5 03, 2019

Grow Better Food Plots: Whitetail Institute Soil-Test Kit

2020-06-10T09:15:25-04:00March 5th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|1 Comment

Whether you are a novice or expert at food plots for deer, whether you plan to plant 2 plots or 10 on your land this year, the first and most critical step to success is to do a soil test and determine the pH of the dirt you’ll be working. Some soils are heavier than others…other dirt is lighter. Some soils hold moisture longer…some dirt dries fast… You get the idea--not all dirt is created equal. By testing the soil where you’ll be planting to determine its exact pH, you’ll know how much lime and/or fertilizer you’ll need for the planting process and optimal forage growth. This test kit from Whitetail Institute gives you everything you need and makes it [...]

3 01, 2019

Hunt Tactics for Winter Bucks

2020-06-10T09:15:26-04:00January 3rd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on Hunt Tactics for Winter Bucks

We have 2 more days to hunt deer this season in Virginia…if you’re still hunting too, try these tips. Afternoons are always best in late season. Deer move straight from their beds to a cornfield or beans or a thicket or a pasture with weeds--anywhere they can find last scraps of food. When you hunt  a food source, the wind can’t blow back toward a bedding cover or travel lane out, and it can’t swirl out into a field where the does will pop out first. Set up downwind of a trail or funnel where your scent will blow back into a dead zone in the timber where no deer will hopefully come out. If just one doe winds you [...]

30 11, 2018

Deer Food Plot Seed: Frosty Berseem Clover

2020-06-10T09:15:26-04:00November 30th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on Deer Food Plot Seed: Frosty Berseem Clover

Our friend Jeff Herrmann, who is managing his New Jersey farm for whitetails, tells about a new seed blend you might want to try in your food plots: “One thing I started growing this year is Frosty Berseem Clover, which is relatively new and would work great for a lot of guys that don’t yet know about it.   “Berseems are very fast growing, but most are not cold tolerant. What makes Frosty unique is that it stays alive into freezing temps. As a bonus, it tolerates very wet soils (even standing water for days). That means it can be fall planted, even in very wet years like this one, or in chronically wet fields. It still puts on tons [...]

19 11, 2018

New Jersey Bowhunter Revitalizes Farm, Shoots 6.5-Year-Old Buck

2020-06-10T09:15:26-04:00November 19th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|3 Comments

In 2016, Jeff Herrmann, long-time friend of BIG DEER, bought a rundown farm in New Jersey and set about making it a dedicated hunting property. The land is 133 acres, 40 of those tillable. Well into his third year of land management, Jeff has put in 10 acres of beautiful food plots. “What you see in the picture below are primarily brassicas,” he says. “Specifically, groundhog radish, purple top turnip and dwarf essex rape. The work is paying off. In October, Jeff shot this great big-bodied 7-pointer with his bow. “I believe he was the oldest buck on the property when I bought the farm, at least 4.5 back then.” Proof that with dedication and hard work, anybody can create [...]

6 09, 2018

3 September Spots for Trail Cameras

2020-06-10T09:15:51-04:00September 6th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on 3 September Spots for Trail Cameras

If you’ll be setting out or moving trail cameras this week, try: ONE: A small clearing in the woods 50 to 75 yards off an alfalfa, soybean or clover field. Mature bucks like to hang out in these areas in late afternoon this time of year. TWO: A little bottleneck of thick cover (image) on a deer trail that leads into a feed field or clover plot. THREE: If you spot a big shooter buck in a field, sneak in the back door and set a camera on the nearest creek crossing, swampy bottom, etc. you can find in the nearby woods. As summer deepens, mature bucks spend a lot of time hanging out near water in low, thick, shady [...]

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