11 09, 2019

Bowhunting: 5 Keys To Shooting An Early-Season Buck

2020-06-10T09:14:53-04:00September 11th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on Bowhunting: 5 Keys To Shooting An Early-Season Buck

If you hunt in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina or any state where the archery season opens in September, click here and for tips and advice on how to punch your tag super early. I teamed with Outdoor Life digital for a 5-point plan that involves understanding late-summer buck behavior, trail-camera strategies, best tree stand spots and more. Good luck and send me pictures if you shoot a good buck this month or anytime this season!

9 09, 2019

New CWD Laws For Transporting Deer In 2019 Hunting Season

2020-06-10T09:14:53-04:00September 9th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on New CWD Laws For Transporting Deer In 2019 Hunting Season

As I have said many times here on the blog and on TV, the days of shooting a buck, loading it whole into your pickup and driving home across a state line are gone. Likewise, shooting a buck out West or up in Canada and driving or flying home with a cape with head/skull attached is a thing of the past. The threat and spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has forever changed how we go about getting our deer out of the woods and back to the house. Before you go hunting this season, it is vitally important that you read this, go to your state’s website and double-check for specific information and then follow deer-transport rules to the [...]

3 09, 2019

5 Top Spots For Trail Cameras in September

2020-06-10T09:14:53-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on 5 Top Spots For Trail Cameras in September

1. A small clearing in the woods 70 to 100 yards off an alfalfa, soybean, clover or corn field. Some mature bucks hang up in these areas in late afternoon before moving out to a field after dark. 2. A bottleneck of thick cover on a deer trail that leads into a field. A big buck will usually walk the thickest route in, and you can get a close-up image of him. 3. Back in the woods where two or more drainages with thick cover come together. Oak trees that drop acorns nearby make this a surefire bet for buck images. Especially good for those nocturnal giants that don’t get to a field until dark. 4. “Our thousands of cam [...]

25 08, 2019

How to Hunt Early-Season Deer

2020-06-10T09:14:53-04:00August 25th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on How to Hunt Early-Season Deer

For years there was talk of a mysterious buck with massive drop tines roaming the part of Missouri where Kevin Jaegers’ father-in-law owns a farm. When trail-cam images of the 200-class freak started popping up—finally some hard evidence–Kevin got serious. He hung a tree stand on the farm last summer and vowed to hunt the monster hard in September. This was a departure for Kevin, who normally doesn’t hunt that much in the early bow season. But he figured that if he was ever going to see Drops, the first days would be the best. After that, pressure in the area would likely turn the buck nocturnal. Opening day came, and the wind was wrong for Kevin’s stand. “I tried [...]

23 08, 2019

EHD Kills Deer In 10 Indiana Counties

2020-06-10T09:14:53-04:00August 23rd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on EHD Kills Deer In 10 Indiana Counties

This post and picture from M.R. James, a legend in the archery world and founder and longtime editor of Bowhunter Magazine: DAMN EHD IS BACK! It’s been nearly 12 years since the last outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease turned up on our southern Indiana farm and took a heavy toll of resident deer. Today I found this young buck dead in a creek bed after a neighbor reported the same finding on his nearby farm nearly two weeks ago. I later saw a sickly buck here but didn’t find a carcass. I’m (scouting and) counting 15 to 25 whitetails daily so far this month and all appear in good health. Praying they’ll stay that way. It takes a killing frost [...]

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