25 08, 2019

How to Hunt Early-Season Deer

2019-10-17T10:10:33-04:00August 25th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on How to Hunt Early-Season Deer

For years there was talk of a mysterious buck with massive drop tines roaming the part of Missouri where Kevin Jaegers’ father-in-law owns a farm. When trail-cam images of the 200-class freak started popping up—finally some hard evidence–Kevin got serious. He hung a tree stand on the farm last summer and vowed to hunt the monster hard in September. This was a departure for Kevin, who normally doesn’t hunt that much in the early bow season. But he figured that if he was ever going to see Drops, the first days would be the best. After that, pressure in the area would likely turn the buck nocturnal. Opening day came, and the wind was wrong for Kevin’s stand. “I tried [...]

23 08, 2019

EHD Kills Deer In 10 Indiana Counties

2019-10-17T10:09:17-04:00August 23rd, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on EHD Kills Deer In 10 Indiana Counties

This post and picture from M.R. James, a legend in the archery world and founder and longtime editor of Bowhunter Magazine: DAMN EHD IS BACK! It’s been nearly 12 years since the last outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease turned up on our southern Indiana farm and took a heavy toll of resident deer. Today I found this young buck dead in a creek bed after a neighbor reported the same finding on his nearby farm nearly two weeks ago. I later saw a sickly buck here but didn’t find a carcass. I’m (scouting and) counting 15 to 25 whitetails daily so far this month and all appear in good health. Praying they’ll stay that way. It takes a killing frost [...]

21 08, 2019

New CWD Test For Deer Urine

2019-10-17T10:05:06-04:00August 21st, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Science|Comments Off on New CWD Test For Deer Urine

Wildlife Research Center and Tink’s have partnered with CWD Evolution to fund a study on a testing protocol known as RT-QuIC, which is designed to examine deer urine for CWD contamination. This will allow manufacturers of deer and elk scents to test and verify that no CWD is detected in the urine used in their products. According to Phil Robinson of Tink’s, “We sought out the most recognized authorities regarding CWD transmission via urine to get their opinion. We are 100% confident that our products pose no risk of spreading CWD. This test is just a confirmation of that fact.” “Our industry is committed to the health of wild cervids and the sport of hunting,” adds Sam Burgeson of Wildlife [...]

20 08, 2019

BIG DEER 2019 Moon-Rut Hunting Guide

2019-10-17T10:03:26-04:00August 20th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on BIG DEER 2019 Moon-Rut Hunting Guide

This year I teamed up with Outdoor Life digital for the 8th annual BIG DEER rut guide, with specific tips on planning your hunting vacay this November. Click the above link to read the entire guide; below are some highlights: New moon this rut cycle begins on October 27…expect deer to be most active at dawn and for 30 minutes thereafter… expect deer to be move from daylight until 9:00a.m. or so…get on stand extra early and hunt especially hard that first hour. November 4, 2019 First-Quarter Moon: Looking back to my notes and all the research I’ve done over the years it is fact that many huge bucks are killed every year during the seeking phase of the rut [...]

15 08, 2019

Virginia To Hold Public Meeting On CWD–All States Should Do The Same

2019-10-17T10:00:06-04:00August 15th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science|Comments Off on Virginia To Hold Public Meeting On CWD–All States Should Do The Same

Throughout the summer of 2019 the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has hosted workshops on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in West Tennessee counties where the disease has been documented. Experts from the TWRA and University of Tennessee have been on hand to answer all the complex and confusing questions hunters are sure have, such as: What exactly is CWD? How can it impact my hunting? I hunt the next county over from where CWD has been found, should I be worried? Can I carry a buck carcass home I shot in another county? Can I use deer urine? Can I eat the meat from a buck I shot in a CWD area? Is deer meat possibly contaminated—can it hurt my [...]