2 11, 2022

3 Ways To Hunt Whitetail Scrapes

2022-10-31T14:18:31-04:00November 2nd, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia conducted a two-year study on a 3,500-acre property in the northern part of the state where the rut peaks in mid-November, as it does in most regions. The land was managed for a healthy whitetail population, and the age structure of the bucks was good. Those bucks were wild, and hunted by people. This was not another study of pen deer, but a real-world project that unearthed some interesting results. Aiming their trail cameras at every scrape they could find, the researchers got reams of videotape and images of deer at scrapes. One major finding--while multiple bucks of all ages (in one case 13 different animals) might eagerly paw one set of scrapes, similar [...]

31 10, 2022

What Do Hundreds Of Buck Rubs Tell You?

2022-10-31T14:14:02-04:00October 31st, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Research years ago by Dr. Karl Miller, Larry Marchington and Matt Knox provided some good skinny on whitetail buck rubs. The highly regarded biologists found that when an area is blazed with a noticeably large number of rubs, dozens or hundreds, the peak of the rut often occurs days earlier than normal. The theory is that by depositing gobs of “priming pheromones” on all those trees, the bucks stimulate the does into early estrus. So if you find twice or three times as many rubs as usual in your hunt zone this fall, you might want to take off work and hunt a week earlier than you planned. The number of rubs that pop up in the woods can also [...]

3 08, 2022

Study: Human Voice Spooks Deer More Than Predators

2022-08-03T09:56:36-04:00August 3rd, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Study: Human Voice Spooks Deer More Than Predators

I always cringe when I go into the woods to scout or hang a tree stand or whatever, and a person with me talks and jabbers and laughs away. I look over and give them the Shhh! signal. If they keep jabbering, I give them the Shut the H_ up! Turns out I’m right. A new study conducted in Georgia found that the sound of a human talking in the woods strikes greater fear in whitetails than other predator sounds. During the project, deer were almost twice as likely to flee from the sound of a human voice than from the barking of dogs or even the calls of meat-eating wolves, coyotes and cougars! Click here to read more about [...]

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|Comments Off on Will Drones Replace Helicopter Deer Surveys?

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 [...]

31 05, 2022

How Drought Conditions Affect Deer

2022-05-31T09:35:55-04:00May 31st, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CZ-USA, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on How Drought Conditions Affect Deer

I just returned from shooting an Axis deer TV show in the western Hill Country of Texas. During my hunt, daytimes temperatures ranged from 95 to 100 degrees. I was struck not only by the heat, but the incredibly dry and brown country. It hadn't rained measurably in months, and the habitat showed. The 2 bucks we shot were beautiful animals (mine pictured below, shot near a waterhole), but noticeably smaller and less body heavy than they would have been in a year of normal precipitation. It got me to thinking about how a drought affects deer. As you can see by the map, much of the western half of the country is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions, and [...]

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