17 05, 2021

Can A Whitetail Doe Have Two Buck Fawns?

2021-05-17T09:20:00-04:00May 17th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Hey Mike, I have always heard that when a set of deer twins is born, the sex is always split---never are they both male or female. Is that true? Doug from Illinois Doug, thanks for the question. Whitetail biologists say that as for the sex of all fawns born each year across the country, it averages out to be about 50-50 buck/doe. To the heart of your question: No, it is not unheard of for a doe to have 2 buck or 2 doe fawns. But at the end of the day, in a herd anywhere, it averages out to about 50-50 buck/doe fawns. More about deer fawns: Top whitetail scientist Dr. Grant Woods says that in a normal herd, [...]

13 05, 2021

Alabama Turkey Hunter Kills 400th (and 401st) Gobbler

2021-05-12T14:27:47-04:00May 13th, 2021|Big Deer TV, sportsman channel|0 Comments

Reprinted with permission of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; story by David Rainer For someone who got a late start chasing turkeys, Ray Jones of Huntsville has spent the last 60 years catching up. Jones, 86, reached and surpassed a milestone this season by bagging the 400th and 401st turkeys of his career. The reason he got off to such a slow start was because he lived in far north Alabama where turkeys were scarce for most of his life. “We really didn’t have any turkeys north of Birmingham when I was a young boy,” Jones said. “They had all been killed during the Depression. We hunted squirrels. We didn’t even have any deer.” During the middle of the [...]

12 05, 2021

Mature Whitetail Buck Harvest Highest Ever Reported in U.S.

2021-05-12T11:08:33-04:00May 12th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

If it’s brown it’s down! A lot of us started out deer hunting that way decades ago, but those days are finally over. According to the National Deer Association’s 2021 Whitetail Report, hunters killed more mature bucks in the 2019-20 season than ever reported. Out of a harvest of 2.9 million bucks, a record 39% of those animals were estimated to be 3½ years of age or older. “Hunters now shoot far more bucks that are at least 3½ years old than 1½ years,” said Kip Adams, NDA’s Chief Conservation Officer. “That’s a monumental shift in attitude from two decades ago. “Hunters are clearly reaping the benefits of more naturally balanced age structure in herds across the whitetail’s range.” Interestingly, [...]

10 05, 2021

Will Americans Be Able To Hunt Deer In Canada in 2021?

2021-05-10T14:49:17-04:00May 10th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Back in September of 2020, as we were all locked down and trying to figure out what the hell the world was coming to, I blogged that with the border closed and no Americans going to Canada and spending $5,000-plus apiece to hunt for a big deer (closer to 8 Grand once you figure in airfare, incidentals, taxidermy, etc.) there would be a lot of pain in the outfitting business. But for the Canadian guides who could hang on and stay in business, this would lead to some spectacular opportunities in 2021, 2022 and beyond. With virtually no pressure in 2020, the bucks were able to mature and grow another year, creating better age structure and thousands of bigger deer [...]

6 05, 2021

BREAKING: Minnesota Researchers Develop New Field Test For CWD

2021-05-06T14:56:57-04:00May 6th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

University of Minnesota researchers have discovered the first-ever way to field test deer for CWD, a potential game changer in the ongoing fight against the deer disease. The new test is cheaper than lab examinations currently in use to check for CWD, and more importantly, it uses field-deployable equipment to test tissue samples from deer and provide preliminary positive or negative results in 24 hours. Imagine this: Shoot a deer, drive to a test site and drop off a tissue sample. The same day or the next day you get a text saying if your deer tested positive (discard it) or negative (eat the meat) for CWD. I wrote about this exciting new development in-depth over at the Realtree website, [...]

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