whitetail wisdom

A close-up at the whitetail's molting process. This doe is losing her winter coat - fast. She will soon don the clay-red hairs of summer. Stealth Cam photo by Daniel Schmidt)

Molting: When and Why Deer Lose Their Hair

If you have trail cameras out, you’ve probably noticed some really ratty-looking deer out there. I’ve received many inquiries here at D&DH, and the common question is: What’s wrong with the deer? There’s nothing wrong with them, actually. The annual molting process — the few weeks in spring when deer lose their thick fall...

Dan Schmidt in a Heater Body Suit

The Best Places to Hang Tree Stands

If you’re able to take advantage of a delayed spring, it might provide the benefit of getting in a few extra weeks of scouting for potential tree stand sites for this fall’s deer season. Although cover, food sources and proximity to bedding areas are the three main ingredients I look for when selecting potential stands...

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Why Do Some Bucks Grow Three Beams?

The biggest deer in the woods are often the result of great genetics and good deer feed, but there are exceptions. Take, for example, the case of this triple-beamed buck. My friend and DDH field editor Les Davenport reported a few years ago that there was a surge in the number of triple-beamed bucks showing up on...

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Find More Deer by Following Natural Food Trends

What’s the key to successful deer hunting? The answer is two-fold: Knowledge makes you powerful, but wisdom provides for consistent success. Highly populated whitetail herds certainly provide opportunities for some hunters to blunder into success here and there, but true whitetail wisdom is what will separate you from the guy who fills his buck...

Does put fawns in specific places and don't abandon them. Typically the doe is nearby and can get to the fawn pretty quickly.

Are Doe Bleat Reactions a Learned Response?

Bleat reactons: a learned response? Deer behaviorists and those who raise deer mostly agree that white-tailed does are typically not that vocal during the rut. in their reports in d&dh over the past 30 years, many of the top behavorists and researchers have stated that does are most vocal during the fawning season. Leonard...

Brian Woodard Jr. with his buck-doe, which likely is a hermaphrodite with both ovaries and testes.

Headgear Says Buck, Everything Else Says Doe

Check out this crazy 8-pointer that Brian Woodard Jr. arrowed recently. The headgear says “buck” but other appearances said “doe.” What’s the true story? Well, as noted many times in Deer & Deer Hunting, it is most likely a hermaphrodite (both a buck AND doe!). True hermaphrodites have both ovaries and testes, but possess...

Albino Deer

Just How Rare are Albino Deer?

Not all deer are born equal. Especially the ones that stand out like beacons in the night! Here’s a look at what just might be one of the most fascinating deer roaming southeastern Wisconsin this spring. by Daniel E. Schmidt These very cool photos today come compliments of my niece and her husband, Andrea...

Dan Schmidt: Our Prey Deserves Our Respect

by Daniel E. Schmidt Maybe it’s just me, but it appears we as hunters have stepped off our path. It wasn’t a sharply defined turned, but rather a gentle meandering that occurred over the course of several generations. As a whole, we don’t truly appreciate the animals we kill. Maybe we’re spoiled by today’s...