27 05, 2021

Ammo Update: Demand To Remain High Into 2021 Hunting Season

2021-05-27T10:57:42-04:00May 27th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Southwick Associates, a market research firm specializing in the hunting and shooting business, recently surveyed more than 1,800 ammunition consumers as part of its quarterly Hunter/Shooter Survey. They found that in 2020, four out of five consumers encountered out of stock issues while trying to purchase ammunition. Three-quarters of those hunters/shooters have encountered out of stock ammo situations so far in 2021. Of the respondents, 79% reported either fully or partially reducing their target shooting and hunting outings as a result of depleted ammunition shelves. Going forward into 2021, ammunition demand is expected to remain high. Nearly two-thirds of respondents report their current ammo inventory was lower than they would prefer. When asked how much more ammunition they would like to [...]

24 05, 2021

How To Hunt A Whitetail Buck On 40 Acres

2021-05-21T14:09:36-04:00May 24th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|Comments Off on How To Hunt A Whitetail Buck On 40 Acres

Mike: I hunt on 80 private acres, 40 of which are on the west side of a road and the other 40 on the east side. When I sit in a stand on the west side all I see are does, no matter the time, food source or wind direction. When I hunt any of my stands on the east side all I see are small bucks. Not just one or two, but like 5 or 6, with the biggest one maybe a 6-pointer. There is sign of bigger bucks in the area, and locals have seen some big deer on both sides of the road. So where should I hunt? Wait it out on the east where all the small [...]

21 05, 2021

How Important Are Acorns For Deer?

2021-05-21T13:55:13-04:00May 21st, 2021|Big Deer TV, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|Comments Off on How Important Are Acorns For Deer?

Pennsylvania biologist Jeannine Fleegle notes that while the list of foods for whitetails is long and varied and includes crops, browse, forbs, grasses, fungi and mast, “It is no secret that acorns are a favorite on the list. If they are available, acorns dominate their diet in fall and winter.” Fleegle points to experiments that show when acorns are available, whitetails eat about 1.5 pounds of nuts daily per hundred pounds of body weight. “Deer can sustain a maximum of 30% weight loss during (the rut and into) winter,” she says. “More than that and they die of malnutrition.” It’s easy to see why acorns are so important not only to the deer, but to your hunt strategy. This summer, walk [...]

13 05, 2021

Alabama Turkey Hunter Kills 400th (and 401st) Gobbler

2021-05-12T14:27:47-04:00May 13th, 2021|Big Deer TV, sportsman channel|Comments Off on Alabama Turkey Hunter Kills 400th (and 401st) Gobbler

Reprinted with permission of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; story by David Rainer For someone who got a late start chasing turkeys, Ray Jones of Huntsville has spent the last 60 years catching up. Jones, 86, reached and surpassed a milestone this season by bagging the 400th and 401st turkeys of his career. The reason he got off to such a slow start was because he lived in far north Alabama where turkeys were scarce for most of his life. “We really didn’t have any turkeys north of Birmingham when I was a young boy,” Jones said. “They had all been killed during the Depression. We hunted squirrels. We didn’t even have any deer.” During the middle of the [...]

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