quality deer management

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...

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...

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....

How to Transform Bedding Areas, Create Deer Ambush Sites

A lot of deer hunters are interested in managing their properties for good deer habitat. But Jim Ward of Iowa City, Iowa, is taking things way beyond just planting a food plot and hoping deer show up. Ward, who runs Jim Ward’s Whitetail Academy, manipulates the landscape to create buck bedding areas, preferred trails...

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 …...