14 08, 2013

Legendary James Jordan Buck

2020-06-10T09:23:22-04:00August 14th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer|5 Comments

When you walk into the Cabela’s store in Green Bay, Wisconsin, you see this full-body mount of the Jordan buck, which was shot 99 years ago this fall. The story of this deer is fascinating: One day in 1914 near Danbury, Wisconsin, James Jordan followed some huge deer tracks in the snow. A train roared by and its grind and whistle startled a group of deer, including a monster buck. James threw up his rifle and cracked off a few shots. His last bullet felled the giant. Jim took the 400-pound buck to a local taxidermist. Little did he know he would not see his trophy again for 50 years. The taxidermist moved away and took the rack with him. [...]

13 08, 2013

Hunters: Chlorophyll For Scent Control?

2020-06-10T09:23:22-04:00August 13th, 2013|BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science|3 Comments

Chlorophyll pills are sometimes prescribed to people with extreme bad breath or body odor. Some people use chlorophyll for detoxification, which is in vogue with the hip crowd today. About 30 years ago hunters picked up on this, and started using chlorophyll pills in an effort to help eliminate human odor at the metabolic level. Hunters also chewed gum containing chlorophyll to cut down on breath odor. I wonder if the green tablets or gum really worked for hunter scent control? Probably not, because you don’t see it or hear about it much anymore. Did any of you ever try the pills or gum? I never did, it just seemed over the top to me. My scent control has always [...]

12 08, 2013

Giant Typical 10-Pointer is Back!

2020-06-10T09:23:22-04:00August 12th, 2013|BigDeer, Deer Management|15 Comments

Back in early July Danny sent this picture of a big 10-pointer that showed up on his hunting property. “Hopefully he hangs around for a few more months," Danny wrote. I said it will be to fun to track this buck and see if Danny gets a crack at him. Update from Danny: Mike, here is what the 10-point has turned into.  WOW! I snapped this photo with my phone from my picture viewer. Unfortunately all the pics I got of him last week were between 12:00 am and 5:15 am. I’m hoping he goes back to evening activity by the time our September bow opener comes around. This picture is 20 yards from one of my stands! Beautiful buck, the symmetry [...]

9 08, 2013

How Many Rubs Does a Buck Make?

2020-06-10T09:23:22-04:00August 9th, 2013|BigDeer, Deer Science|2 Comments

From QDMA: That depends on a buck's age, and older bucks make more rubs. According to the University of Georgia’s Dr. Karl V. Miller, one mature buck can make 1,000 to 1,200 rubs per year. Considering most rub activity occurs over a 3-month span that would be 10 to 15 per day. So in an area where the deer has an older age structure and a balanced sex ratio, bucks can produce over 3,000 rubs per square mile. Contrast this to a deer herd with a young buck age structure. There, yearling bucks will make less than half as many rubs, so you may only have 400 to 500 rubs per square mile. By the way, yearling bucks make only [...]

8 08, 2013

South Dakota Sioux Falls Buck: Alive at 11.5!

2020-06-10T09:23:22-04:00August 8th, 2013|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Shed Hunting|3 Comments

In October 2008 I first blogged about a giant whitetail (12x14 with 240” of rack) that was living in the city limits of East Sioux Falls. Somebody posted a you tube video of him (I don’t see it online now) and it caused mild hysteria amongst hunters and non-hunters alike. At the time people figured the buck was the walking state record. For the last 5-plus years I’ve tracked this amazing deer with the help of Kelly, a hard-core hunter and shedder in the area. Kelly wrote me awhile back with this update: Mike, I'm running out of room! You should remember the buck mounted on the wall, that’s “you-tube" from east of Sioux Falls. Last year, just before scheduled shedding [...]

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