4 10, 2021

How To Hunt A Whitetail Buck In October

2021-09-30T10:56:24-04:00October 4th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on How To Hunt A Whitetail Buck In October

Some good hunters I know don’t go into their best spots and stands until just before Halloween, and then they hunt them hard for the next 2 weeks into November. Their strategy is sound: put no pressure on bucks until they start rutting heavy and moving more in daylight hours. Good in theory, yes, that approach is not practical for most of us. You’re busy…you bowhunt when you can. If that happens to be in October, great. The woods are beautiful, the weather is nice and there are fewer people in the timber than there will be come November. There are opportunities to get your buck, and here are some things to keep in mind. Food in the Woods Grant [...]

27 09, 2021

Amazing Crossbow Kill: Georgia Pharmacist Bags White Buck!

2021-09-27T10:25:58-04:00September 27th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Earlier this month, a friend from southwest Georgia texted me these pictures with the words: Hey brother, a friend of mine killed a solid white buck! Deer of a lifetime! Shortly thereafter, the story appeared on the Georgia Outdoor News website: Back in June, Tara Jackson…saw something that she had never seen before. As a buck ran across a field, she said to her boyfriend Bryan Spivey, “Oh my goodness, that’s a totally white deer!” On Wednesday Sept. 8, Tara got some fresh trail-cam photos showing the buck was still there and it was beginning to shed its velvet…. On Sept. 12…the white buck appeared, and she steadied her aim and took the shot. However, as soon as the bolt [...]

16 09, 2021

BIG DEER Predicts Early Trickle Rut For 2021

2021-09-16T11:27:57-04:00September 16th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Rut, whitetail deer|6 Comments

For many years the late, great whitetail behaviorist and hunting expert Charles Alsheimer produced his annual Whitetail Calendar, with predictions on how whitetails would rut each fall based on environmental cues like the light intensity of the moon. According to Charlie, in a fall like 2021 when you have a full moon in mid-October and another one in mid-November, the pump is primed for a classic “trickle rut.” “Some does will cue off the October full moon (and come into estrous) while others will cue off the November full moon,” Alsheimer wrote in Deer and Deer Hunting magazine.  “So late October you get a pop in the rut, and then Thanksgiving week you get another pop in the rut, and [...]

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|Comments Off on Bowhunting: How Far to Shoot A Deer

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 [...]

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|Comments Off on Deer Tip Of The Day: Bowhunt A Waterhole

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 [...]

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