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22 10, 2019

CWD News: Hunters Can Use Bleach To Decontaminate Knives

2019-10-28T21:48:36-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|Comments Off on CWD News: Hunters Can Use Bleach To Decontaminate Knives

Finally, some good news on the nasty topic of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). According to a new study by National Institutes of Health, a 5-minute soak in a 40% solution of household bleach decontaminated stainless steel wires coated with CWD prions. The scientists used the wires to model knives and saws that hunters and meat processors use when handling deer and elk, the meat of which could be infected with CWD prions. The researchers dissected CWD-infected brains from whitetails and mule deer. They tested various bleach concentrations and soak times to determine the most effective combination to eliminate CWD prions. While the study found that a 40% solution of household bleach can purify stainless steel, it failed to find an [...]

21 10, 2019

How To Hunt Deer When The Corn Gets Cut

2019-10-28T21:43:46-04:00October 21st, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, whitetail deer|3 Comments

Look at the first trail camera image, a lot of bucks including this giant drop tine had been walking the chute between the standing corn and the hedgerow for a month. Image 2 shows the corn recently cut, and since then no deer have shown up on camera. It's like this all over the country in October, fields of standing corn are being cut, so how do you adjust? The days after a farmer cuts the crops can be awesome for hunting. The sudden change in habitat forces deer to move around a lot as they settle into new bed-to-feed patterns. The animals will seek out alternative food sources (most often acorns and browse) and especially new bedding/travel cover in [...]

18 10, 2019

Welcome To The New Big Deer!

2019-10-18T15:58:00-04:00October 18th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|2 Comments

We hope you like our new, clean, mobile friendly website! Tell me what you think! It is easier than ever to read the blog or shoot me a question on your phone from your tree stand or blind. If you shoot a big deer, go to Contact Us, snap a picture, write a few lines and let me know what went down. In the future we'll be adding more features, possibly a new Rut Report, Forum, maybe even a podcast. Let me know what you'd like to see. Since I created Big Deer back in 2008 (has it really been 12 years?) this is the third redesign, and the best. My tagline has always been "America's Best Deer Blog" and [...]

17 10, 2019

8 Things To Do If You Hit A Deer With Your Car

2019-10-17T11:42:24-04:00October 17th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer|Comments Off on 8 Things To Do If You Hit A Deer With Your Car

You can pay attention to the road, drive defensively, do everything right… And still there is the chance that a deer jumps out of nowhere and in front of your car, and a collision is inevitable. From the folks at Carparts.com do these 8 things if you hit a deer: 1. Check yourself and passengers for possible injuries. This information is important for filing a passenger injury claim if you need to. Do this before exiting the vehicle. 2. Turn your hazard lights on. One of the most critical items in your to-do list, to signal approaching vehicles on both sides of the road of the hazard ahead. 3. If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road. [...]

15 10, 2019

How To Avoid Hitting A Deer With Your Car

2019-10-17T10:47:08-04:00October 15th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Mule Deer|Comments Off on How To Avoid Hitting A Deer With Your Car

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates roughly 1.5 million deer-related accidents occur each year, and more than half of these accidents are in October and November, during the deer rut. The NHTSA claims the average cost per accident is $1,000, which equates to an estimated $1.5 billion in total damages per year. The average number of human deaths directly linked to deer-related collisions each year is 150 or higher. To minimize your odds of hitting a deer, the folks at Carparts.com offer these tips: Remember when deer are most active. Dusk, dawn, and between 12:00 A.M. and 2:00 A.M. If you absolutely must drive late in the dark, make sure you stay alert. Make sure your car is [...]