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9 09, 2022

Taxidermist’s Tips For Velvet Deer Antlers

2022-09-09T12:22:20-04:00September 9th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|0 Comments

A Mississippi taxidermist told the Clarion Ledger special care needs to be taken when handling velvet antlers if a hunter intends to have the early-season buck mounted. Ellis Solomon of Ellis Solomon Taxidermy in Brandon, Miss. said, "I think the biggest mistake is (a hunter grabs) the rack. Velvet is skin, but it's a lot more delicate. It will tear if you stress it enough. Don't drag (the buck) by the antlers. When you handle (the antlers), you're tearing and twisting that velvet. Don't drag it by the antlers and don't drag it over anything. Just try to handle (a velvet rack) delicately." Solomon said another enemy of velvet racks is moisture and advises to keep them dry if at all [...]

9 09, 2022

Do Bucks Make Scrape Lines?

2022-09-06T11:32:10-04:00September 9th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I have been hunting whitetail deer for 40 years, and I cannot honestly say I have ever shot a buck on his scrape line. I might have, I just don’t know. I’m not even sure scrape lines exist. The more I hunt whitetails in different habitats and terrains across the country, the more I believe that scraping is more random and scattered than on some particular line of travel between food and bedding cover. That’s why I don’t scout for scrape lines anymore. From Halloween through November 15 or so, I look for a ridge, draw or creek bottom pocked with a dozen or so dark, stinky scrapes, with fresh rubs nearby.  I set a sit there a few days. [...]

6 09, 2022

How To Kill A Good Buck In Early Bow Season

2022-09-06T10:53:14-04:00September 6th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Your strategy starts with a working knowledge of a whitetail buck’s home range and core area. New science reaffirms that the living quarters of most mature bucks are relatively small, especially on lands with good food sources and bedding cover. Researchers from North Carolina State University fitted adult bucks with GPS tracking collars and found that bucks’ home ranges averaged 400 acres in late summer through early October.  Most recently, Clint McCoy, a graduate student from Auburn, tracked 37 collared bucks on a 6,000-acre property in South Carolina. He found that the home ranges of various age classes of bucks, from 2.5 year-olds to 4.5 year-olds, averaged only 300 to 400 acres. One mature buck he tracked lived entirely within [...]

1 09, 2022

5 Top Spots for Trail Cameras In September

2022-09-01T14:09:02-04:00September 1st, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

1.Set one or 2 cams in a small clearing in the woods 70 to 100 yards off an alfalfa, corn or soybean field or clover plot. Even before hunting season, many mature bucks hang up and stage in these areas in late afternoon before moving out to the feed after dark. 2. A bottleneck of thick cover on a deer trail that leads into a field is a good bet for a camera. A big buck will usually walk the thickest route in, and you can get a close-up image of him. 3. As you scout the woods, look funnels where two or more ditches or drainages with thick cover come together. Oak trees that drop acorns nearby make this [...]

31 08, 2022

Should You Shoot A Buck And Leave It Overnight?

2022-08-25T09:28:37-04:00August 31st, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Short answer, no. I’ve had several bad experiences with does and bucks I’ve shot at last light and, fearing a marginal hit, left overnight. I won’t do it now if the nighttime temperature is 40 or above, which it almost always is in early archery season in most places. And 40 degrees is marginal. I believe you need the night air to dip down into the 20s or cooler to have hope of salvaging good, tasty meat from a deer that has lain on the ground, guts in, for 10 to 12 hours or more. To leave a wounded buck or not all night is the most agonizing dilemma that I hope you are not forced to deal with this [...]

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