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15 05, 2020

Are Most Deer Poachers Also Drug Dealers?

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00May 15th, 2020|Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Working a tip one time, Kentucky wildlife officers went to a guy’s house and arrested him on suspicion of illegally killing of 48 deer. 48! While there, the officers also discovered marijuana plants, indoor grow lights, a cloning system, 16 bags of processed weed, more than 100 pills in plastic bags, 19 firearms and some cash. A Conservation Officer said at the time, “As for those who do this, most of them don’t have jobs and the biggest percentage are also into drugs.” Why anybody would poach 48 deer is beyond me, but that's another story. Most troubling here is, “the biggest percentage (of poachers) are also into drugs.” That is a really broad statement, and I wonder if it [...]

11 05, 2020

Gun Case Laws For Hunters

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00May 11th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The section entitled “Traveling Requirements for Firearms” in QDMA’s 2020 Whitetail Report caught my attention. Having hunted deer and other animals in 40 states over the years, I know first-hand that “case laws” vary from state to state, and even county to county. This can be confusing, and in a worst-case scenario can get you in one hell of a jam if you don’t know and follow the laws. 7 states* require rifles/shotguns/muzzleloaders to be cased (either hard or soft case) in a vehicle at all times, whether you hunting near home for the day, or driving through one state to get to another. Those states are: Louisiana Massachusetts New Jersey Illinois Iowa Michigan Minnesota Another 5 states require guns [...]

6 05, 2020

New Deer Scouting Scent: Active-Cam From Wildlife Research Center

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00May 6th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

A couple of years ago my home state of Virginia banned the use of estrus doe and other attractant scents that contain natural deer urine. This even though many experts believe the risk of spreading Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a herd with urine-based scents is virtually zero. Last year, on top of that, Virginia restricted the use of minerals to attract deer, which has thrown a major monkey wrench in my scouting strategy. But laws are laws, so this summer and fall I’m going to try something different. Rather than refreshing the licks (some a decade old) on the farms I hunt with minerals, I’ll be using Active-Cam™ Scouting Scent from Wildlife Research Center. It’s a non-urine-based curiosity scent [...]

27 04, 2020

Deer & Wildlife Thriving During Covid-19 Lockdowns

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00April 27th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Associated Press: While the COVID-19 crisis has created untold hardships for people, it’s been a boon for wildlife. Animals appear to be taking advantage of quieter streets and less industry to explore new areas. Hard data will eventually be available, as naturalists will no doubt study the effect of the pandemic for some time. But for now, people who work with wildlife say they’re convinced reduced human interaction is benefiting animals. Most obvious, with most of us stuck at home, there is far less traffic on the roads. Far fewer squirrels, opossums, rabbits and other small mammals are getting run over. If you live in a wooded area, you’ve noticed that squirrels are everywhere! As for America’s number one game [...]

25 04, 2020

How & Why To Scout Deer During Turkey Season

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00April 25th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Spring gobbler season gives me a good excuse to pull on the camouflage again and hit the woods. If I call in and shoot a 22-pounder with a long beard and spurs like box cutters, fantastic. But just as importantly I am out there looking for buck sign that I missed on my hunting properties six months ago. April and May are good months to start scouting for next deer season, which, by the way, is only about 7 short months away. Amid listening for gobbles and hiking to the birds, here are the two main things I look for in the woods. Trails When you scout one of your best spots for deer in September or October, you sneak [...]

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