deer behavior

More Clues About How, Why Deer See Better Than Humans

White-tailed deer are a prey species. Their sight, hearing and sense of smell are especially adapted to evade predators, human hunters included. While the whitetail’s ability to hear and smell potential danger is probably most critical for survival purposes, I’ve been impressed by their ability to detect even the slightest bit of potentially dangerous...

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...

How to Get the Jump on Public Land Bucks This Season

Hunters who have private land they can hunt rarely gravitate to hunting open-to-hunting public lands simply because no matter how much hunting pressure private parcels receive, nearby public lands usually receive more, have fewer mature bucks and can be more difficult to hunt. However, even in the heaviest-hunted states, there are public-land gems that...

Three Payoffs to Scouting for Deer After the Season Ends

The season is over 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 the odds in your...

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...

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....

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....