The Rok Blog

The place to connect with the DIY hunting world. Robby covers techniques, gear, hot topics- everything you need to become a better mule deer hunter.

Pope & Young Crowns the World Record Mule Deer

Back in February of 2019, I posted the news here that Justin Gordon of Utah had taken the potential new Pope & Young World...

Mule Deer Muzzleloader Hunt: Film Release

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...

Mule Deer Muzzleloader Film Trailer

Hey Roksliders,I just spent a big chunk of September hunting a particular mule deer buck I'd found earlier this summer.  It was a muzzleloader...

What’s a Buck Pasture?

So what is a buck pasture?  I first heard that term nearly 30 years ago.  It was tossed around by deer hunters and sheep...

The Buck Moon is Rising

Did you know there is such a thing as the Buck Moon?  Among a few other names, Farmer's Almanac calls the first full moon...

The Mule Deer Statistics I Track

In my world of hunting big mule deer, there are eight mule deer statistics that I consider when picking a unit to hunt, or...

Big Buck Hunters Can’t Be Too Nostalgic

There are at least 15 very good mule deer hunters out there who I follow--some known and some not so known.  I notice two...

He is Risen

“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the...

KUIU v. Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bag Review

KUIU released their Super Down Sleeping Bags in 2014. The bag incorporated Quixdown®, a revolutionary treated down that is essentially waterproof.  I still remember,...

Big Bucks on Winter Range Year-Round?

This one's a long shot, but in my effort to help people become better big buck hunters, I need to get this out there. Let's...

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Black Diamond Icon 500 Headlamp Review

As backcountry hunters, we all strive to have a well-rounded gear list full of items that we know we can count on, everything from...

Kuiu Icon

KUIU ICON By Aron Snyder 5lbs 12oz’s (6000) 4lbs 9 oz's (3000) It seems that the design intent for the Icon was simple… bring...
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The Red Zone, with Jared Bloomgren

My friend, Jared Bloomgren, is back with his final installment in his Spot-and-Stalk series (see Spot & Stalk Tactics & Spot & Stalk Part II.) ...

Battle of the 30 Cals

Maybe it stems from fond memories of our fathers or grandfathers pulling the ol' 30-06 out of the cabinet with the faint aroma of...

Swarovski NL Pure 12×42 Binocular Review

Swarovski NL Pure Binoculars That September afternoon was cool and overcast.  My teenage son, James, and I had climbed to a glassing point above treeline...
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Puffy Jacket Shootout, Alaska Style

Puffy Jacket Shootout, Alaska Style By Luke Moffat, Rokslide Prostaff Puffy jackets. Aside from backpacks, puffy jackets are cussed and discussed more than...