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20 11, 2023

5 Deer Facts That Will Help You Tag a Buck

2023-11-07T10:05:14-05:00November 20th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Science, whitetail deer|0 Comments

When deer scientists talk, I listen. Men and women who make a career of studying the whitetail don’t do it for fame or money. Having grinded for years to obtain a master’s degree in wildlife ecology, and in many cases a PhD to boot, they are passionate about learning all they can about America’s most popular game animal, and then implementing best practices for managing herds across the nation. When the biologists are also hunters, as most mentioned here are, I double down on their data because I’m confident it will help me, and you, shoot more big deer. Rubs: Zero to 100s  In a Michigan study, whitetails were totally removed from an enclosure; no deer inhabited the place for [...]

16 11, 2023

3 Best Rifle Stands for the Deer Rut

2023-11-07T09:47:05-05:00November 16th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|0 Comments

One morning in Oklahoma, a guide named Jim pointed me to a box blind and whispered, “When the sun comes up, you can see and shoot a country mile brother. Watch the tree line out front. Good luck.” I climbed into the box and the sun rose splendid pink and blue. I couldn’t see a mile to the tree break, but might as well have. My rangefinder read 412 yards to the front edge of the timber. I refuse to shoot at a deer that far away, not even with a finely tuned rifle and a solid rest, so I was basically an observer the rest of the morning. Might as well make the best of it. I glassed 3 [...]

14 11, 2023

Deer Science: Whitetail Buck’s Pineal Gland

2023-11-07T09:34:14-05:00November 14th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|0 Comments

My friends over at North American Whitetail magazine just published this article on the Science of the Whitetail Rut by deer researcher Clint McCoy. Among many other interesting rut things, Clint talks about a topic we’ve never addressed here at Big Deer: the pineal gland, which lies close to the optic nerve in a buck's brain…variations in photo-period (amount of light each day) prompt the pineal gland to initiate hormonal reactions in a buck’s body. Clint first points out that the whitetail deer is a “short-day breeder.” After the summer solstice occurs on June 21, each day’s length begins to shorten, dropping to less than 11 hours a day in early to mid-November. He then writes, …as daily photo-period reduces [...]

10 11, 2023

How Bucks Rut in November

2023-11-07T09:33:46-05:00November 10th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The seeking phase of the rut is in full swing in most regions (except the Deep South). Bucks begin to expand their range, wandering out of their home core areas to take the estrus temperature of does within 1,000 acres or so. Other big boys roam closer to home, especially in broken farmland where feed and cover are prime. If 2 dominant deer cross paths, a hair-raising stare down or a heavyweight fight might break out. Two mature bucks with broken racks just showed up on my camera in Virginia! Watch for a buck “lip curling,” or sniffing a doe’s urine to check her state of estrus. Bucks keep blazing rubs and pawing scrapes. Any day now the seeking phase [...]

8 11, 2023

30 Tips For Hunting The Deer Rut

2023-11-05T09:24:41-05:00November 8th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

You’ve waited all year for this, the rut baby! No matter which week in November you take off work, your Number One strategy is simple: Spend every minute you can in your best stands because you never know when a good buck will prowl by, or come a running hot on the heels of a doe. Here are 29 more tips to help you punch your tag. #2 In addition to big rubs, look for clusters of antler-mangled saplings or cedar branches. These “violent rubs” are sign of an aggressive buck, the kind you want to hunt because he’s apt to move in daylight. Set a stand in the area. #3 Several studies show that deer rut hard when the [...]

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