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Testosterone: Jet Fuel for the Whitetail Rut

I’ve been interested in whitetail behavior for more than five decades. As a teenage hunter, I had many questions about why bucks and does do what they do and look the way they look at various times of year. As I progressed through life as a hunter, photographer and writer, many of those questions...

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Signpost Secrets II: Revealing the Mysteries of Whitetail Scrapes

As I discussed in my previous “Whitetail Behavior” blog, white-tailed deer rely heavily on scent-marking at antler rubs and scrapes, commonly referred to as signposts, to communicate information of social significance, especially during the breeding season. There’s good evidence deer can communicate individual identity, dominance rank, physical condition, breeding status and other bits of...

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Chemical Signals: The Whitetail’s Communication Key

Popular hunting literature is filled with claims regarding the attractive powers of certain deer lures. “Estrous urine” lures, in particular, are advertised as being packed full of “hormones” and “pheromones,” reputed to be irresistible to a buck in rut. Just what is a so-called pheromone? And what do scientists have to say about this...

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Old Bucks Rule the Rut? Not So Fast

At seminars, I’m often asked which age class drives the rut’s intensity. My answer often surprises people, because most believe that it takes bucks 4½ or older to have a truly intense rut. Before sharing an opinion on this, let me offer some background and observations. By Charles J. Alsheimer, Deer & Deer Hunting...

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Turkey Season Bonus: 4 Ways to Mouth-Call Like a Pro This Spring

Does your turkey calling sound like a competition winner’s one day and a screech owl the next? We’ll talk to professionals — old school and new — to learn their insider secrets to help you sound consistently better. By Steve Hickoff Video Courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com Listen to Turkeys Vary turkey call...

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Revealed: The Truth About Spotlight Deer Surveys

Hunters expect wildlife managers to determine how many deer there are in an area, and biologists strive to do so. Common approaches to examine deer population size and trends include harvest data reconstruction, pellet and track counts, and browse, camera, aerial, infrared and thermal-imaging surveys. By John J. Ozoga, Deer & Deer Hunting Contributor...

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In Memorium: Turkey Biologist Lovett Williams

Lovett Williams, longtime Turkey & Turkey Hunting contributor and one of the most recognized turkey biologists in history, died. Lovett was a dear friend and a true turkey man. I thought it was appropriate to post a feature Jim Casada wrote about Lovett in the April 2013 T&TH. Rest in peace, Lovett. — Brian...

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Turkey Season Bonus: Prepare to Make the Perfect Shot

  Because the main tool of turkey hunting is a shotgun, some hunters get the false impression that it produces a large pattern of shot, making it easy to hit a target. So, they tend to skip shooting practice. But with fine-tuned barrels and high-tech shotshells designed to take down gobblers beyond 40 yards,...

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Revealed! Secrets of Whitetail Rubbing Behavior

By Charles J. Alsheimer, Deer & Deer Hunting contributor Here’s what I’ve learned about the whitetail’s rubbing behavior from more than 50 years of hunting and photographing whitetails. Rubs Send a Message Humans learn by seeing. Deer do, too. When a hunter comes upon a big rub, his heart skips a beat. When a...