12 07, 2019

Should You Shoot Straight Down At A Deer?

2019-10-17T09:34:38-04:00July 12th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Should You Shoot Straight Down At A Deer?

Mike: At one of my best bow stands, deer often walk in and stop right below my stand, 17 feet straight down and less than 10 feet from the tree. I have passed those shots but maybe I should be taking them, shooting down through the front shoulders of the deer and below the neck. What do you think? Hard to pass such close shots, but I’m not sure of the angle.—Doug from Michigan I was in a stand in one day last September, thinking about Doug’s question. A trail ran directly under the stand I was in and 5 feet from the toe of the tree. Five does walked under me that evening, and I envisioned trying to kill [...]

19 06, 2019

3 Reasons Whitetail Bucks Grow Giant Non-Typical Racks

2019-08-23T16:49:12-04:00June 19th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on 3 Reasons Whitetail Bucks Grow Giant Non-Typical Racks

One day last fall in Perry County, Ohio, Ethan Featheroff arrowed a 20-point giant that scored 220 7/8”. Over in Logan County, West Virginia, Donny Baisden scouted, hunted and shot the awesome unicorn buck (pictured) that taped out at 182 5/8. The 10-year trend of hunters shooting monster non-typical whitetails continues, and many more giants will fall in 2019. There are 3 reasons bucks grow such huge, gaudy racks. Injury: Biologists have long known that trauma to a buck’s skull plate or velvet antlers or a major bodily injury (i.e., a broken leg) can cause a rack to grow crazily during the current antler cycle or even for several years thereafter. Injury probably accounts for the most freakish racks, like [...]

10 06, 2019

West Virginia’s 4 Archery-Only Deer Counties

2019-08-23T16:56:19-04:00June 10th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on West Virginia’s 4 Archery-Only Deer Counties

Last fall Donny Baisden scouted and hunted and shot this awesome unicorn buck in Logan West Virginia. The giant scored 182 5/8. Bucks of this caliber have been coming out of not only Logan but also Wingo, McDowell and Wyoming counties for the last 40 years. It’s been one of bowhunting’s best-kept secrets! In the early 1970s whitetails were scarce, almost nonexistent, in southern West Virginia. “I spent a lot of time in the woods as a youngster, yet I can recall seeing only five deer,” said local hunter and writer John McCoy. “Three were on the property of a coal company that maintained a game preserve, and two moseyed out of the woods across from the school I attended. [...]

8 04, 2019

Ohio: 2018 Deer Harvest Down, But Big Buck Kill Up

2019-08-05T14:19:40-04:00April 8th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Ohio: 2018 Deer Harvest Down, But Big Buck Kill Up

Hunters checked 172,040 whitetails deer during Ohio’s 2018-2019 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). That’s down from last year, when 186,247 deer were checked. Some of the decrease can be attributed to poor weather throughout the fall of 2018. While the overall harvest was down, the number of big bucks killed with a bow was impressive. In the photo: Gary Bendele shot this giant (170 net Booner) with his bow on November 8, 2018 in Fayette County. Ethan  Featheroff’s monster non-typical, shot last October, grossed 220! Facts about deer hunting in Ohio: Regulations set by ODNR over the past four seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state; herd [...]

1 04, 2019

2018 Pennsylvania Deer Harvest Highest In 14 Years…State “has never managed whitetails better.”

2019-08-05T14:19:40-04:00April 1st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science|1 Comment

From the York Dispatch: "The (Pennsylvania Game Commission) reported that a total of 374,690 deer were harvested during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons, which closed in January. "That total tops the previous year’s harvest of 367,159 by about 10 percent." The 2018 antlerless harvest of 226,940 was up about 10 percent over last year. Data show that most does—64%--killed by hunters were 2.5 years old, and the remainder were 1.5 years old. The 2018-19 buck kill of 147,750 was down 10% from the previous season. The commission says that steady, heavy rain during opening weekend of gun season was the biggest reason for the decline—it kept a lot of hunters out of the woods, and the bucks didn’t move well in [...]