3 06, 2016

Public Land Deer: Summer Scout Now

2020-06-10T09:16:48-04:00June 3rd, 2016|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|2 Comments

Don’t let the ticks and snakes keep you from finding new spots to hunt this fall. It’s time to get out there and start scouting. Lather on the DEET, put on snake boots and get a leg up on those other guys who are playing golf or kicked back on a beach or in the A/C somewhere. Let’s say you hunt a 250-acre woodland. You’ve probably hunted only 50 to 75 of those acres over the years, if that. You figure other guys roam the ridges and hollows beyond your stand. Or maybe you’ve just gotten in a rut and hunted the same spots. You bust some does every year and a buck every once in a while, so why [...]

27 05, 2016

Memorial Day 2016: Thank You U.S. Veterans

2020-06-10T09:16:48-04:00May 27th, 2016|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting|2 Comments

Got this from a loyal blog reader, I could not have said it better myself: Mike: A nice blog for the weekend would be a dedication to the REAL HEROES of our country. The men and women that serve and have served in our Armed Forces are owed well-deserved respect and gratitude from us. "To those who have fallen, you will never be forgotten,” including those who perished in The Towers on 9/11. We WOULD NOT be able to pursue our dreams of freedom and hunting if not for the men and women that we honor this weekend. At a minimum, raise a drink during a celebration this weekend and remember our TRUE AMERICAN HEROES. Also, maybe you could link [...]

20 05, 2016

Whitetail Fawn Facts

2020-06-10T09:16:48-04:00May 20th, 2016|BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Deer Science|Comments Off on Whitetail Fawn Facts

We celebrate these beautiful little creatures! A fawn weighs 4 to 8 pounds at birth; their weight doubles in 2 weeks. A fawn has a unique smell that the mother doe 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. Twin fawns are 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 and feed, a doe is lucky to have and raise one fawn. An individual [...]

16 05, 2016

Deer Management: Planting and Mowing Food Plots

2020-06-10T09:16:48-04:00May 16th, 2016|Big Deer Stories, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|Comments Off on Deer Management: Planting and Mowing Food Plots

Part 3 of our series on simple and awesome work you can do this spring to improve your deer hunting this fall, from veteran Illinois hunter and land manager Matt “Flatlander” Cheever. Hi Mike: I know it’s tough for folks to think about land management when the fishing is getting good and successful turkey seasons are being celebrated but this is truly the time to line up success in the BIG DEER woods this fall. Planting season is in full swing, from gardens to agriculture fields, and it’s the perfect time to be working on your deer food plots. That said, remember to save some of your plot areas for a later summer planting for crops like turnips, beats and [...]

11 05, 2016

Top 10 States: Giant Non-Typical Whitetail Bucks

2020-06-10T09:16:48-04:00May 11th, 2016|Big Deer Stories, Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Bowhunting, Deer Hunting, Deer Management|1 Comment

The odd monstrous non-typical is walking in every state, but without question your odds of seeing one are best if you live in the Midwest, or own or lease ground there, or travel there to hunt. This region has the most soybeans and the best genetics for growing big, bad freaks. Some Midwestern states don’t allow gun hunting until after the November rut, and even then much of it is limited to slug or muzzleloader. This allows a good number of bucks to live past 4 or 5 years and begin to sprout antler junk.   You can hunt anywhere in the Midwest and have a fighting chance of encountering a freak, but your odds go up if you hunt [...]