Mule deer bucks are big-bodied animals that live in big country, so when it comes to selecting the best rifle and cartridge combination, a very persuasive argument can be made for going large.
Magnum-class cartridges in .30 caliber make a lot sense for mule deer. They have the range and velocity to deliver killing hits at extended distances—this is a simple formula that I’ve used a number of times with good success. [ Read Full Post ]
We at Outdoor Life are fond of saying that’s not just a title, it’s a lifestyle.
And nobody embodies our outdoor lives like our publisher, Eric Zinczenko. He’s a hardcore hunter, a top-shelf shooter, and focused as a laser beam. [ Read Full Post ]
There’s something special about mule deer. As my friend and cohort, Andrew McKean, pointed out last week, you never forget the first time you lay eyes on a monster mule deer.
The headgear they carry is enough to entrance any hunter, especially one like me who cut his teeth on eastern whitetails. But when you look at the country they inhabit—windswept rolling prairie, alpine ridges, raw badlands—it’s easy to see why hunters fall under their spell.
At least that’s the effect they have on me. So when I’m asked about mule deer cartridges I tend to think more emotionally than logically and that’s what brings us to the .257 Weatherby. [ Read Full Post ]
You never forget your first monster mule deer.
I have forgotten the name of most of my elementary school teachers. I can’t recall the name of the first girl I kissed. But though it was more than 20 years ago, the image of my first trophy mule deer is etched in that part of my cerebellum between long- and short-term memory cells, in a place with nearly instant recall.
I was hunting alone in the jagged rocks and steep slopes just above Montana’s Holter Lake. It was an overcast, gray day and I had a doe tag to fill. But because it was mid November, and because I wasn’t far from the state’s Beartooth Game Range—where buck hunting is limited to a handful of coveted special permits—I kept an eye open for rutting bucks. Maybe that’s why I found myself hiking miles from my pickup, into the inaccessible volcanic reefs and dikes near the top of the mountain range. [ Read Full Post ]
This year at the ATA Trade Show there was more than just cool new gear – there was also a shoulder mount of the new world record non-typical mule deer.
Cody Robbins, television host of Live2Hunt, was after a giant mule deer this past fall in Saskatchewan. Robbins had been hunting the giant muley since 2010, but rarely saw the buck while pursuing it.
It was July 2011 when Robbins once again located the buck. From that day forward, Robbins scouted the buck daily and spotted him on more than 40 scouting days leading up to the season.
September 1 was opening day and Robbins had the buck in his sights. [ Read Full Post ]
In this installment of our Record Quest video series, I talk a bit about the reality of hunting elk in the context of wolves.
In these videos, which have been running every Friday night on Versus Network, I have about 50 seconds to introduce a topic, talk about it with some level of detail, and sign off. That’s precious little time to devote to a topic that could take hours. [ Read Full Post ]
Think you're pretty good at flash scoring elk? Well here's you're chance to prove it. Watch this video and guess the score of the bull. Write your guess for the gross score in the comments section. The first reader with the correct score will win a Darton Pro 300. The contest ends December 7, so vote now! [ Read Full Post ]