The Boone and Crockett Club’s Field Guide to Measuring and Judging Big Game is a solid reference book, one I refer to a lot. It has good tips and advice for: 1) how to field-judge a buck better than you ever have on the hoof; and 2) how to rough score that rack reliably once you've shot a deer dead and have him back at the house. There's info not only for whitetails and mule deer, but also for antelope, caribou, elk, bears…any big game animal you hunt. There’s even a chapter on judging and scoring a walrus skull if you ever do that :) At $25, a bargain for your bookshelf.
Mark saw this somewhere on the Internet and sent it to me: Mike, I don't know what kind of trail cam that is, but I want one! Look at the clarity of that picture! What do you think? Well, I don't know of any cam with a shutter speed that fast, so don't really know what's up with that pic. Cool-looking though.
Many big bucks don’t roam very far during hunting season, as I point out here. For more video clips, go to the Big Deer Tactics page and check out our new Big Deer YouTube channel.
Rare as they are, we’ve got unicorn bucks coming out the woodwork; look close and you’ll see the uni cutting up inside the left beam: Mike: Saw the blog this morning. Here is a pic of a buck we named "Unibrow" from our cameras two seasons ago. He has a third beam coming out his forehead. My brother-in-law had him at 15 yards, got excited and bounced an arrow off his shoulder blade. He's still out there, as far as we know, but we haven't seen him again.—Mark I told Mark to tell his brother-in-law no harm, no foul, we all miss with our bows. But tell him he had in fact missed a 1 in 4,000 buck. Mark wrote back, [...]
Look what longtime BIG DEER blogger Vinnie got on one of his cameras: Here is something you don’t get on your trail cam every day…a FL panther! I wish I would have got his or her head in the picture though. Very, very rare. Odds on getting one on camera, especially in daytime? Just doesn’t happen very often. Rare is an understatement, I’d say astronomical. According to Wikipedia, in 2011 there were but an estimated 100 to 160 Florida panthers living in the wild.