Robby Denning, co-founder of Rokslide and author of Hunting Big Mule Deer, joins Sam on The Wild Initiative for a deep dive into the world of hunting these magnificent creatures. They kick off with an extensive book recommendation session, highlighting essential reads for aspiring mule deer hunters.
As the conversation unfolds, Robby highlights the unique challenges and opportunities presented by hunting big mule deer. He discusses the conservation efforts in Colorado and Wyoming that have positively impacted mule deer populations, emphasizing the importance of supporting local chapters and conservation initiatives. Robby delves into the mindset required for hunting success, stressing the mental resilience needed in the field. He shares his personal journey of shifting his focus from elk hunting to mule deer hunting, describing the fulfillment he finds in pursuing these elusive animals.
The discussion turns to the specific techniques and strategies for hunting big mule deer, including glassing, tracking, still hunting, and spot-and-stalk. Robby’s insights draw from his book Hunting Big Mule Deer, and he underscores the need for continuous learning and refinement of hunting approaches. The conversation wraps up with a focus on conservation and wildlife management. Robby applauds Wyoming’s efforts to protect mule deer migration corridors and highlights the significance of road safety for wildlife. He encourages hunters to get involved in local chapters and support fish and game organizations.
If you’re passionate about mule deer hunting or eager to improve your hunting skills, this episode offers a wealth of knowledge and insights.
Mentioned in this Episode
- Hunting Big Mule Deer: How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life by Robby Denning
- Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast and Keep Hammering by Cameron Hanes
- Hunting Open Country Mule Deer: A Guide for Taking Western Bucks with a Rifle and Bow by Dwight Schuh
- How to Find Giant Bucks by Kirt Darner
- Mule Deer Quest: Thirty-Five Years of Observation and Hunting Mule Deer from Sonora to Saskatchewan by Walt Prothero
- Stalking Trophy Mule Deer by Walt Prothero
- Mule Deer Strategies: A Handbook of Hunting Techniques by Walt Prothero
- Dennis Wintch: Mule Deer Hunting Legend: 50 Years of Hunting Mule Deer by Lindsay Parker
- So You Want To Hunt The West For Mule Deer: Now What by Dan Branagan
- Public Land Mulies: The Bottom Line by David W. Long
- The Edge – The Complete Approach to Hunting Mountain Mule Deer by David Long & Mike Duplan
- Super Slam: Adventures with North American Big Game by Chuck Adams
- The Complete Book of Bowhunting by Chuck Adams
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