25 08, 2020

When Do Bucks Shed Velvet?

2020-08-25T09:42:44-04:00August 25th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|2 Comments

In most parts of the country, the antler growth for whitetail deer is done for the year. Sometime between September 1 and 15 bucks will shed their velvet. The cue for antler hardening and velvet shedding is the change in photo-period caused by decreasing daylight and increasing darkness, which results in a significant increase in the bucks’ testosterone. Velvet shedding typically takes only a couple of hours, though it is not uncommon to see a deer walking around for day or two with bloody velvet tatters. One last thing you might not know: Bucks have been known to turn their heads and peel or even eat velvet that dangles off their new racks. Soon after shedding, the tree rubbing and [...]

19 08, 2020

Remington Model 58 Shotgun Finds Its Way Home

2020-08-19T08:59:29-04:00August 19th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington|1 Comment

Today’s guest blog from Gary Guth, who has stuck with me on the BIG DEER BLOG for many years: Mike, 5 years ago you shared a story on your blog of a Browning A-5 that used to be my dad’s and eventually came back to me through a friend. It was an awesome story, and I know it touched a spot in your heart as well as mine. Well, here’s a similar story. Last month I was approached by a friend that asked if I was interested in buying a shotgun. Not just any ordinary shotgun, it was a Remington Model 58! Little background to this gun. It used to belong to my wife’s first husband, Scott, who passed away [...]

17 08, 2020

Chronic Wasting Disease 2020 Update

2020-08-17T16:35:45-04:00August 17th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Here is a sampling of news from the National Deer Alliance’s (NDA) latest update on all things Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Click here to read the full report.   Kansas: In mid-July, the Kansas Department of Agriculture confirmed a case of CWD in a captive deer herd in Osage County. While CWD has been detected in wild deer populations in many western Kansas counties, this is the first documented positive case in eastern Kansas. Minnesota: The DNR announced a new process for hunters to get their deer tested for CWD. This year, testing will not be mandatory in an effort to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus during the pandemic. Last year, hunters in designated CWD zones were required to visit [...]

12 08, 2020

Will COVID-19 Lead To More Deer Hunters This Fall?

2020-08-12T08:55:13-04:00August 12th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Wildlife officials in Tennessee note that hunters flocked to the turkey woods in big numbers this past spring when life as we knew it shut down due to the pandemic, which left people out of work and looking for something to do. Fishermen followed suit and converged on Tennessee lakes and rivers this summer, too. The number of people in the state who purchased hunting and fishing licenses has risen by nearly 20 percent so far this year as compared to 2019. With the pandemic lingering into late summer and fall, TWRA officials believe a similar scenario could play out when deer seasons open. "The pandemic is still going on and we imagine people still have a lot of free time [...]

10 08, 2020

Deer Hunting Q&A

2020-08-10T09:56:14-04:00August 10th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Here are some questions I got from BIG DEER TV viewers, with hopes that the answers will help you shoot a buck this fall. Mike: It was warm where I hunt all last fall, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s some days. We saw fewer deer than normal each day and hardly any of them came to our corn fields, even though there were few acorns in the woods. Weird, tough season! What can we do if it’s warm again this fall? Paul Paul: Hunting in heat is the new norm in many places, and I get a ton of questions about it. . As to why you had fewer deer coming to your cornfields, get this. Missouri biologist [...]

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