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10 03, 2020

March: Best Time To Scout Deer

2020-03-10T08:52:29-04:00March 10th, 2020|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on March: Best Time To Scout Deer

A study of wild, hunted deer in Louisiana found that the average core area of mature bucks in the fall and winter months is only about 300 acres. Much smaller than most hunters imagine. It's like that in many areas of the East and Midwest. Although big deer venture out of these comfort zones on excursions for does each November, they come home after the rut and spend most of their days back in the same small areas. If food and cover remain the same, bucks will live in these cores year after year, and all their lives. Now is the best time to find and explore those core areas. Take a look around as you drive to work. The [...]

4 03, 2020

Current Shed Antler Prices 2020

2020-03-04T10:15:18-05:00March 4th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Current Shed Antler Prices 2020

If you want to sell a stack of shed deer or elk antlers, how much are they worth? How much cash can you get for them? For starters, it depends on the condition and grade of the sheds: Grade A: Antler in perfect condition, brown and beautiful, with no fading…no broken tines or chew marks…this year’s drop, antler picked up within a few weeks or months.   Grade B: Antler in good condition, still natural brown color, may be dull or faded on one side and slightly weathered, probably last year’s drop. May have slight broken tine or chip.   Grade C: Antler faded and weathered to white and chalky, maybe some green and chewed on by rodents, on the ground for [...]

2 03, 2020

New Hampshire: New Record Lake Trout Biggest Ever Caught IN New England!

2020-03-02T09:00:38-05:00March 2nd, 2020|BigDeer|Comments Off on New Hampshire: New Record Lake Trout Biggest Ever Caught IN New England!

This is a hunting site, but a record fish deserves a shout out.   From New Hampshire Fish & Game: On Tuesday, February 25, Thomas Knight of Meredith, New Hampshire, caught an enormous lake trout while ice fishing on Big Diamond Pond in West Stewartstown, NH. The fish was certified as a new state record, eclipsing the one established in 1958. After a lengthy battle, Knight was able to bring the fish onto the ice and marvel at its size. An experienced lake trout angler, Knight knew that the prevailing record was 28 pounds and his fish seemed to be much bigger. After a few phone calls to some close fishing buddies, Knight made his next call to Andy Schafermeyer, a [...]

28 02, 2020

Sheds to Velvet: How Deer Antlers Grow Each Year

2020-02-28T07:41:36-05:00February 28th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Sheds to Velvet: How Deer Antlers Grow Each Year

One time on a cold, steely day in January, I sat in a tree hoping for last-ditch crack at a buck, or at least a shot at one more doe for the freezer. As the gray blanket of dusk settled into the grain field I watched, an 8-point buck snuck out of the timber, nose to the wind, wary after four months of human intrusion in his woods. Satisfied the coast was clear, the survivor took a few more steps and hooked a sapling on the field edge. That’s when the left side of his rack fell off his head. In all my years in the woods, I had run across a few one-antlered bucks, but this was the first [...]

25 02, 2020

Vintage Big Deer: Marlon Hale’s 247” Ohio Crossbow Monster

2020-02-25T08:56:07-05:00February 25th, 2020|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Vintage Big Deer: Marlon Hale’s 247” Ohio Crossbow Monster

Back around 2007, Muzzy Broadheads introduced the “200 Club Monster Buck Display.” This select club highlighted a group of bowhunters who had recently harvested a whitetail buck that scored more than 200 net inches with a Muzzy broadhead. According to Muzzy at the time, fewer than 2 percent of all Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young certified entries score over 200 inches, so the 200 Club is a very small but elite group of bowhunters. Here’s one of those stories. Marlon Hale glassed a buck in Carroll County, OH the summer before the 2005 deer season, but he wasn’t all that impressed. The animal was a long way off, and Marlon couldn’t tell how many points it had. He [...]