deer behavior

Dobie A rare snowstorm on the last day of the hunt at Greystone Castle during the peak of the rut made it easier to spot mature bucks chasing does. (Photo: Duncan Dobie)

High Fence vs. Free Range: A Deer Hunter’s View from Both Sides

As I picked yet another cactus needle from my knee I smiled thinking about the fond memories of a Texas whitetail hunt in early December 2011. You always hope every hunt is memorable, and this one certainly had been that. I had hunted on a beautiful ranch with a great outfitter, I had shared...

White-tailed deer use their incredible sense of smell to determine what's around them.

Chemical Signals: The Whitetail’s Communication Key

Popular hunting literature is filled with claims regarding the attractive powers of certain deer lures. “Estrous urine” lures, in particular, are advertised as being packed full of “hormones” and “pheromones,” reputed to be irresistible to a buck in rut. Just what is a so-called pheromone? And what do scientists have to say about this...

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Signpost Secrets: Probing the Mysteries of Whitetail Rubs

  Cervids (members of the deer family) living in open country, such as elk and mule deer, rely heavily upon visual displays and vocalizations when communicating information of social significance. In contrast, forest-dwelling white-tailed deer more commonly use glandular secretions and scent-marking, especially in conjunction with antler rubs and ground scrapes, commonly referred to...

Albino Deer

Just How Rare are Albino Deer?

Not all deer are born equal. Especially the ones that stand out like beacons in the night! Here’s a look at what just might be one of the most fascinating deer roaming southeastern Wisconsin this spring. by Daniel E. Schmidt These very cool photos today come compliments of my niece and her husband, Andrea...

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Alsheimer: Whitetail Scrape Activity is Exploding

If you’ve done any amount of scouting recently, you know that the amount of rubs and scrapes has exploded, especially in the last week and a half. For the next week scraping behavior will be at fever pitch as bucks scent-mark their home area. As I’ve mentioned many times in my Deer and Deer...

Alsheimer on Deer & Deer Hunting

Alsheimer: The Whitetail Rut is Ready to Launch

By the last week in October the rut is about to explode for northern whitetails. Scraping and rubbing behavior has increased dramatically from what it was in early October. Also, a buck’s home range is no longer as small as it was in early September and October. In some areas bucks can be expected to cover more...

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Nicole McClain: What’s Your Favorite Mobile App for Deer Hunting?

By Nicole McClain Thanks to my 9th grade World Civilization teacher, I learned the 6 P’s: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. I’ve been sampling hunting apps for usability, accuracy and reliability. The accuracy part is to be determined, but here’s the skinny on the interface and usability for one particular app, “Hunt Predictor.”...