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4 11, 2021

13 Best Days To Hunt Deer This November

2021-11-01T09:17:12-04:00November 4th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

November 5-8 Regardless of weather, moon or other environmental conditions, the vast majority of does in the northern two-thirds of America will be bred between November 6 and Thanksgiving. That was true 50 years ago…will be true this year…will be true 20 years from now. Historically, November 5 to 8 have been some of the top big-buck days within this window. Why so good? Most bucks haven’t bred a doe for a year. They wander around in a testosterone stupor, waiting on the first does to pop into heat any day now. These four days are some of the best of the year to see a big buck on his feet in daylight. Take off if you can. Best conditions: [...]

2 11, 2021

2021 Rut Report Central Illinois

2021-11-02T16:26:11-04:00November 2nd, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut|Comments Off on 2021 Rut Report Central Illinois

November 2 update from our favorite hunting couple: Hey Mike, Zach and Ellie here with an update on our season. Here in central Illinois it’s about to get hot! Lots of big bucks checking scrapes. Ellie had a big 8 cruising yesterday bumping does, she passed him waiting for a bigger one lol. With this cold front this week I think it’s going to trigger them for sure. Here's a pic of one we're after. Way to Ellie waiting on a bigger buck, good luck guys! Let’s update the rut from across the country! Please comment below with the rut activity in your area or email me your rut info/photos at: mikehanback@yahoo.com

2 11, 2021

Nov. 2: Indiana Deer Rut Report

2021-11-02T10:13:09-04:00November 2nd, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Nov. 2: Indiana Deer Rut Report

Great update this morning from our friend Dean Weimer.  Things are looking good here in Indiana right now. I got reports that the south side of my buddy's farm had 2 bucks fighting over a presumed hot doe Saturday a.m. by goose hunters that were out in the corn stubble on the farm. Then a buddy of mine who lives out in that same area saw a big mature "8 or 10 pointer" crossing into my buddy's land at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The buck was alone and didn't seem to be spooked. I knew I had to go check it out. Yesterday afternoon I went out and threw up a blind in the fencerow very close to the woodlot in [...]

1 11, 2021

Whitetail Bucks Rut Behavior In November

2021-11-01T08:37:56-04:00November 1st, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|2 Comments

It’s November 1 and the seeking phase of the rut is beginning or in full swing in most regions (except the Deep South). Some bucks begin to expand their range, wandering out of their home core areas to take the estrus temperature of does within 1,000 acres or so. Other big boys roam closer to home, especially in broken farmland where feed and cover are prime. If 2 dominant deer cross paths, a hair-raising stare down or a heavyweight fight might break out. Watch for a buck “lip curling,” or sniffing a doe’s urine to check her state of estrus. Bucks keep blazing rubs and pawing scrapes. Around November 5, give or take a few days, the seeking phase launches [...]

29 10, 2021

You Shoot A Deer At Last Light, Should You Leave It Overnight?

2021-10-28T15:51:22-04:00October 29th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on You Shoot A Deer At Last Light, Should You Leave It Overnight?

Short answer is, no. I’ve had several bad experiences with bucks I’ve shot at last light and left overnight. If the meat didn't flat out spoil, it sure tasted funky. I won’t leave a buck out now if the temperature is 40 degrees or above. And 40 is marginal, I believe you need the night air to dip down into the low 30s or cooler to have any hope of salvaging good, tasty meat from a deer that has lain on the ground, blood and guts in, for 12 hours or more. This is the most agonizing dilemma that I hope you are not forced to deal with this season. But if you are, go back to your truck, relax [...]

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