20 05, 2013

Georgia: New Alcohol Limit for Hunters

2020-06-10T09:23:36-04:00May 20th, 2013|BigDeer|1,008 Comments

Recently Georgia house passed SB 136 that would lower from 0.10 to 0.08 the legal intoxication limit for boaters and hunters. That’s the same as it is for drivers. I had never thought about it… Did you know your state might have a legal limit for hunters? Well, take a look at the map I dug up. For example, the gray states restrict the possession and/or discharge of a firearm by a person (any hunter included) who is legally drunk. It makes good sense, you obviously shouldn’t drink and hunt with a firearm, or a bow for that matter…or climb a tree stand. A few beers after the evening hunt is okay, but NEVER before it.

17 05, 2013

How to Deter a Tree Stand “Line Sitter”

2020-06-10T09:23:36-04:00May 17th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer|7 Comments

Mike: “I encountered a funny scene a few years ago while hunting public land in Iowa. Someone had set up a tree stand a few feet off the fence line adjacent to private property. Evidently, a hunter on that private ground wasn't happy. As you can see, look close, very close to the stand I spied this old deer mount in the tree. It had a plastic machine gun and an orange coat hanging around the neck! And strung around the stand site were air fresheners and shiny reflectors. I would say someone was a little irrigated.” Love the blog, keep up the work.--John

16 05, 2013

Refrigerator Gun Safe

2020-06-10T09:23:36-04:00May 16th, 2013|BigDeer|1,183 Comments

Fred saw this somewhere on Facebook and sent it to me asking: What do you think? I think it’s pretty ingenious, and the door racks work great for storing and organizing so long as you don’t plug it in…

14 05, 2013

Big Deer Shed: What Does It Score?

2020-06-10T09:23:36-04:00May 14th, 2013|BigDeer, Shed Hunting|36 Comments

  My buddy Brandon and his better half, Amanda, found this 6-point shed up in the Saskatchewan bush the other day. What do you think it scores? Take your time, rough it out and reply below. I'll catch up with Brandon a little later (he's bear hunting now) and get the score. I'll take the closest guesses, pick one, and send a Cabela's hat to the winner! BTW, very typical look for a mature antler from up there in the forest fringe habitat: thick with moderate tine length. Love that chocolate coloration.

13 05, 2013

Will Coyotes Eat Your Deer?

2020-06-10T09:23:36-04:00May 13th, 2013|BigDeer, Predator Hunting|7 Comments

Eddie Stevenson of the Big Deer Hunt Team texted from camp in Oklahoma last fall: Guy shot a nice buck, but coyotes found it before we did, meat half gone. Another text from Eddie 2 days later: Coyotes got another buck, this one in less than an hour and during middle of day…just like on the blog. A month earlier I had blogged about how coyotes were finding and devouring bowshot deer at an alarming rate. I asked people to share any such predator stories they had. Hunters from North Carolina to New York to Kansas wrote and confirmed that the new coyote problem is very real. Two more examples: ---a buddy of mine arrowed a 160 class buck one [...]

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