quality deer management

Whitetail Nation: Are Deer Numbers in Decline?

The morning after deer season closed several men gathered around church before the Sunday service began. Carl inquired of Bill, who always gets a nice buck. “How’d you do this season, Bill?” “Don’t ask. I never saw an antler during gun season, much less any does, and in archery season only saw a few...

Bucks Are Wary Loners, Need Their Own Space

Scientific studies have shown that space is a critical component of a mature white-tailed buck’s habitat requirements. In other words, having a home isn’t enough; he needs to have his own room. Even more interesting, bucks and does have been shown to keep to themselves within their home ranges, even when these ranges overlap....

Hot Gear: The Best Deer Management and Hunting Strategies

As any seasoned hunter knows, many variables go into tagging a buck of a lifetime but there is one factor that perhaps outweighs all others – habitat. White-tailed Deer Management and Habitat Improvement gives hunters and property owners the tools required to make their land veritable deer factories. Drawing upon Steve Bartylla’s 20-plus years of...

DDH Classic: Grandpa’s Food Plot Proverbs and Secrets

Believe it or not, many old truisms, proverbs and old-time sayings teach valuable lessons when farming for wildlife. I had the pleasure and opportunity to know my grandparents when I was young. My grandparents were born in the early 1900s and lived long lives. This provided me with many years of wonderful relationships …...

EXCLUSIVE: Road Warriors: Where Do All the Deer Go?

You’ve put trail cameras all over your property and one buck in particular has snagged your attention. He’s the wide 8-pointer with the split brow tines on the right and a sticker off the left G3 — the one you have photos of throughout the summer licking your mineral block. The one you’ve been...

Reclusive Bucks: Whitetails Easily Adapt to Man, Development

The almost full-grown button buck fawn clumsily picked its way through the thick brush directly behind its mom. Sometimes they would get separated, more common now that the fawn was rather independent, but a bleat from the fawn allowed the doe to relocate her offspring and they would continue on their daily journey. Once...

Layer Your Way to Weather Comfort for Deer, Predators

Being prepared for weather extremes, especially the inclement kind, means outfitting yourself in gear that can battle rain, snow, wind and subzero temperatures. Wrong warm-weather clothing choices don’t have near the dangers as when cold extremes invade your hunt. Consider a layering system to enjoy whatever Mother Nature brings on. There are three building...

Team DDH Tags Out in Texas to Kick Off Season

The weekend turned out well for Team DDH in Texas at the Patterson Ranch near Aspermont, out in the western part of the state north of Abilene. Jamie Wilkinson and Dan Schmidt were successful on awesome bucks with management tags. Both were hunting with Mossberg Patriot rifles, Hornady ammo, Nikon optics and Ani-Logics Outdoors. Patterson Ranch is...