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03/21/2011
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February White-tailed deer in the northern and mid-latitude states should be on their winter home ranges, looking for remaining/preferred food sources. In some areas there may still be some fawns getting bred. In the south they may still be on fall ranges, and still breeding. Coping with...
03/21/2011
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1. Security needs cause deer to; use available cover or travel in low areas where visibility is limited; move during low light; and avoid predatory behavior when possible. Security to a deer is not being able to see, smell or hear possible predators. The ability of deer to see, smell and hear...
03/21/2011
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Dominant bulls that see antler tipping from small racked bulls often charge the smaller bull in anger. Hunters can use these dominance displays to attract a bull while hunting.
03/21/2011
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As I sat quietly in the pre-dawn darkness the scream of a bull elk split the silence. I knew the bull was close because I could hear it coming through the trees. I waited a few minutes, then cow called softly. The elk screamed again and stepped out of the pines 75 yards away. The big 6x6 bull took...
03/21/2011
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During the rut does move shorter distances per day and concentrate their activities to a smaller portion of their range. But there is lots more...
03/21/2011
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The Pre-Rut / Rubbing Phase and Transition Phase In September 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...
03/21/2011
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PART 1 What Is Chronic Wasting Disease? By now most of my readers know that I do a lot of research, and that the findings of my research are a large part of what I write about. A lot of my research is done in the field, observing animals and recording their actions. But, I also do background...
03/21/2011
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An understanding of deer behavior and travel patterns can help you choose a hunting site. Because deer feed primarily during low light conditions they have two primary rest periods, late at night and during mid-day. Generally they leave their daytime bedding areas in heavy cover late in the...
03/21/2011
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One of the reasons humans aren't successful when they hunt is because they don't become a hunter. Putting on hunting clothes and picking up a hunting weapon does not make you a hunter. Taking a weapon into the field with the intention of hunting does not make you a hunter, or maybe it does. It does...
03/21/2011
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Dan Bird is the typical successful Texas businessman. Recognizing instantly a superb opportunity and acting upon it without hesitation comes natural for him. Strange enough this is also a transferable skill for fair chase hunting where making an quick decision to take a difficult shot can mean the...