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 [...]

8 02, 2019

Do You Need A Salvage Permit For Deer Skull/Antlers?

2020-06-10T09:15:25-04:00February 8th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, Mule Deer|3 Comments

Every winter and spring shed hunters find and pick up big “deadheads,” and many of them can’t wait to post images of their finds on Facebook or Instagram. Let me remind you that if you find any size skull with antlers attached in the woods you might—actually you probably-- need to obtain a salvage permit (or at least verbal permission) from the state to possess and transport that skull/antlers. You do not need a permit to pick up and possess shed antlers (no skull). In most states a deadhead—the skull and rack from a buck that died of disease, was hit by a car, or was lost by a bowhunter in the fall—is treated like a roadkill buck, and subject [...]

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