26 07, 2019

South Carolina 9th State to Require Synthetic Deer Lures

2019-10-17T09:45:03-04:00July 26th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on South Carolina 9th State to Require Synthetic Deer Lures

In this day and age of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) South Carolina becomes the 9th state to prohibit the use of natural deer urine, and to require hunters to use synthetic deer lures only. The new regulation takes effect with the start of the 2019-20 whitetail season. Earlier this summer Tennessee also issued a new regulation that requires the use of synthetic scents. Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont and my home state of Virginia are the other states that have banned natural deer and elk urine. In a press release, the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources wrote: “the department is following the lead of other states in proactively prohibiting the use of (natural attractants) in order [...]

10 07, 2019

Summer Deer Scouting: Mock Scrapes And Trail Cameras

2019-10-17T09:33:18-04:00July 10th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on Summer Deer Scouting: Mock Scrapes And Trail Cameras

A new regulation this year in Virginia prohibits the use of minerals to attract deer in one of the counties I hunt. Since I’m now forced to give up monitoring mineral licks, I’m making mock scrapes and setting trail cameras beside them. Several studies have shown that whitetail bucks will visit scrapes with fresh scent year-round, and especially in the summer months. The fake scrapes are good places (not as good as mineral licks, but the next best thing) to get images of bucks that will roam your area this fall. A mock scrape is not only scent-based, but also a visual sign. Rake out at least a 2 foot by 3 foot area below an overhanging branch. As you [...]

4 07, 2019

Can Deer Antlers Help Cure Cancer?

2019-10-17T09:30:27-04:00July 4th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on Can Deer Antlers Help Cure Cancer?

According to an international study lead by Chinese researchers and published in the journal Science , a system of cancer-related genes allow deer to grow a new set of antlers every year, but the animals rarely die of cancer thanks to other tumor-suppressing genes in the body that keep the aggressive cells in check. An antler is a complex organ of bone, blood vessels, nerves, muscle and velvet. “Deer can completely regenerate (this) organ. No other mammal has that ability,” said Wang Wen, the study’s lead author. The researchers also noted that while deer might get tumors all over their body, the growths do almost no harm and disappear with time. This jibes with what we have posted on BIG [...]

1 07, 2019

Tennessee To Hold CWD Workshops For Hunters, All States Should

2019-10-17T09:25:38-04:00July 1st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science|Comments Off on Tennessee To Hold CWD Workshops For Hunters, All States Should

I have researched, written, blogged about and produced TV shows concerning Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the biggest potential thread to deer herds and deer hunting to come down the pike in the last 50 years, maybe ever. I still find myself confused and scratching my head as CWD is documented in new areas, and as wildlife agencies come out with new info and regulations for dealing with the disease in the short and long term. I can only imagine how confused you, the average hunter who works hard and raises a family and doesn’t have time to research stuff like this, might be. That’s why I was so glad to see a tweet from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) [...]

17 06, 2019

How Do Deer Handle Summer Heat?

2019-08-23T16:54:39-04:00June 17th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on How Do Deer Handle Summer Heat?

It's about to get really hot and humid--how will does with fawns, and bucks growing racks handle the heat? Temperatures above normal during summer causes some stress in deer. The amount of stress is dependent on the quality of the habitat. For example, deer consume more water than any other mineral (yes, water is a mineral, a naturally occurring substance) and the amount of water deer need increases during periods of above normal temperatures. If water is limited by either quantity or quality, many of a deer's bodily functions are limited, such as a buck transferring calcium to growing antlers, or a doe producing milk for fawns. Deer can usually travel to find water. But if they are forced out of [...]