20 05, 2024

When Should You Harvest Does on Managed Land?

2024-05-20T10:36:04-04:00May 20th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Most hunters shoot does for meat toward the end of the season, but should you be harvesting one or two skinheads (legal limit) earlier in the fall? Famous whitetail biologist Dr. Grant Woods says to consider this: “If does are removed during the first part of the season, usually before the rut, then there are fewer does for the bucks to expend energy on chasing, breeding, etc. In addition, the does harvested during the early season obviously won’t consume critical resources that the rest of the herd animals need to consume later during the winter months, when deer are often short of quality forage.” Grant says, and I agree, that hunters that wait till the end of season to shoot [...]

14 05, 2024

Longbows and Recurves for Deer Hunting 

2024-04-25T08:56:49-04:00May 14th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Gear Reviews, whitetail deer|0 Comments

There is a contingent of modern bowhunters out there who have shot their share of deer with compound bows, and now they are looking for a different challenge. “It’s not just different, it’s the ultimate challenge,” says Jonas Strong, who has hunted deer with longbows and recurves all his life out in the river bottoms of eastern Montana. “You use your skills to get within ‘wolf range’ of your quarry, mere yards where a doe or buck instinctively senses danger. Then you have to draw your bow and shoot without the animal seeing you. There’s nothing like the rush of it.” Gearing up for Traditional Archery Strong suggests a traditional, or “trad,” bow of 60, 62 or 64 inches. “The longer [...]

7 05, 2024

Deer Rifle Sight-In Tips

2024-04-25T08:27:26-04:00May 7th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Don’t get so wrapped up in shooting and practicing with your bow this spring and summer that you put off sighting-in and shooting your rifle and muzzleloader. A few random thoughts on that: I think the old-school way is still the best way. Sight your .270, 6.5, .30-06 or whatever to print the target’s bulls-eye two inches high at 100 yards, which will put you dead-on or thereabouts out to 200 to 250 yards, depending on caliber and load. You’ll shoot 95% of your bucks inside that range anyhow. Sight-in your rifle/scope/load for the tightest 3-shot groups you can get, but if you get 2-inch groups, that is fine for deer hunting. Most modern rifles and factory loads will ground [...]

2 05, 2024

Pee Sport for Deer Hunters

2024-04-23T09:58:43-04:00May 2nd, 2024|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Gear Reviews|0 Comments

  We have all climbed into a tree stand (or ground blind) for an all-day sit and struggled with the dilemma, especially when bowhunting a big buck: Do I let fly right off the stand, or pee in a bottle? If you’re in the bottle camp, there’s a new product you need to take a look at. Says the makers of Pee Sport, “It’s the highest-class pee bottle on the market. It’s a premium product for a premium price ($39.99). Sounds a bit high for a pee trap, but the manufacturer insists this is a quality product. “We chose the highest-grade, degradation-resistant, odor-free silicone we could. Unlike the cheap hospital-looking pee bottles online, you'll only need to buy Pee Sport [...]

30 04, 2024

5 Shooting Tips for Deer Hunters

2024-04-23T09:45:16-04:00April 30th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

If you’re lucky you’ll fire one bullet at a mature buck this fall. Sight-in and fine-tune your rifle/scope/load this summer, and practice until you are efficient and confident out to 250 yards. Then remember these tips that will help you make that one shot count in the woods. Think out a shot before it happens. Say you’re climbing a hillside or stalking on a ridge. What if a buck jumps out of that draw? Which way will he run? Is it 100 or 200 yards across that canyon? Anticipate and be ready for a quick shot as best you can. One November day I crawled up on a buck browsing in the shade, zapped him at 173 yards with my [...]

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