6 03, 2023

Honduran Immigrants Kill Bald Eagle, Feds Won’t Prosecute

2023-03-06T09:34:48-05:00March 6th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Hunting News|3 Comments

Responding to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle in a public recreation area in Nebraska in February, officers encountered two suspected illegal immigrants carrying a dead and very bloody bald eagle. The men spoke no English and carried no identification other than documents from the Honduran consulate. Communicating with the two suspects via a translation app on their phones, the officers learned that the Hondurans planned to cook and eat the eagle for dinner. How they were able to obtain the scoped air rifle they killed the bird with is unclear. The men were charged with unlawful possession of a bald eagle and not having a driver's license. Stanton County sheriff Mike Unger pointed out that police officers are not [...]

8 06, 2022

Is the COVID Boom In New Hunters Over? 

2022-06-08T09:23:07-04:00June 8th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Is the COVID Boom In New Hunters Over? 

  A report released last year by the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports documented a 4.9% increase in hunting license sales from 2019 to 2020. One of the few bright spots of COVID is that it produced a rekindled interest in deer hunting across the United States as people sought to get outside, do something new and try to harvest their own food. To continue monitoring the pandemic’s impact on hunting, the Council revisited this study in early 2022 to identify ongoing changes and emerging trends in hunters’ rates of license purchases. Working with survey experts Southwick Associates, the Council collected monthly resident and nonresident hunting license sales data from 46 state wildlife agencies to compare 2021 [...]

2 06, 2022

Ball State Study: Gun Deer Hunting Doesn’t Increase Gun Violence

2022-05-31T14:54:38-04:00June 2nd, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, sportsman channel|Comments Off on Ball State Study: Gun Deer Hunting Doesn’t Increase Gun Violence

With all the crime and tragedy swirling in America right now--what causes young males do such violent and unspeakable things?--the results of this 2019 study are interesting and relevant.—M.H. Paul Niekamp, a Ball State economics professor, analyzed daily crime data with statistics from deer hunting seasons spanning 20 years and 21 states for his study, “Good Bang for the Buck: Effects of Rural Gun Use on Crime.” “The results of this paper provide strong evidence that enormous increases in recreational long gun prevalence are not associated with any increase in violent crime,” he said. “In the least populous areas, where long gun prevalence increased 530%, estimates suggest that male violent crime actually decreased.” Niekamp’s study provides the first estimates of [...]

3 05, 2022

When Leasing Hunting Land, Be Careful And Don’t Get Cheated

2022-05-03T10:29:38-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on When Leasing Hunting Land, Be Careful And Don’t Get Cheated

Many individuals and businesses advertise online and through social media about private lands to lease for deer hunting across the U.S. Though I cannot vouch for the game or habitat quality of any land to be leased (undoubtedly some of it is decent while other lands probably suck), I believe most of these people run a legit gig. But not all of them.  Case in point:   An Ohio man pleaded guilty to wire fraud for operating a scheme where he solicited payment in exchange for purported hunting leases he had no rights to sell. According to court documents, throughout 2019, Nathanal L. Knox, 30, of Ohio, operated a scheme where he placed online advertisements for hunting leases supposedly available [...]

26 04, 2022

Sunday Hunting Legal In Virginia On Private And Public Lands

2022-04-26T09:27:37-04:00April 26th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Sunday Hunting Legal In Virginia On Private And Public Lands

On July 1, 2022, it will be legal to hunt on Sundays on public land In Virginia, per a bill signed this week by Gov. Glenn Youngkin. In Virginia, a ban on Sunday hunting has been in place in one form or another since 1643, when it was passed by the House of Burgesses. Several years ago, state legislators passed a law allowing hunting on Sunday on private lands in Virginia, but not on public. Starting with the 2022-23 fall seasons, people can also hunt on state WMAs and national forests anywhere in the Commonwealth. “This legislation encourages Virginians to take full advantage of the many outdoor opportunities our great Commonwealth has to offer,” said Youngkin in a statement. “This legislation [...]

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