8 06, 2022

Is the COVID Boom In New Hunters Over? 

2022-06-08T09:23:07-04:00June 8th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Is the COVID Boom In New Hunters Over? 

  A report released last year by the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports documented a 4.9% increase in hunting license sales from 2019 to 2020. One of the few bright spots of COVID is that it produced a rekindled interest in deer hunting across the United States as people sought to get outside, do something new and try to harvest their own food. To continue monitoring the pandemic’s impact on hunting, the Council revisited this study in early 2022 to identify ongoing changes and emerging trends in hunters’ rates of license purchases. Working with survey experts Southwick Associates, the Council collected monthly resident and nonresident hunting license sales data from 46 state wildlife agencies to compare 2021 [...]

2 06, 2022

Ball State Study: Gun Deer Hunting Doesn’t Increase Gun Violence

2022-05-31T14:54:38-04:00June 2nd, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, sportsman channel|Comments Off on Ball State Study: Gun Deer Hunting Doesn’t Increase Gun Violence

With all the crime and tragedy swirling in America right now--what causes young males do such violent and unspeakable things?--the results of this 2019 study are interesting and relevant.—M.H. Paul Niekamp, a Ball State economics professor, analyzed daily crime data with statistics from deer hunting seasons spanning 20 years and 21 states for his study, “Good Bang for the Buck: Effects of Rural Gun Use on Crime.” “The results of this paper provide strong evidence that enormous increases in recreational long gun prevalence are not associated with any increase in violent crime,” he said. “In the least populous areas, where long gun prevalence increased 530%, estimates suggest that male violent crime actually decreased.” Niekamp’s study provides the first estimates of [...]

17 05, 2022

Big Deer Hunt Report: 5 Lessons From Last Deer Season

2022-05-15T07:49:30-04:00May 17th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

I’ve been hunting whitetails for more than 40 years, and nothing a mature buck does surprises me anymore. Nothing. I learn new things every season, and so should you. Here are 5 takeaways from the 2021 season. Stop Complaining and Hunt The Heat During early bow and black-powder seasons in Virginia last October, temperatures hovered in the 70s and even 80s some days. In mid-November, I traveled to north-central Saskatchewan, where average temps should be in the teens and low 20s that time of year. Afternoons in the bush were a balmy 50 degrees. One sunny day in Oklahoma in late November, it was a record 88 degrees! Long story short, I hunted hard for 2 months in all these [...]

13 05, 2022

How To Plan The Best Outfitted Big Game Hunt

2022-05-15T07:50:42-04:00May 13th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, trijicon|Comments Off on How To Plan The Best Outfitted Big Game Hunt

Hunting big deer up in Saskatchewan one time, I met a guy, let’s call him Mark, from Maryland. “Heard you got your buck,” I said, “Congrats.” “Yeah, a small one,” Mark replied. “I couldn’t take it anymore. I’d sat in that blind for 3 straight days, 9 hours a day. I was going crazy. I don’t like that kind of hunting. I said what the hell and shot this buck, just to shoot something." I peeked into the bed of his guide’s truck. Up there in the land of giant deer, where a 140-class buck is marginal and a 160 is very possible if you put in your time and get lucky, my new friend had shot a yearling 8-pointer [...]

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