22 04, 2024

Here’s Why You Need to Go Over and Hunt Africa

2024-04-22T09:23:04-04:00April 22nd, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CZ-USA, sportsman channel, trijicon|1 Comment

First read this blog that I wrote and published 20 years ago: I was talking with a colleague the other day and he asked, “So Hanback, when’s your next trip over my man?” “Over where?” “To Africa man!” he roared. I explained that I had never been to Africa, and had never really wanted to go all that much. He looked at me like I was the village idiot. “Ah, there is nothing like it,” he opined, a touch of British high-brow creeping into his Yankee voice. “I was bitten by the bug several years ago and I hardly want to hunt anywhere else.” I was talking with another man who went over and shot his first elephant. With his [...]

19 03, 2024

Have You Ever Had Buck Fever?

2024-03-19T07:44:03-04:00March 19th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, sportsman channel, trijicon|Comments Off on Have You Ever Had Buck Fever?

“It’s telltale adrenaline surge is so instant and convulsive that a blood-pressure check at that moment would bust the machine that takes it,” wrote Robert Ruark in his 1953 classic, The Old Man and the Boy. The legendary author was referring to buck fever, a malady which can affect us all in different ways. A mild case of it is good and required--if our heart doesn’t jump and our nerves don’t rattle a bit when we see a heavy 8-pointer sneaking through the woods on a frosty November morning, then why are we out there? But a bad case of the fever, with uncontrollable shaking, heavy sweat and gasping for breath, can not only ruin a hunt, but in the [...]

11 03, 2024

Deer Hunt Tip: Keep Your Grunt Call Handy

2024-03-11T12:44:52-04:00March 11th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CZ-USA, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, trijicon, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Deer Hunt Tip: Keep Your Grunt Call Handy

The heavy 8-pointer popped out onto the levee road 350 yards away, heading for a dry canal where he would be out sight in seconds. I pulled out my call and cut loose a barrage of loud, aggressive grunts. To my surprise and delight, the buck stopped, looked and began marching my way, the hair up and bristling on his neck. It was the tail-end of the rut, but this bully was still looking to mix it up. I kept calling intermittently and he keep looking and walking. A couple of times he paused and turned his head as if losing interest. I grunted harder, and by gosh it worked. The old Mississippi warrior marched to within 120 yards, and [...]

4 03, 2024

Deer Hunting Fact: Buck Movement is Wildly Unpredictable

2024-03-05T08:51:07-05:00March 4th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, trijicon, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Deer Hunting Fact: Buck Movement is Wildly Unpredictable

The bowhunting weather here in Virginia was excellent last October. Multiple days of cool, clear, high-pressure skies made for enjoyable sits morning and afternoon. Conditions were perfect, and spirits were high in pour camp. Around the 20th, we figured bucks would start scraping and prowling in the pre-rut any day now. I hunted every day for two weeks and never saw a shooter. I headed out to western Nebraska for rifle season. First evening, I glassed 40 deer coming to a milo field, the only major food source within two miles. Next afternoon from the same stand, with the same warm weather and west wind, I saw only 4 does. But then I shot a 6-year-old 10-pointer at sundown!   [...]

26 02, 2024

How Do You Act When You Shoot a Buck?

2024-02-26T10:34:36-05:00February 26th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, trijicon, whitetail deer|Comments Off on How Do You Act When You Shoot a Buck?

I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. —Fred Bear I am no Fred Bear, don’t claim to be. When it comes to bowhunting, I couldn’t carry the man’s jockstrap. But for the last 40 years, I have unabashedly hunted and killed deer according to Fred’s mantra. I suppose that is why I get uncomfortable and feel a bit ashamed when I witness an episode like this, either in person in the woods or on YouTube or TV: A fellow shoots a buck and watches it topple over. Grinning, he raises his arms high into the air, balls his fists and starts hollering, “He’s down, he’s down, hell yeah, he’s down!” This is sometimes accompanied with [...]

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