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11 01, 2023

5 Guns Every Hunter Needs

2023-01-11T14:18:56-05:00January 11th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Guns & Loads|0 Comments

To have a blast shooting targets and hunting every species of game bird and animal across America, you only need 5 firearms. .22 Long Rifle (LG) Every man, woman and child on Earth needs a good old .22, whether for plinking paper or potting a mess of squirrels in October. It’s the rifle that most of us grew up with. The one you need to get into your kid’s hands as soon as he or she is ready to join our shooting fraternity. Quiet to shoot and with no recoil, a rimfire rifle is the perfect tool for young or new shooters. For those of you who have been hunting awhile, think of a .22 as the perfect understudy for [...]

9 01, 2023

Sheds Dropping Early: ID A Doe!

2023-01-09T09:44:34-05:00January 9th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Cody emailed the other day: “Mike, haven't found any sheds yet, but a guy doing drives with us the other week shot what appeared to be a doe but when we got to the deer it was obviously a young buck that had already dropped his antlers.” This is no big deal, an honest mistake, and most state laws about late season hunting take this possibility into account. But I use the anecdote to point out that bucks seems to be dropping their antlers earlier than usual in many areas, including here in the Virginia Piedmont. Lots more bone will fall off the bucks’ heads in the more usual shedding weeks of January, which is when late antlerless seasons are [...]

5 01, 2023

January Is Best Time To Deer Hunt In Texas

2023-01-03T09:52:55-05:00January 5th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

There are 2 reasons why I love to visit South Texas in January: the weather is wonderful, typically sunny and in the 60s or 70s, and there are plenty of bucks running around. On most ranches in Texas, those bucks are classified as either “trophy” or “management” deer. Trophies are bucks with 10- or 12-point racks that have the gaudy potential to grow and score 170 inches or more. The larger trophy bucks grow their racks, the more expensive they are to hunt. Ranchers and deer managers consider management bucks to be 4-year-old and older animals with limited antler potential. Typically, old bucks with 9 points or less that gross score less than 135 inches. These are the type of [...]

3 01, 2023

America’s Toughest Bucks To Hunt

2023-01-03T09:45:22-05:00January 3rd, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

One muggy morning in early February I sat in box blind in south Alabama and waited for the sun to shine. At 6:30 I saw a doe. Two hours later a fawn straggled through. Nine hours later I caught movement in the growing dusk, a buck! His rack had 4 nice points on one side and a big fork on the left. Ugly, but he was mature and I was going to shoot him. Ugly was jittery and on the move. Eccck. At the sound of my mouth grunt the buck blew up, whirling and flipping off into a cedar patch, leaving me to gawk at thin air through the riflescope. Ah, a typical day in the Deep South. These [...]

21 12, 2022

5 Best Ways To Shoot A Late-Season Buck

2022-12-19T09:54:42-05:00December 21st, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

It’s almost Christmas, and an unfilled buck tag is burning a hole in your pocket. You’re starting to worry. Maybe even panic. I’ve hunted hard like I always do every year…What am I doing wrong? Did I miss my chance? Will I get my buck? Take a deep breath and look at your predicament as an opportunity. You still get to go for a few more days, and the buck hunting, while not easy, is better than you might think. Use these 5 tips to score at the buzzer. Hunt the Food Your main strategy through the end of season should center around the limited food sources that remain for deer. Both does and bucks are run down from the [...]

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