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6 04, 2020

How Covid-19 is Affecting Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons

2020-04-06T08:20:33-04:00April 6th, 2020|Big Deer TV, sportsman channel|2 Comments

Stay at home orders have been enacted in more than 40 states, and “non-essential” activities have been shut down. How is that impacting 2020 spring gobbler seasons? Is going turkey hunting "essential"? Several weeks ago Nebraska announced that it was not issuing any more non-resident spring turkey permits, effectively telling out-of-state hunters to stay home. Illinois has canceled all turkey hunting on all state lands. Similarly in Washington state, wildlife areas are closed, and the spring youth turkey hunt was canceled. The turkey-rich state of Kansas recently encouraged out-of-state hunters to stay home for the time being. The good news is that many states, including Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee, have deemed outdoor sports like turkey hunting as “essential” activities on both [...]

1 04, 2020

Rifle Sight-In Tip: Forget The Fliers

2020-04-01T16:06:30-04:00April 1st, 2020|Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington, sportsman channel|3 Comments

Say you’re sighting-in your hunting rifle, firing 3-shot groups from the bench. It's going well. Your shots are grouping an inch or less. You shoot on, and every now and then a bullet strikes the target a couple inches to the left or right (or high or low) of your main point of impact. You start to get frustrated and think about moving the scope--Don't! As long as 2 bullet holes stay clustered within an inch, you’re in good shape. Any “flyers” were likely due to human error—you've shot too much and flinched a bit or maybe jerked the trigger and pulled the errant shot offline. The worst thing you can do is worry about one bad shot and start [...]

25 03, 2020

 Get Outdoors Smartly, Safely During Coronavirus

2020-03-25T11:47:12-04:00March 25th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, Shed Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|4 Comments

Medical experts say that good nutrition, sleep and exercise are key to maintaining a healthy and strong immune system as we navigate these tough times with covid-19. With gyms and sports fields and clubs closed across the country, outdoor exercise, which gives us fresh air and helps to cure cabin fever for a bit, is the way to go if we do it smartly and safely. Hiking Last Saturday I needed to get out of the house for a day, not just for a stroll but something more vigorous. I was frustrated because I was supposed to be in southeast Georgia, hunting the spring turkey opener. Covid-19 cancelled that. I picked a moderately strenuous 9-mile section of the Appalachian Trail [...]

17 03, 2020

What Is A “Deadhead” Buck?

2020-03-17T15:54:58-04:00March 17th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Mike, I’ve been hearing a lot about deadhead bucks lately, what are they? –Jill, Pennsylvania Jill: A deadhead is the commonly used term for a buck deer carcass, that somebody finds in the woods. Unlike single antlers, which all bucks naturally lose each year before growing new ones, a deadhead’s rack is still attached to the skull. Generally the buck has been dead for several months and been ravaged by weather and predators; all that might remain is the head, spine, other bones and some old hide and hair. A deadhead buck might have died of any number of causes: hit by a car and ran off a died…shot and lost by a hunter the previous season…winter kill…predator kill…or a [...]

14 03, 2020

How Coronavirus Will Affect 2020 Hunting Seasons

2020-03-17T14:09:14-04:00March 14th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|13 Comments

Depending on which expert you listened to this morning, this virus will either be the end of the world as we know it or, like the flu, it will begin to diminish in a couple months, and life as we know it will get back to some sense of normalcy. I heard one doctor say on the radio that 700,000 to 1 million Americans could die (there have been at least 88 deaths in the U.S. as of March 16) if covid-19 is not contained and lingers deep into the year. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the virus is going to get worse before it gets better. But he went on [...]