16 01, 2020

Kansas: Butcher Buck Scores 321 3/8, Biggest Non-Typical Ever In State!

2020-01-10T08:38:00-05:00January 16th, 2020|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

WICHITA – Kansas bowhunter, Brian Butcher, 38, harvested a whitetail buck in Chase County last October that he knew was something special. It wasn’t until the buck’s rack was measured by Boone and Crockett Club certified measurers on Friday, Jan. 3 that Butcher confirmed just how special the deer was. Butcher’s whitetail earned an unofficial net non-typical score of 321 3/8 inches. If accepted and verified by the Boone and Crockett Club the Butcher buck would rank fourth in the world for non-typical whitetail deer. As for the Kansas record books, Butcher’s buck will be the largest non-typical whitetail ever taken, surpassing the current state record for a non-typical whitetail harvested with archery equipment by 57 2/8 inches. “When I [...]

17 12, 2019

Virginia’s Widest Deer Rack Ever—32 Inches!

2019-12-17T11:36:32-05:00December 17th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Virginia’s Widest Deer Rack Ever—32 Inches!

Prologue: Last Saturday my camera crew and I traveled down to Mecklenburg County, Va., and met Jim Wilson, who back in 2012 shot this incredible buck that gross-scored 186 and change. Most distinctive, as you can see, is the width of the rack—32 inches! This is the widest rack ever recorded in Virginia, and the 7th widest whitetail rack ever documented in the U.S. You’ll see and hear Jim’s interview on a new episode of Big Deer TV on Sportsman Channel in 2020. For now, here is the story of Mr. Wide in Jim’s words: August 2012. I had been discarding apples from the tree in my yard in the field behind my house. I noticed the apples were disappearing [...]

4 12, 2019

Deer Hunting: How To Use The Wind To Your Advantage

2019-12-09T13:01:02-05:00December 4th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|2 Comments

To a buck you’re a big, walking stink-ball, like Pigpen in Peanuts if you’re old enough to remember. You need to clean up your act, and we’ll get to that later. But for starters, here’s how to read and play the wind and use it to your advantage. The truth is, no matter how badly you stink you can still punch your tag if you hunt in a spot where a buck can’t smell you. App Check On your phone’s weather app, check the hourly for the day and times you’ll hunt. For example, say you find that the wind will be out of the W at 10 mph at 6:00 a.m, but at 8:00 it will turn NW or [...]

13 11, 2019

Wisconsin Bowhunter Tags 10-Point “Sneezy” Buck

2019-11-08T08:39:47-05:00November 13th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Wisconsin Bowhunter Tags 10-Point “Sneezy” Buck

This guest post is from Kyle Biba, Wisconsin bowhunter and long-time reader of Big Deer Blog: Saturday November 2nd proved to be a very special day for me as I was able to write the final chapter on a 4.5-year-old 10-pointer we called “Sneezy.” The story started in early fall 2018 when Sneezy first appeared on our farm. He showed up on camera in mid-September, already having broken off multiple points. I encountered Sneezy on October 12th last year in one of our clover plots. It was at that time he gained his name of Sneezy. As I watched him, it sounded like he was having an actual sneezing attack! I was able to get some tremendous footage of him [...]

12 11, 2019

19 Proven Ways To Hunt The Whitetail Rut

2019-11-07T14:29:42-05:00November 12th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|Comments Off on 19 Proven Ways To Hunt The Whitetail Rut

For 7 years Russ Van Zoeren of Twin Lake, Michigan, had traveled to Kansas to bowhunt on public land. November 10 on the 8th year, he fired his first arrow. After a heat wave with temps in the 80s, storms and a cold front crashed through the night of the 9th. The mercury plummeted into 30s and a northwest wind of 25 shook the leaves off the trees. Next morning at 8:15, a buck stepped out of a fence row and marched down the same trail Russ had walked on to his tree stand. His brow tines were huge and forked! At 13 yards the giant stopped to smell a scrape that Russ had doctored with hot-doe scent. The arrow [...]