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A well-planned clover plot can yield results for years and give deer, turkeys and other wildlife nutritious forage.

Extend the Life of Your Favorite Clover Food Plot

Most companies will claim a lifespan of three to five years on their perennials. However, if you care for them properly a perennial stand can last for many years. Perennials like red and white clovers, alfalfa, trefoils and chicory provide dependable nutrition and attraction and are especially important for antler growth, fawn rearing and...

Doing predator control for hogs or other critters and blazing new trails to stand sites in the humid summer heat can be very taxing on your body. Drink plenty of fluids, wear performance clothing that wicks moisture and don't overdo it. Know your limits. (Photo: Alan Clemons)

Don’t Let Humidity Hurt Your Deer Season Preparations

My brother joined me and Barry Estes, owner of Alabama Hog Control, for a little hunting and feral hog eradication last weekend down in central Alabama. The property we were on was a giant cattle farm that’s leased for deer and turkey hunting. A main creek with some smaller creeks, all in hardwoods, wend...

Does are in the crosshairs in West Virginia.

Game Commission Increases Permits for Antlerless Deer Hunts

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is enlisting assistance from hunters in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. The Game Commission has developed a permit that can be used to hunt antlerless deer, but can be used only within the boundaries of what is known as Disease Management Area 2 – the...

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Coyotes Changing Deer Dynamics, Getting More Scrutiny

It’s no secret that coyotes love to eat deer, whether it’s fawns they find or older deer brought down by two or more songdogs working as a team. Researchers in Pennsylvania have been studying the expansion and impacts of the Eastern Coyote on deer populations. They looked at information from Canada to the Southeast...

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Lowest Number of Deer Tags Offered in 34 Years

Deer hunters are losing more than 11,500 hunting permits from last season due to a continued decline in population numbers and more than 2 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program habitat being put back into crop use. North Dakota hunters will find themselves with fewer opportunities this year. Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for the...

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Deer Talk Now: Secrets of a Veteran Big Buck Hunter

What are your strategies for helping, scouting and hunting big bucks? Are your food plots the best they can be? Are you willing to not fill a buck tag for the season to let a younger deer walk? Veteran big buck hunter and habitat specialist Don Higgins joins Deer Talk Now hosts Brad Rucks...

Deer Hunters More Successful for Third Straight Season

Deer hunters are killing more deer thanks to a rebound in the population following severe consecutive winters that knocked back the numbers and hampered efforts to get into the woods to hunt. Hunters during Maine’s 2013 deer season killed 24,795 deer, an increase of 15 percent over the 2012 harvest of 21,552 deer. The...

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Easiest Mineral Site You Ever Will Make for Deer!

If you enjoy creating mineral licks for deer but aren’t crazy about just dumping minerals on the ground then you must check out this very cool product for hunters. Mineral Mizer’s porous bag allows minerals to drip during rainfall. This helps create a mineral lick below the bag. You can hang it in a...

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Season Deer Totals About the Same, but More Antlerless Kills Desired

Hunters killed approximately 243,550 deer during the 2013-14 New York hunting seasons, nearly equivalent to the statewide take the previous season, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced recently. “Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative offers many hunting opportunities statewide for sportsmen and sportswomen for the growing population of...

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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, Deer & Deer Hunting Contributor...