22 10, 2023

Use Tarsal Scent for Pre-Rut Bucks

2023-10-22T11:17:00-04:00October 22nd, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, Gear Reviews, whitetail deer|1 Comment

This is a true story, I swear. One morning in Virginia, I shot a 10-pointer with my muzzleloader and got on the trail. I could smell his rankness in the air and in the blood as I tracked, and when I found him I covered my nose with my sleeve and thought, Whoa, you stink. The deer’s hocks were dripping and black as motor oil. I rolled the buck over, held my breath and started gutting. Leaves popped. I peeked up and saw another 10-pointer bearing down on me, head and rack held low, hair bristling on his neck. I crouched lower behind the dead deer. A rut-crazed buck is unpredictable, and I figured staying put rather than trying to [...]

19 10, 2023

How to Hunt Deer in Suburbs

2023-10-15T10:05:10-04:00October 19th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I live and hunt a couple of hours outside the concrete jungle of northern Virginia, for decades one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Even in these difficult times of Bidenomics, suburbia continues to sprawl into the once-rural counties where I grew up hunting. New roads and houses continue to carve up the land, and the deer habitat, across the region. And the deer kill keeps going up! Hunters tag tens of thousands of whitetails in small woods and thickets (many only 10- to 50-acres), and we shoot some massive bucks. A good portion of the harvest occurs during the bow and muzzleloader seasons in late October and early November. I think these are the best times [...]

16 10, 2023

Is a Big Acorn Crop Good or Bad for Deer Hunting?

2023-10-15T09:25:26-04:00October 16th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The National Deer Association posted this on Instagram: Notice how the red line and the black line seem to avoid each other on this chart (left) from a Connecticut @ctfishandwildlife study? When acorns (black) are abundant, deer hunting success (red) plunges, and vice versa. This same pattern has been documented in many other states consistently. In years with fewer acorns, deer have to move more to find this important fall food, so it’s easier to pattern and see them. Any year the woods are flooded with acorns where you hunt, you’ll have to work a little harder to be successful. Don’t just settle for trees with acorns under them. Look for those with the heaviest deer sign as well: tracks, trails, [...]

12 10, 2023

Deer Season 2023: Early Cold Fronts Lead to Big Bucks

2023-10-12T09:52:12-04:00October 12th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The 2023 archery opener started with very warm and humid weather in most states, but after that first week, the bowhunting has been golden. The best early October archery season I have seen in years. Why? A wave of cold fronts has swept across the country the last couple of weeks, dropping temperatures from 70- and 80-degree highs to the 40s (early mornings) and with clear, high-pressure afternoons in the upper 50s and 60s. That trend is expected to continue for at least the next week. Deer are moving, bucks are rubbing madly and scrape-making early. Bowhunters from Iowa to Ohio to Virginia are capitalizing on the cooler weather and shooting some massive whitetail bucks (like the hog Andrew Schram [...]

6 10, 2023

Hunting October’s Sensitive Bucks

2023-10-06T11:16:32-04:00October 6th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Archery season begins in many states tomorrow, here are some things to keep in mind about the big deer you’ll be hunting. One of the things I’ve noticed is that October whitetails are super sensitive.  The animals seem to be extremely skittish. Their senses, especially their sensitivity to smell, seem to be much keener than at other times of the year. That makes the hunting tough. You have to be extremely careful and cautious, and you have to pay close attention to the details when choosing and accessing stands. Another observation is that deer move very slowly in October, due primarily I think to the warm temperatures they’ve been battling all summer. The heat, along with their extreme sensitivity, puts [...]

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