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4 01, 2021

Indiana: Ivory Buck Gross Scores 225 6/8!

2021-01-04T09:56:44-05:00January 4th, 2021|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|2 Comments

Today's great guest blog from Randy Hunter--his hunt for the biggest buck he's ever seen in 40 years of deer hunting.  December 16, 2020. I woke up to 2 to 3 inches of snow that had fallen during the night. I’d been waiting for the right wind to hunt a special fence row. This northeast wind was just what I needed.  I don’t hunt the fence row in the morning because it’s too hard to slip in without busting deer.  I decided to hunt there that afternoon. This fence row is adjacent to an eight-acre woodlot separated by a small cornfield.  I had hunted this spot a couple of times earlier in the season and had seen does and young [...]

23 12, 2020

Merry Christmas From BIG DEER

2020-12-23T13:51:29-05:00December 23rd, 2020|Big Deer TV, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Merry Christmas From BIG DEER

Several years ago, South Dakota hunter Kelly Kirsch told me he’d come up with an idea for his shed collection, and his antler tree blew me away. Ever since it’s been the official Christmas tree of BIG DEER! Thanks to all of you for making 2020 a great traffic year for BIG DEER. I truly appreciate your support, and look forward to 2021…hopefully the world will return to some semblance of normalcy. And thanks for watching BIG DEER TV on the Sportsman Channel. Hard to believe, but we’re filming Season 10 right now, with new episodes coming next summer. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God bless you and your family. If you’re still after a buck, hunt hard, stay [...]

21 12, 2020

Best Tactics for the Second Deer Rut

2020-12-21T09:55:20-05:00December 21st, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Best Tactics for the Second Deer Rut

At first I figured some guy on the next ridge had spooked the jittery doe that dashed past my stand. But then I had a premonition: Was something more happening here? I readied my .270, just as the 9-pointer prowled forth, grunting with his nose to the ground. Easy shot. That would have been your classic rut hunt, except for one thing. I killed that gnarly buck on a cold day in late December, a good month after the breeding season had peaked in Virginia. Understanding the Second Rut Many hunters think the rut is confined to 2 or 3 weeks in mid-November, but it’s not. There is more “trickle breeding” going on into December than you might imagine. Bucks [...]

17 12, 2020

Illinois Bowhunter Bags 302-Pound Buck

2020-12-08T13:55:18-05:00December 17th, 2020|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Illinois Bowhunter Bags 302-Pound Buck

Today’s guest post (part II) is from Ellie and Zach Atkins, BIG DEER’s favorite hunting couple: Hey Mike, it's Zach, so I'll tell you my story now. I take “rutcation” every year from November 1st-15th from work. Well, this year was amazing! I saw a ton of deer but I was after 2 particular bucks, and by the end of my vacation I only saw them twice. They weren't close enough to shoot. My rutcation ended and I went back to work. The following weekend coming up would be shotgun season here in Illinois, on November 20th. On November 17th, my birthday, Ellie told me, "Hey, go try and buy a buck tag for Mclean County and go out this weekend [...]

16 12, 2020

Illinois Huntress Bags One-Eyed Buck

2020-12-08T13:48:42-05:00December 16th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Today’s guest post is from Ellie and Zach Atkins, BIG DEER’s favorite hunting couple: Hey Mike, it's Ellie and Zach here from Illinois. I wanted to submit our hunting photos and stories from the 2020 season. First, I'll start with Ellie’s. Last year Ellie and I bought a house in late September. So pretty much the entire October 2019 season consisted of packing and moving stuff. Almost every evening as we unloaded boxes and put our house together our cellular trail camera kept going off over and over with the same buck walking the same path. Ellie looked at me and said, "Next year we gotta focus on early season and go down and hunt that stand." Well sure enough, [...]

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