:


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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