Scientists tracked adult bucks fitted with GPS collars on a hunted property on the Maryland coast. Data collected from the GPS collars allowed the researchers to home in on the home ranges of mature bucks, and the “core areas” within those home ranges. The property was a mix of agricultural fields and woods, typical of whitetail habitat across the United States. “We saw core areas show up in places that (people) basically don’t hunt,” said Dr. Mark Conner, who headed up the study. Mark described 2 sites in particular that served as the core areas for multiple bucks. “One is a sanctuary because it is impenetrable to humans,” he said. “Very dense greenbrier and other thorny vegetation. The only way [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTZ9SDCRKPk Hunting season is closer than you think. If you're in the market for a new hunting rifle, check out this video I did with my good buddy John Fink a few years back. John no longer works at Remington today, he is now a Product Manager for Magnified Optics with Trijicon - the presenting sponsor of Big Deer TV. For the latest Model 700 lineup click here.
It’s time to celebrate these beautiful little creatures that are being born right now! Did you know: A fawn weighs 4 to 8 pounds at birth; their weight doubles in 2 weeks. A fawn has a unique smell that the mother recognizes. A fawn spends its first month in hiding, separate from the doe, except to nurse 2 to 4 times a day. A healthy fawn can outrun you when it’s only days old. A fawn has about 300 white spots. 25% of twin fawns have different fathers. In a typical herd, twin fawns is the norm. In a prime habitat where the soil/feed/cover is outstanding, 20% to 30% of does might drop triplets. In a habitat with poor soils [...]
Mike: I saw this quote in your BIO and it intrigued me: “I am finally at that point in life where the killing of an animal has become secondary to the challenge of hunting it.” Could you please explain?—Paul Paul, thanks for the question. When I was in my teens and 20s, it was it was all about shooting as many deer, squirrels, turkeys, whatever as I could. Stack ‘em up. Legal numbers of course. One thing I have never done, even as a kid, is broken a game law. I think the “if brown it’s down” mentality, that thirst and hunger to kill deer, is natural for young hunters. And within reason I think it’s important. To keep a [...]