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Understanding the Metabolism of the Wintering Whitetail

In several of his books, Charles Alsheimer describes the whitetail as a true athlete and in my opinion, he’s spot on with that assessment. The whitetail deer boasts an innate ability to overcome the most adverse circumstances, regardless of geographical location or the level of difficulty Mother Nature has dealt them during any given...

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Plan Now for Your Best Warm-Season Food Plots

Most hunters who think of food plots think of deer hunting on or near cool-season plots in the fall.  But warm season plots – those with plants that provide high protein and nutrients in the spring and summer – are vitally important to game animals. That’s because animals like deer are nursing their young,...

Fruit trees are great sources of food for deer and other wildlife.

Are These the Best Mass-Producing Trees for Whitetail Deer?

Just in time for spring planting season in the Southeast, select Walmart stores are receiving Dunstan Chestnut trees and Grafted Female American Persimmon trees courtesy of Chestnut Hill Outdoors. Ideal for wildlife, Dunstan Chestnuts have been called the best food plot tree. They’re easy to grow and produce nuts in just three to five...

Is this a cull buck? Some would say yes, and others would give it another year to see what happens as it matures.

Once a Spike, Always a Spike: Deer Hunting’s Big Myth

White-tailed deer tend to grow antlers that are fairly well-balanced. That is, one side looks pretty much like the other. Keep in mind, however, that no two antlers are ever exactly alike, although their similarities from side to side, or even from one buck to the next, are sometimes striking. Nevertheless, deer antlers are...

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5 Ways to Analyze Your Deer Hunting Season

Every year as a hunter, it is vital that you evaluate your past season and modify or change your tactics to increase your chance of success in the future. Even if you caught up with that big ol’ doe to fill your freezer, or executed a perfect shot with your crossbow on a trophy...

Tyler Knott with Junkyard, the largest buck ever taken in Iowa by a bowhunter less than 15 years old.  (Photo: Doug Knott)

Big Bucks: The Treasure of Junkyard

Sometimes you get but one chance at the buck of a lifetime. Other times, the deer comes back … and back … and back. When Doug Knott and his son Tyler of Blakesburg, Iowa, first saw the whitetail they nicknamed Junkyard in a game-camera photo taken on Oct. 5, 2015, neither had any idea...

Steve Tims prepping for surgery: Steve Timm, DVM, prepping for surgery. Dr. Timm is part of White Buffalo, Inc., a company that sterilizes whitetail does to help urban communities control their deer populations. (PHOTO: Darren Warner)

Controversial Deer Management: The Latest in Whitetail Sterilization

In the world of whitetail population management, the work of Dr. Tony DeNicola falls somewhere between scientific research and anti-hunting ethos. Dr. DeNicola is founder and president of White Buffalo Inc., a Connecticut-based non-profit that helps urban communities deal with their deer overpopulation problems (whitebuffaloinc.com). One of the most controversial methods White Buffalo uses...

State wildlife agencies use spotlight surveys, and hunters sometimes do this on their own property along with game camera photos to keep up with bucks and does.

Revealed: The Truth About Spotlight Deer Surveys

Hunters expect wildlife managers to determine how many deer there are in an area, and biologists strive to do so. Common approaches to examine deer population size and trends include harvest data reconstruction, pellet and track counts, and browse, camera, aerial, infrared and thermal-imaging surveys. By John J. Ozoga Probably one of the most...

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The Facts and Truth About Culling Bucks

Culling is the selective removal of presumably inferior deer in order to improve the quality of the remaining population. Among whitetails, the culling harvest strategy generally involves targeting those bucks with inferior antlers for removal to improve overall antler quality of those left to do the breeding and for harvest at an older age....