30 11, 2018

Deer Food Plot Seed: Frosty Berseem Clover

2019-08-05T14:19:41-04:00November 30th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on Deer Food Plot Seed: Frosty Berseem Clover

Our friend Jeff Herrmann, who is managing his New Jersey farm for whitetails, tells about a new seed blend you might want to try in your food plots: “One thing I started growing this year is Frosty Berseem Clover, which is relatively new and would work great for a lot of guys that don’t yet know about it.   “Berseems are very fast growing, but most are not cold tolerant. What makes Frosty unique is that it stays alive into freezing temps. As a bonus, it tolerates very wet soils (even standing water for days). That means it can be fall planted, even in very wet years like this one, or in chronically wet fields. It still puts on tons [...]

19 11, 2018

New Jersey Bowhunter Revitalizes Farm, Shoots 6.5-Year-Old Buck

2019-10-11T13:21:39-04:00November 19th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|3 Comments

In 2016, Jeff Herrmann, long-time friend of BIG DEER, bought a rundown farm in New Jersey and set about making it a dedicated hunting property. The land is 133 acres, 40 of those tillable. Well into his third year of land management, Jeff has put in 10 acres of beautiful food plots. “What you see in the picture below are primarily brassicas,” he says. “Specifically, groundhog radish, purple top turnip and dwarf essex rape. The work is paying off. In October, Jeff shot this great big-bodied 7-pointer with his bow. “I believe he was the oldest buck on the property when I bought the farm, at least 4.5 back then.” Proof that with dedication and hard work, anybody can create [...]

6 09, 2018

3 September Spots for Trail Cameras

2019-10-11T13:21:40-04:00September 6th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on 3 September Spots for Trail Cameras

If you’ll be setting out or moving trail cameras this week, try: ONE: A small clearing in the woods 50 to 75 yards off an alfalfa, soybean or clover field. Mature bucks like to hang out in these areas in late afternoon this time of year. TWO: A little bottleneck of thick cover (image) on a deer trail that leads into a feed field or clover plot. THREE: If you spot a big shooter buck in a field, sneak in the back door and set a camera on the nearest creek crossing, swampy bottom, etc. you can find in the nearby woods. As summer deepens, mature bucks spend a lot of time hanging out near water in low, thick, shady [...]

24 08, 2018

Hidey-Hole Food Plots For Whitetails

2019-08-05T14:19:42-04:00August 24th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on Hidey-Hole Food Plots For Whitetails

Missouri deer scientist Dr. Grant Woods is a champion of tiny fall attractant plots, which he calls “hidey-holes.” He explains: “A hidey-hole is a small patch of green forage hidden in the woods where deer can stick their head out and grab several mouths full of food before they move on to a larger green field or crop. I use a leaf blower to clear a spot about 20 feet x 20 feet where I see sunlight hitting the forest floor. I’ll take 10-10-10 fertilizer and sow it over the cleared spot. Next, I’ll put down some winter wheat, buck wheat, peas or any seeds that will germinate on top of the soil and produce a crop quickly after the [...]

6 08, 2018

BIG DEER TV Hunts Feral Hogs in Georgia

2019-10-11T13:21:40-04:00August 6th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|1 Comment

I’ve shot my share of wild hogs over the years, mostly in Texas and Florida. I knew this invasive species was a general nuisance that rooted up crops and competed with deer for food sources. But it wasn’t until I went down to South Georgia and talked with the locals and hunted pigs for a few days on TV that I realized what a serious problem expanding populations of hogs are in many parts of the country. “Somebody rides through this property every day, looking for and trying to eradicate hogs,” says landowner Robbie Barkley. “Hogs are in our feed patches, in the yard…they’re everywhere.” “People who don’t have hogs in their area don’t realize how destructive they are,” says [...]