The key to mule deer hunting in Idaho is of course field glassing. Success or failure will greatly depend on how proficient you are at looking long distances and being able to resolve what you are looking at.
There is no magic potion or set of instructions to help teach glassing. It basically just take many hundreds of hours with your eyes glued to your binoculars or spotting scope and learning what mule deer look like at great distances. The only thing I can really tell you is you’re going to have to learn how to be meticulous. For most people glassing for hours on end seems monotonous, but let me reassure you that there is no substitution for success.
When you think of the time, effort and money you’ll put into mule deer hunting in Idaho, it makes no sense to go cheap on optics. You’re going to have to spend a minimum of 500 dollars on binoculars and 900 on a spotting scope if not more. Personally I think leupold does a respectable job and of course Swarovski, Zeiss and Leica are excellent but you’re going to have to pony up some dough. Regardless, you’re going to have some spend some money on optics to get proficient at mule deer hunting in Idaho.
On my next post I’ll try to give a few pointers that I’ve found helpful when it comes to mule deer glassing techniques.