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6 08, 2020

How Many Tree Stands Do You Need To Bowhunt 100 Acres?

2020-08-06T08:04:33-04:00August 6th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

As a general rule, set 3 to 5 tree stands to bowhunt a 100-acre block of timber. Ideally, you'll spread out those stands to cover as much of the woods as possible, and to have options for different winds that blow each day. But don’t force it. If you’re hunt 100 acres but only 25 or so are conducive to getting to and from the stands with quiet and hidden access from a downwind angle, plan to do most of your hunting from 2 or 3 stands in those 25 acres. If you try to force it and bull your way into tough spots and hang or hunt stands where in the 75 acres where the is poor and the wind [...]

3 08, 2020

What Is The Biggest Mistake Deer Hunters Make?

2020-08-03T08:13:46-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I asked that question of my friend, Dr. Grant Woods, one of the top deer biologists in the world, one time. He told me: “Whitetails react incredibly quickly to either a positive or a negative stimulus. Most hunters fail to take that into account quickly enough. For example, if a buck sees or hears you in a tree stand near a food plot, he will learn to avoid that spot very fast. He will still go to the plot (the positive stimulus) but he will circle your stand (the negative stimulus) possibly out of sight and range. You might sit there, not see any deer and wonder what is wrong. So hunters need to take into consideration how fast deer, [...]

27 07, 2020

How To Set The Perfect Tree Stand For Bowhunting Deer

2020-07-27T09:35:00-04:00July 27th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Five tips for setting safe and effective tree stands: A solid tree about 15 inches to 20 in diameter is great. It is easy and safe to get your arms around as you set steps, climb and hang a perch. Once you’re up, a tree as wide as your body breaks your silhouette, but is thin enough so that you can turn and look around for incoming deer, and twist, draw and shoot if you have to. Once you’ve chosen a tree for a stand, back up 50 yards or so, bend and look up into the top of it from a deer’s perspective to see which height and angle provide the best backdrop and cover. Plan on hanging a [...]

21 07, 2020

Jim Crumley’s #1 Deer-Habitat Tip

2020-07-21T09:34:28-04:00July 21st, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Management, whitetail deer|1 Comment

My friend Jim Crumley, who created Trebark back in 1980, is almost single-handedly responsible for the camouflage craze of the last 40 years. Retired now and loving it, Jim has two passions: Managing whitetails and bowhunting them on his 300-acre property along the James River in southwestern Virginia. “Managing your land for deer is not rocket science,” Jim says. In fact, the more he has worked his mountain land over the years, the simpler his plan has become. “The easier and more cost-effective you make your management plan, the more you’ll stick with it, the harder you’ll work and the better your results.” Jim does a lot of his work with a tractor and a bush-hog right now in the [...]

16 07, 2020

Trail Cam: How To Get Buck Pictures If You Can’t Use Corn Or Minerals

2020-07-16T09:40:00-04:00July 16th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

For a decade on a Virginia farm I hunt, we’d start refreshing our mineral sites in June, set cameras near each lick and get thousands of images of deer over the next 8 weeks. While we might not have captured every buck that summered on the farm each year, I bet we got pictures of 80-90 percent of the bucks. Every year we’d get pictures of 3 or 4 top-end stud bucks on the farm. If your state allows it, using corn and/or minerals to attract deer to your camera sites is the very best way to inventory the bucks on a property, and to watch their racks grow to their full potential in August. But a couple of years [...]

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