I’ve been in mule deer country since early July trying to turn over a good buck.  With the recent hard winters of 2016/2017 and 2018/2019 in the Intermountain West, it’s been slim pickin’s on older age class bucks.  But Persistence pays, (I covered that subject here) and on day 20, I turned over a really good buck. He’s pushing 30″ with a good frame and enough extras to get the blood pumping. While that story is for a future post, I do want to hit on the clothing I wore for the summer scouting season–SKRE Early Season Clothing.

With temps ranging from 40s in the morning to 90s in the afternoon, I chose their Alpine Tops in both short sleeve and long.  Based on Travis Bertrand’s recommendation and Sam Weaver’s reviews, I added the Uinta Pant to the line-up.  I used the Kaibab quarter-zip/long sleeve top as my outerlayer for the hot weather (although I did don my rain jacket on a few breezy or cool mornings).  I rounded out the system with the Alpine Shorts.  All these pieces are in Summit Pattern.

With close to 10 days use on everything, I felt good about releasing this short video review on the system.  Although I didn’t mention the Alpine Shorts in the video, they were a great option for the hottest days, as long as I didn’t have to bushwhack (think burrs in socks).

Give SKRE a look if you’re in the market for early season scouting and archery clothing, and you don’t mind saving a few bucks!  If you have questions, you can leave me a comment here

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