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26 03, 2019

Weird Deer: Longest “Unicorn” Tine Ever!

2019-08-05T14:19:41-04:00March 26th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Weird Deer: Longest “Unicorn” Tine Ever!

The typical “unicorn” tine--third beam that sprouts out a buck’s forehead—is 1 to 4 inches long. The middle tine in this picture appears to be 13 inches or longer, likely making it longest unicorn tine ever on a whitetail. Biologists note that a unicorn tine is caused by trauma to the frontal bone on a buck’s forehead. This entire region of the skull is capable of growing antler, and if an area of the frontal bone is injured (such as a tine puncture from another buck) the trauma may cause a third antler to grow from the injury.    How rare is a unicorn buck? Short answer, very. Noted whitetail scientist Mickey Hellickson says that during his days of researching wild whitetails on the [...]

22 03, 2019

Can You Salvage Roadkill Deer In Your State?

2019-08-05T14:19:41-04:00March 22nd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|3 Comments

From Popular Science: Jessica Mundall came across a dead buck while driving. The animal had just been hit and killed by a semi-truck, and was still “super fresh.” She and her husband, both hunters, processed the deer on the side of the road…. “After that, we were hooked,” says Mundall, 26, who works for the state’s fish and game department in Boise, Idaho. “We ended up getting our freezer filled off of roadkill.” Idaho is one of 20-some states that allow the free salvage of roadkill animals (you simply need to report your take to the state and answer a few questions within 24 hours). Other states that allow it include Washington, Pennsylvania, Oregon, West Virginia, Montana, Tennessee and Alaska. [...]

20 03, 2019

Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine Files For Bankruptcy

2019-08-05T14:19:41-04:00March 20th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|10 Comments

I am, or was, a print writer at heart, having majored in English in college many years ago, and then having written thousands of articles for magazines along with 6 books over the past 30 years. This is a sad day for me, as yet another hunting magazine goes down. F+W Media, publisher of Deer & Deer Hunting and 50-some other magazines, is liquidating. The New York-based publishing house, which has been in business for 100 years, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy papers on March 10. According to the filing, the company has seen magazine subscriptions drop from 33.4 million in 2015 to 21.5 million in 2018. Advertising revenues decreased from $20.7 million in 2015 to $13.7 million. The company’s CEO summed [...]

18 03, 2019

How Will “Bomb Cyclone” and Snowmelt Flooding Affect Deer?

2019-10-11T13:21:39-04:00March 18th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on How Will “Bomb Cyclone” and Snowmelt Flooding Affect Deer?

The recent bomb cyclone combined with spring snowmelt has swelled some Midwest rivers to record levels and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared emergencies. Some of the water-logged areas are bracing for more rain this week.   How will all this flooding affect whitetail deer in the region? Biologists say that rising floodwaters of river and creeks won’t kill many if any adult deer, though it will displace the animals for days and weeks. But the deer will eventually filter back into their habitats once the waters recede. Good news is that pregnant does will move out of rising water now and for the next few weeks. The primary concern for deer herds [...]

13 03, 2019

Dick’s Sporting Goods To Remove Firearms And Hunting Gear From 125 Stores

2019-10-11T13:21:39-04:00March 13th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|5 Comments

Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) has announced it will remove firearms and other hunting gear from about 125 stores. The change, expected to begin August 1, will affect about 17 percent of the company’s stores. The announcement, coupled with continuing declines in sales since 2017 (adjusted same-store sales were down 3.1% last year) lead to a 11 percent decline in stock price yesterday. Dick’s closed at $34.45 on the NYSE, down $4.28/share. Dick’s CEO and major shareholder Ed Stack told the media that if the 125-store move “goes well” the company may remove hunting gear from more stores next year. According to the Outdoor Wire, Stack was one of four CEOs to sign a letter supporting a gun control bill [...]