14 06, 2018

Why You Should Buy Another Gun Now

2019-10-11T13:21:41-04:00June 14th, 2018|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|3 Comments

Saw this on the Outdoor Wire and thought it made a good point. Put some of your tax savings that are coming in 2019 on a new handgun for home protection or a new rifle for deer hunting (treat yourself to a father’s day gift): Much has been printed and broadcast recently about soft firearms sales. According to the liberal mass media outlets and their hatred of firearms, the gun industry is on the brink of death. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. You can do your part to help drive up firearm ownership numbers in the months ahead. Go shopping. Those who watch firearms sales follow the NICS background checks numbers. May 2018 set an all-time monthly [...]

21 05, 2018

Hunt Of A Lifetime: Kodiak Brown Bear

2019-10-11T13:21:41-04:00May 21st, 2018|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|3 Comments

My friend and fellow Virginia hunter Sam Fullerton just returned from a dream hunt and filed this field report: The hunt took place in a special draw area on the northern end of Afognak Island in the Kodiak chain. It took 3 years to draw the permit. I booked the hunt through Wade Darby at Crosshair Hunting Consulting. Wade booked me with Afognak Wilderness Lodge, which has an extremely remote camp that the Randall family has chiseled out of the Afognak wilderness over the last 50 years. It is an impressive camp considering every single thing was either made from the rocks or trees growing on the island, or brought in by float plane or boat. We left base camp [...]

26 03, 2018

Why Are Fewer People Hunting in 2018?

2019-10-11T13:21:42-04:00March 26th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|2 Comments

A survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reveals that only 5% of Americans age 16 and up hunt. That's half of what it was 50 years ago. The number of licensed hunters, most of them deer hunters, dropped from 14.2 million in 1991 to 11.5 million in 2016. Most disturbing, the decline is expected to accelerate over the next decades. Why fewer of us? I have my suspicions and government agencies and wildlife organizations have their theories, but I wanted information from real-life hard-core hunters, so I did a little Twitter/social survey. It’s far from scientific, but pretty darn representative I believe. Loss of Access By far the number one reason fewer people are hunting, especially east of [...]

16 03, 2018

4 Most Popular Hunting Cartridges

2019-08-05T14:19:58-04:00March 16th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|5 Comments

Boone and Crockett did a survey one time. They compiled a list of cartridges that hunters used to kill North American big game and big bucks that ultimately made their record book. Not surprisingly, here are the top 4 rounds: --.300 magnum (used by 18 percent of the hunters in the survey): This includes the .300 Win. Mag and .300 Rem. Ultra Mag. A lot of the animals killed in this survey were big and tough, like bears and elk. But quite a few record-size mule deer and whitetails were felled with the flat-shooting .300 too. Never a bad choice, IF you can handle some recoil. --.270 (12 percent): The .270 is still one of the kings and always will [...]

13 03, 2018

Iowa Lady’s 251 7/8” Muzzleloader Monster Buck

2019-08-05T14:19:59-04:00March 13th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Iowa Lady’s 251 7/8” Muzzleloader Monster Buck

Today’s guest blog from Dave Nennig, who provides a follow-up on the giant velvet buck his wife Lyla shot with a muzzleloader in Iowa in December 2016. Dave believes "The Freak" remained in velvet that year because he was wounded by a neighboring bowhunter the previous season. After 14 months of having “The Freak” at the freeze dryer and taxidermist, and looking for someone to officially score him, the deer was finally measured last weekend at the Iowa Deer Classic. The Freak had 28 scorable points and a gross score of 268 6/8, with a net of 251 7/8 non-typical. Just an amazing animal! From what we have been told, it is probably the largest buck taken in the State of Iowa [...]