Velvet antlers grow via a complex system of blood vessels, which causes them to be hot to the touch. Top whitetail scientist Dr. Grant Woods notes, “There is so much blood carrying protein and minerals to a buck’s antlers this time of year that even small antlers are easily detected by thermal imaging devices. Antler tines show up like neon signs when flying over with thermal cameras in summer.” Tiny hairs on the velvet stick out and make the antlers look bigger than they are. The hairs act as a radar system so the buck won’t bump into trees, fence posts, etc. and damage his soft antlers. Sebum, a semi-liquid secretion, on the hairs gives the velvet a shiny look. [...]
July 4 is the official kickoff to deer-hunting season, the time when you start laying the groundwork to shooting a big deer in 3 or 4 months. Take a few days this month to tuck your pants into knee-high boots, spray down with strong bug dope and go for a power walk across your hunting areas. Look for the food and cover that will be available to deer from September through December. First, start with the easy stuff, noting the lay of corn, soybean, alfalfa and clover fields and clover plots on the land. Then probe deeper into the woods and point your binoculars into the tops of oak trees to see what kind of mast year it will be. [...]
https://youtu.be/iNduhsFL2Fg The Remington Core-Lokt is one of the best deer-hunting bullets ever. John Fink, one of America's foremost ballistics and hunting experts, tells us all about it. Note: John was formerly with Remington and is now employed by Trijicon, the exclusive optics sponsor of BIG DEER TV.
3 https://youtu.be/qDydxr0HeMY Here are the 3 keys to setting up and hunting a buck from ground zero.
Dr. Grant Woods, one of America’s top whitetail biologists and habitat specialists, says that many hunters make deer management out to be way too complicated, like it is Advanced Trig or something. “It’s simple math,” he says. “If you plant some food and make some improvements to your land, you can go from having maybe 50 percent deer that live on your property and 50 percent that just travel through, to maybe 80 percent that live on your land and 20 percent that are transient.” In other words, you might increase the number of does and bucks that live in core areas on your spot by some 30 percent, which naturally will lead to more deer sightings and more buck [...]