2 06, 2020

10 Cool Things About Deer Fawns

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Science, whitetail deer|Comments Off on 10 Cool Things About Deer Fawns

It’s time to celebrate these beautiful little creatures that are being born right now! Did you know: A fawn weighs 4 to 8 pounds at birth; their weight doubles in 2 weeks. A fawn has a unique smell that the mother recognizes. A fawn spends its first month in hiding, separate from the doe, except to nurse 2 to 4 times a day. A healthy fawn can outrun you when it’s only days old. A fawn has about 300 white spots. 25% of twin fawns have different fathers. In a typical herd, twin fawns is the norm. In a prime habitat where the soil/feed/cover is outstanding, 20% to 30% of does might drop triplets. In a habitat with poor soils [...]

26 05, 2020

What Is Important To You: Killing A Deer Or Hunting It?

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00May 26th, 2020|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Mike: I saw this quote in your BIO and it intrigued me: “I am finally at that point in life where the killing of an animal has become secondary to the challenge of hunting it.” Could you please explain?—Paul Paul, thanks for the question. When I was in my teens and 20s, it was it was all about shooting as many deer, squirrels, turkeys, whatever as I could. Stack ‘em up. Legal numbers of course. One thing I have never done, even as a kid, is broken a game law. I think the “if brown it’s down” mentality, that thirst and hunger to kill deer, is natural for young hunters. And within reason I think it’s important. To keep a [...]

20 05, 2020

7 Ways To Identify Poison Ivy

2020-06-10T09:14:50-04:00May 20th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Expect to see gonzo poison ivy in the coming years, thicker, leafier and itchier than ever. A study from Duke and Harvard found that as carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere, the noxious vine grows bigger and faster and is stoked with high-octane urushiol, the chemical that causes your skin to redden, bubble up and inch like hell. Is this another conspiracy theory of the greenie-weenies? Is global warming/climate change even a thing? Like most fair-minded people I don’t really know. But we’re talking about poison ivy here, and I do know I’m seeing more clumps of the nasty stuff growing up trees and overtaking thickets in some areas. It's more important than ever for hunters and all outdoors [...]

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 [...]

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