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22 06, 2021

How To Protect Your Tree Stands

2021-06-22T08:33:06-04:00June 22nd, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

When you leave a tree stand out in the woods overnight on public land, that stand becomes public domain and therefore anybody can use it. That might be the law in most states, but in the deer hunter’s code of conduct it’s a bunch of BS. Anybody who would hunt another man’s stand, public or private, without permission is a skunk. If it’s legal in your state and you decide to set a stand and leave it up for days, here are 3 things you can do to keep a squatter out: If you use a lock-on, remove the bottom ladder step and haul it out when you leave after a hunt. A bit of a hassle, but nobody can [...]

18 06, 2021

7 Tips To Prevent Tick And Mosquito Bites

2021-06-17T08:58:35-04:00June 18th, 2021|BigDeer|0 Comments

The Arkansas Department of Health urges hikers, campers, fishermen and all outdoorsman to protect themselves from diseases carried by ticks and mosquitos. Tick and mosquito bites can be prevented in similar ways: Use an EPA-approved insect repellant as directed. Use permethrin on your clothing as directed. Wear long sleeves and pants. Light-colored clothing makes it easier to spot ticks. Tuck your pants into socks or boots. Check for ticks on yourself, your children, and your pets regularly. Remove ticks quickly if one is found. To avoid ticks, walk in the middle of a hiking trail or path; avoid tall grass and leaf litter. To reduce mosquitoes around your home (or campsite), get rid of any standing water on the property. [...]

17 06, 2021

5 Things To Know About CWD This Deer Season

2021-06-17T08:50:56-04:00June 17th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

As Chronic Wasting Disease spreads in some regions across the country, state CWD rules and regulations are constantly changing. Keep these things in mind this season: When to Test Your Deer More than 315 counties in 24 states, from Wyoming to Mississippi to upstate New York (new on the list this year) have reported CWD in free-ranging deer. Has the disease been detected near where you hunt? An excellent resource is the CWD map at cwd-info.org which lists all counties in all states where CWD has been confirmed. Check the map, and if you hunt in or near any region that has CWD you should have any deer you shoot tested. Each state’s hunting website has specific (if perhaps confusing) [...]

15 06, 2021

Expect Crowded Public Lands This Deer Season

2021-06-15T09:14:09-04:00June 15th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

During the insufferable pandemic, longing to get outside and get fresh air for health and sanity, more people hunted deer last fall than in a decade. State game departments across the U.S. report that the sale of hunting licenses was up 5%, 10% or more in 2020. If you hunted public land, especially a national forest or WMA near a big city during a firearms season, you might have seen and felt it—more cars crammed into parking areas, more campers, more orange-clad hunters knocking around the woods. While most of the newbies had no choice but to hunt on public ground, some were able to get permission from landowners they knew or contacted. You might have felt a little more [...]

7 06, 2021

5 Facts About Summer Whitetail Antlers

2021-06-07T07:56:20-04:00June 7th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Experts at the Mississippi State Deer Lab say velvet antlers grow rapidly in late spring and summer, as much as ¾-inch a week for yearling bucks and 1 1/2 inches per week for adults. Growth slows dramatically in late summer while mineralization (hardening) of the antlers is completed. Antlers are bone, consisting of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other minerals. Although some of the minerals are taken from food, a lot of them are sucked from the buck’s skeleton, causing him to develop osteoporosis during the summer. Because velvet is rich with blood vessels, growing antlers are hot to the touch. New racks show up well in thermal imaging optics. Tiny hairs on the velvet stick out and make the antlers look bigger than they really are. [...]

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