9 09, 2021

2021 EHD Outbreaks Whitetail Deer

2021-09-09T10:13:36-04:00September 9th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

So far, it’s not been a terrible summer for deer deaths due to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), but it’s still early in September. The disease typically rears its ugly head starting in August each year and runs through the first frosty weather of October. Here are the 2021 outbreaks we know of: Idaho: The most sick and dead whitetails are showing up in the West. Idaho Fish and Wildlife has confirmed positive cases of EHD in samples taken from dead deer in the Clearwater area. Reports of 250-300 dead deer and counting. Washington: 36 deer near the town of Colfax are believed to have died from EHD. Two dead whitetails near Davenport tested positive. “We are bracing ourselves for this [...]

7 09, 2021

Bowhunting: How Far to Shoot A Deer

2021-09-07T11:58:19-04:00September 7th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I once read an archery column in a major magazine written by a reputable guy that went like this: The buck was standing 88 yards away in the cornfield…I drew my bow and released the arrow…struck perfectly in the neck, the buck went right down… People howled, 88 yards is too damn far with a bow! That was 10 years ago. If the guy had written that today, fewer bowhunters would have protested because as archery technology has advanced light years, longer shots have become more acceptable, especially with Western bowhunters. But, all hunters would and should still howl about shooting a buck in the neck with an arrow. There is simply no such thing as “struck perfectly in the [...]

2 09, 2021

4 Tips From Game Wardens To Stay Out Of Trouble

2021-08-31T14:04:47-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

  The Helena Independent Record posted thoughts from Montana game wardens that will keep hunters safe, legal and happy as seasons approach. Good advice wherever you hunt: Have a plan. Know where you're going — specifically (property boundaries)— and all applicable hunting regulations. Whether a violation is intentional or unintentional, it's still a violation. Inadvertent violations usually stem from a lack of preparedness. Let somebody know your plan— particularly where you'll be and when you expect to return (for your safety). Make sure you have legal access. If you're hunting on private land, make sure you have up-to-date permission. Hunting without landowner permission is the ticket wardens write more frequently than any other. Don't dump carcasses illegally. There are three [...]

31 08, 2021

Deer Tip Of The Day: Bowhunt A Waterhole

2021-08-31T13:41:57-04:00August 31st, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

When it’s hot in the early season, in the mid-80s or even 90s, you should hang at least one tree stand over a fresh water hole. This is an obvious tactic if it’s been a hot, dry summer, like out in the Dakotas this year. But try it even if there are full creeks and rivers where you hunt. “You might have 5 miles or more of river or creek frontage on your property, lots of water for the deer, but mature bucks often drink at hidden little spots they like, where they feel safe and comfortable,” says expert archer Lionel Strong, who hunts whitetails along the famed Milk River in eastern Montana. While Strong has access to more than [...]

29 08, 2021

Deer Science: Bucks’ Summer & Winter Ranges

2021-08-29T12:10:25-04:00August 29th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I have blogged and said on TV many times that the big buck you’ve been scouting and watching right now in late summer might still be in the same area when hunting season opens, or he might be a mile or more away if he shifts between a summer/fall and winter range. This graphic and Instagram post from the experts at the Mississippi State Deer Lab sum it up well: "About 1/3 of adult bucks in one of our recent studies have seasonal home range segments, like buck 20 pictured here. He spent late summer and fall in the eastern portion of his range. For two consecutive years, he packed up shop around November 1 and moved to the western [...]

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