Today on Muley Monday we have Brian Barney. He’s been on a couple of times for spring bear episodes, but it’s safe to say this guy is a mule deer fanatic who consistently harvests big bucks year after year. In this episode we cover stalking techniques, different types of terrain where you can find bucks, whether it’s deep in the Colorado alpine basins or in Nevada’s desert high country. As we recorded this, Brian was about to head off to Nevada where he already tagged out on a great desert mule deer. With some states having kicked off their early archery seasons and other’s getting going in the next week or so, this episode is perfect to get you stoked for your upcoming mule deer hunts.
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Brian Barney on his Alaska Hunt – Start
Brian’s 2018 Muley Hunts & Scouting – 13:48
Approach to Upcoming Hunts – 18:34
New Units: Finding Ideal Terrain & Bucks – 21:16
Colorado Mule Deer Hunt – 37:23
Behavior Changes Losing Velvet – 38:56
Stalking Advice & how to Capitalize – 45:39
Closing in on Evening Bucks Feeding – 59:18
Brian’s Gear Essentials – 1:04:28
Brian’s Podcast & Online Handles – 1:06:25