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  • February 26, 2013

    Bear Motive 6 Buck Scoring Contest: Round 3

    By Scott Bestul

    Here’s the third buck in our scoring contest. Remember, you’re playing for a Bear Motive 6, the company’s flagship bow for the 2013 season.

    If you’ve just returned from a tropical vacation or ski safari and you stayed in a resort without WiFi, here’s what’s been going on in this space. I’ve now posted photos of three bucks (click here if you’ve missed the first two), and I’ll put up a fourth—and final—photo next week. Your job is to guess the gross B&C score of each buck and keep track of your scores. Fractionals will count. When I post the pic of the fourth buck, I’ll ask you to submit your grand total. Whoever is the closest wins the bow. And if there’s a tie (don’t laugh, this has happened) I’ll post a tiebreaker buck the next week.

  • February 20, 2013

    Big Buck Update: Indiana Deer is #4 Nontypical of All Time

    By Scott Bestul

    Last week, we covered breaking news of a potential world record hunter-killed nontypical whitetail from the Hoosier State. After a review of the scoring procedure, the buck—killed by Tim Beck last November—will net 305-7/8”. That score will place it 4th overall in the nontypical category, and just below the Iowa giant killed by Tony Lovstuen in 2003. According to Boone & Crockett, a review in the scoring procedure reduced circumference measurements by a few inches, dropping the Beck buck from the original score of 308-5/8”. This makes it the second largest hunter-killed nontypical buck on the books.

  • February 19, 2013

    Bear Motive 6 Buck Scoring Contest: Round 2

    By Scott Bestul

    Below is the next buck in our latest scoring contest. In case you’ve been busy shed antler hunting, visiting a deer show, or (insert pathetic excuse for not visiting this blog here), you might have missed the announcement that you could win yourself a brand new Bear Motive 6, the company’s flagship compound bow for 2013. All you have to do is score some bucks.

  • February 14, 2013

    7 Reasons to Love Deer Shows

    By Scott Bestul

    It's deer show season again. I’ve been going to these things since the 1980’s when the concept was fresh as an October scrape. In the beginning, I went just to commune with fellow deer nuts. In later years I’ve been a seminar speaker and manned the occasional booth. And I keep coming back to deer shows, despite the too-expensive beer, the hawkers selling trinkets that have nothing to do with deer hunting, and the “Chippy, the Water-Skiing Squirrel” sideshows.

    Why, do I love them so, you ask? I’ll tell you why:
    1. The seminars: Most seminar speakers are respected deer hunters willing to share their knowledge. I enjoy the chance to listen to deer hunters, and I figure if I come away with at least one new idea to add to my own hunting, I’ve spent my time wisely. I’ve never been disappointed.

  • February 13, 2013

    World Record Buck: This Could Be the Largest Non-Typical Ever Shot By a Hunter

    By Scott Bestul

    Boone and Crockett officials confirmed today that they’ve received a score sheet from an Indiana buck that could threaten the mark for the largest hunter-killed non-typical whitetail of all time. The buck, shot on Nov. 17, 2012, in Huntington County, Ind, is rumored to have scored 309-7/8 inches. Currently, the largest nontypical whitetail shot by a hunter was killed by Tony Lovstuen near Albia, Iowa, in 2007. That buck scored 307-5/8 inches. B&C also recognizes found or “picked up” heads; the world record is an Ohio buck that measured 333-7/8 inches.

  • February 11, 2013

    Score Some Bucks, Win a New Bear Motive 6 Bow

    By Scott Bestul

    Know what you need? A Motive for hunting next fall.

    No, I’m not talking about an incentive to get in a tree stand, or some extra inspiration to hike up that ridge. I’m talking Bear’s brand new Motive 6, their flagship compound bow for 2013.

    At last month’s ATA show, Hurteau and I shot a whole slew of new compounds, but we only drooled over a few. Because the Motive 6—fast (350 IBO), quiet, and a joy to shoot—was one of the primary drool-inducers, we called up the folks at Bear and said, “Hey, you want give a bow away to one of our blog readers?” And they said, “Heck yeah.”

  • February 6, 2013

    Reader Question: Can Winter Deer Handle Hay Handouts?

    By Dave Hurteau

    Because you asked, Douglas, and because it’s a fine winter blog topic, I shot an email over to wildlife biologist, QDMA Programs Manager, and friend Matt Ross, regarding winter deer feeding on hay and grains.

    For anyone who didn’t see the comments on the last post, Douglas asked:
    Biologists have stated that it is wrong to feed deer hay and grain during the hard winter months because they are in browsing mode and do not have the correct bacteria in their digestive tracts to digest the grain and hay. Apparently, deer can starve with full stomachs of hay. However, during mid-winter thaws hereabouts, I constantly observe deer foraging in meadows for hay and waste corn. What’s the deal?

  • February 4, 2013

    Beware the “Rules” of Deer Behavior

    By Dave Hurteau

    I’m sure you’ve read many times, as I have, that “whitetail bucks bed with the wind at their backs and a good view out front.” That sounds pretty darn good. This way they can detect danger from front and back. It makes so much sense, in fact, that it’s almost a little annoying that so many deer don’t bother to follow along.

    By the same token, I recently read that bucks bed on slopes and below the points of ridges because falling thermals warn them of danger from behind while their eyes, scanning downhill, catch danger out front. That sounds darn good, too—unless you’re a person who actually hunts in hilly terrain, in which case you know that thermals don’t really start falling until pretty darn late in the day, often right before sunset. And so all those bucks bedded on slopes and below points, the poor dim-witted creatures, actually don’t have the wind at their backs, like they’re supposed to, for most of the day.