28 02, 2020

Sheds to Velvet: How Deer Antlers Grow Each Year

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00February 28th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Sheds to Velvet: How Deer Antlers Grow Each Year

One time on a cold, steely day in January, I sat in a tree hoping for last-ditch crack at a buck, or at least a shot at one more doe for the freezer. As the gray blanket of dusk settled into the grain field I watched, an 8-point buck snuck out of the timber, nose to the wind, wary after four months of human intrusion in his woods. Satisfied the coast was clear, the survivor took a few more steps and hooked a sapling on the field edge. That’s when the left side of his rack fell off his head. In all my years in the woods, I had run across a few one-antlered bucks, but this was the first [...]

21 02, 2020

8 Best Tips For Sighting-In A Hunting Rifle

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00February 21st, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Guns & Loads, Deer Hunting, Remington|Comments Off on 8 Best Tips For Sighting-In A Hunting Rifle

Right now is the perfect time to grab your hunting rifles and head to the shooting range. The joint will be empty this time of year, especially on weekdays. You can test different brands of ammo, sight-in a new scope or just practice with your old rigs without a crowd of shooters breathing down your neck for bench time like they would come September on the brink of another hunting season. The more you fine-tune your rifles and shoot in the off-season, the better your chances of a one-shot game kill this fall. Here are 8 tips that will get you on zero and ready extra-early. Easy Save-Money Sight-In Rather than sighting-in the old way--firing a bunch of bullets at [...]

14 02, 2020

Why And How To Scout Deer In February

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00February 14th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|1 Comment

Hunting from one stand on and off for a month last fall, I saw 12 different bucks. Most were small, two were borderline shooters that I passed and one 9-pointer was 150-class. Hot after a doe one day, the giant rolled off the ridge across from me and crashed down into a slough, out of muzzleloader range and moving too fast for a shot. All I could do was sit and gawk his tall tines, brassy like butter knives in the sun. The season came and went, and I never saw him again. I didn’t shoot any buck from the stand, and that is all right. Getting skunked sometimes is part of the game. Just the other day I went [...]

11 02, 2020

How Many Bucks Do Hunters Harvest In North America?

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00February 11th, 2020|Big Deer TV, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Hunting News, whitetail deer|Comments Off on How Many Bucks Do Hunters Harvest In North America?

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has released its 12th annual Whitetail Report, a comprehensive update on the status of white-tailed deer including harvest trends through the 2018-19 season, the most recent hunting season with complete deer harvest data available from most whitetail states and Canadian provinces. In 2018-19, the total national buck harvest was 2,908,155. For comparison, the modern record buck harvest of 3.1 million was set in 1999. The big news is that across the U.S. and Canada in 2018-19, the percentage of yearling bucks (1½ years old) in the total antlered buck harvest fell to 30%, the lowest ever recorded. “The fact that less than 1 in 3 antlered bucks shot today is 1½ years old is amazing,” [...]

7 02, 2020

Recipe: Venison Jerky

2020-06-10T09:14:51-04:00February 7th, 2020|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Recipes, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Recipe: Venison Jerky

This would be a great project for this weekend! Cracked Pepper & Garlic Jerky from the deer meat you got last season. INGREDIENTS 1 hindquarter venison roast (makes about 5 pounds of jerky) 1 Cracked Pepper ‘N Garlic Blend Jerky Kit from Hi Mountain Seasonings PREP Slice the venison, with the grain of the meat, into thin slices between 1/4 to 1/8th of an inch. Using the instructions supplied with the, measure and mix the cure and spice in the supplied shaker bottle. Lay the venison slices on a flat tray and season both sides with all the seasoning and cure in the shaker bottle. If there is any seasoning on the tray, slide the venison slices around until all [...]

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