2 12, 2021

Late Deer Tactic: Hunt A Buck’s Bedding Area

2021-11-24T11:06:23-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

A few years ago my friend Don hunted “Old Double Drop” near a field of cut corn. It was bitter that December, the kind of cold that hurts, with afternoon highs in the teens and single digits. Don knew the whitetails had to feed a lot and early every day, so he kept sitting on the edge of the plot, figuring it was just a matter of time until the big deer showed up in last shooting light. He never did. Double Drop was smart. So is Don. He knew of several narrow, south-facing CRP ditches in the general direction the buck was coming from. Early one afternoon he sneaked back into one of those ravines 200 yards off the [...]

26 11, 2021

How To “Drive” Deer The Right Way

2021-11-20T14:26:00-05:00November 26th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, whitetail deer|0 Comments

Advice courtesy of Montana’s Eloit Strommen, who is the best I have ever seen at pushing/nudging whitetails: “First off, we never walk from one end of a cover to the next like most guys do, spooking deer and watching them run all over the place,” Eliot says. “We don’t drive the deer. Two or three of us just walk the timber and try to nudge deer from one small cover to the next cover or the next.” Put two or three shooters—bow or gun--in a strip or block of timber a half-mile or even farther from where the pushers will start. Make sure the shooters watch a trail or funnel in the cover. If the pushers nudge deer that way, [...]

23 11, 2021

Will You Wear A Mask When Gutting A Deer?

2021-11-20T14:14:33-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|2 Comments

USA Today reports that due to findings of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans)  in wild deer, Wisconsin health officials have added 3 new recommendations for hunters this fall, including wearing a mask when field-dressing deer. "Hunters are always encouraged to use good hygiene practices when processing animals to reduce their risk of exposure to many possible disease agents," the agency says. "Incorporating a few additional measures can also help to reduce their risk of possible exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus." In addition to wearing a mask while gutting (I might pull up a camo neck gaiter, but I refuse to wear a surgical-type mask for the job) health officials say to limit cutting into and handling a deer's lungs, throat, and [...]

20 11, 2021

Illinois Bowhunter Shoots Huge Buck At 3 Yards!

2021-11-20T13:41:15-05:00November 20th, 2021|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Zach and Ellie Atkins are our favorite hunting couple. Zach reported in with this great news: Well Mike, yesterday afternoon I got it done. 27 days it took and I finally got it done. Best early birthday present ever! This buck was my #1 hit lister. We named him “Scar” because he doesn’t have a right eye, the whole eye is missing. I got in the stand around 12:00 and this bad boy was out in the field dogging a doe about 100 yards away. He started working my way so I got everything ready to go. Then all of a sudden he started to turn the doe away from me. I thought, “Oh hell no!" Grabbed my bow, climbed [...]

14 11, 2021

Will Old Ammo In Your Basement Kill A Deer?

2021-11-01T11:02:50-04:00November 14th, 2021|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CZ-USA, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

The ongoing ammunition shortage is causing many of you to dig around in your basement in search of some old .270 or .30-06 cartridges. If you find some, are they safe to shoot? Will they kill a buck? Are Old Cartridges Safe? Generally, yes. If factory centerfire cartridges are stored in a dry, cool place with low humidity, preferably in an airtight container, they can have an amazingly long shelf life. Many ballistics experts report shooting 20- to 50-year-old ammo with no problems. Notice I said factory ammunition, which is manufactured using premium components and exacting specifications that extend the shelf life of cartridges. I do not advise shooting old reloads. If you can’t find new ammo and need to [...]

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