15 07, 2019

8 Best Spots for Trail Cameras

2019-10-17T09:37:10-04:00July 15th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on 8 Best Spots for Trail Cameras

One August day Iowa hunter Jay Gregory glassed a giant buck in one of his soybean fields. He snuck into a thick marsh a half-mile from where he spotted the deer and set up some trail cameras. Over the next 7 weeks he got 5 photos of the buck–not a lot, but enough. The image time-stamped 9:00 a.m. on October 24 was gold–it showed the hard-antlered monster at the waterhole in broad daylight. Jay moved in with a tree stand and arrowed the beast a few days later—it gross-scored 198. After spotting a big buck in an ag field or food plot, sneak in and set a couple of cameras on well-used trails near the closest river, creek or marsh. [...]

1 07, 2019

Tennessee To Hold CWD Workshops For Hunters, All States Should

2019-10-17T09:25:38-04:00July 1st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science|Comments Off on Tennessee To Hold CWD Workshops For Hunters, All States Should

I have researched, written, blogged about and produced TV shows concerning Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the biggest potential thread to deer herds and deer hunting to come down the pike in the last 50 years, maybe ever. I still find myself confused and scratching my head as CWD is documented in new areas, and as wildlife agencies come out with new info and regulations for dealing with the disease in the short and long term. I can only imagine how confused you, the average hunter who works hard and raises a family and doesn’t have time to research stuff like this, might be. That’s why I was so glad to see a tweet from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) [...]

21 06, 2019

Summer Land Management: 3 Tips For Better Deer Hunting

2019-09-19T13:46:11-04:00June 21st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on Summer Land Management: 3 Tips For Better Deer Hunting

While you’re out working your land with a tractor this summer, try this. Bush-hog a strip of grass or mow a lane through a thicket right up to one or two of your favorite tree stand locations. Keep those lanes trimmed one more time this summer. Deer will find them and use them. One day later this fall, an 8-pointer might walk smack down the strip to your bow stand. The trimmed lanes are also great places to plant mini-plots of clover. Scour an old grown-up farm field for hidden fruit trees, like apple or persimmon. Open up the trees by clearing away brush; prune a few limbs and pour some fertilizer over the roots. A tree should make some [...]

28 05, 2019

Will The 2019 Storms And Record Flooding Kill Whitetail Fawns?

2019-10-11T13:21:38-04:00May 28th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science|Comments Off on Will The 2019 Storms And Record Flooding Kill Whitetail Fawns?

Will the storms and subsequent record flooding in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi and other central and south-central states kill fawns that are dropping right now and into June? Biologists note that pregnant does are good mothers, and they sense when to move out of a flood zone. The primary concern for deer populations is for stressed does that are dropping or dropped fawns in areas of rising water levels, and the fawns were too young to move to higher ground. This is surely the case in some flood-ravaged areas. "We know it's going to have a negative impact," said William McKinley, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Deer Program coordinator. "Let's just say that up front.” But fawn survival [...]

29 04, 2019

How To Cut Mineral Stumps For Deer

2019-08-05T14:19:40-04:00April 29th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on How To Cut Mineral Stumps For Deer

Ever noticed how whitetail deer love to browse the sprouts from recently cut tree stumps?  Marcus Lashley, assistant professor at Mississippi State’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, has figured out why—and developed a simple, cost-effective way to create more good feed for the deer on your land. Marcus had long noticed that even when forbs and other foods were in abundance, deer still preferred to browse the sprouts from cut hardwoods when available. “As a kid sitting on a tree stand, I noticed that deer were eating from the stump of a hardwood I’d cut down. I was curious about why, because hardwood trees are nutritionally poor for deer,” he said. With research funding through MSU’s Forest and Wildlife [...]