11 05, 2020

Gun Case Laws For Hunters

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00May 11th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Gun Case Laws For Hunters

The section entitled “Traveling Requirements for Firearms” in QDMA’s 2020 Whitetail Report caught my attention. Having hunted deer and other animals in 40 states over the years, I know first-hand that “case laws” vary from state to state, and even county to county. This can be confusing, and in a worst-case scenario can get you in one hell of a jam if you don’t know and follow the laws. 7 states* require rifles/shotguns/muzzleloaders to be cased (either hard or soft case) in a vehicle at all times, whether you hunting near home for the day, or driving through one state to get to another. Those states are: Louisiana Massachusetts New Jersey Illinois Iowa Michigan Minnesota Another 5 states require guns [...]

6 05, 2020

New Deer Scouting Scent: Active-Cam From Wildlife Research Center

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00May 6th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, CWD, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on New Deer Scouting Scent: Active-Cam From Wildlife Research Center

A couple of years ago my home state of Virginia banned the use of estrus doe and other attractant scents that contain natural deer urine. This even though many experts believe the risk of spreading Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a herd with urine-based scents is virtually zero. Last year, on top of that, Virginia restricted the use of minerals to attract deer, which has thrown a major monkey wrench in my scouting strategy. But laws are laws, so this summer and fall I’m going to try something different. Rather than refreshing the licks (some a decade old) on the farms I hunt with minerals, I’ll be using Active-Cam™ Scouting Scent from Wildlife Research Center. It’s a non-urine-based curiosity scent [...]

27 04, 2020

Deer & Wildlife Thriving During Covid-19 Lockdowns

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00April 27th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Deer & Wildlife Thriving During Covid-19 Lockdowns

Associated Press: While the COVID-19 crisis has created untold hardships for people, it’s been a boon for wildlife. Animals appear to be taking advantage of quieter streets and less industry to explore new areas. Hard data will eventually be available, as naturalists will no doubt study the effect of the pandemic for some time. But for now, people who work with wildlife say they’re convinced reduced human interaction is benefiting animals. Most obvious, with most of us stuck at home, there is far less traffic on the roads. Far fewer squirrels, opossums, rabbits and other small mammals are getting run over. If you live in a wooded area, you’ve noticed that squirrels are everywhere! As for America’s number one game [...]

25 04, 2020

How & Why To Scout Deer During Turkey Season

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00April 25th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on How & Why To Scout Deer During Turkey Season

Spring gobbler season gives me a good excuse to pull on the camouflage again and hit the woods. If I call in and shoot a 22-pounder with a long beard and spurs like box cutters, fantastic. But just as importantly I am out there looking for buck sign that I missed on my hunting properties six months ago. April and May are good months to start scouting for next deer season, which, by the way, is only about 7 short months away. Amid listening for gobbles and hiking to the birds, here are the two main things I look for in the woods. Trails When you scout one of your best spots for deer in September or October, you sneak [...]

20 04, 2020

Rarest Breed: Melanistic (Black) Deer

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00April 20th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Rarest Breed: Melanistic (Black) Deer

We are editing the new season of BIG DEER TV, which will begin airing in July on Sportsman Channel. I was fascinated studying the interview and footage we shot with my friend Eddie Stevenson, who a few years ago shot one of the rarest whitetail deer in America. Here’s the story and some information: One day in the Texas Hill Country, a buck stepped out of the brush and Eddie Stevenson did a double take. It wasn’t the size of the rack, but the animal’s color—mahogany all over, with an even darker head and face. Eddie shot the buck, and the one-in-a-million mount now hangs on his wall. “I know he’s a young buck, but this deer was on a [...]