18 07, 2022

How Many Tree Stands Do You Need To Hunt Deer On 100 Acres?

2022-07-18T08:00:26-04:00July 18th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|0 Comments

As a general rule, hang 3 to 5 tree stands across a 100-acre block of whitetail timber. Spread out those stands to cover as many food sources, travel corridors and staging/bedding thickets as you can, and to have options for hunting all the different winds. Keep these 5 things in mind when setting those stands: A solid tree about 15 inches in diameter is perfect. It is easy and safe to get your arms around as you set steps, climb and hang a perch with a strap or chain. Once you’re up, a tree as wide as your body breaks your silhouette, but it is thin enough so that you can turn and look around for incoming deer. Once you’ve [...]

15 07, 2022

3 Hunting Bow Maintenance Tips

2022-07-15T10:04:55-04:00July 15th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

It's that time of year when we’re shooting and practicing long and hard for upcoming deer season. The pros at Hoyt Archery answer 3 FAQs you might have: How often should you replace a bow’s string and cables? When wear is evident or every 2 years under normal-use conditions. How often should you lubricate a bow’s cams? Lightly lube the axles where they pass though the cams every 1,500 to 2,000 shots. When hunting in dusty or rainy weather, lube wheels or cams daily. Always use a silicone- or Teflon-based lubricant. How often should you wax a bowstring? Once every 2 weeks during peak-shooting times.

13 07, 2022

How To Hunt Mornings In Bow Season In September

2022-07-12T13:07:42-04:00July 13th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

In states where bow season opens early in September, many hunters and archery outfitters I know are reluctant or downright refuse to hunt the mornings. Their reasoning is that it’s tough to get back into stands near a bedding area without spooking deer that are already home and bedded from a long night of feeding in a nearby crop field. Some truth to that, but when I’ve only got a few days or a week to bowhunt an area, I want to hunt the first two hours of each day, which literally doubles my chances of killing a buck. Say I’m on a 5-day hunt. Only 5 sits if I hunt the afternoons only, but 10 if I hunt the [...]

7 07, 2022

AR-15 Rifles Legal For Hunting Deer In Some Iowa Counties

2022-06-29T11:15:11-04:00July 7th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Iowa hunters can use semi-automatic weapons, including AR-15 rifles in .223, to kill does in more parts of the state during a newly created antlerless season in January, under a bill signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Use of semi-auto rifles could expand to as many as 15 counties in an effort to control growing deer herds. Advocates of the late rifle season say this will help reduce car collisions, and help farmers who complain that deer are damaging crops. It will be interesting to see what Iowa hunters think about this.        

5 07, 2022

Hunt Secret Funnels For Big Bucks

2022-07-29T12:21:47-04:00July 5th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Small and inconspicuous ditches, swales, bottlenecks and other wrinkles in the terrain not visible on maps and they are easy to miss, but are great places to kill a whopper buck with your bow. The only way to find these secret funnels is to vary your walks each day as you scout and go in and out from tree stands. Vary your walks and be on constant lookout for a low spot in a fence; a tight creek crossing muddied with deer tracks; a thin strip of slightly elevated dry ground between 2 sloughs; two ditches 2-foot deep that come together into a drainage…. There are literally hundreds of small terrains in the woods that define and confine the movements [...]

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