28 05, 2013

Cougars in Virginia?

2020-06-10T09:23:35-04:00May 28th, 2013|BigDeer, Deer Management, Predator Hunting|21 Comments

  A guy from VA saw this video and wrote me: Hanback you’re from VA, you ever seen or heard about any cougars here? I’ve never seen one here, but I’ve long heard stories from hunters across the state who swear they saw one in the woods. I’ve heard all the conspiracy theories, like “the state knows they are here but won’t admit it.” Some people have gone so far as to accuse the state of secretly releasing cougars into the VA woods. But you hear stuff like that anytime somebody in any eastern state claims to see one. While the VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries mentions the eastern cougar in its species booklet, it never comes out [...]

13 05, 2013

Will Coyotes Eat Your Deer?

2020-06-10T09:23:36-04:00May 13th, 2013|BigDeer, Predator Hunting|7 Comments

Eddie Stevenson of the Big Deer Hunt Team texted from camp in Oklahoma last fall: Guy shot a nice buck, but coyotes found it before we did, meat half gone. Another text from Eddie 2 days later: Coyotes got another buck, this one in less than an hour and during middle of day…just like on the blog. A month earlier I had blogged about how coyotes were finding and devouring bowshot deer at an alarming rate. I asked people to share any such predator stories they had. Hunters from North Carolina to New York to Kansas wrote and confirmed that the new coyote problem is very real. Two more examples: ---a buddy of mine arrowed a 160 class buck one [...]

24 04, 2013

Alberta Wolf!

2020-06-10T09:23:36-04:00April 24th, 2013|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Predator Hunting|Comments Off on Alberta Wolf!

In the TV business this is what we call a "screen grab," an image pulled from a video clip. I was reviewing the footage that we shot in Alberta last fall and got to thinking: Man, I am lucky to have hunted in all the places and seen all the things I have over the years...I never take that for granted. I was stalking some deer when that big wolf came lumbering up the tree line. Actually, there were 2 wolves, but we only got the one on film. What an experience, just seeing that ultimate symbol of the wild! It moves you inside, makes you tingle. Some people have asked why I didn't take a shot at it. Well, I didn't have [...]

15 04, 2013

5mm Remington Magnum

2020-06-10T09:23:37-04:00April 15th, 2013|BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Predator Hunting|Comments Off on 5mm Remington Magnum

  Fresh off a successful coyote hunt last month in MT with our friend Luke Strommen (we saw and called to a bunch of critters and shot 3 for a special episode of Big Deer TV) Luke sent this photo that he dug out of his files: Mike: My brother and I called in this fox off the river bottom a few years ago. I shot him with my Remington 5mm Magnum rimfire. Have you ever heard of that cartridge? Way ahead of its time. I still have the rifle and this beautiful pelt. Go Big Deer Predator Team! I had heard of the 5mm, but I knew little about it. Some digging here revealed that the cartridge resembled a [...]

4 04, 2013

781-Pound Wild Boar!

2020-06-10T09:23:37-04:00April 4th, 2013|BigDeer, Hunting News, Predator Hunting|Comments Off on 781-Pound Wild Boar!

As I told you in this post last month I am really into wild hogs for some reason right now, so when this picture popped up on my Facebook I got intrigued: …a Turkish wild boar weighing in at 781 lbs. I'm sure one of these things could do damage if it got a hold of you!  Immediately people started questioning the hog’s veracity: the guy is sitting way behind it, that’s why it looks so big…Turkish hogs only get to 200 pounds or so…it’s a Russian boar, but they top out at 600… I have no idea, but look at the boar’s front hoof—it’s bigger than the guy’s head and body! I’m sure the pig is real, but something [...]

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