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11 02, 2019

Deer Hunting Tip: Benefits Of Winter Scouting

2020-06-10T09:15:25-04:00February 11th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|1 Comment

If you’ve got a free day this weekend or next, and if there is no snow on the ground in your area, go back out to the stands you hunted last fall, walk out from them in an ever-widening circular pattern and look for old sign. You will learn a lot about how deer used the terrain, structure, cover and wind when traveling from bed to feed 3 or 4 months ago. You will find spots where bucks rubbed and scraped the most. You will learn if you need to move your stand 50 to 100 yards…or maybe you’re in a good spot and should stay put…or maybe you should pull out of the area all together. All this will [...]

8 02, 2019

Do You Need A Salvage Permit For Deer Skull/Antlers?

2020-06-10T09:15:25-04:00February 8th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, Mule Deer|3 Comments

Every winter and spring shed hunters find and pick up big “deadheads,” and many of them can’t wait to post images of their finds on Facebook or Instagram. Let me remind you that if you find any size skull with antlers attached in the woods you might—actually you probably-- need to obtain a salvage permit (or at least verbal permission) from the state to possess and transport that skull/antlers. You do not need a permit to pick up and possess shed antlers (no skull). In most states a deadhead—the skull and rack from a buck that died of disease, was hit by a car, or was lost by a bowhunter in the fall—is treated like a roadkill buck, and subject [...]

6 02, 2019

Are Crossbow Hunters Killing Too Many Bucks?

2020-06-10T09:15:25-04:00February 6th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|9 Comments

Back in 2014, I blogged that Wisconsin was the latest major whitetail state to permit the use of the crossbow during the regular archery season. Since then, the crossbow season in the state has run concurrently with the archery season, typically mid-September through December. One of the original complaints from traditionalists and vertical bowhunters at the time was that crossbow hunters would kill too many bucks. There is no denying that it is easier (and takes less practice) to kill a deer with a crossbow than with a compound or recurve. Well, 5 years later, with crossbow technology having increased tenfold, turns out those fears might have been warranted. WKOW in Madison reports that at a recent Wisconsin Natural Resources [...]

4 02, 2019

Why Is The Alabama Deer Rut So Late?

2020-06-10T09:15:26-04:00February 4th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Why Is The Alabama Deer Rut So Late?

In the middle of the 20th century, Alabama embarked on an extensive restocking program, bringing in whitetail deer from as far away as Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin to rebuild the herds. Also, deer from southwest Alabama were captured in relocated to other parts of the state. Due in part to all these different genetics, the rut for Alabama’s deer is literally all over the map. “You can look at the distribution map of where deer were stocked in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and you can see the different genetics of those deer that came from the different parts of the country and even different parts of the state,” says Chuck Sykes, Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director. “You can see [...]

31 01, 2019

New York Hunter Mistakes Woman For A Deer, Gets Prison Time

2020-06-10T09:15:26-04:00January 31st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|1 Comment

I blog this as a reminder to look, think and analyze every situation before we pull the trigger: From Pennlive.com: It was a fatal mistake that left a woman walking her dogs dead and a deer hunter facing a prison stretch. The day before thanksgiving 2017, the hunter mistook the woman for a deer and shot. The hunter heard her screams and ran over to help, but it was too late. Court authorities and investigators said the shot rang out around 5:20 p.m., after legal shooting hours. The hunter plead guilty last October to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to one to three years in state prison, according to Erie News Now. The victim’s husband said he hopes the [...]

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