8 10, 2019

Oklahoma Bowhunter Rings In New Season With 200-Inch Giant

2019-10-17T10:43:42-04:00October 8th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|2 Comments

From Oklahoman.com: Jeff Booth almost didn’t take his bow with him (last) Wednesday. He was planning to drive up from his Broken Arrow home to his hunting lease in northeast Oklahoma to just put up a camera near a deer stand. He figured the chances of killing a nice buck on the second day of archery season in 90-plus degree weather were remote at best. “I have never killed a good deer in October,” said Booth. Booth had a change of heart, however, and grabbed his bow at the last minute. He decided if he was going to drive all that way, he might as well take his bow and sit in the deer stand for a while. He is [...]

7 10, 2019

Hunters Can Contract Tuberculosis From Deer

2019-10-17T10:42:20-04:00October 7th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|2 Comments

If Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) were not enough, now we deer hunters need to know about another disease. Hunters can contract a form of tuberculosis from deer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a 77-year-old Michigan man was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. He had no known contact with any human infected with TB, but he had hunted and field-dressed deer for decades. Many deer test positive for bovine TB in the northeastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan where the man lived and hunted. The CDC says the man may have inhaled the bacteria that causes tuberculosis while he was gutting a deer. Officials don’t know when that might have happened, but the [...]

3 10, 2019

Deer Hunting: 7 Tips For Aging A Mature Buck

2019-10-17T10:40:51-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|0 Comments

A really old buck looks old, like this one in the picture. His body is thick and blocky. Mature deer, say 5½ years and older, are just heavy. Their chests are very deep. When not alarmed, he moves slowly and with purpose, like he owns the joint. When you are aging a buck before the rut has occurred, look at stomach girth, provided you get a good, broadside view of the animal. “The older a buck gets, the bigger his belly gets,” notes whitetail biologist Mickey Hellickson. “If the bottom line of the stomach sags noticeably lower than the bottom line of the brisket, the buck is likely mature.” This characteristic does not work well after the peak of rut, [...]

30 09, 2019

2019 Oklahoma Deer Hunting Forecast

2019-10-17T10:39:57-04:00September 30th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|0 Comments

This fall I’ll be heading out to northeast Oklahoma, to a ranch I’ve never hunted before, to film an episode of BIG DEER TV. I was happy to read this report from the Oklahoma Dept. Of Wildlife. While I do not take this report to say it will be a banner year, it should be a good one: Oklahoma deer hunters have reason for optimism, and big game biologist Dallas Barber said habitat will have a big effect on the herd. “Just like the last few years, we have really been blessed with timely rains. These have really helped keep habitat looking good across most of the state,” he said. “As habitat continues to improve, deer populations also continue to [...]

27 09, 2019

Bowhunting: 4 Top Tree Stands For October

2019-10-17T10:38:16-04:00September 27th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|0 Comments

A bunch more bow seasons will open in early October; you can’t go wrong by hanging a stand in these spots: Break Line: Look for a linear strip where pines, cedars or hardwood trees come together with brush, tall grass or second-growth saplings. Deer walk and browse on these edges; bucks rub and scrape on the lines as the rut approaches. Hardwood Ridge: A narrow hogback with acorn trees within 100 yards of a corn or bean field is one of my favorite spots. Deer cut around points, ditches and gullies on a ridge; hang stands on these terrains to funnel bucks close. Bucks will stage, eat acorns and browse in ridge thickets not only in the evenings, but in [...]