Photo courtesy of The Monteith Shop

What’s a punk rock mule deer? For decades, most hunters thought the does of the herd passed on the migration route to their fawns.  Turns out, that may not be entirely true.  

In this podcast, Robby along with Travis Hobbs, interview Rhiannon Jakopak, researcher at the Monteith Shop.  As part of her research for the D.E.E.R research project, Rhiannon used GPS collars to track the migration of 8 fawns in the Wyoming Range and then compared their migration route to the route their mothers taught them.  Fifty percent of the fawns had established a new migration route within a year of leaving their mothers. She calls these little rebels “Punk Rock Mule Deer”

Listen to entire podcast to learn how these fawns can give us hope for the future of all mule deer.

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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