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8 04, 2019

Ohio: 2018 Deer Harvest Down, But Big Buck Kill Up

2019-08-05T14:19:40-04:00April 8th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Ohio: 2018 Deer Harvest Down, But Big Buck Kill Up

Hunters checked 172,040 whitetails deer during Ohio’s 2018-2019 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). That’s down from last year, when 186,247 deer were checked. Some of the decrease can be attributed to poor weather throughout the fall of 2018. While the overall harvest was down, the number of big bucks killed with a bow was impressive. In the photo: Gary Bendele shot this giant (170 net Booner) with his bow on November 8, 2018 in Fayette County. Ethan  Featheroff’s monster non-typical, shot last October, grossed 220! Facts about deer hunting in Ohio: Regulations set by ODNR over the past four seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state; herd [...]

5 04, 2019

Why You Should Always Tape The Muzzle of Your Hunting Rifle

2019-08-05T14:10:03-04:00April 5th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|2 Comments

This is me with a great buck I shot out in Wyoming years ago. Minutes earlier I didn’t have that nice smile on my face. I was dazed, confused and damn lucky I hadn’t blown myself up. It started when I shot a foot over the buck at a tad under 200 yards with solid shooting sticks. Even when I miss a deer, it’s not by that much. The deer bolted at the bang and ran straight toward me! I bolted another 130-grainer, fired, missed again. The buck kept churning closer and closer, and I dropped him at 60 steps. Like I said, damn lucky. As I sat muttering and wondering what had gone wrong, I happened to look down [...]

3 04, 2019

Wisconsin Woman Shoots Giant 14-Point Buck

2019-08-05T14:19:40-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|1 Comment

Sarah Van Pietersom hunted the opener of the 2018 Wisconsin gun deer season. “We went out about 2:30 and didn’t see much initially," the Genesee resident told the Journal Sentinel. "Around 4 I saw what I thought was a buck. I pulled out my binoculars to get a closer look and thought to myself it was a decent buck. He dropped with one shot. I didn’t realize at that point it was this big buck."  Giant! The buck was estimated to be around 6 years old, and he looks it in the picture. Sarah said she became interested in hunting by sitting with her fiancé while he hunted when they started dating six years ago. Four years ago, she took a hunter safety course and started hunting on [...]

1 04, 2019

2018 Pennsylvania Deer Harvest Highest In 14 Years…State “has never managed whitetails better.”

2019-08-05T14:19:40-04:00April 1st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science|1 Comment

From the York Dispatch: "The (Pennsylvania Game Commission) reported that a total of 374,690 deer were harvested during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons, which closed in January. "That total tops the previous year’s harvest of 367,159 by about 10 percent." The 2018 antlerless harvest of 226,940 was up about 10 percent over last year. Data show that most does—64%--killed by hunters were 2.5 years old, and the remainder were 1.5 years old. The 2018-19 buck kill of 147,750 was down 10% from the previous season. The commission says that steady, heavy rain during opening weekend of gun season was the biggest reason for the decline—it kept a lot of hunters out of the woods, and the bucks didn’t move well in [...]

28 03, 2019

Mississippi Hunter Shoots White Turkey, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann Goes On Twitter Rant

2019-10-11T13:19:39-04:00March 28th, 2019|BigDeer, Deer Hunting|1 Comment

  The other day Hunter Waltman of Kiln, Mississippi did what most hunters in Mississippi do this time of year. He and a friend got up early, went to the woods 30 minutes before sunrise, located a turkey gobbling on the roost and moved in and set up.     Typical early morning turkey hunt. The gobbler flew down, went silent and never responded to the hunters’ calls. Hens. They sat and waited for 2 hours, and just as they were fixing to leave, they saw a big ball of white fanned out with 3 hens about 80 yards away. A short time later, the hens left the gobbler to nest for the morning, and the white bird made a beeline [...]