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25 11, 2020

Indiana: Trace Koble’s Reduction Zone Giant Buck, 198 1/8!

2020-11-23T09:34:38-05:00November 25th, 2020|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

This exclusive guest blog is from BIG DEER field reporter Dean Weimer: Trace Koble began hunting the Reduction Zone area strictly for waterfowl several years ago, but then the landowner switched from corn to soybeans and it was no longer good for ducks and geese. In 2017 Koble decided he’d put out a ground blind on this parcel, which is mostly open fields, to see what he would see. “But I never got serious about it until last year, when every sit in the blind I would see a plethora of deer filter out of a chunk of timber and feed on the other side of the field that I had permission on,” he says. This year, Trace decided to [...]

22 11, 2020

Hunt the Rut Planner: Tips For November 22 Week

2020-11-22T10:09:12-05:00November 22nd, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Deer behavior: Post-rut begins most everywhere, but there is still more breeding going than you think. If you get lucky and find one of the last receptive gals, you’re apt to see one or more bucks following The does that have been bred transition back to food plots, fields, browse, and other food sources. Bucks are tired, spooky and largely nocturnal; the colder it is this week, the more likely you are to see a buck in daylight hours. Key sign: Primary doe trails, buck tracks, fresh rubs, reactivated scrapes Science fact: Research of collared bucks from Maryland to Texas shows that 20 to 40 percent of mature bucks continue to make long trips out of their core areas in [...]

19 11, 2020

Use Weather Change To Shoot A Big Buck

2020-11-19T09:26:58-05:00November 19th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|0 Comments

How the weather impacts big buck movement… You’ve been hearing and reading that for years, and I’ve been researching, studying and blogging about it for decades. Warm weather, climate change, rain, snow, cold fronts… Truth is, just when I think I’ve got the answer, I read another scientific study that blows up my best theory…or a big buck does something entirely different on a warm or cold day than what I expected. But finally, I’ve got solid and foolproof advice on how you can use a weather change to kill a big buck. It comes as a result of a muzzleloader hunt in Virginia last week. Let me set the stage. It was late pre-rut, leading into the peak, which [...]

16 11, 2020

91 Tips For Hunting Peak Deer Rut

2020-11-16T09:47:59-05:00November 16th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|0 Comments

You don’t need a grand plan to kill a whitetail when the rut is on in November. Just go out and have fun, hunt every hour that you can, and use these time-proven pointers to your advantage. 1) Did you know? Studies show that one mature buck may blaze as many as 1,200 rubs from late September through November, or some 17 rubs a day. 2) Which rubs are the best sign? Look for antler-blazed trees as thick as your bicep. All bucks rub saplings, but only mature bucks work trees 4 to 6 inches in diameter or larger. 3) A copse of antler-mangled saplings or cedar branches are sign of an aggressive buck, the kind of beast you want [...]

10 11, 2020

Rut Call: Grunt-Snort-Wheeze

2020-11-03T09:23:19-05:00November 10th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

During intense encounters in the rut, bucks sometimes “grunt-snort,” which consists of a low, guttural grunt followed by one to four short, rapid snorts. Further, rival bucks sometimes add a third element, an expulsion of air through their nostrils, thus the “grunt-snort-wheeze.” "The grunt-snort-wheeze is the most aggressive of all the deer calls, often made by bucks just before a fight," says whitetail biologist Karl Miller. "Hunters can use it to bring in a dominant deer, but it can also scare off some bucks." While there is no doubt the snort-wheeze can produce dramatic results and bring in a big buck in the rut, it is not a call you should rely on frequently.  I much prefer to blow tending [...]

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