12 06, 2023

Oklahoma Confirms First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease

2023-06-12T09:37:59-04:00June 12th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Oklahoma Confirms First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease

A white-tailed deer in the Oklahoma Panhandle has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). A Texas County landowner reported the deer to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) after witnessing it behaving abnormally. The deer was recovered near Optima and testing was conducted. This marks the first case of CWD in a wild deer in Oklahoma. “While this is unfortunate news, it is not unexpected since CWD has already been detected in every state that borders Oklahoma. We will be working through our response plan to ensure we can monitor potential spread and keep our state’s deer herd healthy,” said Jerry Shaw, Wildlife Programs Supervisor with ODWC. CWD is an always-fatal neurological disease that affects the brains of deer, elk, [...]

17 04, 2023

6.5 PRC for Deer/Hog Hunting

2023-04-17T10:08:00-04:00April 17th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Hornady, trijicon, whitetail deer|Comments Off on 6.5 PRC for Deer/Hog Hunting

In 2018, Hornady introduced the 6.5 PRC, or Precision Rifle Cartridge, as big brother to the 6.5 Creedmoor. The 6.5 PRC is based on the little known .300 Ruger Compact Magnum, necked down to accommodate 6.5mm bullets. Examine a PRC round and you’ll notice how short and fat the case is, and how far the bullet protrudes from the brass. By design, the distance from primer to the cartridge’s front edge (right at 2 inches) is shortened to ensure proper seating of a long, high ballistic-coefficient bullet in a short-action bolt magazine. By far the most popular load for the 6.5 PRC is Hornady’s Precision Hunter with 143-grain ELD-X bullet, though more PRC loads are coming to market as the [...]

14 03, 2023

Here’s What Deer Hunting Will Look Like in 2030

2023-03-14T08:41:17-04:00March 14th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|3 Comments

When I moved on from squirrels to birds to hunting deer with my dad in the 1970s, there were about 200,000 whitetails in Virginia. Today, we’ve got almost 5 times that many. In the 1980s and 90s, we went from “if it’s brown it’s down” to the “horn porn” era. Whitetail management was in its infancy, and many people mistakenly took working to improve the health of a deer herd for engineering the growth of gigantic antlers. All you saw in hunting magazines and on videos, which were exploding in popularity then, were images of pen-raised bucks with enormous, protein-loaded 190- to 250-inch-plus racks. If the average hunter dared drag a forkie or 6-point back to camp, he was ridiculed [...]

11 01, 2023

5 Guns Every Hunter Needs

2023-01-11T14:18:56-05:00January 11th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Guns & Loads|Comments Off on 5 Guns Every Hunter Needs

To have a blast shooting targets and hunting every species of game bird and animal across America, you only need 5 firearms. .22 Long Rifle (LG) Every man, woman and child on Earth needs a good old .22, whether for plinking paper or potting a mess of squirrels in October. It’s the rifle that most of us grew up with. The one you need to get into your kid’s hands as soon as he or she is ready to join our shooting fraternity. Quiet to shoot and with no recoil, a rimfire rifle is the perfect tool for young or new shooters. For those of you who have been hunting awhile, think of a .22 as the perfect understudy for [...]

31 03, 2022

Alabama Chronic Wasting Disease Update: “We Didn’t Kill All The Deer”

2022-03-31T13:36:04-04:00March 31st, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Alabama Chronic Wasting Disease Update: “We Didn’t Kill All The Deer”

  As we reported earlier this year, on January 7, 2022, the first-ever case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Alabama was confirmed in a deer shot in Lauderdale County in the far northwestern part of the state. Wildlife officials immediately designated all of Lauderdale and neighboring Colbert County as the state’s first CWD Management Zone (CMZ). With only 30 days left in the 2021-22 hunting season, and with the need to acquire as many blood and tissue samples from deer as possible to determine the prevalence of the disease, officials removed all daily and seasonal bag limits in the CMZ. Most hunters in the area were happy to follow the science and shoot some deer, but a vocal minority [...]

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