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Montana officials are seeing mule deer and whitetail deer numbers at stable or rising rates, according to post-season surveys.

Deer Numbers Stable, Rising in Some Areas

Deer populations are stable and rising according to post-season surveys of one state not always high on any lists for whitetail deer hunters. Stable and rising? How’s that possible? According to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hunter surveys, mule deer numbers are increasing in Region 6, the northeastern portion of the state. Whitetail...

Prescribed burning is one great way to eliminate understory growth and leaf litter, and rejuvenate the soil.

Prescribed Fire in Mixed Pine-Hardwood Forests

Prescribed fire is a useful tool to help manage for timber and wildlife if implemented appropriately. While blackening of a tree’s bark is perceived by the public as damaging to the tree, this is generally untrue and only aesthetically unpleasant for a short time. By Brandon Howell, Area Biologist Alabama Division of Wildlife and...

Food plots tractor plowing

5 Deer Management Tips for Your Small Property

In the last few weeks of our new webcast, Grow ’em Big with Steve Bartylla, his advice has been about laying the groundwork for your deer management goals before starting anything on your property. That’s just common sense, isn’t it? You wouldn’t start planting a garden without plowing the ground or adding any fertilizer or...

Planting fruit trees or opening the canopy for existing mast-bearing trees is a great way to help deer and wildlife.

Deer Talk Now: How to Plant Fruit Trees for Deer

Deer Talk Now returns with all new and shorter episodes but still packed with great information about deer hunting, strategies, the best deer gear, habitat management and other topics you want to hear about. This episode with host Dan Schmidt is pretty rock solid and gives you a great series of tips to get...

Prescribed burning is one great way to eliminate understory growth and leaf litter, and rejuvenate the soil.

Learn to Burn to Get the Best Habitat for Deer Hunting

We’ve had stories on the site before about prescribed burns, their benefits, and announcements about classes or other informative sessions regarding habitat burning. In short, prescribed burning may be one of the best things you can do for your property. It has numerous benefits, from killing unwanted and weedy vegetation to revitalizing the soil...

Soybeans are a great source of nutrition for white-tailed deer.

Part II: Soybeans for Food Plots

See: Read Part One of this feature, published earlier this week …  By Don Higgins Soybean Seed When I started planting soybean food plots, I would simply get some seed from my farming neighbors. It was hit or miss. Some years, it worked great, and I would enjoy some excellent hunting action throughout the season....

Arizona Seeks Public Input on Wildlife 20/20 Plan

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has released the draft of its new strategic plan, Wildlife 20/20, and wants your comments and input. Wildlife 20/20 provides broad strategic guidance for all department programs. It is intended to be a living document that conveys policy direction that the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has provided...

Once antlers stop growing and harden, the blood-enriched velvet begins shedding. Hunters see this in late summer as bucks thrash bushes to remove, and sometimes eat, the shedding velvet.

Deer Talk Now: Your Questions Answered!

Wide Open Wednesday was a blast again, with Deer Talk Now hosts Brad Rucks and Dan Schmidt fielding your questions on a variety of topics. Additionally, they had a good debate about a few other campfire conversations, including whether antler restrictions are good when mandated by state agencies. Be sure to check out the...

Tallow trees such as this one with ripening seed pods are invasive species and can be detrimental to wildlife and wildlife habitat. (Photo: James Henson, USDA-NRCS)

Control Invasive Plants to Help Deer, Wildlife

Millions of dollars are spent each year by private landowners, individuals and hunting clubs to improve wildlife habitat, with the majority of these expenses consisting of planting food plots in autumn to provide a food source during winter and to attract wildlife for hunting. Some land managers also plant summer crops and some go...