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Grant Woods

Hunting The Post-Rut: Scrapes Are Key


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Where I live in Missouri the pre rut occurs from late October to about November 7th. This is a time when bucks have a very high testosterone level, but very few does are receptive. During this period bucks actively check and work scrapes, respond to grunt calls, etc. In the same area the majority of […]

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Weather And Whitetails – Hunt The Fronts


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It’s getting late in the season. The rut is over, deer have been pressured beyond belief and hunters with tags left to fill are feeling worn down and maybe even a little desperate. On top of all this, weather across much of the whitetail’s range has been relatively mild to this point, another factor that […]

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Grant Woods

Bucks Experience Huge Weight Loss During The Rut


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I tagged a five year old buck November 22. I named this buck Butterbean based on trail camera pictures a year ago. This buck had the largest body of any buck at my place. I feel certain he weighed well over 200 pounds based on this image and known body weights of other bucks I’d […]

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Grant Woods

Hoping For A Storm


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Post-rut hunting can be very productive. Similar to the pre-rut, it comes down to predicting when the deer are going to move and being in your stand when they do. Some might say I am crazy for wanting a winter storm. However, if a hunter wishes to get out and tough the weather immediately before […]

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Grant Woods

Pay Attention To Overhanging Limbs


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The majority of does throughout much of the whitetail’s range have been bred. Some does simply become receptive later, some didn’t conceive during their first cycle and some female fawns are just now becoming mature enough to be receptive. The combination of these circumstances means competition for receptive does during early December can be high […]

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Grant Woods

Scrapes Do Not Mark Territories


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I frequently hear comments about bucks defending their territory and that bucks make/use scrapes to mark the boundaries of their territory. Bucks don’t defend territories or their home range like coyotes, bobcats and other predators! About the only territory bucks defend is a very small circumference around a receptive doe. Thus the area they will […]

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Grant Woods

How To Best Hunt Scrapes


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Places near scrapes can be great stand locations during the right stage of the rut. Throughout most of the whitetail’s range bucks use scrapes the most during mid to late October and very early November. This is two to three weeks before most does are receptive. Check out this video. This buck is freshening a […]

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Can You Guess The Age Of This Buck?


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It’s prime time for hunters to be in the woods! Most hunters realize that age is the primary determinant of a buck’s antler size. Most bucks produce their largest set of antlers when they are five to seven years old. There are many variables including the buck’s health, quality of habitat each year, etc. Most […]

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