19 04, 2022

Why You Should Scout For Buck Rubs In The Spring

2022-04-19T08:34:18-04:00April 19th, 2022|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Why You Should Scout For Buck Rubs In The Spring

Most of the trees that bucks rubbed last October and November are still whitish scars on the trees, and easy to spot in the spring woods. Look especially close for “signpost” rubs--large, scarred trees that mark some section of a mature buck’s core living area. Missouri whitetail scientist Grant Woods says that while mature bucks blaze the rubs on thick trees during the lead up to the fall rut, many deer interact with them year-round. “Big rubs act as communal pheromone wicks and are located in areas with high deer traffic,” he says. Bucks and does can easily see the rubs and sometimes veer over for a sniff. Many signpost rubs are rubbed again and again by rutting bucks each [...]

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|Comments Off on Do You Need A Background Check To Buy Ammunition?

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|Comments Off on Hanback’s 25 Best Turkey Hunting Tips

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|Comments Off on Scout For Deer While You Hunt Turkeys THis Spring

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 [...]

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