20 09, 2023

Kitchen Chair Tree Stand in Oklahoma

2023-09-20T09:12:50-04:00September 20th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

This tweet by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (@OKWildlifeDept) has gone viral: This "tree stand" was discovered on public land in McIntosh Co. by Warden Rowland. Not only is this EXTREMELY NOT SAFE, it is EXTREMELY NOT LEGAL. Not Safe: The chair was attached to the tree by just 4 small screws! Not legal: In Oklahoma (and many other states) it’s illegal to drive nails or screws into a live tree on public land. In a related tweet after posting the chair in the tree the ODWC said: We are hosting a hunter safety class specifically for adults. Please sign up, some of you really need it. LOL

18 09, 2023

Big Deer’s 2023 Moon-Rut Hunting Guide

2023-09-18T08:55:01-04:00September 18th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, Deer Science, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Over the past 40 years I’ve spent more than 1,000 days in deer stands across North America during the magic month of November, during every imaginable moon phase, during all the waxing and waning days. Though many scientists don’t put much stock in the moon and its effects on whitetails and the rut, my journal notes and personal observations say differently. I am convinced the various lunar phases can and do impact the movements of rutting deer, though admittedly those effects can sometimes be difficult to see and predict because of warm-weather patterns and moderate to heavy hunting pressure from region to region, Here are my 2023 moon-rut predictions. Factor them into your gameplan as you schedule your rut-hunting vacation [...]

13 09, 2023

3 Great Hunts to Kick Off the Fall

2023-09-05T08:48:14-04:00September 13th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer|0 Comments

You’re a charter member of the Big Deer Army, some 12 million of us strong across the United States. More people hunt whitetails by far than any other game species. But the best deer hunting is still months away. Feel the need to get outdoors, where the air is clean and the environment quiet? Here are 3 cheap and easy hunts you can do right now near home. The bonus is that if you are lucky enough to bag a few critters they are great eating for you and your family. Squirrels These little animals are the quintessential small game to hunt, found in abundance across the U.S. The eastern gray squirrel is king, found from New York to the [...]

11 09, 2023

Early-Season Whitetail Q&A for Bowhunters

2023-09-05T08:40:18-04:00September 11th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

You scout and glass a couple of small bucks, a decent 8-pointer and a shooter 10 coming to a bean field like clockwork in the evenings. Will those bucks, and especially the 10-point, be around when bow season opens in a few weeks?   That bachelor’s club will start to break up in mid-September, but a few of the bucks may still run together into October. In what is known as the “fall shuffle,” some of the bucks will shift a mile or more to winter range while some of them—maybe that big 10--will stay right there, close to where you’re spotting them now. Keep glassing the fields and edges, and hang a tree stand or 2 in the nearby [...]

7 09, 2023

How Many Tree Stands do You Need to Hunt Deer?

2023-09-05T08:34:47-04:00September 7th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

As a general rule, hang 3 to 5 tree stands across a 100-acre block of whitetail timber. Spread out those stands to cover as many food sources, travel corridors and staging/bedding thickets as you can, and to have options for hunting all the different winds. Keep these 5 things in mind when setting those stands: A solid tree about 15 inches in diameter is perfect. It is easy and safe to get your arms around as you set steps, climb and hang a perch with a strap or chain. Once you’re up, a tree as wide as your body breaks your silhouette, but it is thin enough so that you can turn and look around for incoming deer. Once you’ve [...]

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