2 02, 2018

Kansas Sheds: The Electric-Fence Buck

2019-08-05T14:19:59-04:00February 2nd, 2018|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting|1 Comment

From our friend Mike Charowhas, The Antler Collector: Around noon the other day I was driving in central Kansas and passed a truck on a 2-lane with an older couple in it. About 5 min later, I looked in my rear view and saw that same truck getting closer and fast. Hmm. Their headlights start flickering so I pulled over. The truck pulled up alongside me and the Missus says, “Hey, we saw you go by. We have antlers. Do you live around here?” They couldn’t miss The Antler Collector logo on my truck. I said, “Yes I live not too far away.” She gave me their number said, “Please call us if you’re passing by.” I said, “Okay great.” [...]

31 01, 2018

Shed Hunting: Try a Grid Search

2019-10-11T13:21:43-04:00January 31st, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting|Comments Off on Shed Hunting: Try a Grid Search

To find sheds you need to look close, real close. Try a grid search. Look over the ground before you and mark off a 20-yard block. Walk slowly and cover every foot of it before moving on to the next grid. It’s our nature to look out front and up as we walk. Do that while you’re shedding and you’ll look right over antlers. Instead, take it slow and look straight down at the ground; scan every inch of each grid. You might spot an antler lying on the grass...or mostly buried with just a tine tip sticking up. You want big antlers, but the spikes and fork-horns are cool souvenirs too. You’ve got to look down and real close [...]

25 01, 2018

Shed Hunting: What Killed That Deadhead Buck?

2019-10-11T13:21:43-04:00January 25th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting|Comments Off on Shed Hunting: What Killed That Deadhead Buck?

Shed antler season 2018 has officially begun, and people across the country are roaming the woods—and, it seems, finding an inordinate number of “deadheads,” or the carcasses of mature bucks that have been dead for weeks and more likely months. They are popping up everywhere on social media. Run across a dead buck and what comes to mind: What killed this animal? Lost by a bowhunter…hit by a car (ran off into the woods and perished)…attacked by a predator…succumbed to EHD last summer? Here are some interesting tips from the QDMA on how to examine a deadhead and possibly determine its cause of death. Also, while doing a rudimentary field autopsy on a dead buck is fine, remember that in [...]

9 06, 2017

Alberta Black Bear Hunt

2019-10-11T13:21:58-04:00June 9th, 2017|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Shed Hunting|Comments Off on Alberta Black Bear Hunt

Come to find out, Big Deer’s resident shed-hunting expert is also a bear hunter. Kelly files this report from the Alberta bush:  Mike: Another great Canada bear hunt in the books. Very warm conditions this year, but many bears. Had to be selective when picking an animal to shoot, as there were many rubbed bears. The units I hunt in Alberta are two-bear units. I shot this black bear and waited for a colored bear to no avail. This was my fifth year up in Alberta and I have yet to shoot a color-phase, but there is always next year. I’m happy. The bear I shot squared 6’6” with a very clean coat. Already looking forward to next year!—Kelly K

7 04, 2017

Ticks and Snakes: When to Stop Shed Hunting

2019-08-05T14:20:17-04:00April 7th, 2017|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting|6 Comments

Shed-Hunting fanatic Kelly from South Dakota filed his last field report of the spring: Mike: Time to stop shed hunting, ticks are terrible and I saw a “rattler” last weekend. That is all it takes for me to quit the shed hunting and go Walleye wader fishing. Ended the season with 102 antlers, and I know I will find a few more as I wader fish. I fish some areas where I hunt, so I know the land area very well. Pictured is #101 in count and the biggest of the year, 82”. I searched 4 hours for other half with no luck.—Kelly Enjoyed your reports, Kelly, 100 for the year is awesome man. I’m with ya on the ticks [...]