21 06, 2022

Will Drones Replace Helicopter Deer Surveys?

2022-06-21T08:28:48-04:00June 21st, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science, whitetail deer|0 Comments

In a recent Southeast Deer Study Group (SEDSG) meeting, wildlife specialist Jesse Exum presented a paper on estimating deer numbers with the use of drones. Drones were fitted with thermal-optical video cameras and flown at 5 different sites in South Texas. Result: The drone-captured thermal estimates of deer from the 5 surveys were comparable to much louder, time-consuming and expensive helicopter survey estimates. In another study conducted while doing his postdoctoral work, wildlife specialist Jared Beaver and colleagues equipped drones with thermal cameras and flew them over a 430-acre facility at Auburn University in Alabama, where the precise number of whitetails in the enclosure was known. After analyzing the results of their evening flights, the researchers found that the population [...]

15 06, 2022

School Research: 4 Benefits of Whitetail Deer Hunting

2022-06-13T10:06:06-04:00June 15th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Elementary and middle-school students listen up. For many years I’ve been helping kids like you with research projects and term papers. Students from rural areas—all their parents and many of their teachers are deer hunters--write and ask me for advice and quotes on why we should hunt deer, and what are the benefits of deer hunting. Here is a white paper I send them. Students, please feel free to use this on your next project! You have permission to use the photographs too.--M.H.    The whitetail deer is the number one game animal in the United States. There are an estimated 30 million whitetails in the U.S., and more than 11 million people buy a deer hunting license each year. Deer [...]

8 06, 2022

Is the COVID Boom In New Hunters Over? 

2022-06-08T09:23:07-04:00June 8th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

  A report released last year by the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports documented a 4.9% increase in hunting license sales from 2019 to 2020. One of the few bright spots of COVID is that it produced a rekindled interest in deer hunting across the United States as people sought to get outside, do something new and try to harvest their own food. To continue monitoring the pandemic’s impact on hunting, the Council revisited this study in early 2022 to identify ongoing changes and emerging trends in hunters’ rates of license purchases. Working with survey experts Southwick Associates, the Council collected monthly resident and nonresident hunting license sales data from 46 state wildlife agencies to compare 2021 [...]

6 06, 2022

3 Summer Tips For Better Deer Hunting This Fall

2022-06-06T12:52:27-04:00June 6th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

1) While you’re out working your land with a tractor this summer, try this. Bush-hog a strip of grass or mow a lane through a thicket right up to one or two of your favorite tree stand locations near a field. Keep those lanes trimmed one more time in late August. Deer will find and use the paths. One day later this fall, a big 8-pointer might walk smack down the strip to your bow stand. The trimmed lanes are also great places to plant mini-plots of attractant clover and chicory just before hunting season. 2) Scour an old grown-up farm field or pasture for hidden fruit trees, like apple or persimmon, or thickets of blackberry. Open up the trees [...]

2 06, 2022

Ball State Study: Gun Deer Hunting Doesn’t Increase Gun Violence

2022-05-31T14:54:38-04:00June 2nd, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, sportsman channel|0 Comments

With all the crime and tragedy swirling in America right now--what causes young males do such violent and unspeakable things?--the results of this 2019 study are interesting and relevant.—M.H. Paul Niekamp, a Ball State economics professor, analyzed daily crime data with statistics from deer hunting seasons spanning 20 years and 21 states for his study, “Good Bang for the Buck: Effects of Rural Gun Use on Crime.” “The results of this paper provide strong evidence that enormous increases in recreational long gun prevalence are not associated with any increase in violent crime,” he said. “In the least populous areas, where long gun prevalence increased 530%, estimates suggest that male violent crime actually decreased.” Niekamp’s study provides the first estimates of [...]

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