Boone and Crockett did a survey one time. They compiled a list of cartridges that hunters used to kill North American big game and big bucks that ultimately made their record book. Not surprisingly, here are the top 4 rounds:
–.300 magnum (used by 18 percent of the hunters in the survey): This includes the .300 Win. Mag and .300 Rem. Ultra Mag. A lot of the animals killed in this survey were big and tough, like bears and elk. But quite a few record-size mule deer and whitetails were felled with the flat-shooting .300 too. Never a bad choice, IF you can handle some recoil.
–.270 (12 percent): The .270 is still one of the kings and always will be, no matter how many sexier, flatter-shooting cartridges are developed. The .270 is a proven performer and has little recoil, so most hunters shoot it well. Fine whitetail cartridge, all things considered probably the best. After a few years of hunting with other cartridges, I find myself going back to my Remington Model 783 in .270…I shoot a few more bucks with it and wonder why I ever stop using that fine rifle.
–.30/06 (11 percent): Only thing surprising is that it didn’t rank higher in the top 2. Still the best all-around big game cartridge on the planet. I’ve killed sheep, black bears, caribou, elk and lots of deer with 150-, 165- and 180-grain bullets; why I ever stopped hunting with the .30-06 I really don’t know, but I haven’t shot mine in years. I need to go back to this venerable cartridge again.
--7mm Rem. Mag. (10 percent): The 7 Mag. will always have a following, especially with elk and mule deer hunters out West, where it really cannot be topped. I used this cartridge a lot last fall, and while it performed well, I need more range and hunting time with it to feel comfortable.
Which rifle and cartridge do you hunt with?
The second largest whitetail buck ever shot in Texas was poached.
Texas Parks & Wildlife reports that a Denton County man pleaded no contest to illegally taking the deer, which scored 278 Boone & Crockett points, last October near Pilot Point, Texas.
Travis D. Johnson was sentenced to two years of probation and 40 hours community service, plus court costs. He also faces in excess of $53,000 in restitution fines from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and is prohibited from purchasing a hunting license for the duration of his deferred adjudication period.
Almost immediately after news of the huge buck broke on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, Texas game wardens became aware of rumors alleging Johnson may have harvested the buck after legal shooting hours the night before. Based on a photo being circulated online that showed Johnson posing with the field dressed deer during daylight hours, along with comments that he had taken it with a bow the previous evening, wardens had concerns about the care and disposition of the venison considering the warm temperatures. Hunters are required to keep the meat of harvested game in edible condition.
A Denton County game warden met with Johnson at his residence the afternoon of Oct. 8 to inspect the carcass, and was informed it had been discarded at a different location due to concerns about the meat possibly being infected.
The story fell apart from there, and the sad truth eventually came out. No way for such an amazing animal’s life to end.
Today’s guest blog from Dave Nennig, who provides a follow-up on the giant velvet buck his wife Lyla shot with a muzzleloader in Iowa in December 2016. Dave believes “The Freak” remained in velvet that year because he was wounded by a neighboring bowhunter the previous season.
After 14 months of having “The Freak” at the freeze dryer and taxidermist, and looking for someone to officially score him, the deer was finally measured last weekend at the Iowa Deer Classic. The Freak had 28 scorable points and a gross score of 268 6/8, with a net of 251 7/8 non-typical. Just an amazing animal!
From what we have been told, it is probably the largest buck taken in the State of Iowa with a muzzleloader by a woman. Might even rank high in the world in that category. I have attached a couple pictures from the classic.–Dave Nennig
Dave, I’m pretty sure Lyla’s buck IS the top-scoring whitetail ever shot by a huntress with blackpowder, and SURELY the largest velvet buck. Congrats guys, thanks for sharing this story. I appreciate your support of BIG DEER TV!
Finally some good news in the hunting/outdoor industry. Reports are that Camping World, which bought Gander Mountain in a bankruptcy auction last year, is on track to open (or reopen) at least 70 stores in 2018.
Click here to see the list stores that are scheduled to be opened under the new “Gander Outdoors” banner by May. That’s only a couple months to make it happen, but let’s hope it does. I’ve long loved Gander Mountain..ur, I mean Gander Outdoors.
The press release I got from River’s Edge Products says:
Certain to make you the envy of all your hunting buddies, this durable Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) design is made to withstand everyday use and the outdoor elements. Crafted with amazing attention to detail and meticulously hand painted, the fade resistant coating will keep it looking great while waiting at the roadside to receive your mail.
It is approximately 38” long x 32” tall x 20” wide (with antlers), weighs 25 pounds and mounts on standard 2” x 4” or 4” x 4” on post (not included). Tamper resistant mounting screws are included, which is a very good thing. I’d double-down on locking this mailbox to the post.
The deer mailbox is in stock and available to order for $299.
This thing is pretty cool and I know a lot of deer hunters would love to have it…how many will shell out $300 for a mailbox is a question mark. Will you?