Author Archives: blovett

Rubbehavior

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...

decoyz

Turkey Season Bonus: To Decoy or Not to Decoy?

By Brian Lovett Video Courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com Depending on who’s talking, turkey decoys are the greatest turkey hunting tool since the yelper or the biggest scourge since blackhead disease. No one can deny that in the right situations, decoys are an integral part of a turkey hunter’s arsenal. The trick is...

fawning

The Whitetail’s Secret Weapon: Birth Timing

By John J. Ozoga, Deer & Deer Hunting Contributor The whitetails’ reproductive cycle is geared to giving birth when conditions are best for newborn fawn survival. As you progress northward in the whitetail’s geographic range, a greater percentage of the fawns will be born during a relatively brief period in late May and early...

potcalls

Turkey Season Bonus: 10 Must-Know Friction Calling Techniques for Spring!

Video courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com. Everyone loves pot-and-peg calls for spring turkey hunting, but are you truly maximizing the potential of these great devices? Here, turkey calling champion Scott Ellis gives you 10 phenomenal pointers to have you yelping like a pro in no time. Striker Angle One of the first critical...

tuffturkey

Turkey Season Bonus: 9 Sneaky Tricks for Troublesome Toms

Video courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com. Have a problem turkey? We have solutions, courtesy of renowned turkey hunting writer Steve Hickoff. Turkey Won’t Fly Down Last night’s roosted gobbler might be waiting for the talkative daybreak hen you’ve been imitating to walk to his limb tree. And waiting some more. You each want...

antlergrowth

The Whitetail’s Annual Miracle: Antler Casting and Regeneration

Editor’s note: Spring is a time of rebirth, and nothing illustrates that like the whitetail’s annual cycle of antler loss and regrowth. Here are some incredible insights into this process courtesy of Deer & Deer Hunting‘s John J. Ozoga. Antler Casting Although the timing of antler growth is quite synchronized by photoperiod, generally starting...

absolutebird

Turkey Season Bonus: The 7 Absolute-Musts for Success This Spring!

Got Birds? If your goal is to shoot a turkey, you’re only going to find success where there are birds — preferably decent numbers of them — to hunt. You can’t call in phantom gobblers. The challenge becomes getting out, finding birds and identifying a good place to hunt, whether it’s public or private...

shedpup

Shed Antlers: Did You Know?

Editor’s note: If you’re a whitetail nut, you’re probably thinking about shed hunting right now. Here are some incredible shed antler insights from the inimitable Charlie Alsheimer’s writings in Deer & Deer Hunting. One of the most incredible things about whitetails is their ability grow a new set of antlers each year and then...

blindturkeys

Turkey Season Bonus: Get the Blind Advantage on Gobblers!

There’s something sacred about roughing it in the turkey woods. I’ll proudly admit, like scores of other hardcore turkey hunters, most of my credentials were earned the hard way — fully exposed to the elements, with my back against a tree and a numb rear end. However, our purist tactics were threatened with the...

deerfood

Food Facts: Secrets of a Whitetail’s Stomach

As winter wanes, hunters everywhere worry about deer finding quality nutrition before natural foods and agricultural crops become abundant. Here, courtesy of John J. Ozoga’s insights in Deer & Deer Hunting, is some insight into how the whitetail’s amazing digestive system adapts. Like other ruminants, whitetails possess a four-compartment stomach (rumen, reticulum, omassum and...