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16 10, 2023

Is a Big Acorn Crop Good or Bad for Deer Hunting?

2023-10-15T09:25:26-04:00October 16th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The National Deer Association posted this on Instagram: Notice how the red line and the black line seem to avoid each other on this chart (left) from a Connecticut @ctfishandwildlife study? When acorns (black) are abundant, deer hunting success (red) plunges, and vice versa. This same pattern has been documented in many other states consistently. In years with fewer acorns, deer have to move more to find this important fall food, so it’s easier to pattern and see them. Any year the woods are flooded with acorns where you hunt, you’ll have to work a little harder to be successful. Don’t just settle for trees with acorns under them. Look for those with the heaviest deer sign as well: tracks, trails, [...]

12 10, 2023

Deer Season 2023: Early Cold Fronts Lead to Big Bucks

2023-10-12T09:52:12-04:00October 12th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The 2023 archery opener started with very warm and humid weather in most states, but after that first week, the bowhunting has been golden. The best early October archery season I have seen in years. Why? A wave of cold fronts has swept across the country the last couple of weeks, dropping temperatures from 70- and 80-degree highs to the 40s (early mornings) and with clear, high-pressure afternoons in the upper 50s and 60s. That trend is expected to continue for at least the next week. Deer are moving, bucks are rubbing madly and scrape-making early. Bowhunters from Iowa to Ohio to Virginia are capitalizing on the cooler weather and shooting some massive whitetail bucks (like the hog Andrew Schram [...]

6 10, 2023

Hunting October’s Sensitive Bucks

2023-10-06T11:16:32-04:00October 6th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Archery season begins in many states tomorrow, here are some things to keep in mind about the big deer you’ll be hunting. One of the things I’ve noticed is that October whitetails are super sensitive.  The animals seem to be extremely skittish. Their senses, especially their sensitivity to smell, seem to be much keener than at other times of the year. That makes the hunting tough. You have to be extremely careful and cautious, and you have to pay close attention to the details when choosing and accessing stands. Another observation is that deer move very slowly in October, due primarily I think to the warm temperatures they’ve been battling all summer. The heat, along with their extreme sensitivity, puts [...]

2 10, 2023

Missouri Crossbow Hunter Bags 18-Point Doe

2023-10-02T09:16:45-04:00October 2nd, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Kelly Moore had been getting camera images of a nice buck on his hunting property for weeks, and when bow season opened, he headed out to hunt him. One cue the velvet-racked deer showed up, and Kelly’s bolt was on target. As Kelly and his buddies admired the animal, they soon realized that certain parts of the “buck’s” anatomy were missing. They quickly determined the animal was a doe, which the Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed soon thereafter. Source: KY3 in Springfield Mo ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Some background on does with antlers:  Scientists say there are two types of antlered does. The first are females with velvet-covered antlers, like the one Kelly shot in Missouri. These animals usually have normal female reproductive [...]

27 09, 2023

Hemorrhagic Disease in Whitetail Deer 2023

2023-09-27T09:37:13-04:00September 27th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|0 Comments

In June 2023 I blogged: Many areas in the West and Deep South have received plenty of moisture this spring, so I think any outbreaks of Hemorrhagic Disease (HD)  — either epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus or bluetongue virus-- in whitetails will be spotty and insignificant. But I see potential trouble spots in the Midwest… where conditions range from abnormally dry to exceptional drought in many areas. Moderate drought conditions also exist eastward across the upper Midwest to Pennsylvania and south into the Virginia Piedmont…so I’m on the lookout for EHD in these regions too. There were no reports of any HD outbreaks anywhere in America throughout the summer and early fall, but in mid-September HD reared its ugly head [...]

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