Deer Behavior

Have you ever watched a deer from your stand and wondered, “Why do they do that?” Whitetails are fascinating creatures, and understanding the many facets of their behavior enhances this addicting pursuit. Learn all about deer behavior and biology from the top biologists in the country.

Deer Farms

QDMA Urges Hunters to Oppose Deer Farms

The Georgia-based Quality Deer Management Association is urging hunters in seven states to oppose the expansion of the deer-breeding industry, which the organization perceives as a growing threat to wild deer and the deer-hunting heritage. Legislation designed to loosen or dismantle regulatory barriers to white-tailed deer breeding and farming is being considered in Georgia,...

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Big Bucks, Shed Antlers & Turkey Hunting

  Have you ever asked yourself this question while scouting in the winter or looking for shed antlers in spring: Can deer tracks reveal the sex of an individual deer? Hunters often disagree about whether it’s possible to identify a deer’s sex by looking at its tracks. However, some experienced hunters believe it is...

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Huge Deer Survived Nasty Fight

  Deer truly are built to survive. Take this 4-1/2-year-old Alabama buck that I shot last week as an example. When the deer appeared in the food plot before me, he appeared to be the picture of good health. He was thick, muscled, and strutted like the king of the woods. Little did I...

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Can Deer Really Hear Better than Humans?

Because deer have rather large ears, it makes sense that they can hear better than humans, right? Or can they? Many hunters assume that because deer have ears three times bigger than ours they can probably hear three times better. Some unpublished data from Art Stattleman of the University of Georgia tried to quantify...

Waterholes: The Best Way to Attract Deer?

I’ll never forget the first time I bowhunted whitetails over a manmade water source. It was in the mid-1990s, and I was hunting the famed bluffs of Buffalo County, Wisconsin. This was my first trip to this land of Boone-and-Crockett-class bucks, and I was hunting with legendary outfitter Tom Indrebo. As, daylight filtered through...

Baiting Equals Pressure for Gun-Hunters

Using bait while deer hunting is legal in more than one-half of the states with huntable whitetail populations. Each year, hunters literally spend millions of dollars annually on corn, apples, carrots, pumpkins, sugar beets, sweet potatoes and just about anything else deer will eat. As the editor of one of largest deer hunting magazines...

Controversial Research: Bacteria, Not Prions, Cause CWD

by Darren Warner, D&DH contributor Note: Deer & Deer Hunting does not endorse one CWD explanation over another. Research is ongoing. It is committed to fueling discussion about important issues relating to deer hunting. Leave a comment below with your views about CWD. In 1982, neurologist Dr. Stanley Prusiner discovered the prion, a misfolded...