It’s been said that points don’t buy you much when it comes to tagging big mule deer.  I agree.  Before 2010, bonus and preference points meant more than they do now. I’m not saying they’re still not important and I still apply for them yearly.  However, with the flood of hunters jumping into the point pool of the various western states, the days of counting on points to deliver a big buck have gone the way of wood stocked guns and cotton underwear.  Understanding reality is the best way to be satisfied with your hunts and I think this applied well to this new film: Mule Deer Muzzleloader Hunt. It was one of my favorite and even most satisfying hunts, but spoiler alert: no tags were punched in this film.  However, I think if you’re still polishing on your big buck hunting skills, it’s worth the watch.

As I said in my book, it’s once again proof to me that you can spend a pile of points, work as hard as you can, and still go home with only more experience and great memories.  If you’re a big buck hunter, that’s going to have to be enough more often than not.  If you put forth your best effort, and don’t give up until you have to, you will become a better buck hunter, I promise.

And that’s exactly why I love big buck hunting!

Enjoy “Mule Deer Muzzleloader Hunt,” and be sure to share with your friends if you liked it.  That helps keep me pushing out more blog posts, films, and Lord willin’, another book.  Thanks!

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Read more about all-things-mule-deer-hunting in my book, Hunting Big Mule Deer. Signed copies are available in the Rokslide store, or you can go Amazon for faster delivery.



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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