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A scene some believe is too prevalent in the Southeast and elsewhere, including the Northeast where concerns are growing about fawn predation.

Off-Season Scouting Tips for Great Predator Hunting

You can debate whether there’s a real off season for the diehard predator hunter. You can’t debate that there’s only one fur season. Regardless if you hound the predators in the warm-weather season you should put any spare time into planning for future fur hunts. Get your hunt preparation out of the way now so you...

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Best Food Plot Gameplan for Bowhunters

Movement in the thicket caught my attention and made my heart race. A buck was headed my way, leaving his daytime hiding spot to feed in the lush food plots I’d planted for him and his brethren. As he cleared the thick cover, I saw he was a young 8-pointer. When the buck was...

Is Coyote Control the Answer for Better Deer Hunting?

As I discussed in previous Deer & Deer Hunting articles, white-tailed deer populations seem to have peaked throughout much of North America and now are on the decline — in some areas sharply. Obviously, fewer deer means fewer hunting opportunities. By John Ozoga For Deer & Deer Hunting The reasons for this deer population decline...

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...

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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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Hot Gear: Make Great Small Plots Faster, Easier

Improving the habitat of your land lends itself to improving the number and quality of your deer in hunting season. Successfully doing so; however, isn’t quite so easy. In fact, planting food plots effectively can be a lot of work. Having the right equipment is essential in managing the habitat on your land. In...

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It’s Time to Get Moving on Mineral Sites for Deer

If you want your local deer herd to benefit from a mineral site, now is the time to get one established. According to D&DH contributing editor Matt Harper, in whitetail’s spring and summer, the whitetail’s mineral and vitamin needs spike dramatically. “This is due to the physical condition of the deer,” Harper said. “For example, the...

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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....