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25 04, 2024

Deer Season is Over: Learn from Last Year’s Mistakes

2024-04-22T10:11:04-04:00April 25th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

I am sitting here thinking back about what went right and what went wrong last season. The best memories are of the few days when I shot a buck on TV, but I will learn the most by replaying and analyzing all those tough and lean days and weeks when I didn’t get a deer. How did I mess up? What could I have done differently? Map and Scout   A buddy called last October and said, “Hey man, I got permission to hunt a new farm, you in?” “Let’s go!”  I roared and off we went for a week. We hunted like mad, had fun, saw some deer but came home empty-handed. We should have slowed down and scouted [...]

22 04, 2024

Here’s Why You Need to Go Over and Hunt Africa

2024-04-22T09:23:04-04:00April 22nd, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CZ-USA, sportsman channel, trijicon|1 Comment

First read this blog that I wrote and published 20 years ago: I was talking with a colleague the other day and he asked, “So Hanback, when’s your next trip over my man?” “Over where?” “To Africa man!” he roared. I explained that I had never been to Africa, and had never really wanted to go all that much. He looked at me like I was the village idiot. “Ah, there is nothing like it,” he opined, a touch of British high-brow creeping into his Yankee voice. “I was bitten by the bug several years ago and I hardly want to hunt anywhere else.” I was talking with another man who went over and shot his first elephant. With his [...]

15 04, 2024

Big Deer Archives: 4-Year Ouest for a Nebraska Archery Giant

2024-04-15T09:26:01-04:00April 15th, 2024|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Big Deer Archives: 4-Year Ouest for a Nebraska Archery Giant

Writing script for a new Nebraska television show about my hunt out on the North Platte River last fall. You don’t hear that much about Nebraska, but it’s a sleeper state for big whitetails. Got me to thinking of a great story a passionate bowhunter named Nick sent me 8 years ago: Mike: My journey for a Nebraska public-land buck started back in 2012 when I was notified, I was getting stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, which is located about 15 miles south of Omaha. I am a 15-year active-duty Air Force Security Forces (military police) member. I arrived to Offutt in the beginning of July. Right away I began to research the local public hunting spots. I stumbled [...]

11 04, 2024

Jordan’s Giant South Carolina Buck

2024-04-11T10:24:52-04:00April 11th, 2024|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Jordan’s Giant South Carolina Buck

I wrote this here the BIG DEER blog one September day 9 years ago. Posting with updates: Let me introduce you to my new hunting buddy, 15-year-old Jordan Beri. Last Friday evening Jordan, who was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the chest down, shot this 200-pound, low-fence giant in South Carolina. Shaking and nervous as I have ever been in a hunting situation, I held the rifle and scope steady as I could on the buck's shoulder. We had a special contraption attached to the rifle so that all Jordan had to do was suck on a tube to activate and pull the trigger. When I whispered “Now,” Jordan sucked a deep breath and dropped the fully [...]

9 04, 2024

Social Media and Deer Poaching

2024-04-09T08:53:14-04:00April 9th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Social Media and Deer Poaching

A Virginia man was arrested and charged with illegally killing three deer last fall, including a renowned buck called “Hollywood.” For years the 29-point non-typical lived in and around Hollywood Cemetery in the city limits of Richmond, and was watched and enjoyed by many people. “The Hollywood Buck was well-known for its large and distinctive antlers, making it easily identifiable,” the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources said in a press release. Last October in western New York, a man created a fake Facebook profile and posed as a female wildlife photographer. He contacted other outdoor camera buffs around Tonawanda Township to find out where the big bucks lived. Then, disguised as hikers, the man and an accomplice brazenly walked into [...]

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