6 04, 2020

How Covid-19 is Affecting Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons

2020-04-06T08:20:33-04:00April 6th, 2020|Big Deer TV, sportsman channel|2 Comments

Stay at home orders have been enacted in more than 40 states, and “non-essential” activities have been shut down. How is that impacting 2020 spring gobbler seasons? Is going turkey hunting "essential"? Several weeks ago Nebraska announced that it was not issuing any more non-resident spring turkey permits, effectively telling out-of-state hunters to stay home. Illinois has canceled all turkey hunting on all state lands. Similarly in Washington state, wildlife areas are closed, and the spring youth turkey hunt was canceled. The turkey-rich state of Kansas recently encouraged out-of-state hunters to stay home for the time being. The good news is that many states, including Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee, have deemed outdoor sports like turkey hunting as “essential” activities on both [...]

25 03, 2020

 Get Outdoors Smartly, Safely During Coronavirus

2020-03-25T11:47:12-04:00March 25th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, Shed Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|4 Comments

Medical experts say that good nutrition, sleep and exercise are key to maintaining a healthy and strong immune system as we navigate these tough times with covid-19. With gyms and sports fields and clubs closed across the country, outdoor exercise, which gives us fresh air and helps to cure cabin fever for a bit, is the way to go if we do it smartly and safely. Hiking Last Saturday I needed to get out of the house for a day, not just for a stroll but something more vigorous. I was frustrated because I was supposed to be in southeast Georgia, hunting the spring turkey opener. Covid-19 cancelled that. I picked a moderately strenuous 9-mile section of the Appalachian Trail [...]

17 03, 2020

What Is A “Deadhead” Buck?

2020-03-17T15:54:58-04:00March 17th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Mike, I’ve been hearing a lot about deadhead bucks lately, what are they? –Jill, Pennsylvania Jill: A deadhead is the commonly used term for a buck deer carcass, that somebody finds in the woods. Unlike single antlers, which all bucks naturally lose each year before growing new ones, a deadhead’s rack is still attached to the skull. Generally the buck has been dead for several months and been ravaged by weather and predators; all that might remain is the head, spine, other bones and some old hide and hair. A deadhead buck might have died of any number of causes: hit by a car and ran off a died…shot and lost by a hunter the previous season…winter kill…predator kill…or a [...]

14 03, 2020

How Coronavirus Will Affect 2020 Hunting Seasons

2020-03-17T14:09:14-04:00March 14th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|13 Comments

Depending on which expert you listened to this morning, this virus will either be the end of the world as we know it or, like the flu, it will begin to diminish in a couple months, and life as we know it will get back to some sense of normalcy. I heard one doctor say on the radio that 700,000 to 1 million Americans could die (there have been at least 88 deaths in the U.S. as of March 16) if covid-19 is not contained and lingers deep into the year. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the virus is going to get worse before it gets better. But he went on [...]

10 03, 2020

March: Best Time To Scout Deer

2020-03-10T08:52:29-04:00March 10th, 2020|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on March: Best Time To Scout Deer

A study of wild, hunted deer in Louisiana found that the average core area of mature bucks in the fall and winter months is only about 300 acres. Much smaller than most hunters imagine. It's like that in many areas of the East and Midwest. Although big deer venture out of these comfort zones on excursions for does each November, they come home after the rut and spend most of their days back in the same small areas. If food and cover remain the same, bucks will live in these cores year after year, and all their lives. Now is the best time to find and explore those core areas. Take a look around as you drive to work. The [...]