5 04, 2019

Why You Should Always Tape The Muzzle of Your Hunting Rifle

2020-06-10T09:15:20-04:00April 5th, 2019|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|2 Comments

This is me with a great buck I shot out in Wyoming years ago. Minutes earlier I didn’t have that nice smile on my face. I was dazed, confused and damn lucky I hadn’t blown myself up. It started when I shot a foot over the buck at a tad under 200 yards with solid shooting sticks. Even when I miss a deer, it’s not by that much. The deer bolted at the bang and ran straight toward me! I bolted another 130-grainer, fired, missed again. The buck kept churning closer and closer, and I dropped him at 60 steps. Like I said, damn lucky. As I sat muttering and wondering what had gone wrong, I happened to look down [...]

13 03, 2019

Dick’s Sporting Goods To Remove Firearms And Hunting Gear From 125 Stores

2020-06-10T09:15:25-04:00March 13th, 2019|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Hunting News|5 Comments

Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) has announced it will remove firearms and other hunting gear from about 125 stores. The change, expected to begin August 1, will affect about 17 percent of the company’s stores. The announcement, coupled with continuing declines in sales since 2017 (adjusted same-store sales were down 3.1% last year) lead to a 11 percent decline in stock price yesterday. Dick’s closed at $34.45 on the NYSE, down $4.28/share. Dick’s CEO and major shareholder Ed Stack told the media that if the 125-store move “goes well” the company may remove hunting gear from more stores next year. According to the Outdoor Wire, Stack was one of four CEOs to sign a letter supporting a gun control bill [...]

23 11, 2018

Deer Tactics For Thanksgiving Weekend

2020-06-10T09:15:26-04:00November 23rd, 2018|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|Comments Off on Deer Tactics For Thanksgiving Weekend

Most of you have several days to hunt this weekend, so after stuffing your face on Thursday, get out and try these tatics: On Friday, November 23, on the day the moon waxes full, you need to spend most of the day in a tree stand or blind. In a North Carolina State study several years ago, researchers said that a common misconception with hunters is that  during a full moon, deer can see better at night. But according to their data, bucks actually moved less on average at night during a full moon and more during the middle of the day, and also earlier in the evenings. With the full moon so late this November, it’s tricky to predict [...]

6 11, 2018

Oklahoma: Early-Rut Blackpowder Buck

2020-06-10T09:15:27-04:00November 6th, 2018|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|1 Comment

Today's guest blog from Brian out in Southeast Oklahoma: This buck first showed up on my game cameras October 21st. Didn’t know him and had never seen him before. Then he was on camera again the morning of October 29 at 6:00 a.m. I hunted that evening and saw some younger bucks and does but no mature bucks. One young buck was pushing does around and grunting and roaring, so I knew they were rutting in the area. When I slipped out I left most of my equipment in the tree so I could slip in as quietly as possible the next morning. The wind was iffy the morning of October 30th. It was warm but I had that feeling [...]

25 10, 2018

Gun Hunters: Protect Your Hearing

2020-06-10T09:15:27-04:00October 25th, 2018|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting|5 Comments

Had my annual physical recently, and glad to report that, knock on wood, I’m doing well. But doc did say, “You have slight high-frequency hearing loss in your left ear.” I have always been able to hear extremely well, able to pick up the crunch of deer hooves at long range and zero in on the direction and location of those sounds. Hearing has been my greatest attribute as a hunter, and to know I’ve lost even a bit of that is disturbing. Audiologists point out that exposure to noise greater than 140 dB can permanently damage hearing. Almost all guns create noise over that level. A .22 can produce noise around 140 dB, while larger calibers can produce sound [...]