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17 06, 2021

5 Things To Know About CWD This Deer Season

2021-06-17T08:50:56-04:00June 17th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

As Chronic Wasting Disease spreads in some regions across the country, state CWD rules and regulations are constantly changing. Keep these things in mind this season: When to Test Your Deer More than 315 counties in 24 states, from Wyoming to Mississippi to upstate New York (new on the list this year) have reported CWD in free-ranging deer. Has the disease been detected near where you hunt? An excellent resource is the CWD map at cwd-info.org which lists all counties in all states where CWD has been confirmed. Check the map, and if you hunt in or near any region that has CWD you should have any deer you shoot tested. Each state’s hunting website has specific (if perhaps confusing) [...]

15 06, 2021

Expect Crowded Public Lands This Deer Season

2021-06-15T09:14:09-04:00June 15th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

During the insufferable pandemic, longing to get outside and get fresh air for health and sanity, more people hunted deer last fall than in a decade. State game departments across the U.S. report that the sale of hunting licenses was up 5%, 10% or more in 2020. If you hunted public land, especially a national forest or WMA near a big city during a firearms season, you might have seen and felt it—more cars crammed into parking areas, more campers, more orange-clad hunters knocking around the woods. While most of the newbies had no choice but to hunt on public ground, some were able to get permission from landowners they knew or contacted. You might have felt a little more [...]

7 06, 2021

5 Facts About Summer Whitetail Antlers

2021-06-07T07:56:20-04:00June 7th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Experts at the Mississippi State Deer Lab say velvet antlers grow rapidly in late spring and summer, as much as ¾-inch a week for yearling bucks and 1 1/2 inches per week for adults. Growth slows dramatically in late summer while mineralization (hardening) of the antlers is completed. Antlers are bone, consisting of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other minerals. Although some of the minerals are taken from food, a lot of them are sucked from the buck’s skeleton, causing him to develop osteoporosis during the summer. Because velvet is rich with blood vessels, growing antlers are hot to the touch. New racks show up well in thermal imaging optics. Tiny hairs on the velvet stick out and make the antlers look bigger than they really are. [...]

1 06, 2021

America’s New Deer Hunters

2021-06-01T14:05:59-04:00June 1st, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

About 11 million people hunt deer in the U.S. Of those, a third are baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964. My generation is passionate and has hunted like no other. But we are getting old and gray. Studies show that on average people quit hunting at age 65. Climbing a tree or wrestling a 200-pound deer out of the woods is not as easy as it used to be. By 2030, it is estimated that more than 1 million Boomers will have hung up their guns and bows. Wildlife officials are worried about reduced money for conservation programs. Much of the outdoor has media predicted doom and gloom for the future of hunting. Then came COVID. In a turn [...]

27 05, 2021

Ammo Update: Demand To Remain High Into 2021 Hunting Season

2021-05-27T10:57:42-04:00May 27th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Southwick Associates, a market research firm specializing in the hunting and shooting business, recently surveyed more than 1,800 ammunition consumers as part of its quarterly Hunter/Shooter Survey. They found that in 2020, four out of five consumers encountered out of stock issues while trying to purchase ammunition. Three-quarters of those hunters/shooters have encountered out of stock ammo situations so far in 2021. Of the respondents, 79% reported either fully or partially reducing their target shooting and hunting outings as a result of depleted ammunition shelves. Going forward into 2021, ammunition demand is expected to remain high. Nearly two-thirds of respondents report their current ammo inventory was lower than they would prefer. When asked how much more ammunition they would like to [...]

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