Charles Alsheimer

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: Why I Do It

Thirty-seven years ago I set out on a journey that even I could not comprehend. My story truly is a blessing scripted from above. In the spring of 1979 my wife and I had to make a decision. Was I going to remain in the corporate sales and marketing profession, or...

When Do Whitetail Fawns Drop?

Have you started seeing any whitetail fawns yet on your property or is it time yet for you to start seeing them? Veteran researcher and hunter Charles Alsheimer says the gestation period for white-tailed deer is 195 to 200 days. The actual birth date for fawns may vary slightly in most...

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...