Glassing for trophy mule deer in Idaho….

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…a few days ago I touched on the importance of field glassing if you want to become proficient at trophy mule deer hunting in Idaho.  As I said, a high quality pair of binoculars and a good spotting scope are essential.  Today let’s discuss some techniques.

 

I think the best way is to take you through an afternoon of glassing for mule deer.  When I first set up to glass, binoculars are my first tool.  With these I will sit with my elbows on my knees and methodically scan everything out to approximately 1000 yards.  You’re going to have to learn how to grid the surrounding territory.  You must leave no stone unturned.  Most assuredly if you do you’ll miss a monster buck laying in his bed twitching his ears.

After I’ve gone over everything with a fine toothed comb, I’ll then switch to my spotting scope.  I’ll basically use the same technique with my scope as I did with my binoculars, but at greater distances.  The challenge to hunting big mule deer in Idaho is the distances you’re going to have to become proficient at finding them.  Even on a private ranch, sometimes you’ll have to find them 2000 yards away or more.

 

After I’ve done my session with binoculars and spotting scope I just simply repeat protocol.  Mule deer hunting is 50 percent physical and 90 percent glassing if that makes any sense.  If you become proficient with these tools, however, your chances of dragging a big, trophy mule deer home from Idaho just went through the roof!

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