On this hunt, Steve heads to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with his friend Brody Henderson to track down their favorite big game animal, mule deer.  To reach the best hunting, they use a raft to gain access to some public land hidey holes. The November mule deer rut is beginning but unseasonably warm, dry conditions make for a challenging hunt. Steve and Brody are both hoping for a mature, big-racked shooter buck, but there’s only so much time in the season, and a young meat buck is better than no buck at all. After the hunt, Steve sets up a taste test of raw venison to determine what’s better eating- mature shooter bucks, or young meat bucks.


Gear Used on this Hunt

Backpacks: Stone Glacier Solo 3300

Rifle: Savage 116 .30-06, .270 Win

Ammo: Federal Trophy Copper, Federal Trophy Bonded Bear Claw

Optics: Vortex Viper HD 10×42 Binoculars

Clothing: First Lite Uncompahgre Vest, First Lite Aerowool Neck Gaiter, First Lite Fingerless Gloves

Headlamps: Black Diamond Storm, Surefire Minimus

Fluorescent Orange: Orange Aglow

Knife: Benchmade Saddle Mountain Skinner


Specialty Gear

Boats: Rocky Mountain Rafts 13.5,   Aire Tomcat Inflatable Kayak


Gremolata Recipe:

  • 1 lemon-peel minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 
  • Mix all ingredients and sprinkle over steaks, stews, or venison carpaccio

Podcast: Episode 49: Off the I-70 Corridor