This was a hot topic earlier this season.  Idaho Fish and Game has released some of their findings from radio collar studies that I know some of you will be interested in.  If you already saw this information on the Idaho Fish and Game website, then please pass it on to a friend who might be interested.

As I’d written in mid-February when I released my Kryptek Vellus Review, that early warm-up may have really helped us avoid a deadly outcome.  While it will be after hunting season before we know the full effect of this last winter, I have learned a few things with this latest event.

  1. It really does matter what kind of condition the deer are in when a bad winter hits. A good summer can help deer get through a tough winter.
  2. When winter starts late, like it did this year, that can buy the deer some valuable time if conditions become severe.
  3. When winter ends even a few weeks early, that too can increase survival.

Seems that if Idaho Fish and Game is right, these three events aligned to help us dodge a bullet.

Read Idaho Fish and Game’s full report here

*lead photo courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game

Read about all-things-mule-deer-hunting in my book, Hunting Big Mule Deer




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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