3 03, 2023

Miss a Deer? Find Your Arrows and Broadhead

2023-03-03T08:11:33-05:00March 3rd, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|0 Comments

When we shoot at a deer and miss from a tree stand, most of the time the arrow sticks partway in the ground with broadhead buried. But sometimes a shaft deflects off a limb or sapling, sails and comes to rest on the ground or tangled in brush with broadhead blades exposed, and potentially dangerous to a hiker or another hunter that walks through the area. After a blown shot, we should always try to find and retrieve our arrows to prevent a freak accident from occurring. Not to mention that we can save $15 to $20 by finding and reusing that shaft and broadhead! Arrow Finding Tips Wrap shafts in fluorescent orange, yellow or green that is easy to [...]

28 02, 2023

What Causes Bucks to Have Weak Brow Tines or No Brows?

2023-02-28T15:35:19-05:00February 28th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Last month I hunted a friend's ranch in West Texas, 5 hours west of San Antonio and 80 miles north of Del Rio. This is a raw, rocky desert environment that had experienced a long drought, though there is a good water system on this 1,000-acre property. My buddy Cecil recently purchased the ranch, and he has been running 8 to 10 corn feeders year-round. There has been minimal protein feeding here the last 2 years, but he plans to fill the protein feeders and increase supplemental feeding this year. I hunted a week and one thing jumped out at me: 7 out of every 10 bucks of all age classes we saw had small and weak brow tines (that’s [...]

27 02, 2023

 4 New Big-Buck Tactics To Try

2023-02-27T08:26:46-05:00February 27th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CZ-USA, Deer Hunting, Hornady, trijicon, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I’ve been hunting whitetails for 40 years, and nothing a mature buck does surprises me anymore. I learn new things about big deer every season, and so should you. Here are 4 things I learned from last season; use them to kill a giant this fall. Hunt Later in the Pre-Rut   The first week of November last season in Virginia, I had 4 good bowhunters in camp to film an episode of Big Deer TV. On the second morning, I caught a fleeting glimpse of a 170-inch buck we had on cam, but other than that the best buck we saw in 6 days was a 3-year-old that might go 120. Not an arrow was fired. So much for getting [...]

22 02, 2023

Are Bobcats Deer Predators?

2023-02-20T13:50:15-05:00February 22nd, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Predator Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

In a word yes. But unlike the coyote, the bobcat is not a major killer of whitetail deer. A 6-year research project conducted in Texas found that bobcat scat contains much more deer during the month of June—the major fawning period-- than any other time of the year. This and other studies have concluded that while bobcats across their range do indeed prey on fawn deer in the spring, they are not a major predator, and only rarely kill adult deer.But a big male cat is an opportunistic eater of even big deer! A few years ago, John from North Carolina sent me this story. John was hunting the last day of deer season. A mature doe with 2 button bucks [...]

20 02, 2023

How Many Whitetail Bucks Do Hunters Kill Across America?

2023-02-20T13:16:47-05:00February 20th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, trijicon, whitetail deer|0 Comments

According to the National Deer Association’s 2023 Deer Report hunters in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest regions combined killed a total of 2,969,596 whitetail bucks during the 2021-22 season. That’s the fourth highest buck kill in America over the past 10 seasons. An impressive 40% of those bucks harvested across the nation were 3½ years of age or older. Hunters in the Southeast shoot the most mature deer; 84% of the bucks tagged in Dixie in 2021-22 were 2½ years or older. Top 5 states for total buck harvest: Texas (447,972 bucks); Michigan (223,476); Wisconsin (153,112); Pennsylvania (145,320); Missouri (143,815).

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