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8 11, 2019

2019 KANSAS PUBLIC LAND BOW BUCK

2019-11-04T08:00:28-05:00November 8th, 2019|BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on 2019 KANSAS PUBLIC LAND BOW BUCK

Guest post from Kansas bowhunter Connor Ossowski: After last season, having close encounters with bucks but none in bow range, I decided to spend this past year listening to podcasts, reading articles and learning about strategies on hunting mature buck bedding areas. I bumped this buck out of his bedding area back in September. This was to find his core area. I set a trail camera up near his bed and had multiple trail camera videos of him in October, always earlier and earlier in the evenings. On Friday October 25, I sat in the stand for the first time with a NE wind, 45 degrees, and slight mist after it had rained two days prior. I sat from 12 [...]

6 11, 2019

Stalk A Rut Buck With Your Bow

2019-11-04T07:19:08-05:00November 6th, 2019|BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Stalk A Rut Buck With Your Bow

You don’t have to wait until gun season to get out of a tree and stalk. One November day bowhunter Don Kisky, Iowa expert and host of Whitetail Freaks on Outdoor Channel, left his Iowa farmhouse with 5 steps in his pocket and a small lock-on stand on his back. He’d been seeing little deer movement from his best stands the last few days, and it was time to change it up. “When bucks are locked down with does and breeding them or getting ready to, many of them aren't in their usual core areas anymore,” he says. “That’s why the woods seem to go dead in mid-November and your stands go cold. Many bucks and does are away from [...]

4 11, 2019

Ultimate Guide To Whitetail Buck Scrapes

2019-11-04T08:06:44-05:00November 4th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Ultimate Guide To Whitetail Buck Scrapes

Bucks are hammering scrapes right now in the Virginia pre-rut and all over the country...perfect time for the ultimate guide on scrapes: It’s been 20 years since scientists at the University of Georgia's Deer Lab conducted a study on whitetail buck scrapes, and to this day it is regarded as the ultimate research ever done on the most alluring of all deer sign. The study’s findings are still relevant today, and will be 20 years from now. A scrape is a scrape right? Whether a buck pawed it 10 years ago or this morning or November 2040. THE PROJECT The 2-year study carries weight with me because it dealt not with captive deer, but with wild, free-ranging, hunted animals. It was [...]

1 11, 2019

Best Days To Hunt The November 2019 Whitetail Rut  

2019-10-31T10:01:24-04:00November 1st, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Best Days To Hunt The November 2019 Whitetail Rut  

The best deer hunting begins this weekend across the East and Midwest and continues for the next 3 weeks, here are a few tips on the best times to go: November 4, 2019 First-Quarter Moon: Looking back to my notes and all the research I’ve done over the past 30 years it is fact that many huge bucks are killed every year during the seeking phase of the rut November 6-10. This is always a good week to take off work and hunt. Week of November 11, 2019: Full Moon: November 8 through 16 will be great for midday deer movement, especially if it’s cold. Expect to see some bucks up and moving from 10 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. Spend [...]

30 10, 2019

Whitetail Science: The Reason Bucks Scrape at Night

2019-10-30T08:34:32-04:00October 30th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|1 Comment

Bucks scrape at night, you know that. Every study on scrapes conducted over the past 30 years has confirmed it. One major study in Georgia, considered by many to be the ultimate research ever conducted on scrapes, found that 90% of scrape visits occur at night and, get this, the most active time at scrapes is between 2 and 3 a.m. Hunters always figured bucks do it for the safety factor—cover of darkness and all--but one of the country’s foremost whitetail scientists has a different take. Dr. Karl Miller, who for years was the head man at the University of Georgia’s Deer Lab, says it’s more difficult for bucks to see and sort out other bucks and does at night [...]