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9 04, 2024

Social Media and Deer Poaching

2024-04-09T08:53:14-04:00April 9th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

A Virginia man was arrested and charged with illegally killing three deer last fall, including a renowned buck called “Hollywood.” For years the 29-point non-typical lived in and around Hollywood Cemetery in the city limits of Richmond, and was watched and enjoyed by many people. “The Hollywood Buck was well-known for its large and distinctive antlers, making it easily identifiable,” the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources said in a press release. Last October in western New York, a man created a fake Facebook profile and posed as a female wildlife photographer. He contacted other outdoor camera buffs around Tonawanda Township to find out where the big bucks lived. Then, disguised as hikers, the man and an accomplice brazenly walked into [...]

5 04, 2024

First Case Of CWD in Indiana Whitetail

2024-04-05T13:41:09-04:00April 5th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The Indiana DNR has confirmed the state’s first positive case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in an adult white-tailed buck that was harvested in LaGrange County in fall 2023. CWD is a fatal infectious disease, caused by a misfolded protein called a prion, that affects the nervous system in white-tailed deer. It can spread from deer-to-deer contact, bodily fluids, or through contaminated environments and remains in the soil for many years. The sample for this case was collected by a licensed taxidermist through DNR’s CWD Taxidermist Incentive Program. CWD has previously been detected in the four states bordering Indiana (Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky) and is now found in 33 states. Because CWD had been detected in Michigan near the [...]

4 04, 2024

Miracle in the Michigan Deer Woods

2024-04-01T10:43:44-04:00April 4th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

A man hunting in the U. P. one day last season made a miraculous recovery after a tree fell on him, likely due to high winds in the area. Two officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources received a call and were dispatched to the scene. The helped get the hunter out of the woods and to a local emergency room, where he was reportedly in critical condition. According to reports, doctors told the family the man may not walk again after he underwent surgery on his head and vertebrae. But according to an update in January, the hunter regained movement in his limbs and has stood up for the first time since the accident. Doctors at the hospital [...]

1 04, 2024

Pennsylvania Deer Harvest Up 2 % in 2023-24

2024-04-01T10:32:31-04:00April 1st, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Hunting News, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that hunters harvested an estimated 430,010 whitetails last season.  The statewide buck harvest was estimated at 171,600, while the antlerless harvest was about 258,410. The 20023-24 harvest is 2% greater than that of 2022-23, and 4% higher than the total harvest seen as a three-year average. As for last season’s buck kill, it was by 5% over 2022-23, and up 6% over the three-year average. Overall, 27% of deer hunters shot a buck. That was a slight increase over 2022-23’s 26% success rate, and up significantly from the 15% success rate seen as recently as 2007-08. The majority of bucks harvested are older than in decades past, too. Before antler point restrictions, most of the [...]

27 03, 2024

Deer Hunter Numbers Are Declining Again

2024-03-27T09:42:23-04:00March 27th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Numerous studies documented a 4.9% increase in hunting license sales from 2019 to 2020. One of the few bright spots of COVID was that it produced a rekindled interest in deer hunting across the United States as people sought to get outside, and try to harvest their own food. But an extensive study of 46 states in 2022 found that overall hunting license sales decreased by approximately 1.9% in 2021 compared to 2020. Resident license sales were down 4.0% in many states. And yet another new study finds this troubling trend is continuing. The Wisconsin Department of Naturals Resources studied 18 years of detailed license data. Software used in the study allowed the DNR to track and analyze the ages, [...]

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