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5 02, 2020

Should You Feed Deer In The Winter?

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00February 5th, 2020|BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Yes, natural food is scarce and whitetail deer are hungry and scavenging every bite they can find right now in late winter. NO, you should not feed them. No corn, no apples, no hay, nothing. “Congregation of deer is a way in which Chronic Wasting Disease is spread through nose to nose contact,” explains Ryan Brown, director of Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries. “We encourage the public not to feed deer, because the deer don’t need it in Virginia to survive, and number two, attracting deer to a particular feeding location simply ups the odds that the disease will be spread within the herd.” CWD can be spread by disease prions that live in the soil for years. “The prions [...]

4 02, 2020

Oklahoma: Bryant Buck Scores 190 6/8 Typical!

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00February 4th, 2020|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, whitetail deer|0 Comments

From North American Whitetail: “I didn’t get a picture of that deer until the beginning of November, but when I saw him, I knew he was a good one even if I didn’t really know how good,” (Troy Bryant) said. “I got my second set of pictures on Nov. 18. Once again, I knew he was a good deer from those photos, but I still didn’t know he was a 200-inch kind of deer.” On opening day of Oklahoma’s 2019 deer gun season, Troy saw and shot the beast. The Harper County buck had 11 points, 25-inch-plus beams and scored 197 7/8 inches gross 190 6/8 net, ranking it as one of the top-five all-time typicals in Oklahoma. Read the [...]

31 01, 2020

Review: Cabela’s Axis Hunting Boot

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00January 31st, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Gear Reviews, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I have long been a fan of Cabela’s hunting boots, for the money they are hard to beat. I wore the 8-inch Axis boot last deer season, for some 60-plus days, and it might be the best one yet. Comfortable the first time I put them on, no break-in time needed. Lightweight enough (2.7 pounds pair) and substantial soles that permit smooth and sure-footed stalking, and great ankle support. This is a great boot for both deer and elk hunting. The boot uppers are built of nubuck leather with 600-denier nylon. They feature waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX moisture-wicking linings to keep your feet dry and comfortable, and 400 grams Thinsulate insulation. I have found that 400 grams insulation is about perfect [...]

28 01, 2020

SHOT Show 2020 New Product: Trijicon Huron Riflescope

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00January 28th, 2020|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Gear Reviews|0 Comments

Trijicon, the official riflescope partner of BIG DEER TV, introduces the Huron scope specifically designed for the North American deer hunter. This is a world-class optic, top-quality glass and a rugged aluminum construction. Like all Trijicon optics used by the U.S. military and law enforcement, the Huron hunting scope undergoes extensive testing: temperature shock tests from -20 degrees F to 140 degrees F; every model is subjected to 5,000 consecutive rounds to confirm no reticle shift; and immersion tested, every riflescope is dry-nitrogen filled to eliminate internal fogging. Whether you hunt thick eastern brush or more open fields and plains in the Midwest or West, there is a variable-power scope option for you: 3-9 by 40mm, 3-12x40mm and 2.5-10 by [...]

27 01, 2020

Pennsylvania Bowhunter Tags 43rd Buck

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00January 27th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Today’s fine guest post is from Big Daddy, who has been with me on the Big Deer Blog since I started it 11 years ago. Thanks for the support, BD! I began hunting in 1967 at age 12 and took my first bow-killed deer,a doe, that year. In those early years I was just trying to kill any deer. The years passed and most found me with a filled tag, some with bow others with gun. In 1976 I killed my first P&Y buck and it changed my hunting career forever. During the past 42 years I have taken 43 bucks with a bow, all but one in Pennsylvania. One was in New Jersey. I purchased property in north-central PA [...]

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