Charles Alsheimer Whitetails 365 Blog

The Charles Alsheimer Whitetails 365 blog is a look into the deer world that you’ll only get here at Deer & Deer Hunting. Learn what deer are doing in the real world, and see how they are changing with the seasons. The behavior insights alone will make you a better educated hunter, which will help you predict how deer will travel, bed and feed during the hunting season.

Simple Food Plot Sizes and Forage Choices

If you can only plant food plots of an acre or less, put half in clover for warm-season feed and half into a cereal grain such as oats, brassica or winter wheat, or a tuber, such as radishes or turnips. If your soil has a pH of 6 or higher, clover...

Charles Alsheimer Photo Shows Rubbing in Winter

Alsheimer: Buck Rubs Continue in Winter

I was recently sent an email that described some of the deer behavior the writer was seeing now that his northern deer season is over. In it he was wondering why he was now seeing a number of fresh rubs in his hunting area. For starters whitetail rutting behavior does not...

January Food Plots

Alsheimer: Bucks Trying to Gain Weight in January

By early January northern whitetails have two things on their mind, eating and surviving. In order to maintain core body temperature they must find adequate food. It is not uncommon for bucks to lose over 20% of their pre-rut body weight from the stresses of the rut. Therefore it is critical...

Alsheimer: Bucks Still Fight in January

A mature whitetail buck’s drive for dominance never ends. There is no question that a buck’s aggressiveness peaks in November in the North. However, when the rut ends fighting does not. It has been my experience that during December and early January just as many injuries and broken antlers occur as...

Alsheimer: Bucks Still Rub After Breeding is Done

By the end of December northern bucks have pretty much lost interest in does, so their desire to breed is a thing of the past. One rutting behavior that is tough for bucks to turn off is rubbing. In spite of decreased testosterone levels bucks will make rubs until they cast...

Alsheimer: Bucks Begin to Recover After the Rut

For all practical purposes the rut is over in the North. For the better part of the last 40 days, bucks have been on the march searching for does to breed. During that time they’ve devoted little attention to eating, causing them to lose up to 25 percent of their pre-rut...

Alsheimer: Whitetail Bucks Still Looking for a Fight

When hunters think of vicious buck fights they envision encounters that occur in the late pre-rut or when the rut goes hot-to-trot. Though some of the most incredible fights occur during this time, fighting doesn’t end when the rut ends. Some of the most impressive fights I’ve witnessed in my career took place when...