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03/21/2011
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Deer lures (scents) have become one of the most popular methods of attracting white-tailed deer. But what can you expect and how do you use them?
03/21/2011
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From early to late November the majority of the does should be in estrus, and the bucks should be cruising, chasing and breeding does, which causes scraping and rubbing to tail off. By early November scraping by whitetail bucks may have already peaked. From early to late November the majority of...
03/21/2011
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Rattling is most effective in areas with high buck to doe ratios. It is also effective in areas with high numbers of dominant bucks; in areas with limited habitat, such as urban areas; in the marginal habitat of prairie river bottoms; and on property managed for trophy quality. Bucks respond to...
03/21/2011
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September Pre-Rut/Rubbing Phase and Transition Phase All of the deer are bulking up for the rut and winter; feeding on alfalfa, clover, green forbes, ripening soybeans and corn in some areas, and mast (acorns, beechnuts). Put out mineral licks and deer attractants in areas where you want deer to...
03/21/2011
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Reading whitetail deer trails helps you determine which areas the deer are using and when they are using them. Determining when the deer use particular areas is the key to knowing where to setup during the hunting season. Trails
03/21/2011
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In a comprehensive three year study by researchers from the University of Georgia and Texas A&M-Kingsville, deer responded in 65 percent of 171 rattling sessions. In 73 percent of the responses bucks came to loud, long rattling. Loud, long rattling worked best in the pre-rut; loud, short...
03/21/2011
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The first of the four primary vocalizations that is most often misunderstood by hunters is the snort. It is typically thought of as a sound a deer makes as it is alarmed or running away. Therefore, it is a deer call not used by a lot of hunters. Unfortunately, this is a real shame. The primary...
03/21/2011
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Over the last ten years, one frequently asked is about the moon and its influence on the white-tailed deer. I'm paraphrasing here, but the question generally is, “What are your feelings about what role the moon plays in deer activity and the rut?” For many hunters the question about planning their...
03/21/2011
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When I moved to western Ohio from my native Pennsylvania years ago, my brother-in-law, Jerry Michael, told me I was now in an area where the bucks get really big. On the fateful afternoon of Nov. 8, 2000, I learned just how right he was.
03/21/2011
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Blacktail hunting, what the heck is that? Sure, you know about whitetail and perhaps even mule deer hunting, but what do you know about the blacktail? Perhaps more importantly why should you care? Well, if you want to hunt the most challenging member of the deer family you'll need to know! Believe...