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: Hal Blood's 2023 Adirondack Buck "Hollywood," Tracked Down on Snow

VIDEO: Hal Blood's 2023 Adirondack Buck "Hollywood," Tracked Down on Snow

HOLLYWOOD - Hal tracks down an Adirondack Buck

Posted on July 16, 2024 by Brian Connor

Hal Blood heads down to New York's Adirondack Mountains during the last week of the rifle season to track bucks in the big woods of New York.

VIDEO: Brad Willey's 2021 Vermont Buck | TALL BOY

VIDEO: Brad Willey's 2021 Vermont Buck | TALL BOY

Brad Willey shoots a Big Woods Buck in the mountains of Vermont

Posted on July 10, 2024 by Brian Connor

Brad Willey shoots a big Vermont buck tracking in the Green Mountains

VIDEO: Cleaning a REMINGTON 7600 and Installing a Skinner Peep Sight | with Maine Master Guide Hal Blood

VIDEO: Cleaning a REMINGTON 7600 and Installing a Skinner Peep Sight | with Maine Master Guide Hal Blood

Hal Blood shows how to take apart and clean a Remington 7600

Posted on June 12, 2024 by Hal Blood

Maine Master Guide Hal Blood shows how to take apart and clean a Remington 7600 pump action rifle.

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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