25 04, 2020

How & Why To Scout Deer During Turkey Season

2020-04-25T15:20:17-04:00April 25th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on How & Why To Scout Deer During Turkey Season

Spring gobbler season gives me a good excuse to pull on the camouflage again and hit the woods. If I call in and shoot a 22-pounder with a long beard and spurs like box cutters, fantastic. But just as importantly I am out there looking for buck sign that I missed on my hunting properties six months ago. April and May are good months to start scouting for next deer season, which, by the way, is only about 7 short months away. Amid listening for gobbles and hiking to the birds, here are the two main things I look for in the woods. Trails When you scout one of your best spots for deer in September or October, you sneak [...]

20 04, 2020

Rarest Breed: Melanistic (Black) Deer

2020-04-20T17:04:45-04:00April 20th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Rarest Breed: Melanistic (Black) Deer

We are editing the new season of BIG DEER TV, which will begin airing in July on Sportsman Channel. I was fascinated studying the interview and footage we shot with my friend Eddie Stevenson, who a few years ago shot one of the rarest whitetail deer in America. Here’s the story and some information: One day in the Texas Hill Country, a buck stepped out of the brush and Eddie Stevenson did a double take. It wasn’t the size of the rack, but the animal’s color—mahogany all over, with an even darker head and face. Eddie shot the buck, and the one-in-a-million mount now hangs on his wall. “I know he’s a young buck, but this deer was on a [...]

15 04, 2020

Take QDMA’s Online Deer Course Now, Hunt Better Than Ever This Fall

2020-04-15T11:32:50-04:00April 15th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science, Hunting News, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Take QDMA’s Online Deer Course Now, Hunt Better Than Ever This Fall

When this pandemic resides and the stay-at-home orders are finally relaxed, we all look forward to 2 things: getting back to work, and going deer hunting this fall. In the wake of COVID-19, having seen and endured great disruptions to our supply chains and food supply, and facing the reality that we could be locked down again in the future, I believe that more Americans than ever will hunt whitetails come October and November. Most will hunt within 30 miles of their homes, hoping to shoot one or more deer (up to the legal limit) for the freezer. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newbie, you should strive to hunt your best this season, not only for the [...]

10 04, 2020

Build A Shooting Bench For $100

2020-04-10T10:09:17-04:00April 10th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel|Comments Off on Build A Shooting Bench For $100

Saw this from one of our followers, Scott, on the @bigdeertv Instagram: I have had a lot of people ask for build plans for this bench. I posted the website. The bench is made with pressure treated wood and cost me $107 dollars to make. Plans give cut measurements and detailed directions for build. Enjoy. I know that many of you would like to build one of these on your land (if you have a safe spot for a rifle range) or out on your deer lease, so I researched it further. I went to the blog for the build and was impressed. First, they give you a list of tools you’ll need: circular saw, drill, bits, etc. Then, they [...]

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|1 Comment

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 [...]