2 12, 2021

Late Deer Tactic: Hunt A Buck’s Bedding Area

2021-11-24T11:06:23-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

A few years ago my friend Don hunted “Old Double Drop” near a field of cut corn. It was bitter that December, the kind of cold that hurts, with afternoon highs in the teens and single digits. Don knew the whitetails had to feed a lot and early every day, so he kept sitting on the edge of the plot, figuring it was just a matter of time until the big deer showed up in last shooting light. He never did. Double Drop was smart. So is Don. He knew of several narrow, south-facing CRP ditches in the general direction the buck was coming from. Early one afternoon he sneaked back into one of those ravines 200 yards off the [...]

28 11, 2021

Deer Hunting With The .30-30 Lever

2021-11-24T10:48:36-05:00November 28th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|1 Comment

Introduced by Winchester Repeating Arms in 1895 as the main chambering for their Model 1894 rifle, the .30-30 was the first sporting cartridge loaded with smokeless powder. The original .30-30 Winchester load featured a 160-grain bullet driven at almost 2,000 feet per second, a huge step up in performance as compared to the black powder cartridges of the day. It didn’t take long for hunters across America to fall in love with this revolutionary rifle/cartridge combo, which shot flat and hit and dropped game hard. The .30-30 quickly became the go-to for deer and bear at short to moderate range. In the 20th Century, Marlin Firearms began chambering lever-action rifles in .30-30, and in 1948 the gunmaker introduced the venerable [...]

26 11, 2021

How To “Drive” Deer The Right Way

2021-11-20T14:26:00-05:00November 26th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Advice courtesy of Montana’s Eloit Strommen, who is the best I have ever seen at pushing/nudging whitetails: “First off, we never walk from one end of a cover to the next like most guys do, spooking deer and watching them run all over the place,” Eliot says. “We don’t drive the deer. Two or three of us just walk the timber and try to nudge deer from one small cover to the next cover or the next.” Put two or three shooters—bow or gun--in a strip or block of timber a half-mile or even farther from where the pushers will start. Make sure the shooters watch a trail or funnel in the cover. If the pushers nudge deer that way, [...]

20 11, 2021

Illinois Bowhunter Shoots Huge Buck At 3 Yards!

2021-11-20T13:41:15-05:00November 20th, 2021|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Zach and Ellie Atkins are our favorite hunting couple. Zach reported in with this great news: Well Mike, yesterday afternoon I got it done. 27 days it took and I finally got it done. Best early birthday present ever! This buck was my #1 hit lister. We named him “Scar” because he doesn’t have a right eye, the whole eye is missing. I got in the stand around 12:00 and this bad boy was out in the field dogging a doe about 100 yards away. He started working my way so I got everything ready to go. Then all of a sudden he started to turn the doe away from me. I thought, “Oh hell no!" Grabbed my bow, climbed [...]

16 11, 2021

Deer Season 2021: Will More COVID Hunters Be In The Woods?

2021-11-01T11:22:23-04:00November 16th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|0 Comments

During this insufferable pandemic, longing to get outside and get fresh air for health and sanity, more people hunted deer last fall than in a decade. State game departments across the U.S. report that the sale of hunting licenses was up 5%, 10% or more in 2020. If you hunted public land, especially a national forest or WMA near a big city during a firearms season, you might have seen and felt it last season—more cars crammed into parking areas, more campers, more orange-clad hunters knocking around the woods. While most of the newbies had no choice but to hunt on public ground, some were able to get permission from landowners or acquaintances they knew or contacted. You might have [...]

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