2 09, 2020

Is It Poison Ivy or Poison Oak?

2020-09-02T14:49:11-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Big Deer TV, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|2 Comments

Indigo Urgent Care reports an estimated 85% of Americans, many of them hunters, fishers and hikers like us, are allergic to poison ivy and/or oak. You know a bad case of the rash can put a damper on summertime, but don’t let your guard down in the fall. I’m one of the 85%, and the worst case of poison ivy I ever got was during bow season one October. My climbing stand cut a vine that I stupidly did not see as I worked my way up a tree. Bits of vine hairs and bark and sap slid down my neck and around the sides of my head. My head swelled and a horrendous bubble of blisters broke out around [...]

28 08, 2020

5 Tips for Fall Deer Food Plots

2020-08-28T14:17:57-04:00August 28th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, whitetail deer|2 Comments

As you read this it is time to plant a few cool-season food plots on your land. While these ½- to 2-acre green strips and patches provide deer with some nutrition for a short time, they are designed mainly to pull the animals out of cover and into shooting range and ultimately into your freezer. Note: If that sounds like baiting, it is indeed a controversy that pops up from time to time. I don’t see fall plots as baiting at all, but some people do. NO states consider food plots as bait—planted food plots are legal everywhere—so that is all matters. You might or might not kill a buck in or near one of the plots, but you will [...]

25 08, 2020

When Do Bucks Shed Velvet?

2020-08-25T09:42:44-04:00August 25th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|2 Comments

In most parts of the country, the antler growth for whitetail deer is done for the year. Sometime between September 1 and 15 bucks will shed their velvet. The cue for antler hardening and velvet shedding is the change in photo-period caused by decreasing daylight and increasing darkness, which results in a significant increase in the bucks’ testosterone. Velvet shedding typically takes only a couple of hours, though it is not uncommon to see a deer walking around for day or two with bloody velvet tatters. One last thing you might not know: Bucks have been known to turn their heads and peel or even eat velvet that dangles off their new racks. Soon after shedding, the tree rubbing and [...]

19 08, 2020

Remington Model 58 Shotgun Finds Its Way Home

2020-08-19T08:59:29-04:00August 19th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington|1 Comment

Today’s guest blog from Gary Guth, who has stuck with me on the BIG DEER BLOG for many years: Mike, 5 years ago you shared a story on your blog of a Browning A-5 that used to be my dad’s and eventually came back to me through a friend. It was an awesome story, and I know it touched a spot in your heart as well as mine. Well, here’s a similar story. Last month I was approached by a friend that asked if I was interested in buying a shotgun. Not just any ordinary shotgun, it was a Remington Model 58! Little background to this gun. It used to belong to my wife’s first husband, Scott, who passed away [...]

17 08, 2020

Chronic Wasting Disease 2020 Update

2020-08-17T16:35:45-04:00August 17th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science, Hunting News, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Here is a sampling of news from the National Deer Alliance’s (NDA) latest update on all things Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Click here to read the full report.   Kansas: In mid-July, the Kansas Department of Agriculture confirmed a case of CWD in a captive deer herd in Osage County. While CWD has been detected in wild deer populations in many western Kansas counties, this is the first documented positive case in eastern Kansas. Minnesota: The DNR announced a new process for hunters to get their deer tested for CWD. This year, testing will not be mandatory in an effort to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus during the pandemic. Last year, hunters in designated CWD zones were required to visit [...]

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