27 03, 2017

2017: It’s a Tough Economy for the Gun & Hunting Industry Right Now

2019-10-11T13:21:59-04:00March 27th, 2017|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Gear Reviews, Hunting News, Remington|12 Comments

The health care chaos last week on Capitol Hill notwithstanding, things have been looking pretty good since President Trump’s election last November. The stock market is up and consumer confidence is high as the President reduces burdensome regulations on business and moves to act on tax reform this summer. But ironically the election of our first pro-gun president in 8 years has slowed the sale of firearms and softened the overall shooting/hunting market. In recent years, with anti-gun Barack Obama at the helm and with the prospect of Hillary looming for another 8 years, law-abiding and freedom–loving Americans had a deep and well-founded concern that their gun rights were in serious jeopardy, and so we purchased guns and hoarded ammunition [...]

30 12, 2016

BIG DEER TV: Fall 2016 Hunting & Filming Recap

2019-10-11T13:22:01-04:00December 30th, 2016|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington|2 Comments

As 2016 draws to a close, it's a perfect time to recap my fall hunts that will begin airing in July 2017 during season 6 of BIG DEER TV. Thanks to Remington Arms, Trijicon, Wildlife Research Center and Sportsman Channel for their amazing support. And a special and heartfelt thanks to all of you who watch our show and read this blog. I hope you have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.--MH In September I traveled to South Carolina and hunted with Will (left) and Ethan for a few days. These kids are bravely battling cancer every day and I hope and pray for them. One evening Ethan shot this buck, and we all gathered round the skinning shed. Lots [...]

20 07, 2016

BIG DEER TV 2016 Episode 3: “Rut Race Saskatchewan to Idaho”

2019-10-11T13:23:41-04:00July 20th, 2016|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Remington|1 Comment

As the script goes: Saskatchewan’s muzzleloader season is 2 weeks earlier than my usual rifle hunt up here, and the warm, wet weather is killing us. It’s hard just to get around in the mud and slop, and the deer are inactive in their thick winter coats…the forest is dead...but you have to keep your head up. That I did, though I did not see a single buck all week. A few does, but not one buck. My 10-plus-year streak of amazing buck hunts and good fortune in the Saskatchewan bush had come to a crashing end. I could not let it end that way. I’d have to come back next month… Down but not out, I put a tough [...]

22 06, 2016

Ultimate Air-Travel Guide: How to Fly With Guns

2019-10-11T13:22:28-04:00June 22nd, 2016|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Hunting News, Remington|4 Comments

I have flown hundreds of thousands miles with hunting guns in the last 30 years, on all the major carriers and in tiny bush planes, to cities and small towns across the U.S and Canada. While I have had minor hassles (you can’t fly anywhere with or without guns without some grief) I have not, knock on a walnut stock, had a major incident with any airline or Transportation Security Authority (TSA) employee or officer. I have had 3 gun cases not make it to my final destination (knock wood harder) and those were only delayed a day. Three incidents in some 600 trips spread over 3 decades isn’t bad. The reason I’ve had good fortune: I know the rules [...]

5 05, 2016

Virginia: Monster Buck (201 7/8”) to Appear on BIG DEER TV

2019-10-11T13:22:29-04:00May 5th, 2016|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington|1 Comment

The new season of Big Deer TV premieres in July on Sportsman Channel and airs through the end of the year. More later on days and air times. One of the episodes we’re working on right now is a compilation of conversations and interviews I’ve had with regular hunters across the nation who have shot monster whitetails. I love to hear these guys tell their stories of the 180- to 200-inch dream bucks they shot, and I think you will too. One of those stories comes from Virginia and really hits home. The giant was shot less than 30 miles from my house by a great old country boy, Jimmy Taylor. Actually Jimmy and his buck appeared briefly on my [...]