28 04, 2021

How Long Should You Wait To Get Your Buck Back From The Taxidermist?

2021-04-28T12:59:52-04:00April 28th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Have you gotten your 2020 shoulder mount back yet? I doubt it. Recently I took a social media poll of fervent deer hunters and asked them how long on average it takes to get a buck back from their taxidermist. I got hundreds of great responses, split down the middle: 49% of people said 8 or 9 months, and 51% said 10 months to a year. There were some outliers. A few people said they got their mounts back 2 to 4 months after they killed those deer. Those were early bow kills. You sooner in the season you take your buck to the taxidermist, before he gets crazy busy, the quicker you’ll get him back. If you kill a [...]

26 04, 2021

Why Do Some Bucks Shed Antlers Late In Spring?

2021-04-26T10:16:26-04:00April 26th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Hey Mike: It was an easy winter on whitetails this year in NE North Dakota. We had very little snow and only about 1 week with really cold temperatures. The deer should be in good health. I got this picture of a buck still holding his antlers on April 10th! Does that seem abnormally late? What is the latest you have heard of whitetails dropping their sheds this far north? I figured it was possible considering the mild winter. Other ideas that crossed my mind were, is this an antlered doe? But usually, antlered does remain in velvet. Or maybe this was a buck who got injured or otherwise had low testosterone?--Derek Plautz Derek, thanks for checking in. I believe [...]

23 04, 2021

UPDATE: Top 5 States For Boone & Crockett Whitetail Bucks

2021-04-23T10:28:08-04:00April 23rd, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Gear Reviews, whitetail deer|1 Comment

From the Boone & Crockett Club’s most recent data: #1 – Wisconsin Wisconsin is the #1 ranked state with 1,822 total entries and 6 counties in the top 20 U.S. counties with the most records produced. The #1 county overall is Buffalo County with 150 entries in the record book. #2 – Illinois Illinois is #2 overall with 1,445 total entries and has 4 counties in the top 20 U.S. counties, including: Pike County that ranks #10 with 57 entries, Fulton and Adams Counties that are tied for #11 with 55 total entries, and Jo Daviess County that ranks #17 with 49 entries. #3 – Iowa  Iowa continues to rank #3 for Boone and Crockett whitetails with 1,330 total entries. The [...]

19 04, 2021

Virginia Reports 20 New Deer Infected With CWD

2021-04-19T09:57:39-04:00April 19th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|2 Comments

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has announced the results of the 2020 – 2021 Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance efforts for two prominent Disease Management Areas, which encompass 11 counties in Virginia. DMA1 includes the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren; and DMA2 includes the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, Madison, Page, Orange, and Rappahannock. Within the two DMAs, a total of 20 hunter-harvested whitetails were confirmed to be infected with CWD. Of the 20 CWD-positive deer, 13 originated in Frederick County, two originated in Shenandoah County, and one was harvested in each of Madison, Loudoun, Fauquier, Rappahannock, and Warren Counties. These CWD detections were a result of intensive sampling efforts that resulted in over 3,000 deer [...]

15 04, 2021

How Hot Weather Affects Deer Hunting

2021-04-16T13:08:42-04:00April 15th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Fact: It is warmer where most of us hunt than it was a decade ago. And while it was always warm in many places in September and October, it can now be downright hot during those first weeks of bow season. It’s not unusual for warm weather to extend into November or even December. During a muzzleloader hunt here in Virginia last year, it was the warmest November in 25 years! By all accounts this pattern will continue, and so it is more important than ever to factor warm weather into your game plan. Dave Moreland is an avid hunter and a biologist who worked for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, serving many years as the state’s Deer [...]

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