It seems that anywhere Boone & Crockett mule deer grow there is potential for solar development. On today’s episode, Robby hosts Joel Webster and Rob Thornberry of the Theodore Conservation Partnership (TRCP)

Recently the Bureau of Land Management proposed solar installation on public lands covering 22 million acres in 11 western states.  This matters to mule deer hunters and other big game hunters because solar development is fenced, blocking Mule Deer Migration Routes and other wildlife from using an area. If the fencing occurs on critical mule deer migration routes, this could cut off big game from accessing important summer and winter ranges.  With deer herds already down across much of the West, this could just make matters worse by making vital big game habitats unusable.

They talk specifically about the hunting units at stake, especially Idaho deer and pronghorn units. Then they jump into the remaining western states, naming herds with significant conflict in each state, such as the Paunsaugunt in Utah and the Kaibab in Arizona.

This important episode should serve as a reality check about the future. Joel and Rob wrap up the episode with information on what hunters and anglers can do about it.  Involved hunters are conservationists and are the thin line between healthy and unhealthy big game herds, so please listen in and get involved. Protect Mule Deer Migration Routes by visiting TRCP website here at

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Below are the Mule Deer and Pronghorn migration routes referenced in today’s episode:

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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