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Get Better Deer Hunting With These Habitat Improvement Tips

They say the best opportunities come when you’re not looking for them, and this one certainly did. It was Memorial Day weekend 2012, and my wife and I were visiting my in-laws’ cabin. We were playing cards and swapping fish stories one evening when the neighbor, a realtor, changed our lives with one sentence....

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Dumping Deer Registration a Colossal Mistake

 “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. It’s probably one of the greatest quotes ever, but it wasn’t penned for deer management. It should have been. As my home state of Wisconsin puts the close to its annual 9-day firearms season, I’m both saddened and discouraged over our future. This was...

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How Brain Abscesses Affect Big Bucks

Zombie whitetails aren’t the norm but occasionally one will have a problem with what biologists identify as a brain abscess and may indeed exhibit zombie-like traits. By Alan Clemons Chas Moore, Wildlife Biologist, with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, wrote about the problem of brain abscesses. They’re seen most often in...

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How You Can Help Minimize Fawn Mortality

As with most mammals, white-tailed deer tend to produce more young than can be expected to survive. Although the reasons vary regionally, a high proportion of fawns born each year fail to survive to weaning age. In some cases, formerly overabundant deer populations have stabilized, if not declined, principally because of recent increases in...

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Whitetail Freaks Part 2: Hermaphrodites

Here is another bizarre instance of a buck’s genetic wiring gone awry. This lucky hunter shot a truly once-in-a-lifetime deer, but what is it? That’s a good question; one that we can only speculate on when trying to answer it. The photo has been all over the Web, and was recently posted on Facebook...

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Riding Shotgun for Aerial Whitetail Hunting Surveys

Certified wildlife biologist Bob Zaiglin invites the Destination Whitetail cameras to Texas, where he employs helicopters and a team of junior college students to study, manage and breed local white-tailed deer. Tune in to the Sportsman Channel on Wednesday, oct. at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT to check out their unique breeding and management process. To control...

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Deer Antler Rules: Divided We Fall

If you need another stark reminder of where we’re at as a deer hunting community, check out the Facebook comments that are being logged in response to Richard Smith’s report on the new deer antler rules in Michigan. Last fall, Michigan enacted mandatory antler rules in 12 counties. In short, hunters are required to...

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Deer Hunters Near Record with Six Weeks Remaining in Season

With bow season set to close Feb. 28 in Arkansas, deer hunters are approaching the record for a season harvest and may eclipse it before the final day. According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, hunters have killed more than 210,457 deer in the modern rifle, muzzleloader and bow seasons. The record, set...