31 01, 2020

Review: Cabela’s Axis Hunting Boot

2020-01-31T09:23:03-05:00January 31st, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Gear Reviews, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Review: Cabela’s Axis Hunting Boot

I have long been a fan of Cabela’s hunting boots, for the money they are hard to beat. I wore the 8-inch Axis boot last deer season, for some 60-plus days, and it might be the best one yet. Comfortable the first time I put them on, no break-in time needed. Lightweight enough (2.7 pounds pair) and substantial soles that permit smooth and sure-footed stalking, and great ankle support. This is a great boot for both deer and elk hunting. The boot uppers are built of nubuck leather with 600-denier nylon. They feature waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX moisture-wicking linings to keep your feet dry and comfortable, and 400 grams Thinsulate insulation. I have found that 400 grams insulation is about perfect [...]

28 01, 2020

SHOT Show 2020 New Product: Trijicon Huron Riflescope

2020-01-28T10:25:37-05:00January 28th, 2020|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Gear Reviews|Comments Off on SHOT Show 2020 New Product: Trijicon Huron Riflescope

Trijicon, the official riflescope partner of BIG DEER TV, introduces the Huron scope specifically designed for the North American deer hunter. This is a world-class optic, top-quality glass and a rugged aluminum construction. Like all Trijicon optics used by the U.S. military and law enforcement, the Huron hunting scope undergoes extensive testing: temperature shock tests from -20 degrees F to 140 degrees F; every model is subjected to 5,000 consecutive rounds to confirm no reticle shift; and immersion tested, every riflescope is dry-nitrogen filled to eliminate internal fogging. Whether you hunt thick eastern brush or more open fields and plains in the Midwest or West, there is a variable-power scope option for you: 3-9 by 40mm, 3-12x40mm and 2.5-10 by [...]

15 11, 2019

Flashlight Review: Fenix PD35TAC For Hunters

2019-11-13T08:12:00-05:00November 15th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Flashlight Review: Fenix PD35TAC For Hunters

Let me get right to the point. I have tested and used hundreds of lights in the outdoors over the years, from cheap headlamps to high-tech flashlights and lanterns that cost hundreds of dollars. I have finally found the best and most versatile one for use in the outdoors, including deer hunting. And its affordable. As its name implies, the Fenix PD35TAC is designed for tactical employment, but the developers cleverly added an Outdoor Mode for multipurpose illumination, making it great for hunters, hikers and campers. Specs and Features At 5½ inches long and weighing just 89 grams, this compact flashlight is the right size for hunters who juggle a good amount of gear on the walk or from a [...]

13 06, 2018

Best Chainsaws For Hunters

2019-10-11T13:21:41-04:00June 13th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Gear Reviews|1 Comment

From now until stand-hanging time in September a lot of people will be out working their deer hunting property, clearing trails, taking out trash trees to let in more sunlight, etc. What’s the best saw for the job? Illinois land management expert Matt Cheever says: I prefer Echo, Stihl and Husqvarna in that order. Echo has the longest warranty and best power to weight ratio (it’s all I currently own). Stihl has always made a good saw, and a “Husky” is built like a tank, but seems to have a longer power stroke so you have to run them wide open all the time for best performance. All 3 are solid choices. Buy a saw in the 40-45 cc range with [...]

2 04, 2018

Deer Management How-To: Build A Mineral Site

2019-10-11T13:21:42-04:00April 2nd, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Deer Management How-To: Build A Mineral Site

Now is time to build new mineral sites (or start recharging old ones) on your hunting land. “Licks” are easy and relatively inexpensive to build and maintain, and they serve 2 purposes: 1) provide trace minerals and vitamins for all deer, from bucks growing new antlers to does getting ready to drop fawns; and 2) they are top spots for you set trail cameras and monitor growing antlers all summer as you prepare your 2018 game plan. Scientists note that whitetails use mineral sites most heavily from late summer until the first frost next fall. From personal experience and observation here in Virginia, bucks start hitting minerals whenever we set them out in early spring through the first 2 weeks [...]