13 02, 2017

Illinois Coyote Hunt: 5 Critters and a Shed

2019-10-11T13:22:00-04:00February 13th, 2017|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Predator Hunting, Shed Hunting|5 Comments

Longtime BIG DEER blogger Scott from MI and his buddies made their annual trek to coyote camp, and he recaps their awesome hunt: Hi Mike: We headed out about 9:30 am Thursday morning Jan. 26th from Michigan and made the 6-hour trip to northwest Illinois, to a place along the Mississippi River.  The normal gang was along for the hunt, good friends John, Ryan, Mike and Jason. My dad Russ did not make the trip this year but I told him I would keep him posted with the play by play if we got some action. The weather was pretty good, mid-teens at night and mid-20s during the day. Winds were a little stronger than we would have liked, about [...]

11 07, 2016

Trail Cam Monday: The Pictures Begin

2019-10-11T13:22:27-04:00July 11th, 2016|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Management, Predator Hunting|Comments Off on Trail Cam Monday: The Pictures Begin

Our friends Zach and Ellie sent this great buck, first time they have ever seen him on their farm. Double beam, can't wait to see how this rack turns out in full. Good looking 8-pointer growing on one of the farms I hunt. Got a lot of red foxes in our VA county, they have long been protected here because "the hunt" chases them on horses and with hounds, a long-standing tradition. This fox grabbed a late-night snack of juicy rabbit at 2:28 a.m. one day last week. Another look at a split-brow buck our friend and blogger Danny has eyes on. Send me your pictures to share (mikehanback@yahoo.com) I'll always keep the location of your target bucks top secret. [...]

9 06, 2016

Will a Doe with Fawns Attack You or Your Dog?

2019-10-11T13:22:28-04:00June 9th, 2016|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Hunting News, Predator Hunting|3 Comments

I saw a teaser for an article “Deer Relentlessly Attacks Woman” and naturally had to check it out. As the story goes, Cindy Frost spotted a weird-acting doe and fawn on her Ohio property two weeks ago. Since then, she has tried to avoid the doe, but it stares her down, becomes agitated and won’t leave her alone. Telling the story to a local TV reporter on the story, Cindy said dramatically, “I feel like I’m a prisoner. I can’t take my dogs out for a walk; I can’t even walk down to the end of my property and when I go to my car I’m looking all around.” Cindy says that last Thursday, she was out with her dogs [...]

24 02, 2016

Field Report: Calling Illinois Coyotes

2019-08-05T14:26:26-04:00February 24th, 2016|BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Predator Hunting, Remington|Comments Off on Field Report: Calling Illinois Coyotes

Longtime Big Deer blogger Scott from MI went on his annual coyote hunt down in Illinois and filed this report, which includes great info on calling coyotes and coyote guns and loads: Hi Mike: We had a great coyote hunt the other weekend in Illinois. We hunt along the Mississippi River in the northwest corner of the state. Weather was great, low in the teens and highs in the upper 20s and 30s. Most of the snow was melted with some hard icy spots left, so it made it a little difficult to sneak around and into our setups. Still, it was much better than previous years when we have had 12 to 24 inches of snow to deal with! All of our normal [...]

8 06, 2015

Study: Wild Cats Cause Disease in Deer

2019-10-11T13:22:31-04:00June 8th, 2015|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Predator Hunting|6 Comments

This is an underreported story, but potentially a bombshell. According to The Wildlife Society, free-roaming domestic cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion small mammals each year The indirect impacts of cats gone wild on larger wildlife are less obvious, but one of the greatest emerging threats from feral cats is infection with Toxoplasma gondii. A study published in EcoHealth found that feral cats, through their feces, are likely driving infections in whitetails in northeastern Ohio. The study’s authors collected deer samples from a Cleveland park, as well as cat samples from the area. Nearly 60% of the deer and 52% of the feral cats tested positive for T. gondii. Older deer and deer in urban environments were more likely to [...]