5 04, 2022

Do You Need A Background Check To Buy Ammunition?

2022-04-05T10:22:19-04:00April 5th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Hunting News, sportsman channel|0 Comments

The Sportsmen’s Alliance reports that “the hits keep coming in Rhode Island when it comes to hunting and firearms.” The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee is considering legislation requiring a state or federal background check to purchase ammunition or reloading components. While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System has “instant” in its name, it can take up to three days to complete. As a result of House Bill 6616, online or mail orders for ammunition would not be possible. “This proposal would even ban a friend or family member from borrowing ammunition during a hunting trip, unless the recipient passed a background check,” said Dillon Barto, manager of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “This is more bad policy [...]

4 04, 2022

Hanback’s 25 Best Turkey Hunting Tips

2022-04-04T10:51:54-04:00April 4th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, sportsman channel|0 Comments

For all of you deer hunters that also call wild turkeys in the spring, here's a laundry list of my go-to tactics:   One April morning I threw the kitchen sink at an old Virginia gobbler. For an hour he played along and roared back at my every call, spinning and strutting on a sun-drenched ridge 80 yards away.  “Okay, let’s try this,” I whispered beneath my camo mask. I pinned a double-reed diaphragm to the roof of my mouth, and forced out a couple of high-pitched squeals. I picked up my box call, pressed the lid tight to the sounding lip and stroked some tinny whines amid a run of raspy yelps. Big feet churned the leaves as the gobbler [...]

22 03, 2022

Scout For Deer While You Hunt Turkeys THis Spring

2022-03-22T09:30:07-04:00March 22nd, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The turkey was gobbling hard two ridges over. I dropped down into a creek bottom, waded the water, marched up the next hill and came upon a big thicket I’d never seen before. I’d hunted both turkeys and deer on this property for years, but had never spent much time over here in the east end. The shortest way to close the distance to the gobbling bird was straight through the jumble of honeysuckle and greenbrier. I spotted a deer trail and followed it in. As I ducked through the cover I noticed dozens of antler-scarred trees and saplings. I stepped over old scrapes. Lots of tracks and droppings. I made a mental note to come back later in the [...]

16 03, 2022

Indiana Hunter Finds Huff Buck’s Last Set Of Sheds!

2022-03-16T13:04:08-04:00March 16th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|2 Comments

Field report from Dean Weimer of the Big Deer Hunt Team: I was recently at the 2022 Indianapolis Boat, Sport, and Travel Show measuring deer for Indiana's Hoosier Record Buck Program. I noticed a large pair of shed antlers that were tied together with a piece of blue rope on the entry table and my brain instantly thought it recognized the sheds. I'm not sure what it is, but when I see a rack or set of antlers that I've seen before, my brain seems to instantly recognize them. I don't know if there is a term for this, but I'm guessing many of you experience this also. At any rate I found out the gentleman who had the sheds [...]

25 02, 2022

Are Elk Smarter Than Elk Hunters?

2022-02-25T14:13:43-05:00February 25th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Science, sportsman channel|0 Comments

A recent study finds that elk herds know almost down to the day when hunting season opens, and where they need to go to hide out until the season is over. The study, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, tracked the movements and patterns of 445 elk that were captured along Utah’s Wasatch range and fitted with GPS-tracking collars. The collars provided researchers coordinate information every 13 hours during the study period between 2015 and 2017. Major finding: Elk reduced their use of public lands by 30% in rifle season, moving quickly to nearby posted private lands where hunter pressure was  lighter, or non-existent. "It's crazy, on the opening day of the hunt, they move (off public land), and on [...]

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