Alsheimer: Developing Fawns Grow More Independent

By Charles J. Alsheimer Whitetail bucks aren’t the only ones growing by leaps and bounds during the warm summer months. By the time a fawn enters its second month of life it begins transitioning toward adulthood. At six to eight weeks of age fawns have become much more mobile and independent than the first few...

Alsheimer: Peak Period for Buck Antler Growth

By Charles J. Alsheimer In my June 6 and June 20 blogs I shared with you a specific buck’s antler growth (150-inch-class buck). Today’s photo shows what he looked like on July 1. As you can see his antler size has made a dramatic jump since June 15, and in the next few weeks his...

Alsheimer: Don’t Forget Natural Deer Foods

By Charles J. Alsheimer The role of natural habitat is often overlooked by hunters. It shouldn’t be. Throughout the summer months whitetails consume 6 to 10 pounds of leaves each day from preferred browse species, forbs and agricultural offerings.  In some areas of the whitetail’s range its diet can be made up of over 500...

Alsheimer: Whitetail Antler Growth is Speeding Up

By Charles J. Alsheimer Now that we’ve reached the longest day of the year antler growth will explode throughout the whitetail’s range. In my blog entry two weeks ago I showed a photo of a mature buck’s antler growth on June 1st.  The accompanying photo shows that same buck photographed again on June 15th. As you can see, the...

Alsheimer: Year’s First Deer Fawns are Hitting the Ground

This is the first installment of a new weekly blog here at deeranddeerhunting.com by photographer Charles J. Alsheimer, Deer & Deer Hunting’s behavior expert. Charlie has been contributing to D&DH for all but two years of its existence. His first article appeared in the magazine in Summer 1979. He is widely considered to be...

Where Are You Among the Five Stages of a Hunter?

While doing a little poking aroundfor an upcoming story, I needed to find the information below and after doing so realized it’s always a good idea for a refresher. This “Five Stages of a Hunter has been kicked around since about the mid 1980s following some research work. Two professors at the University of...

Deer Rut Calendar Pays Off With Public Land Giant

Each year D&DH publishes a Whitetails Wall Calendar that includes predictions from deer researchers Charlie Alsheimer and Wayne Laroche for when the seeking, chasing and tending phases of the rut will occur in the North and South. Each year, hunter Steve Kress of Jonestown, Pa., uses the calendar to determine when peak rutting activity...