12 08, 2020

Will COVID-19 Lead To More Deer Hunters This Fall?

2020-08-12T08:55:13-04:00August 12th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Wildlife officials in Tennessee note that hunters flocked to the turkey woods in big numbers this past spring when life as we knew it shut down due to the pandemic, which left people out of work and looking for something to do. Fishermen followed suit and converged on Tennessee lakes and rivers this summer, too. The number of people in the state who purchased hunting and fishing licenses has risen by nearly 20 percent so far this year as compared to 2019. With the pandemic lingering into late summer and fall, TWRA officials believe a similar scenario could play out when deer seasons open. "The pandemic is still going on and we imagine people still have a lot of free time [...]

10 08, 2020

Deer Hunting Q&A

2020-08-10T09:56:14-04:00August 10th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Here are some questions I got from BIG DEER TV viewers, with hopes that the answers will help you shoot a buck this fall. Mike: It was warm where I hunt all last fall, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s some days. We saw fewer deer than normal each day and hardly any of them came to our corn fields, even though there were few acorns in the woods. Weird, tough season! What can we do if it’s warm again this fall? Paul Paul: Hunting in heat is the new norm in many places, and I get a ton of questions about it. . As to why you had fewer deer coming to your cornfields, get this. Missouri biologist [...]

6 08, 2020

How Many Tree Stands Do You Need To Bowhunt 100 Acres?

2020-08-06T08:04:33-04:00August 6th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

As a general rule, set 3 to 5 tree stands to bowhunt a 100-acre block of timber. Ideally, you'll spread out those stands to cover as much of the woods as possible, and to have options for different winds that blow each day. But don’t force it. If you’re hunt 100 acres but only 25 or so are conducive to getting to and from the stands with quiet and hidden access from a downwind angle, plan to do most of your hunting from 2 or 3 stands in those 25 acres. If you try to force it and bull your way into tough spots and hang or hunt stands where in the 75 acres where the is poor and the wind [...]

3 08, 2020

What Is The Biggest Mistake Deer Hunters Make?

2020-08-03T08:13:46-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

I asked that question of my friend, Dr. Grant Woods, one of the top deer biologists in the world, one time. He told me: “Whitetails react incredibly quickly to either a positive or a negative stimulus. Most hunters fail to take that into account quickly enough. For example, if a buck sees or hears you in a tree stand near a food plot, he will learn to avoid that spot very fast. He will still go to the plot (the positive stimulus) but he will circle your stand (the negative stimulus) possibly out of sight and range. You might sit there, not see any deer and wonder what is wrong. So hunters need to take into consideration how fast deer, [...]

27 07, 2020

How To Set The Perfect Tree Stand For Bowhunting Deer

2020-07-27T09:35:00-04:00July 27th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Five tips for setting safe and effective tree stands: A solid tree about 15 inches to 20 in diameter is great. It is easy and safe to get your arms around as you set steps, climb and hang a perch. Once you’re up, a tree as wide as your body breaks your silhouette, but is thin enough so that you can turn and look around for incoming deer, and twist, draw and shoot if you have to. Once you’ve chosen a tree for a stand, back up 50 yards or so, bend and look up into the top of it from a deer’s perspective to see which height and angle provide the best backdrop and cover. Plan on hanging a [...]

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