deer behavior

Post-season scouting is the best time to find trails and bedding and feeding areas, so you can plan accordingly for next season.

Three Payoffs to Scouting for Deer in February

The season is over, or soon to be, for whitetail hunters across the country. Whether you let a crossbow arrow fly to put meat in the freezer or antlers on the ground doesn’t matter much any more. But your work is far from over. In fact, it never really stops if you want to stack...

Some of the author's favorite hunts have been for does, which provide great challenges and tasty meals.

Some of My Favorite Trophies are Does

I’m often troubled, while eavesdropping on hunters discussing the “harvest” of white-tailed does. Too often does are discussed in the same terms as picking backyard vegetables. Worse yet, often addressed by wannabe deer managers like weeds in that garden; an inconvenience in need of removal. I have a little more respect for whitetails, even...

Alabama's diverse terrain and wealth of wild game provides hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts year-round opportunities.

Why Does This State Have Multiple Rut Periods?

The rut is one of the most anticipated times of the hunting season in Alabama. However, the timing of this can vary greatly depending on where you hunt within the state. Generally speaking, this period of the season is when most mature bucks are more vulnerable to harvest due to an increased activity level....

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The Facts and Truth About Culling Bucks

Culling is the selective removal of presumably inferior deer in order to improve the quality of the remaining population. Among whitetails, the culling harvest strategy generally involves targeting those bucks with inferior antlers for removal to improve overall antler quality of those left to do the breeding and for harvest at an older age....

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What’s the Deal With Bucks Shedding Antlers Early?

If you’ve noticed that some bucks seem to be casting their antlers early this year, you’re not wrong. “The overall health of the buck affects when it casts its antlers,” said Dr. Grant Woods, a deer biologist and host of the popular Growing Deer series (Growingdeer.com). “Factors like prolonged cold temperatures or an injury...

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EXCLUSIVE: Road Warriors: Where Do All the Deer Go?

You’ve put trail cameras all over your property and one buck in particular has snagged your attention. He’s the wide 8-pointer with the split brow tines on the right and a sticker off the left G3 — the one you have photos of throughout the summer licking your mineral block. The one you’ve been...

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Famous Halloween Snowstorm: Remarkable Consequences for Deer

Not all early winters are disastrous for whitetails, but the 1991 Halloween snowstorm that swept northern Wisconsin set the state for one of those severe winters that produced unpredictable consequences. The storm blanketed the region with nearly 30 inches of snow three weeks before the state’s traditional rifle deer season opened. Another 18 inches...

Bucks learn and adapt, with some of them becoming what hunters believe are reclusive and never showing themselves during the day.

Reclusive Bucks: Whitetails Easily Adapt to Man, Development

The almost full-grown button buck fawn clumsily picked its way through the thick brush directly behind its mom. Sometimes they would get separated, more common now that the fawn was rather independent, but a bleat from the fawn allowed the doe to relocate her offspring and they would continue on their daily journey. Once...

Crossbow hunting from hard- or soft-side blinds can be outstanding because you're at ground level and can have more benefits than being exposed in a stand. DDH managing editor Alan Clemons shot this Ohio buck with a NAP Spitfire broadhead and Wicked Ridge crossbow from a Banks Blind elevated stand.

Pressure or Rest: Do You Play a Deer Stand’s Hot Hand?

Jeff Neal thought about my idea momentarily and then nodded his head in agreement. “That’s pretty good, considering how much we’ve been in and out of here the last few days,” he said. “I like it.” After three days of hunting out of the same Banks Blind close to the camp house and barn, just a...