22 04, 2019

Earth Day 2019: Let’s Celebrate America’s Hunters

2019-08-05T14:19:40-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|Comments Off on Earth Day 2019: Let’s Celebrate America’s Hunters

On this Earth Day, I refer you to a passage written by two of America’s top deer biologists, Drs. Larry Marchinton and Karl Miller: In the United States roughly 3 million white-tailed deer are harvested each year… This translates to about 150 million pounds of meat. Add to this the amount of elk, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and other game as well as wild fruits, nuts, and vegetables that is consumed. To produce this amount of beef, chicken, or vegetable crops in addition to that which is already produced would be ecologically devastating. Acres and acres of wild places would have to be destroyed to accommodate this increased agricultural production. More wildlife habitat would have to be plowed under. More pesticides [...]

18 04, 2019

Alabama: Would You Pay To Bait Deer?

2019-08-05T14:23:57-04:00April 18th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|7 Comments

Alabama has a penchant for strange and confusing game laws, like the current deer-baiting regulation, which allows you to use bait as long as the feed is placed at least 100 yards away from your stand and not in your direct line of sight. Who knows exactly what that means? How could a game warden enforce it? Well, that law might change, possibly to be replaced by another unusual statute. The Alabama Times Daily reports that the state’s House of Representatives has voted to allow people to flat-out use bait—for a fee! House Bill 197 allows for baiting of deer and feral pigs on private and leased lands for a $14 annual “bait privilege license fee” and a $1 issuance [...]

22 03, 2019

Can You Salvage Roadkill Deer In Your State?

2019-08-05T14:19:41-04:00March 22nd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|3 Comments

From Popular Science: Jessica Mundall came across a dead buck while driving. The animal had just been hit and killed by a semi-truck, and was still “super fresh.” She and her husband, both hunters, processed the deer on the side of the road…. “After that, we were hooked,” says Mundall, 26, who works for the state’s fish and game department in Boise, Idaho. “We ended up getting our freezer filled off of roadkill.” Idaho is one of 20-some states that allow the free salvage of roadkill animals (you simply need to report your take to the state and answer a few questions within 24 hours). Other states that allow it include Washington, Pennsylvania, Oregon, West Virginia, Montana, Tennessee and Alaska. [...]

20 03, 2019

Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine Files For Bankruptcy

2019-08-05T14:19:41-04:00March 20th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|10 Comments

I am, or was, a print writer at heart, having majored in English in college many years ago, and then having written thousands of articles for magazines along with 6 books over the past 30 years. This is a sad day for me, as yet another hunting magazine goes down. F+W Media, publisher of Deer & Deer Hunting and 50-some other magazines, is liquidating. The New York-based publishing house, which has been in business for 100 years, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy papers on March 10. According to the filing, the company has seen magazine subscriptions drop from 33.4 million in 2015 to 21.5 million in 2018. Advertising revenues decreased from $20.7 million in 2015 to $13.7 million. The company’s CEO summed [...]

13 03, 2019

Dick’s Sporting Goods To Remove Firearms And Hunting Gear From 125 Stores

2019-10-11T13:21:39-04:00March 13th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|5 Comments

Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) has announced it will remove firearms and other hunting gear from about 125 stores. The change, expected to begin August 1, will affect about 17 percent of the company’s stores. The announcement, coupled with continuing declines in sales since 2017 (adjusted same-store sales were down 3.1% last year) lead to a 11 percent decline in stock price yesterday. Dick’s closed at $34.45 on the NYSE, down $4.28/share. Dick’s CEO and major shareholder Ed Stack told the media that if the 125-store move “goes well” the company may remove hunting gear from more stores next year. According to the Outdoor Wire, Stack was one of four CEOs to sign a letter supporting a gun control bill [...]