deer nutrition

fawning

The Whitetail’s Secret Weapon: Birth Timing

The whitetails’ reproductive cycle is geared to giving birth when conditions are best for newborn fawn survival. As you progress northward in the whitetail’s geographic range, a greater percentage of the fawns will be born during a relatively brief period in late May and early June. This is when new, lush vegetation provides excellent...

Spring is the Key to Deer Nutrition

At the end of winter, as day length increases, the whitetail’s physiology and behavior change markedly. Deer become much more active in March, and, given the opportunity, increase food consumption. The rise in activity is presumably associated with an increase in thyroid function and rising metabolism. This springtime increase in deer activity typically occurs...

Baiting Equals Pressure for Gun-Hunters

Using bait while deer hunting is legal in more than one-half of the states with huntable whitetail populations. Each year, hunters literally spend millions of dollars annually on corn, apples, carrots, pumpkins, sugar beets, sweet potatoes and just about anything else deer will eat. As the editor of one of largest deer hunting magazines...