22 10, 2019

CWD News: Hunters Can Use Bleach To Decontaminate Knives

2019-10-22T15:59:53-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Finally, some good news on the nasty topic of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). According to a new study by National Institutes of Health, a 5-minute soak in a 40% solution of household bleach decontaminated stainless steel wires coated with CWD prions. The scientists used the wires to model knives and saws that hunters and meat processors use when handling deer and elk, the meat of which could be infected with CWD prions. The researchers dissected CWD-infected brains from whitetails and mule deer. They tested various bleach concentrations and soak times to determine the most effective combination to eliminate CWD prions. While the study found that a 40% solution of household bleach can purify stainless steel, it failed to find an [...]

18 10, 2019

Welcome To The New Big Deer!

2019-10-18T15:58:00-04:00October 18th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|2 Comments

We hope you like our new, clean, mobile friendly website! Tell me what you think! It is easier than ever to read the blog or shoot me a question on your phone from your tree stand or blind. If you shoot a big deer, go to Contact Us, snap a picture, write a few lines and let me know what went down. In the future we'll be adding more features, possibly a new Rut Report, Forum, maybe even a podcast. Let me know what you'd like to see. Since I created Big Deer back in 2008 (has it really been 12 years?) this is the third redesign, and the best. My tagline has always been "America's Best Deer Blog" and [...]

15 10, 2019

How To Avoid Hitting A Deer With Your Car

2019-10-17T10:47:08-04:00October 15th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Mule Deer|0 Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates roughly 1.5 million deer-related accidents occur each year, and more than half of these accidents are in October and November, during the deer rut. The NHTSA claims the average cost per accident is $1,000, which equates to an estimated $1.5 billion in total damages per year. The average number of human deaths directly linked to deer-related collisions each year is 150 or higher. To minimize your odds of hitting a deer, the folks at Carparts.com offer these tips: Remember when deer are most active. Dusk, dawn, and between 12:00 A.M. and 2:00 A.M. If you absolutely must drive late in the dark, make sure you stay alert. Make sure your car is [...]

8 10, 2019

Oklahoma Bowhunter Rings In New Season With 200-Inch Giant

2019-10-17T10:43:42-04:00October 8th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|2 Comments

From Oklahoman.com: Jeff Booth almost didn’t take his bow with him (last) Wednesday. He was planning to drive up from his Broken Arrow home to his hunting lease in northeast Oklahoma to just put up a camera near a deer stand. He figured the chances of killing a nice buck on the second day of archery season in 90-plus degree weather were remote at best. “I have never killed a good deer in October,” said Booth. Booth had a change of heart, however, and grabbed his bow at the last minute. He decided if he was going to drive all that way, he might as well take his bow and sit in the deer stand for a while. He is [...]

7 10, 2019

Hunters Can Contract Tuberculosis From Deer

2019-10-17T10:42:20-04:00October 7th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|2 Comments

If Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) were not enough, now we deer hunters need to know about another disease. Hunters can contract a form of tuberculosis from deer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a 77-year-old Michigan man was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. He had no known contact with any human infected with TB, but he had hunted and field-dressed deer for decades. Many deer test positive for bovine TB in the northeastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan where the man lived and hunted. The CDC says the man may have inhaled the bacteria that causes tuberculosis while he was gutting a deer. Officials don’t know when that might have happened, but the [...]