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21 04, 2022

Earth Day 2022: Time To Celebrate America’s Hunters

2022-04-21T11:08:16-04:00April 21st, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

On this Earth Day I refer you to a passage written a few years ago by two of America’s top deer biologists, Drs. Larry Marchinton and Karl Miller: In the United States roughly 3 million white-tailed deer are harvested each year… This translates to about 150 million pounds of meat. Add to this the amount of elk, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and other game as well as wild fruits, nuts, and vegetables that is consumed. To produce this amount of beef, chicken, or vegetable crops in addition to that which is already produced would be ecologically devastating. Acres and acres of wild places would have to be destroyed to accommodate this increased agricultural production. More wildlife habitat would have to be [...]

19 04, 2022

Why You Should Scout For Buck Rubs In The Spring

2022-04-19T08:34:18-04:00April 19th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Most of the trees that bucks rubbed last October and November are still whitish scars on the trees, and easy to spot in the spring woods. Look especially close for “signpost” rubs--large, scarred trees that mark some section of a mature buck’s core living area. Missouri whitetail scientist Grant Woods says that while mature bucks blaze the rubs on thick trees during the lead up to the fall rut, many deer interact with them year-round. “Big rubs act as communal pheromone wicks and are located in areas with high deer traffic,” he says. Bucks and does can easily see the rubs and sometimes veer over for a sniff. Many signpost rubs are rubbed again and again by rutting bucks each [...]

11 04, 2022

10 Questions For Tick Man Dan

2022-04-11T11:06:11-04:00April 11th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Gear Reviews, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Dan Wolff, aka “Tick Man Dan,” specializes in education for the prevention of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases. Good info to remember in tick season as we venture out to shed hunt, turkey hunt, hike to a fishing hole or do deer-habitat work. Big Deer: Everybody hates ticks. Just what are these nasty things? Tick Man Dan: Most people think ticks are a kind of insect. They’re not. Technically, they’re classified as arthropods and, more specifically, as acarines, which place them in the same group of bugs as spiders and mites. Practically, however, what defines ticks is that they are obligate blood feeders (blood is all they feed on). A special feature of most ticks is that they typically [...]

5 04, 2022

Do You Need A Background Check To Buy Ammunition?

2022-04-05T10:22:19-04:00April 5th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Hunting News, sportsman channel|0 Comments

The Sportsmen’s Alliance reports that “the hits keep coming in Rhode Island when it comes to hunting and firearms.” The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee is considering legislation requiring a state or federal background check to purchase ammunition or reloading components. While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System has “instant” in its name, it can take up to three days to complete. As a result of House Bill 6616, online or mail orders for ammunition would not be possible. “This proposal would even ban a friend or family member from borrowing ammunition during a hunting trip, unless the recipient passed a background check,” said Dillon Barto, manager of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “This is more bad policy [...]

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