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Grant Woods

Winter’s Impact On Deer


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Ever wonder why deer in some areas paw through snow to find food and in other areas stay in winter deer yards? It has to do with the quality of food available and the amount of energy required getting the food. By placing collars on deer that have a GPS unit, researchers have learned that […]

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Grant Woods

Big Buck Tracks?


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I enjoy following deer tracks in the snow. It’s a great way to learn where deer prefer to bed, eat, etc., during late winter conditions. I shared a picture of some deer tracks in snow on my Facebook page recently and someone commented that I was following a “big buck because of the feet drag […]

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Grant Woods

Timing of Antler Shedding


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The timing of antler shedding is determined by changes in hormones, primarily a reduction in testosterone, normally triggered by increasing day length. However, injury or other factors that impact testosterone levels can affect the timing of antler shedding for individual bucks. The amount of daylight begins increasing December 22nd each year. This triggers the potential for […]

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To a Shed Hunting Ethic


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In a slightly-more-perfect world, I would not have to blog about this topic. But we’re stuck in the place we live, and I have to be honest; the behavior that some people exhibit in their zeal to find shed antlers is shocking. One of my dear friends—a passionate deer hunter and owner of 300 acres […]

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What it All Boils Down to – Meat in the Freezer


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Like most deer hunters, I get a lot of questions from the non-hunting public—and sometimes even those who hunt—about why I spend the better part of the fall chasing whitetails. Deer hunting is a deep and intense experience for me, and defining it can sometimes be difficult, if not maddening. But just a few days […]

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Grant Woods

Overhanging Limbs


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Deer scrapes consist of an area on the ground where deer paw away all debris and expose the soil under an overhanging limb. Deer commonly urinate and defecate on the exposed dirt in the scrape. These are very visual signs that are easily seen. The overhanding limb is also a significant part of “scrape communication” […]

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Grant Woods

Late Season Scrapes


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Do you hunt scrapes during the late season? You might after watching this video! This scrape is located on a narrow ridge top that connects a feeding and bedding area. Several deer use this ridge top as a travel corridor during the late season. Female fawns often reach puberty and become receptive if they reach […]

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Grant Woods

Do You Believe Scent Control is Necessary When Hunting Deer?


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Watch the doe in this video sniffing the vegetation, etc. Most dead and/or moist vegetation readily holds lots of scent molecules. Deer, especially mature deer, seem to be constantly checking for predators (two or four legged) by using their nose. I live and primarily hunt in the Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. The relative humidity […]

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