12 01, 2021

Amid Pandemic, 3 Million More Hunters Take To The Woods

2021-01-08T09:40:08-05:00January 12th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Several times over the last 9 months I blogged that I thought COVID-19 would lead to an increased number of hunters, including new hunters and reactivated ones (people who used to hunt but gave it up for various reasons). I figured that most of these newbies would be deer hunters. The whitetail is America’s number 1 game animal, and the thought of hunting, killing and eating venison would appeal to many during the pandemic. Turns out I was right and then some. Some statistics: Michigan: More than 545,000 hunters bought hunting licenses through Nov. 11, nearly 10 percent more than at the same point in 2019, according to the state DNR. Pennsylvania: Game Commission reports a 5% increase in hunting [...]

6 01, 2021

BIG DEER Hunting Predictions for 2021

2021-01-06T10:51:12-05:00January 6th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on BIG DEER Hunting Predictions for 2021

As I predicted 9 months ago, the pandemic led to a notable increase (roughly 10% across all the states) in new and reactivated hunters for the fall 2020 seasons. People had been cooped up for months, and what better way to get out of the house and social distance without wearing a mask, unless it is a camo face covering. As more people get vaccinated and COVID begins to go away (we hope!) later in 2021 and into 22, will these new hunters still shoot and hunt next fall and into the future? I predict some fall off, but a good percentage of the new hunters will keep on doing it. They are more knowledgeable and confident now, have better [...]

21 10, 2020

“Bingo”: Joe Biden Wants To Take Your AR-15 

2020-10-20T09:59:21-04:00October 21st, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Hunting News, Remington|1 Comment

A television reporter asked Joe Biden if he wanted to take away peoples’ guns and he snapped back, “Bingo!” He means it, and then some. Bearing Arms reports: Gun owners will be left with a choice; hand over your (so-called assault weapons) to the government in exchange for some amount of cash, or fork over $200 per firearm in order to register them under the National Firearms Act…  The National Rifle Association estimates that gun owners would pay at least $3.6-billion in taxes if they wanted to legally keep their guns: A tax of $200 on 18 million AR-15s means that gun owners could potentially be required to a pay a collective $3.6 billion in taxes, if this policy were enacted [...]

18 09, 2020

Check With Your Deer Processor Before 2020 Season

2020-09-18T08:07:29-04:00September 18th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Check With Your Deer Processor Before 2020 Season

Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) advises hunters who plan to donate deer this season to check with their local meat processor for changes related to COVID-19. “The impact of COVID-19 on some of the larger commercial processing plants in locations across the country has had a trickle-down impact on many local butchers and meat markets,” said FHFH Executive Director Josh Wilson. “There are some meat processing locations that are completely booked with livestock processing until well into the new year – and as a result some have opted to pause the deer processing portion of their business until they are caught up. “With more people than usual depending on food assistance programs and ministries due to the pandemic, [...]

17 08, 2020

Chronic Wasting Disease 2020 Update

2020-08-17T16:35:45-04:00August 17th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Chronic Wasting Disease 2020 Update

Here is a sampling of news from the National Deer Alliance’s (NDA) latest update on all things Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Click here to read the full report.   Kansas: In mid-July, the Kansas Department of Agriculture confirmed a case of CWD in a captive deer herd in Osage County. While CWD has been detected in wild deer populations in many western Kansas counties, this is the first documented positive case in eastern Kansas. Minnesota: The DNR announced a new process for hunters to get their deer tested for CWD. This year, testing will not be mandatory in an effort to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus during the pandemic. Last year, hunters in designated CWD zones were required to visit [...]

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