22 09, 2020

Canada Border Shutdown Means Big Deer Aplenty In 2021-22 

2020-09-22T10:21:39-04:00September 22nd, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

I just talked with a couple of my outfitting friends up in Saskatchewan and they confirmed what I already knew. The Canada-US border is closed to non-essential travel through October and likely into next year. Therefore, no Americans will hunt deer anywhere in Canada in 2020. I am bummed because I was scheduled to hunt my favorite area and shoot another TV show near Green Lake, Saskatchewan the second week of November. I’ve hunted the second week up in the bush for more than 3 decades, and have killed some giants, including the 209-incher above, and the 173-inch buck below. With no Americans going up this fall and spending $5,000-plus apiece to hunt for a big deer, there will be a [...]

22 06, 2020

3 Tips To Improve Deer Habitat

2020-06-22T09:41:01-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Dr. Grant Woods, one of America’s top whitetail biologists and habitat specialists, says that many hunters make deer management out to be way too complicated, like it is Advanced Trig or something. “It’s simple math,” he says. “If you plant some food and make some improvements to your land, you can go from having maybe 50 percent deer that live on your property and 50 percent that just travel through, to maybe 80 percent that live on your land and 20 percent that are transient.” In other words, you might increase the number of does and bucks that live in core areas on your spot by some 30 percent, which naturally will lead to more deer sightings and more buck [...]

10 06, 2020

Where Big Bucks Live: 2 Core Areas

2020-06-10T10:21:32-04:00June 10th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Scientists tracked adult bucks fitted with GPS collars on a hunted property on the Maryland coast. Data collected from the GPS collars allowed the researchers to home in on the home ranges of mature bucks, and the “core areas” within those home ranges. The property was a mix of agricultural fields and woods, typical of whitetail habitat across the United States. “We saw core areas show up in places that (people) basically don’t hunt,” said Dr. Mark Conner, who headed up the study. Mark described 2 sites in particular that served as the core areas for multiple bucks. “One is a sanctuary because it is impenetrable to humans,” he said. “Very dense greenbrier and other thorny vegetation. The only way [...]

26 05, 2020

What Is Important To You: Killing A Deer Or Hunting It?

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00May 26th, 2020|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Mike: I saw this quote in your BIO and it intrigued me: “I am finally at that point in life where the killing of an animal has become secondary to the challenge of hunting it.” Could you please explain?—Paul Paul, thanks for the question. When I was in my teens and 20s, it was it was all about shooting as many deer, squirrels, turkeys, whatever as I could. Stack ‘em up. Legal numbers of course. One thing I have never done, even as a kid, is broken a game law. I think the “if brown it’s down” mentality, that thirst and hunger to kill deer, is natural for young hunters. And within reason I think it’s important. To keep a [...]

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