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27 02, 2024

Shed Hunt Scouting Tip: Learn Deer Trails

2024-02-27T15:40:29-05:00February 27th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

My friend Don Kisky, co-host of Whitetail Freaks TV Show on Outdoor Channel, uses his March shed antler hunts to do one thing: learn every main and secondary deer trail on his hunting property. On a shed hunt, he cuts every trail (new and old) and follows it to find where that path comes and goes; where it crisscrosses another trail; how and where a trail cuts through cover and bends around obstacles. Everything about a deer trail, Don learns it. That helps him kill giant bucks the next fall. For example, one November day as Don was sneaking into a stand, he  looked up and spotted a monster buck boring straight at him. He scanned the area and remembered [...]

26 02, 2024

How Do You Act When You Shoot a Buck?

2024-02-26T10:34:36-05:00February 26th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, trijicon, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. —Fred Bear I am no Fred Bear, don’t claim to be. When it comes to bowhunting, I couldn’t carry the man’s jockstrap. But for the last 40 years, I have unabashedly hunted and killed deer according to Fred’s mantra. I suppose that is why I get uncomfortable and feel a bit ashamed when I witness an episode like this, either in person in the woods or on YouTube or TV: A fellow shoots a buck and watches it topple over. Grinning, he raises his arms high into the air, balls his fists and starts hollering, “He’s down, he’s down, hell yeah, he’s down!” This is sometimes accompanied with [...]

20 02, 2024

How to Build the Best Food Plots for Deer

2024-02-20T08:34:42-05:00February 20th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

This is a tutorial on how to create small and affordable food plots that whitetail deer will love, and which are actually easier to hunt than 2- to 4-acre green fields. The Plan Roll out an aerial photograph of your property, and pull up the Google Earth coordinates for a secondary source. Look closely for strips and openings where you might plant some clover, tucked away—and this is key—in areas where you don’t have to cut down many if any trees, or otherwise do extensive clearing and leveling. Look for easy-to-work spots that are part of the natural landscape and your herd’s habitat. Now think back to previous scouts and hunts on the property. Where are major deer trails and [...]

13 02, 2024

Should You Buy a Used Hunting Bow?

2024-02-13T10:22:30-05:00February 13th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Mike: Getting my tax refund soon, and got some money to play with.  Went to the local archery shop with my buddy, who upgraded to a new Hoyt RX-8. I was looking at the used bows and picked up a Hoyt Alpha X 30 with draw weight and length that fit me perfect. “Sweet bow and hasn’t been shot a lot,” the shop owner said, “You can have it for $800.” I wasn’t bow shopping, but before I could think I blurted, “Will you take $700?” Both my buddy and I walked out of there with bows! Love the bow and it shoots fine, so I don’t have buyer’s remorse. But I wondered what you think of buying a used [...]

7 02, 2024

How to Find 100 Deer Antlers

2024-02-07T14:18:48-05:00February 7th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Shed Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

My friend Mark “Sheds” Jaymon is best antler hunter I know. He finds more than 100 bones every late winter and spring, along with several buck carcasses and/or skulls with racks attached. Sheds, who I suspect is out in the woods collecting right now, offers his secrets: Start hunting hard around Super Bowl Sunday. It’s ok to start in January, but you should get really serious February 1, when most all bucks have dropped their antlers. The biggest key to shed hunting is to just branch out and go. A lot of people have no luck because they look on one or two properties where the deer may not even be this time of year; or maybe they are just [...]

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