10 11, 2022

Permanent Daylight Saving Time Would Save 33 Human Lives And 30,000 Deer A Year

2022-11-03T09:48:53-04:00November 10th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Mule Deer, whitetail deer|0 Comments

A new study published in Current Biology estimated that some 36,500 deer deaths, 33 human deaths and 2,000 human injuries could be prevented annually by halting the switch from daylight saving to standard time in autumn and during the deer rut. USA Today reports that researchers analyzed more than 1 million deer collisions and 96 million hourly traffic observations, and found that deer collisions are 14 times more frequent in the two hours after sunset than before sunset, according to the study. When peak traffic volumes shift to after sunset following the transition from daylight saving to standard time, there is a 16% spike in collisions the week following, the study says. Delaying the sunset could also save the country $1.19 billion [...]

14 07, 2021

3 Tips For Glassing Deer In Big Country

2021-07-12T13:38:39-04:00July 14th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Mule Deer, whitetail deer|Comments Off on 3 Tips For Glassing Deer In Big Country

From hoof to shoulder, a whitetail deer stands 3 to 3 ½ feet (a muley is only slightly taller). Aim your binocular or spotting scope low in the brush or you’ll look right over a lot of bucks. Glass for a flickering ear or tail, the glint of an antler, a patch of white, a horizontal backbone in vertical timber… Find a piece of a deer and the whole animal will suddenly materialize in your optic. Lay back into a hillside, get comfortable and steady and break big country into quadrants. Raise and anchor your binocular/scope and scan one section slowly and methodically, then move to the next quadrant and the next… Then go back and glass each quadrant again. [...]

25 11, 2019

How To Still-Hunt A Buck Deer

2020-06-10T09:14:52-04:00November 25th, 2019|BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Mule Deer, whitetail deer|Comments Off on How To Still-Hunt A Buck Deer

One of my hunting mentors of the 1990s was Jack Atcheson Sr., a renowned hunting consultant and taxidermist from Montana who has hunted on 5 continents and shot as many head of game as any man on earth, from Cape buffalo to elk to sheep to all the varieties of North American deer, and some big ones. One time on a wilderness backpack hunt for mule deer, Jack told me we were going to still-hunt and stalk the entire week, and he was going to teach me how to do it. “I’ve been hunting deer for 25 years,” I reminded him with a smirk. “Yeah, but this week you’re gonna learn how to do it right.” On day one, we [...]

15 10, 2019

How To Avoid Hitting A Deer With Your Car

2020-06-10T09:14:52-04:00October 15th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Mule Deer|Comments Off on How To Avoid Hitting A Deer With Your Car

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates roughly 1.5 million deer-related accidents occur each year, and more than half of these accidents are in October and November, during the deer rut. The NHTSA claims the average cost per accident is $1,000, which equates to an estimated $1.5 billion in total damages per year. The average number of human deaths directly linked to deer-related collisions each year is 150 or higher. To minimize your odds of hitting a deer, the folks at Carparts.com offer these tips: Remember when deer are most active. Dusk, dawn, and between 12:00 A.M. and 2:00 A.M. If you absolutely must drive late in the dark, make sure you stay alert. Make sure your car is [...]

1 05, 2019

How Much Are Shed Antlers Worth?

2020-06-10T09:15:19-04:00May 1st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Mule Deer, Shed Hunting|1 Comment

How much cash can you get for your shed antlers? For starters, depends on condition and grade of the sheds: Grade A: Antler in perfect condition, brown and beautiful, with no fading…no broken tines or chew marks…this year’s drop, antler picked up within a few weeks or months. Grade B: Antler in good condition, still natural brown color, may be dull or faded on one side and slightly weathered, probably last year’s drop. May have slight broken tine or chip. Grade C: Antler faded and weathered to white and chalky, on the ground for 2 or 3 years. Here are February 2019 estimates from Antlerbuyers.com: Elk Grade A: $13.50 a pound* Elk Grade B: $11 a pound* Elk Grade C: $3 a [...]

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