28 01, 2023

Beginner’s Guide To Coyote Hunting

2023-01-25T07:40:54-05:00January 28th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Management, Predator Hunting|1 Comment

When deer season closes here in Virginia, my friend Rick is not ready to hang up his camouflage just yet. “Hunting coyotes in the winter extends my time in woods,” he says. “I’m not the greatest caller, but coyotes are mating now, and some days they run to my calls. If I call in 3 or 4 dogs this month and shoot a couple, I’ll be happy.” Here’s a quick primer if you've never done it and want to try it. Do You Need a License? Many states consider Canis latrans a nuisance species, and no hunting license is required. In other places, you’ll need a general state hunting license for varmints. Read your regs and be legal. Where to [...]

24 05, 2022

New Science: What Kills Most Deer Fawns?

2022-05-24T09:45:53-04:00May 24th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Predator Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Most every scientific study conducted over the past 30 years has documented predation, largely by coyotes, as the leading cause of whitetail fawn mortality. This time of year, on websites and social media, you see unsettling images of coyotes prancing by trail cameras with spotted fawns dangling out their jaws. Outdoor television has aired countless shows focused on killing coyotes to save deer. I once filmed an episode of Big Deer TV on predators, the theme of which was to thin coyotes on your land to save a few fawns and help your deer herd. We’ve been conditioned to hate on the coyote. But wait a sec… “Predation may have less of an impact than we think,” writes Justin Dion in [...]

28 04, 2022

Black Bear Guns & Loads

2022-04-28T11:20:42-04:00April 28th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Predator Hunting, trijicon|Comments Off on Black Bear Guns & Loads

Years ago out in Idaho, I shot this heavy old chocolate bear that piled into an alder tangle, rolled around, popped his teeth, and roared for three minutes that seemed like three hours. I looked back and saw my buddy and guide running for the hills! Another time on a stalk in Canada, I aimed and hit a giant boar that waddled across a hillside above me. Before I could scram he was coming straight at me, rolling and flipping down the slope like a VW bug going off a cliff. I recovered both those animals, and turned out the shots had been fine, smack in the boiler room where I aimed. I think about those knee-buckling events every spring [...]

21 02, 2019

Use Trail Cameras For Predator Hunting

2020-06-10T09:15:25-04:00February 21st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Predator Hunting|1 Comment

To shoot more coyotes use trail cameras to pattern the predators, just as you use them to track deer. This field report from the BIG DEER HUNT TEAM’s predator expert Jack Hazel shows you how: “Got two more coyotes last night! For several nights in a row, the Spartan Go Cam’s app gave me the exact time they showed up in the Dump Draw where we put dead cows. We set up 15 minutes ahead of time, and the coyotes came in right on cue. We hunted 30 minutes total. “The thermal image from my scope shows one of the dead dogs 100 yards away. “The Spartan Go Cam is real deal, not just for deer but predators too.” Note [...]

25 06, 2018

DNA Testing Confirms Montana Mystery Animal Was Gray Wolf

2020-06-10T09:15:52-04:00June 25th, 2018|BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, Predator Hunting|Comments Off on DNA Testing Confirms Montana Mystery Animal Was Gray Wolf

In May a mystery creature was shot and killed on a ranch outside Denton. What the heck is it? Locals buzzed about the possibilities. Some said wolf with weird genetics…others grizzly cub…conspiracy theorists screamed Dire Wolf, an extinct prehistoric carnivore that some people swear still lives…or Dogman, a relative to Sasquatch, a large cryptozoological creature that looks and walks like an upright canid. The DNA results are in and, ho-hum, it was a common old gray wolf. This press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks explains: The canine creature shot in Montana a month ago that captured the curiosity of the nation is actually a gray wolf. DNA from the animal, which was shot legally by a rancher near [...]

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