13 12, 2021

Gene Wensel’s 222” Recurve Buck

2021-12-13T14:36:15-05:00December 13th, 2021|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

I ran across an article written by legendary bowhunter Gene Wensel, whom I have long admired for his knowledge of the whitetail, his fine writing and most of all his genuine and deep-felt love of the outdoors and hunting. This passage is from from the story of Woody, the giant buck that Gene shot on December 30, 2004 (that's Gene in the foreground of the photo and his brother Barry in the back). The 222” non-typical is likely the highest-scoring whitetail ever killed with a recurve bow, arrow and broadhead. Gene wrote: “Hunting is a basic human instinct no different from eating, breathing, sleeping or reproducing. Every human is born with an instinct to hunt. I heard someone say that [...]

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 [...]

8 11, 2021

4 Best Stands For The Whitetail Rut

2021-11-01T09:30:20-04:00November 8th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on 4 Best Stands For The Whitetail Rut

Digital image One November Russ Van Zoeren hunted a public tract in Kansas for a week. For the first five days, the temperature was in the 70s, and the deer movement was predictably slow. But then one night, storms and a cold front crashed in. The mercury plummeted into the 30s, and a northwest wind shook the trees. Next morning at 8:15, a buck prowled out of the long, dense cedar thicket that Russ had been watching all week. The deer ripped a scrape and walked, grunting, beneath Russ’ stand. His arrow was true. At just under 200 pounds dressed, the animal was on the light side for a mature Kansas buck. But there was nothing light about [...]

2 11, 2021

2021 Rut Report Central Illinois

2021-11-02T16:26:11-04:00November 2nd, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut|Comments Off on 2021 Rut Report Central Illinois

November 2 update from our favorite hunting couple: Hey Mike, Zach and Ellie here with an update on our season. Here in central Illinois it’s about to get hot! Lots of big bucks checking scrapes. Ellie had a big 8 cruising yesterday bumping does, she passed him waiting for a bigger one lol. With this cold front this week I think it’s going to trigger them for sure. Here's a pic of one we're after. Way to Ellie waiting on a bigger buck, good luck guys! Let’s update the rut from across the country! Please comment below with the rut activity in your area or email me your rut info/photos at: mikehanback@yahoo.com

29 10, 2021

You Shoot A Deer At Last Light, Should You Leave It Overnight?

2021-10-28T15:51:22-04:00October 29th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on You Shoot A Deer At Last Light, Should You Leave It Overnight?

Short answer is, no. I’ve had several bad experiences with bucks I’ve shot at last light and left overnight. If the meat didn't flat out spoil, it sure tasted funky. I won’t leave a buck out now if the temperature is 40 degrees or above. And 40 is marginal, I believe you need the night air to dip down into the low 30s or cooler to have any hope of salvaging good, tasty meat from a deer that has lain on the ground, blood and guts in, for 12 hours or more. This is the most agonizing dilemma that I hope you are not forced to deal with this season. But if you are, go back to your truck, relax [...]

Go to Top