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19 11, 2020

Use Weather Change To Shoot A Big Buck

2020-11-19T09:26:58-05:00November 19th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Use Weather Change To Shoot A Big Buck

How the weather impacts big buck movement… You’ve been hearing and reading that for years, and I’ve been researching, studying and blogging about it for decades. Warm weather, climate change, rain, snow, cold fronts… Truth is, just when I think I’ve got the answer, I read another scientific study that blows up my best theory…or a big buck does something entirely different on a warm or cold day than what I expected. But finally, I’ve got solid and foolproof advice on how you can use a weather change to kill a big buck. It comes as a result of a muzzleloader hunt in Virginia last week. Let me set the stage. It was late pre-rut, leading into the peak, which [...]

16 11, 2020

91 Tips For Hunting Peak Deer Rut

2020-11-16T09:47:59-05:00November 16th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|Comments Off on 91 Tips For Hunting Peak Deer Rut

You don’t need a grand plan to kill a whitetail when the rut is on in November. Just go out and have fun, hunt every hour that you can, and use these time-proven pointers to your advantage. 1) Did you know? Studies show that one mature buck may blaze as many as 1,200 rubs from late September through November, or some 17 rubs a day. 2) Which rubs are the best sign? Look for antler-blazed trees as thick as your bicep. All bucks rub saplings, but only mature bucks work trees 4 to 6 inches in diameter or larger. 3) A copse of antler-mangled saplings or cedar branches are sign of an aggressive buck, the kind of beast you want [...]

10 11, 2020

Rut Call: Grunt-Snort-Wheeze

2020-11-03T09:23:19-05:00November 10th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Rut Call: Grunt-Snort-Wheeze

During intense encounters in the rut, bucks sometimes “grunt-snort,” which consists of a low, guttural grunt followed by one to four short, rapid snorts. Further, rival bucks sometimes add a third element, an expulsion of air through their nostrils, thus the “grunt-snort-wheeze.” "The grunt-snort-wheeze is the most aggressive of all the deer calls, often made by bucks just before a fight," says whitetail biologist Karl Miller. "Hunters can use it to bring in a dominant deer, but it can also scare off some bucks." While there is no doubt the snort-wheeze can produce dramatic results and bring in a big buck in the rut, it is not a call you should rely on frequently.  I much prefer to blow tending [...]

8 11, 2020

Deer Call: How To Work A Buck With A Grunt

2020-11-03T09:02:46-05:00November 8th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Deer Call: How To Work A Buck With A Grunt

Grunting is most effective when you spot a buck first, and then go to work with your grunt tube. You should grunt at every buck, both shooters and small 4- or 6-points, that you see slipping down a ridge or ducking into cover up to 125 yards away. In my field-testing, a deer can hear your calls that far if the wind and terrain are right. The more bucks you see and call to, the more you learn from their reactions. When a buck hears your grunts, 9 times out of 10 he will stop and look your way. Sometimes he might stand there and stare, but more likely he’ll drop his head and continue on his merry way. Okay, [...]

5 11, 2020

5 Myths About Buck Scrapes

2020-11-04T14:15:51-05:00November 5th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Let’s take a look at some long-standing beliefs about scrapes and debunk them, completely or in part. Myth: The first scrapes of the fall are the best ones to hunt. Reality: When new scrapes start to pop up here and there in the woods in October or November, many hunters assume the rut is getting ready to rock. They find a nearby tree for a stand and climb up, pumped and ready to shoot a big deer. “Two weeks later, the scrape is covered with leaves and the hunter swears his buddies pranked him,” says renowned Louisiana deer biologist Dave Moreland. Biologists call it the “scrape initiation” period, which occurs in mid-October in most parts of whitetail range, but as [...]

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