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|0 Comments

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 [...]

31 05, 2018

Mysterious Wolf-Life Creature Shot In Montana

2020-06-10T09:15:53-04:00May 31st, 2018|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Predator Hunting|0 Comments

From the Great Falls Tribune: Was it a wolf, some type of hybrid, or a creature that hasn't been seen in Montana since the Ice Age? On May 16 a lone wolf-like animal was shot and killed on a ranch outside Denton. With long grayish fur, a large head and an extended snout, the animal shared many of the same characteristics as a wolf; but its ears were too large, its legs and body too short, its fur uncharacteristic of that common to a wolf. So what was it? At this point, no one is 100 percent sure. The locals are buzzing about the possibilities. Some think it’s a wolf with weird genetics...others say grizzly cub…or a Dire Wolf, an extinct prehistoric carnivore that [...]

23 05, 2018

Deer Science: What Causes Most Fawn Deaths?

2020-06-10T09:15:53-04:00May 23rd, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Predator Hunting|0 Comments

Our friend Jeff saw this newborn on his New Jersey farm last Saturday. If the little deer can make it until early August, its chances of survival soar. Scientists note that most fawn deaths occur in the first 12 weeks of life. A grad student at Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management examined the causes of fawn deaths listed in 29 different populations, and calculated the proportion of fawns that died from each of 3 categories: human, predation, and natural causes. Not surprisingly predators, namely coyotes, bobcats, bears and dogs, killed the most fawns, about 25% of them in the populations studied. About 8% of fawns died from natural causes like starvation, disease, hypothermia and drowning. About 5% [...]

26 04, 2017

How Spring Floods Affect Deer

2020-06-10T09:16:29-04:00April 26th, 2017|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Predator Hunting|9 Comments

This week a low-pressure system has brought steady rain and localized flooding to the Carolinas, and today it’s moving up the East Coast. Late April and especially May is also when floods are common along the Mississippi and other rivers and streams in the Midwest. How does all this spring rain and flooding affect the whitetail deer? The good news, biologists say that rising floodwaters of river and creeks won’t kill many if any adult deer, though it will displace the animals for days and perhaps weeks. But the deer will filter back into their habitats and core areas once the waters recede. While pregnant does will move out of rising water now and for the next few weeks, the [...]

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