We believe the hunting world lost its way decades ago, with technology, food plots, and heated stands replacing true woodsmen skills and knowledge of animal habit and habitat. At Big Woods Bucks, our goal is to revive and promote hunting in its most ancient, purest form, by getting out into the big woods, learning to read the woods & subtle sign that makes the biggest difference in your success. The woodsman skills we teach help you safely test yourself against the wilderness and have real, authentic big woods adventures along the way. So stop sitting and start hunting!

Hal Blood

Hal Blood

Chris Dalti

Chris Dalti

Hal Blood

Hal Blood

Chris Dalti

Chris Dalti

We believe the hunting world lost its way decades ago, with technology, food plots, and heated stands replacing true woodsmen skills and knowledge of animal habit and habitat. At Big Woods Bucks, our goal is to revive and promote hunting in its most ancient, purest form, by getting out into the big woods, learning to read the woods & subtle sign that makes the biggest difference in your success. The woodsman skills we teach help you safely test yourself against the wilderness and have real, authentic big woods adventures along the way. So stop sitting and start hunting!

What is the "big woods?"

Broadly speaking, as defined in Hal Blood’s books, the “big woods” is anywhere where deer do not primarily feed on agriculture. In particular, "the big woods" refers the heavily forested areas of the northeast and the upper Midwest. 

What is big woods hunting?

Big Woods hunting combines a variety of tactics, including tracking, still hunting, sitting, and hunting out of a stand when appropriate. Each tactic has its place, although Big Woods Bucks aims to highlight and promote tracking and still-hunting above all others because, if practiced correctly, these methods are the most reliable way of taking a buck in the big woods. 

FROM THE BLOG

VIDEO: Rick Labbe's 45th 200-pound Buck | Maine 2023

VIDEO: Rick Labbe's 45th 200-pound Buck | Maine 2023

Rick Labbe shoots his 45th 200-pound buck in Maine

Posted on February 9, 2024 by Brian Connor

Rick Labbe shoots his 45th 200-pound buck while tracking in Maine

VIDEO: Woodsmanship and Life Skills with Hal and Rylan | Episode 4: How to Use (and Sharpen) an Axe

VIDEO: Woodsmanship and Life Skills with Hal and Rylan | Episode 4: How to Use (and Sharpen) an Axe

In this episode, Hal demonstrates the proper use of an axe, as well as how to sharpen an axe

Posted on January 24, 2024 by Hal Blood

In this episode, Hal demonstrates the proper use of an axe, as well as how to sharpen an axe

Wes Labar of Adirondacks to Join Big Woods Bucks Team

Wes Labar of Adirondacks to Join Big Woods Bucks Team

Wes Labar is joining Big Woods Bucks as co-host of the Big Woods Bucks: Adirondacks Podcast

Posted on January 20, 2024 by Brian Connor

Wes Labar will co-host the Big Woods Bucks: Adirondacks Podcast, which is coming this spring.

What is tracking?

Tracking is the purest form of hunting. To consistently be successful at tracking bucks, a hunter must be able to accurately read a variety of sign, be in good physical condition and fast on the track, and be a capable woodsman. Big Woods Bucks aims to help hunters achieve all these skills and more.

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