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Grant Woods

The Pre Rut


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The Pre Rut occurs during late July in south Florida, September in the South Carolina coastal counties, late October/early November during most of the whitetail’s range, and late December in south Texas. No matter when it occurs, where you hunt the pre rut is a great time to deer hunt! The pre rut occurs when […]

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Grant Woods

The October Lull


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It’s mid-October and still a week or so before the whitetail pre rut in most areas. Often, this portion of the season is referred to as the October Lull. I’ve certainly experienced some hunts during this time of year when it seemed there were no deer in the area. I’ve also experienced some great hunts […]

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Grant Woods

Is Baiting Deer Effective?


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Baiting deer during season is legal in several states. This is not another promote or bash baiting story. This is a brief look at the efficiency of baiting from a scientist’s perspective. More than a decade ago, and then again very recently, scientist studied if baiting increases or decreases the chance of seeing and/or tagging […]

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Grant Woods

Scouting Whitetails During Season


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The season for whitetails is now open in most states. In addition, farmers are starting to harvest crops, acorns are starting to fall, and the average daily temperature is changing rapidly in some areas. These factors and more mean many whitetails are changing their patterns. A perfect example of whitetails changing their movement patterns occurs […]

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Grant Woods

Lots of Fawns Should Mean Big Bucks


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Most fawns are mature enough by mid September to tag along with the doe If you are getting lots of pictures of does this time of year you should also be seeing lots of fawns. Seeing lots of fawns during September is an indicator of good habitat quality and a balanced predator-prey ratio. Lots of […]

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Grant Woods

Red and Grey Deer


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During the past few weeks I had questions posted on my Facebook page asking, “Why am I getting trail camera pictures of deer that suddenly have spots of red and brown hair?” The coats of these deer appear shaggy and unhealthy. Deer molt or shed their hair twice a year. This time of year the […]

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Grant Woods

Equipment To Create Small Food Plots


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Today we started preparing a small food plot. We didn’t use a dozer, track hoe, or even tractor. We started by using our lawnmower. The area was waist tall in various weeds, grasses, and a few small saplings. It was a thick mess. There was no way practical way to get seed to the soil […]

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Grant Woods

When Do Antlers Stop Growing?


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This time of year I receive a lot of questions about when antlers stop growing. Folks are eagerly checking their trail cameras. They want to know if the bucks will keep adding inches until the velvet is shed or if the rack is as big as it will get. Like humans, bucks are all unique […]

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