3 10, 2019

Deer Hunting: 7 Tips For Aging A Mature Buck

2020-06-10T09:14:52-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Deer Hunting: 7 Tips For Aging A Mature Buck

A really old buck looks old, like this one in the picture. His body is thick and blocky. Mature deer, say 5½ years and older, are just heavy. Their chests are very deep. When not alarmed, he moves slowly and with purpose, like he owns the joint. When you are aging a buck before the rut has occurred, look at stomach girth, provided you get a good, broadside view of the animal. “The older a buck gets, the bigger his belly gets,” notes whitetail biologist Mickey Hellickson. “If the bottom line of the stomach sags noticeably lower than the bottom line of the brisket, the buck is likely mature.” This characteristic does not work well after the peak of rut, [...]

25 09, 2019

How To Hunt Deer In October

2020-06-10T09:14:53-04:00September 25th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on How To Hunt Deer In October

Some really good hunters I know don’t hunt their best spots until around Halloween, and then they hunt them hard for the next two weeks. Their strategy is sound: put no pressure on bucks until they start rutting and moving more in daylight hours. Good in theory, yes, but I don’t believe that approach is practical for most of us. You’re busy…you bowhunt when you can. If that happens to be in October, great. The woods are beautiful, the weather is nice and there are fewer people in the timber than there will be come November. There are opportunities to get your buck, and here are some things to keep in mind. Food in the Woods Grant Woods, one of [...]

23 09, 2019

North Carolina 2019: Big Year For Big Bow Bucks!

2020-06-10T09:14:53-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on North Carolina 2019: Big Year For Big Bow Bucks!

Every year when bow seasons open in September in some states across the country, one state gets particularly hot for big bucks. This year it’s North Carolina, where the archery season opened September 8. First we blogged about the 160-inch velvet 8-pointer that Brandon Johnson killed on opening day. Since then we’ve heard of 4 more NC giants. We got word of all these bucks from the Carolina Sportsman website. If you hunt or fish in the Carolinas, you need to check out and bookmark this site, it’s a fantastic regional resource. Jonathan Phillips of Pittsboro, NC shot this 9 1/2-year-old buck (above) on opening day. The Chatham County deer scored 137 5/8, proof that rack score means little. Anybody [...]

20 09, 2019

Bowhunting: How To Shoot Big Bucks In Suburbs

2020-06-10T09:14:53-04:00September 20th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Bowhunting: How To Shoot Big Bucks In Suburbs

People are shooting some huge whitetail bucks in small tracts in cities and suburbs where bowhunting is permitted. In Connecticut, northern Virginia, outside New York city, even out in Missoula, Montana. Kevin Robinson is one of those hunters, and he’s killed all these bucks in the suburbs of Missoula. Try his tactics wherever you hunt deer around houses, roads and towns. When archery season opens in September, Kevin hunts high draws that overlook the city in the evenings. In his favorite setup, his tree stand is tight to one of 2 deer trails that run up and down a mountain. Having scouted and glassed the area for a month, he knows the pattern of these suburban bucks. If a big [...]

12 09, 2019

2019 EHD Report: Confirmed Deer Deaths In At Least 5 States

2020-06-10T09:14:53-04:00September 12th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on 2019 EHD Report: Confirmed Deer Deaths In At Least 5 States

It’s been dry and hot for weeks in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, prime conditions for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) to rear its ugly head and kill whitetails. The first state to confirm EHD in August 2019 was Indiana, where deer deaths have been reported in at least 10 counties in the southern part of the state. The Iowa DNR initially reported an outbreak of the disease concentrated near Warren County. In a more recent update, authorities report hundreds of deer have died after contracting EHD in the south-central section of the state. As many as 900 deer have died, and there could be more dead deer hidden among farmers’ crops. The West Virginia DNR confirms EHD has killed deer in [...]

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