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29 08, 2022

Hot-Weather Deer Care For The Best Venison

2022-08-25T09:16:37-04:00August 29th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The weather will be warm to hot when you start bowhunting in September or early October. Whether you shoot a doe or 150-inch buck, it is your ethical and legal obligation to properly care for the meat. Allowing an animal to spoil is not only the biggest sin in the hunter’s code of conduct, but in an extreme case a conservation officer could cite you for wanton waste. You want to do right and you want good, clean venison; here are some things to keep in mind when the temperature is 60 to 70 degrees or more. After the Shot Climb out of your stand and go look for the deer as soon as you can after the shot.  The [...]

24 08, 2022

Latest Bullwinkle Buck On Camera Near Furman, AL

2022-08-22T10:27:36-04:00August 24th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Here on the blog, I am documenting as many big-nose deer as I can. Thanks to Susan for information on this latest Bullwinkle from summer 2022: Mike: I knew what a Bullwinkle was because I have a friend that has a big-nose buck over in Dallas County, AL. Once mine showed up I started reading articles and ran across yours. One of the big-nose bucks harvested in one of your articles was in Furman, AL. That is where mine is at too. I know from reading that the buck’s swollen stout is a bacterial infection and doesn’t appear to spread. We all want our deer to be as healthy as possible, so whatever I can do to help with any [...]

22 08, 2022

Urgent Tip For Trailing A Bowshot Deer

2022-08-22T09:54:06-04:00August 22nd, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

You shoot a buck with your bow and get on the trail. At first the sign looks great. But if you see the buck’s running trail--blood spraying out onto leaves and grass--slow to a walking trail—smaller and smaller droplets of blood that fall straight down to the ground--stop and back out immediately! That deer is NOT double-lunged and on death run; rather, he took off but now is slowing down and likely looking for a place to lie down. Back out and give him time (2 to 5 hours) to do just that. Chances are when you come back, you’ll find him dead in bed not too far away. Most bowhunters get overly excited and don’t wait nearly long enough [...]

19 08, 2022

Deer Tip: Key Off A Small Buck To Shoot A Big Buck

2022-08-16T10:14:01-04:00August 19th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I cannot blog about buck bachelor groups, as I did earlier in the week, without my mind going back to John Schmucker and the enormous buck he killed in Ohio way back in 2006. That summer, John spent many evenings sitting on the roof of his carriage house in his backyard, watching an unbelievable buck through his binoculars. “I saw him almost every night when he’d come out into that bean field,” he said. “Some weeks, I’d see him 5 out of 7 afternoons.” Every time John spotted the 36-point giant, the deer was traveling with 3 smaller bucks, and he filed that away in his subconscious. When the Amish hunter went out with his crossbow on September 30 that [...]

16 08, 2022

3 Facts About Buck Bachelor Groups

2022-08-16T10:17:06-04:00August 16th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Buck Group Size: Two to 4 to 8 bucks hanging out together is typical in mid-August, but I have seen as many as 10 velvet-racked bucks in a late-summer group. Knowing how much I love to watch and study bachelor clubs, hunters from all over have emailed me with reports and pictures of 12 to 15 or more bucks feeding and posturing together in a field. Last year, a guy from Maryland reported seeing 30 different bucks in a soybean field most every night! Truth is, these mega-groups are rare. Big numbers of bucks are actually 2, 3 or more different bachelor groups that happen to come together and loosely comingle. Summer groups are comprised of bucks of all ages, [...]

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